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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, October 24, 2020

LIONS ONE GREAT DAY OF COMMUNITY GIVING

This month’s General Membership Meeting was our club fund-raising event, The Lions One Great Day of Community Giving held within the Massanutten Village area.

The following Lions were active as volunteers for the event:
Thom and Marty Bailey          Nancy and Danny Coffman               Jean Smith
JC and Lucy Powell                Liz and Allen Brown                          Heather Gigliotti
Cathy and Ron Zameroski      Becky and Orris Hambleton              Ginny Schneider
Walt and Nancy Krohn           Tom and Elaine Keegan                    Jeanne Martin
Anita (and Gerry) Spence       Corita Kirby                                       Kevin Frazier
Jeff Bolander                          Lee Cunningham                               Trish Philon

The event began at 9 AM and ended at 3 PM.  Our volunteers were divided to work each of the 3 collection locations, Lions Park, Gate House and 7-11.  Throughout the day, we were pleased with the participation and donations by the public.  This event raised several thousands of dollars which will be a big help with our Fall Grants to local charities.  We were so encouraged by the success of this event and the member participation that we have already begun to think of future events to help raise funds for our Spring 2021 Institutional Grants.

Added Note:  Lion Secretary Becky will provide a complete write-up of this event and would appreciate any ideas or suggestions that could have made it even more successful.  For example, the 3 suggestions already given are:

  1. Have the event at only one location (Gate House)
  2. Display one of the Club’s Banner at the location
  3. Make the Donor signs much larger

Respectfully submitted by Lion Secretary Becky

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, October 6, 2020

This Board meeting was held in the park under COVID-19 safety conditions.

Attendees:       Thom Bailey               Marty Bailey               JC Powell
                        Liz Brown                   Ginny Schneider
                        Orris Hambleton         Becky Hambleton
                        Walt Krohn                 Nancy Krohn                                            

Lion President Orris opened the meeting at 6:00 PM:

Club Secretary Report:  Lion Becky moved to have the minutes of our last meeting approved.  They were approved as written and published to the Club website at
www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/Massanutten and sent to members separately by email. 

Club Treasurer Report: Lion Becky reported that there are still 5 members with dues outstanding.

On-Going Business:  N/A

LOMFI Discussion:  Lion Liz was elected to be the LOMFI President for the next 2-year term ending in October 2022.  This leaves the position of LOMFI Vice President vacant.

Lions One Great Day of Community Giving: At this meeting, we discussed our plans for the event as follows:

  1. Lion Becky reported that all volunteer positions have been filled.
  2. Lion Thom will supervise the Gate collection location; Lion JC will supervise the 7-11 collection location; Lion Orris will supervise the Lions Park collection location.
  3. All materials required have been collected and a basket of materials for each location was given to the supervisors.  We then discussed who needed tables, chairs and canopies.
  4. Lion Pres Orris confirmed that we have permission for the Gate House and the Park.  As soon as Lion JC receives permission for the 7-11 location, we will print the flyers and posters.  In case the posters are too expensive, Lion Ginny offered to have posters printed poster board to be placed on the sandwich boards.  Lion Walt offered to print the posters for us on his large format printer.
  5. Lion Marty arranged traffic cones from Great Eastern and Lion Orris arranged for additional cones from MPOA.
  6. Lion JC announced that 70 flyers were sent to local businesses requesting donations.
  7. Lion Liz reported that Great Eastern agreed to post our flyers on their televisions.  Other flyers will go up around the mountain closer to the event and, once the posters are made, the sandwich boards will be put up at both mail stations.
  8. Lion Pres Orris will send final instructions to all volunteers prior to the event.
  9. Lion Thom requested that, at the end of the event, money from all collection locations be given to him for counting and depositing to the Bank.

Upcoming Events:

  1. Next Club Meeting (Tentative):                                 Park, October 20, 6:30 PM
  2. Lions Great Day of Community Giving:                    October 24, 9AM – 3 PM
  3. Grants Committee Meeting:                                     TBD
  4. Next Board Meeting:                                                MPOA, November 3, 7 PM

Lion President Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM.

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McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club
Official Minutes of the General Club Meeting, September 15, 2020
Hosting the Fall 2020 Zone Meeting for District 24-L, Zone Q
Attended by the District Governor, Lion Glen Logan

This Club/Zone Meeting was held outdoors at the Lions Memorial Community Park under Pandemic conditions.  Attendees were required to wear face masks and seating was arranged to accommodate social distancing.

Attendees:
Lion Pres Orris            Lion Sec Becky           Lion Liz
Lion VP Marty            Lion Thom                  Lion Ginny
Lion Cathy                  Lion Ron                     Lion Jean                                            
Lion JC                       Lion Lucy                   Lion Nancy C.
   
Guests:
DG Lion Glen             ZC Lion Mary             Lion Michael
Lion Frederick            Lion Chuck                 Lion Julie
Lion Marie

Lion Pres Orris called the meeting to order at 6 PM, welcomed guests, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and gave the Invocation.  He then introduced Zone Chair Lion Mary Propst.

Before Lion Mary began her announcements, she asked that Lion Chuck speak to the group about SAHMSU.  Lion Chuck announced that he needed a representative from each Zone Q club to join a panel to decide on major projects and future plans for SAHMSU.  They also need volunteers to help with maintenance of the SAHMSU building and asked each club to provide a name to ZC Lion Mary.

Lion Mary then announced the District 24-L Fall Conference will be held at the Dulles Hyatt Hotel, Nov 6-8.  The 24-L Winter Conference will be held on Feb 19-20 in Culpeper.  She also announced that the Lions Peace Poster Contest had been cancelled for the 2020-2021 School Year.  She then asked each club to give their report (note: our report is attached below). Following the club reports, she introduced Lion Chuck as the Leader Dog representative for the Zone.  Lion Chuck reported that he has decals that members can take to their local vets to ask them to sponsor a leader dog.

Next, Lion Mary announced that the next Zone meeting is scheduled for January 25 at the Weyers Cave Community Center, and she then introduced DG Glen Logan.

DG Glen spoke to the zone members about NAMI, the North American Membership Initiative that has been formed to combat the decline of club membership.  NAMI will focus on four areas:
  1. Encouraging of chartering a new club that will concentrate on a younger membership.
  2. Increasing membership satisfaction by improving communication.
  3. Promoting Zone projects so that each club has multiple projects planned.
  4. Encouraging the NAMI leaders to reach out to clubs in order to update their records.

DG Glen then spoke about how donations to LCI have allowed $4 million to be used to help the needy during the pandemic. He also spoke about Campaign 100 announcing that it had been extended a full year.  He concluded by talking about the upcoming conference and said the committee has decided to change to a 2-day format, dropping the Sunday meetings.

Lion Pres Orris thanked both DG Lion Glen and ZC Lion Mary and presented them with gifts.

Lion Sec Becky then presented prizes to the two winners of the “Best Mask” contest: the winner from our club went to Lion Thom (club logo on mask) and the zone winner was Lion Fred from Broadway (yellow with red Lions print).

Lion Pres Orris announced upcoming events:
  1. Club Fundraising Committee Mtg:                       30 September, 6 PM
  2. Next Board Mtg:                                                    6 October, 6:30 PM
  3. Next Club Mtg (tentative):                                    20 October, 6:30 PM
  4. Lions Great Day of Community Giving:          24 October, 9 AM – 3 PM
  5. Club Grants Committee Mtg:                               TBD

Lion Pres Orris concluded by thanking everyone for attending leading the benediction.

The Bell was rung, and the meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, July 7, 2020

This Board meeting was held in the park under COVID-19 safety conditions.

Attendees:       Thom Bailey               Marty Bailey
                        Lucy Powell                JC Powell
                        Nancy Krohn              Walt Krohn
                        Liz Brown                   Ginny Schneider
                        Orris Hambleton         Becky Hambleton

 

Lion President Orris opened the meeting at 7PM:

Club Secretary Report:  Lion Becky read the minutes of our last meeting and they were approved as written and published to the Club website at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/Massanutten and sent to members separately by email.

