Lions Club Bulletin
Big Flats, New York


Lion Marshall Updike -- 562-8843

Lion Suzanne Brinthaupt -- 562-3241
Lion John Farr -- 562-7621

April, 2005
Events Calendar:
Apr 11th @ 6:30PM
Club Meeting at the Crystal House. Our speaker will be Jay Schissell, Chemung County Transportation Planner, on the current and future walking trails in Chemung County. Menu: Roast Beef w/au jus, Mashed Potatoes w/Brown Gravy, and Penne Pasta w/Sauce.
Apr 16th
Camp Badger Work Party. Lion Gary Bernhardt is in charge.
Apr 18th@ 7:00PM
Board of Directors meeting at the Big Flats Community Center.
  Apr 25th @ 6:30PM Club Meeting at the Crystal House. Our speaker will be Harv Rasmussen, Manager of Land of Fortuna Gas Company, who will tell us about natural gas well drilling as well as about the company and its work in our area. Menu: Baked Ham, Scallop Potatoes, and Rigatoni w/Sauce.
  Apr 30th Adopt-A-Highway. Lion Gene Herber is in charge.

Club News:
The director of the Big Flats Food Pantry, Julie Spangenberg-Jolley, visited our Club in March and discussed the day-to-day operations and other aspects of the local Pantry. She thanked us for our past and ongoing support and mentioned some things she'd like to improve. For example, there are always opportunities to streamline the sorting and storage processes, and she's also looking for ways to make the food selection & pickup processes more customer friendly. On a related note, our participation in this year's World Service Project is based on individual monetary contributions to either the Big Flats Food Pantry or the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Lion Merrill Lynn spoke to us at our second meeting about Emergency Preparedness in the Town of Big Flats. Emergency scenarios in Big Flats range from petroleum and natural gas incidents to railroad accidents and of course, flooding. Since the 1972 flood, Big Flats has made some pioneering efforts with regard to flood monitoring, prevention, and rescue/response. The Town Hall serves as the center of communications for emergencies in Big Flats, but Lion Merrill also pointed out that flooding information is available online and in real time (try

New Member:
We are pleased to announce that Lion Chris Friend joined our Club in March! Lion Gary Bernhardt sponsored Lion Chris, who is also involved in several Town groups including the Community Center Board and the Comprehensive Planning Committee. If you haven't done so already, please give Lion Chris a hearty welcome!

Board Action:
We received a thank you note from the Finger Lakes Association for Visually Impaired for helping to secure the $3,000 grant. We also received a request for donation for District 20E-2 spring project of basketball court for Camp Badger. Board moved to send an additional donation of $100. Individual donations may be made and given to the sec/treas to forward to DG Wagner. Rails to Trails: At the dinner meeting on 3/14/05, Lion Gene presented the idea of participating in a project to build a bridge for Rails to Trails to span Cuthrie Run. He was approached by Mike Nicolo from Community Days. Lion Merrill was asked to discuss this at the Board Meeting. Lion Al reported that the town has the funds and the town is working on a grant to finance the project. Lion Merrill gave a brief history of this project and why the bridge is an important part of the project. The Board decided that this would not be a viable signature project. Lion Merrill will discuss other financing possibilities with DPW Supervisor, Larry Wagner.

World Service Project (originally emailed by King Lion):
Rather than donate cases of food, the Lions may designate individual checks in the name of the Food Pantry or the Food Bank. To carry on with our tradition of contributing to a WORLD SERVICE DAY PROJECT would you, if you are so inclined, give a check made out to BIG FLATS LIONS and designate it for either: Food Bank of the Southern Tier OR Big Flats Food Pantry. That way your wishes will be honored and the Lions will receive due credit. Please turn in contributions to the treasurer, Lion Sue. (Editor's Note: King Lion mailed this prior to the March 28th deadline for the WSP, but it's being repeated in hopes for more contributions on the Club's behalf).

Activity Report for March:

Youth Services:
* Boy Scouts - 1 Lion, 10 hours.
Sight Services:
* Eyeglass Recyling - 1 Lion, 2 hours.
Community Services:
* Food Bank/Pantries - 4 Lions, 19 hours.
* Gold Card News - 1 Lion, 10 hours.
* Historical Society - 2 Lion2, 9 hours.
* Nutrition Site - 1 Lion, 52 hours.
* Steele Memorial Library - 1 Lion, 3 hours.
* Town Committees - 2 Lions, 12 hours.
* Tour Guide - CMG - 1 Lion, 3.5 hours.
* Tanglewood Nature Center - 1 Lion, 111 hours.
* Red Cross - 1 Lion, 4 hours.
Club Activities:
* Aiding Lions Member moving - 7 Lions, 40 hours.
* Welcomed new member Christopher Friend.
* District Activities: 2 attended Zone Meeting in Corning
Community Service Donations:
* $100.00 forwarded to DG Wagner toward Camp Badger Project,
* Cinderella, Big Flats Library (audio book CD's and Large Print magazine)
* Big Flats Little League, Big Flats Youth Basketball, Boy Scout Troops (2)
* Camp Badger (supplies), Canine Helpers, FLR Lions Hearing Foundation,
* Leader Dogs, STAVI, Guide Dog Foundation,

Sue Brinthaupt, Club Secretary

Big Flats Lions Club History - Lion Merrill Lynn
(Originally presented by Lion Merrill Lynn at our 35th Anniversary dinner. Portions to be reproduced monthly)

For the March 1970 meeting the soon-to-be Lions were asked to wear shop coats to symbolize that they intended to be a working club and to truly serve. The wives were asked to wear shop caps to show their support. The Club adopted two mottos: "K I S S - keep it simple, stupid" and "We are a Club with a size 52 jacket and a size 2 hat"

One of the first Club functions was to raise funds for Community Service work, which involved selling plastic trashcan liners. This activity set a pattern which has persisted over the years:- the Big Flats Lions Club has difficulty selling things to raise money. We will always be grateful to Lion Jim Dormandy from the Ithaca Lions Club who helped tremendously in this venture by selling most of our bags.

Quite likely, these early fund raising difficulties led to another persistent pattern - a strong dedication to Community Service. In keeping with the Lions motto "WE SERVE", the Club sought projects to benefit the community without major expenditures from the Club treasury.
The first outside activity undertaken by the Club was participation in the Mall Charity Fair in April 1970, an activity that continued for 20 years. The first donation was for sponsoring a Minor League team in Little League, which has continued for our 35 years.

Lion Charlie Middaugh joined the Club in December 1970, and Merrill Lynn joined in March 1971, just in time for our first Pancake Supper. The first $100 from the pancake supper went to establish a book scholarship for a Big Flats graduating senior at Horseheads High School. Both these activities continued into the late '90's.

Lion Herb Cox joined the Club in April 1991, just in time to help put a fence around the Cinderella field. Lion Herb's famous stories began then, too. The Cinderella Field fence was the first of many volunteer hours spent putting up fences and working in Big Flats Parks.

To be continued!

Ray Conklin's birthday is this month. Cards may be addressed as follows:

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

Proposed Slate of Officers for 2005-2006:

  President - John Farr
1st Vice President - MaryAnn Balland
2nd Vice President - Pat McKenzie
3rd Vice President - Ed Fairbrother
Sec/Treas - Sue Brinthaupt
Tail Twister - Lance Muir
Lion Tamer - Tom Rhodes
1 year Directors - Bill Powell and Don Williams
2 year Directors - Al Draht and John Hoos

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: 04/06/2005
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