Clayton Lions Club, Clayton, New York

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November 2011 Lions Roar

We have two new members this month! Let’s welcome Tom C. and Mary Z. We’ll induct them at our November 28th meeting so please be there to meet and welcome Tom and Mary into our club. It’s good to see Clayton Lions membership picking up again.

We will have an honest-to-goodness Christmas Party meeting at the Pier House Restaurant on December 12th!  Spouses, friends, guests are welcome, please bring someone! Entrée choices will be prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, broiled or fried fish or the Italian Platter. As I type, we don’t know the cost but it should be around $12 - $14 each. We’re working on the program. This will be a great time, especially if we have a big turnout. We haven’t done an old fashioned Lions Christmas Party meeting in a long time so don’t miss it. Call Lion George F.  by December 1 to reserve your seats.
Nov. 28. Pot Luck Dinner! Starting at 6:30 at TILT. Our guest will be this year’s District Governor, Carol P. This will be a good meeting between inducting Tom and Mary and meeting DG Carol. Main entrée will be baked ham with plenty of sides and tasty desserts. Bring a dish to pass and remember to bring place settings. And of course bring a guest.
Dec. 5. Board meeting. All Lions are welcome and encouraged to attend to participate in Club business and decisions.
Dec. 12. Christmas Party and our only meeting in December. Starting at 6:30 at Pier House; social hour starting around 6:00. Hope to see everyone there.
  1. Dec. 3. Clayton Christmas Parade. Theme is Cartoon Christmas. Lions John D. and Jim F. are organizing float construction. If you have a few hours to help, call John. We’ll have a work project evening to assemble the float by late November and will sent email notice to everyone. On Dec. 3 show up at the Lions Bldg around 4:00 p.m., the parade starts at 6:00 pm.
  2. Santa Phone. We’ll operate the Santa Phone from 6 to 8 pm every night from 12/13 through 12/16. We need at least two Lions each night. We’ll again use Christensen Realty’s office to man the phone. Thanks to Lion Walt for making the office available to us and Lion Bud D. for organizing this event and getting word out to local schools.
  3. Festival of the Trees at the TI Museum. Our club will have a tree. All Lions are asked to supply a Lions Club oriented ornament for the tree. Thanks to King Lion Tim for organizing this event.
November Board Notes
  1. Donated $100 to Lions Youth Band. High School musicians from around the state perform at the Lions State Convention next spring. TICS is interested in participating.
  2. Thank you received from Hawn Library for our recent donation to Sweet Dreams program.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A New Sign for Lions Field

This is a press release for the TI Sun:

On Wednesday, August 24 the Village of Clayton DPW staff removed the old sign at Lions Field and replaced it with this new sign, designed and made by Stewart Signs of Cape Vincent at the request of the Clayton Lions Club. A decision was made to replace the old sign during a June 1 special meeting of the Village of Clayton Board of Trustees and a group of Lions Field stakeholders. The old sign needed replacing since it housed the defunct scoreboard, which had been replaced last year by a free-standing scoreboard in the east corner of the playing field.

A group of interested parties, together with the Village of Clayton, has been meeting and making improvements to Lions Field since the spring of 2010. Some of the completed projects are refurbished restrooms, a new roof on the restroom / storage building, picnic tables at the playground area, rebuilt and painted lion drinking fountain, the new scoreboard, and now this new sign. The labor and materials for many of these projects were fully or partially donated by generous community members and businesses.

More projects are being planned which include a new announcer's booth, upgrades to the electrical system, and the sound system. These projects benefit the community in countless ways, but they all require funds and labor. Consider how you can be part of this community effort, especially if you or your family enjoys Lions Field.

The Clayton Lions Club was able to make this new sign available through it's fundraising efforts throughout the year. The Lions Club thanks the community members who support these efforts and believe this new sign to be a good investment in a good community … Clayton, NY.

