ROAR Newsletter for May 24, 2019

Club President Karen McVaigh opened the meeting by asking Lion Bob Line to lead the Club in song – America, My Country Tis of Thee. Lion George Fry performed the invocation and Lion Jeff Meader lead the flag salute.

Guests for the meeting included Betsy Leon of Visalia Rescue Mission and Josh Banda of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra.

Lion Pat Harrison won the “no-fine” badge for the meeting.


Lion Dee Baughman shared that, beginning in August, we will need another liaison for our Leo Club.  Interested lions should contact Lion Dee.

Betsy Leon of Visalia Rescue Mission presented a Thank You card for our Club’s support.

Secretary Steve Gerrard read the names of candidates for Club officers for 2019/2020.

President      Ruth McKee

1st VP           Craig Wheaton

2nd VP         Jeff Meader

IP Pres          Karen McVaigh

Secretary     Steve Gerrard

Treasurer     Karen McVaigh

Directors      Roy Dressel

2 yr. term     Betty Odell

Directors      Lauri Aguilar

1 yr. term     Aaron Odell

Past Pres.     Pat Harrison

1 yr. term     Allen Ventling

Head Tail Twister      Vicki Whitehouse

Head Lion Tamer      Tony Loliva

Head Greeter            Melinda Blankenship


Lion Ed Jones donated ten dollars in lieu of providing an auction item after his most recent trip to Morro Bay.

Happy Bucks

Happy Lion Jeff Meader donated 20 dollars – His daughter’s dance troupe will be dancing at Disneyland this weekend.

Lion Pat Harrison shared that his Little League All Star Grandson recently hit a home run.

Lion Brad Board will be traveling to Bellflower for his Grandson’s 3rd birthday.

Giants fan Lion Pete Sherwood was able to see his team win two games in Phoenix.

Lion Aaron Odell recently attended a Rawhide Baseball game.

Lion Craig Wheaton will be attending his last meeting in Sacramento.  He also noted that, now that a long ski season is over, he has stopped praying for snow.

Lion George Fry donated five happy bucks.

In the absence of Lion Ruth McKee, Lion Allen Ventling wished everyone a happy Friday.  He also shared that the insurance he carries on his son’s cell phone paid off after he dropped a large weight on it at the gym.

Lion Ed Jones shared that his wife Lion Carol is having a good time at the Coast.  Lion Ed was also happy that the Dodgers are “awesome” this year.

Lion Don Landers is back from a trip to Pismo Beach.

Lion Darryl Farnsworth was happy to be back at Club.

Lion Vicki shared that her husband continues to do well and that the weather has been great.


Lion Vicki Whitehouse fined President Karen for her “short joke”.

Lion Jeff Meader fined himself for having to leave early to return to work.

Lion Betty Odell fined Lion Brad Board for “noise pollution” from his panel truck.


Lion Allen Ventling won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Visalia Rescue Mission.  Lion Jeff Meader won the free ad. Lion Bob Bricker won the Lotto tickets. Lion Craig Wheaton won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to draw the elusive white marble.


Executive Director Joshua Banda provided an update on the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra.  The Orchestra just finished a great season with guest singer Betsy Wolf, Music for medicine at the Hospital, and a youth concert.  For its next performance the Orchestra will accompany the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark on October 18 and 19.

The Roar Newsletter for May 17, 2019

The Roar Newsletter for May 17, 2019

Club President Karen McVaigh opened the meeting by asking Lion Dee Baughman to lead the Club in a patriotic song – Lion Dee responded with a rousing rendition of God Bless America. Lion Bob Line performed the invocation. Lion Allen Ventling led the flag salute.

Lion Steve Gerrard won the “no-fine” badge for the meeting.


Lion Brad Board auctioned off Chocolates he purchased from his recent trip to Canada. Lion Melinda Blankenship bought the candy for a donation of sixteen dollars.  Lion Bob Line donated ten dollars in lieu of bringing an auction item from his recent trip.

