Speaker September  26

Christopher P. Reen (“Chris”) is President and CEO of the Denver-based Clarity Media Group, which owns and publishes newspapers, magazines, and digital news sites.  In this capacity, he serves as Publisher of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Colorado Springs Gazette and The Denver Gazette, a new, state-of-the-art digital newspaper serving metro Denver, Colorado. Chris also serves as Chairman of Colorado Politics - an award-winning political news journal based in Denver and covering public policy and the state legislature; and of The Washington Examiner – a DC-based website and magazine, providing in-depth news coverage, diligent investigative reporting, and thoughtful commentary.

Chris and his wife Amy have been married for 28 years and have one son in college, another son is a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, and a daughter living and working in Washington, DC.  They currently reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Upcoming Speakers
Lion Steve Kinsky has lined up some great speakers for the Denver Lions Meetings.   Guests are always welcome
  • Denny Moyers - Ensight - Dec 12
  • Svetoslav Derderyan - Political Science Professor - Jan 9
  • Yves Molwayi - Interoots Initiative - Jan 23
  • Kelli Starbuck - February 13
  • Dianne Christian - April 4
  • Jenna Matthews - Denver Waste Management April 23
  • Mark Masto - Foresight Adventure - May 14
KidSight Co-Chair
In order to continue with the Denver Lions KidSight program we need to have co-chair and volunteer screeners.  KidSight is very rewarding.  When you are screening and find a kid that needs to be referred for further eye exams exams you know that you made a difference in that kid's life.  Over the years the Denver Lions have screened thousands of kids and referred hundreds.
Contact Lion Fletcher Brown if you would like to know what is involved with being a co-chair and a screening volunteer
New Member  Lion Riccardo
Welcome new member Lion Riccardo Mazzeo.
1). Name, spouse/partner name, kids, grandkids?   Riccardo Mazzeo. My wife's name is Dean Ahmad. We don't have kids. We have a dog: Louis.
2). Where were you born and raised? I was born in Erice, a little town in Sicily, Southern Italy. I grew up in Perugia, Central Italy. I moved to Denver, CO in 2007.
3). Current job or retired job, CEO/Owner of Three Tomatoes Catering.
4). Hobby or interests, Travelling, chess, poker, reading, outdoor activities, motorcycling.
5). I joined the Denver Lions because…. I wanted to be part of an honorable organization known for its philanthropic mission and continue carrying out its mission.
6). What I hope to accomplish as a Lion Personal growth and giving back to our community.
7). What three words best describe you Curious, Outgoing, Energetic.
8). Name a couple of bucket list items for you. Second home in Italy, Travelling around the World.
9). When you were a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be a diplomat.
10) What was one of your biggest accomplishments? Convincing my wife to marry me. Moving to America and becoming a citizen of our wonderful Country.
11) Where did you go to school? Both in Italy and in Denver, CO, USA.
12) What else should we know about you? Always ready to meet and support new people.
Vision campaigns 
Lions Suzy and Steve Kinsky have been doing campaigns around the world. Since 2013 they have:
  • 10 countries
  • Gave sight to 12,414 patients 
  • Involved 225 volunteers
  • 6,560 on-site volunteer hours
A big Lions ROAR for Steve and Susy
Contact Susy upcoming Vision campaign in Mexico
Bank of Denver
Lion Dan Kiel works for the Bank of Denver and some of his team to the Recycled for Sight sorting event.  The bank encourages and supports its employees to do volunteering. 
We encourage our members to bring friends family and other organizations to help us process glasses at the Colorado Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center 
A member of the Bowling League for the Blind, and a past member of the Glenwood Springs Lions Club before moving to Denver, has reached out to the Denver Den for assistance, wondering if we have any bowling fans.   They need “spotters” for their league play at Crown Bowling, 2325 S. Federal where they play at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning.  (They are willing to pay the $15 fee for someone willing to help.).

Please call or text  Myrna Ann ( 303.880.8219) if you are interested in helping out and she will give you the contact number for Donna Long who made the contact with our Club. 
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Lions Coaster
As a gift to our speakers, we will be giving them a set of Lion coasters.  These are also available to members.
Colorado Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (COLERC) funded half the cost of a new lensometer to the Pueblo Lions Club. The club already has one lensometer and this new one will allow them to process twice the number of glasses. After the club collects, sorts, and processes the glasses they bring them to COLERC to be cataloged and ready for distribution.
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