Milpitas Gateway Lions Activities


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Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Lions in Sight - Lions District 4-C6 Field Trip

A Lions in Sight Eyeglass Collection Box.

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda, Connie, and David were part of the Lions District 4-C6 field trip to the Lions in Sight Recycling Center in Vallejo, Californian. The center process all eyeglasses collected by Lions Club members west of the Mississippi. The center also collects and recycles used hearing aids and cell phones, as well as recycling ink cartridges.

The District 4-C6 Lions spend a fascinating afternoon helping to sort eyeglasses and learning about the recycling center, the prisoners who do so much work to clean, polish, test and categorize the used eyeglasses. We also learned that the center ships eyeglasses all over the world, bring clear vision to many needed people. The glasses we sorted on Saturday departed for Vietnam on Sunday.

Lions in Sight also organizes many Medical Mission, when  volunteer Lions and optometrists travel to countries such as Mexico and Argentina. Those returning from the missions bring back many heartwarming stories, such as a grandmother who, immediately after being fitted with an appropriate pair of recycled glasses, sees her baby granddaughter for the first time -- or the child who can now see clearly and is excited about the prospect of now being able to study hard at school!

Many of the eyeglasses collected go to Mexico and other Hispanic counties. The bad news is that Lions in Sight is unable to send enough eyeglasses to Mexico to meet demand. The good news is that we can all help by donating our used eyeglasses to Lions in Site, and asking friends and family to let us have their uses eyeglasses, so that we can pass them on to Lions in Site.

If you would like to help with this very worthy cause, please contact Milpitas Gateway Lions Club, we will be more than happy pass on to Lions in Sight any used eyeglasses you have been able to collect.

To learn more about our day at the Lions in Sight Recycling Center, click on the above photo and read the comments on each photo.

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Weekend of November 8, 2014

Multiple District 4 (MD4) Leadership Institute

Milpitas Gateway Lions Club President David Martin (green shirt) attending a seminar on communication given by District 4-C6 Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) Jim "Goody" Goodheart (standing) at the Multiple District 4 (MD4) Leadership Institute held in Sacramento..

At a time when many companies are severely cutting back or eliminating completely employee development and training, preferring instead to recruit talent externally, Lions Clubs International (LCI) continues to deliver high quality leadership and management seminars at little or no cost to its members.

From 8:00 AM Saturday morning through noon on Monday, 40 rising Lion stars from around California attended a grueling series of fast paced 90 minute seminars covering topics such as Change Leadership, Communication, Conducting Effective Meetings, Conflict Resolution, Internet & Social Media, Membership Development, Mentoring, Public Speaking, and Supporting Teams.

In addition to the formal class room seminars, there were lunch and dinner speakers such as Past International Director Bob Smith, Lions Club International Foundation Past Council Chair Roger Powell, and Lion Dr. Eleanor Britter who spoke on a variety of relevant subjects.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Club President David Martin spoke enthusiastically about the weekend, "In my career I've attended many training seminars, then gone back to my company and tried to figure out how to apply the ideas. The concepts presented this weekend were so appropriate and compatible with running a Lions Club that they can be easily applied. I solved several club related problems while listening to the seminars!"

The next MD Leadership Institute will be the weekend of January 17th 2015 in Ontario, California.

Lions who have never attended a Leaders Institute should seriously consider attending. The cost of the weekend is $250, which covers the cost of the hotel. Multiple District 4 covers the cost of the seminars and meals. A three day management and leadership course of this quality taught by a commercial company would cost thousands of dollars. To learn more and apply to attend the January Leadership Institute see the application form.

