Despite a slow start, Junk Day was a success once again. Thanks to Henry Narsasian for his organizational efforts, and to all those who showed up to lug and tug those massive 600 pound television sets. I am happy to report that no blood was shed! I haven’t heard about any hernias or strained backs. Special thanks also to Waste Management, who Henry prevailed upon to donate the containers, allowing us to boost up the total raised.
The crew at the Thrift Store continue to contribute a steady stream of income to support the causes we all hold near and dear. New blood is always welcome on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Opening and closing are when the manpower is needed most, but throughout the day there is always room for more help. I particularly enjoy the “debriefing” that takes place after closing on Saturdays at the Union Villa. Stop by and watch Ruthy, Smiling Jack, Thrifty Don and the rest of the regulars work their magic turning all sorts of donations into cash. The items Don brings to the administrative auction are only the tip of the iceberg, and I see new and interesting items every time I drop by. It is important to remember that while we put in lots of effort to raise funds through our events like the Auction, the Holiday Festival, Junk Day, the Yardley Rink events, etc., the Thrift Store generates regular revenue every month. Over the course of the year it is our biggest fund raiser, and it deserves the support of club wide participation. An hour here or two hours there add up, and as usual, it is more fun than work. Check it out if you have not!
I hope everyone who has been waiting to buy their tickets for the Harbor Cruise will pony up soon. The cruise is Saturday, June 8. It has been years since I have seen the sights from the water in Boston Harbor, but it is always tons of fun to see the city from that perspective. THIS IS NOT JUST A LIONS EVENT! Friends, family, neighbors and coworkers are all welcome. For those coming from the Easton area the bus is a great idea and a great deal. Bring your father as an early Father’s Day gift. Bring your mother as a late Mother’s Day gift. Tickets can be purchased through our sleek new website, Eastonlions.com, or through the Evite Ken Love circulated. Call me, or Nora Yousif, or any NextGen member for information.
After our Installation Night at the Chateau, we can all look forward to the year end cookout. The new Chef Team of Joan Lundgren and Bill Anderson will be showing their skills under the watchful eyes of the long serving tandem of Gerry Deneault and Ray Morrell. No pressure Joan and Bill, but the bar has been set very high.
YOURS IN LIONISM - President Kevin G. McIntyre