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Working for a cause in Montville

By Tim Cook

Publication: theday.com

Published 11/16/2012 12:00 AM

Updated 11/16/2012 07:13 PM

Tim Cook/The Day

Members of the three Lions Club chapters in Montville team up and form a human chain as they unload 1,542 pounds of donated food at the Montville Social Services Food Bank Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, helping to restock in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Crowds flock to Lions carnival ride

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Sammy Urbowicz, 11 and her friend Amanda Smith, 11, take a spin on the Sizzler May 31 at the Lions Carnival.
 
By ELEANOR JOYCE
Posted Jun 07, 2012 @ 09:11 PM
 

Parents, children, teens and couples swarmed the Colchester Lions Club Carnival Thursday through Sunday on the town green.
Sammy Urbowicz and her friend Amanda Smith, both 11, were among those who joined the crowd.
“It’s only here once a year,” Sammy said.

The carnival is a chance not only to enjoy the rides and food, but to connect with friends.
“I like to see all my friends and hang out with them,” Amanda said.

Colchester Lions Club President Bill Grabek was pleased with the turnout.
“The town supports us overwhelmingly at this event,” Grabek said.

He also knew something that might have brought out fans of the event.
“Last year, we only had the wristband on Thursday and Saturday. This year, we are doing it all four days,” Grabek said.
He was referring to the $20 per person wristband that allows unlimited rides each evening, or from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday.

It’s a better deal for the public, Grabek said.  
“All the money we get goes out to all the charities we support. We gave out $8,000 in scholarships,” Grabek said.
“At our Night of Giving, we gave out about $28,000 to Lions Club charities and community programs. We give what we get.
Everything we get in, we give back out.”

Parent Jennifer Harrison brought her three children, Bethany 11, Cole, 7, and Amber, 4, to the carnival.
“I like that it is a safe family time. My 4-year-old can find a ride she likes, and my 11-year-old can find a ride right next to it,” Harrison said.
Bethany said her favorite part is the Skat.

“That’s what I want to go on. I love that ride,” Bethany said. Her brother, Cole, prefers the Cliff Hanger.
“It makes me feel like Superman,” Cole said.

Parents, children, teens and couples swarmed the Colchester Lions Club Carnival Thursday through Sunday on the town green.
Sammy Urbowicz and her friend Amanda Smith, both 11, were among those who joined the crowd.
“It’s only here once a year,” Sammy said.

The carnival is a chance not only to enjoy the rides and food, but to connect with friends.
“I like to see all my friends and hang out with them,” Amanda said.

Colchester Lions Club President Bill Grabek was pleased with the turnout.
“The town supports us overwhelmingly at this event,” Grabek said.

He also knew something that might have brought out fans of the event.
“Last year, we only had the wristband on Thursday and Saturday. This year, we are doing it all four days,” Grabek said.
He was referring to the $20 per person wristband that allows unlimited rides each evening, or from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday.

It’s a better deal for the public, Grabek said.  
“All the money we get goes out to all the charities we support. We gave out $8,000 in scholarships,” Grabek said.
“At our Night of Giving, we gave out about $28,000 to Lions Club charities and community programs. We give what we get.
Everything we get in, we give back out.”

Parent Jennifer Harrison brought her three children, Bethany 11, Cole, 7, and Amber, 4, to the carnival.
“I like that it is a safe family time. My 4-year-old can find a ride she likes, and my 11-year-old can find a ride right next to it,” Harrison said.
Bethany said her favorite part is the Skat.

“That’s what I want to go on. I love that ride,” Bethany said. Her brother, Cole, prefers the Cliff Hanger.
“It makes me feel like Superman,” Cole said.

 

Montville Lions Club gives more than $6,500 to local organizations

By Jeffrey A. Johnson

 

Publication: The Times

 

Published 05/10/2012 12:00 AM

 

The Montville Mohegan Pequot Lions Club continued its longstanding tradition of giving back to the community last week when it finished handing out more than $6,500 to local organizations.

 

The club held its "Night of Giving" last Wednesday at the town's Youth Service Bureau. There was a presentation of checks to more than 15 local organizations, with many representatives from those groups attending to share a few words.

 

It was a night that continues to reassure the Lions Club members that they're making a difference.

 

"For a small club, we do quite a bit," President Ellie Goulart said.

 

The club, which has about 20 members, supported organizations such as the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation. John Bradshaw was on hand from CLERF to accept a check and explained the foundation's mission of funding eye research projects at universities throughout the state.

 

The International Lions Club mission is to provide eyeglasses to the needy and help others with sight and hearing difficulties.

 

"Every dollar you collect makes a difference," Bradshaw said in his remarks to those in attendance.

 

The local Lions also donated to Connecticut Radio Information System, a radio reading service for people who have hearing and vision disabilities.

 

Bob Veeley attended on behalf of the organization and said that special receivers are installed in clients' homes in order for them to use the radio service.

 

Other donations throughout the night went to Guiding Eyes For the Blind, the town's D.A.R.E. and Youth Service Bureau, the Raymond Hill Library and others.

 

Joanne Westkamper, director of the Raymond Hill Library, spoke briefly and said 12 years ago her library only had one small section of large-print books. With donations from the Mohegan Pequot Lions Club, that area has expanded.

 

"Now we have four full shelves," Westkamper said.

 

The Mohegan Pequot Lions Club also supports one student from Montville High School, St. Bernard School and Palmer Academy. They're the beneficiaries of scholarships funded by the club.

 

Other fundraising efforts include a donation drive for the town's animal control department. Goulart also said the club has paid for eyeglasses for a local couple and for the medical needs of a young man who suffered a brain injury in a car accident.

 

Goulart said the club will continue such efforts while searching for new ways to serve the community. Sue Broyles, treasurer for the club who was recently named Lion of the Year, said helping others is a very satisfying experience.

 

"To raise money throughout the year to help others - it's very rewarding," Broyles said.

 

JEFF.JOHNSON@THEDAY.COM