ROAR Newsletter for October 18, 2019

 

President Ruth McKee opened the October 18th meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Pat Harrison. George Fry performed the invocation and Melinda Blankenship led the flag salute. 

Adam Peck of the Workforce Investment Board was a guest at the meeting.

President Ruth won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Lion Allen Ventling shared that, before the meeting, Club members performed vision testing on over 96 kids at Valley Life Charter School.

Auction

Lion Tom Link, who routinely brings back auction items from his travels, donated five happy bucks in lieu of bringing back an auction item from a recent trip.

Happy Bucks

Lion George Fry was feeling better. He said he felt like he had two new legs and could dance the Rumba.

Tom Link is on his way to San Diego for four days.

Lion Roy Dressel will be bicycling the river trail in Sacramento.

Lion Carol Jones had a great trip to Texas.

Craig Wheaton, Steve Gerrard and Melinda Blankenship donated happy bucks after working the Annual Band Review.  Lion Melinda also thanked Pete Sherwood for tickets to a Visalia Emergency Aid fundraiser, where Lion Tom Link was honored.

Lion Pat Harrison’s nephew is running for the County Board of Supervisors.

Lion Craig Wheaton thanked Melinda for arranging a speaker for him.  Lion Melinda shared that the speaker, John Leal, was telling others about his visit to our club on a conference call.

President Ruth was, once again, happy it was Friday.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse donated happy bucks for her husband and for the success of the Band Review.

Fines

Dodgers fans Roy Dressel and Ed Jones paid their annual Dodgers fan playoff tax.

Lion Vicki shared that Kaweah Delta Golf Tournament Photos in a recent Lifestyle Magazine were credited to Lion Roy Dressel.

Prizes

Ed Jones won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation. Rick McVaigh won the free ad. Lion Carol Jones won the Lotto tickets. Tony Loliva won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the elusive white marble.

 Presentation

Adam Peck of the Workforce Investment Board presented his analysis of recent news stories indicating that Visalia has extremely low levels of educational attainment. Mr. Peck’s analysis showed that, while the data behind the news stories is essentially correct for the Visalia, Tulare, Porterville Metropolitan Statistical Area, it does not accurately portray the educational achievements of students educated in our school system. Over the past several decades, a large number of less educated adults have moved to Tulare County, having been attracted by the area’s lower cost of living and the availability of jobs that do not require higher levels of education. Data specific to students educated in Visalia show that, despite the challenges that our schools and many of our students face, our educational attainment is on par with that of other areas of the country.  

President Ruth McKee opened the October 11th meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Dee Baughman. John Parker performed the invocation and Steve Gerrard led the flag salute. Lions also sang the Happy Birthday Song for members born in October. 

Kaweah Delta Director of Special Clinics John Leal and two associates were guests at the meeting.

Lion Brad Board won the no-fine badge. 

Announcements

Band Review Coordinator Tom Gaebe reminded members that the Annual Band Review and Field Show is coming up on October 12th. 

Lion Allen Ventling shared that vision testing was performed on over 30 kids at a Family Health Care Network health fair in Ivanhoe. Lions Rick McVaigh, Betty Odell, Aaron Odell and Roy Dressel also participated.

Secretary Steve Gerrard announced that there will be a Lions 4A2 training event on November 2nd at St. Paul’s Church.  The training will cover vision screening and member recruitment and retention.

The 2020 Wild, Wild West Murder Mystery Dinner will be on March 7th.

Auction

Lion Brad Board auctioned off a jar of apple butter from his recent trip to Washington State.  Lion Aaron Odell purchased the butter for a donation of ten dollars.

Happy Bucks

Lion Dee Baughman collected on his challenge to Dodgers fans. Dodgers fans contributed a buck apiece when the Team, once again, failed to win the World Series.

Lion John Parker was happy to be back at Club.

Lion George Fry’s granddaughter will be visiting him next month.

Lion Brad Board got in his first snowball fight of the season in Washington.

