ROAR Newsletter for July 30, 2021

President Aaron Odell opened the meeting with a song led by Lion Dee Baughman.  Roy Dressel led the flag salute and Bob Line performed the invocation.

Lion Betty Odell won the “no-fine” badge.


Roy Dressel shared that our friend and fellow Host Lion Howard Tesmer recently passed away.

President Aaron announced that there would be a District meeting at the Lamplighter inn.

 Auction Items 

Karen McVaigh auctioned off a bag of chocolate fudge from her recent trip to Virginia City.

Happy Bucks

Lion John Parker donated happy bucks in memory of Lion Howard Tesmer.

Lion Roy Dressel was happy that Lion Rick McVaigh was back at club and helping with the ROAR newsletter.  Because he commutes from Fresno, Roy was also happy to see a number of road work projects nearing completion.

Dodgers fan John Parker was happy to see ace pitcher Max Sherzer joining the team.

Lions Dee Baughman and Pete Sherwood were happy about the Giants two wins over the Dodgers.

Tom Link enjoyed a baseball game and a Van Gogh exhibit during his recent trip to the Bay Area and donated ten happy dollars.

After cashing in at the slot machines in Tahoe, Lion Karen donated five happy bucks.

Lion Craig Wheaton completed a cat sitting assignment.

Lion Aaron was happy to have our guests at the meeting.


Lion Craig won the five dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation.

Lion Karen McVaigh won the lotto tickets.

Lion Allen Ventling won the free ad and asked that it be used to remember Lion Howard.

President Aaron won a shot at the marble drawing, but failed to draw the coveted white marble.


 A master gardener from Tulare and Kings County Master Gardeners provided tips on water savings and low-water landscaping.


Roar Newsletter for July 23, 2021

Club President Aaron Odell opened the meeting by asking Lion Brad Board to lead his fellow Lions in the flag salute.  Lion Tom link led the group in song, a rousing rendition of God Bless America, and Lion Pete Sherwood performed the invocation.

The no-fine badge went to Lion Lauri Aguilar.


President Aaron shared that the Club’s charity golf tournament has been postponed until May 13th, 2022.

Auction Items

Lion Brent Robinson auctioned off one bag of “goofy” taffy and one bag of caramel corn from his recent trip to Disney World.  Lion Pat Harrison bought both for a donation of $25.   Lion Tom link offered up some domestic caramel corn from Morro Bay, which Lion Karen McVaigh purchased.

 Happy Bucks

Lion Vicki Whitehouse was very happy to be back at Club and donated 100 happy bucks!!!

Dee Baughman was happy that a recent operation was a success, and that the Giants had beaten the Dodgers.  He was also glad to see Lion Vicki back at Club.

Pete Sherwood was also pleased with the Giants success.  He received a ride to the meeting from good Samaritan Brad Board.

Brent Robinson was happy to be back from Florida and was looking forward to a weekend away with his wife.

Tom Link will be travelling to Oakland next week.  The trip will include a ferry ride across the Bay to a Giants baseball game.

President Aaron and Lion Pat Harrison were happy to see so many members back at Club.  

Rick McVaigh was happy to be back at Club.

Brad Board donated ten percent of last week’s marble drawing winnings.

Allen Ventling was happy to see so many “strange faces”.

Bob Line shared that he gets to see Lion Lauri everyday now that she works at Shannon Ranch.


Lions Brent Robinson and Lauri Aguilar fined Lion Tom Link.

President Aaron fined lion Bob Line for donating a happy buck out of turn.

Secret greeter Allen Ventling fined several Club members for failing to shake his hand prior to the meeting as required.


Tennis fan Betty Odell won the free ad and Lion Karen McVaigh won the Lotto tickets. Lion Vicki Whitehouse won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the elusive white marble.


Angela Wakley, who manages the Visalia Farmers Market, described how they provide healthy foods directly from local growers at the Valleys largest farmer-based market.


Lions Roar Newsletter for Friday July 16, 2021

President Aaron has a good laugh as he leads our meeting. 

Lion Brad winds the marble drawing and wins the money. 

