May 1, 2016

Greetings Fellow Lions:

Please mark your calendars for the meetings this month which will be held, as usual, on the second and fourth Tuesdays, May 10th and 24th, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Park Wayne Diner.

Happy Birthday wishes are extended to Lion Joe Pagano (May 5); Ruth Belgard (May 12); Louisa Barresi (May 19); Barbara Speziale (May 23); and Lion Charlie Tumminello (May 25).

Happy Anniversary to Lion Lou and Louisa Barresi (May 3); Lion Charlie and Pat Tumminello (May 5); and Lion Yours Truly and Ellen (May 27).

An airline introduced a special package for businessmen. Buy your ticket and get your wife's ticket free! After great success, the company sent letters to all the wives asking how the trip was. 72% of them gave the same reply..."What trip?"

Our condolences to Lion Carol Federici on the passing last week of her mother, Frances Foglia.

A word of thanks to all the Lions who participated in our annual Beefsteak Dinner fundraiser. Lions Charlie Tumminello and Joe Balzarotti chaired the event, which was attended by 172 people. The DJ was outstanding, the food excellent and everyone had a wonderful time. Lions Kimberlee Yilmaz and Carol Federici did an exceptional job with the Tricky Tray, and Lion Denyse Motola was her usual dependable self in handling the 50/50 raffle. We realized a net profit of $4,542, which includes the generous contribution of $1,000 from Lion Harold Condie.

My soon-to-be sixteen grandson Joe just passed his written portion of the driver’s test, which reminds me of the following:

A teenager who had just received her learner's permit offered to drive her parents to church. After a hair-raising ride, they finally reached their destination.

The mother got out of the car and said, "Thank you!"

"Anytime," her daughter replied.

As the woman closed the door, she said, "I wasn't talking to you. I was talking to God."

Congratulations to the newly elected slate of officers and directors:


            President                               Paul Ciavarella

            First Vice President               Marty Bookman

            Second Vice President          Kimberlee Yilmaz

            Third Vice President              Dave Belgard                 

            Treasurer                               Joe Csencsits

            Secretary                               Joe Balzarotti

            Assistant Secretary               Jim Sandford

            Lion Tamer                            Carol Federici   

            Tail Twister                            Al Ruffini

            Lion Greeter                          Denyse Motola                

            Elected Directors                   Dominic Augurusa

                                                           Harold Condie

                                                           Len Locantore

                                                           Denyse Motola


Upcoming events include the following:

Sunday, June 5 – This is the date for the annual Camp Marcella Pig Roast. I understand from Lion Al Ruffini that the biggest, juiciest pig has already been selected for the pig roast. Cost is $30 per person; see Lion Al for tickets.

Sunday, June 12 - Wayne Day will be held on the second Sunday in June. Lion Joe Balzarotti, chairman of the event, will provide our club with a tent where we can distribute Lions literature to visitors. Unfortunately it looks like we won’t be selling food or painting children’s faces this year, but hopefully each Lion can spend a couple of hours there, all dressed up in their Lions shirts and caps.

Tuesday, June 14 - Our annual Installation Dinner will replace the regular meeting at Vila Verde Restaurant. Our District 16N Governor Lion Jack Romano and member of the Midland Park Lions Club will formally induct our newest member, Lion Sam Hayek, brother of our former Lions Jim and Munir Hayek, and install the slate of officers. Cost is $41 per person. Let King Lion Paul Ciavarella know if you will be attending, so we can give the restaurant a firm count a week or so before the event.

Monday, October 3 – Our 23rd annual Golf Outing will again be held at Preakness Valley Golf Club, reports Lion Chairmen Mario Rosellini and Hugh Quinn.  The cost is $110 per player, a mere $10 increase to cover our increased costs. Included are golf, breakfast and lunch, as well as prizes to be awarded and a Tricky Tray. We are hoping for a big response, as this is the least expensive golf outing around. As usual we need golfers and tee sponsors, and contributors to the Tricky Tray. We should have fliers shortly for everyone.

Sometime this Fall - Lion Lou Zecca may schedule a trip to the Magnanini Winery. We’ll pass on information as we receive it.

I pulled into a crowded parking lot and rolled down the car windows to make sure my Labrador Retriever had fresh air. She was stretched out on the back seat, and I wanted to impress upon her that she must remain there. I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, "Now you stay. Do you hear me? Stay!"

The driver of a nearby car gave me a startled look.

"I don't know about you, old man," he said. "But I usually just put my car in park."

A sincere “Thank You” to Columbia Bank for donating $800 to our club to purchase the “I See the World” books that Lion Marty Bookman distributes to the Wayne schools. Barbara Schroeder, Vice President and Regional Branch Manager, presented the check to Lion Marty at our last meeting.

