Meetings

 

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/March we have our Theatre Barn fundraiser where we sell tickets to the play for one evening . It is a fun evening and money raised goes towards our ervice projects.  Lion Cheryl Boyd chairs this event. She can be reached at 203-512-2952. This year's event was 3/14/18. Watch for our 2019 date.    

~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 was 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. Watch for the date of the Health Fair for 2019.

We  started our annual DOCUMENT SHRED DAY in 2013.  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 was 4/21 from 9-12 in the parking lot behind Starbucks. We 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 Our FALLL SHRED DAY was 10/6.. If you have alot of boxes and need help, give us a call at 203-438-0726 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. watch for our 2019 spring shred day date!

~One of our largest income producing fundraiser is held each spring--ANNUAL GOLF  TOURNAMENT. The 2018 tournament was 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. Prizes are awarded and raffle tickets are sold.  It's a great day of fun and friendship.  We are working on the date for 2019.

 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. This year our esteemed lion of 97 years old road in an antique carriage to lead our group----Lion Harold Hval.

~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 was in Las Vegas!!

~ Our annual FAMILY PICNIC is in August.  We have alot of great chefs in our club!! It is a fun family evening for all.

~ We host our annual SENIOR DINNER in October at Ballard Green recreation room.  We serve the seniors at Ballard and Congrgate Housing an Italian dinner.  The Gaslight Gang banjo players have provided entertainment for years but opted out this year due to age. We had the Catoonah Street Jazz Band which was thoroughly enjoyed by all..  It's a most rewarding service project for the club..

This year we once again be had our  FALL DOCUMENT SHRED DAY on October 6th..  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. See you again in the spring.

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. The wagon goes through the park where there are ghost and goblins galore!!

~ 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. Our 2018 WINE TASTING will be November 9th ata the Community Center. We have been selected to be Cellar XV Wine Market's CHEERS FOR CHARITY recipient for which are honored. This year we will only be tasting wines.  There will be 10-11 vendors with lots of wines to taste. It is a fun evening for a worhty cause. For more information call our chair, Lion Sandra Dudzic at 203-606-3663 or email at sg12778@sbcglobal.net. Hope to see you there on 11/9!!

~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. Unfortunately last year alot of envelops were returned so this year we will be writing cards and sending them to the veterans in a local Connecticut veteran's hospital.  Hope you stop in on Friday night (11/30) of the Holiday Stroll and write a card.  This event takes place at our beautiful Lounsbury House. Your card will make the day of a hospitalized veteran.

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!! This year due to a glitch, we will be out the 3rd Saturday, December 15th. Stop by and see us at Stop and Shop, Steve's Bagels or Dunkin Donuts on Danbury Road.

We started to take part in ADOPT A FAMILY program in 2015 where get get the sex and ages of children from Social Services. WE greatly enjoying buying gifts from their wish list. This is a very heartwarming service project of the cllub.

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. This y ear's toys will be going to St. Peter's in Bridgeport. Another great service project.

 

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------                       

CARDS FOR THE TROOPS------  

 ELECTION AND AWARDS------SALLY MUELLER      

EYEGLASS COLLECTION------JOYCE LIGI, SUSAN KOREN & MIKE LIBERTA

FAMILY PICNIC-----STEVE DUDZIC    

GOLF TOURNAMENT------TONI RIORDAN 

GOLF RAFFLE PRIZES------COLLEEN VELEZ

GRANTS---ART MEYER, SANDRA DUDZIC, JOYCE LIGI,& COLLEEN VELEZ       

HOLIDAY PARTY-------KIM CUNNINGHAM & TONI RIORDAN               

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

MEMBERSHIP------

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE 

PEACE POSTER-------TERI LIBERTA         

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

PUBLICITY (SOCIAL MEDIA)------SANDRA DUDZIC & TONI RIORDAN               

SALVATION ARMY BELLS------

SCHOLARSHIP------LINDA MAGGS             

SENIOR DINNER------JOYCE LIGI & TERI LIBERTA         

SHRED DAY (SPRING)------------------FALL----MIKE LIBERTA          

SPEAKERS            

VNA HEALTH DAY------PAUL TEPFER 

WEBSITE----TERI LIBERTA                           

WINE TASTING------SANDRA DUDZIC              

 

 




  
   
 


 

 

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