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Fulton Lions Installs New President, Foster Honored For 40 Years Of Lions Service

The Fulton Lions Club installed its new slate of officers for 2014-15 and presented club awards for the 2013-14-club year at their June 13 meeting. In addition, Paul Foster was honored by Lions Clubs International for his 40 years of membership.

Fulton Lions Club Immediate Past President Don LaBarge, right, congratulates incoming President Gail Holmes. The Fulton Lions Club installed its new slate of officers for 2014-15 and presented club awards for the 2013-14-club year at their June 13 meeting. For further information on Fulton Lions, visit www. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php

Fulton Lions Club Immediate Past President Don LaBarge, right, congratulates incoming President Gail Holmes. The Fulton Lions Club installed its new slate of officers for 2014-15 and presented club awards for the 2013-14-club year at their June 13 meeting. For further information on Fulton Lions, visit www. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php

Gail Holmes succeeds Donald LaBarge as president. Other officers installed included: Dave Morrell, second vice president; Leo Chirello, third vice president; Michele Standard, secretary; and Roberta Boeteler, treasurer. Other officers installed include: David Dingman, membership chair; Zach Merry, assistant secretary; Ron Browning, assistant treasurer and lion tamer; Roberta Boteler, assistant lion tamer; Brett Tallents, tail twister; Steve Chirello, assistant tail twister; Paul Foster and Fred Aldrich, two-year directors; and, Robert Weston and Steve Chirello, one-year directors. Lion Robert Seibert of Liverpool, past Lions Clubs International director and past district governor, presided over the installation.

Fulton Lion Paul Foster, left, is congratulated on 40 years as a Fulton Lion by club President Don LaBarge. Foster, a past club president, deputy district governor, and two-time zone chairman, received a certificate of recognition for 40 years of service from Lions Clubs International President Barry J. Palmer.

Fulton Lion Paul Foster, left, is congratulated on 40 years as a Fulton Lion by club President Don LaBarge. Foster, a past club president, deputy district governor, and two-time zone chairman, received a certificate of recognition for 40 years of service from Lions Clubs International President Barry J. Palmer.

Foster, a past club president, deputy district governor, and two-time zone chairman, received a certificate of recognition for 40 years of service from Lions Clubs International President Barry J. Palmer.

“Chartered in 1953, our club continues to be the largest and most active in our district. We look forward to our annual Duck Derby—which is Sept. 7 this year instead of Labor Day—to kick-off our next year of service to the greater Fulton community and our annual Lions Loot Sweepstakes, which will now be held in April 19, 2015,” Holmes said.

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District Governor Inducts Rupert At Fulton Lions Meeting

Dennis Rupert was inducted as the newest member of the Fulton Lions Club by District Governor Kermit Mott at the club’s April 17 meeting, it was announced by Don Labarge, club president.

Rupert is a Fulton native and is the manager at Mimi’s Drive-in, 201 N. 2nd St., Fulton. Lion Gail Holmes was his sponsor. Mott is governor for District 20-Y1 Lions of Central New York, which includes 34 Lions clubs.LionsInductRupert

The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and annual Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.  For further information on Fulton Lions, visit www.http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

 

 

Seguin Explains Fulton Schools 2014 Capital Project To Fulton Lions  

Gerald Seguin, (left) director of facilities, operations and transportation for the Fulton City School District, was the guest speaker at the Jan. 16 meeting of the Fulton Lions Club.  With him is Fulton Lions Club President Don LaBarge.  Seguin reviewed the details of  $4.4 million in capital improvement projects that the district will bring before residents in a Feb. 4 referendum vote. The projects would use state building aid to complete a number of projects and repairs, Seguin said. Potentially 98% is state-aid able. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and annual Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.  For further information on Fulton Lions, visit www. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php. For more information on the capital improvement projects, go to www.fulton.cnyric.org.

