Our Club marked August with a picnic/meeting and a four day Coffee Rest Stop on the weeked prior to Labor Day. The picnic was a nice chance to meet guests and reconnect with Lions and their family members, and we were also able to install Lion Bob Byland as our new King Lion! The Coffee Rest Stop appeared to be a success, though figures were not available at press time. As always, many thanks are due to the Lions and their friends who make these events possible, but it is difficult not to notice that the work could be lighter if more members were available to contribute smaller amounts of time. Of the 16 lions who participated, four contributed hours in the double digits, and 48 hours came from non-Lions. We owe a special thanks to Janice Updike, who contributed a whopping 15 hours!
We have two vistiations coming up in September, starting with DG Richard Ernst on th 13th, and followed by ZC Mike Eisenhart on the 27th. We also have an Adopt-A-Highway work party early in October, where once again, many hands make light work! See Lion Gene Herber for more information.
From the King Lion:
King Lion Bob announces that on the 13th will have the DG as our guest and some special awards along with a great speaker. Be sure to confirm your attendance with Lion Grace as soon as possible. Maybe bring a potential New Lion with you.
Board Action - August:
Columbus Day reststop at Kanona: Lion Lance suggested that we plan on limiting this to three days from the beginning if we think that we will not have the manning required for four days.
Ideas for Membership & Outreach:
o Involve school in service project such as Adopt-A-Highway, or a joint project with Southern Tier Retired Lions.
o King Lion Bob (KLB) thanked Lion Mary Ann Balland for providing contacts & information on identifying needs/people though RSVP.
o Horseshoe pits for the Town. KLB to follow up with Larry Wagner at DPW.
Programs: Lion Mary Ann Balland mentioned her practice of asking members to arrange for one month, or even just one program. This increases participation and decreases undue workloads. DG visitation Sept 13th.
Head Counts for meals: Discussion on how we can improve this and help Lion Grace Yanak with the workload. Much of this leaned towards a default expectation that members will be present unless they say otherwise, and they will be responsible for the cost.
Secretary Farr raised the issue that many of these come through email but he's not sure of these are going to the membership at large. When possible, links for these forms of correspondence will either be forwarded or included as links in the newsletter.
o Lions Clubs International Foundation Newsletter for July - Eberhard Wirfs (via Email, with link).
o LCI "Engaging our Youth" Service Project (Email / printed & distributed)
o August Message from President Sid Scruggs (via Email, with link).
o Guiding Eyes for the Blind - E-Flash Newsletter (DG Bill via Lion Gary Bouisseau - Heeling Autism campaign (can forward).
Good of the Order:
o KLB: District Golf Tournament is coming up if anyone is interested in forming a team. He also has the dates & deadline for filing stories in the State magazine.
o KLB suggested we attend things like the Mumsford trip, as Lions, to network and increase our visibility.
Message regarding Adopt-A-Highway, from Lion Gene Herber (reprint from July/August):
Activity Report for August:
We'll be approaching our 20th year for our Adopt-A-Highway effort. The number of volunteers has diminished over the years but not the amount of refuse. During our last pick up some of us spent 6 hours or more before finishing our section or making the attempt. Thanks guys! Your time was well spent and is appreciated. Only six Lions volunteered last time out. Ten to twelve are required to keep the hours to four or less. Its allot nicer to work in pairs. Not only for the camaraderie, but also to consolidate the refuse into one large bag to set along side the road for pick up.
The New York State Department of Transportation expects us to do four pick ups per year. We are down to two. Any group less than ten will require us to do only part of our section at a time. Effectively this would bring us down to one pick up per year. If that is what we are capable of that is what we will have to live with. It is better than the alternative of having Camp Monterrey prisoners pick up once every few years.
Some of us are probably thinking why not abandon the project. This is our town. Unfortunately, no other group is stepping forward to make the commitment. The road signs give us recognition and our end result gives us a feeling of satisfaction when we drive by. For most of us this is on a daily basis. Think of the inner pride that is felt when driving by the Big Flats sign and seeing the shrubbery and cut grass knowing this was a Lions effort. Think back 20 years and remember what the road sides looked like before Adopt-A-Highway came into being in this area. We were the first in Chemung County to sign up!
A solution might be to have a pick up on both Saturday and Sunday on the same weekend. The duration of time spent will be up to you. Even one bag full would be helpful. Hopefully you will all give this some thought. Our first pick up will be October 2nd and possibly the 3rd.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome,
* Historical Society - 1 Lion, 17 hrs.
* CG Museum Guide - 1 Lion, 16 hrs.
* Town Committees - 1 Lion, 2 hrs.
* Food Banks/Pantries - 9 Lions, 58 hrs.
* Meals on Wheels - 3 Lions, 24 hrs.
* Tanglewood - 1 Lion, 30 hrs.
* FLUPA.org - 1 Lion, 12 hrs.
* Eyeglass Recyling - 1 Lion, 1 hrs.
Health Support Services:
* Low Vision Center - 1 Lion, 3 hrs.
* Church - 2 Lions, 14 hrs.
* Coffee Rest Stop - 16 Lions, 116 hrs.
(8 non-Lions also contributed 48 hrs.)
*Maintained at 38.
John Farr , Club Secretary
Correspondence - Secretary Farr:
It seems that more and more, our club correspondence is arriving in electronic form. There's a lot of great information coming through, but it's difficult if not impossible to know if you are already receiving these messages or not. Therefore I have decided to make these items available, whenever possible, as links in our own Club Bulletin. Here are the titles for this month, but the links are only available in the online Bulletin:
" District 20-E2 Newsletter
" Providing Disaster Relief for Pakistan - Eberhard J. Wirfs
" Service Commitment Pledge Campaign - LCI
" LCI Foundation Newsletter - Eberhard J. Wirfs
" LCI - Free Personalization through September - Club Supplies Catalog
" [Newswire] How to Plan a Summer Camp Project for Kids - LCI Member Update
" Message from International President Sid Scruggs to Lion Leaders
Birthdays in September:
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Lance Muir - 8/31 (sorry Lance, missed you last month), Marshall Updike - 9/1, Grace Yanak - 9/18, Dave Marks, 9/29. Note: Please contact Lion John Farr if this is your birthday month and your name is missing.
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.
From the Scrapbook:
King Lion Bob being installed by Past Council Chair Art Peck
At the Reststop with Benjamin and Lion Neal Gummoe