Special Announcements

January 24, 2018

We've added 6 Members since October 2017!

We are now 34 members strong! 

Welcome, New Centennial member to the SHLC, Lion Glenn Paul

He will be sworn in during our club's version of the Lions World Wide Day of Induction on April 25, 2018.  

January 11, 2018

We are now at 33 members strong!

Welcome, Two New Centennial members to the SHLC,

Lion Angelique Monét and Lion Thuyen Nguyen

They will be sworn in our club's version of the Lions World Wide Day of Induction on April 25, 2018. 

December 9, 2017

The Sag Harbor Lions held a cocktail reception for the Guide Dog Foundation at Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton, NY to help fulfill the goal of raising money to sponsor a guide dog.  Catlin (see June 2017) gave us her story with her guide dog Charlie.  Our host Nick, at Almond Restaurant, provided tasty hors d'oeuvre.  Almond also offered a three-course prix fixe dinner to those attending



November 2017

Not Your Father’s Lions Club, But They Still Sell Christmas Trees

in the Sag Harbor Express,  by Stephen Kotz

It’s a Sag Harbor tradition. Every year, right around Thanksgiving, members of the Sag Harbor Lions Club set up at the Long Wharf windmill, where they sell Christmas trees as one of their major fundraisers.

October 25, 2017

We are now at 31 members strong!

Welcome, Two New Centennial members to the SHLC – 

Lion Elizabeth "Liz" Lesar (ctr. right) with her sponsor Lion Steve Espach (right) and
Lion Colin Mather (ctr. left) with his sponsor Lion John Tuohy (left).

These two new members were sworn in at the December 28, 2017, Holiday Membership meeting by District Governor Rich Irizarry.

October 11, 2017

Lion Tom CartinoWe are now at 30 members strong!

Welcome, a returning Centennial members to the SHLC – 

Lion Thomas "Tom" Cartino has returned to the club after several years absence.  Lion Tom's favorite event is the Christmas Tree Sale and he is glad to be back on the committee 



 July 26, 2017

Photos from the Scholarship Awards Dinner

Lion Mark Poitras, Chair of the Scholarship Committee is also pictured on the right.

June 28, 2017

The Sag Harbor Lions are proud to announce that 

  • Lion Jim Poitras was presented with the "Lion of the Year" Award
  • Lion Ernest Schade was presented with the District Governor's Award.
  • Lion Ernest Schade was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship.
  • Lion Bob O'Neil (Ret.) was presented the Knights of the Blind Distinguished Service Award for 36 years of service to the club.



June 12, 2017

The Sag Harbor Lions are proud to announce that three Pierson High School graduating seniors were selected to receive the Sag Harbor Lions Club Scholarship for 2017. [See photos added 8/18/17]

  • Ms. Ella Parker was chosen to receive the top scholarship award of $2,500.00.
  • Ms. Maizy Guyer and Ms. Isabel Peters were chosen to each receive a $1,500.00 award.

The winners will receive their award checks and certificates at the Lions Club’s Scholarship Awards Dinner Meeting at the American Hotel on July 26, 2017.

June 9, 2017

Lion President Steve Espach was the recipient of the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award presented by GLT Dr. Maureen Murphy and DG Balan Nagraj – New York State and Bermuda Lions Foundation – at DG Balan Nagraj's Testimonial Dinner and Centennial Celebration at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead, NY 

What is the RJU Award?

Lion President Steve Espach was also the Master of Ceremonies for the dinner.



May 10, 2017 

Welcome, New Centennial member to the SHLC, Lion Una Barolo.







April 1, 2017 

Lion President Steve Espach was a presenter of "Social Media" and a member of the Communications Sub Committee this year for the Long Island Lion Forum, a cooperative presentation of Districts 20-K2 and 20-S. A leadership forum at the Radisson Hotel in Hauppauge.



February 25, 2017

Online registration or snail mail registration for the
April 1st, 2017 Long Island Lions Forum



January 2017

Received the Lions Centennial Commemorative Dollar coin from LCI Store





December 14, 2016

Welcome New Centennial member to the SHLC, Lion Mr. John Tuohy


November 28, 2016

We mourn the death of Lion David Lee.  

Our friend, our mench and our tsores! Thank you for 45 years of service to our Club and to our Village.



October 30, 2016

District 20-S Convention will take place at the Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club 2000, Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY.  


