Fulton Lions’ 29th Charby’s Duck Derby Launches Sept. 8

“This year there will be prizes for the 28 top finishers as well as the last place duck, with a grand prize of $2,500, sponsored by The Medicine Place,” said David Guyer, club president. “There are also more than 40 local raffle prizes to be won on the day of the event, and there will be a drawing every 15 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. for $25 in NYS Lottery tickets, sponsored by Dennis Hawthorne Jr., attorney. And to keep things lively, the Str8 On band, sponsored by Community Bank N.A., will provide live entertainment all day!”

Lions gathered recently to prepare for the event, from left: Bob Weston, Paul Foster, Gail Holmes, Zach Merry, immediate past president; Ron Browning, assistant treasurer; David Dingman, Dennis Rupert, Susan Daratt, treasurer and David Guyer, club president and event chair.

Lions gathered recently to prepare for the event, from left: Bob Weston, Paul Foster, Gail Holmes, Zach Merry, immediate past president; Ron Browning, assistant treasurer; David Dingman, Dennis Rupert, Susan Daratt, treasurer and David Guyer, club president and event chair.

The event will be in Canal Park, behind Tavern on the Lock.

Duck tickets can be purchased the day of the event or from any Fulton Lion.

Ducks are dumped into the Oswego River to start the race at the 2016 Fulton Lions Club Charby’s Duck Derby.

Tickets can also be purchased at The Fulton Medicine Place, Chirello Advertising or from any Fulton Lion.

In addition, Lions will be selling tickets at Mimi’s Drive-in from 4 to 7 p.m., Aug. 22 and 23; and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 24 and 25.

Fulton’s Lions Club, also known for its Lions Loot Sweepstakes, and Lions Mane Event Comedy Night, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams, and hearing aids to residents in the greater Fulton area.

Fulton Lions Club Awards 2019 Dowd, Scaringi Scholarships

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Camille Stevenson, and Collin Bennett, (far right), both 2019 graduates of G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2019 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial, and John Scaringi scholarships respectively.

Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward their college costs. Stevenson, who is class valedictorian, will be attending the University of Rochester where she will major in Neuroscience.

Collins will be attending Nazareth College where he will study Biomedical Science. Zachary Merry, Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, (second from left), and committee member and Fulton Lions past president Bob Weston congratulated the winners. Absent from the photo are committee members Geoff Sawyer and Steve Chirello.

The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Charby’s Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

Less Than 300 Tickets Remain For Fulton Lions Loot April 28 Drawing

FULTON – Less than 300 tickets remain for The Fulton Lions Club annual “Lion’s Loot” drawing, said Ron Browning, co-chair.

The chance of winning up to $10,000 is quickly coming to an end, and a recent sweepstakes sold out.

The event starts 1 p.m., April 28 at the Fulton Polish Home. Doors open at noon.

“Our goal is to sell all 1,000 tickets as support for this event helps the Fulton Lions Club provide many Fulton area residents with eye examinations, eyeglasses, and hearing aids,” Browning said. “Donations for each ticket are still $50 for adults aged 18 or older. More than one name may be on a ticket and requests for a special number will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lion Susan Daratt, far right, sells chances on drawings for two lottery ticket boards at last year’s event. For more information or ticket applications, contact either event co-chair: Ron Browning at 315-561-9021 or Dave Dingman at 315-450-2678.

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Ticket applications are also available at DeVine Designs, Chirello Advertising, Fulton Savings Bank, Fulton Polish Home, Mimi’s Drive-in, both Fulton and Phoenix Medicine Place pharmacies, Tavern on the Lock, and Family Chiropractic.

  • Every ticket sold will be in the drum for every drawing.

  • You do not need to be present to win, and you can win more than once.

  • Prizes include one $10,000,  $7,000, and $5,000 winner as well as five $1,000 drawings and six drawings of $500.

  • Taxes are the responsibility of the winner.

Each ticket purchased allows two adults to attend the drawing and enjoy food, drink, and entertainment the day of the drawing.

It’s a great party for ticket holders with free refreshments, raffle drawings, and large-pot 50-50 drawings.

Doors Open at 12 p.m.   Main drawing starts at 4 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

1st Prize is $10,000

2nd Prize is $7,000

3rd Prize is $5,000

5 Prizes of $1,000

6 Prizes of $500

You can also print the application below and send it in with a check.  Right click and save to your computer or click here for a downloadable PDF.


