District Governor Patel Honors Long-Serving Host Lions

Lion Melinda Auctions Taffy

Club President Roy Dressel opened the meeting by asking Dee Baughman to lead his fellow Lions in a patriotic song. Lion Carol Jones led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Lion Bob Line led his fellow Lions in prayer.

Greeter Melinda Blankenship introduced our guests:  Dick Piepenberg of Visalia Sunset Lions; Jan Beatty and Tracy Meaders of Charter Oak Lions; Christine Chavez, a guest of Eric Frost; District Governor Kevin Patel and his wife Falguni Patel, of Hanford Breakfast Lions; and Van Vanlandingham and Edward B. of the Visalia Pride Lions.

Lion Eric Frost won the "no-fine" badge.


President Roy announced that there will be a Club Executive Board meeting on Wednesday October 11th at Cafe 225.  He also shared that the 2018 Charity Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Friday August 17th

Lion Dee Baughman reminded members that the Leos will be having an ice cream social fundraiser on October 6th at 3:30.

Lion Jan Beatty announced that the Charter Oak Lions Dueling Pianos fundraiser would be held October 6th at the Lamplighter Inn.


Lion Melinda Blankenship auctioned off saltwater taffy she purchased on her recent trip to the Coast.  Lion Karen McVaigh bought the taffy for a donation of seven dollars.

Happy Bucks

President Roy was happy that the Dodgers had made the playoffs and that District Governor Patel and his Cabinet could join us for the meeting.

Lion Bob Bricker was happy that his granddaughter who attended the Highway 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas was safe.  Lion Pat Harrison's pharmacist also returned from the event safely.

Lion Dick Piepenberg happy to be visiting the Host Club and also happy about the Dodgers.

Lion Janet McClintock was happy to have attended a recent baseball game.

Hanford Lion Falguni Patel was happy to be visiting our Club.

Lion Tom Gaebe was happy to see two hard working members of the Band Review Committee at our meeting.

Lion Brad Board's son and granddaughters were able to get their pictures taken with football star Tim Tebow.

Visalia Pride Lion Edward B. shared that the Pride Lions would be holding a dinner and dance on February 17th.

Slavedriving Scoutmaster Eric Frost was able to get his troop up to Eagle Lake at Mineral King.

Lion Craig Wheaton donated five happy bucks and was happy to make it to Club this week.

District Governor Patel was happy to be visiting our Club and was happy to hear about our Leo Club.  Visiting Lions Van Vanlandingham and Tracy Meader were also happy to be at our Club.

Lion Carol Jones had fun at her last Girl's weekend.

Lion Ed Jones was happy about the Dodger's great season, and the fan response to recent NFL issues.

Lion Dee Baughman, once again, offered his challenge to Dodgers fans -- he will donate ten dollars if the Dodgers win the series, and Dodgers fans will donate one dollar each if they falter.

Lion Allen Ventling donated a portion of his horse racing winnings from the Fresno Fair.


Lion Dee Baughman fined one Lion who had not been to Club recently.  He also fined Lion Brad Board for reportedly having trouble addressing a female club member.  Lion Eric Frost fined Lion Dee for becoming tongue-tied when talking about alcoholic beverages -- Lion Dee shared that his favorite is Nyquil.

Secret Greeter Allen Ventling was unable to fine any Members for not shaking his hand prior to the meeting as required.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse fined Lion Pete Sherwood because fellow attorney Ruth McKee was working and not able to make it to the Taste of Downtown.


Lion Vicki Whitehouse won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club.  Lion Tom Gaebe won the lottery tickets.  Lion Edward B. got a shot at the marble drawing, but failed to draw the elusive white marble.


District Governor Kevin Patel honored several Host Lions for over 30 years of service.  They included Glenn Mar, Bob Bricker, Bob Line, Tom Link, Steve Gerrard, Tom Gaebe, Cliff Dunbar. Dee Baughman, Daryl Farnsworth, John Parker, and Carol Jones. 

  Upcoming Events

Band Review and Field Show                   October 14

New Members Night in Laton                   October 21

Lindsay Vision Screening                         October 28