Gerald Seguin, (left) director of facilities, operations and transportation for the Fulton City School District, was the guest speaker at the Jan. 16 meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. With him is Fulton Lions Club President Don LaBarge. Seguin reviewed the details of $4.4 million in capital improvement projects that the district will bring before residents in a Feb. 4 referendum vote. The projects would use state building aid to complete a number of projects and repairs, Seguin said. Potentially 98% is state-aid able. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and annual Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions, visit www. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php. For more information on the capital improvement projects, go to www.fulton.cnyric.org.

 

 

PISTELL SHARES PROGRAM ON SHINEMAN FOUNDATION

AT FULTON LIONS MEETING

 

FULTON, NY—Lauren Pistell, (left), executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, was the featured speaker at the Fulton Lions Club October 17 meeting.  With her, (above), is Fulton Lions Club President Don LaBarge.  Pistell explained that the foundation was established by the bequest of Richard S. Shineman, who was a tenured professor of chemistry at SUNY Oswego.  The mission of the foundation is to use its financial resources to work with not-for-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in Central New York, and in particular, Oswego County. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and annual Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.  For further information on Fulton Lions, visit www. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php

 

 

Fulton Lions Install New Officers, Present Awards

The Fulton Lions Club installed its new slate of officers for 2013-14 and presented club awards for the 2012-13-club year at its June 13 meeting.

Donald LaBarge succeeds David Dingman as president. This will be Labarge’s second time serving as president.  Other officers installed included: James Sokolowski, first vice president; Kevin Michaels, second vice president; Kenneth Ruscitto, third vice president; Michelle Stanard, secretary; and Ron Browning, treasurer. Other officers installed include: David Dingman, membership chair; Deana Michaels, assistant secretary; Gail Holmes, assistant treasurer; Charles McIntyre, lion tamer; Roberta Boteler , assistant lion tamer; Brett Tallents tail twister; Charles McIntyre, assistant tail twister; Robert Weston and Steve Chirello, two-year directors; and,  Jesse Yardley and Leo Chirello, one-year directors. Lion Robert Seibert of Liverpool, past Lions International director and past district governor, presided over the installation.

Lion Past President Fred Aldrich, right receives the Lions International Distinguished Service Award from President David Dingman (right) and incoming President Donald Labarge. “The award is given in sincere appreciation and recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the objects and furtherance of Lionism, “ Dingman said. Lion Charles McIntyre (absent from photo) received Lions Clubs International’s Melvin Jones Fellowship. A Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest honor that Lions International can bestow, Dingman said. This award recognizes a person’s commitment to humanitarian service.

Lion Past President Fred Aldrich, right receives the Lions International Distinguished Service Award from President David Dingman (right) and incoming President Donald Labarge. “The award is given in sincere appreciation and recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the objects and furtherance of Lionism, “ Dingman said. Lion Charles McIntyre (absent from photo) received Lions Clubs International’s Melvin Jones Fellowship. A Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest honor that Lions International can bestow, Dingman said. This award recognizes a person’s commitment to humanitarian service.

“Fulton Past President Fred Aldrich received Lions Clubs International’s Distinguished Service Award,” Dingman said. “Charles McIntyre was the recipient of a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

“A Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest honor that Lions International can bestow. This award recognizes a person’s commitment to humanitarian service. Lion McIntyre, is always there to help on every project and he is an ‘anchorman’ for Lionism in Fulton.

“Lion Aldrich, in addition to leading us a past president, has chaired the annual Duck Derby for two years and has been one of our ‘go-to’ members whenever we need to get a job done.

Fulton Lions Club Immediate Past President David Dingman, right, congratulates President Donald Labarge. This will be the second time Labarge has served as club president.

Fulton Lions Club Immediate Past President David Dingman, right, congratulates President Donald Labarge. This will be the second time Labarge has served as club president.

“Chartered in 1953, our club continues to be the largest and most active in our district. We look forward to our annual Duck Derby—which is Sept. 8 this year instead of Labor Day—to kick-off our next year of service to the greater Fulton community and our annual Lions Loot Sweepstakes in October.”