Club Treasurer Report: Lion Lucy gave the report showing the Club’s regular accounts in good shape.

LOMFI President/Treasurer:  Lion Thom reported that the Foundation’s accounts have had no money coming in since March when our Bingo fundraising activities were halted due to the Pandemic.  The account is healthy but the need to keep reserves in the account for bingo, insurance and other recurring bills means we have insufficient funds for our normal levels of Spring Grant donations.

Fundraising Discussion: This began a discussion on how we may be able to raise additional funds under the current conditions to meet the needs of our community leading to the following suggestions:

  1. Lions of Massanutten Charity Day: 
    • Publicized by emails to Club and Massanutten Residents and by signs and flyers posted in public areas.
    • Donations can be taken to a central location or picked up from residents
    • Phone bank to take phone donations and arrange pickup
    • Work with Cave Hill Brewery in McGaheysville to conduct a fundraising event. 2VP Lion Nancy K. will check on this.
  2. A Fundraising Committee was formed headed by the Club’s Fundraising Chair, Lion JC with the following members:
    • Lions Nancy/Walt, Thom/Marty, Orris/Becky.

Bingo Discussion – Criteria for Re-Starting Weekly Sessions:

  1. COVID physical restrictions and firmly established under VA Phase 3 criteria.
  2. Restricted numbers of players.  Expect start no earlier than September when normal summer crowds should be gone.
  3. Spread tables out to social distancing.
  4. All attendees must wear masks to protect each other and our Lion volunteers
  5. All volunteer workers must wear masks and gloves.
  6. Cashiers will work from behind Plexiglass shields for added protection
  7. May not resume Pull-Tab sales until mask restrictions are lifted.

Announcement:  A combined Board and General meeting will be held at the Park on 4 Aug.  Masks will be required, no food will be served, members will bring their own drinks and chairs to ensure our ability to comply with social distancing.

Lion President Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:12 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL CLUB ACTIVITIES, June 2020

This month our club meetings were not held due to the COVID-19  pandemic.

During June, our members volunteered their services for the following organizations:
- Massanutten Food Pantry
- Elkton Area United Services
- Blue Ridge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
- Restoring the Appalachian Trail
- Visiting and helping the elderly in our community

Because we are unable to raise funds during this time, Lion President Orris is currently researching other organizations that need volunteers, rather than monetary donations.  LOMFI Treasurer Thom did send part of the Spring Grant previously approved to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to take advantage of double matching grant that was in effect in June.  We will evaluate the remaining amount budgeted for JDRF along with the Fall Grants in September.

Lion Mary Propst (Weyers Cave) has agreed to return as the 24Q Zone Chair for this coming year and we have volunteered to host one of the upcoming Zone Meetings.  Mary will contact us as soon as things are up and running.

Elections:  By unanimous vote, the following Club Board Officers are elected for the 2020-2021 Lion Year:
  • President:                      Lion Orris
  • 1st Vice President:         Lion Marty
  • 2nd Vice President:        Lion Nancy K.
  • Secretary:                      Lion Becky
  • Treasurer:                      Lion Lucy
  • Assistant Treasurer:      Vacant
  • Lion Tamer:                   Lion Ginny
  • Tail Twister:                   Vacant
  • Director                         Lion JC (2-Year Term)
  • Lion Liz remains the Past President

Upcoming Events:

Club Board Meeting, July 7th – 7PM at the Lions Community Memorial Park:  The Board will discuss the criteria for restarting Club activities in the near future, and how to remain active community members during the pandemic.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – May/June 2020

Once again, I hope everyone is staying safe and sane as we start the gradual return to something resembling normal.  This past Tuesday would have been our annual Charter Night celebration marking the end of our club’s 28th year.  We will plan to celebrate this milestone at our next meeting.

Member News and Activities:  Again, our Lions provided volunteer services in May and June at the Massanutten Food Pantry (Lions Becky/Orris), EAUS (Lion Nancy C.), Blue Ridge CASA (Lion Lee).  Lion Nancy C. also was active in visiting with members of the community and helping them with shopping and other chores. I suspect she is not the only Club member that has been doing this so let Lion Becky know if you too have been assisting others or engaging in other volunteer activities. For example, I saw a wonderful photo of Lion Jeff and his son helping with the Hopkins Park cleanup earlier this month.  Just so you all know, the community service of both organized Club projects and individual Lions are what the LCI reports are designed to capture each month. It is the work that individual Lions do that has an impact on the community and those in need and, as a Club, we want to brag about it. Lion Grover is continuing his recovery at home, although he recently spent a few more days in the hospital to continue treatments related to diabetes. Also, please remember Lion Mike G. in your prayers as he continues the search for treatments for his neurological issues.

2020-2021 Club Officers:  Last month’s letter proposed that members vote “by exception” to approve the final Slate of Club Board Officers for the 2020-2021 Lion Year.  Without exception, the following slate has been unanimously elected:

-  President:                       Lion Orris                    - Past President:            Lion Liz
- 1st Vice President:           Lion Marty                   - 2nd Vice President:      Lion Nancy K.
- Secretary:                        Lion Becky                  - Treasurer:                    Lion Lucy
- Assistant Treasurer:        Vacant                         - Lion Tamer:                  Lion Ginny
- Tail Twister:                     Vacant                         - Director                        Lion JC (2-Year Term)
All terms are for 1 year (2 years for Director) starting on 1 July 2020.

Please consider volunteering for 1 of the 2 vacant positions.  Until the Tail Twister position is filled, one Club member will be assigned to conduct the 50/50 & other TT duties at General and Board meetings each month.

LOMFI:  Bingo and all other physical group meetings remain suspended but may be able to resume later in July as Virginia Phase 3 recovery is implemented, with appropriate precautions taken to keep everyone safe and healthy. As Bingo fundraising is being impacted by the crisis, LOMFI has deferred a few of the Spring Grants to be considered together with the Fall Grants in September.

Annual Club Dues:  Lion Secretary Becky will send out annual dues letters in July.  They are due by the end of August so please send your payments to Lion Treasurer Lucy promptly so she can pay our Club’s LCI dues on time in September.

Upcoming Events:

Board Meeting: The Club & LOMFI Boards plan to have a masked meeting on Tuesday, 7 July, in the MPOA meeting room (7PM) to plan our return to regular Member meetings. 

General Meeting:  I’m suggesting the first General Meeting be our annual picnic at Lions Centennial Community Park (overlooking a waterless Painter’s Pond), tentatively planned for 21 July.  We will let everyone know the final details and safety plan immediately after the Board meeting. We expect to lose a few members this year due to age/moving, so we are asking everyone to bring at least one non-Lion guest to the Picnic.

Zone Q:  Lion Mary Propst (Weyers Cave) has resumed her position as Zone Chair and we have agreed that Massanutten Lions will host a Zone Meeting as one of our general meetings next year.

Thanks to all for helping others over the last few months. As we move towards normalcy, please continue to help where you can and stay safely connected with your friends, family and fellow Lions.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL CLUB ACTIVITIES, May 2020

This month our club meetings were not held due to the COVID-19  pandemic.

Board Action:  The Board approved funding for the McGaheysville Elementary School’s need for summer reading materials that the students could take home. The goal was to get two books per student. With the help of lion Marty, we were also able to lend Lion Heather our club tent in order for her to distribute books and reading supplies to the children via Drive By.

Other Business: Volunteer hours have included:

  • Our Sight Chair, Lion Cathy, referred requests for eyeglasses to the appropriate clubs. 
  • Lions Nancy and Danny earning 29 hours by checking in on the elderly in our community and by also buying their groceries.
  • Lion Lee has continued to get hours for her work with CASA
  • Lions Becky and Orris earned hours working at the McGaheysville food pantry.
  • Our Bingo managers discussed possibilities for continuing bingo in the upcoming months and all agreed that we need to wait until Phase 3 of the Virginia COVID-19 Reopening Plan before a decision is made. We will contact our members when a decision is made.