Lion Karen, standing in as our Liontamer today has Lion John draw the marble ticket as Lion Janet looks on. 

Lion President Aaron lead our meeting today and called on Lion Janet to lead us in saying the pledge of allegiance, and Lion Craig to lead us in singing My Country Tis of Thee and Lion Tony to give the invocation

Guests today were our program, Tulare county district attorney Tim Ward, his assistant and Lion Pete’s son in law, Stewart, and assistant Olivia

Auction items

Lion Craig gave $5.00 because he did not bring back anything from his rafting trip on the Colorado River to auction off.

Happy Bucks

Lion Pete was happy that the family had a good trip to Oregon, he brought back lots of memories but no auction items do he gave $20, plus he was happy to have Tim and Stewart here today.

Lion Karen was $5 happy because the day before she got a phone call letting her know she will be expecting her first granddaughter.

Lion Brad had a happy $10 because he was able to be back on a regular basis for our meetings now that he has a full office staff. Plus was happy about a trip last week to see family.

Lion Craig was happy because of a great rafting trip, happy that he made it out, that he now has a regular shower and a toilet, and happy that he is recovering from a mountain bike crash.

Lion Karen also had a happy buck for our guest/program today.


Lions Brad and Bob Bricker were fined for being late.

Lion Karen fined Lion John Parker for leaving his phone on her table.

Lion Craig fined himself for having to leave early.

Lion Betty fined Roar editor Lion Roy for spelling Visalia Mayor Steve Nelsen’s name wrong in the Roar from two weeks ago.


Lion Allen won the $5 drawing and donated it to the Lions Eye Foundation

Lotto: Pat

Our program: Tulare county district Attorney Tom Ward gave us the low down on the Golden State Killer. He began his spree here in Visalia and became known as the Visalia Ransacker. The death of COS professor Claude Snelling, who was the first person DeAngelo killed, was solved by the use of family DNA.

Tulare County DA Tim Ward talks to us today about the golden state killer case. 

Lion Brad wants you to think about insurance and the fact that he is a good neighbor. 

The Roar for Friday, July 2, 2021

The Roar for Friday, July 2, 2021

New president Lion Aaron, first lady Lion Betty and Treasure Lion Karen 

Lion Betty getting another dollar from Lion Bob Bricker, Lion Allen looks on. 

This was the first meeting of the 2021-22 year and our new president Lion Aaron brought the meeting to order, called on Lion Janet to lead us in the pledge, Lion Tom Link to lead us in singing My Country Tis Of Thee and for the invocation, first lady Lion Betty 


President Aaron asked if anyone would like to step up and fill in as golf committee chairman and to serve on the golf committee. . Our tournament is coming up on September 17th and we need to get going with it. 

The no fine badge went to Lion Bob Bricker. 


Our only guest today was also our program, Visalia Mayor Steve Nelson 

Happy Bucks

Lion Pat was happy that drug lords were buying up property all around his area, he was happy to know who his neighbors were. 

Lion Jeff was happy that he was going camping with his family over the fourth of July weekend. 

Lion Tom Link was happy that his oldest daughter was finished with her chemo treatments. 

Lion President Aaron was happy that they had gone to Arizona to see their grandkids. 

Lion Craig was happy that Lion Aaron was now president and happy that next week he would be on a raft trip down Colorado.

Lion Allen was happy the Red Sox were still in first place and that he was going to Anaheim next week to watch them play the Angles. 

Lion Leigh was happy that two of his grandkids got married last month. 

Lion Tom Link was happy that in three weeks he was going to a Giant-Dodger game in San Francisco. 

Your roar editor Roy was happy that the Dodgers had swept the giants in their two-game set and that they had moved up four games in the standings in just the last week. 

Lion Steve was happy that his homeowner’s insurance covered a water leak he had last week. 


Lion Dee fined Lion Tom Link because he has been on time for the last few weeks and it has really throughing Lion Dee for a loop.

No badges: Lion Karen, Lion Leigh

The Secret Greater today was Lion Craig who got a few $ out of the members. 

Lion Dee won the marble drawing but not the money. 

Lion Craig won the free ad. 

