October is already a busy month as we already have two work parties under our belt and one that's ramping up now at press time. Many thanks to the Lions who participated in Adopt-A-Highway and the Costa's Fly-In BBQ, and to those who will be helping with the Coffee Rest Stop at Kanona.
District Governor Richard Earnst and ZC Mike Eisenhart visited us in September, and we had some other great speakers as well. Mary Peterson presented a wonderful slideshow of rose varieties with a patriotic theme. This ended with a set of pictures depicting US military cemeteries in Europe with a combined total of over 100,000 graves. The Petersons will be donating 5 rose bushes for planting behind the War Memorial that was erected by our Club. Later in the month, Connie Shelford spoke to us about a grant called "Supporting Our Seniors" (SOS) from the United Way of the Southern Tier. The Department of Aging and the Red Cross are also involved in this effort. The purpose is to help people, regardless of income, who are on the brink of needing long term care but are trying to stay at home. She circulated a list of local people who would like help, and she also handed out the necessary background check forms for volunteers.
King Lion Bob has been putting out some ideas and initiatives for the future. To this end he circulated some information on the "VideoEye" device for people with macular degeneration, and mentioned the Philadelphia flower show, suggesting that transportation could be arranged among Lions. He also presented Past President Judy Zimmerman with a carved Lion from Africa as recognition for her year as King Lion. Also in the spirit of recognition, Lion Lance Muir complimented Lion Donna Barto for the Club brochures.
Lion Gary Bernhardt reminds us that a Camp Badger work party is scheduled for Oct. 16th. Rear doors on cabins 1 and 8 will be widened to 36" per regulations. Lion Connie Lambert will cook dinner. Next work party will be April 16th. Lion Judy Zimmerman has also updated our Club on future Blood Drives. We will sponsor 5 drives through January 2012, with 2 volunteers at each. We will also want members to recruit donors.
DG Richard Earnst:
While visiting us in September, DG Richard wanted to make it clear that in spite of a recent newspaper article to the contrary, Camp Badger is alive and well, and mentioned that the Fall Conference will be November 5th through 7th at Ramada Inn, Geneva. He presented King Lion Bob with his pin, which features a lighthouse. It is only coincidence that it looks like the International President's "Beacon of Hope". DG Richard's is a depiction of Cape Cod, whereas President Scrugg's is Cape Hatteras. In October we will be working on glasses, and he suggests that we bring ours to the Fall Conference to be turned over to Canandaigua. He is planning a District-wide, one day food drive, and he is thinking of organizing collection points for Victor's electronics recycling effort for Spring Earth Day.
Membership Report and Ideas:
o Lion Mary Ann Balland suggested that we start building a central list of candidates at the next meeting for follow-up by Membership Chair Lion Bill Powell. Lion Bill added that we should not forget spouses of those who come to mind as good candidates.
o Secretary Farr will be mailing bills for membership to 5 or 6 members we have not seen in awhile.
o Adopt-a-Highway: Lion Gene Herber reports that pickups will be on Sep. 25th (Exit) and Oct. 2nd. Both will begin at 8AM and meet at the old Grossman's location.
o Costa's Fly-in BBQ: Lion Lance Muir met with Mike. Shifts will begin at 5AM and 10AM, should be done cooking 600 halves by 2PM. Lion Lance advised Costa's helpers to show up earlier. Thus far Lions Don Williams and Lance Muir have volunteered to serve as advisors, others are welcome.
o Kanona Rest Stop: Lion Lance Muir reports that the permit runs from 10/9 through 10/11 (Sat through Mon), so it will be 3 days instead of 4. Lion Lance will not be present on Sat or Sun, but everything will be planned out on Lion Marshall Updike will cover for Lion Lance on those days.
o Camp Badger / Lion Gary Bernhardt: Will meet at 7:30 on the 16th at Minier's.
o 50/50: Lion Rita Dery reports that about ½ of the tickets have been sold.
o Turkey Raffle / Lion Sue Brinthaupt: We will sell tickets during the 1st and 2nd week in November, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 2-6. Signups for this will be difficult as our first October meeting is cancelled due to the rest stop. Will consider an email signup option.
