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The Ridgefield Lions Club collect used glasses throughout the year. There's a big YELLOW mailbox in front of Stop N Shop as well as smaller white and blue Lions Club boxes in Town Hall, Post Office, My Eye Care, Dr. Amatuzzi's office, Dr. Berman's office (Family Eye Care), Dr. Doty's office, Ridgefield Bank (Danbury Road), Chez Delila's Beauty Shop, Dr. Reynold's office, Founder's Hall and the Parks and Recreation Center. The glasses are sent to a school for the deaf in New Jersey where they are cleaned, read and packaged to be distributed to people in third world countries by Lions and opticians. Our club has collected over 20,000 pairs of glasses thus far. This is an ongoing project for our club.

 

~At our January dinner meeting, we are refreshed from the holidays and all our December service projects, so it is "full steam" ahead for our spring projects.

~February some of our members attend the MID-WINTER CONFERENCE/CONVENTION.  Many seminars are given to update us on the various projects the Lions help with and the District programs we have.  

   In 2017 we started a new fundraiser where we sold tickets to a play at the Theatre Barn. It was successful so we are doing it again this year. Save the date of March 14th for this event. Tickets can be purchased from any Lion member. Lion Cheryl Boyd is chairing this event. She can be reached at 203-512-2952 for more information.

~April finds members of our club participating in RID LITTER DAY that our town does.  We clean debris from the area of our ADOPT-A-ROAD project. 

 

 

Many members participate in the annual VNA HEALTH DAY FAIR doing eyescreenings for people in the community.  APRIL 21st is the date for the 2018 VNA Health Day. We now have the capibility to screen pre-schoolers which is very exciting. We screen a lot of people each year.  Hope to see you all there.  The screening is done FREE.  There is an opthamologist there to read the screenings on the spot.

 

 

We  started our annual DOCUMENT SHRED DAY in 2013 in con-junction with Eco-Shread.  This was a new fundraiser for us.  Since it was so successful, we were asked to do it again in the fall. Consequently, we now do a sping and fall shred day each year.The 2018 spring DOCUMENT SHRED DAY date is TBD but will be from 9-12 in the parking lot behind Starbucks. We now partner with WINTERS BROS.The cost is $10.00 per copy paper size box.  Papers can be brought in bags.  Staples and paper clips do not have to be removed. You can watch your papers be shredded if you so desire. If you have alot of boxes and need help, give us a call and we will pick them up.  We will also pick up your boxes earlier in the week if  you are not in town the day of the event.

 

 

~One of our largest income producing fundraiser is held each spring--ANNUAL GOLF  TOURNAMENT. The 2018 tournament with be JUNE 6th at the Ridgefield Golf Course with the rain date TBD. The cost is $175 that includes a cart, lunch, dinner and prizes.  Bagpipers will lead the golfers onto the course to start the event.  There will be a helicopter ball drop after everyone is off the course.  It's a great day of fun and friendship.

 We hold our annual AWARDS DINNER  at our May dinner meeting where distinguished members of the club are awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow, Ambassador of Sight, Progressive Ambassador of Sight, Knight of the Blind and Fideco Fellowships. We proudly have 35 Melvin Jones Fellowships, 16 Knight of the Blind, 12 Ambassadors of Sight, 1 Progressive Ambassador of Sight and 2 Fidelco Fellowships in our club.

 

 

 Many of our members march in the annual Memorial Day parade with one member dressed in our lions costume. Our Little League team joins us.

 

~June gives us the pleasure of presenting our SCHOLARSHIP to a graduating Ridgefield High School senior at Senior Awards night at the school.  Our scholarship committee spends countless number of hours selecting the person that fulfills all the requirements. The winner and parents are invited to our July meeting to recive our check. Our new officers and board members are inducted at our monthly dinner meeting.  

~Some of our members attend the INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION which is always a treat.  They report back to the club on all they learned, saw and did.  The new officers and board present a yearly budget for the club's approval and a new year begins for us "TO SERVE".  The 2018 convention is in Las Vegas!!

 

 

~ Our annual FAMILY PICNIC is in August.  We have alot of great chefs in our club!! 

 

 

~ We host our annual SENIOR DINNER in October at Ballard Green recreation room.  We serve the seniors an Italian dinner.  The Gaslight Gang banjo players entertain the seniors that night.  It's a most rewarding project.