Lion President Aaron presiding over his first meeting. 

Winners and Losers

$5 Lion Bob Bricker, who donated it to the Leo Club. 

Lion president Aaron started off his year with some good luck as he won the Lotto tickets. We’ll see if it pays off. 

The marble drawing was won by Lion Dee, who did not go home with extra dollars. 

Auction Items

Lion Betty auctioned off dates that they had picked up in the Palm Springs area, Lion Aaron purchased his own auction item. 

Lion Tom auctioned off a package of cookies from Cayucos and Lion Jeff won the auction at $10 



Visalia’s mayor, Steve Nelson talked to us today about the state of the city, (it’s in very good shape even after the pandemic year and a half)  the homeless problem, water, and the downtown area. (he is also president of the downtown association) Plans call for repaving of Main, 
Acequia and Center Street and a few years. 

Visalia mayor Steve Nelson

The Roar Newsletter for Friday, June 25, 2021

The Roar Newsletter for Friday, June 25, 2021

Lion Karen auctioning off cookies from Hawaii. 

Lion President Craig, thanks for a job well done. 

Lion President Craig brought our meeting to order today. It was the last time he would lead a meeting as president, his tenure being over next Wednesday.  Lion Craig called on Lion Jeff to lead us in the flag salute, Lion Bob Line to sing God Bless America, and Lion Dee to do the invocation.

We had several guests today, one was our program Brandon Gridiron, the youngest was Lions Steve’s grandson, Aaron, who will be starting the second grade in the fall and the other two were Lion Jeff’s daughters, Julianna and Kristen. 

No fine: Speaking of Lion Jeff, he won the no fine badge.


Friday, July 2: yes, there will be a club meeting. Hope to see you all there.

Auction Items 

Karen, who returned from a week in Hawai, auction cookies that were in a surfboard tin. They went to Jeff, who paid $20 for them.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Dee was happy that the Giants were in first place in the national league west and that the Dodgers had been no-hit the night before.

Lion Pat was $5 happy that the San Diego Padres had swept the Dodgers.

Lion John Parker was $5 happy that he was going fishing at June Lake on the eastern side of the Sierra,  and part of the $5 for a trip to Oregon where he saw his granddaughter play softball on an all-star team.

Lion Dee had another happy buck for a back operation that has finally been scheduled for July 9th.

Lion Jeff was happy one of his daughters turned 10 and also that the Padres swept the Dodgers.

Lion Pete had a dollar because he said all the Giants fans in the room should be happy that he was not going to go to any more Giants games this year. The one he did go to the Giants lost the only game of that homestand.

Lion Allen was happy the Red Sox were in first place in the American League East. He was also happy for the gift that Lion President Craig had given at the installation dinner, a key chain that Allen was putting to good use, plus, he was happy his brother had not been hurt when he hit an Elk on his way back to California from someplace north of us.

Lion Pat was happy that Lion Allen was happy about the Red Sox.

Lion Craig was happy that he saw his kids on Fathersday, that the Giants had the best record in baseball and that he was going to the mountains.

Lion Roy was happy that he was back to the gym at Leo Costa’s G-Fit Plus after more than a year off.


Lion Pete fined your roar editor for his phone going off earlier in the meeting.

Lion Pat fined Lion Allen for not having a happy buck for something. (sorry, not sure what it was)

Winners and Losers

Secret Greater: Lion Bob Line, who got several people for not shaking his hand.

Lion Bob also won the $5 drawing and promptly gave it to the Leo club.

Lotto tickets: Lion Pat won them.

Lion Craig won the marble drawing and promptly drew a non-winning marble.

Today’s Program

Brandon Gridiron (yes, as he said, his real last name is Gridiron and yes, he did play football in high school and college) was our speaker today. He is the Visalia Unifieds administrator of equity and student services.  His talk today was how the VUSD was working to make each and every student who is in the system have the same access to learning and services.




Visalia Unified School District’s administrator of equity and student services, Brandon Gridiron talks about the district’s efforts in making sure every child has equal access to services and is treated equally. 


Lion Dee won the Free Add for the second week in a row.