Club News

SHLC creates a Special Resilience Award for Iaiela

Cailen Riley [ Sag Harbor Express]  writes a wonderful story about Iaiela. Here is a brief excerpt:

When Pierson High School guidance counselor Margaret Motto pulled Iaiela Saldivar-Tellez into her office near the end of the school year, Iaiela was initially worried she’d done something wrong. It was the look on Ms. Motto’s face, she said, that had her thinking bad news was about to be delivered.

“She looked so serious,” Iaiela recalled, saying Ms. Motto asked her if she’d checked her voicemail recently. She said no, adding, “I told her if I did anything wrong, it’s not my fault.”

So Iaiela checked her messages. There was one from someone associated with the Sag Harbor Lions Club. Ms. Motto urged Iaiela to return the call. That’s when she got the news, and it certainly wasn’t bad. The Pierson High School senior learned that she’d earned a $2,000 scholarship from the club, which had created a Special Award category just for her, after reviewing the application she’d sent in for one of the three scholarships handed out by the organization to Pierson students each year. Ms. Motto congratulated Iaiela, and that was a strange feeling, she said. “She started praising me, and I got really emotional, because I’ve never really been praised before,” Iaiela said in an interview earlier this week. “I was just speechless. I couldn’t even say thank you, so Ms. Motto took the phone and said thank you for me. It might not seem like a lot of money for some people, but for me it’s an incredible amount of money.”

SHLC Announces 2020 Scholarship Award-Winners

In an email to the Sag Harbor Lions Club members, the Scholarship Selection Committee introduced the 2020 Scholarship recipients:

Halle Brooke Kneeland— Halle’s career choice is to be a pediatric nurse or a children’s oncology nurse. In her personal essay, she stated that she “would love to work with children in a cancer treatment center…” Halle plans to attend the University of Florida.

Henry Wagner Brooks—Henry’s career choice is either business or law. In Henry’s essay, he stated that he wants “to pursue opportunities to continue…to make the Sag Harbor Community proud.” Henry plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lola Rita Lama—Lola would like to be an actor or a playwright. In her essay, Lola wrote about volunteering at East Hampton’s LVIS thrift store where she “learned so much about giving back.” Lola plans to attend NYU Tisch School of Arts.

SHLC Delivers “Project Sweetness” to Southampton Stony Brook

Project Sweetness 4/22/20VP Sean Kiely [L to R], Pres Tony Lawless, Jeanne Zaykowski, and DG Marianne [end] deliver ice cream to the loading dock of the hospital. The ice cream is given to the front-line medical personnel to make their lives a little bit sweeter.

The funds to purchase the ice cream, delivered to Suffolk County hospitals, including Southampton, were provided through an emergency block grant of $200,000.00 from LCIF to NY State & Bermuda Lions – MD-20. In turn, 20-S applied and received $18,250.00 to provide “Project Sweetness” approved by the 20-S Cabinet. The ice cream was purchased from Hershey’s Creamery in East Northport who donated the time for the drivers and the delivery truck.

Lion Santa in December Favors Chamber

SHLC’s Steve Espach was Santa Clause from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce Holiday Village.

Lion Steve Espach appearing as Santa Claus at the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Village inside the Windmill meeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes. Then singing carols before the tree lighting and counting from “Ten” down to “One” lighting up the village Christmas Tree at the foot of Long Wharf.

SHLC Embraces Scholarship Races

The SHLC kicked off its 2020 scholarship fundraising campaign with a reception held at Lion Ted Conklin’s American Hotel.

For Dr. Patricia Turner, the Senior Dean and Vice Provost of Under-graduate Education at UCLA, Sag Harbor native and Pierson High School Graduate, Coach Wooden’s wise words [found in the article in the Sag Harbor Express] sum up what makes the Sag Harbor Lion’s Club commitment to supporting the collegiate dreams of Pierson High School graduates so important.

The ad was placed in the Sag Harbor Express.

Read more in the Sag Harbor Express.

Next to Dr. Turner are SHLC members [L to R] Lions Paul Zaykowski, Jim Poitras, and Mark Poitras.