 

 

This year we will once again be doing our  FALL DOCUMENT SHRED DAY (date TBD).  The event takes place from 9-12 in the parking lot behind Starbucks,  The cost is $10 per copy paper box...you can also just bag your old documents.  No need to remove staples or paper clips.  We do this in conjunction with Winters Bros.

 

 

We also take part in the FALL FESTIVAL HAYRIDE in Ballard Park in conjunction with Ridgefield Parks and Rec and the Boys and Girls Club.

 

 

~ In 2014 we started a new fundraiser--WINE TASTING.  It was successful so we did it again in 2015 and added beer and bourbon to the tasting. Part of the profit is given to the Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven counties.  Our 2016 and 2017 tastings were bigger and better. Word is spreading that the food is delicious and the wine, beer and bourbon being tasted is delightful. Door prizes and raffle gifts add to the entertainig evening. Look for the date of our 2018 tasting.

 

 

~The first weekend of December finds us doing POSTCARDS FOR THE TROOPS during the annual Holiday Stroll that the Downtown Ridgefield Merchants conduct every year.  We print postcards of scenes in town that will bring pleasant memories to our hometown troops.  People attending the stroll address and write to the Ridgefield troops which our club than mails.  Hope you stop in on Friday night of the Holiday Stroll and write a card.  This event takes place at our beautiful Lounsbury House. 

 

 

The second Saturday of the month will find members RINGING THE SALVATION ARMY BELLS throughout town.  It is most rewarding even though we usually freeze!!

 

 

We started to take part in ADOPT A FAMILY program in 2015 where get get the sex and ages of children to buy gifts for from Social Services.

 

 

Our annual HOLIDAY PARTY started a new feature a few years ago.  Instead of bringing a grab bag gift, we bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl. The toys were given to a poor church in Stamford for 3 years.  In 2012-17 they were given to a poor church in Bridgeport.  The parishes are always so thankful to receive these toys for their children.

 

In addition to everything we do for the community, we also contribute to Lion sponsored projects such as: Camp Hemlocks, Clerf, CRIS, Fidelco, Low Vision, LPCCI, LCIF, District Pride, and the Governor's project which changes yearly.

 

Some of the organizations that we have helped in the area are: Danbury Hospital Woman's Heart Clinic, VNA, Meals on Wheels, Ridgefield Library, EJ Carfi House, Southbury Training School, eye glasses for the needy in town, holiday lights for the trees at the Community Center, Founders Hall, Ridgefield Theatre Barn, Ridgefield ABC, Ridgefield Chorale,The Discovery Center as well as "sweat equity" for the Ballard Greenhouse and Ability Beyond Disability, to name a few.

 

Committees and Chairs for 2017-18 Projects 

ADOPT-A-ROAD (RID LITTER DAY)     

AWARDS DINNER------JOYCE LIGI & TERI LIBERTA                       

CARDS FOR THE TROOPS------SALLY MUELLER    

 ELECTION AND AWARDS------SALLY MUELLER      

EYEGLASS COLLECTION------KIM CUNNINGHAM, SUSAN KOREN & MIKE LIBERTA

FAMILY PICNIC------ART MEYER & ROBERT ORLANDO         2018----STEVE DUDZIC    

GOLF TOURNAMENT------TONI RIORDAN 

GOLF RAFFLE PRIZES------COLLEEN VELEZ      

HOLIDAY PARTY-------LINDA MAGGS               

JUNGLE CHATTER (MONTHLY NEWSLETTER)------TERI LIBERTA

MEMBERSHIP------STEVE DUDZIC

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE         

PHOTOGRAPHY------HAROLD HVAL & SUSAN KOREN

PUBLICITY (SOCIAL MEDIA)------SANDRA DUDZIC              

SALVATION ARMY BELLS------ART MEYER 

SCHOLARSHIP------LINDA MAGGS             

SENIOR DINNER------SALLY MUELLER        

SHRED DAY (SPRING)------DOUG MILLAN------------FALL----ROB BALDWIN         

SPEAKERS            

VNA HEALTH DAY------PAUL TEPFER 

WEBSITE                          

WINE TASTING------SANDRA DUDZIC              

 

 




  
   
 


 

 

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