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Dec 2018 - Club News of Note

Salem Lions and Volunteers,
    What a great day we had today, no rain, mild temperatures and a truck filled with recycle materials. Our net weight of our material was 6,625 pounds and we received a check for $1,686.48.
I thought I would go over early this morning to open the building and get things ready. Got that at 8:30 am and there were already five people there staging the material.
    I want to thank Ed Nichols, Jan and Ken Klein, Dee Brosnan, Mike Caranci and Mike Duciewicz, Carl Halverson, Ernie Mayberry, Ken Luce, Ted Brewer and our two great Habitat volunteers, Ken and Larry. Ken and Larry not only stacked the over 3 ton of materials in the truck by themselves, but also unloaded all of that at the recycle plant.
    Plus, it is always good to see Ed Nichols again, even when he is having a few medical issues.
In the attached picture, you can see Ken, with maybe just a little theatrical antics, being exhausted after loading the truck.
    Thanks again to everyone for all of their help,


    The storm that hit our area on 12/10 knocked down several trees and damaged several structures at Rocky Bottom. One large pine tree fell across the roof of the chapel and left holes that need to be repaired.
    Lions Gallian, Steffen, Halvorsen and Brewer went there 12/14 to assess the damage and see how we could help. After being told there was no insurance to cover the damage, the Lions arranged for a tree service to remove the tree and cut down additional trees that were a threat to fall later. The tree men also cut up the downed trees into manageable pieces and covered the holes in the roof with tarps.
    Carl and Cathy Halvorsen went there 12/26 to supervise the tree cutting and went back 12/29 with Don Pomeroy to help property manager Linda Bible do some clean up after the tree service finished. Carl took his log splitter and split a lot of hardwood logs for Linda to use as firewood. (more pictures in next newsletter)
    More work has been done this week which will be covered in the February Newsletter, and there is still much to do at Rocky Bottom.

Dec 2018 - Lion of the Month - Bob Birchmore


Nov 2018 - Club News of Note

This past August Salem Lions treasurer Carl Halvorsen wrote and submitted a grant request for $5,000 from Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney’s ALL IN TEAM Foundation. He was informed in October that Salem Lions had been awarded the grant. In fiscal year 2017 we helped 115 needy individuals with eye exams and eyewear at a cost of $18,000. In fiscal year 2018 we helped 62 at a cost of $10,000. The grant will cover 33 of the many needy individuals from our vision services program this year. Pictured here are Coach Swinney and Lion Carl at the annual Grant Luncheon held on November 7th at Clemson.


The annual Holiday Sale was a big success again this year. Final results are not in yet but look good under the direction of Sue Harris, Ernie Mayberry and Carl and Cathy Halvorsen. Below is the 11/29 crew.


Lion Jeff and Phil Marett at District meeting         Jeff’s van loaded with some of the 600+                                                                                                         pairs of shoes collected for hurricane victims


Nov 2018 - Lion of the Month - John Harris


Oct 2018 - Club News of Note

Lion Jeff Wolfe was presented the VIP AMBASSADOR AWARD at the Blind Fishing Tournament for 10 years of service. Well deserved Jeff for your dedication to this event.


Since the beginning of FY 2017 the Salem Lions have contributed $25,434 to improve the vision of 177 citizens in our area. Pictured here are some members of the team helping patients at the Rosa Clark Clinic.


Lion Carolyn Maddox (right) presented our annual SLC donation of $2,000 to Lori Bailey of the DAR school on 10/22.  Carolyn also recently purchased a new golf cart for the school. Fantastic!!!


October Litter Patrol crew.

Oct 2018 - Lion of the Month - Ray Bramble


Sep 2018

Computers 4 Kids Awarded Grant
Due to the efforts of Senator Thomas Alexander and Charter Communications, the C4K program was given a $5,000 grant to help provide children with a home computer. Tamassee Salem Elementary hosted the grant presentation on September 18 as part of a community meeting. School parents were given information about internet services available through Charter and wise use of the internet.

Pictured here along with Salem Lions are Senator Alexander, Ray Sharpe of the South Carolina Cable Television Association, and Ben Breazeale from Charter.


Lions Birchmore (lft) and Doyle (rt) receive Club Service Certificates.


Lions Mike Caranci and Mike Duciewicz recycle computers at the C4K workshop.


Some of the audience attending The Nerd presented at the Oconee County Theater and sponsored by the Salem Lions.


Sep 2018 - Lion of the Month - George Blanchard


Aug 2018 - BINGO

Lion Jerry Slavik calls the numbers.                       Lion Carl Halvorsen a familiar jackpot winner!


BINGO TEAM:  Lions Gerhart, Caranci, Halvorsen, James, Slavik, Brewer, Blanchard, Pomeroy, Sliwa, and Hudgins.


Aug 2018 - Lion of the Month - Mike Duciewicz


Jul 2018 - Lion of the Month - Mike Steffen


June Meeting - Installation of Officers

PDG Lanny Balentine presented awards and installed officers.


2018-2019 Officers and Directors (rt. to lft. Lions Ted Brewer, Don Gallian, John Gerhart, Carl Halvorsen, Don Pomeroy, Ron Sliwa, Lynne Gallian, George Blanchard, David James, & Jeff Wolfe)


New Melvin Jones Fellow, Ernie Mayberry, joins other Salem Lions Melvin Jones Fellows, from left - Lions Dee Brosnan, Gene Melamed, Jeff Wolfe, Ray Bramble, and George Blanchard.


Lion Carl Halvorsen receives Franklin Mason Fellowship for leading Salem in support of South Carolina Vision Services.


Lions Halvorsen, Brewer and James presented Sustaining Membership pins.  Lions Carolyn Maddox and George Taylor were not present to receive their pins.


Lions receiving Service Awards, standing from left - Cathy Halvorsen, Frank Forbes, Ron Sliwa, Mike Caranci, Don Pomeroy, Don Taylor, Diane Taylor, down in front - Sherry Caranci and Eliot Smith.


LION of the YEAR - Carl Halvorsen


Ed Nichols Retires after 12 yrs


June New Members

Mike Duciewicz (rt.)                   Cathy Halvorsen                      Mike Steffen (left)


Jun 2018 - Lion of the Month - Lynn Hudgins


May 28 - Meeting

Bikers Against Child Abuse:  Stretch & Wobbles with Lion Dave Paulus.


May 12 - Litter Patrol


May 9 - 27th Annual Golf Tournament


May 2018 - Lion of the Month - Ron Sliwa





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