Visalia Pride Lions Projects for 2011-2012

Youth Committee- The club will continue to partner with the Gay-Straight alliance clubs in High Schools around Kings and Tulare Counties. We visit the clubs and introduce ourselves to them as LGBT adults and Lions in their community. We will continue to donate the starter libraries of state approved LGBT literature we began in 2011 for each club so they have their own new books.  With each year, there are new GSA clubs in the area and our goal is to visit them all and establish a connection of friendship and support. The youth committee also supports the weekly LGBT teen meetings for Tulare County Health Program by supplying snacks and assiting on a summer activity like a day at the waterpark. 

Committee Chair: Lion Cheryl


LGBT Elder Committee:  The Pride Lions are currently working to facilitate a link between the LGBT services and training that is available now to county governments around the country and the county staff here in Tulare County.   National organizations like SAGE and OPEN DOORS in San Francisco, train organizations on how to sensitively interface with LGBT seniors, recognize special needs and offer special programs to benefit them.  Our club goal in 2011-2012, is to bring that training here to our county and make life better for our older population.

Committee Chair: Lion Don 


Community Dinner and Dance Event Committee-

March 10, 2012 will be our next GALA evening and the committee has already started to plan for an even bigger and more exciting evening for the LGBT community and our straight allies.  This year's theme is "New Orleans Evening"

and will be held again at the grand ballroom, Holiday Inn in Visalia.  The evening will include cocktails and an elegant dinner, dancing, prizes, raffles and entertainment.  Come with your friends or make it a very special night with a date.

This night comes only once a year and is just for us. Be there!

(Committee works on planning, decorations, building, advertising and set up.)

Committee Chair: Lion Kim

Scholarship Committee-  Our club goal for spring, 2012 is to award the first student scholarships for outstanding achievement in the LGBT local student communities. With a 2012 award set at $1000, our committee is currently working to determine the recipient pool, award criteria, amount and other parameters that will determine the structure of this program. This committee is led by club members who are current or retired educators and administrators and is open to any club member

interested in shaping this important community outreach program.

Committee Chair: Lion Alicia

Visalia Band Review Committee:   Each year, on a Saturday in October, the 6 Lions clubs of Visalia co-host the High School and Jr High Band Review and competition. It is held at the Visalia Stadium. A morning parade begins the day where we sell donuts and water and programs along the route, hold signs to direct the bands and assist in any way we can. Later we staff the concession stand and gates into the stadium, and assist as needed.  This is a really fun event each year and we need every Lion to make it a success.  There are always shifts available. Mark it on your calendar!  This is a fund-raiser and community outreach program.

Committee Chair: Lion Dino

Other Annual Committees Include:  Fresno Gay Pride Booth (June), Family Fest in Visalia Booth (September) COS LGBT event booth (October) Festival of Hope -Trevor Project booth (September)  Garage Sales fund-raising (TBD)


VPLC Toy Drive:

Each year we collect toys and gifts for the kids in the county Foster Care program.

We have been focusing on the teenagers. Bracelets and jewlery, gift cards or T-Shirts, etc.

All gifts are due by Dec 1.


Annual Dinner Dance:

The Dinner-Dance Committee has started already. The event is March 10 and we are going to have "building days" to create and build the fabulous props we will use to create "A New Orleans Evening"

See Lion Kim to volunteer. We need your skills and creativity.

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Visalia Pride Lions Club Committee Information
LGBT Youth Committee Lion Cheryl
LGBT Elder Committee  Lion Don
Fundraising Committee  Lion Alicia and Lion Kim
Garage Sale Events  Lion Dawn
Fresno Pride Parade and Booth Lion Lloyd
Annual Officer Induction and Anniversary Luncheon  Lion Mona and Lion Sandy
Annual Dinner Dance Lion Kim


Yard Sale a Success

With a $20 newspaper ad and contributions from club members and friends, the yard sale committee raised almost $300 for the Club account last Saturday.  Chairman Don and a few others worked on Friday evening to gather the items and set up the tables for the sale. Lion Jennifer prepared coffee and muffins and together they set up and priced the items for the fundraiser.

Several members arrived at 7am and throughout the morning to assist in the activities and Lion Cheryl even led the fun by trying on a full size “Tigger” halloween suit and wearing out into the streets to flag down new customers for about 30 minutes.  Everyone had a big laugh about that!  Many customers came and went and Lions were available to bag the sale items and help the customers.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the yard sale a success.


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