For further information on Fulton Lions, visit www. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php

 

 

 

 

 

Oswego County Hospice Featured At Fulton Lions 

Representatives of Oswego County Hospice were the featured speakers at the Fulton Lions Club April 25 meeting.  Oswego County Hospice offers comprehensive home care for the terminally ill who are no longer receiving aggressive or curative medical care. According to their web site: “The goals of Hospice is to promote optimum comfort and a personal sense of control with a focus on the quality of life.” Don LaBarge, Fulton Lions first vice president, thanks Lynn Bogart, (center) Hospice supervising public health nurse, and Sharon Westbrook, Hospice social worker for their presentation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®. For more information on Hospice, visit: http://www.co.oswego.ny.us/health/hospice.html.

Representatives of Oswego County Hospice were the featured speakers at the Fulton Lions Club April 25 meeting. Oswego County Hospice offers comprehensive home care for the terminally ill who are no longer receiving aggressive or curative medical care. According to their web site: “The goals of Hospice is to promote optimum comfort and a personal sense of control with a focus on the quality of life.” Don LaBarge, Fulton Lions first vice president, thanks Lynn Bogart, (center) Hospice supervising public health nurse, and Sharon Westbrook, Hospice social worker for their presentation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®. For more information on Hospice, visit: http://www.co.oswego.ny.us/health/hospice.html.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lions Induct Boteler, Lynch Presents School Budget

Roberta “Bertie” Boteler was inducted as a member of the Fulton Lions Club at their April 11 meeting, it was announced by President David Dingman. Past President Len Kellogg sponsored Boteler and Past President Leo Chirello conducted the induction ceremony. Fulton Lions Steve Young and Dave Morrell were also recognized for 20 years and 30 years of club service respectively. William Lynch, superintendent, Fulton City School District, presented an overview of the proposed 2013-14 district budget.

Roberta “Bertie” Boteler was inducted as a member of the Fulton Lions Club at their April 11 meeting. Past President Len Kellogg (far left) sponsored Boteler and Past President Leo Chirello conducted the induction ceremony. President David Dingman joins them.

Roberta “Bertie” Boteler was inducted as a member of the Fulton Lions Club at their April 11 meeting. Past President Len Kellogg (far left) sponsored Boteler and Past President Leo Chirello conducted the induction ceremony. President David Dingman joins them.

The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.  For more information on membership or club activities, visit www.fultonlionsclub.org.

William Lynch, (left), superintendent, Fulton City School District, presented an overview of the proposed 2013-14 district budget at the Fulton Lions Club April 11 meeting. Here President David Dingman thanks him.

William Lynch, (left), superintendent, Fulton City School District, presented an overview of the proposed 2013-14 district budget at the Fulton Lions Club April 11 meeting. Here President David Dingman thanks him.

Fulton Lions Steve Young (left), and Dave Morrell (center), were for 20 years and 30 years of club service respectively at the club’s April 11 meeting. Here President David Dingman congratulates them.

Fulton Lions Steve Young (left), and Dave Morrell (center), were for 20 years and 30 years of club service respectively at the club’s April 11 meeting. Here President David Dingman congratulates them.

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Fulton Lions Club Donates To Fulton YMCA ‘Strong Kids’

The Fulton Lions club recently donated $500 to the Fulton Family YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Support campaign which offers scholarship assistance programs for those in need who would like YMCA membership. Here, Lisa Pachmayer, Fulton Family YMCA interim executive director, accepts the donation from Fulton Club President David Dingman. The campaign runs through the end of April and the goal is $50,000. For more information on the program or to donate, call 598-9622 or visit www.fultonymca.com. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions visit: www.FultonLionsClub.org.

The Fulton Lions club recently donated $500 to the Fulton Family YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Support campaign which offers scholarship assistance programs for those in need who would like YMCA membership. Here, Lisa Pachmayer, Fulton Family YMCA interim executive director, accepts the donation from Fulton Club President David Dingman. The campaign runs through the end of April and the goal is $50,000. For more information on the program or to donate, call 598-9622 or visit www.fultonymca.com. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions visit: www.FultonLionsClub.org.

