Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York






Lion Stephan Connors - -- 796-9312

Lion Suzanne Brinthaupt -- 562-3241

Lion John Farr -- 562-7621

March, 2004

Events Calendar:  

Mar 8th @ 6:30PM

Club Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn. Natasha Thompson, Director of Agency & Program Services, and Frank Carey, Director of Development, both of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, will speak to us about the agencies, programs and challenges of this regional food bank.  Menu: Baked Ham w/Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.
Mar 15th @ 7:00PM Board of Directors meeting at the Post Office building.
Mar 22nd @ 6:30PM Club Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn. Jodi Crane, Executive Director of Woodlawn Youth Center & Hawthorn Court Kid's Cafe, will speak about the creation and operation of the Kid's Cafe, an agency of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Natasha Thompson of Food Bank will give an introduction to this topic.  Menu: Chicken A'la Orange over Rice.

Club News:
We had two excellent speakers in February, beginning with Walt Nelson, Sr. from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Lion Sue Brinthaupt summed it up best: "Walt definitely brought Spring into the dining room. He shared with us several new varieties of plants for our gardens with commentary on the new colors available as well as which will give the best results. He has been with the Cooperative Extension for 25 years and writes Horticulture articles for the Star Gazette. The Cooperative Extension is encouraging communities to "revitalize" - one local example being - building a dam at Elmira". Art Keiffer, Chemung County Historian, spoke to us at our second meeting about bridges in Chemung County. His presentation came complete with a slide show and colorful stories about his past in masonry and Chemung County Government. The slides offered rare glimpses of bridges, long since forgotten, yet important to the development and character of this county. It's interesting to finally know something about those abandoned abutments we pass by every day.

Lion Donna Barto headed up two vision screenings last month with help from Lions Gary Bernhardt and King Lion Steve Connors. These were both held at the Big Flats Montessori School, and attempts are being made to schedule another one at Big Flats Elementary. Under the direction of Lion Gene Herber, 7 Lions contributed 11 hours to the Valentines Day 5K Race sponsored by the Wineglass Running Club. Finally, this month we had our grand finale drawing for the Community Service 50/50 raffle, where three ticket holders were awarded $100 apiece! Lion Rita Dery coordinated the raffle this year, and we'd like to thank her for her effort.

Board Action:
Board meeting was cancelled due to lack of quorum.

Activity Report for February 2004:

Big Flats Historical Society - 1 Lion, 12 hours
Big Flats Town Committees - 1 Lion, 2 hours
Boy Scouts - 2 Lions, 66 hours 
Clemens Center - 1 Lion, 4 hours
Food Bank - 1 Lion, 5.5 hours
Gold Card News - 1 Lion, 10 hours
Health Care Assistance - 1 Lion, 4 hours
Low Vision Center - 1 Lion, 4 hours
Meals on Wheels - 1 Lion, 4.5 hours
Tanglewood - 1 Lion, 52 hours
Steele Memorial Library - 2 Lions, 46 hours
Vision Screening - 2 Lions, 4 hours

TOTAL HOURS: 214 + 11 (5K Race) = 225 Hours 

Club Activities:

Two dinner meetings were held with a total of 18 and 19 members attending.
5 K Race - 7 Lions volunteered their services for 11 hours.


Lion Sue Brinthaupt, Secretary


Big Flats Lions Community Service 50/50 Winners:
Oct. 27: Winners were: $20 - Tim Walker and Beth Osborne; $10 - Jim Griffin, Jane Gummoe, Phyllis Rogan, and Bill Whitney; and $5 - Barb Powell, Zak Palmer, and Dan O'Brien.
Nov 10: Winners were: $20 - Grace Yanak and Bryan Foster; $10 - Maureen Ferrell, Gary Bernhardt, Dan O'Brien, and Merlyn Tiwari; and $5 - Deb Rowe, Chuck Coons, and Al Draht.
Nov 17: Winners were: $20 - Mary Ann Balland and Charles Easterbrook; $10 - Cola Thayer, Charles Kakritz, Tina Brown, and Gene Herber; and $5 - Stacy Strause, Diane Robinson, and Barb Powell.
Nov 24: Winners were: $20 - Phyllis Rogan and Dona Cincebox; $10 - Gail Hall, Charles Easterbrook, Ed Putnam, and Lance Muir; and $5 - Pat McInerney, Bryan Foster, and Sydney Luff.
Dec 8: Winners were: $20 -David Shout and Bob Adams; $10 - Harry King, Donna O'Brien, Sheila French, and Marylee Fairbrother; and $5 - Kathy Rinde, Jim Adamy and Jini VanEtten.
Dec 15: Raffle was not held - it will be continued one extra week.
Jan 12: Winners were: $20 - Steve Jacobs and Bud Putnam; $10 - Jim Farr, Owen Frank, David Shaut, and Grace Yanak; and $5 - Emily Beloski, Jody Egleston, and Phyllis Muccini.
Jan 19: Winners were: $20 - Dan Lewis and Shannon McInerney; $10 - Grace Jones, Ed Fairbrother, Butch Deming, and Lydia Lynn; and $5 - Gaill Hall, Jini VanEtten, and Dot Mullen.
Jan 26: Winners were: $20 - Lydia Lynn and Emily Beloski; $10 - Doug Brinthaupt, Kara Brinthaupt, David Shaut, and Russ Minier; and $5 - Paul Fetchi, Linda Whitney, and Ed Fairbrother.
Feb 9: Winners were: $20 - Dan O'Brien and Jean Williams; $10 - Bob Adams, Katghy Walker, Debbie Knoll, Mary Ann Balland; $5 - Jerry Guiles, Lance Muir and Ed Fairbrother.
Feb 23: Winners were: $20 - Mike Yanak, Connie Black; $10 - Brian Harris, Dorothy Hoos, Jean Williams and Earnest Burris; $5 - Mary Ann Balland, Shirley Salvatore and Rachel Connors. The $100 winners were Jean Dickerson, Bernard VanEtten and Jamey Love.

Birthdays in March:
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Jim DuBois, Mar 2nd; Don Roe, Mar 11th; and Mary Ann Balland, Mar 14th.

New Website Feature -- Public Message Log:
You've probably seen Web Logs before, also known as "BLOGs", in tech-talk. This one is open to the general public, so we can write messages to the Club, and anyone out there can write messages to us. This came about because I occasionally receive emails from odd sources that are intended for the Club, and I thought there should be a better way to gather such things and make them available to everyone. I'll try to prevent inappropriate things from appearing, but there's always that possibility.

Tech Note: The Message Board is accessible via the main website, but it's not on the same server. This is because Earthlink doesn't support the ASP language, and there are several "free hosting services" which do. "Free" means you have to tolerate the presence of advertising, and (above) seemed to have the least obtrusive advertising. If this proves to be unreliable I could switch to, but the ads are worse there. Please report any technical problems or downtime.


Published: 03/05/2004
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