Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York






Lion Marshall Updike -- 562-8843

Lion Suzanne Brinthaupt -- 562-3241

Lion John Farr -- 562-7621

November, 2004


Events Calendar:  

Nov 8th @ 6:30PM

Club Meeting at the Crystal House. Speaker to be announced. Menu: Italian baked chicken filets, salt potatoes w/butter, corn, and penne pasta w/sauce.
Nov 5,6, & 7th Fall Conference at the Ramada Inn, Geneva, NY.
Nov 10th Zone Meeting at 6:15PM at the Holiday Inn on Water Street in Elmira hosted by the Elmira Lions Club.
Nov 13th Scouting for Food. Lions John Hoos and Lance Muir are in charge.
Nov 15th @ 7:00PM Board of Directors meeting at the Big Flats Community Center.
Nov 22nd @ 6:30PM Club Meeting at the Crystal House. Our speaker will be Jody Egleston on Holiday Treats. Menu: Roast beef w/au jus, mashed potatoes w/brown gravy, whole green beans, rigatoni w/sauce.

Club News:
Our Community Service 50/50 tickets were sold out in record time, and we're ready to start the fun with the first drawing! Many thanks to Lion Rita Dery for heading up this project, and to Lion Bim VanEtten for selling over 60 of the tickets! Darlene Ike, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels was our guest speaker at the first meeting in October. The service provides 400 meals each day to those seniors who qualify, and it's all done with volunteers and only two paid staff members. We'd like to thank Darlene for her talk and her service. At the time of this writing we look forward to our second October meeting where the topic will be the "Our Town" showcase, hosted by Lion (and Town Supervisor) Mary Ann Balland. Lion Mike Yanak headed up another successful Journey for Sight event this month, netting 11 participants and at least $285 for the cause. Thanks Lion Mike! Thanks also to Lion Gary Bernhardt, both for heading up our Camp Badger work party in October, and for researching a potential signature project for our Club. Coming up in November we have Scouting for Food on the 13th, headed up by Lion John Hoos. 
Board Action:
Lion Bob Mizzoni has asked our Club to participate in the ECHO-TAPS, Honors Between Two National Cemeteries event in May 2005. The Board noted that we need more information on the project and how we can contribute besides "bugling", and Lion Bim will attend their meeting on November 1st. There was significant discussion on the Signature Project / Piano for the Community Center, but the point is moot since an anonymous donor came forward to donate $5,000 to the Town also for a piano. It was not a wasted effort (as Lion Gary Bernhardt's research and vendor negotiations will be used by the Town for this purchase), but it does leave us looking for another major project. Lion Mary Ann Balland has formed a new committee to carry it forward. World Service Day - It has been suggested that Club members donate $10 to the Food Bank for them to purchase food at their discount rather than our buying the cases. Our donations would be designated for Big Flats. Lion Al Redner reported that Larry Wagner, Big flats Commissioner of Public Works, has asked our Club to maintain the Town sign on Rt.86 by the school, at no cost to us. The Board agreed and Lion Al has since headed up a work party on Oct. 30th.
Message from King Lion:
Many thanks to the following Lions that participated in the work party Saturday - a great job in making the BIG FLATS sign along rte. 17 (errrr. I86) very presentable: H. King, D. Barto, M.Balland, D. Williams, B. VanEtten (thanks for the coffee!), L. Muir, M. Updike, G. Herber, A. Redner, T. Rhodes, G. Bernhardt. 30 Hard hours for community service! Lion Al has committed us to maintaining this for the next 10 years !!!

Activity Report:

Youth Services:

   Boy Scouts 2 lions, 41 hours.

Community Services:

   Big Flats Historical Society 2 lions, 17 hours.

   Church 1 lion, 16 hours.

   Food Bank/Pantries 4 lions, 30 hours.

   Gold Card News   1 lion, 10 hours.

   Meals on Wheels 1 lion, 3 hours.

   Nutrition Site   1 lion, 25 hours.

   Steele Memorial Library 1 lion, 55 hours.

   Town Committees   4 lions, 6 hours.

   Wine Glass Marathon 1 lion, 7 hours.


   Tanglewood Nature Center 1 lion, 15 hours.


   Red Cross 1 lion, 3 hours.



Fundraising Projects:  Mint Sales 1 lion, 5


Club Activities:

One Board Meeting; Two dinner meetings, speakers were Darlene Ike from Meals on Wheels and Lion MaryAnn Balland, Town Supervisor and Judy Zimmerman discussing current projects in the town of Big Flats.


Our annual 50/50 raffle for community service projects has been completed and we are now having drawings at each meeting.


22 perfect attendance pins for 2003-2004 have been distributed.


Camp Badger work party, 50 Lion hours and 10 guest hours


District Activities:

Community Service Donations:

Sue Brinthaupt, Club Secretary.



Sue Brinthaupt, Club Secretary.


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

Lion Ray Conklin's VA Address:

Ray W. Conklin
c/o NHCU-2
Bath VA Medical Center
76 Veterans Avenue
Bath, NY 14810

Address Change:
King Lion Marshall Updike has a new email address. It is:


Sign Project on October 30th: 

Lions Lance Muir, Tom Rhodes, Don Williams, Mary Ann Balland, Al Redner, Gene Herber, Donna Barto, Harry King, Gary Bernhardt, and Bim Van Etten. Photographer King Lion Marshall Updike?

Published: 11/03/2004
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