Respectfully Submitted

Lion Secretary Becky

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – April/May 2020

I hope everyone is staying safe and sane during the crisis.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve noticed that I’m wearing the same clothes for a whole week… only for about 15 minutes each day when I go out to check mail and walk the dog.  The rest of the time its pretty much pajamas and house slippers.  In fact, a young man jogged past me last week and I realized, as he disappeared around the corner, that he was running in his house slippers.

Member News:  Most of you are aware that Lion Grover is recovering at the Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center following his operation.  Also, Lion Nancy (Krohn) spent a few days at the UVA hospital last week but has been recovering at home since Sunday.

Board and Member Meetings and Activities: As previously announced, we suspended Bingo and all other physical group meetings during the crisis and have no plans to meet through the month of May at this time.  Since the Lion Year ends 30 June, we will complete actions via email that must still be taken.

Elections/Vote:  The final Slate of Club Board Officers for the 2020-2021 Lion Year is hereby formally proposed for election “by exception” – “Nay” votes are required and the slate will be considered elected by all remaining club members not specifically responding with a Nay vote.
  • President:                      Lion Orris
  • 1st Vice President:         Lion Marty
  • 2nd Vice President:        Lion Nancy K.
  • Secretary:                      Lion Becky
  • Treasurer:                      Lion Lucy
  • Assistant Treasurer:      Vacant
  • Lion Tamer:                   Lion Ginny
  • Tail Twister:                   Vacant
  • Director                         Lion JC (2-Year Term)
  • Lion Liz remains the Past President
All terms are for 1 year (2 years for Director) starting on 1 July 2020.
Please consider volunteering for 1 of the 2 vacant positions.  Until the Tail Twister position is filled, one Club member will be assigned to conduct the 50/50 & other TT duties at member meetings each month.

LOMFI:  As announced previously, Lion Grover has resigned as the LOMFI President for health reasons and the LOMFI VP, Lion Liz, is now the Acting LOMFI President until the end of Grover’s term of office in September 2020.

Ongoing Business: Mail/Correspondence will be distributed to the appropriate Club/Foundation members as it arrives.

Member Volunteer Activities: Despite the crisis and cessation of most public activities, our Lions did provide volunteer service at the Massanutten Food Pantry (Lions Becky/Orris), EAUS (Lion Nancy C.), Blue Ridge CASA (Lion Lee) and Lions Marty & Thom cleared up the Club storage locker.  With the Club’s authorization, LOMFI issues $2,608 in grants/donations to various Virginia Lions institutions and the Elkton Green Way project.

Upcoming Events:  At this time, the Lions of Virginia State and LCI International conventions are cancelled and all Club meetings are cancelled until further notice. We hope the situation may allow bingo and Club meetings to restart by the end of June, but only if health concerns abate.

Stay safe and connected with your friends and family… and maybe go outside and ROAR (hello!) at your neighbors sometimes, just to let them know you are a LION.

Lion President Orris

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Winter/Spring 2020

“We are blessed to be living in interesting times.”  As we stay safe and fight the Corona Virus through isolation and social distancing, we are also blessed with vast entertainment options and, most importantly, social media, Skype, email and phones to keep us connected to family, friends, and each other.

Membership:  Our membership remains steady at 52 Club members and we will renew our efforts to attract new members when allowed.

Board and Member Meeting Minutes: All meetings for the period of March 3rd to April 7th are combined in the following report due to the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on normal Club activities. Following the March Board meeting, we suspended all physical group meetings and remaining club activities were conducted through online and voice communication.

March Board/General Meeting Minutes/Actions:  Members of the Club Board met with the Grants Committee on 3 March for one agenda item, to deliberate the proposed 2020 Fall grants.  During the next two weeks, the Grants Chair, Lion Cathy, provided a recommended list of grants to the Club Board of Directors and the list was proposed for discussion and Board approval via email vote.  The Board approved all recommended items and the following authorizing message sent to the Lions of Massanutten Foundation, Inc. (LOMFI):

“The Club Grants Committee met on 3 March 2020 and recommended the following grants be approved. The Club Board of Directors voted to approve the list and LOMFI is authorized to issues funds for the following annual institutional grants now, subject to availability of current funds:
-Lions Youth exchange
-Eyeglass Recycling Center ($4/member)
-Bland Scholarship Fund ($5/member)
-Lions Medical Project
-Elk Run Greenway Survey
-Leader Dog  ($7/member)
-Hearing Foundation  ($10/member)
-LOVF  ($10/member)
-Sight Foundation  ($10/member)
-SAHMSU  ($10/member)
-Blue Ridge CC Scholarship (Medical related studies)
 
The Board is aware that the current health crisis has the potential to continue through some or all of the peak Summer months having a significant impact on LOMFI 2020 fundraising.  The Board suggest payments for the following five grants/funds be delayed pending decisions to cancel, or to reassess in September 2020 during the Fall Grant deliberations after Summer fundraising numbers are known:
-McGaheysville Firemen’s Parade (This event may be cancelled)
-Camp Holliday Trails diabetes camp scholarship (This event may be cancelled)
-Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (No specific due date – delay to Fall)
-Bridge of Hope – Harrisonburg-Rockingham affordable housing (No specific due date – delay to Fall)
-School Reserve Funding for short-notice requests from school organizations (No current requests)

Club Secretary & Treasurer Reports: All minutes of the Board and Regular meetings, and other activities are considered approved as published on www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/Massanutten. Lion Treasurer Lucy will report “by exception” only if a Board action is required on the Club accounts.

Ongoing Business: Mail/Correspondence will be distributed to the appropriate Club/Foundation members.

LOMFI Report: In addition to Spring Grants payments, Weekly Bingo was suspended effective 19 March until such time as the health crisis allows.   Great Eastern was notified and notice was posted on Nextdoor.  Insurance and Virginia Gaming license documents are current. 

2020-2021 Slate of Club Officers:  This is the 3rd public announcement for the new slate.
PRESIDENT:  Due to the current health crisis, Lion Orris will continue as Club President
VICE PRESIDENT:  Lion Marty will continue as VP and will be assisted by Lion Nancy K.
SECRETARY:  Lion Becky will continue as Club Secretary.
TREASURER:  Lion Lucy will continue as Club Treasurer.  She would like a volunteer to help. LION TAMER:  Lion Ginny will continue as the Club’s Lion Tamer.
TAIL TWISTER:  THIS POSITION REMAINS VACANT
CLUB DIRECTOR: Lion JC will continue as Club Director for another two year term.

Member Volunteer Activities: Despite the crisis, 30 Lions volunteered 684 Lion Hours for Service Activities (does not include Bingo hours) from January 2nd through March 31st:

Youth Services:
– Blue Ridge CASA Serving 2 Children (Lion Lee)
– Read to Children at McGaheysville & Elkton schools (Lions Thom, Jeanne, JC, Walt & Nancy K.). Thanks also to Walt & Nance for the donation to McGaheysville ES for school supplies. 
Community Services:
– EAUS Thrift Store (Lions Ginny, Nancy, Orris, J.C. & Lucy)
– Skyline Literacy: Teach Citizenship Preparation Classes (Lions Becky & Orris)
Vision Services: Valley Voice Broadcasting (Lions Thom & Marty, Orris & Becky, Lucy)
Hunger Relief: Massanutten Food Pantry & Blessings-in-a-Bag (Lions Becky & Orris)
Fundraising: 28 Bingo Team members
 
Upcoming Events:  At this time, the Lions of Virginia State and LCI International conventions are cancelled and all Club meetings are cancelled until further notice.

While many of our usual volunteer activities have stopped for now, Lion Lee continues her volunteer activity working with CASA to support children, and Lion Jeff and others have organized volunteer help for our neighbors that need help. With school kids working from home, thanks also to everyone who helped Lion Heather get her school project ready (Lions Marty & Thom, Cathy & Ron, Orris & Becky and Ginny.  I’m sure there are other good works going on that I don’t know about but it’s clear that the spirit of Lionism remains strong.  Let Becky and me know what you’re doing, and if you need anything.

Thanks to you all, for all that you do.  Where there’s a need – there’s a Lion!

Lion President Orris

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, December 10, 2019

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met for its annual Christmas Dinner meeting December 10, 2019, at the Wood Fire Grille in Harrisonburg.  It was the only Club event for December.  26 Club members attended with 2 additional guests.

