Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter 9-22-23

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter 9-22-23

Lions club meeting for 9-22-23

Darren and Diana Peterson from American Care Hospice giving there program today. 

Todays Meeting

Lion  Tony was our bullpen president today and called on Lion Dee to lead us in singing God Bless America, Lion Craig for the flag salute, and Lion Bob Line to do the invocation.

Greater Lion Allen announced that our guests today were our program, Diana and Darren Peterson from American Care Hospice.

Lion Karen won the no-fine badge today.

Lion Bob Line was today’s secret greater but he was so popular that everyone shook his hand. 


Lion Tom Link, who is president of the Tulare County Board of Education, passed out  the new, and first of its kind, Annual Report on the impact of the office of educiation on students, educators and parents.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Craig was happy that the major remodel on his old house, a project that has been going on for over a year, is now starting to progress again after he had to hire a new contractor who was able to fit his budget better.

Lion Bob Line, who won the Lotto tickets last week, announced that he had won $20 and gave 10% to the club. He was also happy to have celebrated his 90th birthday with a big family party with about 75 people set up by his son-in-law, Lion Pete.

Lion Tom Link was happy about the Murder Mystery Dinner last Saturday, mainly because he was the big winner of three raffle prizes. He was also happy the 49ers had won the NY Giants the on Thursday night. 

Lion Pat was happy that the Murder Mystery Dinner had gone well, even though he was not in attendance.

Lion Steve was happy he was home alone for the week as his wife had gone on a cruise.

Lion Pat was also $5 happy that Diana and Darren were with us for the Hospice program. Lion Pat’s mother had been in Hospice care before she passed, and it was a great service.

Lion Mark was happy that the MMD had gone well and thanked Lion Pete for being one of the big sponsors of the event. 

Lion Pete was also happy that the 49ers had won, being that the SF Giants were a lost cause (man, that makes me happy writing those words). He was also happy because his parents had just celebrated their 70 wedding anniversary, and he was happy for Lion Bob’s 90th birthday. 

Lion Pat was $10 happy for Lion Bob’s 90th birthday and Lion Pete’s parents’ 70 anniversary. 

Lion Dee was happy that he had had his best golf game in over two years recently, and he also noticed that neither Lion Bob nor Lion Tom was not bragging about their game. 

Lion John Parker had a happy buck for the MMD and another for all the hard work Lion Lauri had done to make it a success. 

Lion Karen was happy the MMD went well, but mainly because it was over. 


Lions Mark and Tom Link were fined for being late to today’s meeting. 

Lion Tom Link fined Lion Bob Line for not inviting him to his 90th birthday party. Lion Bob said it was just family. 

Lion Allen fined Lion John for wearing a wig to the part just Like Lion Allen’s mullet, but Lion John counted, saying that his wig was not a mullet. 

Lion Pat fined himself for being the money taker at today’s meeting.

Lions Allen and Bob

Lion Allen, taking tail twister duties today gives Lion Bob the lotto tickets. 

Lions allen and John

Lion John draws for the white marble and comes up with it. 


The $5 drawing went to Lion Craig, who donated it to the eye foundation.

Lotto ticket: Lion Bob Line (again) 

The marble drawing went to Lion John, who did pick the white marble, (amount won redacted by request of Lion John) 


Lion Tony says go Bronco’s 

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter 9-15-23

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter 9-15-23

MMD croud

The crowd at Saturday’s Murder Mystery Dinner.
A good time was had ball all, well, all except the three that died. 

Saturday’s I Love the 80s to Death Murder Mystery Dinner went off without a hitch. Fun was had, a murder, or actually three murders were solved, and everyone went home alive.
Lion Tom Link was the big winner, going home with three raffle prizes; several of our members went back in time, dressing up in ’80s attire complete with wigs and those fabulous 80s fashions.

Todays Meeting

This month, bullpen president Lion Brad led our meeting today and called on Lion Bob Line to lead us in singing God Bless America, Lion John Parker for the flag salute, and Lion Dee to do the invocation.

Guests today included Zone Charman Johnathan Ward from the Pride Lions Club and Lisa Monteiro from the Mineral King Preservation Society, who was our program today.

Lion John Parker won the no-fine badge.


Lion Tom Gabie will once again head the club’s participation in the band review and announced that this year’s date will be Saturday, October 21.

Lion President Brad announced one last time that the Murder Mystery dinner was Saturday evening.

Happy Bucks 

Lion John Parker was happy he could attend a meeting of the Buttonwill Lions Club recently. In a town of 1,600, this club has 169 members and is the highest per capita Lions Club Membership in the nation, if not the world.