 

 

Eyes For The Blind Guide Dogs Featured At Fulton Lions Club Meeting

Cindy Swift, local coordinator for Guiding Eyes For The Blind guide dog school, was the featured speaker at the Fulton Lions Club March 28 meeting.  Swift and Roxanna, her dog in training, share a moment with Fulton Lions Club President David Dingman. The club donated $1,000 to the organization at the meeting and has been an annual contributor for many years. Guiding Eyes For The Blind is an internationally accredited guide dog school dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.  The club is holding its first Comedy Night event at the Polish Home, on April 12. Tickets are available at Devine Designs and the Fulton Medicine Place. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®. For more information on Guiding Eyes visit www.guidingeyes.org.

Cindy Swift, local coordinator for Guiding Eyes For The Blind guide dog school, was the featured speaker at the Fulton Lions Club March 28 meeting. Swift and Roxanna, her dog in training, share a moment with Fulton Lions Club President David Dingman. The club donated $1,000 to the organization at the meeting and has been an annual contributor for many years. Guiding Eyes For The Blind is an internationally accredited guide dog school dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. The club is holding its first Comedy Night event at the Polish Home, on April 12. Tickets are available at Devine Designs and the Fulton Medicine Place. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®. For more information on Guiding Eyes visit www.guidingeyes.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goss Featured Speaker At Fulton Lions March 14 Meeting

Dennis Goss, licensed funeral director, Foster Funeral Home, was the featured speaker at the Fulton Lions Club March 14 meeting. Goss explained the advantages and components of funeral pre-need planning. Fulton Lions Meeting Program Co-chairs James and Diane Sokolowski (left), thank Goss for his presentation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.  The club is holding its first Comedy Night event at the Polish Home, on April 12. Tickets are available at Devine Designs and the Fulton Medicine Place. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

Dennis Goss, licensed funeral director, Foster Funeral Home, was the featured speaker at the Fulton Lions Club March 14 meeting. Goss explained the advantages and components of funeral pre-need planning. Fulton Lions Meeting Program Co-chairs James and Diane Sokolowski (left), thank Goss for his presentation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. The club is holding its first Comedy Night event at the Polish Home, on April 12. Tickets are available at Devine Designs and the Fulton Medicine Place. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

 

Beeles lives in Hannibal and is employed by Devine Designs florist in Fulton. Lion Gail Holmes was her sponsor and Fulton Lions Past President William Conners conducted the induction ceremony.

Jamie Beeles, center, was inducted as a member of the Fulton Lions Club at their Feb. 28 meeting. Beeles lives in Hannibal and is employed by Devine Designs florist in Fulton. She is joined by her sponsor, Gail Holmes, and congratulated by David Dingman, club president.

Jamie Beeles, center, was inducted as a member of the Fulton Lions Club at their Feb. 28 meeting. Beeles lives in Hannibal and is employed by Devine Designs florist in Fulton. She is joined by her sponsor, Gail Holmes, and congratulated by David Dingman, club president.

The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.  The club is holding its annual Pancake Breakfast on Palm Sunday, March 24, at the Fulton Polish Home and a new Comedy Night event, also at the Polish Home, on April 12.

For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

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 Luke Health Services Presents, Beeles Inducted At Fulton Lions Meeting

 

Representatives of St. Luke Health Services made a presentation and Jamie Beeles was inducted as the newest member at the Fulton Lions Club Feb. 28 meeting. The team from St. Luke gave an overview of facilities and services, and shared an update on the soon-to-be-completed St. Francis Commons Assisted Living facility.

Representatives of St. Luke Health Services were the featured speakers at the Feb. 28 meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. They included, from left: Greg Osetek, director of community relations for St. Luke Health Services; Julie Chetney, senior living coordinator for Bishop’s Commons; Terrence Gorman, administrator, St. Luke Health Services; and Mary Costigan, administrator, Michaud Residential Health Services.