October 28, 2016

Welcome New Centennial member to the SHLC, Lion Ms. Sarah Boyce Borzilleri

October 1, 2016

Andy's Run for a Guide Dog 5K Run/Walk netted $7.700.00. A donation of $6,000.00 will go to The Guide Dog Foundation to sponsor a guide dog.  $500.00 will be donated to the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry for Holiday groceries and the remainder will go to our scholarships program and to partially cover the costs of the Easter Egg Hunt.


July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016

Welcome New member to the SHLC, Lion Suffolk County Legislator,
Ms. Bridget Fleming

July 19, 2016

The Club sent a letter of support to Mr. Michael Leahy, President of the Friends of the Cedar Island Lighthouse, 1100 Shames Drive, Ste. 205, Westbury, NY. 11590.  Lions Jim Poitras and Robert Falborn have been involved in the restoration of the lighthouse that sits at the entrance to Northwest Harbor and Sag Harbor Bay. 

"The Sag Harbor Lions Club feels that this is an extremely worthwhile project and should be supported by all segments of the community and government."

July 12, 2016

Welcome New member to the SHLC, Lion Ms. Holly Worwetz

The Club Donated $300.00 to Time For Teens, a non-profit in Southampton that helps teens to deal with grief and bereavement.

June 9, 2016


This year's recipients of the Sag Harbor Lions Club Scholarships are: 

  • Mr. Harrington Q. Yardley will receive a $2,500.00 scholarship.
  • Ms. Katie M. Bucking and Ms. Arlena F. Burns will each will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship. 

The award-winners and their parents are invited to be the Club's guests for dinner at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor where they will be presented their scholarship checks.

There are no restrictions by the Lions Club on how the continuing student may use their awards. The club received 15 applicants this year, the most applications the club has received in years. Lion Mark Poitras, Chair of the Scholarship Committee was quoted, 

“Helping young people to continue their education while dealing with the escalating cost of higher education is a challenge our community faces. It’s a need our club continues to address even though the awards we present aren’t extravagant.  This year we had many excellent applicants, which made our committee’s decision difficult.  The winners demonstrated the highest level of combining extraordinary community and school involvement as well as the highest level of academic achievement.”

June 4, 2016

Lion Scarlett Magda, DVM represented the Sag Harbor Lions at the Guide Dog Foundation's Lions Appreciation Day at their headquarters at 371 Jericho Tpke in Smithtown.  Lion Scarlett interviewed one of the recipients, Caitlin to share her story, which will go on her blog on Veterinarians International website demonstrating the human-animal bond and how important animals are to our own health and well-being.

Lions Scarlett with Caitlin, a Guide Dog recipient


May 26, 2016

April 27, 2016

Congratulations to the Officers-elect for 2016!  Go to the About/Contact Us page for the list.  The installation will be officiated by DG Manny Vidal, Jr. at the June 22nd Annual Meeting & Charter Night Dinner at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor.

January 27, 2016

Welcome New member to the SHLC, Lion Dr. Scarlett Magda, DVM.

We donated to the following:

  • Ms. Kathleen Mitchell's dissertation project. See her work on her GoFundMe page.
  • The Piersonian 2016 Yearbook placing a 1/4 page ad.

December 17, 2015

We donated to the following:

November 15, 2015

We donated to the following:

October 28, 2015

Welcome New Member to the SHLC,  Lion Paul Zaykowski.

We donated to:

October 3, 2015

Congratulations to all of the runners who braved the cool winds and drizzle and to the Top Finishers in each category of Andy's Run 2015.

Start of the Race

See the list of finishers

Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 455 for their help on the course.

August. 2015

We received a letter of resignation from Lion Barry Vaughn.  Lion Barry was a 40 plus year member of the club and was an attorney on Main Street in Sag Harbor next to the Apple Bank with Anderson, Magipinto, and Vaughn.

June 2015

Thanks to Andrea and Neal Fagin of Sag Harbor and Rochelle Newmark of Dix Hills for their contributions to the use of a wheelchair.

February. 2015

We received a letter of resignation from Lion Frank Leonardo.  Lion Frank and his wife have moved to Florida and will now summer in West Hampton. Lion Frank was the owner of the Sag Harbor Pharmacy. He served as President and as Chairman of the Scholarship Committee.

