Club President Karen McVaigh opened the meeting by asking Lion Bob Line to lead the Club in a patriotic song – America, My Country Tis of Thee. Lion Pat Harrison led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Pete Sherwood performed the invocation.
Lion Rick McVaigh won the “no-fine” badge for the meeting.
Greeter Melinda Blankenship introduced our guest from the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, Eric Wang.
Long-time Lion Tom Gaebe was recognized for 40 years of great service.
President Karen reminded members that our meeting for January 11th will be held at Visalia Emergency Aid.
Lions Betty and Aaron Odell auctioned off Maui fudge and chocolate covered macadamias from their recent trip to the islands. Lion Melinda Blankenship bought the fudge for a donation of ten dollars and President Karen snagged the other chocolates.
Lion Don Landers shared that the gang member suspected of shooting a police officer in Newman had been captured in Bakersfield.
Lion Darryl Farnsworth was happy to have a new set of tires.
Lion Bob Line shared that Social Security recipients would be receiving a COLA raise.
After a wonderful Christmas, Lion Ruth Mckee wanted to wish everyone a happy new year.
Lion Ed Jones shared that his wife Lion Carol was at the Coast shopping for a wedding dress.
Now that they are back from Hawaii, Lions Betty and Aaron Odell will be heading for Sedona Arizona.
Lion Melinda Blankenship was happy her heater was fixed.
Lion Tom Link’s family will be taking him to Morro bay.
Lion Damon Yount thanked members again for their help with the Christmas Party at the Redwood Springs care facility.
Lion Ed Jones was happy that nobody was hurt in the recent downtown Visalia fire.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse had a great Christmas with her husband, who is doing well, and she is looking forward to a happy new year.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse fined Lion Bob Line for reportedly calling her worthless. Lion Tom Link also fined Lion Bob for insinuating that others would benefit excessively from the Social Security raise when Lion Bob is, in fact, a “fourple” dipper with a diverse set of income streams from educational institutions throughout central California. Lion Ruth McKee fined both Lion Bob and Lion Darryl for wearing their hats during the meeting.
Lion Leigh Moscone won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Lion Betty Odell won the free ad and the lottery tickets. Lion Betty also won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the coveted white marble.
Tulare County Deputy District Attorney Eric Wang described their work in conjunction with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office to fight human trafficking.