Club Attendees: 26 Members Attended

Lion Pres Orris            Lion Sec Becky           Lion VP Marty            Lion Thom

Lion Treas Lucy         Lion Dir JC                 Lion TT Jeanne           Lion Neal

Lion Trish                    Lion Gay                     Lion Danny                 Lion Nancy C.

Lion Walter                 Lion Nancy K.             Lion Ron                     Lion Cathy

Lion John                    Lion Tamer Ginny      Lion Bill                      Lion Carol K.

Lion Lee                      Lion Corita                  Lion PDG Grover       Lion Sherryl

Lion Len                     Lion Anita

Guests: Tom Martin, Gerry Spence                 

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

Lion President Orris called the meeting to order at 6:45 PM welcoming members and introducing the guests.  He then led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation.

We then enjoyed the buffet.  During dessert, Lion President Orris thanked all the members for their membership and their service through both their direct volunteer hours within the community and in support of our Club’s fundraising efforts. Together, their efforts continue to help those in need in our local community, the state of Virginia, the United States, and throughout the world.  He also thanked everyone for bringing a toy to be given to the Elkton Area United Services Christmas Gift Drive.

Lion Pres Orris presented a special LCI membership award to Lion Ron and then read a card from the McGaheysville Elementary School Librarian thanking our members for the Grant provided to replace their most popular (most worn) books.  She included individual thank you notes from the children that were passed out and read aloud to the gathering.  The meeting was then turned over to Lion Tamer Jeanne who entertained everyone with Christmas themed stories/jokes and then drew door prize tickets for the table decorations.

He then announced Upcoming Events:

  • Jan 7th:    Board Meeting                                             MPOA Room  7 PM
  • Jan 21st:  General Meeting (Speaker, Camp Holiday Trails)  MPOA Room  6:30 PM
  • Feb 4th:   Board Meeting                                             MPOA Room  7 PM
  • Feb 18th: LOMFI Volunteers Appreciation Dinner    MPOA Room  6:30 PM

Lion President Orris then thanked everyone for attending and thanked Lion Tamer Ginny and her husband, Lion John, for the festive atmosphere and beautifully decorated tables.  He reminded everyone that nominations for Club officers will be taken beginning in January and finished the event by wishing all a “Merry Christmas” and a “Roaring” New Year.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING, November 19th, 2019

Monthly Club Regular meeting was a held at the MPOA on September 19th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

Attendance:   15 Lions attended.
Lion President Orris                Lion Becky                 Lion Trish
Lion Walter                             Lion Lucy                   Lion J. C.                                           
Lion Lee                                  Lion Ginny                  Lion Anita
Lion Ron                                 Lion Cathy                  Lion Jeanne                            
Lion Danny                             Lion Nancy C.             Lion Kevin

Guests:  In addition to the Guest Speaker, 8 members of the public attended.

The Social time was from 6:30 – 7 PM

The Meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris at 7:00 PM.

Program: Skip Wissinger, Beekeeper

Lion President Orris welcomed our guest speaker Skip Wissinger, a local beekeeper in the Massanutten community. Skip became interested in the science of bees at a very young age and after retiring from the National Forest Service, he chose beekeeping as his hobby.  Skip started by giving us a history of how the first honeybees came to America with the colonist and then shared the importance of caring for bees in today’s world. He then discussed the beehive, each type of bee found in a hive and the duties that each performs. He followed by explaining the process of how to start a colony and the different ways that bee colonies multiply. He has 50-100 hives as his hobby but, to make a living doing this, he would need about 20,000 hives. He then discussed the problems of raising bees and ended the discussion with suggestions of what we could plant in our yards to attract the bees.  This was followed by an enthusiastic question/answer session lasting about 30 minutes.

Lion President Orris thanked Skip for the presentation on behalf of the Lions and members of the public and promised to arrange for further discussions on how our Club and community might be able to support the health of local bees.  This was followed by Tail Twister Jeanne’s selection of the winning 50/50 ticket, and a short break for refreshments, during which there were many more questions.

Following the break, Lion President Orris made the following schedule announcements to Club members:
3 January:                             Next Board Meeting, 7PM (No Board Meeting in November)
10 December:                       Club Christmas Dinner, Wood Fire Grill, 6:30 PM (Bring a Toy)
TBA December:                    Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Lion Pres Orris thanked Lion Tamer Ginny for arranging the event and adjourned the Club meeting at 8:30 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, November 5, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on November 5, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  5 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Sec Becky                       Lion PP Liz
Lion Jeanne                             Lion Ginny

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge was led by Lion President Orris at 7 PM. 

Secretary’s report: Lion Sec Becky proposed approval as published and the minutes were approved.  She also suggested that the Club send $100 to LCIF in memory of Lion Ron’s mother in honor of her passing.  As a charitable donation, this money will be drawn from the LOMFI account.  She also announced that Nancy Salem Bingo Team #2 as of 19 November.  During this time, Lion Liz also announced that we should determine if we are able to put Club announcements onto the Massanutten Property Owners website.

Club Treasurer’s report: N/A

Correspondence:  The Club received thank you letters from The Virginia Lions Hearing Foundation and Research Center, LCIF Disaster Relief Fund, EAUS for their Winter Heat Assistance Program, and from the Explore More Discovery Museum announcing their annual Fund Raising Dinner event.

Committee Reports and Business:

LOMFI Business: LOMFI VP Liz announced that she has ordered the new daubers that will result in savings to Bingo expenses.  She also sent 2 checks to 501 Services and Atlantic Bingo for Supplies and will ask Atlantic Bingo for information about ordering Pull Tabs. Lion Pres Orris also announced that we are having good crowds so far compared to last year.

Membership: Responding to a request from LCI, Lion Orris will send a response summarizing our Membership activities and confirming that, in our Club, the Board of Directors acts as the Membership Committee with the President as the Chair. This shows our dedication to the importance of membership.

Other Club Business:

General Meeting on 19 November:  Lion President Orris announced that this meeting will be open to the public as a public Service.  We have invited Beekeeper Skip Wissinger and included in our discussion with him about sponsoring a beehive on the mountain.  The meeting will be announced on Nextdoor Massanutten, signs will be put at all mail stations and a reminder will go out to all club members to invite a friend.

Subject Matter Coordinators: 

  • Publicity Coordinator:  Lion President Orris will contact Lion Corita to discuss Publicity requirements and options to increase public awareness of Club activities.  JC will help coordinate with Dixie from DNR.
  • System Admin Coordinator:  Lion President Orris will contact Neal Woodard and other potential members to organize updating and maintaining the Club’s two Web Sites with appropriate information and links.

Volunteer Activities for November:

Lion Becky announced that we still needed volunteers for the annual Great Day of Giving on 8 Nov and the Veteran’s Oyster Dinner on 12 Nov.

New/Recurring Member Training:

Lion Pres Orris plans to show 2 slides on the Lions/Club management structure at the Nov 19th general meeting (if there is time after the bee presentation). This will be the start of a planned series of 5-minute training presentations to planned for each monthly meeting.

Upcoming Events:
  8 November:                         Great Day of Giving (supporting Blue Ridge Area Food Banks)
12 November:                         Veteran’s Day Dinner
19 November:                         Next Club Meeting with the Beekeeper, 6:30pm (reminder to invite a friend)
10 December:                          Christmas Holiday Dinner Celebration, Wood Grill Buffet in Harrisonburg.

Lion President Orris adjourned the meeting at 7:50 pm.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING, October 15th, 2019

Monthly Club Regular meeting was a held at the MPOA on September 15th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

Attendance:   16 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Becky                 Lion Trish
Lion Walter                             Lion Nancy K.             Lion Kevin                                         
Lion Lee                                  Lion Barry                  Lion Ginny
Lion Ron                                 Lion Cathy                  Lion Corita
Lion Danny                             Lion Nancy C.             Lion Jeanne
Lion J.C.

The Social time was from 6:30 – 7 PM

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris at 7:00 PM.