Non-Lions who are frustrated about the lack of training and development opportunities offered by their employer should contact their local Lions Club to enquire about membership, opportunities to volunteer and give back to their communities, and the great online and classroom training available to Lions at little or no cost. To find a Lions Club near you, visit the Lions Club International website Find a Club page.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Milpitas Executive Lions Club - Annual Adobo Cook-Off

Guest Cristita and Milpitas Gateway Lions Lisa, Connie, Beth, Melinda and David at the Milpitas Executive Lions Adobo Cook-Off.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Beth, Connie, Lisa, Melinda and David were at the Milpitas Executive Lions Club Adobo Cook-Off, held at Alviso Adobe Park, 2087 Alviso Adobe Court, Milpitas, California on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Lion David's Chicken and Pork Adobo won 2nd Place!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 12:00 Noon

San Jose Scales of Justice Lions Club - Lunch Meeting

Guest Speaker Lion Barbara Chamberlain of Cabrillo Host Lions in Aptos, California, soon to be 2nd Vice District Governor.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda and David made a visitation to San Jose Scales of Justice Lions Club on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The club meets at noon each 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Denny's Restaurant, 2060 S. Bascom Ave., Campblel, CA.

The guest speaker was Lion Barbara Chamberlain of Cabrillo Host Lions Club of Aptos, California, who will soon be 2nd Vice District Governor of Lions District 4-C6. Lion Barbara spoke about the need to increase club membership.

Scales of Justice Lions Club is home to current District 4-C6 Governor Jim "Goody" Goodheart, and 1st Vice District Governor and soon to be District Governor Karen Fillmore.

As if that weren't enough, they also boast as members several Past District Governors, including PDG Larry Hidalgo and PDG Joe Pugliese, as well as PDG (District 4-C1) Becki Stange of Monterey Lighthouse Lions Club, who is an assoicate member of Scales of Juistice Lions Club.

The clubs Tailtwister and Scales of Justice Lion of the Year, Dennis Holmes, will also be next years District Tailtwister. Beware! Lion Dennis is brutally efficient at collecting fines!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Milpitas Community Advisory Commission (CAC) Tree Planting


Tree planting at the corner of S Abel St and Great Mall Parkway in Milpitas

Milpitas Gateway Lion David joined Milpitas Executive Lions Chris, Thelma, Frances and PDG Ray Maglalang at the Milpitas Community Advisory Commission (CAC) tree planting at the corner of S Abel St and Great Mall Parkway in Milpitas. Also present were an enthusiastic bunch of school students from the Evergreen district of San Jose, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts. With almost 50 volunteers lending a hand, we completed the tree planting in less than 2 hours.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Carmel Host Lions - Club Lunch Meeting


Milpitas Gateway Lions David, Melinda and Connie with Carmel Host Lions President David Banks

Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda, Connie and David journeyed to Carmel to visit Carmel Host Lions, who have been proudly serving the Carmel area since 1942. They meet for lunch every Tuesday at the Lugano Swiss Bistro, situated in the Barnyard Shopping Village, at the junction of the Cabrillo Highway and the Carmel Valley Road.

The Lugano Swiss Bistro is a fine Swiss restaurant serving the best of Swiss, German and French cuisine. The cozy interior of the Lugano Swiss Bistro, with its wood paneled walls adorned with Swiss decorations, whimsical mural and checkered tablecloths, transports the diner into a chalet high in the alps. Chef André Lengacher’s culinary magic completes the picture with the unique and robust flavors of his native country.

Lunch was a set menu, commencing with St. Moritz Vegetable Barley Soup followed by chicken breast, dipped in egg, sautéed and served over spaghetti in tomato sauce. The meal was rounded off by a dessert of banana and strawberries with chocolate sauce. 

The guest speaker, 1st Vice District Governor (1st VDG) Karen FIllmore, spoke about her vision for the District, particularly focusing on "Lions: who we are, and what we do." She particularly focused on the many opportunities to promote Lionism that we all too often let pass by. When Lions volunteer at other organization events, as they often do, 1st VDG Karen suggested preparing a press release type statement summarizing who Lions are and what they do, then asking the organization to include the information in their publicity and printed event program. Lion Karen also emphasized the fact that so many people either have never heard of Lions or are very vague about who we are, often asking, “Is Lions spelt L.Y.O.N.S?” Or commenting, "I didn't know that women were involved in Lions."