Monday, August 15, 2011

August Lions Roar

Rift Camp Cookout
Our annual Rift Camp cookout will be on Friday Aug. 19th. We’ll start with meet & greet at 5:00 with dinner around 6:00. Steak, salt potatoes, corn on the cob, salads and beverages are on the menu. We’ll have some raffles as well. Dinner will cost $15 and we hope many Lions can bring a guest.
The Rift Camp cookout will be our regular meeting for August. No more meetings until September. Please contact Lion George F. to reserve. We need to know ahead of time how many will attend to plan the meal. Several Ontario Lions are attending. We always have a great time and hope you can be there.

Jet Ski Poker Run
This was a very successful event. The poker run brought over 80 participating watercraft and raised over $5000 for our club! Lion John D. did a wonderful job organizing this event and we thank him for the many hours he put into it to make it a success. Thanks to all Lions who worked the event.

Bass Tournament
We had an average size tournament this year. We had 18 boats and the club made over $1000. Unfortunately we had at least six boats cancel on us, probably more, because of the uncertainty about being able to fish Canadian waters.

Board of Directors meeting
The board will sell our donated boat on 8/20 to the best offer received. We have several interested buyers and plan to list the boat for sale on Craig’s List. Thanks to Lion Jim M. for helping organize this sale.
We’re planning another Pizza Sale fundraiser in partnership with Attilio’s. We’ll probably sell two topping pizzas for $10 and our club will keep $3. We plan to sell them during the weeks of Sept. 10 and 17. We’ll need volunteers to sell at various businesses in Clayton. Lion John D. is organizing this sale.

Sept. Board meeting and first regular meeting on Monday Sept. 12, 6:30 pm at
TILT office.
Regular meeting: Monday Sept. 26, 6:30 pm at TILT. This will be a Pot Luck dinner. Information about the program in Sept. newsletter.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 2011 Lions Roar

At our last meeting in May we discussed how we might re-invent the Clayton Lions Club and make it an organization that is so much fun to belong to that everyone will want to attend meetings. We have gotten away from organizing programs at our meetings and we’ve tended to spend our time discussing Lions projects. The meetings aren’t as fun and interesting as they used to be.
We’re determined to change this and become the vibrant club we used to be. We need your help, specifically we need your attendance. Here are some changes we intend to implement. We will have summer meetings, when our club members are here and we will look at scaling back or curtailing meetings in the winter, when attendance has been poor. We will have pot luck dinners once a month and we’ll have an interesting program at our dinners. We’ll reinstate Tail Twisters. We’ll have a good time again. But we need you there. We need everyone to make Clayton Lions the club it once was and all it really takes is for everyone to participate.
Installation of Officers/End of Year Meeting
On Monday June13th our last meeting of the will be held at C-Way Restaurant, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone will order off the menu. In keeping with our pledge to re-invent our club, we have a good program lined up. Geoffery and Chandra Burghardt will demonstrate

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jetski Poker Run 2011 - Clayton NY Lions Club

Clayton Lions Club Jetski Poker Run

The second annual Clayton Lions Club Jetski Poker Run will be held on July 16, 2011. The event is a fundraiser to support the Lions Club’s child eye disease detection program and other community projects.

The poker run is held in Clayton, New York on the majestic St. Lawrence River. This year it will be hosted at the world famous Antique Boat Museum at 270 Mary Street in Clayton. The event is sponsored by Caprara Brothers Honda of Watertown. Co-sponsors are Watertown Savings Bank, Community Savings Bank NA, the Clipper Inn of Clayton and Mild to Wild Automotive LLC of Orange, Connecticut.

The run is comprised of five card pick-up points stretched over the 35 to 40 mile course on the St. Lawrence. People may register in advance to ensure a spot by sending a completed registration form and a check payable to

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Clayton NY Lions Club Bass Tournament Rules and Regulations

French Creek Marina, Clayton NY 13624  
June 25, 2011

Interpretation of rules is left exclusively to Tournament Director(s).  Decisions of Tournament Director(s) is not subject to appeal.

Participation is open to teams of any two people.

All live wells will be checked prior to the tournament.

