Club President Rebecca Juarez opened the meeting by asking Dee Baughman to lead his fellow Lions in a patriotic song – America, My Country ‘tis of Thee. Lion Walt Juarez led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Bob Line performed the invocation.
Guests for the meeting included Cecelia Palermo, daughter of Lion Jill Palermo; and guest speaker Stephen Tootle.
President Rebecca reported that the MD-4 convention in Redding was a success. The Visalia Pride Lions received an award for best club at the meeting. A proposal to raise district dues by four dollars was adopted, and the annual budget passed. President Rebecca received a Club leadership award, and Lion Walt Juarez received an award for his work as District membership chair.
President Rebecca also shared that Parlier Lions would be having a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 26th.
Lion Dee was glad to see Lion Jill Palermo and daughter Cecelia at the meeting. He was also glad that the Los Angeles Dodgers had acquired “ace” reliever Sergio Romo.
Lion Pete Sherwood was happy that president Rebecca and Past District Governor Walt had received awards at the District convention. He also shared that Lion Jeff Meader had sold his house; and that Aaron Hill, who is from Visalia, had been signed to play with the San Francisco Giants.
Lion Walt was happy that his brother, and his brother’s wife and daughter had come to visit. He was also very happy with the singing Valentine performed by Lion Dee’s barbershop group.
Lion Chris Baldwin shared that his daughter went to the Visalia Rawhide job fair and received a concessions job.
Lion Ruth McKee was, once again, happy that it was Friday and that she had four days off.
Lion Bob Line shared that his great granddaughter Avery was featured in the Visalia Times Delta.
Lion Melinda Blankenship had a great trip to the District convention. She also was happy that Lion Vinnie Longo was in attendance and sitting at her table. She is going in for shoulder surgery soon and may miss a few meetings.
Lion Betty Odell enjoyed her first trip to the World Ag expo.
Lion Jill shared that she has one week left on maternity leave and that her husband has a new job as a manager at X-fit Gym.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse fined Lion Roy Dressel for reportedly calling Lion Melinda “odd”.
Lion Dee Lion fined Bob Line for not sharing that he was happy with his singing Valentine, as Lion Walt had.
Secret greeter Chris Baldwin fined Lion Tom Link for not shaking her hand prior to the meeting as required.
Lion Janet McClintock won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation. Lion Tony Loliva won the free ad. Melinda Blankenship won the scratcher lottery tickets. Lion Jill Palermo won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to draw the $200 white marble.
COS Professor Stephen Tootle shared his knowledge of the history of American politics and how they relate to current political events.
District Meeting in Taft February 24
Lions City of Hope Day March 26
Leo Leadership Training March 31- April 2
Chicago International Convention June 30