President Brad Board opened the meeting by asking Lion Bob Line to lead his fellow lions in song: America, My Country ’Tis of Thee. Lion Allen Ventling led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Lion Ed Jones performed the invocation.
The “no-fine” badge for the meeting went to Lion Ed Jones.
Greeter Rick McVaigh introduced two special guests: Jennifer Spurlock, representing the Tulare County Public Library Homebound Program, and Deb of Prestige Assisted Living.
Lion Allen Ventling reminded lions that the Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday August 28th . Committee members will meet on Thursday August 27th at 5:30 PM to assemble gift bags. More raffle prizes are still needed.
Lion Dee Baughman shared that he met with Jill Cruickshank, the new advisor for the La Sierra Leo Club. The Leos will be having their charter party at the La Sierra Academy at 6:30 PM on September 3rd and all Visalia Host Lions Club members are welcome to attend.
President Brad also reported on the August 11th Executive Board Meeting. Lion Ed Jones has set the date for the 2016 Chili Run fundraiser for April 9th. A donation request presented by Lion Pete Sherwood was approved to purchase food storage shelving for $5,000 for Visalia Emergency Aid. Secretary Steve Gerrard proposed an amendment to the finance section of the Club constitution to properly reflect the name of the "Visalia Host Lions Foundation Account". The amendment will be voted on at the regular club meeting of September 25th, 2015. Lion Jeff Meader will be on the lookout for Club service projects. October will be a special new members month -- members bringing guests interested in joining the Club will receive a free lucnch.
Lion Kent Woolley graciously donated a Bearskin Meadows Camp T-Shirt and a golf book for auction. Lion Tom Gaebe purchased the pair of prizes for donation of eighteen dollars.
Lion Glenn Mar was happy that Lion Walt Juarez was well and back with the group.
Lion Eric Frost was happy with the new paint in the Sue Sa’s deli clubhouse.
Lion Ed noted that it was Gorgeous Grandmothers Day and donated six dollars on behalf of the six gorgeous grandmothers in attendance.
Lion Roy Dressel was happy that the LA Dodgers were still in first place atop the National League Western Division, and that he had become an Ambassador with the Visalia Chamber of Commerce.
Lion Ruth McKee was happy that it was Friday.
Lion Dee was happy with the success of the Mighty Oak Singer's recent spaghetti feed, and thanked Lions for attending. Tail Twister Melinda Blankenship shared that both the food and entertainment were excellent. Lion Dee also thanked Melinda for submitting the latest Lion’s shirt order.
Lion Justin was happy to have his fiancee Nicki at the meeting.
Proud Father and Lion Chris Baldwin reported that his son’s traveling baseball team had placed second in a recent tournament at Pismo Beach.
Lion Tom Link shared that the Visalia Rawhide Baseball team was in first place, and that he would be leaving for the coast after the meeting.
Lion Carol Jones was five-dollars happy -- Next Saturday she will be celebrating the last birthday of her fifties and her wedding anniversary.
Lion Kent was happy to have attended Monday night’s Visalia Rawhide game. A designated hitter on rehab assignment from the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a super-long home run.
Lion Jeff Meader and his wife recently adopted three children and had taken them to Disneyland.
President Brad was glad to be back at the Club.
Lion Bob Line recently found out that his new bride had been Miss Visalia and Miss Visalia Cubs.
President Brad fined Lion Justin Levy for arriving late. Lion Justin fired back, fining the President for mis-introducing his fiancee Nicki.
Lion Eric Frost fined Lion Bob Line for sharing he believes that, with his new moustache, he looks just like the actor Tom Selleck. Lion Eric remembers Selleck as being much taller than Line. Lion John Parker also fined Lion Bob for his immodesty. Lion Walt opined that Lion Bob looked more like Fresno television personality Kopi Sotoropolis than Selleck.
The secret greeter for the meeting, Lion Carol, fined Lions Bob Bricker and Eric Frost for failing to shake her hand prior to the meeting.
Lion Karen McVaigh won the free advertisement, and asked that it be used to cheer on the World Champion San Francisco Giants. Lion Glenn Mar won the five-dollar raffle and graciously donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Lion Tom Gaebe won the lottery tickets. Lion Rick won the chance at the marble drawing, but came nowhere close to snatching the prized white marble.
The guest speakers for the meeting were Jennifer Spurlock of the Tulare County Public Library Homebound Project, and Deb of Prestige Assisted Living. The speakers described the efforts of volunteers to visit and bring books to people who could not make it to the library. Ms. Spurlock is looking for another three to five volunteers willing to work for about three hours per week to expand the program.