TO THE EDITOR: The Plattsburgh Lions Club held its 55th-annual auction on Nov. 9 at the West Side Ballroom.
The dinner event raised approximately $11,000, which will be used in accordance with the Lions mission: “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.”
On behalf of our club, I wish to express our deep appreciation to all those who attended the festivities; to our local businesses and merchants who donated their expert services, quality auction merchandise or gifts of cash; to Facility Manager Bill Dashnaw and his wonderful staff at West Side Ballroom; and to our club members and volunteers.
Donating their valuable time and talented services were local musician Roy Hurd, the Press-Republican, Industrial Press Printing Co., Steve Martin of Martin & Sons Auction Sales, Rolla Parker of Parker Chevrolet and Tom Weiskotten.
Our generous table sponsors included the Beekmantown Lions Club, Brown Funeral Home, Champlain National Bank, the Della Group, Dick’s Customizing and Service, High Peaks Dental, Humana Insurance, Kline Family Dentistry, Knight Automotive Sales & Service, Lee Appliance, Smithfield Liquor & Wine and the Spectacle Shoppe.
A special thanks to our non-member volunteers: Matt Reardon, Andy Clark and Bob Walker.
Finally, I extend a heartfelt thank-you to Lion Tammy Tyler for her calming leadership as chairperson of this important club event.
We had a fun time and look forward to doing it again next year.
CLARK M. FOSTER
Plattsburgh Lions Club
TO THE EDITOR: Once again, this country has had a tragedy. And, this one just a little over a week away from Christmas.
I’m talking about the horrific shooting on Friday, Dec. 14, in Connecticut where 20 young children between the ages of 5 and 10 were killed. Most of us just want to know the answer to one question that will never be answered: Why?
This past year, we’ve seen shootings in Chicago, Colorado, Wisconsin and Oregon, all of which are senseless no matter how you look at it. And for all parents — myself included — we want to hug our children just a little bit tighter and longer than usual.
We keep hearing about gun control (a rallying cry that I’ve heard all my life) and what can be done to stop all of this. When even the president of the United States can’t finish his prepared speech because he is too overcome by emotion, we have to wonder “what next?”
As a person who can say that I’m proud to be an American, it is a sad and tragic day when something like this happens in this country. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of that town who are facing every parent’s nightmare.
This holiday, while we’re celebrating with our families and friends, let’s not take any of this for granted. Let’s remember these people who will never be able to celebrate Christmas as usual.
MARY JANE ELMER