Program: Harvest Potluck Dinner: 
Lion Orris gave an Invocation including prayers of well-being for Lion Carole Moseley during her recovery and for those recovering from the devastation of recent hurricanes. He then thanked all members for providing Soups and desserts for the dinner and invited our newest members lead the buffet line.

Lion Pres Orris gave a brief presentation to members on the District 24-L Fall Conference.  He concentrated on the fact that Lions, worldwide, are aging and how the younger members communicate differently. He explained the concept of “Digital Migrants vs. Digital Natives” .  In conclusion, he suggested that our club needs to continue to focus on our mission, and our available pool of potential members in our community and do what we do best to appeal to the core of potential members.  We need to learn to use the new communications technology as we are able, to attract the digital natives as they retire into our community.

New Member Ceremony: Lion President Orris inducted our newest members, Walt and Nancy Krohn, into our Club.  As their sponsors, he and Lion Secretary Becky, presented them with their pins and certificates and all club members welcomed them with a traditional “Lions Roar.”

Visitation Opportunities: First Zone Meeting, held by the Harrisonburg Lions Club on October 22nd at 6 PM.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities: After the presentation Lion Pres Orris announced the current activities/opportunities for Club volunteers:
  1. EAUS Thrift Store
  2. Great Day of Giving, November 8th at the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, 10:30AM - 6PM
  3. Open Doors Drivers (Feb 2020)
  4. Blue Ridge CASA
  5. Bingo Team Members: Teams 2 & 4 need Checkers assigned
  6. Veteran’s Dinner, November 12th at the McGaheysville Town Hall

Fundraising (Bingo): LOVF Raffle Tickets are available from Lions Lucy or Becky and the money is due by the 2020 State Conference next May. The Club’s fund gets to keep a large percentage of the funds raised.

Tail Twister:  Lion Jeanne conducted the 50/50 raffle and entertained us with an amusing joke about dogs changing a light bulb.

Announcements:
  1. 22 Oct:            Zone Meeting – Harrisonburg, 6:00PM
  2. 5 Nov:             Next Board Meeting, 7PM
  3. 19 Nov:           Next General Meeting, 6:30pm, with Skip Wissinger, Beekeeper

After thanking Lions Ginny for the wonderful event and asking all to remember Lion Carole in our prayers, Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:30 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, October 1, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on October 1, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  8 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Sec Becky                       Lion VP Marty                        Lion Thom
Lion JC                                   Lion Treas Lucy                     Lion Jeanne                             Lion Ginny

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge was led by Lion President Orris at 7 PM. 

Secretary’s report: Lion Sec Becky announced a correction to the published minutes. She also reported that Club membership was down 2 members because the Ansell’s did not renew their membership.  As Charter members, we will place them on Legacy Club Members list, and they will continue to receive newsletters.  The amended minutes were approved.

Club Treasurer’s report: Lion Treas Lucy announced that, as of the end of September, our funds are in good shape and semiannual dues had been paid.

Correspondence:  None at this meeting.

LOMFI Business: LOMFI Treasurer Thom announced that LOMFI has completed the change of their accounts from Blue Ridge Bank to F & M Bank in Harrisonburg near Keystone Rd.

Committee Reports and Business: The following Committee titles and functions were proposed as a modification to existing Club organizational functions and approved by the Board:

  • The Club’s Vice President will oversee/coordinate committee actions.
  • LOMFI Management Committee (LMC):  The LMC is, in fact, a description of the LOMFI Corporation’s function of coordinating Foundation operations with the Club’s Board of Directors, as stated in the LOMFI Bylaws.  The Committee is therefore viewed as being Chaired by the LOMFI President/Officers.
  • Bingo Management Committee (BMC):  Chaired by the assigned Bingo Manager with members comprised of the four Game Managers and the Inventory Manager, under oversight by the LOMFI organization.
  • Charitable Grants Committee (CGC):  Chaired by the Grants Chair plus ad hoc committee members.
  • Fund Raising Committee (FMC):  Chaired by the Fundraising Chair plus ad hoc committee members.
  • Membership/Visitation Committee (MVC):  Chaired by the Club President/Officers

Subject Matter Coordinators:  Lion Pres Orris recommended the addition of Subject Matter Coordinators for functional areas of involvement requiring the coordination of  a Club response/resources.  These are limited to a specific Lions function.  The object of this proposal is to get more club members involved in specific subjects requiring only limited responses and time commitment.

  • Diabetes Coordinator:  (Marty)  Lots of mail/info but limited response required.
  • Food Bank Coordinator:  (Orris)  All Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Related areas.
  • Publicity Coordinator:  (Corita and JC)  Objective is to increase public awareness of Club activities.  JC will coordinate with Dixie from DNR.
  • Social Media Coordinator:  (Liz)  Organizing input from members/others for Web/Blog posts.
  • System Admin Coordinator:  (need volunteer) Organizes/maintains the Club’s Web Sites.
  • Vision/Hearing Coordinator:  (Cathy)  All Sight/Hearing items for Club action or info to members.
  • Melvin Jones Award Coordinator:  (PDG Lion Grover) Annual MVA awards and procedures.
  • Tasks:  1-Refine List of Coordinator functions and Volunteers; 2-Revise Club Bylaws and Procedures/Training Document.

New Lion Induction Ceremony: Walter & Nancy Krohn will be inducted at October 15 meeting.

New/Recurring Member Training: One slide on Club Management Structure will be planned for the November 19th General Meeting.

Lion President Orris addressed our volunteer needs for Bingo, Great day of Giving and Veteran’s Dinner.

Lion Ginny went over the plans for the upcoming Harvest Dinner on October 15th.

Lion Pres Orris announced the upcoming Fall Conference in Charlottesville and the Zone Meeting on Oct 22nd.

The Board then discussed our 19 November General meeting with our guest speaker, Skip Wissinger, who will present on the importance of Bees in our community.  The Board decided it would be a good idea to open this meeting to the entire community.

Standardized Club Procedures/Training Document:  Lion Pres Orris suggested that we add specific functions/practices to the club Committee and LOMFI Officer sections.  He also suggested that each officer add an annual planning calendar to each section if it is useful for their position description.

Upcoming Events:
4-5 October:                            District 24-L Fall Conference
15 October:                             Club Harvest Festival Potluck Dinner
22 October:                             Zone Meeting in Harrisonburg
5 November:                           Board Meeting, 7PM
19 November:                         Next Club Meeting with the Beekeeper, 6:30pm (reminder to invite a friend)

Lion President Orris adjourned the meeting at 7:50 pm.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING, September 17th, 2019

Monthly Club Regular meeting was a held at the MPOA on September 17th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

Attendance:   15 Lions attended
 
Lion President Orris                Lion Becky                 Lion Trish
Lion Marty                              Lion Thom                  Lion Kevin                                         
Lion Lee                                  Lion John                    Lion Ginny
Lion Ron                                 Lion Cathy                  Lion Corita
Lion Liz                                  Lion J.C.                     Lion Lucy                  

The Social time was from 6:30 – 7 PM

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris at 7:00 PM. 

Lion Orris gave an Invocation including prayers of well-being for Lion Carole Moseley during her recovery from a recent automobile accident, and for those recovering from the devastation of recent hurricanes.

Program: Skyline Literacy Presentation: 

Lion Pres Orris introduced Ms. Nelly Shenk, Executive Director – Skyline Literacy, Inc. and Stan Farthing – Member of the Skyline Board of Directors.

Reverend Farthing provided a brief history of the Skyline organization, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, and the support is has received over the past 32 years.  Ms. Shenk has been with Skyline for 10 years and was a graduate of their citizenship program after immigrating to the U.S. from El Salvador.  She spoke to the members about the value of Skyline’s literacy and citizenship programs serving 325 people each year which includes 125 Citizenship students. They receive financial support from the local community and the Department of Homeland Security.

After the Skyline presentation, Lion Pres Orris thanked the guest speakers and presented a check for $2,600 from the Lions of Massanutten Foundation to support Skyline’s 2019-2020 programs.

