Club President Karen McVaigh opened the meeting by asking Lion Damon Yunt to lead the Club in a patriotic song – America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee. Lion Dee Baughman led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Aaron Odell performed the invocation.
Lion Dee Baughman won the “no-fine” badge for the meeting.
Greeter Melinda Blankenship introduced our guests from Visalia Police Department: Chief Jason Salazar and Ariceli Delatorre.
Student Speaker Contest Chair Pete Sherwood shared that he had recruited three contestants for the February 22nd Contest Lions are reminded not to be late since the doors will be locked when the contest begins.
Lion Jeff Meader provided an update on needs for the upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner. Members are asked to donate three bottles of wine and twenty-five dollars for gift cards.
Lion Allen Ventling announced that there will be a Vision Screening Event in Goshen from 1 to 3PM at the Family Services Eggstravaganza on April 13th.
Lion Jeff Meader will be escorting both daughters to the Father-Daughter Dance and donated ten happy bucks.
Singer Dee Baughman was happy to have delivered over 14 singing Valentines.
Lion Ruth McKee was especially happy that this Friday started a three-day weekend.
Red Sox fan Allen Ventling was happy that spring training was starting. Giants fan Pete Sherwood was happy to see Visalian Stephen Vogt joining the team.
Lion Damon Yunt enjoyed having Dee Baughman’s quartet sing at the Redwood Springs Care Facility.
Skier Craig Wheaton was happy for the snow we received.
Lions Betty and Aaron Odell were happy their Grandkids were moving back this way.
New homeowner Melinda Blankenship’s house is being painted.
President Karen was on her way to a Dierks Bentley concert in Fresno.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse donated five happy bucks. Her husband is doing well and she was happy to have Chief Salazar with us.
Lion Jeff Meader won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Giants fan Craig Wheatley won the free ad. Lion Ruth won the lottery tickets. Lion Dee Baughman won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the coveted white marble.
Police Chief Jason Salazar provided an update on the activities of his department highlighting officers use of body cameras, the ongoing drop in rates of serious crime – especially those related to gang activity, and the more recent increase in problems associated with homelessness.