The Visalia Hosts Lions Roar Newsletter for 7-29-22

The Visalia Hosts Lions Roar Newsletter for 7-29-22

Lion Betty

Lion Betty 

Lion Elaine

New Member Lion Elaine Dias give us a little info about herself. 

Lion President Tony led the meeting today and called on Lion Steve to lead us in saluting the flag, Lion Bob Line to lead us in singing God Bless America, and Lion Aaron to do the invocation.

No fine badge: Went to Lion Karen

Secret greater: Lion Betty, who was able not to shake some hands and earn some money for the club.

New member, Lion Elaine Dias gave us a little information about herself in her introductory speech. She was raised in Goshen, graduated from Mt. Whitney, and is retired. She wore her badge upside down, as all new members do until they attend a board meeting, for only a little over an hour, as we had a short board meeting at the end of today’s meeting.


Today’s guests were a former member and former president (2013-14), Lion Jamil Nushwat, who rejoined the club (welcome back), and his guest and fellow attorney Andrew. Our Mayor Steve Nelsen was also with us today as our program. Also with us today was Lion Justin. 


Lion Allen announced that the club raised $180 for Goshen school at last Wednesday’s evening meeting and that it was used to buy lots of learning accessories for the kids at the school. We also did a vision screening at the school last Tuesday where we screened 48 kids and refired 11 of them for eye exams.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Jamel was happy to be back with the club and happy that he recently got married a few weeks ago.

Lion Dee was happy to be back at the club after a few weeks away because of back surgery. He said he was doing better.

Lion Brad was happy that his wife, who has had some issues with cancer, had surgery on Monday and now will have a few rounds of Kemo. Here’s hoping things go well, Brad.

Lion Betty was happy that the mayor was with us today.

Lion Roy was four dollars happy, one for each game the Dodgers won over the Giants the past weekend.

Lion Justin checked in with Lion Vicki, and she is doing well.

Lion Tom Gaebe was happy that Lion Vicki was doing well and that Dodger Cody Bellinger had just hit a grand slam.

Lion Allen was happy that the vision screening had gone well on Tuesday and happy to see Lion Jamil and Lion Justin were here today.

Lion Elaine was happy to be with us today.

Lion President Tony was happy to see Jamil, Andrew, Mayor Steve, and Justin today.


Lion Roy fined Lion Jamil for using his phone’s flashlight at the table to help him fill out his membership forms.

Winners and Losers

$5 went to Lion Dee, who donated it to the eye foundation.

Lotto tickets went to Lion Bob Line, who later found he had won 1.2 billion (just kidding, Norma Kay)

Lion Pete drew for the coveted white marble but came up with a yellow one.

Today’s Program

Visalia Mayor Steve Nelsen, who we found wears many hats and sits on several boards, was our guest today and had plenty to talk about, including some of the things going on downtown, water, and flood insurance. Always an interesting program when the mayor is with us. By the way, we need programs. If you know of someone who would be interested in talking to our club let Lion Brent know:




Mayor Steve Nelsen giving his talk today. 

Visalia Mayor Steve Nelsen

Lion Karen won the Free Add this week. 

TCAR High roller night

Lion Miriam wanted to let all Lion know about the Casino Night the Tulare County Association or Realtors is having on August 26th to benefit Valley Children Hospital. 

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter 7-15-22

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter 7-15-22

Lion president Tony

Lion President Tony Leads our meeting today.

Lion Craig

Lion Craig auctions off a package of salami and cheese brought back from his hiking trip to Europe. 

Lion President Tony led the meeting today and called on Lion Steve to lead us in saluting the flag, Lion Pat to lead us in singing My Country Tis of Thee, and Lion Bob Line to do the invocation.

The no fine badge went to Lion Karen.

Lion Pat was the secret greater today.


Lion Brent, our first vice president, and program chairman, noted that we are still in need of a speaker for this coming Wednesday’s evening meeting at Quail Park Shannon Ranch. Contact him at for any program ideas.

This week’s meeting will be our monthly evening meeting at Quail Park Shannon Ranch (there will be no Friday meeting this week) from 5:30-7:00 on Wednesday, July 20th. $20 each to be paid upon arrival; menu includes meatloaf*, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, a side salad, and assorted desserts/fruit.  *Vegetarian: options available upon request.

Our guest, Dr. Mustapha Debboun, announced that on October 8th, the Delta Victor control district is having a 100th-anniversary party from 10 AM-2 PM, and we are all invited. See what they do to control Mosquitos and have some free food along with it. 


Our guests today were our speaker, Rajeev Vaidyanathan with Oxitec, and Dr. Mustapha Debboun, GM of Delta Mosquito & Vector Control District.

Auction Items

Lion Craig recently returned from a hike in Europe and had two items, a bar of Toblerone chocolate that went to Lion Steve for $10 and a package of dried pork salami that also went for $10 to Lion Brent.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Pete was happy that he had some family time with relatives in the pacific northwest, but he did not bring back anything for an auction item, so he donated $10. He also had a dollar for his parents, who celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

Lion Pat was also happy that he had family time in Tustin.

