Club President Karen McVaigh opened the meeting by asking Lion Dee Baughman to lead his fellow Lions in song. Lion Allen Ventling led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Pete Sherwood performed the invocation.

Lion Allen Ventling won the “no-fine” badge for the meeting.

Greeter Melinda Blankenship introduced our guests: MacKenzie Haynes, granddaughter of Lion Vicki Whitehouse; Matthew Earl and Jeff Gilbert of the Tulare County District Attorney’s office; former Lion Steven Rodecap; Judy Landers, wife of Lion Don Landers; and Dane the Dog.

Announcements

Lion Ruth McKee reminded members that our meeting for January 11th will be held at Visalia Emergency Aid.

Lion Allen Ventling reported that he had attended the Christmas Party at the Redwood Springs Care Facility, where Lion Damon Yount passed out gifts he had purchased with the money donated by our Club to thankful residents.  Lion Allen also attended the “pull-tab fundraiser party” at Houston School.

Auction

Traveling Lion Don Landers auctioned off a Chocolate scented candle from Hershey Pennsylvania.  Lion Melinda Blankenship bought the candle for a donation of ten dollars.

Lion Steve Gerrard auctioned off a bottle of Ugly Sweater wine.  Lion Ed Jones bought the wine for a donation of ten dollars.

Happy Bucks

Lion Don Landers was happy to be back from his extended trip to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

Lion Justin Levy donated five happy bucks. The Greek Urn he purchased for an auction item during his recent trip to Europe did not survive the trip.

Proud grandfather Pete Sherwood donated eight happy bucks in honor of the birth of his new grandson.

Lion Carol Jones was happy to have Lion Justin, Lion Don, and Judy Landers at our meeting.

Lion Ruth McKee was happy it was Friday and that Christmas is coming.

Lion Dee Baughman was happy to have past president Steve Rodecap at the meeting.

Lion Leigh Moscone’s fifth grandchild was married.

Fourteen grandkids and the mayor are expected at Lion Tom Link’s house this Christmas.

Lion Roy Dressel will be taking Christmas week off.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse was happy her husband is doing well, and that her granddaughter Mackenzie and the Landers could join us for the meeting.  

Fines

Lion Dee Baughman fined Lion Don Landers for reportedly tracking his wife’s shopping trip on his phone.

President Karen fined Lion Melinda Blankenship for holding up traffic while sauntering across a crosswalk prior to the meeting.  Lion Ed Jones responded with a fine for Lion Karen and a quotation from the California Vehicle Code.

Lion Darrel Farnsworth fined Lion Tom Link for his brightly-colored socks.

Secret greeter Ruth McKee fined Lion Roy Dressel for not shaking her hand prior to the meeting as required.

Prizes

Lion Justin Levy won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club.  President Karen won the free ad. Lion Tony loliva won the lottery tickets.  Lion Carol Jones won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the coveted white marble.

Presentation

Matthew Earl and Jeff Gilbert of the Tulare County District Attorney’s office described the agency’s efforts to curb rural and agricultural crime. Lions were encouraged to report suspicious activity, preserve crime scenes, mark and secure tools and equipment, post farm properties, and communicate with law enforcement.