Lion Bob Byland lined up some great speakers for us again in February. First there was Paul Rossi of Southern Tier Hospice, who came with many giveaway items and gave a wonderful talk, after which Lions Mary Ann Balland and Sue Brinthaupt gave him a small check in honor of Jini Van Etten and Herb Lambert. Next there was Carol Hulsack, who enlightened us about the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The program has been around since 1973 and is under the auspices of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Volunteers provide many services such as feeding the hungry, working with children, disaster response, hospital volunteering, TRIAD / File of Life, environmental and transportation services.
VDG Lion Dick Earnst also visited us in February, and he made some announcements about the Fall Conference and his upcoming year as DG. His visitations will stress service and not membership, directly. The point is that vibrant and active clubs will attract members. He is also excited about the upcoming Fall Conference, where he plans to have a great speaker and bring back the talent show.
In other news, Lion Donna Barto announced that four members visited the Corning Lions and viewed a slideshow of PID Ed Cordes' trip to Greece. Visiting Lions were Gary Bernhardt, Connie Lambert, Gene Herber, and Donna Barto. Lion Al Draht announced that we purchased glasses for a 5 year old Big Flats girl referred by a school nurse.
Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Rhodes mentioned that the Admin fund is inflated as we are waiting for the dues bill, a meal bill, and a bill for the safety vests. Miniers covered the cost of the Turkeys for our raffle, and King Lion Judy will send a Thank You note to Russ Minier. Checks have been written and mailed for our annual Community Service donations.
* Blood Drive - King Lion Judy announced the results of Dec. 2009: goal 27, collected 36, people helped 108. Next drive is March 30 (Tues) 1-6PM at BFCC. Need 2 volunteers. Lion Gary Bernhardt has volunteered.
* Dinner - Next dinner meeting at the BFCC will be held in the Great Room for space reasons. Lion Mike Yanak to Chair the cleanup again. Lions Mary Ann Balland and Sue Brinthaupt will chair the setup.
* Visitations / Lion Donna Barto - Meet at BFCC at 6PM for ride. Should be about 4 people.
* Community Days BBQ - Lion Lance Muir announced the June 12 date according to Mark Gould. This is the day before the Antique Car Show BBQ and there was much discussion. Board has agreed that we will do both, but we'll need to recruit help from Community Days. Lion Lance will announce this at the next general meeting.
* Anniversary - Crystal House is not available on a Saturday, so it will be held on April 26th at our 2nd regular meeting. Lion Donna to contact speaker. Lion Mike Yanak created an outline letter and programs. Editor Farr to send notice for March District Newsletter. Lion Don Williams suggested that the DG speak on Lionism, and guest Lion Craig Andrews (charter member and MJF) will talk about his club. Lion Merrill Lynn will speak on the history of our Club, and Lion Ed Fairbrother will copy our VHS photographs tape to disk and update with new pictures.
* Rest Stop Schedule - Lion Don Williams reports that we have Memorial Day (Camp Bell) and the weekend of Aug. 27th - 30th (Kanona). He has applied for Camp Bell on Labor day but it is not currently available.
* Canine Companions for Independence - Thank you.
* Lion Wayne Wagner - Thank you for LCI donation.
* Sue Pirozollo - Request for speakers at HHDS Middle School annual WWII teach-in on March 30.
* LCIF information on Haiti
* Big Flats Community Center - Thank you note for donation of Corell dinner plates by anonymous members.
* Food Bank of the Southern Tier - Thank you letter to Lion Bill Powell for Holiday Help for the Hungry.
* Camp Badger / Drop Ceilings - Lion Gary Bernhardt suggested that we finish cabin 3 ($300 outstanding) and start cabin 4 (about $400), for a total cost not to exceeed $700. This was approved.
Big Flats Lions Community Service 50/50 Winners:
Oct 26th: Winners were: $20 - Gene Herber and Connie Lambert; $10 - Judy Kadlec, Robert Matthew, Ava Fairbrother, and Donna Barto; $5 - George Dery, Big Flats Lions (sold by Lion Bill Powell), and Ed Fairbrother.
