Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York




Rita Dery -- 739-3806


Norval Johnston -- 562-3290


John Farr -- 562-7621

November, 2002


Events Calendar:  

Nov 8th, 9th, & 10th Fall Conference at Painted Post Holiday Inn.

Nov 11th @ 6:30PM

Dinner meeting at Jennifer’s Restaurant.  Our speaker will be Jim Hare on Presidents.
Nov 16th Scouting for Food.  Lion John Hoos is in charge.
Nov 18th  @ 7:00PM Board of Directors meeting at the Jay House.
Nov 25th @ 6:30 PM Dinner meeting at Jennifer’s Restaurant.  Don Keck will speak to us about Fiber Optics.
Dec 7th Horseheads Lions Club 50th Charter Night.

Club News:
Those who attended our first meeting in October were treated to Annette Martin's fabulous presentation on Cargill Salt. Mike Griffen brought us up to date on the Kahler Road Interchange at our second meeting, and he provided each member with high quality color printouts depicting the project. We also held the first of 10 drawings for the Community Service 50/50 raffle. Many thanks to Lion Marshall Updike for pulling this together for another year, and a special thanks to Lion Bim VanEtten for selling 63 of the 250 tickets! In committee and officer news, Lion Marshall has accepted the position of Second Vice President, as was won in October's special election, and Lion Gary Bernhardt has accepted the Lions Mints Chair. 

Five Lions contributed 45 hours at Camp Badger this month, installing a suspended ceiling along with some wiring. They were Lions Don Williams, Gene Herber, Charles Easterbrook, Harry King, and Gary Bernhardt. Lions Mike Yanak, Al Draht, Donna Barto, Bim VanEtten, and Rita Dery covered a full day selling Lions Mints outdoors at Sam's Club on the 19th. Thanks to all who participated in these work parties, and thanks also to Lion Neal Gummoe for heading up the World Service Day collection for the Big Flats Food Pantry. The $476 collected included $108 for cereal, an item which Lions Merrill Lynn and Pat Johnston had informed us was in short supply. 

VDG Frank Muccini and Lioness Phyllis Muccini visited our Club on the 28th. Members were urged to attend the Fall Conference at Painted Post on Nov. 8, 9, and 10, as well as the State Convention at Buffalo on May 3rd through the 5th. VDG Frank also spoke to us about Membership, Extension, Retention, and Leadership (MERL), and encouraged us to look for opportunities to interact and cooperate with other Clubs.

Board Action:
The Board has approved our participation in the MD20 Mile of Quarters campaign to support grants, and our first "passing of the can" took place at the meeting on the 28th. Our Club received a letter and check for $137.48 from the Canandaigua Lions Club for 540 metal eyeglass frames and 540 framed eyeglasses that our Club had collected. The Board approved a proposal presented by Lion Gary Bernhardt to repair the barbeque grills by buying new grating at the cost of approximately $70. At the Board's request, Lion Sue Brinthaupt reported that there were at least three potential projects at Community Park: Pavilion / Gazebo, Sign, and Fountain. Other projects were suggested, including painting at Southern Tier Association for the Visually Handicapped (STAVI).

Zone Meeting News:
King Lion Rita reported on an initiative to create additional Medical Lions Clubs at Arnot Ogden and St. Joseph's Hospitals. She encourages us to provide points of contact that are working or volunteering at these locations.

Activity Report:

·         Lions donated 33 cases of food valued at $356 and $130 for cereal purchases to the Big Flats Community Food Pantry.

·         Five Lions worked 45 hours at Camp Badger installing a suspended ceiling and electrical wiring on October 21st.

·         Club donated $67.72 to the District Special Project Fund from eyeglass recycling.

·         Two Lions donated 39 hours to the Big Flats Community Food Pantry.

·         Two Lions donated 39 hours to the Steele Memorial Library.

·         Three Lions donated 32 hours to the Boy Scouts.

·         Two Lions donated 12 hours to the Horseheads Food Pantry.

·         One Lion worked 4 hours at the Lions Low Vision Center.

·         Other Lions donated their services to the following organizations:

Tanglewood Nature Center - 27 hours

Gold Card News - 10 hours

Town of Big Flats - 10 hours

Big Flats Historical Society - 9 hours

Youth Talent Showcase - 6 hours

Clemens Center - 5 hours

Interfaith Hospitality Center - 3 hours

Chemical Hazards Info Team - 2 hours

Local Emergency Preparedness - 2 hours

Pennsylvania Corridor 49 - 2 hours

TOTAL - 247 hours

·         Started collection of quarters for “Mile of Quarters” project.

·         Elected Lion Marshall Updike as Second Vice President.

·         Held one Board meeting and two Dinner meetings with 77% attendance.


Norval G. Johnston II



Revised Committee Assignments:



Fundraising Activities



Club Administration



First VP

S Connors


Third VP

J Farr


50/50 Raffle

M Updike



S Connors,


2 Coffee stops

P Johnston



M Updike,


BF School Reunion

R Dery



J Farr


Car Show BBQ

L Muir



J King,


Mint Sales

G Bernhardt



E R VanEtten


Printer Cartridge recycle

D Williams


Community Service

S Brinthaupt





Calling Committee

G Yanak


Community Service Activities



Public Relations

E R VanEtten


Second VP

M Updike



J Farr


Community Service Projects

S Brinthaupt


Tail Twister

M Lynn


Scouting for Food

J Hoos



M Lynn


Xmas bell ringing/Food Pantry

MA Balland


Lion Tamer

S Brinthaupt



G Herber



S Smith


ESSHC Camp Badger

G Bernhardt


Sunshine and Hospitality

J King,


World Service Day

N Gummoe



R Dery


Journey for Sight

MA Balland



D Barto


Day of Caring

J King



G Bernhardt,


Boy Scouts

J Hoos



P Johnston,


Sight & Hearing Assistance

A Draht



G Herber,


Eyeglass Collection

B Powell



B Powell,


BF Community Days BBQ

R Dery,



D Williams



L Muir,


Citizen of the Year




P Johnston



D Barto





Lions Info

D Barto


Birthdays in November:
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Stephan Connors, Nov 13th, Merrill Lynn, Nov 20th, and John Farr, Nov 26th.


Published: 11/05/2002
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