Happy Bucks

Lion Dee Baughman referred a friend to attorney Pete Sherwood and was very happy with the service his friend received. Lion Pete was appreciative of Lion Dee’s comments. Lion Pete is also celebrating his 34th wedding anniversary and is on his way to Phoenix for a Giants away game.

Lion Carol Jones will be leaving for the Coast after the meeting.

Lion Ruth McKee was happy it was Friday.  She was also impressed with the remodeling job the Lion Pete did at his office.

Lion Leigh Mosconi will be traveling to see his newest Granddaughter.

After experiencing our recent unseasonably cool weather, Lion Dee Baughman joked that it was a short summer.

Giants fan Tom Link joked that he was happy that his team is only ten games out of first place.

Lion Roy Dressel donated three happy bucks.

Lion Brad Board enjoyed his recent trip to Washington and Canada.  He also appreciated the kind words about the service he provides.

Lion Melinda Blankenship will be traveling to San Francisco for a Lions Eye Foundation meeting.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse shared that her husband is still doing well.  She was also very pleased with the two candidates she selected for Club scholarships — One went through elementary school at Houston School, which our Club has helped support for many years. 


Lion Vicki Whitehouse fined Lion Ruth Mckee because her phone rang during the meeting.

Lion Pete Sherwood fined President Karen for not shaking his hand after selecting his as secret greeter.  He also tagged Lion Allen Ventling for bringing his dog to his newly remodeled office.


Lion Leigh Mosconi won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club.  Lion Rick McVaigh won the free ad. Lion Janet McClintock won the Lotto tickets. Lion Dee Baughman won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to draw the elusive white marble.


Region Chair Janet McClintock presented a trophy the Club received for new member recruitment.

The Roar Newsletter For Friday, May 10th, 2019

The Roar Newsletter For Friday, May 10th, 2019

Our Meeting 

Today meeting was lead by our President Lion Karen, who called on Lion Pat to lead us in singing God Bless America, and Lion Lori to lead us in saluting our flag. Lion Ed did our invocation.

Our greeter, Lion Melinda introduced our guest and program, Joe Ross from the Visalia Rawhide.

Lion Karen draws for the No Fine Badge, Lion Justin was the winner.

Lion Justin happily accepts the No Fine Badge


The No Fine Badge went to Lion Justin, who was glad to get it.

Lion Steve announced that we had received the check from last Octobers Band Review fundraiser totaling $3,675.

President Karen announced that this months board meeting will be this coming Thursday the 16th at the Left of Center.

Lion Melinda announced that we were getting ready to order new Lions Shirts, with colors being a choice of Blue, White or Purple, for $25 and she sent a signup sheet around for members who wanted to place an order.

Lion Melinda also announced that, as golf committee chairman, she was getting ready to have the first meeting and sent a signup sheet for that around for that.

Lion Dee announced that Damon and Himself were taking a group of Leos to Bearskin Meadows on Saturday the 25th to help get the camp ready for the season.

Happy Bucks

Ruth was happy that is was Friday.

Lion Lauri was happy to be able to attend today’s meeting; in addition, she had a happy buck for happy that she got to sit with Joe Ross from the Rawhide. (he convinced her that she should go to a game for the first time ) and she was happy that Lion Vicki’s Rotary Clubs Beer and Wine Auction was a big hit.

Lion Steve was happy that his grandsons had his birthday party at the Rawhide baseball game and even got to through out the first pitch.

Lion Ed was happy that his daughter’s wedding went off so well last Saturday and that the Rotary fundraiser was a big hit.

Lion Don Landers was happy that today was the 47th anniversary of his engagement to his wife, Judy.

Lion Justin was just happy to be at our meeting.

Lion Melinda was happy that she got to attend Ed and Carol’s daughters wedding the previous Saturday, and that the Rotary fundraiser included lots of drinking.

Lion Pete was happy that his mother came down to visit on Mothers day weekend.

Lion Carol was happy that her daughter, Tars’s wedding was over. It was great, but it was a lot of work. She was also happy that former Lion Jeannie Berchem had spent a few days with her at the coast.

