Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 8-23-23

Todays Meeting

Our small but very vibrant evening group meeting met at Mountain Mikes Pizza. The following Lions were in attendance: Lions Steve Gerrard, Melinda Blankenship, Elaine Dias, Mark Olsen, Aaron O’Dell, and Brad Board. We all enjoyed the pizza buffet and the time of fellowship around the tables.

The meeting was very casual, and here is the recap of the events.

The Murder Mystery Dinner (Sept. 16th) was discussed, and there needs to be some last-minute efforts to pull this together for the club. The following donations have been received to date.

We have the following sponsors. 

Kaweah Health $1,000

Law Office of Peter Sherwood $1,000

Altura Healthcare $500

Tachi Palace 2,500

Central Valley Operator group/McDonalds $500

Club Visitations.

The annual Three Rivers dinner will be held on Thursday, sept. 7th at the Lions Arena in Three Rivers. If you plan on attending, please let Lion Steve Gerrard know no later than September 2nd, so he can confirm that number from our club attending.

There will be a visitation for the Sequoia Lions on September 5th at Marie Callenders. This is an evening meeting, and the start time is 5:30 p.m.

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Bob Bricker has been in rehab, following an accident. He hopes to be back to Quail Park at Shannon Ranch very soon.

There was a recommendation to shelve the idea of an evening meeting, since there were just six Lions in attendance. This will be discussed at the next Board meeting, which takes place on September 13th at Valhalla’s at 7:00 a.m.

Happy Bucks

Lion Melinda was $10.00 happy that she had an excellent trip to Iowa to see her family this past week. She got to see her extended family of thousands and had a wonderful family reunion, in the basement of the American Legion Hall. In typical Iowa hospitality, one of the family members created and built an indoor miniature golf course, in the basement of course. Her Great Aunt Lil turned 100 years old when Melinda was back there to celebrate too.

Line Mark was happy that he was leaving for Boise, ID to see his daughter and son-in-law, along with his wife and daughter. Mark is hopefully planning on returning from this trip.

Lion Aaron is traveling to Avila Beach for a few days of respite from the heat with fellow Lion Betty.

Lion Steve is happy and grateful to have a newly painted exterior of his home.

Lion Elaine was happy that we had rain.



Lion Elaine fined herself since she was late to the meeting. Lion Tom Link, where are you when we need you?

Other topics of interest

We didn’t have a speaker, so Lion Brad shared with the group about the current state of insurance in CA. It was such a heartwarming topic, that Lion Brad has a new moniker “The Shredder of Happiness”.

There was no drawing for the $5.00 drawing, nor the free ad or the lottery tickets. The marble drawing was one by Lion Aaron and he fell short of the goal of the white marble. Maybe next time, Lion Aaron.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 8-18-23

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 8-18-23

Lion Dee

Lion Dee talks about this years Leo club. 

Pricilla Lara

Priscilla Lara, Leo Advisor at LA Sierra Academy 

Todays Meeting

Lion President Mark led our meeting today and called on Lion Dee to lead us in singing God Bless America, Lion Tony for the flag salute, and Lion Brad to do the invocation.

Guest:  Pricilla Lara, an honorary Lion, was our guest today. She is the Leo Advisor at La Sierra Middle School and was our guest today.

Lion Bob Line won the no-fine badge.

Lion Bob was also our secret greeter today.


The Three Rivers Lions Club will have its 76th-anniversary party on September 7th; those planning to go should RSVP to Lion Steve by September 2.

Lion Allen announced that we would be having a visitation with the Sunset Lions Club on Tuesday, September 5th, at Marie Calendars, meeting starts at 6:00. Let Allen know if you plan on attending.

Next week’s meeting will be our Wednesday evening at Mountain Mikes Pizza.

Speakers are needed: If you have someone who would be a good program for our club, send them to the sign-up page of our website:
They can find a day that works for them and book it.

Murder Mystery Dinner, September 16th. Need 2-$25 gift cards and your sign-ups now. 