o Fall Festival: Lion Mary Ann Balland asked about this. We know there will be a Fall Festival, organized by Trish, with assistance from the American Legion. We have not been approached for help.
o Short business actions at general dinner meetings. We'll start by putting out minutes and Treasurer's reports and see how it goes. We will continue to have Committee reports unless there are objections.
o Program Chair: Lion Dick Wardell has stepped up to chair this committee. Please send him any ideas.
o Legal/Funding. KLB has guidance from LCI and will provide copy to anyone who would like to see it.
o Insurance: Lion Lance reports that we have our insurance for the year, at no cost, from LCI. Also covers non-Lions if they are participating in an approved event.
o Supporting Our Seniors (SOS): KLB reported that the elderly lady he mentioned last time has already had her needs mostly fulfilled but may need more. RSVP dispatches these requests. KLB has invited Connie Shelford, Coordinator of Chemung County RSVP, to speak at our 10/27 meeting.
o Fall Conference: Will be November 5th through the 7th.
Good of the Order:
o Ramp Building: Lions Al Draht and Don Williams have talked to Chemung County Office for the Aging and a group in Hornell about building portable ramps. Office for the Aging pays for materials. Nice service project that won't cost us anything. Lion Mary Ann Balance mentioned that the CC Office for the Aging will screen the clients. Lion Bill Powell moved that we should look into this opportunity further. This was seconded by Lion Lance Muir and approved. Lion Don to follow up.
o Vintage Car Show BBQ: Lion Lance moved that we should formally cut ties with the Vintage Car Show, and this was seconded by Lion Don Williams and approved. Lion Lance to send letter and copy the Secretary.
o Sign-ups for cleaning duty: Lion Mary Ann Balland asked about this, and Lion Judy Zimmerman repored that it was going well.
Activity Report for September:
Links are provided whenever possible. Sometimes they will refer you to the District newsletter or some other source for more information on the topic.
o Khaled Musa - Visions Center for Blindness needs your help at the VCB Fall Work Day 10/9/2010
o Lions International - Red Circle Calendars Now Available
o Lions International - Add a Little Flair to Your Lions Club Name (Mugs and T-Shirts)
o Lions International - [Newswire] How to Host a Local Peace Poster Contest
o Lions International - LCI Holiday Ornaments
o Lions International - Tax Information Available on LCI Website
o PDG Rena Haigh - Woman of the Year nomination form and information
o CS Lion Gary Boisseau - District 20-E2 Newsletter
o CS Lion Gary Boisseau - Fall Convention - Vote on Proposed District Constitution & Bylaws
o CS Lion Gary Boisseau - Club Contest information
o ZC Mike Eisenhart - ACM/Zone Meeting information
o Eberhard J. Wirfs - Lions Clubs International Foundation Newsletter for September 2010
o Gary Iacovazzi - 2nd VDG visit (Oct 25th)
Assistance to Individuals
* RSVP - 1 Lion, 5 hrs.
* CG Museum Guide - 1 Lion, 4 hrs.
* Historical Society - 2 Lions, 13 hrs.
* Town Committees - 1 Lion, 6 hrs.
* Meals on Wheels - 2 Lions, 13 hrs.
* Food Banks/Pantries - 9 Lions, 39 hrs.
* Church - 3 Lions, 24 hrs.
* Environment Emergency Services - 1 Lion, 3 hrs.
* Tanglewood - 1 Lion, 36 hrs.
* Coffee Rest Stop - 16 Lions, 116 hrs.
*Maintained at 38
John Farr , Club Secretary
From the Scrapbook:
King Lion Bob Byland presenting Past President Judy Zimmerman with a carved Lion
as recognition for her year as King Lion.
Arrangement from Larry and Mary Peterson. The Petersons presented a slideshow on
rose varieties with a patriotic theme, and they will be donating five rose
for planting behind the war memorial that was erected by our club.
Birthdays in October:
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Bill Powell - 10/26, and Tom Rhodes, 10/26. 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.