Lion Johnathan Ward was happy to be visiting our club.

Lion Mark was happy to see Jonathan Ward here and was happy his daughter, Rebecca Lynn, finished her orientation at Kaweah Delta.

Lion Allen was happy the Murder Mystery dinner was finally here. He was also happy his son Travis, an air marshall, had completed his year of probation on the job.

Lion Tom Gaebe was happy for USC.

Lion Roy was also happy that the Murder Mystery dinner was here.



Fines were levied against Lion Tom Link and Lion Mark for being late. 

Lion Colin Franey was given his Lions Pin. It was somehow missing from the induction ceremony at last week’s meeting.

Lion colin receiving his pin


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

The marble drawing went to Lion Tony, who did not pick the white marble.

The Lotto ticket drawing went to Lion Bob Line. Rumor has it that he spent his entire winnings on raffle tickets at the Murder Mystery Dinner. 


Zone Charman Jonathan Ward gave a short program on some goals this year. 

Lisa Monteiro was our the program also. Lisa is the director of the Mineral King Preservation Society and her talk was about the history of Mineral King Valley and the goals of the society.  


Lion Mark won the free add. laughing

Lions group

Fellow Lions at the end of the Murder Mystery dinner on Saturday, September 16, 2023

Visalia Host Lions Roar for Friday 9-8-23

Todays Meeting

The meeting was started by one of our Bull Pen Presidents, Brad Board, exactly at the prescribed time of 12:10 p.m.

Pro Tem President Brad asked Lion Dee Baughman to start with a rousing song, which was the wonderful version of God Bless America. The sound was so good that the comment was made that this should be a touring group. Lion Colin Franey was heard carrying the bass sounds very well.

Lion Tony Loliva led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Lion Pete Sherwood followed the prayer. The coveted no-fine badge was won by Lion Mark Olsen.


The Murder Mystery dinner this coming up this Saturday, Get your orders in now. We still need gift baskets and gift cards. 

The announcements were few, but here are the highlights; The Student Speaker contest meeting is on Saturday, Sept. 9th at 10:00 am at St. Paul’s Church for anyone interested in being involved this year. The Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 16th, with a 6:00 p.m. starting time. Our monthly board meeting is on Wednesday, Sept 13th, at Valhalla’s Rest. at 7:00 a.m. You are invited to come along to this very informative meeting.

Auction Items


After a spirited auction, the prize was won by Lion Pat Harrison and then graciously given back to Lion Karen McVaigh, who very kindly shared them with the club attendees. Lion Pat Harrison purchased them for $15.00. Lion Tom Link has just returned from his hideaway in Morro Bay with some Marion Berry jam. According to a local legend, originated in Morro Bay. Lion Pat Harrison also purchased this.

Lion Craig Wheaton had been all around the globe and was so busy that he neglected to bring an auction item. He shared $20.00 with the club. Lion Pete Sherwood just returned from a short weekend in Texas (catching Major League stadium #20), and Lion Pete provided the club with $20.00. Lion Mark Olsen, who just returned from a trip to Boise, ID, also provided the club with the $20.00 offer of guilt, The club makes more money with the negligent forgetful offenders, thanks folks.


New Member Inductions

Lion Bob Line did his usually very competent induction of new members, with a history lesson of the club and then installation of Lion Elaine Dias and Lion Colin Franey.

Happy Bucks 

There were quite a few folks who were happy for a variety of reasons. Lion Tom Link was happy to be in Morro Bay and for a round of golf, with one par and three lost golf balls. Lion Dee Baughman was happy that he also had a par with no lost golf balls. Lion John Parker was happy that he was able to traverse the roadway of Hwy 65 from his store in Bakersfield to the 76th Anniversary dinner at the Three Rivers Lions Club event on Thursday evening. Lion Mark Olsen was happy they had a great trip to Boise, ID, to move their daughter and son-in-law to Kuna, ID. Isn’t Kuna a rather unusual name for a town? Makes me think of the song in Lion King (Makuna Matada). Lion Brad Board mentioned that a local CI source with the First Presbyterian Church had advised him that Lion Tom Link was celebrating 59 years of marriage and that Lion tom Link hadn’t said a lick of anything during the Happy Bucks time. Lion Tom Link graciously shared $.59 with the club, when the appropriate amount should have been, $1 dollar for every year, but you know that Lion Tom Link is on a fixed income, according to unverified sources.



The only fine recorded at today’s club meeting was for Lion Allen Ventling, who was on the roster to go to the Three Rivers Dinner and didn’t make the event, for unknown reasons. Lion John Parker, who traveled great distances to make this event, was the provocateur of this fine.