Lion Roy received the check from Altura Healthfor a Motley Crue $500 Sponsorship of the Murder Mystery Dinner

Happy Bucks 

Lion Allen was happy that he was going to be spending a week in Las Vegas.

Lion Bob Line was happy that his daughter and son-in-law were going to be doing another commercial for Honda; seems their Honda has about a million miles on the clock.

Lion Dee was happy that Parcilla was with us today and happy that he has six great-grandkids and four more on the way. (he’ll need a flow chart soon)

Our guest and honorary Lion, Parcilla Lara, was happy to be with us today and ready to kick off another year with the Leo Club.

Lion Brad was happy that Hurchaine Hillory was headed our way with some much-needed rain.

Lion Roy was happy the Dodgers had a commanding lead in the NL West, that Priscilla was with us today, and that he was taking a much-needed vacation with Javonna to the Columbia River for the next couple of weeks.

Lion Colin was happy that he and his wife were headed to Nappa for some R+R, and he was happy to be back at the club after a short absence.

Lion Tony was happy he and his wife Nancy were headed to Colorado to see Nancy’s dad. He was also happy that they had a good time at the Sequoia Lions Visitation this past Wednesday.

Lion John was happy to see Parcilla with us today.

Lion Mark was happy Parcilla went to Mt. Whitney high school where he graduated from and encouraged all Whitney grads to put in a buck. He was halso happy that his daughter moved from Texas to Idaho, where shes only a ten hour drive from Visalia.


Lion Tony draws for the white marble.

Lion Mark holds the marble can and Lion Tony draws a black marble, winning zero dollors. 


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

Lotto ticket: Lion Allen

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

Leo club

Lion Bob Line won the free add 

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 8-11-23

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 8-11-23

Our meeting for 8-11

Visalia Fire chief Dan Griswold talkes to our club.

Todays Meeting

Lion President Allen, who presided over his last meeting as part of our bullpen presidents group, called on Lion Bob Line to lead us in singing God Bless America, Lion Brad for the flag salute, and Lion Betty to do the invocation.

Lion Iris, visiting from the Sequoia Lions Club, won the no-fine badge. 

Lion Pat was the secret greater today, and he was so popular that only Lion Bob Line did not shake his hand.


Lion Allen Benoy from the Sequoia Lion Club announced a fundraiser they were having at the Texax Roadhouse on August 23 from 3-9. When you mentioned them at the door, 10% of the proceeds got to the Sequoia Lions.

Lion Karen noted that we still need two $25 gift cards from each club member for the Murder Mystery Dinner on September 16th. Speaking of the MMD, another sponsor came on board; Altura Health will be a $500 sponsor.

At our board meeting this past Wednesday at Valhalas, we voted to give Lion Dees barbershop group $200 toward the Yough Harmony Explosion on September 9th.

Auction Items

Lion Roy had a small box of Jelly Beans that he brought back from his visit to the Ronald Regan Library a couple of weeks ago, and Lion Elaine purchased them for $6.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Karen was happy she could get her flight to Hawaii rerouted to another location and away from the fires.

Lion Pat had relatives in Hawaii who lost their home but were safe.

Lion Tom Gaebe was happy our fire chief Dan Griswold was with us today.

Lion John was happy we had a visitation from the Sequoia Lions today.  We have a visitation scheduled with them for next Tuesday at Amegos Restaurant, 5113 W Walnut Ave.

Lion Pete was $20 happy that Sequoia Lions were with us today; he was happy that his grandson made it to the finals of the Cal Ripken playoffs in Idaho though they did not go on to the World Series. He was also happy he spent some time in San Diego with family and that he would be going on his annual backpacking trip out of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite in a couple of weeks.

Lion Bob Line was happy he got to play a round of golf this morning with Lion Tom Link.

Lion Tom got a birdie on the golf course in his game with Lion Bob, and the bird lived to tell about it.

Lion Mark was happy to see Sequoia Lions today and happy that his daughter got a job as a physical therapist.

Lion Allen Benoy from the Sequoia Lions was happy to be with us today.

