January was a great month to be a Lion. First we heard from Eddy Daniels on the shrimp farming industry and his recent move to Big Flats, and for the second meeting he provided us with a generous bounty of shrimp cocktail! Thanks! We also inducted four new members in January! They are Lions Richard Seely, Bob Byland, Dean Zimmerman, and Judy Zimmerman. Welcome new Lions! January was also tempered by some health problems, so let's all keep Lions Bim VanEtten, Don Roe, Jim Adamy, and Ray Conklin in our thoughts.
Coming up we have the Valentines Day 5K Race on Sunday, and Blind Bowling on Saturday, March 10th. Further down the road we have the opportunity to host a new Coffee Rest Stop at Kanona, Spring Break, April 13th, 14th, and 15th.
Activity Report for January:
Community Project - Lion John Farr - committee met and is currently focusing on either Minier's corner or Fritz Meyers corner for the sign. Town road signs project - Lion Merrill Lynn - specifics needed from Town DPW Commissioner as to size of signs/poles; may also need to consider surveying town entrances for precise locations. Calendar Fund Raiser - Lion Chris Friend - idea is to target businesses in Chemung County and other areas so we don't conflict with the BF Historical Society. There will be a presentation at a future dinner meeting by the creator of the calendars. Outdoor Concerts to fund the Town Newsletter - Lion Lance Muir and Lion Bill Powell have volunteered to chair the food concessions for both concerts. Lion Rita moved that we undertake this project with a second from Lion Pat McKenzie. Zone Meeting - Lion Mary Ann attended. District proposal made that clubs in the district donate to the Miracle Network for an eye camera for the neo-natal unit. More information from the District later. Apron Logos - the "new" aprons will be ready in the Spring.
Message from Kristin Hyde - Re: Blood Drive
* Boy Scouts - 14 hours.
* Eyeglass Collection - 1 hours.
* Vision Center - 2 hours.
* Big Flats Historical Society - 5 hours.
* Church - 11 hours.
* Corning Museum Guide - 6 hours.
* Food Banks/Pantries (10) - 17 hours.
* Meals on Wheels - 6 hours.
* Nutrition Site - Office for the Aging - 5 hours.
* Senior Bus Trips - 3 hours.
* Town Committees (2) - 6 hours.
* Steele Memorial Library/Horseheads - 2 hours.
* Tanglewood Nature Center - 91 hours.
* Two dinner meetings/1 Board Meeting
* Youth Basketball - $100
* Inducted 4 new members
* One Lion attended Zone Meeting
TOTAL HOURS 169
Sue Brinthaupt, Club Secretary
First, many thanks to Lion Al Draht for arranging this wonderful service opportunity! The following is some information from Lion Al's contact, Kristin Hyde.
My name is Kristin Hyde. I am that account manager for the American Red Cross Blood Services in Chemung county.
We met with Al Draht last Friday to discuss plans for the February 17th blood drive at the Big Flats Community Center.
We are very happy to have the Lions Club on board.
The purpose of this email is to get information out to your members.
We would like to ask the Lions to help us recruit donors. The Sullivan Trail Chapter is helping with this Endeavor. The chapter will be calling from a list of donors who have given blood in Big Flats in the past. We have created posters and flyers with your logo that can be placed around the Big Flats Community. If anyone has ties to a church in Big Flats, please let us know. We would love to have the flyers distributed to their congregation. We are asking donors to call the chapter to make their appointments. If they are a Lion or a recruited Lion donor, please have them tell the Volunteer that when they make their appointment.
The day of the drive we are asking for your help in providing the materials for canteen. These can be donated from a local business or by the Lions. This helps us offset the cost for the day's events. Things that are needed are as follows:
Bottled water, juice, cookies or crackers.
Things that are optional but donors appreciate is coffee and baked goods.
If any of the Lions are able to help the day of the drive, we would love to have them.
We are looking forward to a great day and very successful blood drive with your help!
Birthday cake for Lion John Hoos (I won't tell!), induction ceremony for Lions Judy Zimmerman, Mary Ann Balland (sponsor), Dean Zimmerman, Al Redner (sponsor), Bob Byland, Pat McKenzie (sponsor), Richard Seely (below), and Tom Rhodes (sponsor). Also pictured is Charter member, Lion Don Williams, presiding over both ceremonies.
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