ROAR Newsletter for November 15, 2019

Vice President Craig Wheaton opened the meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Dee Baughman.  Bob Line performed the invocation and Lion Allen Ventling led the flag salute.

Visalia historian Terry Ommin was a guest at the meeting.

Allen Ventling won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Vice President Craig reported that the Club’s Executive Board had approved the use of credit cards for meals and dues beginning week.

Secretary Steve Gerrard passed around a volunteer sign-up sheet for the Christmas Parade.

Happy Bucks

Lion Brent Robinson shared that his wife had repelled down eight stories recently to raise money for CASA.  He was also happy the stock market hit an all-time high.

Ed Jones shared that he and his wife Lion Carol have purchased a home in Prescott, Arizona, and will be moving there early next year.

Lion Pat Harrison shared that his daughter’s dog is OK after a recent illness.

Motorcycle rider Roy Dressel has been happy with our recent weather.

Lion Dee Baughman will be playing golf Monday, after receiving permission from his Cardiologist. 

Allen Ventling had a good trip to Vegas with his sons.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse was happy her husband is doing well.  She was also glad to see Lion Justin back at Club.

Steve Gerrard took his grandson to visit Adventure Park and the Visalia Cemetery.

Lion Craig Wheaton donated five happy bucks for the return of his gavel.

Fines

Lion Dee Baughman fined Lions Tom Link and Justin Levy for arriving late.

Pat Harrison fined Lion Vicki Whitehouse for not sharing that her daughter has a great new job.

Secret Greeter Pete Sherwood fined several Club members for not shaking his hand prior to the meeting as required.

Prizes

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

 Presentation

Visalia Historian Terry Ommin provided an update on efforts to commemorate Fort Visalia, which is the site of Visalia’s first settlement.

ROAR Newsletter for November 8, 2019

President Ruth McKee opened the meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Pat Harrison.   The Reverend George Fry performed the invocation and Lion Leigh Moscone led the flag salute.

National Park Ranger Jenny Kirk was a guest at the meeting.

Leigh Mosconi won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

It is Family Services Chrysanthemum time again. Lion Jeff Meader is taking orders.

Lion Dee Baughman shared that the Mighty Oak Chorus will be performing a Christmas Program on December 13th at the Fountain Christian Church.

Auction

Lion Leigh Mosconi auctioned off a jar of strawberry habanero preserves from Gopher Glen near Avila Beach.  Lion Pat Harrison bought the jar for a donation of 15 dollars.

Lion Craig Wheaton donated five dollars in lieu of an auction item from his recent travels.

Happy Bucks

Lion Tom Link donated a happy bucks to recognize the armed services veterans in our Club.

Lion George Fry’s Granddaughter recently came to see him. He also attended three parties.

Photographer Roy Dressel received a calendar from insurance agent Brad Board recognizing his business.

Lion Brad was recently rear-ended in a hit and run accident, but was happy an off-duty police officer was able to get a partial take on the assailant’s license plates.

Lion Allen Ventling recently attended Lions Vision Screening Certification training.

Lion Dee Baughman has been cleared by his doctor to play golf.

Lion Tom Link was able to return five bags of Halloween candy to Costco.

Lion Leigh Mosconi has a new great granddaughter.  He also placed in a Charity Golf Tournament for Special Olympics in Folsom.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse was happy – her husband is doing well, Lion Leigh Mosconi has returned to Club, and her son’s X-fit group raised over $4000 for Special Olympics.  

Lion Pat Harrison’s granddaughter celebrated her 6th birthday and opened up her first bank account.

President Ruth, although recently retired, was still happy it was Friday.

Fines

Lion Dee Baughman fined Lion “Tardy” Tom Link for breaking a longstanding tradition by showing up at Club on time.

Lion Tom Link fined insurance agent Brad Board for not sending him a calendar.  He also fined Lion Dee Baughman who reportedly has been scouring the internet for Veterans Day discounts.  Lion Dee responded that Lion Tom would be snagging a free Veterans Day lunch at a Park Visalia Veterans day Event.

Lion Jeff Meader was fined for looking scruffy.  Lion Jeff shared that he is raising money for cancer awareness during “No-shave November”.

Prizes

Lion Craig Wheaton won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds. Betty Odell won the free ad. President Ruth won the Lotto tickets. Lion Tom Link won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the elusive white marble.

 Presentation

Sequoia Kings Canyon Ranger Jenny Kirk shared a presentation entitled: “Meet Your National Park”.  The presentation focused on the Parks’ human histories, landscapes, water features, and the protection of wildlife.

ROAR Newsletter for November 1, 2019

 

Vice-President Craig Wheaton opened the meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Pat Harrison. Dee Baughman performed the invocation and Lion Pete Sherwood led the flag salute.

Our speaker, Hiker David Prewitt, was a guest at the meeting.

