President Ruth Mckee opened the meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Bob Line. Dee Baughman performed the invocation and Lion Karen McVaigh led the flag salute.
Guests included Bobbie Westfall and Madison Worley of the Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center.
Pat Harrison won the no-fine badge.
Lion Roy Dressel provided an update on the efforts and progress of the Murder Mystery Dinner Committee. The web site for the event is now up and running, so ticket purchases and sponsor donations may be made online (connect through visaliahostlions.org). The Committee will be meeting every Tuesday at Park Visalia. Club Members are asked to donate two $25 gift cards (contact Melinda Blankenship) and bottles of wine (contact Aaron of Betty Odell) for raffle prizes at the Dinner. Lions are also are encouraged to ask local businesses to be sponsors. Each $250 sponsorship comes with two tickets to the event.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse has graciously donated a Fitbit and a Coach purse for raffle prizes at the Murder Mystery Dinner.
President Ruth shared that the Super Bowl Party for the homeless has been scheduled for February 2nd at the Visalia Rescue Mission.
Singing Lion Dee Baughman shared that his group will once again be offering singing Valentines, complete with a rose and chocolates. Those interested should contact Lion Dee or Lion Pat Harrison.
Lion Dee was thankful for the rain and mountain snow.
Lion Don Landers made it back from Fullerton before the storm.
Murder Mystery Dinner Committee member Roy Dressel was happy that the event is coming together.
President Ruth’s hardworking nephew, a high school sophomore, achieved a 4.5 GPA last semester.
Lion Pat Harrison shared that his 6 year-old granddaughter is excited to be a flower girl in Pat’s son’s wedding.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse was happy her husband continues to do well.
Lions Bob Line and Tom Link were fined for assailing our guests with embellished stories prior to the meeting.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse fined Lion Karen McVaigh for snatching up the preferred parking in front of the building before every meeting.
President Ruth won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Lion Bob Line won the free ad. Tom Link won the Lotto tickets. Karen McVaigh won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the missing white marble.
Bobbie Westfall and Madison Worley of the Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center described this year’s “Step Up” school service project, which is focused on advocating and providing resources for mental health. The student project team will be providing care packages for the needy, which will contain hygiene essentials, and will also contain information on available mental health resources.