Volunteer Status: After the presentation Lion Pres Orris announced the current activities/opportunities for Club volunteers:

  1. EAUS Thrift Store
  2. Massanutten Food Pantry
  3. Blessings in a Bag (backpacks)
  4. Open Doors Drivers (Feb 2020)
  5. Blue Ridge CASA
  6. Read to Elementary Students
  7. Valley Voice
  8. Bingo Team Members: Teams 2 & 4 need Checkers assigned

Fundraising (Bingo):

  1. Bingo Team Volunteers: Teams 2 & 4 need additional checkers
  2. 2019 Fall Grants approved by Club BoD:
  • Skyline Literacy: $2,600 for citizenship classes and materials
  • Blue Ridge CASA: $500 for child advocacy
  • Way-To-Go: $4,000 for Transportation of Elderly
  • EAUS: $10,000 for Winter Heat (2 increments of $5,000)
  • McGaheysville Elementary School Library; $2,500 for Classic Books
  • BRCC: $1,000 Scholarship for Medical-Related degree program
  • Sight Committee Budget: $1,000 for Eye Exams & Glasses
  • Camp Holiday Trails: $1,500 to send a diabetic child to special camp
  • Virginia Program for Aging Services (VPAS): $2,500 for Meals-On-Wheels
  • Local Schools Emergency Fund: $1,500 held in reserve for unexpected expenses
  • Lions Club International Foundation:  $1,000 for Disaster Relief

Lion Tamer:  Lion Ginny announced that the upcoming General meeting on October 15th will be our Harvest Festival Pot-Luck Dinner.

Tail Twister:  Lion VP Marty, acting as stand-in Tail Twister, entertained us with an amusing joke about 3 people trying to get into heaven.

Announcements:
  1. 1 Oct:              Next Board Mtg: 7 PM
  2. 4-5 Oct:           District 24-L Fall Conference - Charlottesville
  3. 15 Oct:            Next General Mtg: 6:30 PM
  4. 18 Oct:            Zone Meeting – Harrisonburg: 6:00 PM

After thanking Lions Ginny, John & Becky for setup & refreshments, and giving the closing benediction, Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, September 3, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on September 3, 2019 at 12 PM.

Attendance:  10 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Sec Becky
Lion VP Marty                        Lion Thom
Lion JC                                   Lion Treas Lucy
Lion Liz                                  Lion Ginny
PDG Lion Grover                   Lion Sherryl

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge was led by Lion President Orris at 12 PM. 

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Club Treasurer’s report was presented by Lion Lucy.  She announced that our budget had been lowered for this Lion Year because we spent less last than was budgeted and lowered our expenses budget. She also announced that, although LOMFI changed banks to the F&M Bank, she will continue with Club banking at the Blue Ridge Bank in Harrisonburg.

Correspondence:  None at this meeting.

LOMFI Business:

  • Accounts:  Treasurer Thom announced that LOMFI has changed their bank accounts from Blue Ridge Bank to F & M Bank in Harrisonburg near Keystone Rd. We will be given free checks, deposit slips and rebates on the credit card.  As the Bingo Manager for LOMFI, Lion Orris requested that new account deposit slips be obtained for use by Bingo Game Managers as soon as they are available.
  • LOMFI BoD Meeting:  LOMFI Pres Grover announced a September 24th LOMFI Board Meeting.
  • LOMFI Bingo Supplies:  Lion Pres Orris discussed an potential agreement with Alan Lessen from 501 Services in which we would agree to buy his remaining stock of 6-on-20 bingo paper at a discount price if he is able to program our bingo computer to take both the current Atlantic Bingo paper and his paper. He will contact us upon his return from vacation to arrange a time to work on the bingo computer.
Other Club Business: VP Lion Marty announced speakers for upcoming Club meetings:
  • September:            Skyline Literacy (Nelly Shenk)
  • November:             Skip Wissinger (Beekeeper)
  • January:                 Camp Holiday Trails
  • March:                   Restorative Justice Program

Grants Committee - Fall Grants:  Lion Cathy announced that there will be a September meeting to approve Fall grants.  4 grant requests have been received so far:

  • Way-to-Go
  • EAUS Winter Heat Program
  • McGaheysville Elementary School Librarian
  • Blue Ridge CASA
  • Skyline Literacy, Inc. (pending: In Progress)

New Volunteer Opportunity: Lion Secretary Becky then announced that there is a potential volunteer opportunity for Blessings in a Bag at the Massanutten Presbyterian Church. Help is needed to pack up to 36 bags and deliver them to an elementary school in Grottoes.  Our Club team will be needed twice each month.  The following Lions have volunteered to help:  Lions Cathy & Ron, Marty & Thom have volunteered to make deliveries; Lions Ginny, Orris & Becky have volunteered to bag, and lions Liz, Lucy and Corita have volunteered as substitutes.

24-L Fall Conference: Lion Pres Orris announced the conference will be held on 4-5 October in Charlottesville and provided applications and instructions for online registration. 

DG Visit:  PDG Lion Grover suggested that we call the District 24-L Council Chair to determine when the DG will visit our Club.

Lion Tamer: Lion Ginny gave an overview of upcoming celebrations.  Our October Harvest Festival will be a Pot-Luck Soup Dinner.  Our December Christmas party is scheduled to be held at the Wood Grill Buffet, but other locations are also under consideration. February will be the LOMFI/Club Appreciation Dinner with a “Love Boat” theme.  We are leaving the months of April & May for the possible DG visit, and June will be our Charter Night celebration.

New Members: Lion Pres Orris announced that we had applications for membership from Walter and Nancy Krohn and the Board approved their membership.  They will be sworn in during the October General Meeting.

Standardized Club Procedures/Training Document:  Each officer explained their current progress on the annual update and Lion Pres Orris requested that each consider adding a Calendar section if applicable to help explain their duties.  Lion Cathy asked for a list of officers for other Clubs (Lion Sec Becky will provide).

Calendar
17 Sep:                        Next Club Meeting w/Skyline Literacy Speaker
1 Oct:                          Next Board Meeting, 7PM
4-5 Oct:                       24-L Fall Conference, Doubletree in Charlottesville
15 Oct:                        Next Club Meeting (Harvest Festival Theme)
22 October:                 Zone Meeting in Harrisonburg 6PM, $14

Lion President Orris adjourned the meeting at 7:50 pm.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, August 6, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on August 6, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  11 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Sec Becky
Lion VP Marty                        Lion Thom
Lion JC                                   Lion Treas Lucy
Lion Liz                                  Lion Ginny
Lion Jeanne                             Lion Trish
Lion Carole

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge was led by Lion President Orris at 7:10 PM. 

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

The first order of business was for Lion President Orris to award Lions Thom and Marty and LCI sponsorship pin. He then read a thank you note to our club from PDG Wilma Murphy for her visit to our club in May.

The board then discussed possibilities for speakers for upcoming meetings and Lion VP Marty agreed to contact them and arrange their speaking dates. These suggestions were made:
September:  Skyline Literacy
November:  Children’s Diabetes Awareness (Camp Holiday Trails)
January:  Virginia Barns (JC will send contact info to Marty)
March:  Bees (Beekeeper Skip W.)
Lion Carole also suggested we contact the SPCA and she will call Marty with contact info.

Treasurer report:  Lion Lucy reported that we have ample money for this time of year and all dues have been paid. Although our current bank branch is closing, Lucy will continue to use the same bank in Harrisonburg.

New Business: Lion President Orris requested that all board members bring their Best Practices folders to the upcoming Sept. meeting. This board meeting will be a working dinner (changed to luncheon at MPOA). These folders will be set up to hand over to new board members next year and will contain useful information for the new officers of the board.

