Farewell, Lion Don Roe :
This month we remember Lion Don Roe, who passed away on Friday, March 6, at the age of 84.
Don was born in Elmira, raised in Sullivanville, and graduated from Horseheads High School, Elmira College, Mansfield University and Colgate Rochester Seminary. Don started with farming in Sullivanville, however, his calling to the ministry led him to a long career with in the United Methodist Conference of Churches. His appointments included, Newtown Parish, Mainsburg, Middlesex, Red Creek, Skaneateles, Hillview UMC in Big Flats, NY, Minoa, Brown Memorial, Bethany Watertown and after his retirement in 1989 he returned to both Erin and Sullivanville for the next 12 years.
In 1969 Don became the charter President of our own Big Flats Lions Club and served with distinction in the many years that followed. We will remember him best for his wit and wisdom, his tireless service, and his simple goodness. Farewell Lion Don.
Carl Brenneman, Blind Rehab Teacher at STAVI, presented a wonderful overview of his organization at our first meeting in March. STAVI is over 75 years old, and does not do State work as it limits those they can serve. The inkjet recycling operation is not a sheltered workshop, and they do not charge for any devices distributed. STAVI handles about 100 - 150 referrals by eye doctors per year. Dr. Barbara Yanak, O.D., also spoke to us in March about the InfantSEE® program. InfantSEE® is a nationwide public health program for infants, helping infants to establish a lifetime of healthy vision. Dr. Yanak is one of over 7,000 AOA-member optometrists who have volunteered to serve as InfantSEE® optometrists nationwide.
The Corning Lions visited us in March with a strong showing which included Dr. Ed Cordes, PID, Lion Donna Peck, RC Gail Cordes, Secretary Brad Kapral, PP John Russell, Lion Jim Dudgen, and President/PDG Art Peck. RC Gail Cordes addressed our club, saying "keep up the good work"! President/PDG Art followed up by inviting us to visit the Corning Lions, who meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Radisson. This is how we can score big in the Club Contest! Another opportunity is to attend the 3rd Zone/ACM meeting on April 21st at 7PM, which is conveniently located at our own Community Center.
Coming up we have our Mothers Day raffle, to be drawn in last 2 weeks of April, in advance of Mother's Day. 1st prize will be dinner for 4, catered by Minier's - 2nd prize will be dessert - 3rd prize (TBD). Lions Mary Ann Balland and Sue Brinthaupt are in charge.
To date we have received thank-you notes from the following organizations for our 2008-2009 donations: LCIF, Lions Camp Badger, Boy Scout Troop 87, Children's Miracle Network, Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence, Big Flats Little League, Big Flats Cinderella Softball, and Finger Lakes Region Lions Hearing Foundation.
Lion Grace Yanak reported that the Radio-thon went well, and they were thanked by the President of Arnot Ogden. Lion Donna Barto suggested we send a note to the Maple City Lions congratulating them on their 40th Anniversary, and she volunteered to write the note. On a motion by Don Williams and seconded by Lion Donna Barto we will send $50 to the Sullivanville United Methodist Church in memory of Lion Don Roe. Memorial Day Rest Stop - Lion Don Williams confirmed that we have our dates, May 22-25. Signature Project - Lion John Hoos moved that we allow Lion Bob Byland to proceed up to $3,000, given that that the original estimate was in the range from $2,500 to 2,700. Seconded by Lion Tom Rhodes, approved. Brochures - Lion Grace Yanak asked if anyone needed them. King Lion Mike suggested that we put some in the Community Center, and Lion Donna Barto suggested we bring some to the Classy Collectible event. Vision Screening - Lion Donna reported that the cost for each screening attempt would be $1.25, not $1.00. Mints - Lion Gary Bernhardt reported that the last of the mints were gone, thus concluding the project. King Lion Mike said it had a good run, and was started by Lion Norval Johnston. There was a suggestion that we raise the number of tickets for the Community Service 50/50 raffle from 250 to 300. After some discussion the Board decided that we should stay at the same level.
Activity Report for March:
* Low Vision Center - 2 hrs
* Eyeglass Recycling 2 hrs
* Church - 14 hrs
* Food Banks/Pantries - 40 hrs
* Meals on Wheels - 1 hrs
* CG Museum Guide - 4 hrs
* Town Committees - 7 hrs
* Friends of Library / Classy Collectibles - 27 hrs
* Radiothon / Children's Miracle Network - 19 hrs
* Tanglewood - 50
* Environment Emergency Services - 2
Total Hours: 168
* Two Dinner Meetings
* One Board Meeting
Membership at 38 after death of Lion Don Roe.
John Farr , Club Secretary
Anniversaries in the District:
" The Maple City Lions invite you to join them in celebrating their 40th Anniversary on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the Canisteo American Legion, 61 W. Main Street in Canisteo. Cocktails at 1PM, Luncheon at 2PM, and Dr. Annabel's Civil War Presentation at 3:30PM. Cost is $15 per person. Please contact Phena at 607-324-9094 to R.S.V.P. by April 24, 2009.
" The Spencer-Candor Lions invite you and guest to their 25th Anniversary on May 9th, 2009 at the Hollybrook Country Club in Spencer, NY. The cost of the buffet dinner will be $25. Cash bar with hors d'oeuvres will be open at 6PM with dinner at 7PM, followed by a short program. Please R.S.V.P. either by letter to Lion Tom Baily, PO Box 84, Spencer, NY, 14883, or by email. Lion John Farr can provide email address.
Lions on FaceBook:
Lion Gary Boisseau has created a Facebook group called "Lions District 20-E2 - "The Finger Lakes District". Lion Gary says this is "... an attempt to increase our membership and spread the news about Lionism, especially among the Generation Y'ers, I have formed a group on Facebook for our district. Please check it out." Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49968763234
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