Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 7-21-23

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 7-21-23

Lion president Tony

Lion John auctions off some candy purchased on a recent cruz to Alaska.

Aaron Odell

Lion Aaron explains that wimbleton was great this year. 

Todays Meeting

On the last Friday meeting in July, Lion Allen came in for short relief from the bullpen and lead the meeting. He called on Lion Colin to lead us in the flag salute, Lion Pat to lead us in singing America The Beautiful, and Lion John to do the invocation. 

The no-fine badge went to Lion John.

Secret Greater: Lion Aaron


Lion Bob Line announced that Lion Tom Link had undergone an angiogram that day, and he did not have the results: keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Tom also had been at the coast and contracted COVID before the angiogram.

Lion Bob also gave us an update on his great-grandson in Utah playing in a Cal Ripken all-star tournament. His team had already won two games, and his grandson had pitched in one of those games.

Lion Allen announced that the district 4A2 installation would be this weekend and that Lion Melinda would be there.

In another announcement, Lion President Allen said we would soon have posters for the Murder Mystery dinner courtesy of Epic Print and Promo. They have worked with us in the past, and we thank them for their help.

Lion Dee had visited with fellow Lion Carri Diltz of the Sunset Lions here in Visalia. She recently had a stroke and is in a nursing home. He gave her the card we had passed around at last week’s meeting and said she looked well and is progressing, but it will take some time. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She has been an active Lion for many years.

Lion Allen noted that last Monday’s visitation at the Pride Lions Club was a lot of fun. Great food. (it was a pot luck)

Auction Items

Lion John had returned from an Alaskan Cruze and had a Box of Moose Nugget Bark candy that he auctions off to Lion Pat for $10. John also had a bottle of his personally brewed Apricote Ail that Pat also picked up for $10. Beer and candy, not a bad del Pat. 

Happy Bucks 

Lion Roy was happy his son got rid of an old car by donating it to Kars For Kids. But now he can’t get that little jingle out of his head. (it’s still there)

Lion Steve was happy his Grandson was also playing in a baseball tournament in Paso, but they had lost and will not be going on.

Lion Colin was happy to be going to Catalina for an annual family gathering.

Lion Tom Gaebe was happy it was Friday.

Lion Aaron was happy that Wimbelton was great.

Lion Allen was happy he had been in Oakland to watch the Red Sox play and get beaten by the A’s. It was a bit of a bummer when he went out back of the hotel to see a big line of homeless tents. 

Lion Elaine was happy that she was in good enough shape to take care of four grandkids.

Lion Pat added a happy buck for Elaine.

Lion Dee was happy his wife is back home after spending a couple days in the ICU and doing well.


Lion Allen fined Lion Dee for moving to the front of the food line. Lion Dee said to give him a break. His back is hurting. 

Lion Tom Gaebe fined Lion Bob Line for using an announcement to brag about his grandson’s baseball tournament. He also fined Steve because the tournament that Steve’s grandson played in caused such a traffic jam that it took Tom an extra hour to get to the coast. 

Lion Pat fined bullpen president Lion Allen for stealing his own bell. 


Lion John

Lion John auctions off his ale.

Lion Aaron and Elaine

Lion Aaron has a good laugh as he gets ready to draw for the marble. 


The $5 drawing went to Lion Tony who donated it to the Leo Club. 

Lotto ticket: Lion Elaine

The marble drawing went to Lion Aaron who picked a nonwhite marble, winning nothing but that nonwhite marble.

The Globe

Lion Pat won the free add and
asked to highlight the Globe Theatre In London

Visalia Hosts Lions Roar Newsletter 7-14-23

Visalia Hosts Lions Roar Newsletter 7-14-23

Visalia Host Lions meeting for July 14th 2023

Lions members listen to Lotella Hale talk about her nonprofit dance studio. 

Todays Meeting

Lion President Mark led our meeting today and called on Lion Betty to lead us in saluting the flag, Lion Bob Line to lead us in singing God Bless America, and Lion Dee to do the invocation.

