40th Anniversary Celebration on April 26th!
Everyone is welcome for this very special event! There will be awards, memorials, special guests, commemorative presentations in speech and video. This will be one for the history books, so don't miss out! Please RSVP with Lion Grace Yanak
Lion Bob Byland arranged for two more great speakers in March. First was Cynthia Raj from the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, who spoke to us about the tourism marketing promotion for Mark Twain Country. She handed out some posters and brochures including a calendar of events for 2010, which marks the 100th Anniversary of Mark Twain's death. They'd really like to have a good turnout for the burial reenactment on April 24th, and she encouraged us all to attend. Her gifts included complimentary Trolley passes for all, and a bottle of their special Mark Twain wine for one lucky raffle winner. Next there was Dennis Kesso of Arnot Ogden's New Day Massage, Acupuncture. He described the history and the art of acupuncture, and passed around a display of the various needles and other materials used for this. It was an interesting topic and stimulated many questions.
Lion Gary Bernhardt will be in charge of our Camp Badger work party on April 17th. Tasks will include a ceiling in a cabin. Volunteers will be needed again this year at Watkins Glen Raceway. This generates $50/day for the Club, and friends of Lion Bob Byland have done this in the past to the benefit of our Club. Please contact Lion Bob Byland if interested.
Adopt-A-Highway on April 24th:
Workers will meet at the Old Grossmans parking lot at 8AM. Tongs, vests and hats will be provided if you don't have your own.
Wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Bring your own gloves. A sign in sheet will be passed around at the first meeting of the month.
Needed - Float Ideas for Community Days Parade:
Please contact Lion Tom Rhodes if you have any creative ideas as to how we could decorate his "Gator" for the Community Days Parade.
Treasurer's Report: Regarding the Administrative fund, Treasurer Rhodes mentioned that everything is paid up to date but we have not been billed yet for NYS dues ($340). We got nicked a couple of times on meals at the BFCC because of billing for exact meal counts.
Reports and other Announcements:
* Camp Badger - Lion Gary Bernhard announced that the April 17th work will involve ceiling inside of cabin #3, and there would be a signup sheet on April 12th.
* Antique Car Show - With the Memorial Day rest stop (5/28-5/31) and two back to back BBQs (Community Days on 6/12 and Antique Car show on 6/13), this will be a busy period. Suggestions were made to solicit help from several sources.
* Gator Float - Lion Tom Rhodes is again volunteering the services of his "Gator" for the Car Show BBQ, and is also looking for suggestions on decorating the vehicle for use in the Community Days parade. Given the timing, the Lions-related décor could remain on the vehicle for publicity at the BBQ.
* New Fee: Lion Lance Muir announced that the Chemung County Health Department will now charge $15 for each permit regardless of non-profit status. This will affect all of our food-related activities except for the coffee reststops.
* Insurance Costs -- Lion Lance Muir is researching our unknown insurance costs. Skip Smith took care of insurance for the Club for many years at no cost to us, and we do not know the cost. We are covered through September 1st, 2010.
* Rest Stops - Lion Lance Muir has secured all of the permits and paperwork for the upcoming Rest Stops.
* District - Letter reminding us to fill out our PU101 forms (Officers for upcoming year).
* Thank you letter from LCI for Haiti Relief donation.
* Camp Badger donations request (to all members).
* Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence - Raffle Tickets, $5/each.
* MD20 Youth Band raffle tickets - $5/each.
* Camp Badger raffle tickets - $5/each.
* Southern Tier Retired Lions Anniversary (April 25th, day before ours).
* Thank you note from Steele Memorial Library.
* May 15th - Need to send a list of officers for 2010-2011 (PU101 form) to International for use in directory listings. It was noted that we will need to convene a nominations committee and read the slate 3 times before submitting it to a vote.
Activity Report for May:
* Town Committees - 7 hrs
* CG Museum Guide - 8 hrs
* Historical Society - 7 hrs
* Classy Collectibles - 38 hrs
* Food Banks/Pantries - 32 hrs
* Environment Emergency Services - 3 hrs
* Tanglewood - 30 hrs
* FLUPA.org - 30 hrs
* Blood Drives (sponsored) - 4 hrs
* Vision Screenings - 8 hrs
* Eyeglass Recyling - 4 hrs
* Church - 38 hrs
Total Hours: 209
* Maintained at 37
John Farr , Club Secretary
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