Carmel Host Lions is a very active club. Last week they held a successful dinner at La Mia Cucina in Pacific Grove. On Friday, May 2 they will hold a dinner at Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy in Salinas. On Tuesday, April 1 they will be trained to run a polling station during the Carmel City Municipal Elections happening on Tuesday, April 8. And on Sunday, April 27 they will be manning the water stations at The Big Sur Marathon.  

One of Carmel Host Lions Club’s most popular events is the annual Breakfast With the Bunny, held at Devendorf Park in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Families throughout the Monterey Peninsula come for this famous pancake breakfast with all the fixings, games for the kids in "Bunnyland", and an extensive raffle of gift baskets. This year’s event will occur on Saturday, April 19.

If a day by the ocean appeals to you, why not help Carmel Host Lions out by volunteering at The Big Sur Marathon. They very appreciate an extra helping hand or two.

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

District MD 4-C6 Lions - 28th Annual Camp for Kids with Diabetes Fundraiser

Opening segment of Will Durst's uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda and David attended the "28th Annual Camp for Kids with Diabetes Fundraiser" champagne brunch, organized by District 4-C6 Lions and Diabetes Youth Families (DYF) at the Elks Lodge on Alma Avenue in San Jose.

100% of the proceeds from the champagne brunch and live auction of deluxe vacation accommodations, jewelry and champagne will be donated by District 4-C6 Lions to the DYF scholarship program.

Following the live auction, San Francisco's own political satirist Will Durst, who the New York Times calls “possibly the best political comic in the country", entertained us with a hilarious show called "BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG", in which Will had us all laughing at he shared his personal observations and insights into the aging of the baby boomer generation. 

This is definitely an event not to be missed, so mark your calendars now for next year and plan on being there! 

The mission of DYF is to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. They accomplish this by providing education and recreation programs within a supportive community, that encourages personal growth, knowledge and independence. DYF also recognizes the impact that Type-1 diabetes can have on a family unit and is dedicated to supporting the parents, caregivers and sibling who are affected.

Since its inception in 1938, DYF has had a scholarship program that allows participants to pay as little as the deposit to attend a program. The scholarship program has helped thousands of children and families to receive education, inspiration and support through DYF’s services. The goal of DYF’s scholarship program is to ensure access to DYF's programs for those whose financial situation would not otherwise allow them to attend. DYF works hard to raise funds from various sources to help support the scholarship program.

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Freedom Lions Club, Watsonville, California - Club Dinner Meeting


The Ballroom of the Historic Appleton Hotel in Watsonville, California.

Milpitas Gateway Lions completed their Long Tail award this evening when Lions Don and David visited Freedom Lions at the Appleton Grill, located in the historic Appleton Hotel building in Watsonville, California.

The meeting was held in what was once the Appleton Hotel’s huge two-story-high lobby but now functions as a ballroom. The turn-of-the-century opulence of the hotel has been preserved: marble wainscoting, square columns topped with ornate Corinthian scrolls, stained glass skylights. Heavy red-and-gold brocade curtains fell floor to ceiling along one wall; in an adjoining room, the same material covered several banquettes. The ballroom has a wonderful marble-fronted bar and a handsome balcony high above the room’s tiled floor. (Thanks to Ann Parker for the wording for this paragraph. To read more of Ann's description of the building, click on the above photograph.)

As visitors, Lion Don and David were in good company, also visiting were 1st VDG Karen Fillmore, 2nd VDG Jan Miller, and PDG Dennis Miller, all of whom addressed the meeting.

Lion David then had the opportunity to speak briefly about the procedures for advertising in the forthcoming District Directory, and to promote the Milpitas Gateway Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Friday, May 9, 2014.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Appleton Grill, don't miss the opportunity: the decor is impressive, the food excellent, and the service outstanding. Shannon, the Irish waitress, treated us with traditional gracious Irish hospitality, as if we were welcome guests in her own home.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Sunnyvale Lions - St Patty's Dinner

Whelan-Kennelly Academy of Irish Dance students performing at Sunnyvale Lions' St Patty's Dinner

Milpitas Gateway Lions Sue and David attended the Sunnyvale Lions' St Patty's Dinner, held at the Sunnyvale Elks Lodge.