June 19, 2015

Congratulations to:

The recipients of this year's Sag Harbor Lions Club Scholarships are:

  • Ms. Meagan McMahon received the $2,500.00 award.
  • Ms. Colleen Samot and Mr. Duncan Bennett who each received a $1,500.00 scholarship. 


December 17, 2014

Welcome New Member to the SHLC, Lion Julian Ramirez.

October 4, 2014

Congratulations to:

Angelo Toscano the men's winner of Andy’s Run 5K and Patricia Fall Salamy the women’s overall winner for 2014!

Go to Andy's Run section of our Club Projects page to find the link to all of the results


October 2, 2014

We are saddened by the death of a member, Lion George Proferes, 75

George Thomas Proferes, a longtime owner of the Paradise restaurant in Sag Harbor Village, which was in his family for close to 80 years, died at Huntington Hospital on Friday. He was 75 and had pneumonia, after having had lung problems for 30 years, his wife, Carroll Proferes, said. 

Lion George's father Theodore "Teddy" Proferes was a charter member of the Sag Harbor Lion Club.

See the full obituary

September 24, 2014

Welcome New Member to the SHLC,  Lion Ted Conklin.

August 2014

SHLC Donates Bench and Plaque in Memory of Robert W. Espach

June 12, 2014


to this Year's Recipients of 2014 Lions Club Scholarships 

  • Ms. Catherine Corinado received the $2,500.00 award
  • Mr. Forrest Loesch and Ms. Marley Holder each received a $1,500.00 scholarship.


Letter of thanks from Forrest Loesch

Note of thanks from Marley Holden



May 28, 2014

Welcome New Members to the SHLC, Lions Christina and Tom Little

May 3, 2014

We are saddened by the death of a 50+ year member, one of our Past Presidents, and longtime Treasurer/Secretary, Melvin Jones Fellowship recipient, Lion Robert W Espach.

Robert Willis Espach a lawyer who practiced his profession for over 50 years died at Stony Brook University Hospital on May 3, 2014.  He was 84 years of age, having died due to complications from cancer.

Robert W. EspachBob of Sag Harbor was a lifetime Long Islander born in Floral Park on April 1, 1930.  He was the first child of Edgar W. Espach and Helen Petrat Espach.  His brother, Russell predeceased him.

He graduated from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park and got his Bachelor of Arts degree at Hofstra University in 1952, and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1955.

He served in the US Army as an enlisted man for two years including service at the headquarters of the US Army in Europe, Heidelberg Germany.

Bob married Dorothy M. Collins in 1954 and they were married for 54 years until her death in 2008.  They had one son, Steven R. Espach who survives.

After his active service in the military, he moved to Sag Harbor in 1957 where he started his practice of law in Southampton, thereafter opening his own law office as a single practitioner in Sag Harbor where among other clients he represented the Sag Harbor Union Free School District in connection with the first school bond issue ever.  After several years as a sole practitioner in Sag Harbor, he was invited to be a partner with Bryan Hamlin and Ben Michne in Bridgehampton where he continued to practice until 1977.  In that year he returned as a sole practitioner to Sag Harbor finally closing his office on 25 Washington Street in 1999 and joining with Stephen A. Grossman and Associates in an of counsel position.

Bob was a lifelong Presbyterian having been christened by his grandfather Rev. Augustus C. Espach at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Elmont where he was thereafter married to Dorothy M. Collins.  He served as a deacon, trustee, and elder at First Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor (Old Whalers) and was Church School Superintendent and Clerk of Session for many years.  He also served as a Trustee of the Presbytery of Long Island and President of Trustees for over a year, and also served as recording Clerk of the Presbytery Trustees for over thirty years.

He was a member of the Sag Harbor Lions Club for over fifty years serving as Secretary and Treasurer for many of those years and also as President of the Lions Club for a year, chairing many committees, including one to organize and secure official tax exemption for the Sag Harbor Lions Club Charitable Trust.  After his service as President, he continued to serve as Secretary or Treasurer of the Club and finally as Secretary-Treasurer.

Bob also served as a Director and as Trustee of Sag Harbor Historical Society, as well as Trustee and Secretary of Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum and served for several years as Secretary of Wamponamon Lodge No. 437 F&M of Sag Harbor.

He was also a longtime member of the Bridgehampton Club, New York State and Suffolk County Bar Association.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor, Sag Harbor Lions Charitable Trust (PO Box 158, Sag Harbor, NY 11063) or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.


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