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GRANVILLE LIONS AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

Greetings fellow Lions. I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Furniture sales have started declining as they usually do this time of year, but we still have had some very good weekends lately. After not having any furniture from Telescope in quite some time, we had half a truck to unload yesterday and we have a full truck to unload tomorrow. We also received a list of furniture available for purchase from Telescope and will be putting in another order in the near future. Only four more weekends before Labor Day, hard to believe summer is almost over.

 

I would like to lay the groundwork for a couple of decisions that we will need to have as a Club in the coming months. The first has to do with the 4th of July Kids Day. As you are all aware, we had to cancel  the event last year because of extreme heat. This year was not as hot, but it certainly still was extremely uncomfortable for our members who helped make the event such a success. We had about 90 kids which is great, but there has been a lot of discussion among many members that the event is very stressful for the children and our members who are getting along in years. Many are concerned that the event interferes with many families 4th of July plans. I will be bringing it up at our next BODs meeting as well as Dinner meetings this Fall so I ask that you give the subject some thought and make your voice and ideas known to me or one of the other Board members so we can make a suitable decision that the majority will agree with. I have heard from one member who suggested we do it at another time that isn’t quite so hot and won’t interfere with 4th of July plans. Please give it some thought and let me know.

The second discussion we need to have before next year’s furniture sales season deals with the teams we have and the coverage we need if we don’t get new members before then. As I’m writing this, with the departure of Jay and Mary Ann Niles to Florida, who will remain in our Club but unable to do furniture sales and who were very active in our Club and will be greatly missed, we are down to just 17 members doing furniture sales. This is not enough to have five teams in the present format where we all do three weekends and one day per season and get volunteers to cover Labor Day weekend. Although we often could get along with only three members near the end of the season, the beginning requires four be on a team and present. I believe our Club has the highest average age in District 45 at nearly 75 years and many of our members have medical issues which either prevent them from lifting furniture or make it extremely difficult. Again, I’m asking you to give the subject some serious thought so we can again come up with an acceptable solution. Barring an influx of new members and hopefully some younger blood, we will probably have to go to only four teams which will require each person to do four weekends per season and still have volunteers for the Labor Day weekend. Another issue that needs to be addressed is the make up of the teams. Everyone is happy with the teams they are on but, due to physical disabilities, all teams may have to be rearranged. Another possibility is to shorten the selling season which would almost certainly be on the closing end as this is when sales usually slow down. PLEASE GIVE THIS SOME SERIOUS THOUGHT.

 

The first District 45 Cabinet meeting for this year will be on Sunday August 11th in Manchester, Vermont from 10 to 3:15. This is as close as a District meeting can be unless we hosted it, so if you ever felt the urge to attend one, please let Molly or me know as soon as possible.

Our next BOD meeting will be on August 20th, but the location is yet to be determined. This past year most of the Board members volunteered to host a meeting and hopefully this will continue this year. All members of the Club are invited and encouraged to attend our BOD meetings. Either Molly or I will notify all members of the Club of the location as soon as it is determined.

 

The Clambake at the American Legion on July 31st was a great success as I think everyone who attended will tell you. Air conditioning sure made the event much more enjoyable. Everyone present was given a copy of this year’s Roster with email and physical addresses and phone numbers. They also received a Meeting and Event Calendar and a copy of the Granville Lions Club Committees. If you are on a committee that is new to you, please get in touch with me to cover your responsibilities. We will be having regular committee meetings throughout the year.

 

Thanks to all of you for what you do and for reading this newsletter to the very end.

 

KL BobGreetings fellow Lions. I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Furniture sales have started declining as they usually do this time of year, but we still have had some very good weekends lately. After not having any furniture from Telescope in quite some time, we had half a truck to unload yesterday and we have a full truck to unload tomorrow. We also received a list of furniture available for purchase from Telescope and will be putting in another order in the near future. Only four more weekends before Labor Day, hard to believe summer is almost over.

 

I would like to lay the groundwork for a couple of decisions that we will need to have as a Club in the coming months. The first has to do with the 4th of July Kids Day. As you are all aware, we had to cancel  the event last year because of extreme heat. This year was not as hot, but it certainly still was extremely uncomfortable for our members who helped make the event such a success. We had about 90 kids which is great, but there has been a lot of discussion among many members that the event is very stressful for the children and our members who are getting along in years. Many are concerned that the event interferes with many families 4th of July plans. I will be bringing it up at our next BODs meeting as well as Dinner meetings this Fall so I ask that you give the subject some thought and make your voice and ideas known to me or one of the other Board members so we can make a suitable decision that the majority will agree with. I have heard from one member who suggested we do it at another time that isn’t quite so hot and won’t interfere with 4th of July plans. Please give it some thought and let me know.

The second discussion we need to have before next year’s furniture sales season deals with the teams we have and the coverage we need if we don’t get new members before then. As I’m writing this, with the departure of Jay and Mary Ann Niles to Florida, who will remain in our Club but unable to do furniture sales and who were very active in our Club and will be greatly missed, we are down to just 17 members doing furniture sales. This is not enough to have five teams in the present format where we all do three weekends and one day per season and get volunteers to cover Labor Day weekend. Although we often could get along with only three members near the end of the season, the beginning requires four be on a team and present. I believe our Club has the highest average age in District 45 at nearly 75 years and many of our members have medical issues which either prevent them from lifting furniture or make it extremely difficult. Again, I’m asking you to give the subject some serious thought so we can again come up with an acceptable solution. Barring an influx of new members and hopefully some younger blood, we will probably have to go to only four teams which will require each person to do four weekends per season and still have volunteers for the Labor Day weekend. Another issue that needs to be addressed is the make up of the teams. Everyone is happy with the teams they are on but, due to physical disabilities, all teams may have to be rearranged. Another possibility is to shorten the selling season which would almost certainly be on the closing end as this is when sales usually slow down. PLEASE GIVE THIS SOME SERIOUS THOUGHT.

 

The first District 45 Cabinet meeting for this year will be on Sunday August 11th in Manchester, Vermont from 10 to 3:15. This is as close as a District meeting can be unless we hosted it, so if you ever felt the urge to attend one, please let Molly or me know as soon as possible.

Our next BOD meeting will be on August 20th, but the location is yet to be determined. This past year most of the Board members volunteered to host a meeting and hopefully this will continue this year. All members of the Club are invited and encouraged to attend our BOD meetings. Either Molly or I will notify all members of the Club of the location as soon as it is determined.

 

The Clambake at the American Legion on July 31st was a great success as I think everyone who attended will tell you. Air conditioning sure made the event much more enjoyable. Everyone present was given a copy of this year’s Roster with email and physical addresses and phone numbers. They also received a Meeting and Event Calendar and a copy of the Granville Lions Club Committees. If you are on a committee that is new to you, please get in touch with me to cover your responsibilities. We will be having regular committee meetings throughout the year.

 

Thanks to all of you for what you do and for reading this newsletter to the very end.

 

KL Bob

 

 

 

 
 

 


 
 
 
 

 


 
 

 


 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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