We enjoyed a delicious meal of Irish Soda Bread, Corn Beef, Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes, followed by a wonderful selection of desserts.

Having eaten our fill, we sat back and watched a demonstration of Irish dancing. The evening ended with the drawing for the raffle prized, in which Lions Sue and David each won two prizes.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Hollister Lions - Irish Night


The Barnes Academy of Irish Dancing performing at Hollister Lions Club's Irish Night.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Connie, Melinda and David attended the Hollister Lions' Irish Night in the historic Dunne Park Adobe, on 6th & West in Hollister.

The evening started with appetizers and wine, followed by a delicious traditional Irish dinner of corned beef, cabbage, boiled carrots, potatoes and bread, and rounded off with cake and coffee.

We were then treated to a spectacular performance of Irish dancing by the young ladies of the Barnes Academy of Irish Dancing in Hollister,

Barnes Academy of Irish Dancing is certified under An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelaca. The Academy was established in 2002. Students who belong to the Academy enjoy performing in local performances as well as Irish Dance competitions, including the North American Championships, where their dancers have done very well. For more information contact the academy's director Allison Barnes at the Barnes Academy of Irish Dancing.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Scotts Valley Lions - 44th Annual Cioppino Crab Feed


Milpitas Gateway Lions David and Melinda bibbed-up ready to attack the crab.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda and David attended the 44th Annual Cioppino Crab Feed, organized by Scotts Valley Lions Club. The event was held at the C.P.D.E.S hall in Santa Cruz, CA.

The feast started with a green salad, followed by a pasta course and garlic bread, Then came the center piece of the feast, large bowls of steaming crab and shrimp cioppino. For those that preferred their crab and shrimp without sauce, there were equally large bowls of plain crab and shrimp. Both types of bowls were repeatedly refilled. The meal was rounded off by coffee and cake. All washed down with a copious supply of carafes of red and white wine.

Lions Melinda and David were in good company, sharing the table with Past District Governors (PDGs) Marlene Duffin, Joe Pugliese and Bob Ferber. Also at the table was heir apparent 1st Vice District Governor Karren Fillmore. As if that wasn't enough, PDGs Steve Brown supervised service to our table, and PDG Bob DeUnger ensure we were kept well supplied with wine.

Thanks to Scotts Valley Lions, aided by Lions from across District 4-C6, for organizing and presenting such a memorable evening. Thanks also to the local Boy Scouts of America who did a fantastic job serving all the guest. And an especially big thanks to our server Simon, who did a magnificent job ensuring that we were very well looked after.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

District MD 4-C6 Disaster Training - San Martin Lions Hall


Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda and David's American Red Cross "Shelter Fundamentals" certificates.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda and David joined a group of Lions from various District 4-C6 Lions clubs to be trained and certified by the American Red Cross in "Shelter Fundamentals.”

“Shelter Fundamentals” is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedures for basic shelter management during a disaster, with particular focus on four of the six phases of the Shelter Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing.

The American Red Cross maintains 56,000 potential emergency shelters nationwide, identififying school gymnasiums; community halls, senior centers, etc. that could potentially be used at short notice in the event of a disaster.

They then carry out extensive planning related to manning, opening, operating, maintaining, and closing the shelters after a disaster. In the process, the American Red Cross works closely with federal, state, and local agencies; the emergency services, e.g. fire, paramedic, and law enforcement; and other service organizations, e.g. Goodwill, The Salivation Army, and of course Lions Clubs, to ensure that, should disaster strike, a robust and flexible system is in place to speedily and efficiently shelter and feed any displaced person.

During the 3 hour course we learnt a lot about the complexity of the disaster shelter process, including an overview of the logistics, procedures. security, confidentiality, and organizational structure involved in successfully operating an emergency shelter.

It was a fascinating and informative morning, at the end of which almost two dozen District 4-C6 Lions became certified in “Shelter Fundamentals” and were invited to take the next steps in passing the necessary background checks and certifications needed to play an even greater role in running an emergency shelter.

To learn more about the American Red Cross and the courses they offer, visit

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

District MD 4-C6 Cabinet Meeting, Gilroy High School.


Milpitas Gateway Lions had nine Lions present at the Cabinet Meeting, seen here holding the large number of soda can pull tabs the club collected for donation to the Ronald McDonald House.

New Lions Connie Tarazon, Don Harvey, Cece Harvey, and Ria Afaro were inducted at the meeting by District Governor Jim "Goody" Goodheart, who also presented Lion David Martin with his Proud Lion pin.

The cabinet meeting included a number of excellent educational breakout sessions, covering such topics as "Leadership Opportunities", "Membership, Cheerleaders and Technicians", "Medic Alert", "A. J. Robinson Mobile Health Screening Unit", "Lions Eye Foundation and Lions in Sight", "Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence", and "Social Networking Leos Club". Each seminar was an hour long, designed to give participants the knowledge and tools to expand their Lions club's activities in the related field. Each Lion present was able to choose two of the sessions to attend.

The meeting also include reports by the District Leadership, selected committee chairs, and 30 second club announcements.

The guest speaker was Ms. Carrie Borofka, who described how a Canine Companion for Independence dog had transformed her husband’s life.

The guest District Governor was DG Steve Picchi (MD 4-C4 - San Francisco Penisula), and the visiting 2nd Vice District Governor was 2nd VDG John Ruiz. (MD 4-L6 - San Diego / Border area).

There was also plenty of opportunity for networking with the other Lions present, and catching up on what different clubs have been up to. All-in-all a very informative and productive day!

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

City of Milpitas - Community Tree Planting


Milpitas Gateway Lion Beth prepares the hole in preparation for planting a tree.

Milpitas Gateway Lion Beth participated in the February 15 City of Milpitas Tree Planting at Cardoza Park. How many times can you spot Lion Beth in the photos of the tree planting?

Milpitas Gateway Lions would have had three Lions there, but unfortunately Lions Melinda and David were sick on the day. But they'll be at the next one!

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

San Jose Pioneer Lions Club - District Governor Visitation


District Governor James "Goody" Goodheart addresses the San Jose Pioneer Lions Club dinner meeting during the DG's official annual visitation to the club on Thursday evening, January 23, 2014.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda, David, Sue and Cece attended District Governor Jim "Goody" Goodheart's visitation to San Jose Pioneer Lions Club at Mariani's Restaurant on El Camino in Santa Clara. We had a superb prime rib dinner, accompanied by wine, followed by an addresses by DG Goodheart and Cabinet Secretary Rick Silveria. San Jose Pioneer Lions are all Korean's who conduct their meetings in their native tongue. After the DG and Cabinet Secretaries addresses we bid our host farewell and left them to continue their meeting in Korean.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 10:00 PM

American Legion Post 564 - New Year's Eve Party!


Milpitas Gateway Lions (L-to-R) Linda, Melinda & Sue, plus Lions Mascot Sam ring in the New Year at  American Legion "Mission City" Post 564, home of Lions Blind Center Bingo. Milpitas Gateway Lions Don, Cece and David were also there.

Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

American Legion Post 564 - Erikson Special Ed School Christmas Party 2013


Milpitas Gateway Lions David, Don, Linda (back row starting 2nd from left), and Melinda (front row right), as well as Lion Connie were on hand to help make the party a success.

American Legion "Mission City" Post 564 host an annual Christmas Party for the students of Erikson Special Ed School in San Jose. Each year Post 564 ask the students of the school what they would like Santa to bring them. The Legion then host a Christmas lunch for the students, attended by Santa, who passes out the requested gifts.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Milpitas Gateway Lions - Club Meeting and Awards.


Immediate Past  President Ana Roque & Region Chair MariCris Benitez

Milpitas Gateway Lions held their December club meeting at their new venue, the Denny's at 333 S Abbott Ave, Milpitas. During the meeting  Region Chair MariCris Benitez presented club Immediate Past President Ana Roque with two awards earned during Lion Ana's term as Club President (July 2012 through June 2013):  "Club Excellence Award" and "Membership Year Round Growth for 2012-13".

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Friday, December 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

American Legion Post 564, Santa Clara, CA - Special Ed Christmas Gift Wrapping


Lions Don, David, Sam, Cece and Sue finish wrapping the last gift.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda, Sue, Linda and David, plus prospective Milpitas Gateway Lions Connie, Cece and Don, along with Milpitas Gateway Mascot Sami, volunteered Friday evening at the American Legion Post 564, joining Legion volunteers and their families in wrapping Christmas gifts for Special Ed children attending Erickson Elementary School in San Jose. The gifts will be given to the children by Santa at the school's Christmas Party, hosted by American Legion Post 564, on Friday, December 20.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Los Gatos Lions - Children's Christmas Parade

Sponsored by the Los Gatos Lions Club and Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation, 248 entries paraded through downtown Los Gatos, watched by an estimated 20,000 people. Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda and David were there to support Los Gatos Lions as they acted as stewards for the event.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Sunnyvale Host Lions - Breakfast With Santa

One of the young guests visits Santa.

Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda and David attended Saturday morning's "Breakfast with Santa" event at Sunnyvale Senior Center. The Sunnyvale Host Lions cooked the breakfast, which were served buffet style by the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department (Police/Fire). The best guarded sausages I've ever seen!

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Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Milpitas Executive Lions - Christmas Party


Milpitas Gateway Lions Linda, David and Melinda with the Honorable Jose Esteves, Mayor of Milpitas and and the First Lady Susan at the Milpitas Executive Lions Club Christmas Party.

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Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Gilroy Lions - Omelet & Pancake Supper


Milpitas Gateway Lions David, Melinda, Linda, and new Lion Ria attended the Gilroy Lions Club "Omelet and Pancake Supper" at Gilroy Presbyterian Church.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

San Jose Los Amigos Lions - Club Dinner Meeting


Back row right to left: Milpitas Gateway Lions David, Linda, Anna, Edna and Cristita, with Lion Elizabeth seated directly in front of Lion Edna, visited San Jose Los Amigos Lions Club, including President Victor Sánchez (blue shirt seated). Also present were Lions Medy (seated next to Lion Victor) and Tessa (white jacket standing) of San Jose North Valley Lions, and PDG Larry Hidalgo (extreme left) of San Jose Scales of Justice Lions.

Los Amigos Lions are currently collecting used warm winter coats to be donated to the homeless. Milpitas Gateway President Edna committed 25 coats from Milpitas Gateway Lions.

Several Los Amigos Lions generously donated to Milpitas Gateways "No Bake Sale".

Milpitas Gateway and Los Amigos Lions agreed to meet early in the new year to brainstorm possible joint fundraising projects.

A very congenial evening was had by all.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Almaden Super Lions - Club Breakfast Meeting


Pictured L-to-R: Lions David Martin, Len Grilli (President, Almaden Super Lions), Melinda Blaza and Linda Telly.

Miplitas Gatway Lions Linda, Melinda and David attended the Almaden Super Lions breakfast at Denny's Almaden/Hillsdale, San Jose.

There were about 25 club members plus 5 guest present.

Almaden Super Lions President Len Grilli called the meeting to order sharp on 7:00 AM with a ring of the bell. The meeting then proceeded at a fast and efficient clip, punctuated with much humor and laughter.

Almaden Super Lions are wonderful fun loving bunch of people, who are very successful in raising money for good causes, and performing service projects. They made Lions Linda, Melinda and David very welcome. We look forward to welcoming Almaden Super Lions to Milpitas Gateway Lions in the New Year.

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Milpitas Community Advisory Commission (CAC) - Tree Planting Seminar


The Milpitas Community Advisory Commission (CAC)  are recruiting 50 volunteers to help plant trees in the City of Milpitas, starting early 2014.

Each volunteer is required to attend a "Tree Planting Seminar", which trains the volunteers not only in the correct planting methods, but also about where the trees come from; the different methods used to pack the trees for shipment to the planting site; and a whole host of fascinating details about trees and their very positive  impact on the environment.

