October almost felt like June because of the many projects undertaken by our Club. First there was our loan of BBQ equipment and the expertise of four Lions for the Costa's Fly-In event / Food Pantry benefit. This was followed by Camp Badger and Adopt-A-Highway work parties, and food sales at the Town of Big Flats Fall Festival. Lion Lance Muir reported that as an expression of thanks, Costa's donated $100 to our Club and an additional $50 to the Food Pantry. Thanks to all Lions who participated in service projects in October! Thanks also to the speakers who make our meetings so enjoyable. Stephen Polzella, Big Flats Town Planner, gave us a great overview of the planning process, his role, and his approach to planning. Later in the month, our own Lion Ralph Marino, Superintendent of the Horseheads School District, led us on a wonderful tour of the recently remodeled High School auditorium and other facilities.
Tree Planting Project - Message from Lion Ed Fairbrother:
On November 15th at 8AM there will be a tree planting on Maple Street in Town of Big Flats. Community Days has given the Town a donation so we can plant 30 flowering trees from Town Hall eastward to Winters Road. We will start at 8 AM planting and should complete the planting by noon. Lunch will be served at the Community Center by Chef Lion Mary Ann. Please report between 7:30AM and 8AM to the Community Center (coffee and donuts will be served). The sod will be removed and the ground will be broken up making the planting easier. The trees are bare rooted. Mulch will be needed to be placed around the base of the trees and a watering bag placed around the trunk of the tree. The fire company will fill these bags. If you have a shovel or a pick please bring them, along with gloves. This is the first step to help beautify the Town with trees. Thanks for all that you do.
Addresses for the Easterbrooks - From Lion Gary Bernhardt:
Please consider sending a card or letter to Charles and Lucile Easterbrook.
Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Home
120 Veterans Dr.
Oxford, MS 38655
c/o Norman Easterbrook
PO Box 5338
University, MS 38677
Community Project - Lion Bob Byland submitted report from the Community Project Committee, proposing a memorial bench to be located at the Community Center. A motion was passed to approach the Town with this project, and if approved, to form a secondary committee to complete the project. Attendance Rules - Lion John Hoos gave a preview of the guidelines to be presented to the membership. Members should participate in at least 10 functions per year, and these should include at least 2 projects as either a Chair or a member. Lion John pointed out that these are more lenient than the LCI guidelines which are invoked after missing four consecutive meetings. Turkey Raffle - Lion Sue Brinthaupt reported that the drawing has been moved from the Nov 17th Board meeting to Nov 21st , 7PM, at Minier's. A roster for ticket sales will be circulated at the next regular meeting. Lion Sue also pointed out that tickets will not be generally circulated to members, and most sales will be made at Minier's, but members volunteering to receive tickets will be welcomed. Winners will be posted at Minier's, and there will be an option to donate turkeys to the Food Pantry. Equipment Loans - A motion was passed that we should not establish a general policy of loaning or renting our equipment. Vote Helpers - Lion Mary Ann Balland reported on the Town's need for helpers to count votes on the resolution regarding smoking in Town Parks. Lions Mike Yanak, Grace Yanak, and Sue Brinthaupt volunteered to help at various voting locations. Bell Ringing - Lion Jane King is trying to find a point of contact for this. Will request Sat & Sun dates.
Activities Report for October:
* Boy Scouts - 19 hrs
* Camp Badger - 53 hrs
* Eyeglass Recycling - 2 hrs
* Church - 28 hrs
* CC Office for Aging=Nutrition Site - 16 hrs
* Food Banks/Pantries - 25 hrs
* Meals on Wheels - 7 hrs
* Town Committees - 21 hrs
* Senior Bus Trip-organizing - 13 hrs
* Historical Society - 14 hrs
* Steele Library - 27 hrs
* Fall Festival - 33 hrs
* Costa's BBQ for Food Pantry - 12 hrs
* Tanglewood - 61 hrs
* Environment Emergency Services - 2 hrs
* Adopt A Highway - 27 hrs
* Maintained at 39
TOTAL HOURS: 360
John Farr , Club Secretary
Big Flats Lions Community Service 50/50 Winners:
Oct 27th: Winners were: $20 - R. Dickinson and Pat McInerney; $10 - Peg Densberger, Harry King, Mike Yanak, and Megan McKenzie; $5 - Linda Whitney, Marshall Updike, and Connie Lambert.
From the Scrapbook - 2008 Fall Festival:
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