Lion Leigh was happy that the Special Olympics track and field meet was a success, with over 700 athletes attending.

Lion Craig was happy that there would be an election for Visalia Unified superintendent in 2020.

Lion Pat jumped in and announced that he was today’s Secret greeter, bypassing our president Lion Karen’s making that announcement and fined two people for it. 

Lion Vicki was happy that her husband was doing well, for just being at the meeting today, for the Rotary Beer and Wine Auction.

Lion President Karen is both the drawer and the drawee for the marble.

Lion Dee fines Lion Roy for his Giant mistake in last weeks newsletter.

Lion Ed says Go Dodgers and Joe, that’s with the G
(You had to be there)


Lion Dee fined stand in Roar editor Lion Roy for failing to mention one of Dee’s happy dollar in the last newsletter. That happy buck was for the Giants taking two games out of three from the Dodgers. In my defense, I could not read my own writing but, if given a chance, this would have been the happy buck I would have chosen not to include.

Lion Pete also fined stand-in editor Roy for grammatical mistakes in the Roar.

Lion Melinda fined Lion Steve for false advertising. Last week Steve auction off a package of what he said were chocolate covered huckleberries. But, Melinda could find no chocolate in the bag.

Lion Dee fined Lion Pat for what he called, following a different path. Dee had been talking with a friend of his and mentioned Pat’s name; the friend said “oh, I know Pat” and just smiled.

Lion Melinda tried to fine Lion Justin for being on his phone during the meeting but got dinged a dollar herself because Justin had the no fine badge.

Don Landers was fined for being late to today’s meeting.

Lion president Karen, Lion Pat, and Lion Tom Gaebe all lacked a badge today and were fined.


$5 Raffle was won by Lion Ruth, who promptly donated it to the Lions Eye Foundation.

Lion Steve won the lotto tickets. We’ll soon see if Steve won the big bucks. (10% to the club)


Joe Ross, from the Visalia Rawhide.


The Visalia Rawhide’s Joe Ross gave Today’s program; Joe gave us lots of information about what the Rawhide was up to this year as far as different specials they are running in addition to how good they were playing this season. They had a 14 game winning streak and are in first place in the Cal league.

Again this year, the Rawhide will be hosting Lion Night, July 11th. $1 for each tick sold will be going to the California Lions Foundation. also, the Rawhide is the only team in Minor league Baseball to have a female announcer for the games.

Joe said if we have any question we can always call or text him at 559-568-5750, or the ballpark  559-732-4433 ext 102.  He also left no dought that he was an enthusiastic Giants fan causing cheers and boos throughout the room.

The Roar Newsletter for Friday, May 3, 2019

The Roar Newsletter for Friday, May 3, 2019

Lion Steve auctions off

Lion Craig was at our meeting today with a happy buck because it had been a few weeks since he had shown up. 

Lion president Karen lead out meeting again today and had Lion Dee lead us in singing My country Tiss of Thee, First vis president Lion Ruth lead us in saluting the flag and Lion Bob Lind did today’s invocation.

Today’s guests today were  Lee Johnson, from The Mid Kaweah Ground Water Sustainability Agency and Larry Micari candidate for District 1 county supervisor, a guest of Lion Don Landers.

No Fine Badge

This went to our President Lion Karen, shouts of collusion were echoed through the room.


Lion Melinda announced many things that came out of the district meeting at the coast during the past weekend. among them were that our new district governor is William VanVanlaningham from the Visalia Pride Lions Club.

Lion Dee announced that the Diabetes camp at  Bearskin Meadows will be opening soon and he will be taking a group of Leos up on Memorial Day Weekend to work on getting the camp ship shape after the winter. Anyone who would like to provide transportation should contact him for info.

Lion Allen announced that the Vision Screening, held on this past Saturday in Farmers was a success, screened 53 kids and refired 11 for full exams.

Lion Bob Line announced that he had attended the COS scholarship night and that our Lions Club sponsored Bruce Jenson Scholarship was handed out at that time.