Cardinals fan Aaron Odell was happy to see his team advancing in the MLB playoffs.

Lion Allen Ventling picked up a few dollars at the Fresno Fair Horse Races.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse shared that her husband is doing well and playing golf. 

President Ruth was, once again, happy it was Friday.

Fines

Dodgers fan Vicki Whitehouse fined herself after sitting through a painful playoff loss.

Lion Dee Baughman fined Lion Allen Ventling for allegedly cutting ahead in the lunch line.

President Ruth fined Lion Pat Harrison for a joke about her stature.

Prizes

Vicki Whitehouse won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club.  Rick McVaigh won the free ad. Lion John Parker won the Lotto tickets. President Ruth won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the elusive white marble.

 Presentation

John Leal described Kaweah Delta Hospital’s new Neurosurgery Center.  Kaweah Delta has partnered with Center Neurorestoration Associates to provide local neurosurgery services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

ROAR Newsletter for October 4th, 2019

President Ruth McKee opened the October 4th meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Pat Harrison. Aaron Odell performed the invocation and Betty Odell led the flag salute.

Global Learning Charter School Principal Karen Aure was a guest at the meeting.

Lion Pat Harrison won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Band Review Coordinator Tom Gaebe reminded members that the Annual Band Review and Field Show is coming up on October 12th, and to sign up to volunteer to help.

Lion Allen Ventling reported that vision testing was performed on 93 kids at Valley Life Charter School on October 4th. Seventeen of the kids were referred to local optometrists. The next Lions vision screening event was at a Family Health Care Network health fair that night in Ivanhoe.

Happy Bucks

Lion Janet McClintock’s granddaughter continues to star on the Redwood Rangers volleyball team.

Lion Daryl Farnsworth will be 79 years young next week.

Dodgers fan Roy Dressel was happy with his team’s recent wins.

Lion Dee Baughman repeated his challenge to Dodgers fans. Lion Dee will donate 10 dollars in the unlikely event of the Dodgers winning the World Series, and Dodgers fans can contribute a buck apiece if the LA team fails to win the Series.

Lion Craig Wheaton was happy that Karen Aure had agreed to speak at the meeting on very short notice.

Local Celebrity Tom Link will be honored at a red carpet event.  Lion Pete Sherwood has the honor of introducing Lion Tom.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse shared that her husband is doing well and playing golf.  Her granddaughter recently received a Joy award at Central Valley Christian School.

Lion Allen Ventling is looking forward to wagering on the sport of kings at the Big Fresno Fair.

President Ruth was, once again, happy it was Friday.  She is also looking forward to retiring soon.

Lion Melinda Blankenship was happy to see Lion Brent Robinson back at Club.

Fines

Lion Pat Harrison fined Lion Tom Link for retiring years ago. Since the closure of Links Menswear, Lion Pat has been unable to get his pants fixed.

President Ruth fined Lion Allen Ventling for a joke about her stature.

Prizes

Roy Dressel won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Roy also won the free ad. Lion Dee Baughman won the Lotto tickets. Pat Harrison won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the white marble. 

 Presentation

Global Learning Charter School Principal Karen Aure described their efforts to prepare students to be successful in the global community. The school took over the old Fairway Elementary School facility. It now has over 400 students and is affiliated with the Visalia Unified School District.

ROAR Newsletter for September 27th, 2019

President Ruth McKee opened the September 27th meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Bob Line. Ed Jones performed the invocation and Vicki Whitehouse led the flag salute.

Acting School Superintendent Tamara Ravelin was a guest at the meeting.

Lion Roy Dressel won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Lion Steve Gerard reminded members that the Annual Band Review and Field Show is coming up on October 12th, and to sign up to volunteer to help.

Lion Allen Ventling shared that there will be vision screening events at Valley Life Charter School and in Ivanhoe on October 4th.

Lion Tom Link reported that the Tulare County Historical Society will be having a fundraiser barbeque on October 6th at Mooney’s Grove.