Any person entering the tournament under age of 18 must have the signature of a Parent or Legal Guardian in the space provided on the entry form.

A brief pre-tournament Angers Meeting will be held before 6:00 a.m. on Tournament Day.

Boats ae released from French Creek Marina stsarting at 6:00 a.m. on Tournament Day.  Boats are released in the order in which registrations are recieved.  All boats must return to French Creek Marina no later than 3:30 p.m. to avoid late return penalty.

Safe boating must be observed at all times.  Each contestant must wear a fastened U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD) whenever the boat engine is in operation from boat check to weigh-in.  We strongly encourage anglers to wear their PFD at all times.

Participants mus have a valid New York State fishing license.  Participants who choose to fish Canadian waters must also possess a valid Ontario fishing license.  Anglers entering Canadian waters are responsible for abiding with all applicable Immigration regulations.  The Clayton NY Lions Club recommends anglers use navigation charts.

The Clayton NY Lions Club, tournament sponsors and anyone directly or indirectly associated with the tournament are in no way responsible for any injury or accident to person or equipment.  At the discretion of the Tournament Director the tournament may be rescheduled or shortened due to unsafe weather or water conditions.

Contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, sponsors and the Clayton NY Lions Club.  Examples of conduct not complying with those standards include but are not limited to the following expamples:
  1. Consumption or possession of alcholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during registration, the pre-tournament meeting or during tournament hours extending through weigh-in.
  2.  Any words, conduct or action reflecting unfavorably upon the efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competion and compliance with Tournament Rules are prohibited.
  3. In case of any conduct not complying with the standards of the Tournament Director(s) the Director(s) shall have the right to disqualify a contestant.
All bass must be caught in a conventional sporting manner.  Only artrificial lures may be used, with the exception of

2011 Clayton NY Lions Open Team Bass Tournament Announcement

Clayton NY Lions Club sponsors its 8th Annual Bass Tournament on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at French Creek Marina on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands region.
Boats are limited to two anglers each but anglers choose their fishing partner.  Tournament limited to the first 40 boats.  Catch & release tournament, best 5 bass per boat.
Entry fee: $85 per boat.  80% of entry fees returned as cash prizes.  We pay the top 25% of the field.  Optional Big Bass Pot: $10 per boat.  Biggest bass takes 100% of the Big Bass Pot.
Boats are released in the order in which registrations are recieved.  Fishing is from 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Fishing waters are the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.
Angler registrations and Tournament Rules are posted on this website.  Anglers can print and mail registrations (use the tabs at the top) with payment to Tournament Director Jim Picunas of the Clayton Lions Club at:
37342 County Rte. 4
Clayton, NY  13624
Contact Jim with questions at (315) 686-1273 or email
This year the Clayton NY Lions are partnering with New York Bass Fishing Federation (NYTBF) to offer a full weekend of tournament fishing.  NYTBF is hosting a second tournament on Sunday, June 26th.  The same registration fee, format, payout and rules apply.  For information on the NYTBF tournament go to or contact Bobby at (315) 408-8472, email
Clayton Lions Club sponsors this tournament as a community event which promotes tourism in the 1000 Islands and Clayton NY.  It is a family oriented event with many father-son (or daughter), husband-wife, grandparent-grandchild teams.  We usually have a number of good door prizes and refreshments at weigh-in.  All Lions Club profits from the tournament help fund Lions charity projects including scholarships, help to the visually impaired and other community programs.   This is a good time tournament and we hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lions Roar May 2011

Annual Membership Dues for 2011 – 2012 are due by May 31.

Dues are $65 if paid in May. Couples pay $65 for one and $45.50 for spouse. Dues will be $70 if paid in June. Couples would pay $70 for one and $45.50 for spouse if paid in June. Dues must be paid by June 30th. Please contact Lion George at 686 5268 if you have any questions about this year’s dues. Thank you for your cooperation in this.

