Lions Club Bulletin
Big Flats, New York

Membership Chair

Lion Bob Byland -- 562-3414

Lion Bill Powell -- 739-4509
Lion John Farr -- 562-7621

April, 2011
Events Calendar:
  Apr 11th @ 6:30PM Regular Club Meeting at the BIG FLATS COMMUNITY CENTER.
  Apr 12th Blood Drive - Lion Gary Bernhardt for details.
  Apr 16th Camp Badger work party - Lion Gary Bernhardt for details.
  Apr 18th @ 7:00PM Board of Director's Meeting at the BIG FLATS COMMUNITY CENTER.
  Apr 25th @ 6:30PM Regular Club Meeting at the CRYSTAL HOUSE.
  Apr 28 - May 1 MD-20 Convention; Rochester
  Apr 30th Adopt-A-Highway - Lion Gene Herber for details.

Club News:
We had two wonderful speakers in March, including Ron Hoodock on the Wings of Eagles Science Academy. Their next program will be LEGO Robotics Tournament #2 on April 4, 5, and 6. Full scholarships are $1000/child and help build skills for employment. Our club has committed to a half scholarship this hyear for %500. Later in the month we had our own Lion Ralph Marino give an overview of the budget along with information on the state of affairs in Albany. The formal budget presentation will be in April/May, and there is detailed information from an earlier presentation on the School District website.

The Camp Badger season is heating up and Lion Gary Bernhardt has announced that we will be fixing the rear doors on cabin #3 on April 16th. Lion Constance Lambert announced that the Camp Badger Director has asked her to cook for another group for a total of 20 on the 16th, and she has appealed to the Club for help. Adopt-a-Highway is also on tap for April 30th. Contact Lion Gene Herber for details. April's Blood Drive (4/12) is basically manned, though there is the possibility that Lion Judy Zimmerman may not be back in Town in time. Please contact Lion Gary Bernhardt if you'd like to help.

Board Action:
Committee Reports
o Membership - Aaron D. Manchester was approved for membership on a motion by King Lion Bob Byland.
o NYS & Bermuda Lions Foundation ticket - Will divide sale of at least one ticket at next meeting.
o LCI Food drive May 7th
o Adopt-A-Highway - Lion Gene Herber - Next one will be last Saturday in April (4/30).
o Rest Stop set for May 27-30 at Campbell.
o Community Days June 11 - No other projects this summer, such as concerts.
o Horseshoe Pit Project - May be a good summer project.
New Business
o Donation to Japan Disaster relief - $500 approved.
o Reading / vote of names for next years officers (attached).
o Attendance 20-E2 Convention Rochester - Apr 28th - May 1st. 4 can attend. Voting Sunday AM.
o Camp Scholarships - Motion approved: Club to set up a camping scholarship fund for Big Flats youth. No precedent will be set by this motion; each request will be voted upon, and our club will not be responsible for selecting among individual campers. Initial outlay will be a full scholarship this year for Eileen Collins Aerospace Camp ($350) and a half scholarship for the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center Camp ($500) for a total of $850. This was seconded by Lion Lance Muir and approved.
o Speaker for next dinner meeting - KLB to ask Lion Ralph Marino. Lion Mary Ann Balland suggested that we spread out responsibility for speakers by using a sign-up calendar.
o Food Bank of the Southern Tier - Donations received March 1st to April 30th will be counted towards a proportional match by the Alan Shawn Feinstein $1 Million Challenge.
o Big Flats Little League - Funding request.
o AVRE Newsletter
Good of the Order
o Lion David Marks appealed for a donation to Meals on Wheels. On a motion by Lion Mary Ann Balland and seconded by Lion Gene Herber, our club will donate $100 and ask for matching donations at next meeting. Lion David Marks also provided more details on signing up to help with our time.
o Lion Donna Barto on Vision Screening - We are committed to three schools: Big Flats, Center Street, and now Ridge Road. We have the option to pay $25 for use of the digital camera, or pay noting and use up the last of the film. She will set up dates and ask for volunteers, and the District will provide trainers. On a motion by Lion Tom Rhodes and seconded by Lion Mary Ann Balland, up to $100 will be provided by the club for funding contingencies in this effort
o Lion Gary Bernhardt noted that parts of the website need updating. King Lion Bob Byland volunteered to assist in this effort and Lion John Farr will set up account access for him.

Nominated Officers for 2011 - 2012:
  President Bill Powell
  1st Vice President Mary Ann Balland
  2nd Vice President Gene Herber
  3rd Vice President Audrey Manchester
  Secretary Suzie Brinthaupt
  Treasurer Tom Rhodes
  Tail Twister Lance Muir
  Lion Tamer Dean Zimmerman
  1 Year Director Dave Marks
  1 Year Director Rita Dery
  2 Year Director Al Draht
  2 Year Director Judy Zimmerman

Birthdays in April:
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Lions Donna Barto, 4/17, and Mike Yanak, 4/21. Note: Please contact Lion John Farr if this is your birthday month and your name is missing.

Activity Report for March:

Assistance to Individuals
* Seniors / SOS / Other - 4 Lions, 20 hours
Community / Cultural
* Historical Society - 1 Lion, 9 hours
* CG Museum Guide - 1 Lion, 6 hours
* Town Committees - 2 Lions, 31 hours
* Steele Library - 2 Lions, 7 hours
* Food Banks/Pantries - 11 Lions, 73 hours
* Meals on Wheels - 2 Lions, 18 hours
* Church - 4 Lions, 50 hours
* Boy Scouts - 1 Lion, 3 hours
* Low Vision Center - 1 Lion, 3 hours
Total Hours: 220

John Farr , Club Secretary

From the Scrapbook:

Plaque honoring former Lion Bim Van Etten, installed close to where he spent
most of his volunteer time at the Steele Memorial Library.
Photo provided by Lion Rita Dery.

Thank You note from the Chemung County Library District - Brian Harris - Big Flats Library
"Dear Big Flats Lions Club Members, Thank You for your generous donation of $200. Your donation was used to purchase a 1 year subscription of Readers Digest Large Print along with adult and juvenile Audio CD books. I have attached a list of audiobooks purchased. "

"Your Generosity and support is truly appreciated by the patrons and staff of the Big Flats Library."

  Adult Non-Fiction  
  Autobiography of Mark Twain  
  Adult Fiction  
  Separate Beds Elizabeth Buchan
  Deep Black: Death Wave Stephen Coonts
  Fatal Error J.A. Jance
  Roughing It Mark Twain
  Juvenile Fiction  
  Virals Kathy Reichs
  Across the Universe Beth Revis

Editor’s Note:
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.

Published: 04/06/2011
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