Auction Items 

Lion Steve auctioned off a bag of Chocolate Covered Jelly Beans from his recent trip to Idaho.

Lion Melinda auctioned off a bag of Elephant Seal Poop, (chocolate covered peanuts) from her trip to the convention in Cambria.


We sang happy birthday to Lion Craig and Lion Kent

Happy Bucks

Lion Dee was happy he had a new great-granddaughter, and he was happy the barbershop show went off great.

Lion ruth was once again happy it was Friday, but she only had quarters for her $1.

Lion Allen was happy that as of May 1st, he was officially retired.

Lion Brad was happy that we have friendly police offices in Visalia, his daughter’s window was broken and a nice office took the report.

Lion Craig was just happy to be back at club as he had not been in attendance of late, but he had skyed a record 37 days this year.

Lion was $5 happy, husband doing great, Larry Micari was with us today.

Lion Bob Line was happy to see another Democrat running for president.

Lion Roy was happy that the Dodgers were still in first place and that he was going to be photographing Lions Ed and Carol’s daughter’s wedding this weekend.


Lion Euth fined Lion Allen for blaming her earlier in the meeting for chasing all the kids away at the Farmersville Eye Screening

Lion Tom Link fined Lion Bob Line because Lion Bob did not show up for the baseball game this past week, he had some “big” fundraiser to go to.

Lion Melinda fined Lion Don landers for being late.

Secret Greater

Lion Top Link was our secret great today, many spoke up, thinking that Tom came in late, but then they remembered that was for the last meeting, and the one before that, and the one before that.


$5 raffle, Lion Dee, to the Leos

Lotto: Lion Allen

Marble, Lion Dee

Roy Says Go Dodgers

Lee Johnson, Today’s program about groundwater.

The Roar Newsletter for Friday, April 26, 2019

The Roar Newsletter for Friday, April 26, 2019

Lion Vicki collecting happy bucks and fines had some of her own.

Lion George tells us all about his biography, in the background, Lion Dee wonders how good it really is. 

Our president, Lion Karen lead our meeting today and called on Lion Bob Line to lead us in singing God Bless America, Lion Carol lead us in the flag salute and the invocation was done by our resident reverend, Lion George.

Lion Allen won the No Fine Badge.


Lion Allen announced that he needed some help with the Vision Screening at Farmersvilles Veterans Park on Saturday.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Carol was happy she was babysitting her grandkids.

Lion Brad was happy that he was able to take his family to Yosemite to see the waterfalls this time of year, though he said he was not alone in the park.

Lion Dee was happy that his barbershop group was performing a Rock and Roll show on the weekend.

Lion Bob Line was happy his granddaughter had an editorial in the Times-Delta on Friday.

Lion George was happy that his granddaughter found his biography so interesting that she was going to read it to her history class.

Lion Vicki was happy her husband was doing well, that her daughter was back in Visalia with Starbucks as she had been at a store in Clovis, and now she will be just three minutes from her work.

Lion Vicki also had a late happy $ for Lion Tom Link volunteering a dollar.


Lion George fined Lion Dee for saying his biography was going to be a snooze.

Lion Dee fined Lion Janet. Lion Carol, and Lion Tom Link for being on their cell photos during the meeting. Lion Carol and Lion Janet rebutted that fine by saying that it was Lions business.

Lion George fined Lion Bob for forgetting the words to God Bless America, Lion Bob denied it.

Lion Vicki fined Lions Bob Line, Roy, and Leigh for making a remark about the food line being kind of shot today with the light attendance.

Lion Ed fined Lion president Karen for having no program today. Even though it was not her fault, it fell under her watch. 

Secret Greater Brad Board

Only Lion Roy and Lion Tom Link did not shake his hand. Money well spent said both.

Winners and Losers

$5, Lion Brad, donated it to the Leo Club

Vicki won the Lotto Tickets

Lion Bob draws for the white marble but comes up short.

lion Tom voluntary give a $1 to the club, first time for everything.