Education Night is Monday, May 9th at C-Way Restaurant. Thanks to Lion Cab Burns for organizing this year’s event. Dinner will cost $12. Our keynote speaker is Don Alexander, CEO of Jefferson County Job Development Corporation. Over 40 Thousand Islands scholars will be honored. This is our big annual scholarship event and it is important to have a good turnout of Clayton Lions. Please plan to attend, and bring your spouse or a friend. Education Night takes the place of our first regular meeting for May.

Proposed Slate of Officers for Lions Year 2011 – 2012:
President: Tim H. Treasurer: George F. & John D.
Vice Pres: Clarence G. ; Secretary: Jim P.
Lion Tamer: Gene D. ; Tail Twister: vacant
Directors, I year: Jim F., Bud D., John D.
Directors, 2 year: Steve A., Jim M., Brenda M.

Congratulations to Lion Steve A. and his wife on the birth of their son Noah last month.

Clayton Lions Club Baseball hats. Later this month we will have a limited supply of Lions Club hats. They are royal blue, embroidered with the Lions emblem and will say Clayton NY Lions Club around the emblem. They will cost $12.50 while they last. If you are interested in one, call Lion Jim P. at 686-1273 to reserve yours.

Trash & Treasures Sale. The sale will be Saturday, June 11, to

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Lions Roar Delivery: If you get these newletters by regular mail, and you have an email address, please call Lion Jim Picunas, 686-1273, or email at with your email. By emailing the Lions Roar to you, the club saves time and money. Thanks for your cooperation.

Lions Club International, through the Lions Foundation, has made a big impact on earthquake ravaged Haiti. LCI has provided new homes to over 600 families in Haiti along with significant aid to earthquake victims in the past year. Although we sometimes question the costs of being a Lion, it is good to know that we are part of something bigger, and that together we can make a difference we would be unable to do alone.

Club Activities for 2011. King Lion Tim brought up a list of events and possible projects for our club in 2011. Projects include repairing the doorframe on the Lions Building,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Clayton Lions Club has Facebook Page !

Hello all.  I've just learned that Clayton Lions Club has a Facebook page with notices of our events, fundraisers, and several photo albums, especially of the 2010 Christmas float in progress, and our Christmas tree at the TI Museum.

This is the link to click:

If you are not familiar with Facebook, as I'm not, when on the page that this link takes you to, be sure to click on the blue tabs that say 'wall', 'info', 'photos', etc.  The photos are actually albums, and clicking on one photo will take you to more.

Lion Steve Albright has done this. We need to thank him for this great job. It's just one more way to promote our club and keep in touch, for free,too.

Monday, January 3, 2011


                                                  2010 Christmas Parade Float: A Winner!
To see more photos of the parade go to this website:
December 2010

December Pot Luck Dinner. Our Pot Luck Dinner will be held at TILT on Monday 12/13/10 starting at 6:30. We’ll have a steamship roast beef and everyone should bring a dish to pass and place setting. Please bring a guest too! King Lion Tim is organizing some great prizes for raffle at the meeting. We’ll have a great time and hope everyone can attend. This is our only meeting for December so please plan to be there.

Christmas Float. Chalk up another First Place float for Clayton Lions! We took first in the Service Organizations division. For those who missed the parade, the Lions float featured a replica of a Canadian Steamship freighter passing under the TI Bridge. Behind the freighter Mickey Mouse rode a


November 2010

Current Events
Clayton Lions are gearing up for the Holidays Season. We have a Christmas Parade float to prepare, we have a pizza sale underway, we have a new website and we have successfully led the way in Lions Field renovation work we undertook last Spring. We have two new members and we have plans to enter a tree in the TI Museum’s Festival of Trees. An active Fall and Winter lays ahead. Here is a summary of current activities. To get the full story, come to the meetings.

Christmas Float. Float designer extraordinaire, Lion John Davis, has developed what is sure to be another winning float for this year’s parade. The theme is “Christmas on the River” and Lion John has come up with a plan for building a freighter, with Xmas tree, passing under the TI Bridge.