Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York




Bill Powell -- 739-4509


Norval Johnston -- 562-3290


John Farr -- 562-7621


April, 2001

Events Calendar:


Apr 9th @ 6:30PM

Dinner Meeting at Jennifer's Restaurant. This evening’s topic will be Red Cross disaster services.


Apr 16th @ 7:00PM

Board of Directors meeting at the Senior Citizen's Center. 


Apr 21st

4th District Cabinet Meeting, Owego Lions, Owego Community Center.


Apr 23rd @ 6:30PM

Dinner Meeting at Jennifer's Restaurant. This evening’s topic will be a tour of the Corning Community College facility at the Airport Corporate Park.


Apr 27 – 29

MD20 State Convention at Saratoga Springs.


Apr 28th @ 7:30AM

Camp Badger Work Party. Meet at Minier’s parking lot; Lion Gary Bernhardt is in charge. Due to a scheduling conflict at the Camp, this has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 8th, same time and place.


Club News:

Amanda Eubanks gave us a spirited and informative overview of Glove House at our first meeting in March. Through seven different specialized areas, Glove House provides a range of residential and community-based supportive services to children ages 0-21 and their families. Their Website is at Our second speaker in March, Michael J. Danaher, Jr., NYS Assistant Attorney General, gave us a timely and entertaining presentation on telemarketing fraud. Two important phone numbers are the Attorney General’s consumer help line, (800) 771-7755, and the "Do Not Call" Telemarketing Registry, (800) 697-1220 (or visit Many thanks to both speakers in March, along with Lion Herb Cox (who’s hitting new highs in joke-telling!).

The 25-year Service Chevron was awarded to Lion Al l Draht, and Lion Jim Dubois was awarded the 10-year Service Chevron. Congratulations Gentlemen! Four members made visitation to Southern Tier Retired Lions on March 27th. They were Lions Gary Bernhardt, Norval Johnston, Donna Barto, and Pat Johnston. Lion Gary Bernhardt wishes to remind us that items and donations for the Camp Badger Wish List should be forwarded to Lion Gary by the end of May, prior to the next camp session. A Camp Badger work party is also coming up on April 28.

Lions contributed 228 hours to various outside causes in March. Rounding out the top three are Steele Memorial Library (55 hrs), Clemens Center (29 hrs), and TICE Project (23 hrs). Details are available in the Club Activity Report, available online. Thank you, Lions, and thanks also to the Lions who contributed time this month to the Big Flats Community Food Pantry, Big Flats Senior Nutrition Site, Camp Badger office, and Adopt-A-Highway.

New Members:

Second Vice President Stephan Connors inducted Bryan Foster and Loisann Love into Lions on March 26. We are very happy to have them as new members.

Lion Bryan is employed by Corning, Inc. as Manager of IT Systems and Operational Support. He has a wife; Nicole, and two children. His phone number is 562-5361. Email: Lion Norval Johnston is his sponsor.

Lion Loisann is employed as a Registered Nurse by UCP in Horseheads and has been involved in Boy Scouts for a number of years. She can be reached at 562-3839. Email: Lion Mary Ann Balland is her sponsor.

Phone & Email Changes:

Lion Steve Connors’ new email address:

Lion Ray Conklin:

Lion Ray is recuperating at home from pneumonia. He’s told Lion Grace Yanak that he doesn’t need anything in terms of medicine or supplies, but he’d probably appreciate our cards and well wishes (his birthday is Apr. 27th).

Board Action:

Lion Don Williams reported that he would be shipping used printer cartridges after receipt of two additional ones to complete the box. Lion Norval Johnston reported that delegates for the Multiple District 20 Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY must be registered by April 13, 2001. The Club is entitled to four delegates. King Lion Bill and Lion Donna Barto are planning to fill two slots. Members who missed signing up for the District Pins in March may still obtain them through Lion Norval in April.

Zone Meeting will be held on March 27, 6:30 p.m. with the Southern Tier Retired Lions at El Monte Restaurant in Fisherville. Board members were asked if they would like to attend and swell our ranks for the visitation. No additional members agreed to attend and the secretary was to make reservations for five. They were Lions VanEtten, Bernhardt, Barto, Pat Johnston and Norval Johnston.

District News:

PID Dr. Ed Cordes, an Optometrist, and his wife Gail, an Optician, have recently put the principles of Lionism to good use in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua when they participated in a Vision Care Mission. Other Lions who participated were Chris Kendall, a Canastota Lion, Robin McClennan, a Skaneateles Lion and Bob Herbert of the Armonk Lions Club. "All-in-all, the team consisted of five optometrists, three opticians, seven optometric students, and several other volunteers".

The 4th District Cabinet Meeting will be hosted by the Owego Lions at the Owego Community Center on Saturday, April 21, 2001. We are inviting all of our new Lions and their sponsors to this meeting to take part in World Wide Induction Day. There will be a special program during the luncheon. All spouses are invited to attend the luncheon. The cost of the luncheon is $10.00 per person for advanced registration, $12 at the door. The Owego Lions Club is planning a special program for spouses that will begin right after the luncheon. Schedule and directions are available in the District newsletter.

2001-2002 NOMINEES:

Lion Donna Barto, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, announces the following nominees for officers for 2001-2002:



Gary Bernhardt


First Vice President

Stephan Connors


Second Vice President

Rita Dery


Third Vice President

Mary Ann Balland



Norval Johnston



Al Redner


Lion Tamer

Susan Brinthaupt


One Year Director

Donald Williams


One Year Director

E.R. "Bim" VanEtten


Two Year Director

Gene Herber


Two Year Director

Patricia Johnston


Immediate Past President

William Powell

Thank You Note:


March 9, 2001

Big Flats Lions Club -- C/o Norval G. Johnston II, Sec/Treas.

 Dear members of the Lions Club,

We are thrilled to receive your very generous gift of $175 for the purchase of audiobooks for the Big Flats Library and an additional $30 to renew the subscription of Reader’s Digest in large print.

Such a generous gift is a tremendous boost to a small library’s budget, and is a wonderful way for the patrons of the Big Flats Library to enjoy new audiobooks and magazines.

Thank you so much!


Brian Harris

Head, Big Flats Library

Mr. Harris also included a list of audiobooks purchased with the donation. They are, [Adult fiction] The Bear and the Dragon, Birds of Prey, The Whitechapel Conspiracy, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, [Adult nonfiction] Joe Dimaggio: The Hero’s Life, Mark Twain Tonight, [Juvenile fiction] The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Bridge to Terabithia.

Birthdays in April:

Happy birthday wishes go out this month to Lions Donna Barto, Apr 17th; Ray Conklin, Apr 27th; Bim vanEtten, Apr 13th; and Mike Yanak, Apr 21st.


Published: 04/03/01 -- Revised: 04/08/01

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