President Ruth Mckee opened the meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Pat Harrison. Dee Baughman performed the invocation and Lion Melinda Blankenship led the flag salute.
Officer Jason McWilliams of the Visalia Police Department was a guest at the meeting.
Aaron Odell won the no-fine badge.
Murder Mystery Committee Chair Lauri Aguilar shared that 120 tickets had been sold for the dinner. She encouraged Lions to get the word out to friends and contacts who might be interested in attending. She also reminded Lions to bring donations for the Murder Mystery Dinner. Club Members are asked to donate two $25 gift cards (contact Melinda Blankenship) and three bottles of wine (contact Aaron or Betty Odell). Gift baskets will also be accepted for raffle prizes at the Dinner.
President Ruth announced that there will be a visitation to the Visalia Pride Lions Club at 6 PM on March 2nd at St Paul’s Church.
Lion Allen Ventling reminded Lions that the Young Life Dinner is next Friday.
Lion Leigh Mosconi auctioned off some candy covered pretzels from his recent trip to Pismo Beach. Chocolate lover Melinda Blankenship bought the snacks for a donation of ten dollars.
Lion Dee Baughman thanked members for purchasing his granddaughter’s Girl Scout Cookies.
Lion Pat Harrison was happy about the afghans Lion Melinda has been making for him. He has been giving them to his mother’s caretakers and donated eight happy bucks.
Lion Craig Wheaton was happy to have visited with his daughter last week. He also had a great Valentines Day.
While working at Park Visalia, Lion Lauri Aguilar received Valentines gifts from Lion Dee, who was singing for Park Visalia residents, and Lion Bob Bricker.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse’s husband was in Reno at a trap shooting competition. She was also happy to see Officer McWilliams and Lion Lauri at Club.
Lion Bob Line donated five happy bucks in honor of his fifth wedding anniversary.
Lion Allen Ventling was happy to hear that Lion Brad Board’s wife was doing well.
President Ruth was happy it was Friday.
Lion Dee Baughman fined himself for the delay in delivering Girl Scout Cookies. He also fined Lion Bob Line, who he accused of being a shill for the Quail Park Retirement Community.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse shared that it was awkward to see Lions Club members she knew while attending a Rotary function.
Lion Melinda Blankenship fined Lion Bob Line for interrupting Lion Vicki, and fined Lion Dee for shorting her one box of cookies.
President Ruth fined Lion Tom Gaebe for allegedly running her into the wall in a rush to the lunch line.
Secret Greeter Vicki Whitehouse fined Lion Bob Line for not shaking her hand prior to the meeting as required.
Lion Karen McVaigh won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation. Lion Brad Board won the free ad. Bob Line won the Lotto tickets. Bob Line also got a shot at the marble drawing, but failed to find the elusive white marble.
Officer Jason McWilliams shared his views on the challenges facing the Visalia Police Department.