Lion Iris from Sequoia was also happy to be here.

Lion Steve was happy he had a good lunch with his son at the Vintage Press.

Lion Tony was happy to see Chief Griswold and the Sequoia Lions.

Lion Roy was happy he could ride the motorcycle today and would go home through Badger after the meeting. He also had a sad buck because his dog Waffles had to be put to sleep a couple of weeks ago.

Lion Pat had a happy $10 for teaching Lion Roy a new word, Piker. Lion Tom accused Roy of being a Piker last week. Was this the North American version of the word or the Australian version?


Lion Mark fined Lion Bob Line for talking on his phone while driving. 

Lion Roy fined himself for not being at the club for a couple of weeks, and he fined Tom for making him think the former mayor of Washington DC, Marion Berry, was at the club last week. 


Lion Allen

Lion Allen, checking out who will get to draw for the marble.

Lion Steve draws for the marble.

Lion Steve drew for the white marble but didn’t get it. 


The $5 drawing went to Lion Larry from the Sequoia Lions who donated it to the Leo club.

Lotto ticket: Lion Tom Link



Lion John says go Dodgers

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 8-4-23

Our Meeting 

Our meeting was opened by the very capable but terrified of losing the “bell”, Past President Allen Venting. There was a mention of Karma visiting Lion Allen for past sins. Lion Ton Link led the pledge of Allegiance, followed by a boisterous song of God Bless America, led by the talented Lion Bob Lion and then the prayer by Lion Brad Board.

Our only guest today was our speaker, Michael Crile, who will be speaking on the IOOF, not Toastmasters, as originally billed.

Our meeting portion officially started at 12:46, when Lion Past President Allen somehow, won the coveted No Fine Badge. There is an investigation ongoing as to how that happened. The August birthdays were announced, and only Lion Betty Odell was sung to today.


The visitation to the Exeter Lions Club went well, and there was a good attendance from the club. Two more visitations are scheduled: Sequoia Lions on August 15th at the Amigos Restaurant (WE Corner of Walnut and Akers) at noon and the Sunset Lions monthly meeting on Sept. 5th at Marie Calendars at 6:00 p.m. Please talk to Lion Allen for more information

Lion Melinda went to the district convention in Fresno and prepared very copious notes, which are attached to the Roar, for your reading pleasure.

Plan on attending the next Board meeting on August 9th at 7:00 a.m. at the Valhalla Restaurant. If you have any board meeting agenda items, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our current President, Allen Ventling.

IPP Tony shared a very nice note (the first one received) from our Student Speaker contest contestant, thanking the club for allowing her to participate in our Student Speaker program.

The Murder Mystery Dinner is coming up very soon, and a reminder to all club members to please bring your gift cards to the club and help us out in any way in procuring gift baskets, gift cards, or other items to be opportunitie drawing giveaways on our event.

The Band Review committee will be having a meeting soon; please contact Lion Tom Gaebe for details. The Roar scribe missed the details of this event. I am confessing so I may be able to get out of a fine due to incompetence on my behalf.

Auction Items

There was one auction item presented, and the intended person, who it was purchased for was not at the club today. Lion Tom Link has just returned from a River Boat cruise on the Columbia River, starting in Portland, OR and ending in Spokane, WA. Lion Tom brought back some very good local fruit spread and the winning bid went to Lion Elaine Dias.

Happy Bucks


Happy Buck

Lion Elaine Dias instituted a new rule that everyone who attends the club MUST be happy to be in attendance, and a Happy Buck is required if you attend.

Lion Pat Harrison was happy that his grandson would be baptized in the Catholic Church on August 26th.

Lion Tom Gaebe was happy that his L.A. Dodgers were still in first place.

Lion Dee Baughman was elated that the S.F. Giants are only 2 ½ games behind the L.A. Dodgers.

Lion Bob Line, who hasn’t played golf for some time, enjoyed a round of 9 holes with 3 pars this morning. We are unsure how many golf balls he lost on the course, but he was happy with his pars.