Buy Fulton Lions Loot Ticket by Feb. 15, Receive Free Fresh Flower Bouquet

Anyone who purchases a Lions Loot Ticket from Jan. 16 through Feb. 15 will receive a fresh flower bouquet for free, announced club President Zach Merry.

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The Fulton Lions Club’s second and final “Lions Loot” sweepstakes Early Bird drawing will be drawn at the Feb. 7 board meeting.

A total of five names will be drawn for the prize of $100 each.

Anyone who purchases a Lions Loot Ticket from Jan. 16 through Feb. 15 will receive a fresh flower bouquet for free.

The fresh flower bouquets will come from Fulton Lions Past President Gail Holmes, owner of DeVine Designs florist, Fulton.

“One free, fresh flower bouquet will be available for every ticket application received through Feb. 15,” Merry said. “It’s a perfect way to check Valentine’s Day flowers off your list, and the ticket you purchase could be worth $10,000.

Every application purchased before the February board meeting will be entered for the final Early Bird drawing.

The Lions Loot event and drawings start at noon April 28 at the Fulton Polish Home. First prize is $10,000 and total prizes are $30,000.

“Support for this event helps the Fulton Lions Club provide many Fulton area residents with eye examinations, eyeglasses, and hearing aids,” said Ron Browning, co-chair. “Donations for each ticket are still $50 for adults aged 18 or older. More than one name may be on a ticket and requests for a special number will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

Every ticket sold will be in the drum for every drawing, you do not need to be present to win, and you can win more than once. Taxes are the responsibility of the winner.

“Each ticket purchased allows two adults to attend the drawing and enjoy food, drink, and entertainment the day of the drawing. To give yourself the best chance of reserving your lucky numbers and winning an Early Bird drawing, we urge you to return your applications as soon as possible,”Browning said.

Ticket Applications

Click here to Download and Print Application

Or stop in to pick up ticket applications at DeVine Designs, Chirello Advertising, Fulton Savings Bank, Fulton Polish Home, Brewer & Brewer, Mimi’s Drive-in, both Fulton and Phoenix Medicine Place pharmacies, and Tavern on the Lock.

Ticket applications can also be mailed to individuals by contacting Browning, co-chair, at 561-9021.

For more information, contact Browning at 561-9021 or Dave Dingman at 450-2678.

FULTON LIONS SUPPORT ‘OPERATION KINDNESS’, KARASEK PRESENTS ON ARISE DIABETES PROGRAM

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Lions Club made a $250 donation to Operation Kindness, the brainchild of Autumn Barrick, a 5th grade student at Lanigan Elementary. In addition, James Karasek, advocacy manager, ARISE Oswego County office, made a presentation on diabetes at the club’s November meeting.

The Fulton Lions Club made a $250 donation to Operation Kindness, the brainchild of Autumn Barrick, a 5th grade student at Lanigan Elementary, second from right. Operation Kindness, now in its second year, provides Christmas toys and gifts at no charge to those who need them. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 1, in the community room of the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St. Each shopper may take two new/gently used gifts for each child in their home. In addition to toys, there will be free drawings for popular toys, and there are also some winter coats available. Joining Autumn were, from left: Zachary Merry, Fulton Lions president; her sister, Addison Barrick; and Lion Melissa Champion, who brought the program to the Lions club. For further information, contact Nichole Slocum at slocumnichole@gmail.com.

The Fulton Lions Club made a $250 donation to Operation Kindness, the brainchild of Autumn Barrick, a 5th grade student at Lanigan Elementary, second from right. Operation Kindness, now in its second year, provides Christmas toys and gifts at no charge to those who need them. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 1, in the community room of the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St. Each shopper may take two new/gently used gifts for each child in their home. In addition to toys, there will be free drawings for popular toys, and there are also some winter coats available. Joining Autumn were, from left: Zachary Merry, Fulton Lions president; her sister, Addison Barrick; and Lion Melissa Champion, who brought the program to the Lions club. For further information, contact Nichole Slocum at slocumnichole@gmail.com.


Operation Kindness, a free toy store, now in its second year, provides Christmas toys and gifts at no charge to those who need them. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 1, in the community room of the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St. When she was in 4th grade, Autumn wanted to bring Christmas to all families in our community, and Operation Kindness was born. Each shopper may take two new/gently used gifts for each child in their home. In addition to toys, there will be free drawings for popular toys, and there are also some winter coats available. For more information, contact Nichole Slocum at slocumnichole@gmail.com.