Calendar
Sept. 3:            Board working luncheon, noon at MPOA
Sept. 17:          General Member meeting, Skyline Literacy Presentation, 6:30PM
Oct. 1:            Board Meeting, 7PM
Oct. 4-5:          District 24L Fall conference
Oct. 15:           General members meeting, Fall Festival potluck, 6:30PM
Oct.22:            1st Zone Meeting, Harrisonburg, 6PM

Lion President Orris adjourned the meeting at 8pm.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – May/June/July 2019

Congratulations to all members for the completion of another successful Lion Year in June. By tradition, we celebrated this event at our Charter Night Dinner on June 18th marking the Club’s 26th year and highlighted by the Induction of the 2019-2020 Club Officers by our outgoing Zone Chair, Lion Mary Propst. Lion Mary was also presented with a special gift from the Club in thanks for her years of service as our Zone Chair.
Additional awards presented for 2018-2019 were:
- LCI’s Certificate of Excellence Award to Lion Secretary Becky for her reporting of Club activities.
- LCI’s Diamond Centennial Membership Award to Lion JC for recruiting and retaining new Lions.
- The Club’s Service Excellence Award to Lion Nancy in recognition of her many volunteer hours to the Club and Community Service activities.
- LCI Foundation’s 2019 Melvin Jones Award to Orris Hambleton. I would like to thank PDG Lion Grover and his Melvin Jones group for this honor.
- Additional Special Club Awards presented are shown below:
- President’s Appreciation Award to PDG Lion Grover Jaeger - In Celebration of 25 years of Service to Our Club, and "47 Years a Lion" (1973 - 2020).
- Lion of the Year Award to Past President Lion Elizabeth Brown "In Recognition of Outstanding Service, Loyalty and Devotion to Lionism"
Looking back to May, the Massanutten Lions hosted the visit of 24-L District Governor, Wilma Murphy, at our meeting on the 21st where she congratulated the Club on growing its membership and presented the following awards:
- Service Excellence Award:  2017-2018
- Lions Legacy Project Award (The Park):  2017-2018
- Centennial Service Challenge Award – Diabetes:  2017-2018
- Centennial Service Challenge Pin Award – One pin for each Club member
- Lion Robert Bloomquist: 25 Years of Service
- Lions Oliver and Trish Philon:  20 Years of Service
- Lions Bill and Carole Kreowski:  15 Years of Service
- Lion Kathy Reiderman:  15 Years of Service

In addition, the Club’s President’s Appreciation was Awarded to Lion Cathy Zameroski for her dedication and consistently great work as our Grants Chair and for all her personal attention to helping deserving individuals in our community get eyeglasses and hearing aids.

In July, we began the new 2019-2020 Lion Year with our annual Club Picnic meeting at the Lions Centennial Community Park on the 2nd where we presented LCI’s Diamond Centennial Membership Award to Lion Liz Brown for recruiting/retaining new Lions, we enjoyed the cooking of Chefs du jour Danny & Tom and the delicious sides brought by members, and praised the Picnic Shelter for keeping us dry during the downpour.

On July26th, our Club members participated in the McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Parade where we unveiled the Club’s new banners displayed on our Lions Club parade float (a truck) and handed out brightly colored “Club Sunglasses” to children along the route.  Thanks to Lions Becky & Ginny for arranging our participation, to Lions Marty, Nancy, Ginny & Lee for sticking all the Club decals on the sunglasses, and to Lions Marty & Thom, Jeanne, Liz, Phoebe & Mike, Trish, and Ron & Cathy for participating and handing out the sunglasses to all of the children. One of the Banners will also be on display to the public on the Green bingo cabinet.

Club Fundraising: In the last 3 months (May through July), 27 Bingo volunteers supported a total of 822 Bingo players raising almost half of the amount we spent on grants last year.  We are well into Summer crowds now and July’s total deposits are predicting very good revenues through Labor Day.  The Bingo crowds on July 25th were the largest we have seen in a single week with 147 players.  Thanks to all who helped make this happen.

This is our only regular fundraising effort supporting our ability to help those in need so please do your part if you can help your fellow Club members by giving just a few hours of your time each month to fill one of the 2 vacant bingo checker positions – easy work on 1 Thursday evening. Volunteers can easily rearrange schedules as needed so it will never interfere with your plans.

Member Volunteer Activities, May Through July:
Youth Services:
– Blue Ridge CASA Serving 2 Children (Lion Lee)
– Read to Children at McGaheysville & Elkton schools (Lions Thom, Jeanne and J.C.) 
Community Services:
– EAUS Thrift Store (Lions Ginny, Nancy, Liz, Orris & Becky, J.C. & Lucy)
– Skyline Literacy: Teach Citizenship Preparation Classes (Lions Becky & Orris)
– McGaheysville VFC Parade (Lions Thom & Marty, Liz, Phoebe & Mike, Ron & Cathy, Jeanne, Trish, Nancy, Ginny, Lee)
Vision Services: Valley Voice Broadcasting (Lions Thom & Marty, Orris & Becky, Lucy)
Hunger Relief: Massanutten Food Pantry (Lions Becky & Orris)
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for any of these or other service activities, please contact Lions Orris or Becky.
Grants/Donations Issued, May Through July:
– Camp Holiday Trails: $2,000 for 2019 Juvenile Diabetes Summer Camp Sponsorship
– Blue Ridge CC Scholarship: $1,000 for Medical/Health Student from East Rock/Spotswood HS
– Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Tribute Grant (PDG Lion Grover Jaeger)
– Blue Ridge Sight & Hearing Mobile Screening Unit (SAHMSU) 2019 Grant
Upcoming Events:
Next Board Meeting: ……………………………………………………………….        6 August
Next Member Meeting: …………………………………………………………….      17 September

As always, thank you all for your support – and for all that you do in Lions service.

LIONS… ROAR!

Lion President Orris

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, July 26, 2019

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met at the McGaheysville Elementary School on July 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

Club Attendees: 11 Members Attended
Lion Pres Orris            Lion Sec Becky           Lion Trish       Lion Jeanne
Lion Thom                  Lion VP Marty            Lion Ron         Lion Cathy
Lion Phoebe                Lion Mike                   Lion PP Liz

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

Our second meeting of the month was the Club’s participation in the McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company’s annual parade.  All participants gathered at the McGaheysville Mennonite Church where they parked their cars.  Lion Pres Orris then gave a ride (in a rental truck) to the beginning of the parade route at the McGaheysville Elementary School. Once there we decorated the truck with our new Club banners and socialized until the parade began at 7 PM. Our handouts this year were 360 pairs of sunglasses with our Club name and logo on the frames. Note: In the future, we need to either buy twice as many an to keep in mind that most of the spectators were located towards the end of the parade route. Lions Becky and Orris purchased cloth carry bags with the Club logo for carrying the sunglasses. We had 8 Club members walk and 3 members driving/riding in the truck. The parade ended at the Village Market at 8:10 PM and afterwards, everyone was returned to the Church to their cars. Lion Pres Orris invited all of the participants to the MPOA meeting room for ice cream and cold drinks.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, July 2, 2019

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met at the Lions Memorial Community Park on July 2nd, 2019 for the Club’s annual picnic.  The social began at 6:00 PM followed by dinner and the meeting.

Club Attendees: 16 Members Attended

Lion Pres Orris            Lion Sec Becky           Lion Tom                    Lion Lee
Lion Treas Lucy         Lion J.C.                     Lion Len                     Lion Trish
Lion Allen                   Lion Liz                      Lion Jeanne                 Lion Carol
Lion Danny                 Lion Nancy                 Lion John                    Lion Ginny

Guests:  Tom Martin

Lion J.C. gave the invocation.

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

Lion Pres Orris welcomed all to the 2019 Annual Picnic and invited everyone to enjoy the food.  Meat and drinks were provided by the Club with members bringing side dishes to share.  Lions Tom and Danny did the cooking.  After enjoying the food, Lion President Orris presented Lion PP Liz with a Diamond Centennial Award pin in recognition for recruiting and retaining a new Lion that has remained in the Club for three years. He then gave several upcoming event dates and announcements including the Club’s participation in the McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company’s annual Parade on July 26th. We were all grateful for meeting in the new shelter as we were visited by a significant rain event during the presentations.

Upcoming Events:
            - July 26:         McGaheysville VFC Parade               6 PM
            - August 6:      Board Meeting, MPOA Room            7 PM

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING (Charter Night), June 18, 2019

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met at the restaurant ‘BEYOND’ in Harrisonburg on June 18th, 2019 for the Club’s annual Charter Night Banquet.  The social began at 6:30 PM followed by dinner.  The Formal Program began at 7:45 PM.

