Lions Club Update

 

President’s Message
It has been a long time since we met as a club and I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.  When we sheltered-in place in March, if you were like me, you thought we would be back to some sense of normal by now.   When I thought about my year as Visalia Host Lions Club President I never imagined a start to the year like this.   But, it is what it is and as Lions we are resilient and it is time to get our club up and running again.
First, I want you to know that the Board has met three times in the since May and we are working to transition into the new year.  When I say met, I mean we met online using the now famous Zoom meeting platform.   In fact I attended the District Officers training last Saturday using the same format.
 
The recommendation was for every club to move meetings to an online platform until it is safe for us to meet in person.  We are working to do just that.   I know this won’t be easy but together we can make it happen.   A little COVID isn’t going to stop the Visalia Host Lions!
Craig Wheaton
559-679-9996
Murder Mystery Dinner
As you should know by now, we had to completely cancel the Murder Mystery Dinner.  Lion Laurie and the committee is working on a letter for all those who bought tickets and all of our sponsors to let them know.  You may have received an email about your ticket purchase.  We hope that many will either donate the ticket/sponsorship to the club and/or roll it over to our event next year.  
 
Golf Tournament 
The Golf Tournament has also been canceled.   Lion Melinda and committee is working on a similar letter of appeal to our regular sponsors to support us with a donation so that we can continue our valuable community work.  If you were a tee sign sponsor we hope you will consider giving the club a donation in place of your sponsorship.  I have pledged $100 myself.
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Club Dues
Soon you will receive your invoice for this year’s club dues.  The Board has discussed our budget/financial situation and we are going to adopt our current budge without any additional dues.  However, since we are unable to raise money at club meetings with happy bucks and fines, if you wish to make an additional donation it would be greatly appreciated.  
 
Historic Club Meeting – Friday, August 7th, 12 Noon
We will have our first all club meeting on Friday, August 7th at noon.  This will be held on Zoom.  Wait!  Don’t panic!  Don’t give up!  You too can work this out and join us.   I will set up an trial meeting on Thursday, August 6 at noon to help you through.  I will be available by phone to walk you through the process.  My number is 559-679-9996.
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Here is the zoom link.  If you have not used Zoom you will need to download some software the first time.   Try it and see if it works for you
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Zoom Link for Friday, August 7th Meeting:
Craig Wheaton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: Aug 7, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time
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ROAR Newsletter

 

 

President’s Message
It has been a long time since we met as a club and I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy.  When we sheltered-in place in March, if you were like me, you thought we would be back to some sense of normal by now.   When I thought about my year as Visalia Host Lions Club President I never imagined a start to the year like this.   But, it is what it is and as Lions we are resilient and it is time to get our club up and running again.
First, I want you to know that the Board has met three times in the since May and we are working to transition into the new year.  When I say met, I mean we met online using the now famous Zoom meeting platform.   In fact I attended the District Officers training last Saturday using the same format.
 
The recommendation was for every club to move meetings to an online platform until it is safe for us to meet in person.  We are working to do just that.   I know this won’t be easy but together we can make it happen.   A little COVID isn’t going to stop the Visalia Host Lions!
Craig Wheaton
559-679-9996
Murder Mystery Dinner
As you should know by now, we had to completely cancel the Murder Mystery Dinner.  Lion Laurie and the committee is working on a letter for all those who bought tickets and all of our sponsors to let them know.  You may have received an email about your ticket purchase.  We hope that many will either donate the ticket/sponsorship to the club and/or roll it over to our event next year.  
 
Golf Tournament 
The Golf Tournament has also been canceled.   Lion Melinda and committee is working on a similar letter of appeal to our regular sponsors to support us with a donation so that we can continue our valuable community work.  If you were a tee sign sponsor we hope you will consider giving the club a donation in place of your sponsorship.  I have pledged $100 myself.
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Club Dues
Soon you will receive your invoice for this year’s club dues.  The Board has discussed our budget/financial situation and we are going to adopt our current budge without any additional dues.  However, since we are unable to raise money at club meetings with happy bucks and fines, if you wish to make an additional donation it would be greatly appreciated.  
 
Historic Club Meeting – Friday, August 7th, 12 Noon
We will have our first all club meeting on Friday, August 7th at noon.  This will be held on Zoom.  Wait!  Don’t panic!  Don’t give up!  You too can work this out and join us.   I will set up an trial meeting on Thursday, August 6 at noon to help you through.  I will be available by phone to walk you through the process.  My number is 559-679-9996.
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Here is the zoom link.  If you have not used Zoom you will need to download some software the first time.   Try it and see if it works for you.
Roar Newsletter for Friday, March 13th

Roar Newsletter for Friday, March 13th

Notice: 

Covid-19 Update: The Visalia Host Lions club has suspended our regular Friday meetings until California’s Stay at Home order is lifted. 

Look for emails on updates as time goes on. 

New Date for The Murder Mystery dinner: July 18th

The Visalia Host Lions, like the Fox, says stay safe and see you soon. 

Now that those notices are out of the way let’s get back to normal.

Lion president Ruth asked Lion Bob Line to lead us in singing God Bless America, and he did a mighty fine job as always. Lion Karen lead us in saluting the flag, and Lion Dee lead us in prayer. Lion Melinda informed us that we “ain’t got nobody” when it came to guests today.

Lion Karen won the no fine badge. 

 

Announcements 

Lion Roy announced that the board had voted on Wednesday to move the Murder Mystery dinner to July 18th. There were a few people that we did not know if they had been informed of the change. He passed around a sheet asking members if they knew of the few who had not been checked off so that we could call or text them.

Lion Dee announced that Lion Don Landers was in Sothern California and has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He will be going in for surgery soon and for all the members to keep him in our prayers.

Lion Bob leads us in song. 

Lion Melinda talks about the measures Kaweah Delta is taking with the Coronavirus. 

Meetings suspended until our stay at home order is lifted. 

Lion President Ruth started the meeting with what has been on the minds of most of the world’s population for the past few days and weeks. The Coronavirus. She proposed that we should not meet for the next month and asked us to take a vote on that. Members discussed the pros and cons, and a vote was taken. By a slim margin, we did vote to suspend meetings. At that time we were planning of resuming our meeting on April 17th, but we have sense postponed them until our stay at home order has been lifted. 

Auction items 

Lion Karen auctioned off an SF Giants drinking cup that she and Rick had purchased when they had been a sprint training in Arizona. (luckily they went when they did as spring training has been canceled)  Lion Melinda bought it for $15, then put in another $5 because Karen had paid $20 for it in Arizona.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Pat had a happy buck because his mother, who was 104, passed away peacefully last week.  Happy because, she had lived a good life and at 106, a long one also.

Lion president Ruth gave a buck because she did not pick a secret greater this week.

Lion Pat was happy that he was able to gift his six memberships to a gun club.

Lion Steve was happy for all the hard work the Murder Mystery Dinner had put in and hopes that it will be a success in its new date of July 18th.

Lion Craig was happy that a conference that he was scheduled to go to was canceled so he could go to the MMD, but then he was sad because that had been canceled also.

Lion Roy was happy Lion Aron had given him a bottle of Jack Daniels that he was not going to drink.

Lion George was happy his cleaning lady was there when it blacked out and she was able to stop him from falling on his head.

Lion Karen was $10 happy that Lion Melinda had put in that extra $5 for the Giants cup.

Lion Vicki was happy that her Husband was playing golf and doing well.

Fines

Lione Dee fined Lion Tom for not being able to shot a bow and arrow because of his hand hurt too much.

Lion Vicki fined Lion Bob Line for being the superintendent when she was asked to teach a class in Bachelor Living. She had a long story about one of the “jocks” using the oven and using it for smoke signals.

Lion Pat fined his late brother for teaching a shop class where one kid used an air nailer to staple a hat on some head. His late brother was not available to pay the fine, so Pat took it upon himself to pay it.

Winners

$5.00 raffle: Lion president Ruth won and donated it to the Leo club. 

Lotto tickets: Lion Janet 

Marble: Lion Karen, (again) but she was not that lucky, drawing a blue marble. 

Lion Dee lets the club know about Lion Don Lander’s upcoming surgery for a brain tumor.

Lion Steve won the free add (to the joy of your editor this week, Lion Roy) and the National League pennant and this year, the series.

Lion Karen proudly shows off her blue marble, giving someone else a chance at the winning marble next week, or I should say, next meeting (April 17th) 

Roar Newsletter for Friday, March 13th

Roar Newsletter for Friday, March 13th

Notice: 

Covid-19 Update: The Visalia Host Lions club has suspended our regular Friday meeting through April 10th 

Our plan at this time is to resume meeting on Friday, April 17th 

Look for emails on updates as time goes on. 

New Date for The Murder Mystery dinner: July 18th

The Visalia Host Lions, like the Fox, says stay safe and see you soon. For us its April 17th

Now that those notices are out of the way let’s get back to normal.

Lion president Ruth asked Lion Bob Line to lead us in singing God Bless America, and he did a mighty fine job as always. Lion Karen lead us in saluting the flag, and Lion Dee lead us in prayer. Lion Melinda informed us that we “ain’t got nobody” when it came to guests today.

Lion Karen won the no fine badge. Two more no fine badge wins, and Karen will be the winnest no fine badge member in the last ten years.

 

Announcements 

Lion Roy announced that the board had voted on Wednesday to move the Murder Mystery dinner to July 18th. There were a few people that we did not know if they had been informed of the change. He passed around a sheet asking members if they knew of the few who had not been checked off so that we could call or text them.

Lion Dee announced that Lion Don Landers was in Sothern California and has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He will be going in for surgery soon and for all the members to keep him in our prayers.

Lion Bob leads us in song. 

Lion Melinda talks about the measures Kaweah Delta is taking with the Coronavirus. 

Meetings suspended until April 17th.

Lion President Ruth started the meeting with what has been on the minds of most of the world’s population for the past few days and weeks. The Coronavirus. She proposed that we should not meet for the next month and asked us to take a vote on that. Members discussed the pros and cons, and a vote was taken. By a slim margin, we did vote to suspend meetings until April 17th.

Auction items 

Lion Karen auctioned off an SF Giants drinking cup that she and Rick had purchased when they had been a sprint training in Arizona. (luckily they went when they did as spring training has been canceled)  Lion Melinda bought it for $15, then put in another $5 because Karen had paid $20 for it in Arizona.

Happy Bucks 

Lion Pat had a happy buck because his mother, who was 106, passed away peacefully last week.  Happy because, she had lived a good life and at 106, a long one also.

Lion president Ruth gave a buck because she did not pick a secret greater this week.

Lion Pat was happy that he was able to sell his six memberships to a gun club.

Lion Steve was happy for all the hard work the Murder Mystery Dinner had put in and hopes that it will be a success in its new date of July 18th.

Lion Craig was happy that a conference that he was scheduled to go to was canceled so he could go to the MMD, but then he was sad because that had been canceled also.

Lion Roy was happy Lion Aron had given him a bottle of Jack Daniels that he was not going to drink.

Lion George was happy his cleaning lady was there when it blacked out and she was able to stop him from falling on his head.

Lion Karen was $10 happy that Lion Melinda had put in that extra $5 for the Giants cup.

Lion Vicki was happy that her Husband was playing golf and doing well.

Fines

Lione Dee fined Lion Tom for not being able to shot a bow and arrow because of his hand hurt too much.

Lion Vicki fined Lion Bob Line for being the superintendent when she was asked to teach a class in Bachelor Living. She had a long story about one of the “jocks” using the oven and using it for smoke signals.

Lion Pat fined his late brother for teaching a shop class where one kid used an air nailer to staple a hat on some head. His late brother was not available to pay the fine, so Pat took it upon himself to pay it.

Winners

$5.00 raffle: Lion president Ruth won and donated it to the Leo club. 

Lotto tickets: Lion Janet 

Marble: Lion Karen, (again) but she was not that lucky, drawing a blue marble. 

Lion Dee lets the club know about Lion Don Lander’s upcoming surgery for a brain tumor.

Lion Steve won the free add (to the joy of your editor this week, Lion Roy) and the National League pennant and this year, the series.

Lion Karen proudly shows off her blue marble, giving someone else a chance at the winning marble next week, or I should say, next meeting (April 17th) 

ROAR Newsletter for February 21, 2020

 

President Ruth Mckee opened the meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Pat Harrison. Dee Baughman performed the invocation and Lion Melinda Blankenship led the flag salute.

Officer Jason McWilliams of the Visalia Police Department was a guest at the meeting.

Aaron Odell won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Murder Mystery Committee Chair Lauri Aguilar shared that 120 tickets had been sold for the dinner.  She encouraged Lions to get the word out to friends and contacts who might be interested in attending.  She also reminded Lions to bring donations for the Murder Mystery Dinner. Club Members are asked to donate two $25 gift cards (contact Melinda Blankenship) and three bottles of wine (contact Aaron or Betty Odell). Gift baskets will also be accepted for raffle prizes at the Dinner.

President Ruth announced that there will be a visitation to the Visalia Pride Lions Club at 6 PM on March 2nd at St Paul’s Church.

Lion Allen Ventling reminded Lions that the Young Life Dinner is next Friday.

Auction

Lion Leigh Mosconi auctioned off some candy covered pretzels from his recent trip to Pismo Beach.  Chocolate lover Melinda Blankenship bought the snacks for a donation of ten dollars.

Happy Bucks

Lion Dee Baughman thanked members for purchasing his granddaughter’s Girl Scout Cookies.

