Club President Karen McVaigh opened the meeting by asking Lion Pat Harrison to lead the Club in a patriotic song – America the Beautiful. Lion Leigh Moscone led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Aaron Odell performed the invocation.
Lion Justin Levy won the “no-fine” badge for the meeting.
Greeter Melinda Blankenship introduced our guests from Family Services of Tulare County: Alexi DelBianco and Erica Ceballos.
Lions also sang the “Happy Birthday Song” in honor of Don Landers, Leigh Moscone, Brad Board, and Steve Gerrard who were all born in February.
President Karen reminded members that there will be a visitation to Sunset Lions on Tuesday, February 5. The Sunset Lions meet at Marie Callenders Restaurant at 6:30 PM.
Lion Melinda Blankenship attended this year’s third District meeting in McFarland.
- The McFarland Lions will be holding a benefit for fire relief on March 2nd.
- The Leo Leadership training will be in Phoenix this year.
- The Lions Eye Foundation was able to provide over 1.5 million dollars worth of services last year.
- Van Vanlandingham of Visalia Pride Lions will be our next District Governor.
- The Cambria Convention will be on April 26, 27, and 28.
Lion Melinda also provided an update on needs for the upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner. Members are asked to donate three bottles of wine and twenty-five dollars for gift cards.
Members auctioned off a gavel which had disappeared during the meeting under suspicious circumstances. President Karen purchased the missing gavel for a donation of ten dollars.
Lion Jeff Meader donated twenty dollars in lieu of providing an auction item from his recent travels.
New homeowner Melinda Blankenship was happy to be moving into her house and donated twenty dollars.
Lion Pat Harrison was able to get his Lincoln Continental fixed again – this time for cheaper than expected.
The weather has been good for motorcycle rider Roy Dressel.
Special Olympics coordinator Leigh Moscone thanked Lions for supporting his Polar Plunge fundraiser.
Lion Brad Board encouraged members to view the video of dancing Bob Line on Facebook.
Lion Craig Wheaton was happy to have been skiing over a dozen times this year.
Lion Janet McClintock was happy to be back at Club.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse donated five happy bucks. Her husband is doing well and they are off to Vegas soon.
Lion Betty Odell shared that her eye surgery went well.
Lion Jeff Meader fined himself for having to leave early to return to work.
Lion Leigh Moscone fined Ski Patrolman Craig Wheaton for skiing free.
Lion Pat Harrison fined insurance agent Brad Board for not sending out free calendars.
Lion Carol Jones fined Lions Rick McVaigh, Bob Bricker and Tony Loliva for talking during the meeting.
Secret Greeter Jeff Meader fined Lions Bob Bricker and Roy Dressel for not shaking his hand prior to the meeting as required.
Lion Bob Bricker won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. President Karen won the free ad. Lion Rick McVaigh won the lottery tickets. Lion Justin Levy won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to find the coveted white marble.
Alexi DelBianco and Erica Ceballos from Family Services of Tulare County described the services they provide to help victims of elder abuse including: temporary housing; emergency assistance; advocacy; legal services; and comprehensive case management. Alexi and Erica work closely with police and sheriffs departments, and adult protective services to support and protect victims of physical, sexual, and financial abuse who are over the age of 50.