Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York






Lion Stephan Connors -- 796-9312

Lion Suzanne Brinthaupt -- 562-3241

Lion John Farr -- 562-7621

April, 2004


Events Calendar:  

April 3rd Tanglewood fence project; Lion Merrill Lynn, Coordinator.
Apr 12th @ 6:30 Club Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn. Our speaker will be Jay Schissell on Rails-To-Trails in Chemung-Schuyler Counties: Catherine Valley & Other Trails. Menu: Hearty Hilton Chili w/Grilled Bread.
Apr 17th Camp Badger Work Day. Meet 7:30 at Minier's.
Apr 17th Blind Bowling Party sponsored by the Zone members. Anyone interested in transporting participants or helping at the event - contact King Lion Steve.
Apr 19th @ 7:00 Board of Directors meeting at the Post Office Building.
Apr 24th @ 25th Adopt-A-Highway work party.
Apr 26th @ 6:30 Club Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn. Our speaker will be Ralph Miller, former member of Board of Directors of Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum, whose topic will be the geothermal heating & cooling system at Tanglewood. Menu: House Baked Lasagna w/Basil Marinara Sauce.

Club News:
Natasha Thompson and Frank Corey of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier spoke to us in March about their agencies, programs, and challenges. One fact was particularly surprising, that a monetary donation goes about twenty times further than a food donation in terms of the acquisition of food! This is partially due to their bulk buying power. Jodi Crane, Executive Director of Woodlawn Youth Center & Hawthorn Court Kid's Cafe, and Natasha Thompson also gave a wonderful presentation at our second meeting on the creation and operation of the Kid's Cafe, an agency of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The Café services ages 7-18 and concentrates on life skills, helping with homework, good nutrition, community activities, and more. At the same meeting our Membership chair, Lion Marshall Updike, distributed applications and brochures to give to prospective members. Once filled out, the applications need to be approved by the Board of Directors. The meeting was a boon for the Tail Twister, Lion Lance, as many members did not notice that Lion Tom Rhodes had spent 14 hours polishing by hand the Bell and gavel!

Our Club received a card from Lion John Hoos, thanking the club for their support during his recent illness. We also received thank you notes from Leader Dogs for the Blind and the Big Flats Library for various donations. Looking forward to the nice weather, we're starting to ramp up for our busy season. Lion Gary Bernhardt has scheduled a Camp Badger work party for April 17th in order to complete some of the tree work from last fall. Gloves and various saws are recommended. Lion Gene Herber is organizing Adopt-A-Highway work parties for April 24th and 25th, and Lion Mike Yanak is planning our Journey for Sight effort to be held the first Saturday in May.

Board Action:
Two CD's were purchased from the Community Service Account. All checks have been written for donations & sponsorships from the CS Account. An observation was made that we may have lost our Lions mission of "we serve". Who do we ask for people who need help? Ministers, fire department, local organizations? It was agreed that we need to get the ball rolling, and that it would help to get new members if we were more visible in the community other than fund raising. King Lion Steve will circulate a sheet for ideas for spring projects.

Activity Report for March 2004:

ˇ Big Flats Historical Society - 1 Lion, 14 hours
ˇ Big Flats Town Committees - 2 Lions, 11 hours
ˇ Boy Scouts - 2 Lions, 3 hours 
ˇ Clemens Center - 1 Lion, 3 hours
ˇ Environmental Emergency Services - 1 Lion, 3 hours 
ˇ Eyeglass Collection - 1 Lion, 2 hours 
ˇ Food Bank - 1 Lion, 5 hours
ˇ Food Pantry - 1 Lion, 8 hours
ˇ Gold Card News - 1 Lion, 10 hours
ˇ Low Vision Center - 1 Lion, 4 hours
ˇ Meals on Wheels - 1 Lion, 5 hours
ˇ Prison Volunteer - 1 Lion, 6 hours
ˇ Senior Citizen repairs/transporting, 32 hours
ˇ Tanglewood - 2 Lions, 57 hours
ˇ Steele Memorial Library - 2 Lions, 64 hours
ˇ Vision Screening - 1 Lion, 3 hours

Club Activities:
ˇ Two dinner meetings held with attendance at 21 and 22. Speakers for both meetings from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier
ˇ One Board meeting held.
ˇ 10 Year Membership Chevron presented to Lion Ed Fairbrother.
ˇ Work Party for Camp Badger scheduled for April 
ˇ Adopt-A-Highway scheduled for April
ˇ Community Service donations made to:
ˇ Big Flats Cinderella 
ˇ Big Flats Little League 
ˇ Big Flats Youth Basketball 
ˇ Boy Scout Troops 3097 and 87
ˇ Big Flats Branch Library
ˇ Canine Helper Dogs
ˇ Lions Club International Foundation
ˇ Southern Tier Association for Visually Impaired
ˇ Empire State Speech/Hearing Clinic
ˇ FLR Lions Hearing Foundation
ˇ Guide Dog Foundation 
ˇ Leader Dogs
ˇ Slate of officers for 2004-2005 presented at Board Meeting and Dinner Meeting

Lion Sue Brinthaupt, Secretary 


Nominations for 2004-2005:
The Nomination Committee, headed by Lion Bim VanEtten, has nominated a slate of officers for 2004-2005. They are as follows: 

President  Lion Marshall Updike
1st VP Lion John Farr
2nd VP Lion Mary Ann Balland
3rd VP Lion Pat McKenzie
Sec/Treas Lion Sue Brinthaupt
Tail Twister Lion Lance Muir
Lion Tamer  Lion Tom Rhodes
1yr Dir  Lion Merrill Lynn / Lion Al Redner
2yr Dir  Lion Bill Powell / Lion Don Williams
IPP Lion Steve Connors

Birthdays in April:
Happy birthday wishes go out this month to Lions Bim VanEtten, Apr 12th; Donna Barto, Apr 17th; Mike Yanak, Apr 21st; and Ray Conklin, Apr 27th.


Published: 04/06/2004
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