Fulton Lions President Zachary Merry, right, thanks James Karasek, advocacy manager, ARISE Oswego County office, for his presentation on diabetes awareness and treatment at the club’s November meeting. Karasek discussed his personal experiences with diabetes, as well as the ARISE Diabetes Self-Management Program, open to people with disabilities and type 2 diabetes. Topics include: techniques to handle fatigue, stress, pain and emotions; improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, proper monitoring,; appropriate use of medication; skin and footcare; and questions to ask your healthcare provider. Karasek can be reached at (315) 324-4088, ex. 206, or at jkarasek@ariseinc.org.

Fulton Lions President Zachary Merry, right, thanks James Karasek, advocacy manager, ARISE Oswego County office, for his presentation on diabetes awareness and treatment at the club’s November meeting. Karasek discussed his personal experiences with diabetes, as well as the ARISE Diabetes Self-Management Program, open to people with disabilities and type 2 diabetes. Topics include: techniques to handle fatigue, stress, pain and emotions; improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, proper monitoring,; appropriate use of medication; skin and footcare; and questions to ask your healthcare provider. Karasek can be reached at (315) 324-4088, ex. 206, or at jkarasek@ariseinc.org.


Karasek discussed his personal experiences with diabetes, as well as the ARISE Diabetes Self-Management Program, open to people with disabilities and type 2 diabetes. Topics include: techniques to handle fatigue, stress, pain and emotions; improving strength and endurance; healthy eating; proper monitoring; appropriate use of medication; skin and footcare; and questions to ask your healthcare provider. Karasek can be reached at (315) 324-4088, ex. 206, or at.

The Fulton Lions Club provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams, and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

Fulton Lions Induct Garber, DA Oakes Discusses Opioid Epidemic

FULTON – The Fulton Lions Club inducted David Garber as its newest member at its October meeting. And, Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes made a presentation on the county’s heroin and opioid epidemic.

David Garber is welcomed to Lions by Past President Robert Weston, left, and President Zach Merry, right.

David Garber is welcomed to Lions by Past President Robert Weston, left, and President Zach Merry, right.

Garber was sponsored for membership by past president Robert Weston, and he was inducted into the club by President Zach Merry.

Garber is a retired teacher from the Fulton School District.

Oakes discussed the current heroin and opioid epidemic in Oswego County and how his office is addressing it.

The county’s Drug Treatment Court Program, Oakes said, is trying to give addicts charged with non-violent offenses the opportunity to be diverted into a substance abuse treatment program.

This gives the defendant the opportunity to address their drug and alcohol issues, stay out of prison, and have their felony charges reduced to misdemeanors.

The completion rate for this program is approximately fifty percent.

By offering treatment and rehabilitation, defendants receive the opportunity to become law-abiding, tax paying citizens, instead of taking up jail or prison space.

Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes, center, was the guest speaker at the October meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. He was introduced by Past President David Guyer, left, and welcomed by President Zach Merry.

Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes, center, was the guest speaker at the October meeting of the Fulton Lions Club. He was introduced by Past President David Guyer, left, and welcomed by President Zach Merry.

Oakes also said that Oswego County is one of only three jurisdictions in the state selected to participant in a four-year federal grant through the Bureau of Justice Assistance to start an Opiate Court.

The Opiate Court will allow immediate screening of jail prisoners to determine if they have an opiate/heroin issue.

They will be offered the option of immediate treatment, which includes Mediation Addiction Treatment.

This, as with the Drug Treatment Court Program, frees up space in the Oswego County Jail.

The Opiate Court, Oakes explained, is designed as a safety and stabilization court, with a focus on treatment and other services.

The Fulton Lions Club provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams, and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

CHRIS COCCIA, CHIP CHANTRY HEADLINE OCT. 12 FULTON LIONS ‘MANE EVENT’ COMEDY NIGHT

FULTON, N.Y. – The Fulton Lions Club has announced that they will be hosting their 6th annual Mane Event comedy night with nationally known comedians Chris Coccia and Chip Chantry on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Fulton Polish Home. All proceeds raised will benefit community members in need.

“This event has been very successful for us and the community. It’s sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” said Zach Merry, Fulton Lions president. “Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. There will also be a 50-50 drawing and a raffle for a ticket in our next Lions Loot Sweepstakes.”

Presale tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton Medicine Place, Phoenix Medicine Place, Mimi’s Drive-In, PathFinder Bank-Fulton, and the Fulton Polish Home. Ticket donations sold at the door can be purchased for $20 per person and “Laugh Package” tables of eight may also be purchased in advance until September 29, for $200 per table. “Laugh with the Lions-Laugh Package” includes reserved preferred seating near the stage, waitress service, specialty pizzas, snacks and soda, and one complimentary drink per person. Laugh Package tables can also be purchased online at fultonlionsclub.com. For more information contact Deana Michaels, event co-chair, at (315) 529-5508, or co-chair Linda Hughes at (315) 960-3019.