Melinda Blankenship won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Vice President Craig reported that upcoming Club meetings will feature programs about volunteer opportunities in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the history of Fort Visalia, and the Club of Hearts.

It is Familiar Services Chrysanthemum time again.  Lion Jeff Meader will be taking orders.

Lion Lauri Aguilar shared that the Murder Mystery Dinner has been scheduled for next Pi Day.  Volunteers are needed to serve on the committee for the event.

Auction

Back from her recent trip to Palm Springs, Lion Betty Odell auctioned off a tub of date butter.  Lion pat Harrison bought the butter for a donation of ten dollars.  Betty also brought back fudge which was purchased by Lion Melinda Blankenship. 

Happy Bucks

Lion Brent Robinson donated happy bucks in lieu of brining back an auction item from his recent trip to Boston.  He was also happy with the outcome of the World Series.  Lion Pete Sherwood was happy “anyone but the Dodgers” won.

Lion Ed Jones was glad to see Lion Dee Baughman back at Club and doing well. 

Aaron Odell had a great vacation in Palm Springs.  One highlight was a trip to the local air museum.

Lion Tom Link was happy to have only 1000 trick or treaters this year.  His neighbor, Lion Pete passed out candy to over 1500 kids.  Fresno resident Roy Dressel had no trick or treaters at all.

Lion Jeff Meader’s wife Caity will be an honored speaker at the Kaiser Foundation in D.C.

Lion Janet McClintock donated three happy bucks after her Granddaughter’s Redwood High Volleyball team knocked Yosemite High out of the Valley playoffs.

Band Review Coordinator Tom Gaebe thanked members for their help this year.

Lion Carol Jones was happy to see Brent Robinson back at Club.

Niners fan Brad Board was happy to see his team go 8 and 0 after they squeaked by in a game against the Phoenix Cardinals.

Lion Melinda Blankenship donated ten happy bucks for the Niners’ wins, Lions Lauri and Brent’s return to Club, and some OK news about the state of her knees.

Lion Pat Harrison showed off an afghan that Lion Melinda had knitted for his mother, who is a centenarian.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse, who returned to Club this week after attending Grandparents Day at Central Valley Christian School last Friday, donated a string of happy backs.

Lion Lauri Aguilar was happy to be back at Club.

Vice President Craig was happy for Lion Vicki’s help arranging a speaker.

Fines

Lion Dee Baughman fined Lion Pete Sherwood after reading a story about Lion Pete’s Father-in-Law.

Lion Craig Wheaton fined Lion Allen Ventling for startling him with his car horn before the meeting.

Prizes

Betty Odell won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club.  Tom Gaebe won the free ad. Lion Brent Robinson won the Lotto tickets. Lion Karen McVaigh won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the elusive white marble.

 Presentation

Hiker Dave Prewitt described his recent ascent of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous U.S., with Lion Pete Sherwood.  The climb to the top ended a six-day backpacking trip from Horseshoe Meadows.  

ROAR Newsletter for October 25, 2019

 

President Ruth McKee opened the October 25th meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Dee Baughman. Pete Sherwood performed the invocation and Melinda Blankenship led the flag salute.

Bruce Nicotero of the South Valley Industrial Collaborative was a guest at the meeting.

Lion Pete Sherwood won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Lion Dee Baughman reported that the La Sierra Leo Club is up and running.

Lion Janet McClintock shared that her Granddaughter’s Redwood High Volleyball team went undefeated.

Lion Melinda Blankenship reminded members to get their flu shot.

Happy Bucks

Lion Tony Loliva made a sizable donation after winning the Club’s marble drawing last week.

Lion Dee Baughman donated three happy bucks after a successful medical procedure at Kaweah Delta Hospital.

Lion Bob Bricker celebrated his 69th wedding anniversary.

Lion Allen Ventling got his drivers license renewed.

Lion Roy Dressel made a donation in lieu of an auction item.  He also signed up for medicare.

Lion Carol Jones was happy it was Friday.  She also was happy that a dog charging towards her during her morning walk was only chasing a bird.

Lion Brad Board spent last weekend at Hume Lake with his son.  His Grandkids will be visiting next week.

Lion Craig Wheaton was happy that a funeral service that he officiated at went well.

Lion Melinda was happy with Lion Dee’s good words about her employer.

President Ruth is a short-timer at work.  She was also happy that Pete Sherwood hired her former assistant.

Fines

President Ruth fined Lion Allen for attempting to steal her gavel.

Lion Tony Loliva fined ROAR editor Rick McVaigh for failing to report that he won the marble drawing last week.

Prizes

Lion Allen Ventling won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Bob Line won the free ad. Lion Janet McClintock won the Lotto tickets. Dee Baughman won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the elusive white marble.

 Presentation

Bruce Nicotero of the South Valley Industrial Collaborative talked about the contributions of distribution and fulfillment Centers to our local economy. Mr. Nicotero is also the Manager of the JoAnn Stores distribution center in Visalia.

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.