Lions Club Bulletin
Big Flats, New York


Lion Marshall Updike -- 562-8843

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

May, 2005
Events Calendar:
May 7th @ 9:00AM
Journey for Sight. Rain date is May 21. Lion Mike Yanak is in charge.
  May 7th @ 8:30AM Adopt-A-Highway. Rain date is the following Sunday. Meet at the old Grossman's parking lot (across from Dairy Barn). Lion Gene Herber is in charge.
May 9th @ 6:30PM
Club Meeting at the Crystal House. Our speaker will be Earl Barfoot & Nancy Zito on local TV program "Senior Notebook". Menu: Italian Baked Chicken Fillets, Salt Potatoes w/Butter, Penne Pasta w/Sauce.
May 16 th@ 7:00PM
Board of Directors meeting at the Big Flats Community Center.
  May 23rd @ 6:30PM Club Meeting at the Crystal House. Our speaker will be Maureen Ferrell of the Horseheads Library who will speak on current status & plans of the Co. Library. Menu: Roast Beef w/au jus, Mashed Potatoes w/Brown Gravy, Rigatoni w/Sauce.
  May 27 - 30 Coffee Rest Stop at Campbell. Lion Lance Muir is in charge.

Club News:
Our first speaker in April was Jay Schissell, Chemung County Transportation Planner, who spoke to us on the current and future walking trails in Chemung County. Jay provided a wonderful overview of the Catharine Valley Trail organization, which fosters a public, multi-use trail and natural corridor along the abandoned Chemung Canal and railroad system ( He provided a slideshow and some very useful maps for recreational opportunities in our region, and we thank him for this presentation. Scott Esty of Fortuna Energy spoke to us at our second meeting, and gave an excellent overview of both the technology and the local happenings in the world of natural gas exploration. Scott is a long-time area resident who recently transitioned to Fortuna from Corning Inc. His descriptions of the exploration process and the technology of drilling sideways were particularly interesting, and he fielded a lively question and answer period. Also in April, Lion Gary Bernhardt led a work party of 7 Lions and 2 guests to install drop ceilings in the cabins. Thanks Lions & guests!

As is usually the case, May is shaping up to be a busy month. On Saturday the 7th we have two events: Journey for Sight at the Town Park (rain date is May 27th), and Adopt-A-Highway (rain date is Sunday the 8th). We're also gearing up for the Memorial Day Coffee Rest Stop at Campbell, which will run from Friday the 27th through Sunday the 30th.

Board Action:
In April our Club received thank you notes from Big Flats Youth Basketball and the Guide Dog Foundation. The Board approved a request from Priscilla Smith to use the sign for the Presbyterian Church rummage sale. Visually/Hearing impaired signs: Lion Al took some to the Office for the Aging; Lion Rita could take some to the VA hospital. Letters need to be written to Woodbrook, Bethany, and Elcor asking if they are interested in having some of these signs.

Activity Report for April:

Youth Services:

* Boy Scouts - 2 lions, 9 hours.Sight Services:
* Eyeglass Recyling - 1 lion, 4 hours.
* Low Vision Center - 1 lion, 3 hours.
Community Services:
* Food Bank/Pantries - 4 lions, 27.5 hours.
* Historical Society - 2 lions, 6 hours.
* Meals on Wheels - 1 lion, 1 hour.
* Nutrition Site - 2 lions, 24 hours.
* Steele Memorial Library - 1 lion, 7 hours.
* Town Committees - 2 lions, 17.5 hours.
* Tour Guide CMG - 1 lion, 6 hours.
* Tanglewood Nature Center - 2 lions, 116 hours.

Fundraising Projects:
* Mints 6 hours.
Club Activities:
* 2005-2006 Officers elected (reported to Lions International)
* Aiding Lions Member moving - 5.5 hours.
* Member monetary donations forwarded to Big Flats Food Pantry and Southern Tier Food Bank
* World Service Day
* Camp Badger Work Party - 7 members/2 guests 99 hours.
* Visit to Bath VA for a member's birthday

Sue Brinthaupt, Club Secretary

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

In June 1971, the Club operated the Chicken Barbeque at Community Days. That first BBQ involved 150 man-hours, grossed $1150, and netted $343 for Community Days. Evidently we found someone with more than a size 2 hat, because the net has gone up considerably since then. Over the past 34 years my records show we have grossed $97,000 and netted approximately $40,000 for Community Days.

The Big Flats Lions Club had a very interesting and active year in 1972. The Agnes flood hit in June, causing a postponement of Community Days. The Club's 26 members spent many hours helping flood victims that summer. We picked up flood debris, which Lion Don Thomas trucked to Cecil Smith's dump and the dumpsite on Kahler road.

Our Club set up a distribution center for appliances, furniture, clothing and household items in the old Big Flats Union School. Thanks to the generosity of Lions Clubs throughout the State, particularly from Montauk and from Honeoye Falls, we were able to help needy flood victims in '72 and '73.

Community Days was held in September 1972, and the Club had help from several Apalachin Lions to put on the chicken BBQ. That same month the Club held it's first BBQ for fund-raising - another activity that continues to the present.

In November 1972 our Club started working with the Big Flats Historical Society, which continued until the Historical Society stopped holding their Antique Show in the later '90's. We provided manpower to move tables and set up vendors, as well as chicken BBQ's.

In 1973 a very successful Health Fair was held. Agencies participating were: CIDS, Heart Association, Lung Association, STAB, and ST. Joseph's Hospital, offering glaucoma and hearing screening, pulmonary function tests, blood pressure readings, and comprehensive screening for pre-school children. Health Fairs were held for 6 years. In 1978, 20 groups were involved in testing and providing information to the public.

In 1974 there was another cleanup, this time after the big windstorm. Our participation was requested by the Town Supervisor who recognized the Lions Club as the only readily available manpower group in town. Removing the Byrski implement shed gave us an appreciation for tough 100 year-old Oak beams, and how well built those old tobacco sheds were.

In 1975, there was another flood and another cleanup. That summer we helped the park Commission by retrieving the Community park picnic tables, which had floated into the swamp just east of the park.

To be continued!

5 Lions visited Lion Ray Conklin at the Bath VA to help celebrate his birthday on the 27th. They were Lions Rita Dery, Al Redner, Mike and Grace Yanak, and Gary Bernhardt. Lion Ray's looking good! His address is Ray W. Conklin, c/o NHCU-2, Bath VA Medical Center, 76 Veterans Avenue, Bath, NY 14810.

Membership Forms:
We've received a new shipment of glossy membership application forms from Lions International. Please contact Lion John Farr or Lion Sue Brinthaupt if you need one (or many!).

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


Published: 04/06/2005
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