Bristol Group Always Gives a Lion’s Share
by Cate Murway
“Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.”
Almost 100 years ago, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities. Lions Clubs International was born June 7, 1917 and is the world's largest service club organization. The Lion stands for courage, strength, fidelity and vital action.
The goal of the Bristol Lion’s Club, a global service network, is to make a difference both on a local, as well as a national level.
Senator Joseph Ridgway Grundy [1863-1961] was named the 1st Bristol Lions “Citizen of the Year”. He obviously was a compelling believer in the strength of local involvement, perpetuating the principles and ideals of the American spirit. Coincidentally, he shared the same January 13th birthday with the Lions’ founder.
The Bristol Lions have been, and are ready whenever and however their community needs them.
"You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else."
Former first female President and current Bristol Lions’ Chairman of Concerts, Melissa Frances Paolini, along with her co-chair, Rachel Rearick, are spearheading the Lions’ Craft Fair and Flea Market event. It is scheduled for August 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to be held in the beautiful waterfront Bristol Lions’ Park at the foot of Mill Street.
The Bristol Lions offer substantial scholarships for college-bound students in the Borough, as well as surrounding areas, using the proceeds from their events. Providing scholarships to deserving youth is just one such example of the way they work to provide community service. Many of the scholarships offer tuition money to students who might not ordinarily be able to go to college, including those that are hearing or visually impaired.
The Lions is one of the most effective service club organizations. With their programs of unselfish service, they get the jobs done! During 2013, the Bristol Lions are celebrating 62 years of community service in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Vendors for the Lions’ Craft Fair and Flea Market, please bring your own table. Spaces are an economical $15.00. Free Parking in the Mill Street Parking Lot. There is still time to reserve a spot. Join this eclectic mix of great deals and style!
The spaces are filling quickly. Preview some of the vendors.
Cara Janine Walker and her sister-in-law Sharon Ann Blank are providing the Polka Dot Shoppe table with a selection of fashionable and affordable hair bows, crocheted hats, hair clips, rosette and lace headbands and infant barefoot sandals. Navy veteran Heather Davis, the proprietor of Daydreams and Doodads on Mill Street met Cara and Sharon at another organized craft fair last year and they now showcase their handcrafted hair accessories for ‘fashionistas’ of all ages in Heather’s gift boutique. Custom orders are always welcome!
“Add Some Spice to Your Life.”
Mary Elizabeth Pfender started her Holy Mary Mother of Hot Sauce, LLC business over a year ago. “I always made hot sauce, originally for wings and started making it by the gallon.”
Selections are hot but with a lot of flavor.
“I realized anyone can do heat, getting the flavor was key.”
The sauces are great on chicken wings but be sure to try them as a marinade on shrimp, pork, steaks or mixed in your favorite burger recipe.
“Original is the spiciest.”
12 oz. bottles of Original “Taste of Heaven and a Touch of… [well, you know!] Hot Sauce, Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki Sauce, and Spicy Garlic are $7.99. Kiss of Honey and Garlic Parmesan are $8.50 per 12oz. Samples will be available. www.motherofhotsauce.com
“We make perfect scents.”
Kelly Baxter, an independent consultant, was introduced to Scentsy by her sister. “They’re safe with kids in the home. No fire.” Her table will display the safe wickless alternative to scented candles. She has been doing home parties and events for about a year.
Kelly has generously agreed to be a vendor, as well as a fundraising table.
20% of her total sales will benefit the Lions’ Scholarship fund.
Apple Press fragrance is one of her favorites. Get prepared for the crisp fall days: crunchy apples, juicy pears, and just a hint of the last full roses of the summer.
“Dazzle your Dorm”! Scentsy offers a line of ceramic wickless warmers in their college campus collection. Or create a package tailored to your own needs.
Jamie Lynn Camacho brings her Seacret Direct, a unique collection of skincare and spa products enriched with healing minerals and natural elements from the Dead Sea. Jamie was a customer first and now hosts spa parties. The products are all natural, “perfect for children”.
While you are perusing the incredible selections at all the tables, enter the “Choose Your Own Gift” Raffle.
Chances are only $1.00 each. Winner gets to choose one prize from any vendor table.
It’s the little moments that make life big!
The Bristol Lions’ Craft Fair and Flea Market event is posted on Face book.
Memorial donations are most appreciated.
Tina Marie Boccardo Morgan posted:
“Thank you for the invite! I would also like to donate. Can I donate in memory of my father and grandfather who were Lions? My dad’s full name is Vincent James Boccardo and my grandfathers, Anthony Boccardo and Leonard James Monks. I hope it will encourage others to do the same. My family loved the Lions Club.”
See you at Bristol Lions’ Park! This Saturday August 10th is the Festival of Lights from 4:00pm to 10:00pm featuring a free lighted boat parade and a fireworks display from Burlington Island.
[Rain date is Sunday August 11th].
The Bristol Lions sincerely appreciate all the support given to them in the past and your future support will help make our community even better.
Their goal is to make a difference - and they have - over and over again with their programs that succeed.
For further information, contact Melissa 215.378.6451 or Rachel 215.450.3547
The Bristol Lions Club
P.O. Box 2161
Bristol, Pennsylvania 19007
Bristol Township resident Lori Bentivogli will fill her table with a variety of girls' handmade hair bows and headbands. She creates her hair accessories using colors for Major League, NHL and NFL Teams: the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Flyers, and bows for every holiday!
Special Italian Day Festival accessories will have you ready for the September 14th event.
Lori invites pre-paid custom orders and will have hand painted hair bow holders available for $10.00 and $12.00.
Bristol Bristol Lions Club Seeking Vendors for Flea Market & Craft Show at Lions Park
By Jeff Bohen July 25, 2013
The Bristol Borough Lions Club will hold what they hope will become as traditional as the concert series they hold every year, their First Annual Flea Market and Craft Show.
Against the picturesque backdrop of the Delaware river, shoppers will be able to spend the day at Lions Park and supporting Lions Club efforts to provide the borough with events such as the free concerts series.
The Lions are currently accepting vendors for the August 24 event at $15 per table.
Melissa Paolini, one of the event organizers, said its important for the Lions to explore new and different options to raise funds so the Non-Profit can continue to provide scholarships, concerts, and other resources to the community.
“Raising money by holding the flea market is one way of doing that,” she said.
For more information about becoming a vendor feel free to call
Melissa Paolini at 215-378-6451 or Rachel Rearick at 215-450-3547.
See you on August 24!