Nov 9th: Winners were: $20 - Victoria Updike and Marlene Carpentier; $10 - Sue Brinthaupt, Phyllis Rogan, Shannon McInerney, and Amy McIntosh; $5 - Lydia Lynn, Bill Whitney, and Jacki Williams.
Nov 16th: Winners were: $20 - Elaine Putnam and Maureen Ferrell; $10 - Amy McIntosh, Bob Petrie, Russ Minier, and Donna Barto; $5 - Beth Friedel, Phyllis Rogan, and Rita Dery.
Nov 23rd: Winners were: $20 -Sylvia Tuller and John Farr; $10 - Susan Balland, Barb Rhodes, Lance Muir, and Lenore Confield; $5 - Dean Zimmerman, Jini VanEtten, and Peg Dernsberger.
Dec 14th: Winners were: $20 - Jini VanEtten and Laurel Cody; $10 - Emily Belosky, Lydia Lynn, Lance Muir, and Hannah Belosky; $5 - Pat McInerney, Jini Van Etten, and Ahneece Hancock.
Dec 21st: Winners were: $20 -Ed Fairbrother and Pat Williams; $10 -Tom Rhodes, Eliene Putnam, John Hoos, and Donna Barto; $5 - Skip Smith, Linda Whitney, and Janice Updike.
Jan 11th: Winners were: $20 - Mark Wilson and Gale Williams; $10 - Bill Whitney, Adrienne Bernhardt, Big Flats Lions (Pat McKenzie), and George D. Dery; $5 - Al Redner, Barb Powell, and Karlie Brinthaupt.
Jan 18th: Winners were: $20 - Lance Muir and Deanne Williams; $10 - Linda Redner, Helen Schwartz, George King, and Rita Dery; $5 - Gale Williams, Amy McIntosh, and Gene Herber.
Jan 25th: Winners were: $20 - Jody Tokar, Chris Friend; $10 - Jim Reehen, Marcie Hudock, Shoemus McGowan, Bill Whitney; $5 - Big Flats Lions, Ed Fairbrother, Amy McIntosh.
Feb 8th: Winners were: $100 - Mary Thomas, John Hoos, and Donna Peck; $20 - Big Flats Lions and Bill Whitney; $10 - Lance Muir, Robert Mathew, Judy Zimmerman, and Pat Williams; $5 - Audrey Zimmerman, Sheila French, and Connie Lambert.
Activity Report for February:
* Meals on Wheels - 6 hrs
* CG Museum Guide - 3 hrs
* Town Committees - 3 hrs
* Historical Society - 6 hrs
* RSVP - 4 hrs
* Food Banks/Pantries - 85 hrs
* FLUPA.org - 28 hrs
* Tanglewood - 30 hrs
* Church - 16 hrs
Total Hours: 181
* Big Flats Branch Library - $200.00
* Finger Lakes Region Lions Hearing Foundation- 300.00
* STAVI (Low Vision Center) - 300.00
* Lions Club International Foundation - 250.00
* LCIF - Haiti Relief (Treasury) - 350.00
* LCIF - Haiti Relief (Members) - 390.50
* Big Flats Cinderella Softball - 200.00
* Big Flats Lacrosse - 100.00
* Big Flats Little League - 250.00
* Boy Scout Troop #3097 - 75.00
* Boy Scout Troop #87 - 125.00
* Children's Miracle Network - 200.00
* Empire State Speech and Hearing Clinic - 200.00
* Maintained at 37
John Farr , Club Secretary
From the Scrapbook:
Paul Rossi speaking at our first Februray meeting, Big Flats Community Center
Birthdays in March:
Our Happy Birthday wishes this month go out to Lion Mary Ann Balland, Mar 14th.
News items and other submissions from Club members are always welcome! Please feel free to send any announcements or other items of humor or interest.