October 1, 1957 – December 16, 2019


LAST MEETING Tuesday, December 3, 2019 – There were 38 Lions and 7 guests for this meeting. Guests were:  John Lombardi, guest of Lion Brian Lang; Danielle Dabrowski, program speaker; Sheamus Donaghy, Finley Donaghy, Tom and Kate Donaghy, and Steve Brown, son of Lion Cole Brown. The guest speaker, Ms. Danielle L Dabrowski, MS, FSU Director of Veterans Affairs, gave an excellent presentation on the FSU Veteran program, outreach services to non-school veterans in Allegany County, and information on support services for transitioning from veteran to student.

 Sheamus Donaghy, winner of the Peace poster contest at Bishop Walsh school and his family attended the dinner and Sheamus received the certificate and a gift card for being the top choice in the recent poster contest. Madeline Maddox, also 7th Grade, was the second-place winner.

SVDG Charles Croft presented a Progressive Jones Fellow to Lion George Gilmore in recognition of continued dedication and effort in club activities including Environmental Affairs, Club chaplain, and Christmas Tree Committee.

Tip boards were won by Lions G. Roberts, R. Schry, and J. Chambers. The Honest Drawing went to R. Schry. The 50/50 was won by Lion M. Wallinger.

NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:30 pm, Lion’s Den, Lions Field, Braddock RD, LaVale. This is a brief combined member and board of directors meeting with no dinner and no program.

FOLLOWING MEETING Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – 6:30 pm, 421 National Highway. The guest speaker will be James R. Pyles, retired MSP Major and current Director, Allegany County Emergency Management Division. This is a special spouse/guest dinner/program. Guests will be $11.00 each for dinner.

LIONS NEWS   - SVDG Croft requested the club’s endorsement for his candidacy for First District Governor for Lions Year 2020-2021.  Motion to approve endorsement was made by Lion Llewellyn with the second by Lion Chambers.  Motion carried without objection.

20/30 Club - 20/30 drawings were conducted with the following $30.00 winners:  Lion Larry Brock, Ed Barth, Lionette Ina Warnick, Lionette Rosalie Peck, John Snyder, Jr., Lion Ray Ross, John Snyder, Sr., Jimmy Uhl, Lion Charles Croft, Lionette Mary Ann Schry, Lion Cole Brown and Dennis Knippenberg.  $50.00 winners included Lion Mike Wallinger and Alicia Schry.

BBQ Committee – Lion John Warnick Net income from the October BBQ ended up slightly better than projected budget. Good job, everyone!  The Spring BBQ will be Friday-Sunday, May 1-3, 2020.

Christmas Tree Sales — Lion Cole Brown - Christmas Tree lot break down and cleanup is scheduled for 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 17th, prior to the club meeting later that evening. Sales ended on a cold Friday afternoon, December 13th, when Lion Steve sold the last three trees in 20 minutes as he tried to escape the parking lot after finishing up Convalescent Equipment Committee work for the day. He said, “No one would leave until they got a tree…”

Visitation — Lion John Warnick asked for volunteers to take on visitation assignments.

Vision Screening – Lion Gary Llewellyn reported that, since the beginning of the current Lions’ year, the committee has conducted 45 screening sessions with 746 children screened.  Of those 746 children, 127 were referred for follow up examinations.  Total Lions involved was 87 donating 141 volunteers hours.

Volunteer Opportunity – Lion Mark Kyle - As part of the Community Needs Assessment, the committee determined the need to become involved in additional “hands on” service projects.  An area robotics competition is scheduled at Frostburg State University on Saturday, January 11 and volunteers are needed.  Anyone interested in helping should contact Lion Mark.

LIONETTES NEWS The December meeting Christmas Dinner was Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The next meeting is at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Park Place United Methodist Church.

CARE AND CONCERN Lion Kenneth L. “Pete” May - This morning, Monday, December 16, 2019, Lion Ken May, reunited with his wife of 61 years, Betty, passing away peacefully at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Ken lived a wonderful life of 91 years serving his community with the Independent Hose Company in Frederick, MD, LaVale Volunteer Fire Company and LaVale Volunteer Rescue Squad as well as the Smithsburg Lions club, and the LaVale Lions Club, serving as past president. He was recognized during his Lions career as the Lion of the Year, Lions Vision Research Foundation Knights of the Blind, Lions District 22-W Honor Roll Inductee, and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

A visitation and memorial service will be held Sunday Dec 29th at LaVale Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (lower LaVale). Visitation with the family will be from 11am to 3pm. A celebration of his life will be held at 3pm, followed by a meal and time of fellowship at LVFD. Following his wishes, he will be cremated and buried with his wife of 61 years, Betty, at the Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery, during a private service at a later date. Condolences to the family can be sent to Walter May and Family.


Lion James Castle is home recovering from surgery. Send him a card at 1234 Vocke RD., LaVale, MD 21502.  Lion and Lionette Jerry and Debbie chambers ask for prayers for the recovery from surgery require for 8-month-old grandson Carson John Chambers. Thank goodness. Please keep these Lions and their families in your thoughts and prayers this week: Lee and Nancy Capper and family, Ed and Holly Schewe and family, Charles and Dianna Schwab and family, Ray and Susan Ross and family, Ed Dawson and family, and Lion Ron Clites.


December 17, 2019 – Tuesday, 5:00 pm – Lion’s Den at Lions Field - Christmas Tree Lot break down and cleanup.  Meeting to follow the clean-up

December 17, 2019 – 6:30 pm, Lion’s Den at Lions Field – Brief combined Membership Meeting and Board Meeting. No dinner and no program. Grand Prize winners for the 20-20 Club cash drawing are awarded.

January 7, 2020 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Special Spouse/Guest Night, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Guest dinner is $11.00 and same for affiliate, Associate, At-Large and Privileged Members.

January 21, 2020 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm - Regular Dinner/Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept.

January 28, 2020 – Tuesday, 7:00 - pm – Board of Directors, LaVale Rescue Squad, 2nd Floor


Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. Winston Churchill

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. Pope Francis

I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. Washington Irving

"And the angel answered her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.'" Luke 1:35

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