Lion Miriam was happy to be back as she had missed a week or two.

Lion Betty was out of quarantine for COVID and was happy about that.

Lion Craig was happy (well, maybe not completely happy) to return from his hiking trip to Europe.

Lion Karen was happy to have our speakers here today.

Lion Brent was also happy for our speakers and happy his son made the time trials for swimming.

Our speaker, Rajeev was happy to be with us today.

Lion Pete was happy for Lion Bob Lines’s great-grandson, who qualified for the state Cal Ripkin tournament and went to the championship game. They didn’t win the game, but it was quite an accomplishment to make it that far.

Lion Pat was happy his son-in-law took his kids to a Red Sox game.

Lion Roy was was glad to be back after he had spent the past week at home building fences; he was also happy the Dodgers were in the first place.


Lion Karen fined Lions Roy, Betty, and Pat for short jokes earlier in the meeting. Apparently, without Lion Vickie at the meeting, Lion Karen is the shortest member in attendance.

Lion Brent fined Lion Bob Line for forgetting his great grandson’s baseball accomplishments.

Winners and Losers

The five-dollar drawing went to Lion Pat, who donated it to the Lion Eye foundation.

Lion President Tony drew for the white marble but came up with another color. Collusion was uttered in the room.

Today’s Program



Rajeev Vaidyanathan with Oxitec and Dr. Mustapha Debboun of Delta Vector Control District were our speakers today and gave us a wealth of information about controlling Mosquitos, including Oxitec’s innovative technology where they bread Male Mosquitos that when they impregnate females produce female offspring (the females are the ones that bite) that die right away, thus only the Males live. It was an interesting program. 

Rajeev Vaidyanathan with Oxitec

Rajeev Vaidyanathan with Oxitec tells us that only the Female Mosquitos bite and that it only takes a few days in stagnant water as small as a water bottle cap can allow them to hatch. 

Delta Victor Control banner

Lion Pete won the Free Add this week and wanted to advertise for our guests. 

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter 7-1-22

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter 7-1-22

Lion president Tony

 Lion Tony leads his first meeting as our new president. 

Lion Bob Line

Lion Bob Line gave us an update on Keira Bixler, Tulare County’s outstanding teen.

Lion Tony lead his first meeting as president for the 2022-23 year and called on Lion Karen to lead us in saluting the flag, Lion Pat to lead us in singing America The Beautiful, and Lion Bob Line to do the invocation.


The next board meeting will take place at Quail Park Shannon Ranch on Wednesday, July 13th at 5:30. A note to you new members, you are welcome to come to any of our board meetings (and then get to turn your badge right side up) if you do decide to attend please contact Lion Lauri ( and give her your meal order. (see menu)

Lion Bob Line gave us an update on our recent guest and program, Ms. Tulare County Outstanding Teen Keira Bixler, who gave him an update on the California State computation where she was second runner-up. She and her mom Heather wanted to thank our club for our sponsorship of the Ms. Tulare County Pagent.

Guest Colin Franey drew for the no fine badge and it went to Lion Pete.

Lion Dee had back surgery on the 23ed and it went well. He is recovering and home and hopes to be back in a week or two.

Auction Items

Lion Tom Link recently returned from a cruise to Alaska and auctioned off a T-Shirt for $15 to Lion Pat. He could not come back from a trip that involved the ocean without some salt water taffy, this time from the Ketchikan Mining company that went to Lion Karen for $10.

Lion Brent had been to Tahoe but had not brought back anything so he gave $10 to the club.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Karen had $2 because she had won $6 in last week’s Lotto drawing. She is upping the ante on this deal as normally it’s been 10% to the club, but now she has set it at 33%.

Lion Betty was happy that Lion Aaron was doing well after some surgery last week. He was at home watching pickleball.

Lion Pat was happy that his handyman had installed an under-counter ice maker to replace one that didn’t work.

Lion Tom Gaebe was happy the Dodgers were in 1st place.

Brent was happy that when he was in Tahoe he won $500 at one of the Casinos.

Lion Tom Link was happy he had a good vacation in Alaska, it was cold, and rainy at times and there was lots of ice.  The locals were very happy to see tourists after nearly two years without many visitors.

Lion Bob Line was happy that Lions Pete’s Grandson was an all-star in Cal Ripken baseball.

Lion Pet was happy that former Lion Chris Baldwin has fixed his AC that went out the day before they left for France. He was also happy that the part that went out was under warranty.


Lion Tom Link was fined for being late.

Winners and Losers

$5 went to Lion Bob Line who donated it to the eye foundation.

The Lotto tickets went to Lion Tom Link.

Marble drawing went to Lion Bob Line, who drew a marble that was not white.


Today’s Program




Our program today was Young Life of Tulare County with Amanda Vanderstoel presenting. They have many programs to help youth in the county, including camps and faith-based learning.





Our guest, Colin Franey won the free ad this week.