Representatives of St. Luke Health Services were the featured speakers at the Feb. 28 meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. They included, from left: Greg Osetek, director of community relations for St. Luke Health Services; Julie Chetney, senior living coordinator for Bishop’s Commons; Terrence Gorman, administrator, St. Luke Health Services; and Mary Costigan, administrator, Michaud Residential Health Services.

 

 

 

 

 

Lions District Governor Presents Awards at Fulton Lions Meeting

Doug Russell (second from left) district governor for District 20-Y-1, Lions Clubs International, presented awards from Lions International President Wayne A. Madden to several Fulton Lions at their Jan. 24 meeting. Joining the governor, from left, are David Dingman, Fulton Lions president; Russell; Robert Weston and Howard Slade, each recognized for 30 years of membership; Jesse Yardley, recognized for 35 years of membership; and Charles McIntyre, recognized for 10 years of membership. For more information on the Fulton Lions Club, visit www.fultonlions.org, or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

Doug Russell (second from left) district governor for District 20-Y-1, Lions Clubs International, presented awards from Lions International President Wayne A. Madden to several Fulton Lions at their Jan. 24 meeting. Joining the governor, from left, are David Dingman, Fulton Lions president; Russell; Robert Weston and Howard Slade, each recognized for 30 years of membership; Jesse Yardley, recognized for 35 years of membership; and Charles McIntyre, recognized for 10 years of membership. For more information on the Fulton Lions Club, visit www.fultonlions.org, or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

Representatives of Liberty Resources Therapeutic Family Foster Care spoke at at the Fulton Lions Club’s Jan. 10 meeting. Daryl Whalen, (center), Liberty Resources recruitment and retention manager, spoke about Liberty’s Foster Care program that “provides a loving and stable, family-centered environment with strong clinical support that enables youth to live successfully within the community.” Priscilla Heilveil, (left), supervisor of Liberty’s Kinship and Post Adoptive Services Program, spoke about services provided to families with children other than those born to them, especially children with special needs. David Dingman, Fulton club president, is at far right.  The Fulton club, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is one of the largest and most active in their district. Lions clubs are committed to sight and hearing preservation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

Representatives of Liberty Resources Therapeutic Family Foster Care spoke at at the Fulton Lions Club’s Jan. 10 meeting. Daryl Whalen, (center), Liberty Resources recruitment and retention manager, spoke about Liberty’s Foster Care program that “provides a loving and stable, family-centered environment with strong clinical support that enables youth to live successfully within the community.” Priscilla Heilveil, (left), supervisor of Liberty’s Kinship and Post Adoptive Services Program, spoke about services provided to families with children other than those born to them, especially children with special needs. David Dingman, Fulton club president, is at far right. The Fulton club, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is one of the largest and most active in their district. Lions clubs are committed to sight and hearing preservation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

 

TIM CONNERS GUEST SPEAKER

AT FULTON LIONS CHRISTMAS MEETING

 

FULTON, NY. Tim Conners, cancer survivor, (center) was the guest speaker at the Fulton Lions Club Dec. 2012 Christmas meeting. Joining Conners are Past President Dr. Brett Tallents, left, and President David Dingman.  The Fulton club is one of the largest and most active in their district. Lions clubs are committed to sight and hearing preservation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrell Ball, (second from left), a member of the Woodbridge, VA Lions Club, attended the Fulton Lions Club’s Oct. 11 meeting. Welcoming her are, from left: Past President Robert Weston, President David Dingman, and Fulton Lions’ Sight and Hearing Chair, Jesse Yardley. Ball was in Fair Haven to celebrate her daughter ‘s birthday on Oct. 12, and she has made it a tradition each year to attend a Fulton club meeting during her visit.

 

Fulton Schools Athletic Director Speaks At Lions Meeting, Club Supports District Athletics

By Bob & Sandy Weston

The Fulton Lions Club’s major focus is sight and hearing in addition to scholarships, youth activities and community support. The four major fund raising projects the Lions undertake to support these programs are a Chicken BBQ, Pancake Breakfast, Duck Derby and Lions Loot.

