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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.

FULTON LIONS INSTALLS NEW PRESIDENT, PRESENTS ANNUAL AWARDS

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Lions Club installed its new slate of officers for 2017-18 and presented club awards for the 2016-17-club year at their June 15 meeting.

Michelle Stanard succeeds David Guyer as president. Other officers installed included: Zachary Merry, vice president; Linda Hughes, secretary; and Michael Reardon, treasurer. Lion Douglas G. Russell of Liverpool, past district governor, zone 20-Y1, presided over the installation.

Other positions installed at that meeting include:  David Guyer, immediate past president; Fred Aldrich, membership chair, Gail Holmes, tail twister, Geoff Sawyer, lion tamer, Deana Michaels, assistant secretary; Ron Browning, assistant treasurer, Brett Tallents, assistant tail twister; and Steve Chirello, David Dingman, Len Kellogg and Dennis Rupert were elected to the board of directors.

David Guyer, who completed his second term as president of the Fulton Lions Club, hands the club gavel to Michelle Stanard, president for the 2017-18 year.    

David Guyer, who completed his second term as president of the Fulton Lions Club, hands the club gavel to Michelle Stanard, president for the 2017-18 year.    

“Three outstanding Lions received one of Lions Clubs International’s most prestigious awards,” Guyer said. “Ron Browning, Gail Holmes, and Steve Chirello each received the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award.”

The Fulton Lions Club installed its new slate of officers for 2017-18 and presented club awards for the 2016-17-club year at their June 15 meeting. Michelle Stanard, seated, is president and from left, standing: Zachary Merry, vice president; Linda Hughes, secretary; Lion Douglas G. Russell of Liverpool, past district governor, zone 20-Y1, who presided over the installation; David Guyer, immediate past president; and Michael Reardon, treasurer.

The Fulton Lions Club installed its new slate of officers for 2017-18 and presented club awards for the 2016-17-club year at their June 15 meeting. Michelle Stanard, seated, is president and from left, standing: Zachary Merry, vice president; Linda Hughes, secretary; Lion Douglas G. Russell of Liverpool, past district governor, zone 20-Y1, who presided over the installation; David Guyer, immediate past president; and Michael Reardon, treasurer.

Established in 1993, the Uplinger award honors outstanding Lions, non-Lions and organizations that perform exemplary service to the club, district or community, Guyer said. “These honorees possess the highest examples of Lionistic character, ideals, purpose and service. Ron, Gail, and Steve have demonstrated that through their leadership. Both Steve and Gail are past presidents, and Ron has co-chaired our successful Lions Loot Sweepstakes for several years. All have volunteered for multiple projects and committees, and have been steadfast in sharing their time and talents.

“Chartered in 1953, our club continues to be one of the most active in our district. We look forward to our upcoming Charby’s Duck Derby  (September 10), to kick-off our next year of service to the greater Fulton community.” 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. For more information, visit www.fultonlionsclub.com, or find them on Facebook under Fulton, NY Lions.

Three Fulton Lions received the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1993, the Uplinger award honors outstanding Lions, non-Lions and organizations that perform exemplary service to the club, district or community, said outgoing president David Guyer. “Recipients Ron Browning, Gail Holmes and Steve Chirello have demonstrated the highest examples of Lionistic character, ideals, purpose and service. From left: Holmes, Chirello, Lion Douglas G. Russell of Liverpool, past district governor, zone 20-Y1; Guyer and Browning.

Three Fulton Lions received the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1993, the Uplinger award honors outstanding Lions, non-Lions and organizations that perform exemplary service to the club, district or community, said outgoing president David Guyer. “Recipients Ron Browning, Gail Holmes and Steve Chirello have demonstrated the highest examples of Lionistic character, ideals, purpose and service. From left: Holmes, Chirello, Lion Douglas G. Russell of Liverpool, past district governor, zone 20-Y1; Guyer and Browning.

FULTON LIONS’ CLUB AWARDS 2017 DOWD, SCARINGI SCHOLARSHIPS

Aryelle Barbagallo and Emily Gerth, both 2017 graduates of G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2017 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively.

Fulton Lion's Scholars

Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward their college costs. Barbagallo, (second from left), will be attending Nazareth College where she will major in Physical Therapy. Gerth will be attending Elmira College where she will study nursing.

Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, (far right), and committee member and past president Bob Weston congratulated the winners. Absent from the photo are committee members Zachary Merry 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.

Fulton Lions Members In Syracuse Honor Flight Mission 009

Fulton Lions Robert Reynolds, left, and Leo Chirello were recent participants in Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 009 to Washington, D.C.

Honor Flight Syracuse

Reynolds, a Navy veteran, and Chirello, an Army veteran, both served during the Korean War.  On April 29, Honor Flight flew 80 Central NY veterans to our nation’s capital.  Their mission: “We fly our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect together at their memorials.”  

Honor Flight paid all expenses for the trip which included visits to the WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and Air Force memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, and a rousing heroes welcome at Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport on their return.

FULTON LIONS CLUB DONATES $1,000 TO UNITED WAY’S STONE SOUP

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to the Stone Soup fundraiser for local food pantries, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Oswego County,  (UWGOC), it was announced by President David Guyer. “The Fulton Lions Club has contributed to this project for a number of years,” Guyer said. “It is of vital importance that we all pull together to support our local food pantries and the clients they serve.”

