February 2019 Dinner

A total of 38 Lions and guests attended the dinner at the Center Firehouse on Thursday 2/21, with expert catering and great Chicken Française or Stuffed Flounder provided by Jamie Cogan and his hard-working firehouse crew.

Paul Connor, President & CEO of ELIH

Paul Connor, President and CEO of Eastern Long Island Hospital, described the status of the planned merger of ELIH with Stony Brook Hospital and the implications for ELIH and our local care.  He also described the discussions being held with a committee, headed by Barbara Silverstone and formed by the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island, to look into the alternatives for urgent care on Shelter Island.  The current plan is to investigate the procedures and costs associated with providing a telemedicine (remote video/audio/data) capability for the Island.

Dr. Micah Kaplan

Dr. Micah Kaplan, Chairman, ELIH Foundation, presented the status of fundraising for ELIH and the his familiarity with the need & difficulties of care for Shelter Island residents.

January 2019 Dinner

34 Lions and guests enjoyed a great dinner at Piezano’s Pizza restaurant on Thursday, January 17th.  At the dinner, Lions and co-sponsors Peter Miedema and Marilynn Pysher introduced four of the 12 members of the newly formed Leos (Young Lions) Club at the Shelter Island School.  The Leos are calling themselves The Simbas.  For your information, the first Leos Club was formed in Pennsylvania in 1957 and, as stated on the LCI webpage: “Leos Stand for Something:  Leadership, Experience, Opportunity.”

Seated, left to right, are four of the Leos Luca Martinez, Mathew Strauss, Abby Kotula, and Henry Binder. Standing behind, left to right, are Lion and SI teacher Peter Miedema, Lion and SI School Superintendent Christine Finn, and Lion Marilynn Pysher.

Lion and co-sponsor Marilynn displays the certificate of organization for the Leos Club, just received from LCI.

Holiday Dinner

Shelter Island Lions enjoyed a delicious dinner of rack of pork or glazed salmon filet at the Ram’s Head Inn on Tuesday, December 11th.   New Lion Dr. Christine Finn was inducted by Membership Co-Chair Don Dunning.  Marilynn Pysher sponsored Dr. Finn.

Left to right, Sponsor Marilynn Pysher, new Lion Dr. Christine Finn, and Membership Co-Chair Don Dunning.

November Dinner Meeting

The Club’s November dinner meeting was held on Thursday, November 15 at the Marie Eiffel Market.  The guest speaker was Lion Mark Cappellino of the Cornell Cooperative, whose talk was “Long Island’s Water Quality: Past, Present, and Future.”

New member Elizabeth Galle, sponsored by Jennie and Ron Adler, was inducted by Membership Co-Chair Archer Brown.

Left to right: Jennie Adler, Elizabeth Galle, Archer Brown, and Don Dunning

Sponsors Ron and Jennie Adler with new Lion Elizabeth Galle


63rd Annual Scallop Dinner

On Sunday, October 7th, Shelter Island Lions (and others) volunteered to prepare and serve 241 (228 adult + 13 youth) dinners from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Pridwin Hotel for a very successful 63rd annual Lions Scallop Dinner, which was 6 more than we served last year!  Many thanks to all of the volunteers and a special thank you to event organizer Lion Ken Pysher and Maitre D’ Lion Darrin Binder.  And a thank you to the Pridwin Hotel for hosting our event and to Lion Dick Petry and his hotel staff for guiding many Lions as neophyte food prep and wait staff.

Some photos from the event are displayed in a slide show below.

September Social

Some 40 Lions &  guests gathered at the Flying Goat Restaurant at the Shelter Island Country Club on Thursday, September 20, 2018 for a fun event, a chance to reconnect after a busy summer and to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  Four new Lions were inducted by Membership Co-Chair Archer Brown:   Eddie Brennan (sponsored by Don D’Amato), Tom Cronin (sponsored by Ron Adler), Sharon Donno (John D’Amato) and Deborah Vecchio (sponsored by Susan Binder, with stand-in Frank Vecchio).

Lion Ken Pysher reminded all of the upcoming annual Scallop Dinner, to be held at the Pridwin Hotel on Sunday October 7th, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and asked for volunteers to work in the kitchen and serve as waiters/waitresses.  Volunteers are needed for two shifts:  From 5:00 to 7:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Here are some photos from the event:

Some of the Lions gathered at the Flying Goat.

Lions President Dave Roggie and Membership Co-Chair Archer Brown

Facing, from left to right: Lions Don D’Amato, Don Dunning, Dave Roggie, Eddie Brennan, Frank Vecchio, Deborah Vecchio, Ron Adler, Tom Cronin, Sharon Donno and John D’Amato

Cornhole Tournament – August 21, 2018

The first annual Shelter Island Lions Cornhole Tournament was held at the Sunset Beach Resort (on Crescent Beach) on Tuesday, August 21st, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  The tournament was organized by Lions Jim Read and Susan Binder and proved to be a greet success, raising approximately $6,000 for the Shelter Island Lions Club Foundation, while providing much enjoyment to the players and spectators.  48 teams, of two players each, competed for the grand prize — dinner for two at the resort.  Beer (donated by Peroni), wine and barbecue were served to the many players and spectators.  A great DJ provided the entertaining and most appropriate music. Here is a slide show of some photos from the event:

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: