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

ROAR Newsletter for January 31, 2020

ROAR Newsletter for January 31, 2020

 

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

Lion Amy Shuklian of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors was a guest at the meeting.

Dee Baughman won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Lauri Aguilar provided an update on the activities of the Murder Mystery Dinner Committee. Lion Vicki Whitehouse obtained a sponsorship from Central Valley Repair and Collision, and we now have $3,250 in sponsorships. The event will feature an original Wild West script. Club Members are asked to donate two $25 gift cards (contact Melinda Blankenship) and three bottles of wine (contact Aaron or Betty Odell) and gift baskets for raffle prizes at the Dinner.

Lion Allen Ventling shared that the fundraiser dinner for Young Life will be February 28th.

President Ruth announced that there will be a visitation to the Charter Oak Lions Club at 6PM on February 5th at the Lamp Lighter Inn.

Happy Bucks

Lion George Fry is looking forward to a Super Bowl win for the 49ers on Sunday.

Lion Dee Baughman enjoyed the Donuts and Dudes Party at his granddaughter’s charter school. Lion Dee also shared that a survey of veterans showed that they favored the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl.

Lion Jeff Meader was happy to see Lion Amy at the meeting.

Lion Pete Sherwood was laughing at a politically inappropriate joke that was told at the back table by the winner of the no-fine badge, and shared that he was happy his wife was recovering well from emergency surgery last week.

Lion Brad Board donated ten happy bucks to thank well-wishers, and said his wife is doing well.

Lion Melinda shared that she first met Lion Amy at Rehab, where they both worked.

Lions Allen Ventling and Vicki Whitehouse thanked Lion Lauri for her efforts on the Murder Mystery Dinner.

Lion Tom Link shared that he and his brother Bob had worked with Lion Amy on several committees and councils over the years.

Lion Vicki also shared that her husband continues to do well and is playing golf (almost) every day.

Lion Lauri thanked Lion Vicki for recruiting a sponsor for the Murder Mystery Dinner. 

Prizes

Karen McVaigh won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation.  Lion Janet McClintock won the free ad.  Steve Gerrard won the Lotto tickets and a shot at the marble drawing, but failed to find the elusive white marble.

 Presentation

County Supervisor Amy Shuklian described the services the County provides and gave a detailed update on public works and road projects.

ROAR Newsletter for January 24, 2020

ROAR Newsletter for January 24, 2020

 

President Ruth Mckee opened the meeting with a patriotic song led by Lion Pat Harrison. Ed Jones performed the invocation and Lion Leigh Mosconi led the flag salute.

Guests included Field Biologists Crystal Griffin and Jessie Eriando of the Delta Vector Control District.

Melinda Blankenship won the no-fine badge.

Announcements

Lion Roy Dressel provided another update on the the Murder Mystery Dinner Committee. The Committee will be meeting every Tuesday at 5:30 at Park Visalia.  Club Members are asked to donate two $25 gift cards (contact Melinda Blankenship) and three bottles of wine (contact Aaron or Betty Odell) for raffle prizes at the Dinner.

Lion Allen Ventling reminded Members that the Super Bowl Party for the Homeless will be on February 2nd at the Visalia Rescue Mission.  Dinner will be at “intermission”.

Happy Bucks

Lions Carol and Ed Jones shared that they will miss everyone when they move to Prescott, Arizona. Lions Pete Sherwood, Roy Dressel, Vicki Whitehouse, and Ruth McKee donated happy bucks to wish Lions Ed and Carol well.

Lion Melinda Blankenship was happy to be back at Club after recovering from the Kneesles.

Lion Pat Harrison donated five happy bucks, one for each afghan made by Lion Melinda.

Lion Ed Jones opined that recent cheating scandals showed that the Dodgers really were the better team.

Fines

Lion Ed Jones fined himself twenty dollars because Lions Tom Link, Dee Baughman, and Bob Line were at a funeral and were unavailable to fine.

Lion Melinda Blankenship fined Lion Allen Ventling for an unspecified comment.

Prizes

Allen Ventling won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation.  Lion Bob Bricker won the free ad.  Janet McClintock won the Lotto tickets.  Tony Loliva won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the missing white marble.

 Presentation

Field biologists Crystal Griffin and Jessie Eriando of the Delta Vector Control District described their agencies efforts to control mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit.  The agency monitors mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases; controls mosquitoes by eliminated breeding sources and using biological, and chemical controls; and teaches the public to control mosquito populations and to protect themselves.

ROAR Newsletter for January 17, 2020

ROAR Newsletter for January 17, 2020

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.

Announcements

Lion Roy Dressel provided an update on the efforts and progress of the Murder Mystery Dinner Committee.  The web page for the event is now up and running, so ticket purchases and sponsor donations may be made online  The Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, January 28th at 5:30 at Park Visalia. (not this coming Tuesday as Roy had announced at club)  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.

Happy Bucks

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.

Fines

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.

Prizes

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.

 Presentation

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.  

Roar Newsletter for January 10th, 2020

Roar Newsletter for January 10th, 2020

 

 

 

Our meeting today was lead by our president, Lion Ruth, who called on Lion Dee to lead us in singing God Bless America and Lion Bob Line in doing the invocation. Lion Janet lead us is saluting our flag.

Announcements

Lion Roy announced that there will be a meeting of the Murder Mystery Dinner committee this coming Tuesday evening  1-14) at Park Visalia, 3939 W Walnut Ave. Here in Visalia. he also had a sign up for those who wanted to be on the committee that will be headed again this year by Lion Lauri Aguilar

Tickets for the third annual Murder Mystery Dinner are now available on our web site.

The tickets are the same prices as last year, $75 each and there are 8 per table.

Lion Ruth announced that will once again help out the Visalia Rescue Mission with their Superbowl party for the homeless at the Mission on Sunday, February 2. Sign-ups were taken, and you can contact Ruth @ 559-308-3823 to let her know you would like to participate

Lion Janet announced that the MD4 convention would once again be here in Visalia on February 21 and 22.

Lion Ruth also announced that Quail Park at Shannon Ranch had invited the club to have one of our meetings at their facility. Having all agreed that was a good idea she will get that arranged in the next few weeks. Watch the Roar for the date.

Lion Allen announced that he would be the new Lions Youth Exchange person for our club. As many of you know, Lion Erik Frost had that position for many years, but he has moved to the coast, so Allen has generously agreed to take on the role.

Lion Janet won the No fine Badge.

Happy Bucks

Lion Pete was happy that his wife got a new car. Lion Pat commented that all of Pete’s competition must have died off, and he was making the big bucks to be able to afford that new car.

Lion George was happy for his kids (all of whom are 60+) because they had received a financial gift from him at Christmas.

Lion Tony was happy that the 49ers were playing the Vikings on Saturday, and I am sure he was even happier come Saturday evening as the 49ers won that game. We will expect another happy but this coming Friday Tony.

Lion Dee was happy that he took all three of his daughters to lunch this past week.

Lion Allen was $3 happy because his recent trip to Vegas paid off big for him.

Lion Pat was happy that Lion Melinda had knit him four afghans.

Lion Tony had a dollar because last week he had won the lotto tickets and they had paid off with a $10 win.

Lion Janet had a dollar from Lion Melinda, who could not be at the meeting today because she had had some work on her knee recently, and it was not doing well today.

Lion Ruth was happy because “it’s Friday.”

Lion Vicki was happy because her husband was doing well and playing golf as we ere having our meeting.

Fines

Lion Dee fined Lion Tom Link for once again not having to pay for their birthday lunch. Miguel at Colimas had already taken care of it. Next year, Dee says he is going to another restaurant where Tom is going to have to pay. Tom replied that he has already made reservations at Colimas on June 16th (Dee’s birthday)

Lion Dee also fined Lion Tom because Tom, famous for his socks, had inferior socks to what Dee was wearing today.

Lion Ruth fined someone name Bob Link, not sure who that was.

 

Lion Allen with a big smile after coming back from Vegan “with” money” 

Lion Dee showing off the socks that he claims are better the socks of Lion Tom Link. 

Our Tail Twister, Lion Vicki, collecting happy bucks and fines.

The 101st California Lions Convention!

Theme

“Denim & Diamonds”

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls!

February 21-23, 2020

Visalia Convention Center

Host Hotel: Marriott

300 S Court St, Visalia, CA 93291

Winners

Lion Steve won the Lotto scratchers. We’ll see next week if he won the big bucks.

Lion Janet won the free add.

Lion Tony won the marble drawing but did not win the white marble.

Lori Olvera-Clackson from Young life was our guest speaker today. Our club has given a donation to this organization for many years and Lori has been a guest our ours for many of those years. She talked about what Young Life does for teens and also let us know that our gift entitled 8 of our members to join them for there annual fundraising dinner at the gateway church on Friday, February 28th starting at 5:30. If you would like to attend contact Lion president ruth at 559-308-3823 and let her know. 

Lion President Ruth presents the check to Lori Olvera-Clackson of Younglife.