A Successful First Annual Shelter Island Lions Operation Clean Sweep

Some of the 1000 pounds of trash! [Photo by Lion Sue Binder]

On a sunny, humid & warm Saturday, June 2nd the Shelter Island Lions Club sponsored the first Island-wide roadside clean up, with volunteers collecting all the trash they found from 10:00 am until noon in 11 sections of the Island.

The event was considered a great success, with approximately 1,000 pounds of trash collected! This was accomplished thanks to the very capable leadership of Lion (and Chief of Police) Jim Read, coordination with the Town  Highway department (especially Highway Superintendent Jay Card) and the efforts of over 135 volunteers, of whom 50 were students from the Shelter Island School and 25 were Lions.

And special thanks goes to Stars Café and Marie Eiffel’s Market, which donated the coffee, doughnuts and croissants served before the clean up.

Following the clean up, Lions grilled and served hot dogs and burgers to the many weary and hungry volunteers. Above is a photo of some of the trash collected.  Below are a few photos from the event.

Lions John D’Amato and Jim Read

Some of the volunteers gathering inside the Center firehouse before heading out to collect trash.

Other volunteers collecting their high-visibility vests, water bottles and latex gloves before heading out.

Memorial Day Parade and Picnic

On a gray, but otherwise rainless, cool morning of Monday, May 28th, the Shelter Island Lions Club and the American Legion Post cooked and served hamburgers and hot dogs to many of the Islanders and guests who viewed the Memorial Day parade and the stirring ceremony.  Here are some photos from the event:

Citizenship Award Dinner – May 24, 2018

Our annual Citizenship Award dinner was held on May 24th at The Pridwin Hotel.  This year, the Club honored John and Anu Kaasik, for their twelve years of tireless and dedicated efforts in organizing, directing and producing the annual school play, bringing so much joy to our students and community.

Here’s a slide show with some photos from the event:

Lions Centennial Pavilion Donation Ceremony  – 5/22/2018

On Tuesday, May 22nd, at noon, a ceremony was held at the Lions Centennial  Pavilion at Wades Beach in which the  Club officially donated the pavilion to the Town of Shelter Island.

Resolution: Acceptance of Gift to Town

President Rich Tarpinian opened the ceremony and welcomed the Town Board and other guests and Lions. Lion Don D’Amato provided some history concerning the conception of the pavilion idea and of its construction and acknowledged the many contributions of the Highway Department, the architect, Pam Pospisil, and the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island.

The Town, represented by Supervisor Gary Gerth, officially accepted the donation. He presented a signed resolution plaque, displayed to the right, to the Club. [Click on the image to display a readable image.]

Here are a few photos from the event:


Lions Centennial Pavilion Assembly and Walkway Construction – 5/3/2018 – a Slide Show Video

Featuring Matthew King, John Stoltzfus, and Mahlon Ebersole from Horizon Structures and Jimmie Lenzer, Nick Ryan, and Mike Reiter from the Shelter Island Highway Department.


Lions Centennial Pavilion Construction Status – 4/24/2018

On an absolutely beautiful Tuesday, April 24th at Wades Beach, SI Highway Department employees & concrete experts Jimmy Lenzer (in the striped shirt) and Nick Ryan (in the yellow shirt), supervised by Jay Card,  worked much of the day to pour and level the foundation for the Lions Centennial Pavilion.  [Click on any of the photos below for an enlarged view.]  The 14′ x 20′ pavilion is scheduled for delivery and onsite assembly on Thursday, May 3rd.