According to his website, (chriscoccia.com), he has appeared on Comedy Central, The Game Show Network and XM Radio. “Chris Coccia’s act is a perfect combination of hilarious material sand the ability to present it ‘in the moment’. Flowing seamlessly between material and improvised interaction with the crowd, Chris is able to open the audience up as he pulls them into a shared recognition of our own human-ness.

“Chris keeps a full schedule working everything from the country’s top comedy clubs to corporate events, to colleges. In addition, Chris Coccia won the 2008 Purina Pet Comedy Challenge, a national event with a $10,000 prize. He was also invited to be part of the Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson’s hometown, Norfolk, NE, put together by the talent coordinator of the Late Show with David Letterman, Eddie Brill.”

Chip Chantry is a television writer and stand-up comedian. According to his website, (chipchantry.com): “He has written for the first season of ‘Crazy Talk,’ a comedy/talk series for NBC Universal and the syndicated series ‘Whacked Out Sports.’ He was the winner of 2013’s Philly’s Phunniest Contest at Helium Comedy Club, where he is a regular performer. Chip also won the ‘Funniest Comedian’ award in Philadelphia’s annual Comedy Awards in both 2012 and 2014.

“Chip has opened for national headliners such as Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Bob Saget, and Todd Glass. In 2012, he released his first live comedy album, “Across From The Adonis.”

“He was also a humor writer for PhillyMag.com, and has written and performed in a number of live and video sketches, including “Deck the Hall and Oates” which VH1.com called “one of the best parodies of the year” in 2011. He also wrote and produced the monthly late night-style talk show, ‘Good Evening w/Chip Chantry,’ at Helium Comedy Club, and the monthly comedy variety program, ‘Chip Chantry’s One Man Show (w/ special guests!),’ at the Philly Improv Theater.”

The Fulton Lions Club helps the community with a variety of projects and services by their annual fundraising events such as the Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Charby’s Duck Derby.

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Comedian Chris Coccia will be one of the featured comedians at the Fulton Lions Club’s 6th annual “Mane Event” Comedy Night on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Fulton Polish Home. He has appeared on Comedy Central, The Game Show Network and XM Radio


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Chip Chantry is a television writer and stand-up comedian. According to his website, (chipchantry.com) “He has written for the first season of Crazy Talk, a comedy/talk series for NBC Universal and the syndicated series Whacked Out Sports. He was the winner of 2013’s Philly’s Phunniest Contest at Helium Comedy Club, where he is a regular performer. Chip also won the “Funniest Comedian” award in Philadelphia’s annual Comedy Awards in both 2012 and 2014.


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LIONS PREPARE FOR 28th ANNUAL CHARBY’S DUCK DERBY

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Tickets are available and preparations are under way for the Fulton Lions Club 28th Annual Charby’s Duck Derby, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Sept. 9 at Fulton’s Lock 3 Canal Park behind Tavern on the Lock.

The first-place prize of $2,500 is sponsored by The Fulton Medicine Place. Entertainment, sponsored by Community Bank,  will be provided by The Billionaires.

Food, beverages will be available throughout the day, as well as face painting for children. Tickets are available at the Fulton Medicine Place, Devine Designs Floral Shop, Chirello Advertising, and from any Lions club member. Club members, who met recently for event preparations, are from left: Carl Nylen, President Zach Merry, Mike Reardon, Michelle Stanard, Event Chairman Dave Guyer, Ron Browning and Bob Weston.

The Fulton Lions Club, chartered in 1953, is also known for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Lions Mane Event Comedy Night, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams, and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

15th Annual Lion's Loot Drawing April 15, 2018

Mark your calendars for the next Lion's Loot drawing to be held on Sunday April 15th 2018 at the Fulton Polish Home.

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It’s a great party for ticket holders with free refreshments, raffle drawings, and large-pot 50-50 drawings.

Doors Open at 12 p.m.   Main drawing starts at 4 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

1st Prize is $10,000

2nd Prize is $7,000

3rd Prize is $5,000

5 Prizes of $1,000

6 Prizes of $500

You can also print the application below and send it in with a check.  Right click and save to your computer or click here for a downloadable PDF.

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If your application is received by February 2, 2018, you’ll be eligible to win one of five $100 prizes in the Early Bird drawing at the February Lions Board Meeting."