Lion Jim Adamy:
In September we lost one of our long-time members, Lion Jim Adamy. Jim was always quick with a smile and a joke, and he was always willing to help out whenever and wherever necessary. He was particularly talented in the role of Tail-Twister, or at the coffee rest stops, or anywhere he could talk with people and brighten their day. Jim, we're all going to miss you.
Bo Lipari spoke to us in September regarding the changes in voting equipment we can expect to see in the next several years and it was quite an eye-opener. Bo is a former Software Engineer representing New Yorkers for Verified Voting, and he is generally against the proposed touch-screen voting systems for lack of a paper trail. He mentioned that he's a trustworthy guy, as are many programmers, but we shouldn't trust programmers with our votes!
At our second meeting we were fortunate to hear from Mike Smith, Director of Emergency Management for Chemung County, regarding the recent troubles at the Big Flats fire hall. Mike gave us a better understanding of the structure of the department, its history, and surrounding issues, and he also fielded many of our questions.
October will be a busy month with Adopt-A-Highway, Journey for Sight, a Blood Drive, two dinner meetings and a Board meeting, and food service at the new Big Flats Fall Festival. Hope to see you at one of our many events. Let's also keep Lion Merrill Lynn and Lion Tom Rhodes in our thoughts as they recover from surgery.
Russ Minier has agreed to provide space for our sign on his corner, and we have agreed that it should not be used for commercial purposes. In other news, the budget was passed and Lion Lance reported that he has secured an insurance policy to cover all fund raisers for the 2007-2008 year.
Community Service 50-50 Drawing:
Prize drawings will begin the second dinner meeting in October and continue for ten meetings. If you have not done so already, please turn in your ticket stubs and dollars by the first meeting in October.
Activity Report for September:
* Boy Scouts - 20 hrs.
* Eyeglass Collection - 1 hr.
* Aiding in Using the Video Eye - 5 hrs.
* Church - 28 hrs.
* Food Banks/Pantries - (6) 48 hrs.
* Meals on Wheels - 2 hrs.
* Historical Society(2) - 26 hrs.
* Nutrition Site/Sr. Bus Trips-organizing - 39 hrs.
* Steele Library - 31 hrs.
* Town Committees(4) - 31 hrs.
* Tour Guide-CGW - 5 hrs.
* Aid to Elderly - 5 hrs.
* Tanglewood Nature Center (2) - 45 hrs.
* Red Cross - 11 Lions, 297 hrs.
* Community Service/Fund Raising - 23 Lions + 10 guest worked 152 hours at the Labor Day Rest Stop.
* Two dinner meetings/one board meeting
* Lost 2 members- one deceased and one moved - membership 39
TOTAL HOURS: 449
Sue Brinthaupt, Club Secretary
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