Lions Club Bulletin
Big Flats, New York

Membership Chair

Lion Mike Yanak -- 562-7433

Lion Judy Zimmerman -- 562-3461
Lion John Farr -- 562-7621

July/August, 2008
Events Calendar:
  Jul 21st Board of Directors meeting at the Big Flats Community Center.
  Aug 4th Club Picnic at Big Flats Community Park / Jacobus Pavilion. Bring friends & family! We provide the meat and drink, please bring a dish or dessert to pass. Cost is $2 per person.
  Aug 10th NASCAR/Nextel / Parking lot golf cart assistance fundraising opportunity. Contact Lion Donna Peck if you'd like to explore this opportunity to raise money for the Club.
  Aug 11 & 25 Summer concerts at Big Flats Community Park. Lions to serve food. Lion Lance Muir is in charge.
  Aug 18th Board of Directors meeting at the Big Flats Community Center.
  Sep 8th First regular Club meeting at the Crystal House for 2008-2009.

Club News:
We ended the last Lions year with the usual flurry of activity, including the Antique Car Show and Community Days BBQ's, and a Blood Drive. To all of this we added lunch service for over 120 canoeists participating in the "Sojourn" to Chesapeake Bay. This was a unique and very successful event for our Club. Thanks to all who helped! At our last meeting of the year, Lion Bill Powell announced the results of our eyeglass collection efforts for the year, which amounted to 1,038 pairs and over 200 frames. Thanks Lion Bill! Lion Don Williams was the well-deserving recipient of our Lion of the Year Award, but our Citizen of the Year award has yet to be given.

Coming up we have our annual picnic on August 4th, where family and friends are always welcome! Please RSVP with Lion Grace or King Lion Mike. Lion Lance has volunteered to handle the meat for the picnic, but he'll need a head count from King Lion. Also, we have not seen our gray plastic tubs since the last BBQ. Please contact Lion Lance if you know where they are.

The Summer Concerts are also coming up on August 11th and 25th. Lion Lance will be coordinating with JoAnn Shucker on the food for these events, and he also reports that we'll be pitching our BBQ tent for both. Please contact Lion Lance if you can help on either or both of these dates. Another way to help in August is to drive an assistance golf cart at the NASCAR/Nextel race on the 10th at Watkins Glen. Proceeds/earnings will accrue to this club. Lion Bob Byland reports that two non-lions will be working this project to the benefit of our club, but there's most likely room for more. Please contact Lion Donna Peck if interested.

Board Action:
Membership Attendance Rule Committee - June Mtg - Lion John Hoos reported the committee is proposing (1) modification of the constitution regarding attendance; (2) all existing classifications of membership to remain as is; (3) club members should maintain 25% attendance that includes meetings and a minimum of 2 activities; (4) should a member not be able to fulfill this obligation he/she should be contacted by his/her sponsor to discuss the problem and determine if there is still interest in the club. The club secretary is to maintain a record of attendance including activities. To do this, project chairmen will need to pass along the necessary information. Sojourners Group (canoeists) - Lion Bob Byland reported that the lunch was very successful - 120 people of all age groups. Lion Don Roe - It was decided that the club could cover the cost of Don Roe's dues for 2008-2009.

Future article in Big Flats Times - JoAnn Shucker has contacted King Lion Mike on a proposal to write an article on our club. We also received thank you notes / informational letters from the Southern Tier Association for the Visually Impaired (STAVI) and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Community Sign / Signature Project - Lion John Hoos raised the issue of this ongoing project. On a motion by Lion Bob Byland it was decided that we create a committee that will report on the following at the next Board meeting: A list of at least 3 possible projects that will promote Lions and that can be completed by a certain date. The committee will consist of Lions Judy Zimmerman, Gary Bernhardt, Bob Byland, John Hoos, and Tom Rhodes. Mystery Dinner fundraiser - Lion Bob Byland proposed that our Club could host a Dinner Theater as a fundraiser, and this was followed by much discussion. King Lion Mike determined that there was enough interest for further study, and Lion Bob will report back with more information. Programs - Lion Judy Zimmerman volunteered to chair the Programs Committee.

Activity Report for June:


Youth Services:
* Boy Scouts - 4 hrs.
Sight Services:
* Eyeglass Recyling - 6 hrs.
Community Services:
* Church - 15
* CC Office for Aging=Nutrition Site - 14 hrs.
* Food Banks/Pantries - (8) 40 hrs.
* Meals on Wheels - 3 hrs.
* CG Museum Guide - 6 hrs.
* Town Committees - 8 hrs.
* Senior Bus Trip-organizing - 16 hrs.
* Tanglewood - 46 hrs.
Fundraising Projects:
* Vintage Car Show-no report from Chairman
Club Activities:
* Two Dinner Meetings/Board Meeting
* Installation of Officers
* Sojourners Lunch on the Chemung - 8 Lions 62 hrs.
* Community Days BBQ - 28 Lions 110 hrs.
* 1038 Eyeglasses turned in for recyling
* Maintained at 39


Sue Brinthaupt, Club Secretary

From the Scrapbook:

Antique Car Show - BBQ Pit

Antique Car Show - Serving Tent

Sojourner's Landing / Lunch service

Lion Don Williams - Lion of the Year!

Lion Bim - Back with a Joke!

Secretary's Note:
As the incoming Club Secretary, I (Lion John Farr) am now responsible for collecting your monthly hours and submitting the Club Activity report. Also, please note that I am not aware of any regular, ongoing projects that you are involved with (though, unofficially, I do see some of you working at the same places month after month). I'd be glad to submit recurring entries for you, but I'll need to receive a note from you with the specifics.

If you are unfamiliar with this request, each month the Club Secretary is responsible for reporting our Club activities to the District and Lions International. The Activities Report is also reported monthly in our newsletter (above). In addition to Club activities, we also report on the services you provide to the Community outside of the Club. These may include coaching, church work, Food Pantry, Library, and the list goes on.

Please don't be bashful, and let us know all the wonderful things you are doing!

Thanks in advance, and thanks to all of you who have already reported your July hours!


Published: 07/28/2008
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