Lion Tony Loliva opened the meeting by asking Lion Bob Line to lead the pledge of allegiance. Lion Pat Harrison attempted to lead his fellow Lions in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, and Lion Dee Baughman performed the invocation.
Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar and Officer Mike Short were guests at the meeting.
Lion Bob Bricker won the coveted “No-Fine” badge.
President Aaron announced that orders for the Club’s pie sale should be submitted by November 2nd.
Band Review Coordinator Tom Gaebe donated 20 happy bucks and shared that the recent Band Review and Field Show was the best ever.
After taking a friend to Stanford Hospital, Dee Baughman was happy he doesn’t live in the Bay Area.
Dodgers fan Roy Dressel was happy his team was “hanging in there” in the NLCS playoffs.
Red Sox fan Allen Ventling was also happy with his team’s performance.
Lion Vicki Whitehouse laughed as she shared that the Club’s opening song was the worst version of our country’s National Anthem she had ever heard. Her husband is doing well, and she was happy her favorite team was still in the playoffs.
San Francisco Giants fan Dee Baughman paid two dollars after the Giant’s loss to the Dodgers in the National League Division Series.
Lion Tom Link was fined for showing up for Club late.
Secret Greeter Karen McVaigh fined several Lions for failing to shake her hand before the meeting as required.
Lion Bob Line won the five-dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the Lions Eye Foundation. Pete Sherwood won the Lotto tickets and a shot at the marble drawing.
Police Chief Jason Salazar provided an update on his department’s efforts to fight crime in Visalia. The department handles over 140,000 calls per year and is working to implement new technologies and strategies. While overall crime continues to trend down, the department faces several challenges, including those related to homelessness. The Chief also expressed concerns about early release of prisoners, officer recruitment and retention, and an upsurge in illegal “ghost” guns.