NEWS RELEASE: Chittenango Lions Club CONTACT: Warren "Pat" Jerome
DATE OF RELEASE: December 19, 2007 TOPIC: "Christmas Tree Sale"


It was two days after Thanksgiving at 8:00 A.M. on November 24th, when 300+ Christmas trees arrived at Stickles Park in downtown Chittenango. The 34th annual Chittenango Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale would soon begin. In about an hour the freshly cut trees were unloaded, tagged and individually displayed on racks ready for sale. The work crew that morning included 12 Lions and plus 26 Boy Scouts including their leaders and parents from Troops 11 and 33.

This year the Club is again selling Balsams and Fraser firs ranging from 4'-8' in height. The cost is: $20.00-$40.00. The hours of the sale are: Monday-Friday 3:30-7:30 P.M. and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. This year's Lions Club Tree Chairperson is Peter Stevens (697-9065)

The profits each year go toward the Club's sight, hearing and speech projects as well as youth and community activities. Normally about 80% of the club works on this project in various capacities. The last three years the club sold out by mid-December.

Working Together - It is a "Lion-Boy Scout Project" each year the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Stickles Park in downtown Chittenango. For about an hour of organized work, both groups unload, tag and display 300 Christmas trees and get them ready for the Lions traditional sale. Lion Jim English, this year's president stated: "The Lions provide Troops 11 & 33 with an annual contribution to help their troop programs. This way the boys in turn are also providing the Lions with some much needed help. It is another example of the Lion's working along side with another community organization."

Each Tree is Tagged: Lion Marg Montross tags one of the newly arrived "Christmas Trees". Each colored tag represents a price set by the Club depending on the type and height. Holding the tree is Ben Holcomb under the watchful eye of Troop 11 Scoutmaster Jim Ekland.

It Sometimes takes two: John Sager of Troop 11 and Marsha Chamberlin carry a tree to the display area.  Marsha is visiting from Oriskany, NY, and was willing to give Chittenango a helping hand...