Club President Rebecca Juarez opened the meeting by asking Dee Baughman to lead his fellow Lions in a patriotic song. Lion Ed Jones led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion Bob Line led his fellow Lions in prayer. Lions also sang happy birthday in honor of Lions Tom Link, Justin Levy, Roy Dressel, Allen Ventling, Steve Gerrard and Chris Baldwin.

Lion Pete Sherwood won the “No-fine” badge.

Guests for the meeting included Caity and Julianna Meader, wife and daughter of Lion Jeff Meader; Vinnie Longo and Julian Rifkind, of the Visalia Rawhide; and Journalist Paul Hurley.


President Rebecca reminded Lions that there would be an Executive Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 10th. Rebecca also shared that the Charter Night for the new Selma Lions would be January 28th at the lamplighter Inn in Visalia.

Happy Bucks

Lion Jeff Meader was happy that his wife and daughter could join us for the meeting.

After losing a crown, Lion Roy Dressel was happy that his dentist was able to quickly replace it.

After missing several Friday meetings because of her new job, Lion Ruth McKee donated five happy bucks.

Lion Ed Jones was happy that Lion Ruth was back at Club. In response to a question about why he, a Dodgers fan, was wearing Giants colors; Lion Ed provided a detailed history of Harley Davidson’s color schemes, Lion Carol Jones was happy that Lion Ed’s long story was over, and happy to be going shopping with her girlfriends.

Denver Broncos fan Lion Dee Baughman was happy that his favorite team was able to defeat the injury-plagued Oakland Raiders.

Lion Melinda Blankenship said she had a wonderful holiday season, and was also happy that Lion Ruth was back at Club and that her favorite green veggies were served for lunch.

Lion Leigh Mosconi shared that his grandson had gotten married and that his granddaughter had gotten engaged.

Lion Craig Wheaton was happy for the recent rain and snow.

Lion Bob Line shared that he was happy to be on the Board of the award-winning Sycamore Valley Charter School, which is affiliated with the Tulare County Office of Education. Lion Craig Wheaton is the County Board’s liaison to the school.  


Lion Dee Baughman fined Lion Bob Bricker, claiming he was disturbed during the meeting by Lion Bob’s cell phone.

Lion Jeff Meader fined himself for having to leave early.

After missing several recent meetings, Lion Chris Baldwin fined himself five dollars.

Secret greeter Chris Baldwin fined Lions Bob Line and Tom Link for not shaking his hand prior to the meeting as required.


Lion Glenn Mar won the five dollar raffle and donated the proceeds to the La Sierra Leo Club. Lion Melinda Blankenship won the free ad and encouraged everyone to get flu shots. Roy Dressel won the scratcher lottery tickets. Lion Tom Link won a shot at the marble drawing but failed to draw the $200 white marble. 


College of Sequoias Journalism teacher Paul Hurley, a former editor for the Visalia Times Delta, provided an update on the state of the news media and his expectations for 2017.

Upcoming Events

Executive Board Meeting      January 10

Selma Lions Charter Party    January 28

LCIF Leadership Institute      January 14-16

Student Speaker Contest,     February 10

MD-4 Convention Redding    February 10-12

District Meeting in Taft           February 24

Lions City of Hope Day         March 26

Leo Leadership Training      March 31- April 2

Chicago International Convention June 30