Today’s Secret Greeter was Lion Bob Line, who admonished Lion Dee Baughman and Lion Pat Harrison for not shaking his hand. There were several disputes as to the veracity of Lion Bob Line’s accusations, but the unrepresented two parties paid their respective fines.

The $5.00 raffle was won by Lion Colin Franey as well as the Free Ad. The scribe can’t remember who won the Lottery Tickets, and Lion Dee Baughman won the marble drawing but came up empty in that endeavor.

A Thank You

This weeks Roar is brought to you by Lion Allen, who took notes, and Lion Brad, who transcribed them and sent them my way. Thanks to both of them for their work. They would make an excellent roar editor pair; just something to consider.  Lion Roy 


Lion Colin won the free add this week. 

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 9-1-23

Visalia Host Lions Roar Newsletter for 9-1-23

Our meeting for Sept. 1, 2023

Keith Stump, Executive director for Able Inc, talks to our club today. 

In Memory: Lion Bob Bricker  1928-2023

We began our meeting today with a moment of silence in memory of Lion Bob Bricker, who passed on Monday, the 28th. Bob was ninety-five years old, and for 64 of those years, he was a proud Lion. His memorial is scheduled for November 18th; more details will be forthcoming.

Our Meeting

Lion President Brad, the third in a series of bullpen presidents, led the meeting today and called on Lion Dee to lead us in singing My Country Tis of Thee, Lion Allen for the flag salute, and Lion Bob Line to do the invocation.

Being the first meeting of September, we sang happy birthday to those with birthdays this month. Lions Tom Gaebe, Lion Bob Line, and Lion Tony were all in attendance.

Speaking of Lion Tony, the birthday boy won the no-fine badge today and was today’s secret greater. And apparently, he was not too popular as several people had to pay up for not shaking his hand.


Lion Dee announced that the LaSierra Leo Club held their first meeting. It was an organizational meeting.

This Tuesday, Sept. 5th, there will be a visitation with the Sunset Lions at Marie Callenders; the meeting starts at  6:00. Contact Allen (559-936-4563)  if you wish to attend; he needs a couple more people to make it official.

Murder Mystery dinner is just two weeks away. We need gift baskets and cards, and we need people to attend; tell your friends, neighbors, and the people you work with.


Auction Items 

Lion Allen had spent a week in Vegas and brought back a pink Vegas ball cap that Karen bought for $5. 

Happy Bucks 

Lion Dee had a sad buck for the passing of Lion Bob Bricker; he was a good friend and will be missed.

Lion Bob Line was happy that his third daughter and her husband were doing another Honda commercial for their car, which has over 800,000 miles on the clock.

Lion Tom Link also had a sad buck for Lion Bob Bricker’s passing; he had fond memories of snow skiing and golfing with Lion Bob. He did have a happy buck for the USC Trojans.

Lion Pete was sad that Lion Bob Bricker had passed. He was happy that his backpacking trip had gone well, and he could check off one more thing on his bucket list with his climbing of Half Dome.

Lion Aaron was happy he could attend the meeting and that Lion Bettie was feeling better.

Lion Pat was happy his third grandchild was baptized in Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove. He said that place was so big you just about needed a map. He was also sorry to hear about Lion Bob Bricker’s passing.

Lion Roy was happy that his vacation to the Columbia River with his wife Javonna had been fun, but he did not bring back anything to auction off, so he gave $20; he was also sad to hear of Lion Bob Bricker’s passing.

Lion President Brad put in a sad buck for Lion Bob Bricker’s passing.


Lion Dee fined Lion Karen for ignoring him at a recent Rawhide game. He also fined Lion Tom Link for being rude recently at Costco by honking at him in the parking lot.

Lion Pat fined Lion Aaron for not referring to his wife as “Lion” sweetie.

Lion Elaine was fined for being late.


picking the marble drawing winner

Guest speaker James Alves picked the marble ticket –

Brad leading the meeting

Lion Brad serves as bullpen president #3

Lion tom Link and Lion ealine

Lion Tom Link draws a non white marble


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

Lotto ticket: Lion Elaine

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

James Alves

James Alves from Able Inc. 

Our program today was Keith Stump and James Alves from Able Inc., (Formerly Able Industries) They gave a good talk about what they do to help disabled people find jobs in the community.

Keith Stump from Able Inc.

Keith Stump from Able Inc. 

red sox

Lion Allen says go Red Sox

Check out on online schudling page for our club’s programs. See what dates are available and share the page with anyone you know who would make a good speaker.