Under the leadership of President Dave Dingman, Lion members have and will be attending sporting events as part of their commitment to youth activities. Club members recently attended a Jr. Varsity football game and assisted Fulton Athletic Booster members in the concession stand on Homecoming with Oswego.

At a recent Lions meeting members were very pleased to have Chris Ells, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the Fulton City School District as their guest speaker. Mr. Ells clearly spelled out his approach to Fulton Athletics as well as its educational component. Mr. Ells also met with us for a personal interview that we would like to share with you.

Chris Ells, right, director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the Fulton City School District spoke at a recent meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. Thanking him for his presentation is Fulton Lions President David Dingman. Lion members have and will be attending sporting events as part of their commitment to youth activities, Dingman said. Club members recently attended a Jr. Varsity football game and assisted Fulton Athletic Booster members in the concession stand on Homecoming with Oswego.

Along with his goals and objectives for the athletic program he administers, Mr. Ells emphasized the fact that without the help of the coaches and athletes, he could not have accomplished much of what he has for many of the programs that he helped initiate started from questions and concerns they raised. He added that the success of any athletic program is not only based on the commitment and dedication of the coaches and athletes but parental involvement and community support as well. He described the balance necessary between academics and athletics and at preseason meetings the need for greater participation between parents, coaches and athletes. Effort and good grades are essential factors when playing a sport.

Some of the things that Mr. Ells also covered with Lions members and us include: the benefits of being on a team; the Four C’s of Athletics, which are competence, character, civility and citizenship; the modified, JV and Varsity Philosophy, which ranges from learning the basics of a game to the culmination of each development program; and, Sportsmanship, which in part is to play hard, play to win, but play fairly within the rules.

As background, Mr. Ells told us that as a little guy, he loved playing sports. He did everything–football, basketball, baseball, and skiing when he got older. At age 8 and petrified of the water, he learned how to swim and a month later, he joined the swim team. Competitive swimming became a very strong part of his life as he swam competitively for the next 18 years. He added that running track and cross-country in high school are activities that he still enjoys.

Mr. Ells said he learned so much about life because of his commitment to sports. Paying it forward, he is trying to pass on all the valuable lessons he has learned throughout his sport’s career by focusing on the 4 C’s of athletics. Some of the benefits of being on a team, he said, include an increase in overall fitness, learning time management and achieving better academic grades.

Residing in San Diego, California, after graduating from SUNY Cortland, Mr. Ells taught math, social studies and physical education. Although he liked teaching math, PE was his passion. Elementary PE was not required in California so he moved back to New York State to pursue teaching PE and within a couple of weeks became the athletic director at an all girl, highly competitive, school in Rochester. He held this position for six years.

In his position at Mercy High School, Mr. Ells loved being the go-to-guy for the coaches, supporting the coaches and organizing the sports schedule. Although he enjoyed teaching, he decided to get his administrative degree in May 2006, which he obtained at St. John Fisher.

Mr. Ells is in his third year working within the Fulton school district. He has found the school board to be supportive of the programs he is responsible for. In 2011, some of the athletic programs were cut back and changes were made due to finances. Changes included combining boys and girls swimming and the elimination of freshman basketball due to a lack of participants, elimination of some assistant coaches and decrease in supplies and equipment. Since sports programs fluctuate over the years, consideration has to be given to the number of kids interested in a sport, availability of staff and busing.

Mr. Ells knows sports, having played many of them. He now is responsible to an athletic program that includes 63 athletic teams, 26 varsity level teams, 83 certified coaches (paid and volunteer), and over 1,100 athletes that compete each year at about 900 contests. Last year the Fulton City School District had 17 New York State Scholar Athletic teams.

Mr. Ells feels that participation in an Iron Man Triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26-mile marathon) gave him confidence in his ability. His love of sports and the commitment and dedication they demanded within the educational system brought him to Fulton and the administrative position he holds today.

