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Fulton Lions Club makes improvements at Oswego Falls Park

Fulton Lions Club members Bob Weston (left) and Len Kellogg spread mulch under a jungle gym. Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park.
Fulton Lions Club members Bob Weston (left) and Len Kellogg spread mulch under a jungle gym. Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently worked on clearing trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park.

Members of the Fulton Lions Club recently spread new mulch and cleared trees and brush recently as part of a cleanup project at Fulton’s Oswego Falls Park on South First Street, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions Club president.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the club has made work at the park one of its annual projects.

“The Fulton Lions Club, working in cooperation with the City of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department, tackled removing heavy layers of brush, trees, vines and stumps that had overgrown the western perimeter,” Dingman said. “We also spread new mulch under the swing set, slide and other playground equipment.

“During the past four years, the Fulton Lions Club has resealed the basketball court, painted the basketball backboards and added new nets,” he added. “We’ve also cleared brush from the northern perimeter chain link fence, removed stumps, removed an old chain link backstop, and filled in lawn ruts and depressions with topsoil.

“This project was very fulfilling for our members and it was a pleasure to help a community park become even more inviting to children and families,” he concluded.

Lions who participated in the project were  project co-chairs Steve Chirello and Bob Weston, Len Kellogg, Dr. Brett Tallents, Kevin Michaels, Don LaBarge, Roberta Boteler, and Dingman.

The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International, which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries.

The Fulton club, with more than 40 members, is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.

Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide.

Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids.

In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at Waby Opticians, Empire Vision Center, Wal-Mart, PathFinder Bank and the Medicine Place.

The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation.

Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information may visit the club’s web site at http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069. 

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Moody McCarthy to headline Fulton Lions Club comedy night

The Fulton Lions Club has announced that it will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr will also perform.
The Fulton Lions Club has announced that it will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr will also perform.

The Fulton Lions Club will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions president.

“In addition to Moody McCarthy, we’ll also have comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Dingman said. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Advance sale tickets may be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton, the Fulton Medicine Place, or by calling Gail Holmes at 592-4245.

Tickets will be available at the door.

“Our host is Matt Rohr, who actually lived in Fulton for a few years as a youngster,” Holmes said. “Come see if you still recognize him. Matt first performed comedy in Rochester where he was emcee of the Comedy Block Party. He tours clubs and colleges all over the country and always reminds people to tip the wait staff. He now shares a New York City apartment with his wife and an unknown number of mice.

“Our second comic, Matt Wayne, is originally from Buffalo and has performed all over the country. He resides in New York City where he hosts a popular monthly show. Matt has performed at famous comedy venues like Caroline’s on Broadway and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).

“He has also been featured in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Ore.,” she added. “Matt can be seen in the up coming web series, Guy’s Guide, alongside Iron Chef Marc Forgione.

“Moody McCarthy, our headliner, has performed on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, He grew up in Syracuse and now lives in New Your City with his wife and step-dog.

“After six years upstate, McCarthy moved to New York City where he was told by his fans that he’d be a star in no time. After more than 20 years honing his craft, he steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere.”

He’s known for unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops where he thrives in any venue from pubs to country clubs.

The Fulton Lions Club, also known for its Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

Chris Ells (right) director of health, physical education and athletics for the Fulton City School District, spoke at a recent meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. Thanking him for his presentation is Fulton Lions President David Dingman. Lion members have and will be attending sporting events as part of their commitment to youth activities.

Fulton AD discusses athletic program at Lions meeting

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Chris Ells (right) director of health, physical education and athletics for the Fulton City School District, spoke at a recent meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. Thanking him for his presentation is Fulton Lions President David Dingman. Lion members have and will be attending sporting events as part of their commitment to youth activities.

by Bob and Sandy Weston

The Fulton Lions Club’s major focus is sight and hearing in addition to scholarships, youth activities and community support. The four major fund-raising projects the Lions undertake to support these programs are a chicken barbecue, pancake breakfast, Duck Derby and Lions Loot.

Under the leadership of President Dave Dingman, Lion members have and will be attending sporting events as part of their commitment to youth activities. Club members recently attended a junior varsity football game and assisted Fulton Athletic Booster members in the concession stand on Homecoming against Oswego.

At a recent Lions meeting, members were very pleased to have Chris Ells, director of health, physical education and athletics for the Fulton City School District as their guest speaker.

Ells clearly spelled out his approach to Fulton athletics as well as its educational component. He also met with us for a personal interview that we would like to share with you.

Along with his goals and objectives for the athletic program he administers, Ells emphasized the fact that without the help of the coaches and athletes, he could not have accomplished much of what he has for many of the programs that he helped initiate started from questions and concerns they raised. He added that the success of any athletic program is not only based on the commitment and dedication of the coaches and athletes but parental involvement and community support as well.

He described the balance necessary between academics and athletics and at preseason meetings the need for greater participation between parents, coaches and athletes. Effort and good grades are essential factors when playing a sport.

Some of the things that Ells also covered with Lions members and us include the benefits of being on a team; the Four C’s of Athletics, which are competence, character, civility and citizenship; the modified, JV and varsity Philosophy, which ranges from learning the basics of a game to the culmination of each development program; and sportsmanship, which in part is to play hard, play to win, but play fairly within the rules.

As for his background, Ells told us that as a little guy, he loved playing sports. He did everything — football, basketball, baseball, and skiing when he got older. At age 8 and petrified of the water, he learned how to swim and a month later, he joined the swim team. Competitive swimming became a very strong part of his life as he swam competitively for the next 18 years.

He added that running track and cross-country in high school are activities that he still enjoys.

Ells said he learned so much about life because of his commitment to sports. Paying it forward, he is trying to pass on all the valuable lessons he has learned throughout his sport’s career by focusing on the 4 C’s of athletics. Some of the benefits of being on a team, he said, include an increase in overall fitness, learning time management and achieving better academic grades.

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‘Lions Loot’ – Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes. The event drawings are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home.  Nick Sterio of Oswego, (left), a 2011 winner, is congratulated by Fulton Lions Immediate Past President Jim Sokolowski.

Less than 400 tickets remain for ‘Lions Loot’ sweepstakes

‘Lions Loot’ – Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes. The event drawings are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home. Nick Sterio of Oswego, (left), a 2011 winner, is congratulated by Fulton Lions Immediate Past President Jim Sokolowski.

Less than 400 tickets remain for the Fulton Lions Club’s 10th annual “Lions Loot” sweepstakes, it was announced by club President David Dingman.

The event drawings are scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Fulton Polish Home. First prize is $10,000 and total prizes are $30,000.

“Our goal is to sell all 1,000 tickets by October,” Dingman said. “We’re hoping folks will grab this opportunity to purchase the remaining tickets for this event which helps us help many Fulton area residents with eye examinations, eye glasses and hearing aids…This year alone, our club as provided more than $7,000 to help the hearing and vision impaired.

“We also wanted to remind participants that more than one name may be on a ticket,” he added. “In addition, requests for a special number will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and that you need not be present to win.”

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