Lion Pat Harrison was happy about the afghans Lion Melinda has been making for him.  He has been giving them to his mother’s caretakers and donated eight happy bucks.

Lion Craig Wheaton was happy to have visited with his daughter last week.  He also had a great Valentines Day.

While working at Park Visalia, Lion Lauri Aguilar received Valentines gifts from Lion Dee, who was singing for Park Visalia residents, and Lion Bob Bricker.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse’s husband was in Reno at a trap shooting competition.  She was also happy to see Officer McWilliams and Lion Lauri at Club.

Lion Bob Line donated five happy bucks in honor of his fifth wedding anniversary.

Lion Allen Ventling was happy to hear that Lion Brad Board’s wife was doing well.

President Ruth was happy it was Friday.

Fines

Lion Dee Baughman fined himself for the delay in delivering Girl Scout Cookies.  He also fined Lion Bob Line, who he accused of being a shill for the Quail Park Retirement Community.

Lion Vicki Whitehouse shared that it was awkward to see Lions Club members she knew while attending a Rotary function.

Lion Melinda Blankenship fined Lion Bob Line for interrupting Lion Vicki, and fined Lion Dee for shorting her one box of cookies.

President Ruth fined Lion Tom Gaebe for allegedly running her into the wall in a rush to the lunch line.

Secret Greeter Vicki Whitehouse fined Lion Bob Line for not shaking her hand prior to the meeting as required.

Prizes

Lion Karen McVaigh won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation. Lion Brad Board won the free ad.  Bob Line won the Lotto tickets.  Bob Line also got a shot at the marble drawing, but failed to find the elusive white marble.

Presentation

Officer Jason McWilliams shared his views on the challenges facing the Visalia Police Department.

ROAR Newsletter for February 7th, 2020

Check out all the photos from the Superbowl party here. 

 

President Ruth Mckee opened the meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Dee Baughman. Bob Line performed the invocation and Lion Leigh Mosconi led the flag salute.

Kaweah Delta Health Care District CEO Gary Herbst and Kaweah Delta Director of Development Deborah Volosin were guests at the meeting.

Roy Dressel won the no-fine badge.

Lions sang the “Happy Birthday Song” to Lion Leigh Mosconi, who was born in February.

Announcements

Student Speaker Contest Chairman Pete Sherwood announced that the contest be held during the February 14th meeting.

President Ruth announced that there will be a visitation to the Sequoia Lions Club on Tuesday February 18th.  The meeting will be at the Lamplighter Inn at noon.  Another visitation to the Visalia Pride Lions is being set up for later this month.

Lion Betty Odell reminded Lions to bring donations for the Murder Mystery Dinner. Club Members are asked to donate two $25 gift cards (contact Melinda Blankenship) and three bottles of wine (contact Aaron or Betty Odell). Gift baskets will also be accepted for raffle prizes at the Dinner.

Lion Tom Link share that the Green Acres Little Theatre will be presenting “The Little Mermaid” on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of next week.

Happy Bucks

Lion Melinda thanked Lions Bob Line and Karen McVaigh for their gift card donations.

Lion Leigh Mosconi thanked members who sponsored him in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

President Ruth had a great time at the Charter Oak  Club visitation.

Lion Craig Wheaton will be on the review Board for Dublin Unified School District.

Lion Allen Ventling reported the Club’s Super Bowl Party for the homeless went well.

Lion Vicki is looking forward to the two-year anniversary of her husband’s heart surgery.  She and Lion Roy Dressel were also happy to see Gary Herbst at the meeting.

Lion Bob Line shared that his granddaughter Family Services Director Caity Meader will be featured in US News and World Report.

Fines

Lion Dee Baughman fined Lion Tom Link for tardiness.  He also fined Lions Bob Line and Tom Link for schmoozing with an LA Times reported during their morning coffee meeting.

Prizes

Lion Brent Robinson won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Lion Bob Bricker won the free ad.  Melinda Blankenship won the Lotto tickets.  Bob Line got a shot at the marble drawing, but failed to find the elusive white marble.

 Presentation

Kaweah Delta CEO Gary Herbst shared that the Hospital is currently very full with patients waiting for rooms due to a very nasty flu and respiratory virus season.  He provided an update on the facility projects, which include the emergency room expansion and the Development of a Master Plan to meet acute care earthquake standards by 2030. He also described the District’s beneficial partnerships with Cleveland Clinic on Cardiology, and the University of Southern California Medical School.

Kaweah Delta’s CEO Gary Herbst gives the club detail about the plans and goals of the hospital. 

Lion Leigh Musconi