To conclude, our school district has a tremendous advantage over some schools. Because of a somewhat recent renovation of our Athletic Complex, we are able to host the following: Friday Night Lights Wrestling Competition with 400 competitors, Syracuse Shocks Semi-Pro Football Team; and, Boys Track Sectionals with almost 300 runners.

Mr. Ells noted two upcoming wrestling events, which are December 19, Fulton vs. Phoenix on Time Warner and the renewal of Fulton vs. Baldwinsville Wrestling on January 29 at Baldwinsville and in 2014 in Fulton.

It was a pleasure for us to sit down and talk with Mr. Ells.

For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org, or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Dingman, Fulton club president, presents a check to Mary Kimball (center) and Stephanie Zimmerman, sixth grade teachers from Volney Elementary School, for their program “Connecting with the Greatest Generation.” This visitation program between sixth graders and residents of Springside at Seneca Hill allows students to visit Springside to exchange stories, cards and letters as a group in a common meeting room. The Springside residents and students have been enthusiastic in their participation and very much look forward to their time together. The program is intended to expose the students to cross-generational relationships and community involvement. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

 

 

 

 

David Dingman, Fulton club president, (right) thanks Jerry Seguin, director of facilities, operations and transportation, Fulton City School District, for his presentation on an upcoming capital improvement referendum at the club’s Nov. 8 meeting. The Fulton City Schools Board of Education recently approved a resolution to bring a $8.8 million capital improvement project to voters in a Dec.12, 2012 referendum vote. A public information session is set for 7 p.m., Dec. 5 at Fairgrieve Elementary School. The Fulton club is one of the largest and most active in their district. Lions clubs are committed to sight and hearing preservation. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: www.FultonLionsClub.org or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAVID DINGMAN, FULTON CLUB PRESIDENT, (FAR RIGHT) THANKS PATHFINDER INVESTMENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES (FROM LEFT): ROBERT A. ROLFE, SENIOR FINANCIAL CONSULTANT; AND CRAIG FITZPATRICK, FINANCIAL CONSULTANT, FOR THEIR PRESENTATION ON ESTATE PLANNING BASICS AT THE CLUB’S OCT. 11 MEETING. THE FULTON CLUB IS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST ACTIVE IN THEIR DISTRICT. LIONS CLUBS ARE COMMITTED TO SIGHT AND HEARING PRESERVATION. THE FULTON LIONS CLUB, ALSO KNOW FOR THEIR LIONS LOOT SWEEPSTAKES AND LABOR DAY DUCK DERBY, PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN NEED OF EYEGLASSES, EYE EXAMS AND HEARING AIDS TO RESIDENTS IN THE GREATER FULTON AREA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON FULTON LIONS visit  WWW.FULTONLIONSCLUB.ORG 

 

 

 

 

Carrell Ball, (second from left), a member of the Woodbridge, VA Lions Club, attended the Fulton Lions Club’s Oct. 11 meeting. Welcoming her are, from left: Past President Robert Weston, President David Dingman, and Fulton Lions’ Sight and Hearing Chair, Jesse Yardley. Ball was in Fair Haven to celebrate her daughter ‘s birthday on Oct. 12, and she has made it a tradition each year to attend a Fulton club meeting during her visit.

 

 

 

CHAMBER EXEC. DIRECTOR HILTON SPEAKS

AT FULTON LIONS SEPT. 13 Meeting

 

FULTON, NY – Beth Hilton,  Executive Director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, was guest speaker at the Sept. 13 Fulton Lions Club meeting. David Dingman, Fulton club president, (left) thanks Hilton for her presentation. Hilton spoke about the history of chambers of commerce, the benefits of membership, and how it supports local business.  The Fulton club is one of the largest and most active in their district. Lions clubs are committed to sight and hearing preservation. The Fulton Lions Club, also known for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php or visit the Fulton Lions Club page on Facebook®.

 

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