Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York






Lion Stephan Connors -- 796-9312

Lion Suzanne Brinthaupt -- 562-3241

Lion John Farr -- 562-7621

May, 2004

Events Calendar:  

May 1st

Journey for Sight. Lion Mike Yanak is in charge.
May 10th @ 6:30PM Club Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn. Menu: Turkey Fricassee over Mashed Potatoes. Our speaker will be Elaine Spacher, Education Curator of Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum, whose topic will be the education programs of Tanglewood.
May 17th @ 7:00PM Board of Directors Meeting at the Post Office Building.
May 24th @ 6:30PM Club Meeting at the Crystal House. Menu: Italian baked chicken, salt potatoes, mixed vegetables, penne pasta with sauce. Our speaker will be Andrew Zepp, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT), whose topic will be development of FLLT properties in Big Flats and Southport, and conservation easements.
May 28-31 Memorial Day Coffee Rest Stop. Lion Lance Muir is in charge. Shifts will be four hours each, manning from 8AM to 8PM. Significant others are welcome. Lions are asked to provide 3 or 4 dozen cookies (2 per bag) or snack packs.

Club News:
In April Lion Gary Bernhardt coordinated a Camp Badger work party with six Lions participating along with one guest, and Lion Gene Herber led us in an Adopt-A-Highway effort spanning two days. Lions Donna Barto and Stephan Connors worked a vision screening at the Arnot Mall, and Lion Don Williams reported that our Club received a check for ink cartridges we've been recycling. We also had an excellent speaker at our first regular meeting. Bob Gardner, Coordinator for the Chemung County Radio Group and Board member of Local Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness Group of Big Flats, told us all about Flood and Storm Warning Systems, and the volunteers who bring this service to life. At that same meeting, Lion Al Redner, in his capacity as substitute Tail Twister, took the opportunity to remind us to attend the Lawrence Township Lions Club Anniversary dinner on June 14th at the Lodge on the Green.

Ralph Miller, a former Corning Engineer, spoke to us at our second meeting about the geo-thermal heating & cooling system he designed for the new Tanglewood Facility. It was very interesting, and he noted that there have been no maintenance costs over the first 21 months it's been in use. It has cost only $5,600 to run the system for about 6,300 square feet.

Lion Mike Yanak reports that there was a good turnout at Journey for Sight. Making the walk were Lions Donna Barto, Mike and Grace Yanak, Bim VanEtten, Gary Bernhardt, Pat McKenzie, Don Williams, Tom Rhodes, Marshall Updike, and Mary Ann Balland, along with 3 spouses and a sister. Lion Bill Powell reports that the club delivered 635 pairs of eyeglasses to the Canandaigua Lions Club for recycling. Thanks to all the members who have helped with eyeglass recycling this year.

Work and preparations are well underway for our May/June busy season. First there was Journey for Sight, coordinated by Lion Mike Yanak, held on May 1st at the Big Flats Community Park. To round out May we'll be working our "Memorial Day Coffee Rest Stop" at the Campbell rest area for four days, beginning that Friday. June will be busier yet with three barbeques scheduled: 6/13 - Vintage Car Show, 6/19 - Community Days, and 6/27 - School Reunion at the Historical Society.

Board Action:
Lion Lance presented cost estimates for a bandstand/gazebo. After much discussion and presentation of other ideas a motion was approved to drop the idea for such a large project. It is felt that the Club needs to pursue other ways to be "noticed in the community", perhaps concentrating on service rather than a big project. 

Activity Report for April, 2004:

Big Flats Historical Society - 2 Lions, 24 hours
Big Flats Town Committees - 3 Lions, 19 hours
Boy Scouts - 2 Lions, 26 hours 
Clemens Center - 1 Lion, 5 hours
Various Community Activities - 1 Lion, 52 hours
Elmira Correctional Facility - 1 Lion, 3 hours 
Eyeglass Collection - 1 Lion, 5 hours 
Food Bank - 1 Lion, 20 hours
Food Pantry - 1 Lion, 6 hours
Gold Card News - 1 Lion, 10 hours
Meals on Wheels - 1 Lion, 2 hours
Senior Citizen Nutrition Site - 2 Lions, 32 hours
Tanglewood - 2 Lions, 47 hours
Steele Memorial Library - 2 Lions, 59 hours

Club Activities:
Two dinner meetings held with attendance at 21 and 22.
One Board meeting held.
Work Party for Camp Badger - 6 Lions +1 guest, 45 hours 
Adopt-A-Highway - 9 Lions, 41 hours
Slate of Officers for 2004-2005 presented required number of times and approved as presented.
Zone Bowling Party - 1 Lion, 3 hours
Memorial Day and Labor Day Rest Stop scheduled for Campbell this year.
Several Bar-b-Q's planned for June
Journey for Sight - May 1st

 Lion Suzanne Brinthaupt, Secretary


Birthdays in May:
Happy birthday wishes go out this month to Lions Charles Easterbrook, May 8th, and Al Draht, May 20th. 

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Published: 05/04/2004
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