Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York




Rita Dery -- 739-3806


Norval Johnston -- 562-3290


John Farr -- 562-7621

February, 2003


Events Calendar:  

Feb 9th  @ Noon Wineglass Running Club Valentine's Day 5K Race, 2003

Feb 10th @ 6:30PM

Dinner meeting at Hilton Garden Inn.  Linda Reinshagen will speak to us about Girl Scouting.
Feb 17th @ 7:00 PM Board of Directors meeting at the Jay House.
Feb 24th  @ 6:30 PM Dinner meeting at Hilton Garden Inn.  Our speaker will be former County Executive Tom Tranter on NYS and Federal Government. 
Feb 24th   A Zone meeting will follow our regular Club meeting on the 24th.
Mar 1st Odessa Lions 50th Anniversary Celebration in Montour Falls

Club News:
At our first meeting in January, Mary Lee Fairbrother from the Steuben Chapter of the American Red Cross gave a wonderful presentation on the topic, "'Til Help Arrives". PDG Art Peck and Lion Donna Peck were welcomed as guests at our second meeting, and Gary Emerson gave us all some background on Queen Catherine of Montour Falls with a great slide presentation.

As reported earlier, our Club is looking at various options for a Community Service Signature Project. One idea is to build a gazebo for the Big Flats Town Park, and Lion Marshal Updike is heading a committee to evaluate the feasibility for this. We've received some good information from the Painted Post Lions, and our doors are open for suggestions regarding this or other projects that would capture the spirit of a signature project.

New Member - Tom Rhodes:
Our Club extends a warm welcome to Lion Tom Rhodes, who joined our ranks in January. Lion Tom is a life-long Dairy Farmer and Big Flats resident, a member of the Big Flats Zoning Board of Appeals, and his wife's name is Barbara. Lion Norval Johnston was sponsor, and Membership Chair Lion Steve Connors conducted the induction ceremony. Lion Tom's address is 194 Hibbard Road, Horseheads. His phone is 562-3146, and email On behalf of all of us, welcome to Lionism!

Board Action:
Lion Stephan Connors reported that two large rooms needed painting at the offices for Southern Tier Association for the Visually Impaired. Our Club has agreed to furnish the labor, and details will follow at the next meeting. Lions Telephone Listing - Lion Al Draht reported that he had met with Lion Donna Peck and the listing was going to be placed in the phone directory for "Lions Clubs of the Southern Tier" utililizing the same number as Empire State Speech & Hearing Clinic, 607-732-7069. Listing will appear when directories are printed in the Fall of 2003. King Lion Rita announced that she had appointed Lions Ed Fairbrother (Chair), Don Roe, Patricia Johnston and Mike Yanak to Citizen of the Year and Lion of the Year Committee. President Dery also reminded Lions that the former venue for Journey for Sight was no longer valid due to the change in meeting location. She suggested moving the event to a Saturday morning at the walking trail in Community Park followed with breakfast for the participants. This idea will be presented to Lion Mary Ann Balland, Chairperson for the event.

Valentine's Day 5K Race to benefit the Big Flats Food Pantry:
Lion Gene Herber circulated a sign-up sheet at the last meeting, and there's one spot left for anybody wishing to participate. The race begins at noon, and here's the latest list of Course Marshals:


1. Canal and Maple St. Intersection

Lions Lance Muir & John Hoos


2. Bridge and Maple St., then go to Exit 49 exit ramp heading East

Lion Ed Fairbrother


3. Miniers Exit onto Maple St.

Lion Skip Smith


4. The turn at Bridge and Zenker (direct runners to rt side of road)

Lion Don Williams


5. Exit 49 exit ramp heading West

Lion John Farr


6. The turn at Hibbard Rd. and Daniel Zenker Dr.

Lions Sue Brinthaupt and Mary Ann Balland


7. The turn at Maple St. and Hibbard Rd.

Lion Bill Powell


8. Hillview and Daniel Zenker Dr.





Big Flats Lions Community Service 50/50 Winners:
Oct. 28: Winners were: $20 - Shirley Salvatore and Chris Dean; $10 - Bryan Foster, Denny Hill, Brian Love, and Sydney Luff; and $5 - Phil Myers, Dot Mullen, and Mike Yanak.
Nov 11: Winners were: $20 - Dale Spitzer and Bryan Foster; $10 - Lydia Lynn, Pat Johnston, Lynn Shepson, and Donna O'Brien; and $5 - Richard West, Dan O'Brien, and Phil Meyers.
Nov 18: Winners were: $20 - E. Field and James Adamy; $10 - Pat McInerney, Gene Herber, Mary Ann Balland, and Virginia VanEtten; and $5 - Rita Dery, Lydia Lynn, and Sylvia Tuller.
Nov 25: Winners were: $20 - Charles Easterbrook and James Thomas; $10 - Amy McIntosh, Michael McDivitt, Dona Cincebox, and Tom Tokar; and $5 - Dale Spitzer, Sydney Luff, and Peg Kramer.
Dec 9: Winners were: $20 - Al Redner and Deanne Williams; $10 - Don Gaylord, Owen Frank, James Adamy and Joan Santulli; and $5 - Deb Roe, Tina Brown and Sylvia Tuller.
Dec 16: Winners were: $20 - Bryan Foster and Mike Yanak; $10 - Jean Williams, Steve Acuto, Deanne Williams and Brenda Solowiej; and $5 - Deb Roe, Ted & Andrea Love and Mimi Rubin.
Jan 13: Winners were: $20 - James Thomas and Aaron Manchester; $10 - Jean Williams, Virginia VanEtten, D. Brinthaupt, and Margie Flynn; and $5 - Guy Tanner, Jane Lewis, and Bryan Foster.
Jan 20: Winners were: $20 - Anne Brouse and Jean Williams; $10 - Connie Black, Jennifer Barto, Donna Barto, and Donna O'Brien; and $5 - Grace Yanak, Gene & Nancy Barcomb, and Amanda McIntosh.
Jan 27: Winners were: $20 - Stacey Strouse and Gail Hall; $10 - Helen Sawyer, Gene Herber, Michael McDivitt, and Bryan Foster; and $5 - Denny Hill, Deb Roe, and Donna Barto.

Activity Report:

         Donated $300 to the Finger Lakes Regions Lions Hearing Foundation.

         Arranged for eye exam and glasses for one adult.

         Provided subscription to Lions Magazine for Big Flats Branch Library.

         Completed agreement with Empire State Speech & Hearing Clinic and Verizon to list telephone number for Lions Clubs of the Southern Tier. Number will be answered at ESS&HC office in Elmira.

         Two Lions donated 53 hours to the Steele Memorial Library.

         One Lion donated 5 hours collecting used eyeglasses.

         One Lion donated 4 hours to the Lions Low Vision Center.

         Other Lions donated time to the following organizations:

Big Flats Historical Society - 19 hours

Tanglewood Nature Center - 15 hours

Gold Card News - 10 hours

Prison Ministry - 7 hours

Clemens Center - 6 hours

Big Flats Planning Board - 5 hours

Boy Scouts - 4 hours

5K Race - 4 hours

Youth Talent Showcase - 4 hours

Environmental Emergency Service - 3 hours

TOTAL - 139 hours


         Inducted one new member, Thomas W. Rhodes. Lion Norval Johnston sponsored Lion Tom.

         Held one Board meeting and two dinner meetings with 65% attendance.


Norval G. Johnston II, Secretary


 Birthdays in February:

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Loisann Love, Feb 9th, and Jane King, Feb 12th.



Published: 2/06/2003
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