Dinner Meeting – September 21, 2023

68 Lions and guests enjoyed dinner at the Shelter Island Yacht Club on Thursday, September 21st.  New member Raymond Renault, sponsored by Hap Bowditch, was inducted by Membership Director Archer Brown.  The guest speaksers were Town Councilwomen BJ Ianfolla and Meg Larsen, who provided information concerning the development of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.  

Snapper Derby – September 2, 2023

With over 65 entries, the winner of the largest snapper was Isabel Thilberg, with a big little fish weighing in just under a pound at 0.935 lbs.
Our bluefish competition was exciting with 8 really nice looking fish entered.  Jackson Clark’s fish weighed in at 8.945 lbs to put him in the second place position. Tom Kenny’s blue tipped the scales at 10.08 lbs, making Tom the winner of our bluefish competition. Congratulations Tom,  what an impressive catch! 
Congratulations CJ and Harper Rolger, our winners of the catch and release; they were casting all day and released 50 fish. What a team! 
All of our artists had a wonderful way of capturing this fun summer event. Our three winning logos were both creative  and whimsical.  Congratulations to Max Toth & Sophie Ratner, William and Jordan Marz.
Everyone was excited to wear the logo t-shirt designed by Elijah Freund in 2022.  Join us next year to see which one of the winning designs will make it onto the t-shirt.  

Officer Installation and Member Awards Dinner – June 15, 2023

On Thursday, June 15th, 44 Lions and guests enjoyed dinner at the Ram’s Head Inn. Club Officers and Directors for Lions year 2023-2024 were installed by Shelter Island Councilman Jim Colligan.  11 Lions received service year awards, presented by Membership Director Don Dunning.  Lion Mary-Faith Westervelt presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship award for 2023 to Lion Chris Carey.  Outgoing President Jennie Adler described the Club’s many activities and accomplishments during her term and the Club warmly thanked her for her efforts.  Incoming President Peter Miedema described his hopes and plans for the coming year and also discussed the major increase in scholarship awards made by the Club’s Foundation at the Shelter Island School’s ceremony on Wednesday, June 14th.  Here’s the program for the evening, followed by some photos in a slide show.

Shelter Island Roadside & Beach Cleanup — May 7, 2023

Sunday May 7th was the Sixth Annual Island wide cleanup sponsored by the Shelter Island Lions Club. Over 120 people had signed up to help, but on this beautiful day over 150 Shelter Islanders showed up to take part in this project. Clearly, keeping Shelter Island the beautiful place that it is, was the high priority of the day! There were people of all ages, with youngest helper just 4 years of age (although some younger came along for the ride) and the oldest was 82. All areas of the island were covered from Hay Beach to South Ferry Hills. The event started at 11AM at the Center Firehouse, with coffee and breakfast treats donated by Star’s Cafe, The Eccentric Bagel and Marie Eiffel. Then the serious work began. The Lions Club provided gloves, safety vests, garbage grabbers and trash collection bags to use. After a short thank you and a message to stay safe from Chief Read, people scattered to their chosen coverage areas. At just about 1PM, people started to come back with filled trash bags. Everyone was then treated to an old-fashioned barbecue including hamburgers, hot dogs, and a variety of snacks hosted by the Center Firemen.

Special thanks go to Susan Binder who chaired this effort, Chief Reed for coordinating police help, all of the EMS and Fire Department staff, Earl Reiter and Tom Hashagen for expert grilling, as well as all of the “behind the scenes” Lions Club members who helped make this event a total success.

Here are some photos from the event in a scrolling slide show:

March 2023 Dinner Meeting

On March 16, 2023, SI Lions and guests enjoyed dinner at the Center Firehouse, catered by Maria’s Kitchen.  Ellen Gove, sponsored by 2nd VP Susan Binder, was inducted into Lionism in a ceremony conducted by Membership Co-Directors Archer Brown and Don Dunning.  Here’s a photo:

Left to right: Lions Susan Binder, Ellen Gove, Archer Brown and Don Dunning

2022 Holiday Dinner

The 2022 annual Holiday Dinner was held at The Ram’s Head Inn on Thursday, December 15th.   68 Lions and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner.  We were honored to have the District 20S Governor, Douglas Marange, conduct the induction ceremony for 11 new Lions.  We were also honored to have Past District Governor and current MD20 LCIF Representative Lorri Rieger and 1st Vice Governor Peter Tamsin join us.   PDG Lorri provided a very information short talk concerning LCIF donations and grants.  Here are a few photos from the event in a slideshow: