Franklin Lions Club July 25, 2007 Volume 8, Issue 1 A Lions Tale District Officers 2007 - 2008 King Lions Message District Governor Anthony ‘Tony’ Minucci I am looking forward to added six (6) new mem- coming year. Ashland Lions Club another exciting year for bers, but with normal We have our challenges the Franklin Lions Club. changes we are losing and our struggles for cer- Vice District Governor Richard ‘Dick’ Bonetti I forsee this year as a re- members still! I would tain but I do believe that Stow Lions Club building/renewing year like for us to finish the since we all have the same where we take a look at 2007-2008 Lions year final goal, serving the Cabinet Secretary Treasurer all of the projects we are with a total of 25 mem- Town of Franklin & Li- Joyce Hogan currently involved in and bers in our Club. ons that we can overcome Quincy Lions Club finding ways to (a) make Can you imagine how all of these challenges! Region Chairman them better or (b) change much more we could ac- Let’s get ready for a great Lion Paul Calnan them so they’re more in complish if we were able year for the Franklin Li- Norfolk Lions Club line with our own expec- to do this?? ons Club. tations. I feel this goal is well Zone Chairperson I would also love to see within our reach if we Lion Pat Kalicki Thank you again for al- us add on some new pro- work together. That Medway Lions Club lowing me to serve as jects, mainly service type means that each of us projects. should take the initiative Club President for 07-08. I have set an aggressive to invite a new person to membership goal for this a Club meeting at least Doreen year. 2 years ago we one time through this up- Learn more about: • International President 2007 - 2008 Peace Poster Contest • Calendar of Events • Campaign Sight First "Peace Around ganized, sponsored youth groups. II the World" is the Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on No- • Dues Bills theme of the 2007- vember 15, 2007, are eligible to 08 Peace Poster participate. Through the contest, Contest. Lions students are encouraged to visually clubs can sponsor depict their interpretation of the the program in their community contest's theme. for children in local schools or or- Page 2 A Lions Tale Volume 8, Issue 1 Business Leader From Sri Lanka elected President of Lions Clubs International Mahendra Amarasuriya of Colombo, Sri Lanka, was elected president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 90th International Convention, held July 2-6, 2007, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a business leader with 40 years of experience in management as chairperson and a director of many prestigious compa- nies and organizations in Sri Lanka. President Amarasuriya will lead the world’s largest interna- tional service club organization, which has 1.3 million members in 45,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic areas around the world. He will also help set the direction for Lions Clubs International Foundation and the founda- tion’s SightFirst Program, a US$202 million effort to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness. President Amarasuriya has been active in numerous professional and community organiza- tions. He has served as chairperson of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited and three other blue chip companies, as well as a board member of many other companies in Sri Lanka. He is also a past chairperson of the International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, the Employees’ Trust Fund Board, the Institute of Management of Sri Lanka and the National Agribusiness Council of Sri Lanka. A member of the Lions Club of Galle since 1967, President Amarasuriya has held many po- sitions in Lions Clubs International at the local, district and international levels. Additionally he has received numerous awards from Lions Clubs International, including the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor be- stowed upon association members. President Amarasuriya holds a bachelor of sci- ence degree from the University of Ceylon. He has also participated in the Top Management Course at the International Institute of Manage- ment in Lausanne, Switzerland. Page 3 A Lions Tale Volume 8, Issue 1 MASSACHUSETTS LIONS EYE RESEARCH FUND, INC. www.masslionseyeresearch.org Dear Lions & Lioness: You are cordially invited to attend the 55th Annual Awards and Installation of Officers Night of Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. The “Eyeball” will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2007 at the Clarion Hotel (formerly Sovereign Best Western) on Riverdale Street in West Springfield, MA. An attitude adjustment