Greater Lion Allen introduced our guests today, Lotella (Lola) Hail and her mom Karen from Diamonds Cheer & Dance Company, who were our program today. 

No fine badge: Went to Roar Editor Lion Roy. 


Lion Bob Line announced that Lion Bob Bricker was experiencing some bad back pain, and that is why when have not seen him at a meeting in a few weeks. Lion Bob, We are all thinking and praying for your swift recovery and hope to see you back soon.

Lion Allen announced a couple of visitations coming up. The first,  on Monday the 17th, with the Visalia Pride Club at St. Paul’s church at 6:00 PM. This is a potluck, so bring your pot–no, wait, a pot of food. The second visitation is with the Exeter Lion Club on Thursday, July 27th, at 6:45 AM.

Lion Karen let us know that there was a Murder Mystery Dinner committee meeting last Tuesday. Family Health Care Network just came on board as a sponsor, and things are ramping up for the big day, September 16th. We need two $25 gift cards from each member of the club.

Lion President Mark announced that Board Meetings will now be held in the mornings at Valhalla’s on Center Street. They will still be on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:45AM.

 Happy Bucks 

Lion President Mark was happy to get the bell back as it had been hidden from him. 

Lion Leigh was happy to have a donor with deep pockets (a constrictions ferm) for the upcoming Special Olympics golf tournament. 

Lion Tom Gaebe was happy to have gone on a cruise to Hati, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. 

Our guest and fellow Lion Lola (Sequoia Club) was happy to be with us today and happy for all the Lionism. 

Lion Roy was happy to have been able to ride his motorcycle today. 

Lion Karen was happy because she will be in North Carolina and Tennessee next week. 

Lion Allen was happy he was going to Oakland to watch his beloved Red Sox play and maybe even win the As. 

Lion Pete was happy that both the Giants pitchers in the recent All-Star Game pitched shutout ball. He was also happy that his grandson was going to Utah to play in the Cal Ripkin all star tournament. 



Lion Mark fined himself for not having his badge and for not having a secret greater at todays meeting. 

Lion Dee fined our tail twister, Lion Elaine, for being late and not having a badge on. 

Lion Karen also fined herself for not having a badge. 

Lion Aaron also fined himself for not getting to the meeting today in a timely manner to do his Lion Tamer job. 

Lion Colin fined himself for missing a few meetings, work, work, and more work. 

Lion Allen fined Lion Bob Line because once Lion Bob Bricker moved in to Quail Park Shannon Ranch, where Bob Line lives, he was unable to attend the meetings. 

Lion Dee fined Lion Allen for making Lion Karen’s baby granddaughter cry. 


Lions Betty and Elaine try to figure out change.

Lions Betty and Elaine try to figure out the marbles. 

Lion Elain has Lion Pete draw a ticket.

Lion Pete won the lotto tickets. 


The $5 drawing went to Lion Tony, who donated it to the Lions Eye Foundation. 

Lotto ticket: Lion Pete

The marble drawing went to Lion Betty, who drew her own name but came up with a non white marble. 


Lion Dee won the free add. 

Todays program was Lola Hail with Diamonds Cheer & Dance Company, a nonprofit dance studio offering lower-income kids a chance to compete. Lola is also a fellow lion, being a member of the Sequoia Lions Club here in Visalia. 

Lola Hail
Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 7-7-23

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 7-7-23

President Mark Olson

The first of what has been called our “bullpen” presidents, Lion Mark lead our meeting today. 

Todays Meeting

Lion President Mark Olson led today’s meeting, the first of the new 2023-2024 Lions year. He called on Lion Aaron to lead us in saluting our flag, Lion Pat to lead us in singing My Country Tis of Thee, and Lion Bob Line to do our invocation.

Lion Bob Line won the no-fine badge.

No Badge. Lions Elaine and Bob Line had to pay up because they did not have their badge.