Fulton Lions Club donates

This year’s event, held April 11, at Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton, had soup donated from Blue Moon Grill, Tavern on the Lock, Mimi’s Drive-In, and the Foursome Diner, said Ali McGrath, UWGOC resource development director. Other supporters were Davis Brothers, C’s Market, Red Baron, Springside at Seneca Hill, Kathy’s Cakes, Sweet Cindy’s Gluten Free Bakery, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Kinney Drugs.

All proceeds benefit food pantries at the Hannibal Resource Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and the Salvation Army.

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

FULTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY UPDATES FULTON LIONS CLUB

FULTON, NY – Joseph Fiumara, center, executive director, Fulton Community Development Agency, made a presentation at at the Fulton Lions club’s March meeting. Fiumara elaborated on waterfront development plans for Lake Neatahwanta, improvements to Recreation Park, and progress made by the Fulton Footpaths organization.

Fulton Lions Club

Joining him is Fulton Lions President Dave Guyer, left, and Fulton Lions Past President Robert Weston, who is also a member of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Committee.  The Fulton Lions Club, also known for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes, Lions Mane Event Comedy Night, and annual Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams, and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. 

The Heart of Fulton’ Visits Fulton Lions Club

FULTON, NY – Author Jim Farfaglia and Mary Kimball made a presentation to the Fulton Lions Club on their book, “The Heart of Fulton at Home and Abroad: World War II and the Korean War,” at the club’s February meeting.

From left are: Jim Farfaglia, Leo Chirello, Mary Kimball and Dave Guyer.

From left are: Jim Farfaglia, Leo Chirello, Mary Kimball and Dave Guyer.

Kimball and Farfaglia read excerpts from the book, which recounts personal stories of Fulton veterans and their families during the two wars.

Fulton Lions past president Leo Chirello is a Korean War veteran who contributed a memoir to the book.

They were joined by Fulton Lions President Dave Guyer.

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

Find them on Facebook under Fulton, NY Lions.

Fulton Lions Club Donates $1,000 To Fulton Block Builders

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to Fulton Block Builders.

From left are:  Dave Guyer and Linda Eagan.

From left are:  Dave Guyer and Linda Eagan.

“The Fulton Block Challenge neighborhood revitalization program is a critical step forward in reshaping our city and restoring pride, one block at a time,” said David Guyer, Lions president. “Fulton Lions is proud to be a supporter.”

Guyer is shown with Linda Egan, FBB administrative director.

For more information on FBB, contact Egan at fultonblockbuilders@gmail.com  or visit www.FultonBlockBuilders.com

Fulton’s Lions Club, also known for its Lions Loot Sweepstakes, (April 30) 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.

For further information on Fulton Lions, visit its Facebook page under “Fulton NY Lions.”

Fulton Lions Club Inducts New Members, Red Cross Makes Presentation

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Lions Club inducted Susan Duratt and Alex Conn as members at its January 19 meeting.

From left are: Mike Reardon, Alex Conn, Susan Duratt, Leo Chirello and Dave Guyer.

From left are: Mike Reardon, Alex Conn, Susan Duratt, Leo Chirello and Dave Guyer.

The Fulton Lions Club inducted Alex Conn (second from left) and Susan Duratt as members. “We are delighted to have Susan and Alex join our club,” said President David Guyer, (far right). Past President Leo Chirello (second from right), conducted the member induction ceremony and the sponsor for Duratt and Conn was Fulton Lions Treasurer Mike Reardon, far left.
The Fulton Lions Club inducted Alex Conn (second from left) and Susan Duratt as members. “We are delighted to have Susan and Alex join our club,” said President David Guyer, (far right). Past President Leo Chirello (second from right), conducted the member induction ceremony and the sponsor for Duratt and Conn was Fulton Lions Treasurer Mike Reardon, far left.

From left are: Rosie Taravella and Dave Guyer.

From left are: Rosie Taravella and Dave Guyer.

“We are delighted to have Susan and Alex join our club,” said President David Guyer. “As our club grows, so does our ability to reach and help more people in the greater Fulton community.”

In addition to the member induction, Rosie Taravella, regional CEO, Western and Central NY Region of the American Red Cross, gave a presentation on the agency’s many services.

She focused on a program that provides and installs free home smoke detectors, while educating families about fire safety, prevention, and escape.

Taravella also discussed the services the Red Cross offers active military, as well as the blood donation drives they are well-known for.

Rosie Taravella, regional CEO, Western and Central NY Region of the American Red Cross, gave a presentation on the agency’s many services. She focused on a program that provides and installs free smoke detectors, while educating families about fire safety, prevention, and escape.
Rosie Taravella, regional CEO, Western and Central NY Region of the American Red Cross, gave a presentation on the agency’s many services. She focused on a program that provides and installs free smoke detectors, while educating families about fire safety, prevention, and escape.

For more information, visit www.redcross.org

Past President Leo Chirello conducted the member induction ceremony and Fulton Lions Treasurer Mike Reardon sponsored both Duratt and Conn’s membership.

Fulton’s Lions Club, also known for its Lions Loot Sweepstakes, (April 30, 2017), 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.

For further information on Fulton Lions, visit their Facebook page under “Fulton NY Lions.”