Lions David Martin and Melinda Blaza attended the seminar of Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Milpitas Community Center. Further seminars are being conducted on Friday evenings through mid-January. See the Milpitas Gateway Lions calendar for dates and more details.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Prunedale Lions - $10,000 Cash Reverse Drawing - Last Ticket Drawn Wins!


Lions David, Melinda, Linda & Edna.

Milpitas Gateway Lions David, Melinda, Linda and President Edna attended the Prunedale Lions $10,000 Cash Reverse Drawing. A delicious spaghetti dinner with no-host bar was also served.

The winner of the $10,000 is the last ticket drawn. Only 150 tickets were available for purchase.

Lion David's ticket number 0049 was the twentieth ticket drawn, eliminating him from contention for the jackpot. However, every tenth ticket drawn won a consolation bottle of wine.

Gradually Lions Melinda, Edna and Linda's tickets were also drawn, eliminating them too. Lion Linda survived the longest, till there were only 35 tickets left in the drawing. Lion David also won a door prize, a candle wick trimmer.

Despite not winning the $10,000 we all had a lot of fun.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

District Governor Emergency Meeting - Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Milpitas Gateway Lions Edna Navarro, Melinda Blaza and David Martin attended an emergency meeting called by District Governor Jim Goodheart at Denny's Restaurant (Hillsdale & Almaden Expressway)  to review District 4C6's Philippines relief efforts, and to discuss possible fundraising programs.

  • DG Goodheart opened the meeting reading a prayer/poem, then expressed concern that the district may be going off in too many directions with regard to Typhoon Haiyan relief
  • DG Goodheart reported that Milpitas Gateway Lion Melinda Blaza had personally raised $2,018 in less than a week. The donations coming from American Legion Mission City Post 564 in Santa Clara, and the people who play bingo at the American Legion.
  • Willow Glenn Lions reported that they had already raised $500.
  • Various fund raising ideas were discussed, including: Bingo Nights; Casino Night; Tri-Tip Dinner.
  • Milpitas Gateway Lion Melinda Blaza explained her "No Bake Sale" and how successful it had been.
  • The processes for collecting donations and transmitting them to the Philippines were reviewed.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Sunnyvale Host Lions - Stop Hunger Now

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Milpitas Gateway Lions President Edna, guest Nora, and Lions Melinda, Linda and David hold one of the counting boards used at the event. Each board had 18 squares; two filled and sealed meal packs were placed on each square; the 36 meal bags were then packed in shipping cartons; each carton was placed on a pallet; and the pallets loaded on to a truck for transportation to the “Stop-Hunger-Now!” warehouse. In 90 minutes the 100 plus Lions from various District 4-C6 Lions Clubs packed 15,416 meals that will be sent all over the world to relieve hunger. Stop-Hunger-Now has already sent a large number to the Philippines as part of the Typhoon Haiyan Relief effort.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Team Lions District 4-C6 - Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes 2013


Milpitas Gateway Lions Melinda (1344) and David (back row 2nd from left), along with mascot Pepper, the Blue Heeler / Australian Cattledog, joined other Lions to form Team Lions District 4C6, walking in the 2013 American Diabetes Association "Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk" held along the Guadalupe River Trail in Downtown San Jose.

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Gilroy Lions - 54th Annual Corn Feed and Steak Barbecue


Milpitas Gateway Lion Melinda puts the final touches to our table.

Lions Melinda, Linda, David and Sue, plus mascot Sam attended the Gilroy Lions 54th Annual Corn Feed and Steak Barbecue on a glorious summer's evening at the City of Gilroy Golf Course, set in the beautiful rolling hills surrounding Gilroy.  Guest bring their own table settings, plates, flatware, glasses, wine and hors d'oeuvres -- Gilroy Lions provided the steaks, corn, salad, garlic bread, etc.

Good food, good wine, good company! What could be better?  Especially when surrounded by such wonderful scenery, and attended by a wonderful group of Lions from all over District 4-C6!

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Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Lions District 4-C6 Installation - Milpitas Community Center


Installation of new Lions, including MIlpitas Gateway Lion David (second from left), with his sponsor Lion Melinda (next to the banner).

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