Lion Pat was our secret greeter today, and he was Mr. Big Popular as everyone shook his hand.


Lion president Mark announced that the installation dinner had gone tremendous and fined anyone not in attendance that evening.

Lion Mark also made a note of the September 16th Murder Mystery Dinner and asked everyone to spread the word.

New venue for our Wednesday evening meetings. Thanks to Lion Allen, we will now be meeting at Mountain Mikes Pizza on Monday Blvd. 
After receiving the results from our survey for Wednesday evening meetings, it was determined that the majority of you wanted to continue with an evening meeting once a month and that Wednesday was a good night for most of you.

It did show that you thought the price was a little steep and that we should look for another venue. Lion Allen found a room at Mountain Mikes Piza on Mooney Blvd, and we are now set to meet there on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The price will be $14 for Pizza and salad bar.  (This was the former Ryans Place just north of Sequoia Mall)—address:  3103 S Mooney Blvd. 
July’s evening meeting will be on the 26th at 5:30. 
Birthdays: July birthdays included Lions Karen, Lauri, and Bob Bricker. Only Karen was in attendance today, so we sang happy birthday to her.
Lion Allen announced that Last Friday’s visitation at Breakfast Lions was a success and that two more are coming up. 
Monday, July 17th, 6:00 PM Pride Lions at St. Paul’s Church at Center and Hall St. This is a Pot Luck, so bring something to eat. 
Thursday, July 27th, 6:45 AM  Exeter Lions, meeting at 257 N. E. Street in Exeter. 
Elaine and Steve marble drawing

Our new tail twister, Lion Elaine, has Lion Steve draw for the coveted white marble, which he came up with some other color. 

Lion Allen explains about the new Wednesday evening venue, Mountain Mikes Pizza

Lion Allen explains about the new Wednesday evening venue, Mountain Mikes Pizza

Happy Bucks 

Lion John Parker was happy he was headed on an Alaskan Cruz in a few days.

Lion Pete was happy his mother had celebrated her 92nd birthday a few days ago, and she and her husband would celebrate 70 years of marriage next weekend.

Lion Pat was happy that his granddaughter had said her first word just a few days ago. He did not share what that word was. 

Lion president Mark was happy that his daughter, who recently began managing a historic market, was interviewed on TV about the one-hundred-year-old store.

Lion Karen was happy that all the officers for the new year had made it to her birthday.

Lion Roy was happy that the Installation Dinner was going so well and that Mark had got all the “bullpen” presidents together a few weeks ago to decide who would come in as relief from the bullpen. Who was going to be short relief, long relief, and closer? He was also happy that the 4th was over as he spent it with his dog, who had curled up in the furthest reaches of the closet trying to get away from all the noise.

Lion Elaine was happy she had seen the “Sound of Freedom” recently.



Lion Mark fined himself for calling Lion Allen, Roy on more than one occasion.

Lion Karen also fined herself for having to leave early.


Lion president Mark took the meeting in a different direction today as he drew for the $5 just after announcements, and Lion Keren won the five bucks. She donated it to some group that the person doing the Roar did not note.

Lion Steve was the big winner today, winning the Lotto, the Marble (where he came home empty), and the free add.


Lester Moon from hands in the community





Lester Moon, from Hands in the Community, was our program today, sharing what the organization does to help people in need of assistance in the community. Things like yard clean up, ramps for people using wheelchairs, painting, and building fences. He also talked about the challenges of raising money since COVID.


Lion Steve won the free add. 

new officers for the 2023-24 year

New officers for the 2023-2024 year

installation dinner

Lion John Parker was the master of ceremonies at our annual installation dinner of Thursday June 29th at the Vintae Press. 

Recently our club awarded us two scholarships for the year. Past President Lion tony made the awards of $1000 each. 


Lion Tony awards Araceli Valasco of Golden West here scholarship check. 


Lion Tony awards Laiba Hassan of Redwood her scholarship check.