Lions Club Bulletin


Big Flats, New York






Lion Marshall Updike -- 562-8843

Lion Suzanne Brinthaupt -- 562-3241

Lion John Farr -- 562-7621

December, 2004


Events Calendar:  

Dec 13th @ 6:30PM Club Meeting / Christmas Dinner at the Crystal House featuring the "Barley Boys". Menu: Baked Ham, Scallop Potatoes, Peas, Penne Pasta w/Sauce, and Toss Salad.
Dec 20th @ 7:00PM Board of Directors meeting at the Big Flats Community Center.
Dec 18th & 19th Bell Ringing at Miniers for the Food Pantry. Lions Grace & Mike Yanak in charge.

Club News:
Zone Chairman Donna Peck visited us in November and reported on the recent meeting in Geneva. She also presented a certificate of appreciation for our club, gave us some current material on photo screening, and promoted the ECHO Taps project. As it happens, our own Lion Bim VanEtten is looking into ways our club can contribute to ECHO Taps, most likely be in the form of traffic control and transportation of buglers. At the same meeting we were privileged to receive a wonderful talk and slideshow from Bryan Foster, representing the Boy Scouts. He showed us the many and varied activities of his Cub Pack #86, which has grown from 15 to 45 boys over the last 26 years! At our second meeting, Jody Egleston not only spoke to us about Holiday Treats, she fed us some of the tasty treasures! Jody is uniquely qualified for the topic, given her years as the "Martha Stewart" for World Kitchen & Corning Inc. We are grateful to have heard from her.

Work was also plentiful in November, with a meeting of our Signature Project Committee and Scouting for Food on the 13th. The scouts collected (and we sorted) over 4,300 items, which was very close to the record set last year! Coming up in December we'll have our Christmas party on the 13th with entertainment by the "Barley Boys", and there's also our annual Bell Ringing project at Miniers to benefit the local Food Pantry.

Board Action:
King Lion Marshall and Lion Sue attended the recent Zone meeting where PDG Fred Daniels spoke on membership. Fundraisers were suggested, and the Zone as a group voted to support the construction of a half basketball court for Camp Badger. The Board approved a motion that we continue meeting at the Crystal House. Lion Mary Ann Balland reported on the ideas from the Signature Project Committee, including patio furniture for the Community Center, maintenance of town cemeteries, expansion of Cooper Pavilion for BBQ and storage of Community Days supplies. Another meeting will be held in the near future. Lion Bill Powell met with Julie Spandenberg-Jolley from the Food Pantry. She would like our food donations to be in March or we can donate money to the Food Bank and earmark it for use by the local Food Pantry. King Lion Marshall would like to see someone at the next club meeting to answer the question, "Why am I a Lion"?

Activity Report for November:

Youth Services:
Sight Services: Low Vision Center; 1 lion, 3 hours.
Community Services: Big Flats Historical Society; 1 lion, 17 hours.
* Clemens Center; 1 lion, 4 hours.
* Food Bank/Pantries; 4 lions, 15 hours.
* Gold Card News; 1 lion, 10 hours.
* Interfaith Hospitality Center; 1 lion, 1 hour.
* Nutrition Site; 3 lions, 20.5 hours.
* Steele Memorial Library; 1 lion, 53 hours.
* Town Committees; 3 lions, 8 hours. 

Environment: Tanglewood Nature Center; 1 lion, 80 hours.

Health: Red Cross; 1 lion, 3 hours. 


Fundraising Projects: Mints; 1 lion, 2 hours.

Club Activities: Adopt-a-Highway (Oct); 7 lions, 23 hours.
* Clean-Up Town Sign Rte 86; 10 lions, 30 hours.
* Scouting for Food; 18 lions, 81 hours.

 Sue Brinthaupt, Club Secretary.


A request was made at the Board meeting to send a card to Pat Adamy. We also have a calendar for sending cards to Lion Ray Conklin at the Bath VA:

November December January February
Wk #1 Updike/Balland Hoos  Redner  Lynn
Wk #2 Farr  Mike Yanak McKenzie  Connors
Wk #3 Dery  Bernhardt  VanEtten  Rhodes
Wk #4 Grace Yanak Williams  Herber  Barto
Wk #5 Hoos  Kings     
Ray W. Conklin
c/o NHCU-2
Bath VA Medical Center
76 Veterans Avenue
Bath, NY 14810

Dick Wardell:
Lion Dick will be having major back surgery on Jan 17th and he'll be incapacitated in the hospital and at home for a few weeks. At some point after the first few weeks he'll be able to start attending meetings again, but he won't be able to drive at least until early March or April. Please consider offering assistance to Judy and Dick during the recovery period. They'll need help with shopping, and Judy will need transportation to and from her appointments for medical purposes and hair care.

A word from the Food Pantry:
Your dollar donation enables the Food Bank to provide $14.00 worth of food. In 2003 the Food Bank of the Southern Tier distributed 4.9 million pounds of food to nearly 200 agencies in 6 counties (Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga & Tompkins). We can't do it without you, so please give.

Food for Thought - Cost Comparison

For the Cost of:  The Food Bank can provide
1 box of Rice Krispies 28 boxes of Rice Krispies
1 box of elbow macaroni  16 boxes of elbow macaroni
1 box of mashed potatoes 16 boxes of mashed potatoes
1 pound of ground chuck 14 pounds of ground chuck

Birthdays in December:
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Gary Bernhardt, Dec 5th, Skip Smith, Dec 15th, and Harry King, Dec 21st.


Big Flats Lions Community Service 50/50 Winners:
Nov 8th: Winners were: $20 - Steve Acuto and Jini VanEtten; $10 - Jini VanEtten, Megan McKenzie, Kathy Rinde, and Jim Sleeth; and $5 - Nancy Reidy, Kathy Walker, and Eric Corey.
Nov 15th: Winners were: $20 - Dot Mullen and Jackie Sampsel; $10 - Jean Williams, Barney VanEtten, Donna Mather, and Kim Beckman-Drah; and $5 - Dave Manchester, Brian Kotacska, and Lucille Easterbrook.
Nov 22nd: Winners were: $20 - Kathy Shaut and Rita Dery; $10 - Lucille Easterbrook, Donna Barto, Gene Herber and Glenda Soloweiz; and $5 - Ken Parker, Rachael Gioino, and Timothy Walker.


Scouting for Food:



Published: 12/09/2004
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