With four work parties last month, October is beginning to rival June as our busiest time of year. Participation was up for Adopt-A-Highway, which was spread over two days this time around, and we had a record-setting day at the Kanona Reststop on Sunday! Thanks also to the Lions who served as Advisors at the Costa's Fly-in BBQ, and those who donated a day for Lions Camp Badger.
Our single dinner meeting in October was very well attended, with guests from Apalachin, 2nd VDG Terry Hertzel, and a visitation by the Corning Lions Club. PID Dr. Ed Cordes and Lion Gail Cordes gave a wonderful slideshow on their Lions eye clinic experiences in Haiti and Nicaragua. Dr. Ed Cordes became a Lion in Philadelphia in 1976 after working on an eyeglass reclamation project. Since then, he and Lion Gail have participated in 4 overseas missions, leading three of them.
2nd VDG Terry Hertzel spoke at the meeting, mentioning the MD20 food collection on May 7th, the Fall Conference (with a Texas Hold'em table to benefit Camp Badger), and the new digital photo screening technology. Corning Lions were able to perform 108 digital screenings in 3 hours vs. the 3 days it would have taken. There will be training for this device at the Fall Conference. They cost $9,500 each. 2nd VDG's message is to ask the community and members what we're doing right and what we need to do. We need to become new kinds of Lions. Many cannot make all the meetings, but we can fill some of that gap with social networking. Redistricting will be a topic of discussion at the Council of Governors and the Rochester convention. This will happen by 2012 when 2nd VDG Terry is DG.
Coming up we have Scouting for Food on Nov. 13th along with the Turkey raffle drawing on the same day. The "Serving our Seniors" (SOS) project is also gathering momentum, with individual members taking on committments. Contact Lion Marshall Updike for details.
o Adopt-a-Highway: Lion Gene Herber reported that it was helpful to spread it across two weekends. We had a total of 12 workers and completed the whole two miles.
o Costas BBQ: Lion Lance Muir reported no numbers from Tom yet, but it came off well and they sold everything they grilled. Lion Gene Herber added that there were 2,300 runners, which is the largest ever.
o Kanona Rest Stop: Lion Lance reported that this also came off well, and he thanked Lion Marshall Updike for coordinating and Lion Dave Marks for brining water. Sunday alone was over $500, and we cleared over $1000 overall.
o Camp Badger: Lion Gary Bernhardt reports there were 5 workers and one visitor from another club, and they completed the rear door widening project for cabins 1 and 8.
o 50/50 Project: Lion Rita Dery reported there were about 25 outstanding tickets.
o Turkey Raffle: Lion Sue Brinthaupt circulated a signup sheet and will make calls.
o Results of Board info at general dinner meeting: KLB has received positive feedback, especially for providing the financial data. Will also be circulating additional flyers.
o Program Chair: KLB asked for coverage for 11/8 and 11/22. Lion Judy Zimmerman volunteered to coordinate November. Dr. Ed Cordes will speak on 10/25.
o SOS: If interested, make sure to complete your background check through the Red Cross. Information should be on the website.
o Fall Convention: King Lion Bob to attend. Invited others to join.
o Scouting for Food coming up in November (11/13).
o Christmas Party: Meet after and plan for this.
o Road Trip: Flower show in early March (?).
Good of the Order:
o Ramp project: Lion Al Draht reports that this is through SOS and it's in the works. He is concerned that a non-senior may need a ramp, and therefore it could not go through SOS. He believes this is where the Lions should come in. Issues may also arise regarding requests outside of Big Flats. There was discussion, and general agreement that we should deal with this on individual basis. There was also discussion on managing construction plans in light of local regulations.
o Sales Tax: Lion Gary Bernhardt noted that we are no longer selling mints or doing the Antique Car Show BBQ, so we should not be paying sales tax.
o Lion Mary Ann Balland has ideas for January speakers from County government.
Activity Report for October:
o Eberhard J. Wirfs - LCIF Newsletter Oct. 2010
o Lion Gary Boisseau - Upcoming Fall Convention
o Lion Gary Boisseau - Lions John Stewart Sr. & Jr.
o Lion Gary Boisseau - Upcoming Environmental Photo Contest
o Lion Gary Boisseau - District 20-E2 Newsletter
o Lion Gary Boisseau - Reminder for Club Delegates - Voting at the Fall Convention
o Lions Clubs International - Share your valued insight for US eye health initiative
o Lions Clubs International - [Newswire] How to Help Relieve Hunger
o Lions Clubs International - Rings from LCI - Show your Lions Pride
o Sid L. Scruggs III, Int'l Pres. - October e-Letter from President Sid Scruggs
o DG Richard Earnst - MD-20 NY State A/R report
Assistance to Individuals
* RSVP - 1 Lion, 14 hrs.
Community / Cultural
* Camp Badger - 5 Lions, 50 hrs.
* Town Committees - 1 Lions, 19 hrs.
* Food Banks/Pantries - 4 Lions, 28 hrs.
* Meals on Wheels - 3 Lions, 19 hrs.
* Costa's BBQ for Food Pantry - 1 Lions, 5 hrs.
* Church - 4 Lions, 26 hrs.
* Adopt A Highway - 9 Lions, 40 hrs.
* Tanglewood - 1 Lion, 43 hrs.
* FLUPA.org - 1 Lion, 5 hrs.
* Low Vision Center - 1 Lion, 3 hrs.
* Coffee Rest Stop - 15 Lions, 116 hrs.
Total Hours: 368
John Farr , Club Secretary
From the Scrapbook:
Lion Gail Cordes presenting in October with PID Dr. Ed Cordes
Big Flats Lions Community Service 50/50 Winners:
Oct 26th: Winners were: $20 - George King and Rose Byland; $10 - Bill Powell, Lydia Lynn, Alaina Muir, and Henry Farr; $5 - Judy Zimmerman, Tom Balland, and Signs & Safety.
Birthdays in November:
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Merrill Lynn, 11/20, Constance Lambert, 11/21, and John Farr, 11/26. 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.