Club Vice President Roy Dressel opened the meeting by asking Bob Line to lead his fellow Lions in song—“Take me out to the Ballgame” in honor of the opening of baseball season. Lion Walt Juarez led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Pete Sherwood performed the invocation.
Special guests included Junann Smith, Haley Ball, and Grace Cummings of the Miss Tulare County Pageants; and four members of members of the Charter Oak Lions: Betty Smith, Jan Beatty, Beverly Atkinson, and Georgia Souza.
Club Secretary Steve Gerrard read the list of candidates for 2017/18 Club Officers. The slate of officers was approved unanimously.
Roy Dressel President
Chris Baldwin First Vice President
Ruh McKee Second Vice President
Karen McVaigh Third Vice President
Rebecca Juarez Immediate Past President
Jeannie Burcham Treasurer
Steve Gerrard Secretary
Vicki Whitehouse Tail Twister
Tony Loliva Lion Tamer
Melinda Blankenship Head greeter
Walt Juarez 2 Year Director
Janet McClintock 2 Year Director
Rick McVaigh 1 Year Director
Eric Frost 1 Year Director
Pete Sherwood Past President Director
Brad Board Past President Director
Secretary Steve also showed off one of the tee signs that will be used at this year’s charity golf tournament. Those interested in purchasing a Tee Sign should contact Steve Gerrard or Walt Juarez.
Lion Walt Juarez announced that the Lions Centennial Picnic, originally scheduled for April 8th had been postponed.
Treasurer Jeannie Burcham passed around a sign-up sheet for the Pot Luck associated with the April 21st Sister City meeting at Lions Park.
Vice President Roy also announced that there will be an Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 AM.
Lion Carol Jone’s trusted assistant, Ed Jones, auctioned off a wooden lion from the Santa Barbara Zoo. Charter Oak Lion Georgia Souza bought the souvenir for a generous donation of twenty-five dollars.
President–elect Roy Dressel shared that he had won five dollars from the scratcher lottery tickets he received as a raffle prize. Roy was also happy with the beginning of the Los Angeles Dodgers season. Outfielder Yasiel Puig, who has been severely underperforming through most of his miserable checkered career, started the season with three home runs.
Lion Kent Wooley donated six happy bucks: he received some good news regarding his health and was happy that the Dodgers won and the Giants lost.
Lion John Parker shared that he received a call from our old friend Howard Tesmer in Idaho. Lion Howard said to say hi to everyone.
Lion Ed Jones was happy that Charter Oak Lion Georgia Souza was here for the auction, happy that the Dodgers are winning, and happy that he will be getting his motorcycle back.
Lion Ruth Mckee donated five happy bucks, she has had to miss several meetings, and, Its Friday!
Lion Carol Jones has tickets to see Neil Diamond.
Lion and Notary Public Pete Sherwood was glad he was well-trained at Notary School. Although Notaries are required to obtain a right thumbprint from clients, Pete’s client had no right thumb. Remembering his training, Lion Pete obtained a left thumbprint and added the required note of explanation to the document.
Lion Glenn Mar said he was happy to see Lion Georgia Souza, who he has known since she was a kid, visiting our club.
Lion Melinda recently went to dinner with friends.
County School Board member Lion Tom Link will be going to Tulare County's Science and Conservation Education Camp. Scicon, and to Morro Bay. Lion Tom also shared that his nephew Parker Cantrell’s Redwood High School baseball team is undefeated.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse fined the Visalia Rawhides Director of Broadcasting Lion Vinnie Longo for his expose on the front page of the Visalia Times Delta Sports Section.
Lion Kent Wooley fined Lions Walt and Rebecca Juarez for not being present to receive an honorary patch at the District meeting.
Lion Brad Board fined Lion Kent for wearing his Dodgers cap inside. Fellow Dodger’s fan Ed Jones paid the fine for Lion Kent.
Lion Ed fined Lion Tom Link for being late.
Secret greeter Bob Bricker fined Lions Walt Juarez, Bob Line, Karen McVaigh, Rick McVaigh, Tom Link, Chris Baldwin, and Janet McClintock for not shaking his hand prior to the meeting as required.
Lion Jeff Meader won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Charter Oak Lion Jan Beatty won the free ad. Lion Jeff won the scratcher lottery tickets and a shot at the marble drawing but failed to draw the white marble.
Miss Tulare County Pageant official Junann Smith described that pageant and Scholarship program. She was presented with a five hundred dollar scholarship donation from the Club. Miss Tulare County teen, Haley Ball, Miss Central Valley Teen Grace Cummings shared their talent with songs from Broadway Musicals.
Meeting with Sister City at Lions Park April 21
Chicago International Convention June 30