Lion Tm Link was happy with his trip and that he had an opportunity to refill his coffers for fines while he is living on his fixed income.

Lion Betty Odell was happy to be at the meeting.

Lion Aaron Odell was happy that we had a guest speaker for today.

Lion Pat Harrison was happy to pay fine to leave early today.

Lion Brad Board was happy that he had a great family trip to Glacier National Park and encouraged everyone to put it on their bucket list.

Lion Allen Ventling was happy that Lion Brad had enjoyed his home state of Montana.

Lion Steve Gerard was happy that his granddaughter has the lead in the play Frozen this weekend in Clovis and the Frozen crew was on Channel 26 news with Kopi.


Lion Dee fined Lion Tony after a very long explanation of how Lion Tony had stolen Lion Dee’s parking place, so Lion Dee, with his very sore back, had to walk to club uphill and through the snow both ways.

Lion Tom Link fined Lion Dee for not knowing the name of the street that he was trying to park on, just outside of our club meeting (FYI, it is Johnson Street).

Lion Allen fined Lion Tom Link for texting Lion Roy Dressel (our absent Roar Editor) during the club meeting; this was allegedly so Lion Roy could stay in the bidding for the beloved auction item. Is texting a fineable event?


This role was filled today by Lion Bob Line, who felt very neglected by his table today, so Lions Dee, Lion Tom Gaebe, Lion Tony, and Lion Pat were all fined, and somehow, Lion Tom Link made the cut. That will be investigated.


The $5.00 dollar drawing was won by Lion Pat. H, and the funds were designated to the Leo Club.

Lion Brad won the Lotto tickets with ZERO results in the win column.


Our Guest speaker today was Michael Crile, representing the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). He described the club as an organization with a fundamental motto: “Friendship, Love and Truth, harmony among everyone. He provided a good overview of the history of his organization and his desire, as the leader of this group next year, to partner with other service clubs in the community. The organization’s website is


This week’s Roar newsletter was written and typset (wow, is that a thing anymore, he typed it all) by Lion Brad.

fun flicks

Lion Elaine won the free add

Lion Melinda attended the recent district meeting and took the following notes. 

Updates from District Meeting on 7/22/23


LCI Foundation Fundraising

Year 2 of a 3-year goal with $57,000 raised. Requesting $950 per club for the next two years or

$35 per club member donation. Want to be fully funded when clubs ask for grants?


Bearskin Meadows – PDG Judy Wooley

Cleaned on Memorial Day Weekend. The cafeteria is now closed due to a cracked beam from the heavy snowfall this last winter. PDG Craig Cooper and group are reviewing how to fix.

Fundraiser for BSM on Friday, April 6, 2024 train ride going to Hillcrest Tree Farm. $20 is the train ride and BBQ lunch with game booths. More information coming.

California Lions Foundation – IPDG / Director Falguni Patel

Current holdings of $453K with goal of $SOOK. Grant opportunities are available with a newly­ adopted, streamlined application. Paradise CA received $90K during their fire catrosophy. “Hunger Grants” will be available this year: food insecurity, poverty, lack of healthy foods. Grant period is 3/1/23 to 10/31/23. Monies raised through the Foundation stay here in California. Can award a Kay Fukushima Fellowship for $1K.

Lions New Year’s Float/ Bus Trip – IPDG Falguni Patel

Saturday, December 9, with SO-passenger bus. The Cutler-Orosi Student Speaker Contest Winner will ride on the float this year. More information is coming.

USA Canada Leo Forum – IPDG Falguni Patel

Aug 2 to 5 in Chicago. Last year we sent 15 Leo Clubs with 330 Leos to the Forum.

Lions USA Canada Forum – PDG David Hamilton September 22 and 23 in Reno this year

Kases for Kids – District Secretary Kaden Ferretti

25th anniversary. Has a donated storage space in Reedley now. Looking for school supplies or cash donations for them. Also looking for baby items as many of the “kids” are new mothers.

Officer Training in June was so well attended that they will schedule another in early October and will include Zone and Region Chair positions