 

Happy Bucks

Lion Janet McClintock’s granddaughter is playing volleyball for the undefeated Redwood Rangers.

Lions Ed and Carol Jones will be visiting their son deep in the heart of Texas next week.

Lion Dee Baughman’s granddaughter is now attending Valley Life Charter School.

Biker Roy Dressel was happy to be riding his motorcycle to work.

President Ruth was, once again, happy it was Friday.

Lion Craig Wheaton kicked in five happy bucks. He recently

encouraged a friend to begin using a satellite locator when hiking, and the friend was able to use to device to summons rescuers after falling into a ravine.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse shared that her husband is doing well.  She was also happy to see Lion Justin at the meeting.

Fines

Lion Dee Baughman fined Lion Bob Line for falsely claiming he was the oldest member at club.  The most senior member is actually Bob Bricker.

Lion Craig Wheaton fined Lion Justin Levy for being the youngest at Club. He also fined President Ruth and Lion Vicki for excessive political correctness – Lion Craig joked that he is now afraid of using the word short.

Lion Dee also fined Lion Justin for being overdressed, and Lion Tom Link for constantly selling tickets to every charity event in the County.  Lion Tom was also fined for several other perceived infractions.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse fined Lion Tony Loliva, who reportedly received a phone call during the invocation.

Prizes

Craig Wheaton won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation. Bob Line won the free ad. Lion Roy Dressel won the Lotto tickets. Steve Gerrard won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the white marble.

 Presentation

Superintendent Tamara Revelin provided an update on the Visalia Unified School District. She talked about some of the current challenges; shared statistics regarding enrollment, graduation rates, and test scores; and described ongoing building and modernization projects.

ROAR Newsletter for September 20, 2019

We treat you like a neighbor, not a number.

 

President Ruth McKee opened the September 20th meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Dee Baughman. Jeff Meader performed the invocation and Vicki Whitehouse led the flag salute.

Lions Adele and Joe Fesnick, and Galen Quenzer of the Boys and Girls Clubs were guests at the meeting.

Lion Roy Dressel won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Lion Steve Gerrard reminded Lions that the Annual Band Review and Field Show is coming up on October 12thPlease be sure to sign up to volunteer.

Lion Allen Ventling sold Tulare lions Club raffle tickets.

Auction

Lion Tom Link auctioned off a bag of candy from his recent trip to Morro Bay.  Lion Steve Gerrard auctioned off a Texas-sized shot glass from San Antonio.

Happy Bucks

Lion Craig Wheaton donated five happy bucks.  He just returned from a trip to Baltimore where he attended a baseball game with his son.

Lion Brent Robinson was happy to be back at Club.

Local celebrity Bob Line is appearing in Visalia’s Lifestyle Magazine.

Lion Dee Baughman was happy that BYU trounced USC.

After working several weekends, Lion Roy Dressel was happy to have a weekend off.

Lion Pat Harrison was happy to have one of his classic cars fixed.

Ivanhoe Lion Joe Fesnick was glad to visit our Club.

Once again, President Ruth was happy it was Friday.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse had a great visit to her granddaughter’s school.  Her husband is doing well and she was glad to see lion Brent back at Club.

Fines

Lion Dee Baughman has been inundated with Facebook posts about Lion Bob Line.

Lion Brad Board fined Lion Dee after contracting a highly contagious and degenerative knee disease from him. He also fined Lion Allen Ventling for not forwarding an insurance card to his son Travis.

Lion Allen fined Lion Brad for not communicating his last name correctly, and fined Lion Vicki for saying that Lion Brent was her favorite

Prizes

Vicki Whitehouse won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Brad Board won the free ad. Lion Tamer Tony Loliva won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the mysterious white marble.

Presentation

Executive Director Galen Quenzer of the Boys and Girls Clubs described the services his Clubs provide to over 3400 kids in need in Tulare County. They offer kids a safe environment, opportunities and expectations, recognition, and a supportive relationship with adults.