Lion Kimberlee, who has been doing a great job of updating our Lions web site, reported that we now have full control of the web site and Facebook. Anyone who would like to contribute information to the web site can submit it to Lion Kimberlee.

Congratulations to Lion Len Locantore who recently received his 25 year bar in recognition of his years as a Wayne Lion. I’m proud to say that I sponsored Lion Len back then, and over the years he’s proven to be a valued part of this club. Well done, Lion Len!

One more try at humor with some questions I’ve always pondered:

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

How come we choose from just two people for President and fifty for Miss America?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

If a 911 operator has a heart attack, whom does he or she call?

Why, when we sign up for an exercise class, are we told to wear loose-fitting clothing? If we HAD any loose-fitting clothing, we wouldn't have signed up in the first place!

Why don't you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?

Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?

Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?

 If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

 Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?


                                                                                   Yours in Lionism,

                                                                                   Lion Joe Hallock




February 1, 2016

Greetings Fellow Lions:

Please mark your calendars for the meetings this month that will be held, as usual, on the second and fourth Tuesdays, February 10 and 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Park Wayne Diner. Cost is $24, but for those who aren’t eating the charge will be $5 for coffee and dessert.                  

Our condolences are extended to Marilyn Donker and the entire Donker family on the passing last month of Lion Dave. We understand that he had pancreatic cancer, which likely caused the stroke he recently suffered.

Lion Dave joined the Wayne Lions Club in 2000, sponsored by Lion Tom Murray. He contributed so much to the Club, including serving as a member and later Chairperson of our annual golf outing fundraiser for several years. Lion Dave was truly a gentleman who will be sorely missed.

It had been snowing for hours when an announcement came over the intercom: “Will the students who are parked on University Drive please move their cars so that we may begin plowing.”

Twenty minutes later there was another announcement: “Will the three hundred students who went to move 26 cars please return to class.”

Happy Birthday to Joyce Balzarotti (February 3); Lion Bill Duncan (February 5); Lion John Taggart (February 6); Lion Dave Belgard (February 9); and Lion Jim Thomas (February 15).

We have no February anniversaries, but I offer you the following:

Billy's father picked him up from school to take him to a dental appointment. Knowing the acting roles for the school play were being posted that day, he asked Billy if he got a part.

Billy enthusiastically announced that he'd gotten a part. “I play a man who's been married for twenty years.”

“That's great, son. Keep up the good work and before you know it they'll be giving you a speaking part.”

Upcoming events include the following:

Saturday, March 19 - Lions District 16N Charity Ball will be held at the Graycliff Restaurant in Moonachie. I believe the cost is $80 per person. Let King Lion Paul know if you will be attending. Many Club members chipped in and bought tickets for the grand raffle drawing that evening. There’s room for more if you’d like to participate; just see Lion Treasurer Joe Csencsits at our next meeting. Good luck to all!

Friday, April 15 - Lions Charlie Tumminello and Joe Balzarotti report that the annual beefsteak dinner dance will be held at the Brownstone; cost is $60 per person. Great food, entertainment by a DJ, a Tricky Tray and a 50/50 raffle should make this a fun evening.

Sunday, June 5 - The date for the annual Pig Roast at Camp Marcella has been set, per Lion Al Ruffini. Lions Al and Dave Belgard also report that 48 Leos and three Lions were in attendance for the annual clean up in November, and plans have been made to paint the floor of the cabin assigned to the Wayne Lions Club as the weather allows.

Sunday, June 12 - Lion Joe Balzarotti reports that Wayne Day has been confirmed for the second Sunday in June. We will be discussing what the Club would like to do in participating this year, although face painting has been popular the past couple of years and we will again have this for the kids.  

A recent article in the West Australian newspaper reported that a woman, Mrs. Mayn, has sued a Perth Hospital, charging that after her husband had surgery there he lost all interest in sex.

A hospital spokesman replied: “Mr. Mayn was admitted for cataract surgery. All we did was correct his eyesight.”

In the Good and Welfare Department: Lion Ken Walter is back home with a caregiver and is welcoming calls and visitors.  Lion Joe Pagano is also doing well and is presently in an assisted living facility.

Club dues of $100 for 2016 are now overdue. If you haven’t paid yet, please provide Lion Treasurer Joe Csencsits with a check or cash in order to remain in good standing.

Remember the Lions Toast: “Not above you. Not beneath you. But with you.”

Off to Florida this Wednesday, but I look forward to seeing you at the second meeting this month.

                                                                                                            Lion Joe Hallock

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