Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York




Gary Bernhardt Ė 562-3471


Norval Johnston -- 562-3290


John Farr -- 562-7621


January, 2002

Events Calendar:

Jan 14th @ 6:30PM Dinner Meeting at Jenniferís Restaurant.  Visitation by DG Bob Mizzoni, followed by a brief Board meeting.  Members are welcome to attend.
Jan 21st @ 7:00PM Board of Directors meeting at the Jay House (trailer next to Town Hall).  This will be followed by an Orientation for new members, conducted by Lions Bim VanEtten and Donna Barto.
Jan 28th @ 6:30PM Dinner Meeting at Jenniferís Restaurant.  Speaker to be announced..


Lion Walt Jacobus:
There was sadness in December over the loss of Lion Walt Jacobus. Lion Walt was a lifetime resident of the Big Flats area, and he was a veteran of the US Army during WWII (1940-45) serving in the Pacific Theater. Shortly following his active tour he reenlisted in the reserves, serving until 1975. Lion Walt joined our Club in 1973 and provided distinguished leadership in many committees, including Empire Speech and Hearing, Sight, Community Service, Membership, Lowe Pond, and Charity Fair. Offices included Tail Twister, Director (2x), 1st Vice President, and President ('79-'80). Lion Walt's contributions to the community and country also included Boy Scouts of America Five Rivers Council (receiving the Silver Beaver Award and the St. George Award), US Army reserve Officers Association, and past president of the Big Flats Little League. He was also chairman of the Big Flats Park Commission, and in his honor, the Town of Big Flats named the local Pavilion after him (Jacobus Pavilion). Lion Walt's goodness, dedication, and contributions set a high mark for us all. He will be greatly missed.

Lion Herb Cox:
We deeply regret the loss of Lion Herb Cox, who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 5th. More information on his life and contributions will follow in the February bulletin. Arrangements with Barber Funeral Home in Horseheads are incomplete at this time

Club News:
This year's Christmas Party featured Linda Peterson's musical trio and a Chinese Auction, hosted by Lion Jim Adamy. 52 members and guests attended, and a good time was had by all. Lion Mike Yanak reported that 22 Lions donated forty-four hours to bell ringing for the Big Flats Community Food Pantry. $663.29 was collected on our watch! 

Board Action:
A decision was made to investigate with the Vintage Car Club the possibility of providing the Chicken Barbeque for the event and sales taxes being reported under their Sales Vendor Number. Lions Muir and N. Johnston to negotiate with Car Club. It was further decided that, if the prior stated effort were not successful, that we apply for a Sales Vendor number from the State Taxation Department. Lion Bim reported that he had secured the publication of our November activities in both the Leader and Star Gazette. King Lion Gary reported that DG Bob Mizzoni will make his visitation to Big Flats on January 14, 2002. He has requested to meet with the Board after the Dinner Meeting. Lion Bim VanEtten made motion to donate $25 to a local charity in memory of Lion Walt Jacobus. 

Lifetime Membership:
Lion Norval Johnston reported at December's Board meeting that eight members were eligible for Lifetime Membership in Lions. Requirements are as follows: Continuous ACTIVE membership as a Lion for 20 years, or more, and outstanding services as Lion to their club, their community or the Association; or any member of a club who has maintained such continuous Active membership for 15 or more years and is at least 70 years of age may be granted Life Membership in the local club upon (1) recommendation of his club, (2) payment to the Association of $300.00 by the club in lieu of all future dues to the Association, and (3) approval by the International Board of Directors. Members of the Club who are eligible to apply for Life Membership are: Ray Conklin, Al Draht, Merrill Lynn, Donald Roe, William T. Smith III, Dick Wardell and Don Williams. If interested, please contact the Secretary.

From the Activity Report:
∑ Two Lions donated 46 hours to the Big Flats Community Food Pantry.
∑ Three Lions donated 20 hours delivering food to the Big Flats Senior Nutrition Site.
∑ Two Lions donated 50 hours to the Steele Memorial Library.
∑ One Lion donated 12 hours writing for the Gold Card News.
∑ One Lion donated 17 hours to the Youth Talent Showcase.
∑ One Lion donated 10 hours to the Big Flats Historical Society.
∑ Club donated $25 to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in memory of Lion Walter Jacobus.
∑ Club donated subscription of The Lion to the Big Flats Branch Library.
∑ Ran paid advertisement in The Shopper for used eyeglasses and hearing aids.

District News:
In the District newsletter for January, DG Bob Mizzoni reflected Lions efforts following 9/11, and the values represented by the Lions motto and American flag. He also recommended the following meetings:

∑ The 3rd Cabinet Meeting at Lefty's Restaurant, February 24, 2002, Waverly NY hosted by the Waverly Lions Club.
∑ The 4th Cabinet Meeting on May 18, 2002 at the Auburn Golf & Country Club. Auburn & Weedsport Lions are Host Clubs. There is a possibility of a Golf Tournament. 
∑ MD20 State Convention is a high priority, in Binghamton, at the Binghamton Regency Hotel May 3-5, 2002. 
∑ June 2, 2002 is the District's Testimonial and Awards Dinner, Sunday at 3:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel in Corning, NY. 

VDG Rich contributed the following resolutions for Lions in the coming year:

∑ Make club visitations
∑ Attend district functions
∑ Use the district directory as a networking tool
∑ Have an active, productive membership program (more members = more service) 
∑ Meaningful meetings that start and end promptly AND get something done
∑ Seek out new service projects needed in your community
∑ Have fun
∑ Remember district officers and PDGs are there to help 
∑ Visit the Lions web pages, develop a club web page, and invite a webmaster to dinner
∑ Make plans for your club to be well represented at the State Lions Convention in Binghamton on May 3-5, 2002

Big Flats Lions Community Service 50/50 Winners:
Oct. 22: The first drawing was conducted and the winners were: $20 - Gerry Muir and Virginia VanEtten; $10 - Gail Hall, Grace Jones, Lydia Lynn, and John Lane; and $5 - Aaron Manchester, Phyllis Rogan, and Ms. Louis Devillers. 
Nov. 12: Winners were: $20 - Lydia Lynn and D. Mullen; $10 - Pat Johnston, Judi Bohrer, Ann Brouse, and Mary Lee Fairbrother; and $5 - Virginia VanEtten, Linda Redner, and Ms. Louis Devillers.
Nov. 19: Winners were: $20 - Paul Fetcie and Charles Easterbrook; $10 - Tina Brown, Ann Ormiston, Pat Williams, and Gene Herber; and $5 - Jim Lynch, Gene Herber, and Dona Cincebox.
Nov. 26: Winners were: $20 - Merrill Lynn and Jim Adamy; $10 - Mary Ann Guiliano, Charles Easterbrook, Henry Farr, and Grace Yanak; and $5 - Janice Updike, Tom Makowiec, and Jennifer O'Brien.
Dec. 10: Winners were: $20 - Mary Lee Fairbrother and Deb Roe; $10 - Charles Easterbrook, Mary Ann Balland, Ed Fairbrother, and Jim Griffin; and $5 - DJ Rossi and Eileen Pariso.
Dec. 17: Winners were: $20 - Chelle Fairbrother and William Haner; $10 - Mary Ann Balland, Gene Barcomb, Mike Yanak, and Anthony Palmeri; and $5 - Bill Powell, Mary Ann Guiliano, and Dona Cincebox.

Birthdays in January:
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Neal Gummoe, Jan 7th, Don Williams, Jan 13th, Jim Ormiston, Jan 17th, John Hoos, Jan 22nd, and Al Redner, Jan 25th.


Published: 1/08/2002
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