hour will begin at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. Meal Choices which include salad, potato, dessert and coffee or tea are: Prime Rib $33.00 per person Chicken Francais $30.00 per person Vegetarian $27.00 per person All Clubs making a donation of $5,000.00 or more during 2006-2007 will be honored and provided two (2) complimentary meals. Clubs reaching lifetime donations of $200,000.00 will also be honored and provided two (2) complimentary meals. No matter what your contribution, we hope you will be in attendance to support the new officers and directors and to honor the clubs who make our grants possible. All seating will be assigned. If you wish to stay overnight, accommodations are available through the Clarion Hotel by calling 413-781-8750 at our special rate of $82.00. Please complete the reservation form and return with your check payable to Massachusetts Lion Eye Research Fund, Inc. no later than August Mail to: PCC Arthur Thomas PO Box 361 Hampden MA 01036-0361 Name: Title in Club/District Name: Title in Club/District Address: Club and District: Meal Choice(s) Beef _______ at $33.00 Chicken ___________ at $30.00 Vegetarian _____ at $27.00 Total Enclosed: $___________ Payable to MLERF Inc. Secretary President Treasurer Dr. James R. Roth, PDG Paul E. Snow, PCC William Murphy 43 Stewart Terrace 29 Grove Avenue, P.O. Box77 PO Box 6050 Belmont, MA 02478 Lanesboro, MA 02137 New Bedford, MA 02742 617-484-2261 413-443-6847 508-997-9411 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com A Lions Tale Volume 8, Issue 1 Page 4 Campaign Sight First II Campaign SightFirst II is a coordinated, global fund-raising effort involving all 1.35 million Lions in more than 45,000 clubs to raise US$150 million for the SightFirst program. It is con- ducted by Lions Clubs International Foundation, the grant-making arm of the International Association of Lions Clubs. In a comprehensive, worldwide feasibility study in 2004 an overwhelming number of Lions said that they wanted SightFirst to continue and would participate in a fund raising effort to make that a reality. Eighty-four percent of Lions questioned responded positively to the pro- posed campaign. CSFII was endorsed by the Board of Directors in July 2004 and was launched at the 2005 In- ternational Convention in Hong Kong. The campaign will be conducted on a three-year time- table with intensive fund raising at the local level scheduled for 2006-2008. Because SightFirst is an extraordinary initiative of all Lions and because other important Li- ons programs must continue, CSFII seeks funds over and above the existing support for LCIF and local Lions projects. DUES BILLS Dues bills are included with this issue of the newsletter. All Bill payments should be mailed to Treasurer Charlie Oteri at PO Box 111. As in the past, you are welcome to pay 1/2 and 1/2. There was some confusion last year because we didn’t send out the 2nd half notices. We will make sure that we put the 2nd half in the mail this time!! AUGUST MEETING You will notice from the Calendar that currently we are planning on an August meeting. This meeting will be VERY important as we will be discussing 4th of July 2007, new fundraisers and projects for 07-08—it is critical that you do your best to attend so that we have everyones feedback!!!!!!!!! Thank you!! August 2007 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Club 13 14 15 16 Meeting 6:30 pm 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Franklin Lions Club PO Box 111 Franklin MA 02038 F R A N K L I N L I O N S M A . O RG The Lighter Side Hey big spender, $210,000 drinks bill LONDON (Reuters) - A Middle Eastern businessman spent over $210,000 in a five-hour, champagne- and vodka-fuelled spending spree in a London nightclub at the weekend. Fraser Donaldson, a representative of Crystal, a club favored by Prince Harry, said in 20 years working in the industry it was the biggest bill he'd seen from one customer. The unnamed big spender entered Crystal at midnight on Sat- urday with friends -- nine women and eight men -- and or- dered a $50 bottle of white wine, a spokesman for the club said. But before long he was ordering magnums of Dom Perignon at $1,400 each and then called for a Methuselah -- eight bottles in one -- of Cristal Champagne at $60,000 and the party spread. The festivities ended with a "night cap" consisting of a Methuselah of Belvedere vodka, which cost $2,800. "He basically just said, 'keep the drinks flowing,'" the club spokesman said. When the party left at 5 a.m., the bill was 81,471.50 pounds, which with tax and service added amounted to 105,805.28 pounds -- $218,000. It included the cost of six Coca-Colas.