Club Attendees: 22 Members Attended
Lion Pres Orris            Lion Sec Becky           Lion Treas Lucy         Lion JC           Lion Trish
Lion Grover                Lion Sherryl                Lion Corita                  Lion Allen       Lion Liz
Lion Anita                   Lion Danny                 Lion Nancy                 Lion Barry       Lion Lee
Lion Phoebe                Lion Mike                   Lion Jeanne                 Lion Ginny      Lion John
Lion Carole                

Guest:  Lion Mary Propst, 24C/L Region 1 Zone 3 Chairperson

Lion Pres Orris led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lion JC gave the Invocation

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

Lion Pres Orris welcomed all to the 2019 Annual Charter Night Banquet, the last event in the Lions Centennial Year celebration, and introduced our guest, ZC Lion Mary.  Special recognition was given to Lion Anita Spence, one of our original charter members in attendance.  He then invited the head table to start the dinner buffet followed by all attending.

After dinner, ZC Lion Mary was called forward to Induct the 2019-2020 Club Officers:  Each of the officers were called forward individually to confirm their duties.  Then the assembled Officers affirmed their responsibilities to the Club and Lions governing institutions. Each officer was presented with a token gift and letter of appreciation from Lion Pres Orris.  ZC Lion Mary was presented with a special gift and flowers in thanks for participating in our ceremony and in recognition of the end of her term as ZC.

Lion Pres Orris then gave a rundown of the club’s accomplishments throughout the 2018-2019 Lion Year and presented the following awards and recognitions:

- The Certificate of Excellence Award was presented to Lion Secretary Becky for her dedicated service completing the 2018-2019 online Lions Club Activity Report.

- The Diamond Centennial Membership Award was presented to Lion JC for recruiting and retaining new Lions.

- The Service Excellence Award Pin was presented to Lion Nancy in recognition of her many volunteer hours to the Club and Community Service during the past year.

- Lion of the Year award was presented to Lion Liz Brown “in recognition of outstanding service, loyalty and devotion to Lionism” for her work as Past President, maintaining fundraising supplies and inventory (bingo), volunteering to accept the elected position of VP of LOMFI.

- Following these awards, PDG Lion Grover, President of LOMFI, presented the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Lion Orris for “Humanitarian Service to Lions and the Community.

- Lion Pres Orris presented the final award of the evening, The President’s Appreciation Award, to PDG Lion Grover “for 25 years of dedicated service to our club, and 47 years as a Lion member” remarking on his leadership.

Lion Pres Orris completed the program by thanking guests and members for attending and adjourning the meeting at 9:00 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, June 4, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on June 4, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  7 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Sec Becky
Lion VP Marty                        Lion Thom
Lion JC                                   Lion Treas Lucy
Lion Liz

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge was led by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Lion Treasurer Lucy reported that, because of expenses, the balance in our Club account is down but should pick up again as dues are paid.  She requested that the Club dues letters go out to members by 1 July.

LOMFI/Grants Business: Lion Pres Orris suggested that the Grants Committee should consider recommending $1000 (out of $1500 available) for the Elkton MS FCCLA trip to the National Leadership Conference to compete in the National STAR events competition in California. The Board the motion for the Grants Committee to determine final amount recommended.

LOMFI/Club Meeting with Mass Resorts (Matthias Smith/Jeff Reid): Lion Pres Orris, LOMFI Pres Grover and LOMFI Treas Thom met with Resort leaders and the following items were discussed:

- Resort sponsored employee Lions Club memberships: This will be discussed in August following the Resort’s HR revision in progress.  This will include a process to share call-for-volunteer with the resort employees to give them volunteer opportunities.

- Review of the Club proposed Revised Lease Agreement Language:  The resort is considering cancelling the annual $1 nominal rent and agrees to a 5% cleaning fee adjustment every other year beginning 1 Feb 2021.  They agreed that no fee is required if bingo is not held and the Club has sole determination over holding bingo on holidays using available club members.

McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company Parade – July 26, 2019: Lion President Orris asked if there is interest in having the Club participate in the Parade.  Interest from the Board members indicate a willingness to participate so planning will begin.

Charter Night – 18 June: Lion Sec Becky announced the menu for the night and also stated that we have purchased a special gift for ZC Lion Mary who will attend and induct the Officers.  She also announced that Lion Grover has organized the Melvin Jones Award to be presented.

Standardized Club Procedures Document update:  Lion Pres Orris announced that we will plan to begin an annual update for this document in August/September.

Calendar:
18 June:                                   Charter Night – Restaurant ‘BEYOND’ ground floor
2 July:                                      Annual Club Picnic, Lions Centennial Community Park
26 July:                                    McGaheysville VFC Parade
6 August & 3 September:       Next Board Meetings

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 7:55 PM.

 
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McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club

2019 DG Visit Meeting Minutes, May 21st 2019

Our monthly Club Regular meeting hosted DG Wilma Murphy and was a held at the MPOA on May 21st, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

Attendance:   22 Lions attended

  • Lion President Orris               Lion Becky                 Lion Anita
  • Lion Marty                              Lion Thom                  Lion Kevin  
  • Lion Lee                                 Lion Jeanne               Lion Ginny
  • Lion Ron                                 Lion Cathy                 Lion Jeanne
  • Lion Phoebe                           Lion Mike                   Lion Neal
  • Lion Nancy                             Lion Danny                Lion JC
  • Lion Ron                                 Lion Cathy                 
  • Lion Lee                                  Lion Barry

Guests:  DG Wilma Murphy and ZC Mary Propst

The Social time was from 6:30 – 7 PM and the Meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris at 7:00 PM. 

Program:

Lion Pres Orris welcomed the guests and members.

Lion President Orris gave the invocation with a remembrance to Lion Charlie Phillips of the Weyers Cave Lions Club, and for Lions Harry Hall and Corita Kirby recovering at home following hospitalization. We were then invited to enjoy our Pot Luck Dinner.

After Dinner and Dessert, Lion President Orris and Lion VP Marty awarded Lion Cathy the President’s Appreciation Award for her dedication and work as our Grants Chair.

Lion President Orris then introduced Zone Chair Lion Mary who gave an introduction for the 24-L DG, Lion Wilma Murphy.  The DG began her remarks by congratulating the Club and members and awarded the following:

Certificates for years of service:

  • Lion Robert Bloomquist: 25 Years
  • Lions Oliver and Trish Philon:  20 Years
  • Lions Bill and Carole Kreowski:  15 Years
  • Lion Kathy Reiderman:  15 Years

Service Excellence:  2017-2018

Lions Legacy Project:  2017-2018

Centennial Service Challenge Award – Diabetes:  2017-2018

Centennial Service Challenge Pin Award – One pin for each Club member

DG Wilma addressed the importance of continuing to build membership within the Club and talked for a few minutes about the new MyLion web site which should be up and operating soon.

Lion Pres Orris then thanked both guests and presented each with a gift from the Club.  He then called on our Tail Twister, Lion Jeanne, who entertained us with amusing stories and announced the winners of 50/50 and peanut raffle (Lions Lee and Barry).

Lion JC announced that Lion Kathy Reiderman was also recovering at home following a recent serious fall.  He then led the club in a brief prayer.

Lion Pres Orris then announce the following events:

  • Next Board Mtg:                                                                           4 June, 7 PM
  • Charter Night: Restaurant ‘BEYOND’ Harrisonburg                  18 June, 6:30 PM
  • July Picnic: Lions Centennial Community Park                          2 July, 6 PM

In his final remarks, Lion Pres Orris thank the members for their participation in tonight’s dinner and gave a special thank you to Lion VP Marty, Lion Thom and Lion Sec Becky for organizing and decorating for the event.  He gave a special recognition for the beautiful flower arrangements made by Lion Marty.

Lion Pres Orris gave the Benediction and the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted by Lion Secretary Becky.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, May 7, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on May 7, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  7 Lions attended

  • Lion President Orris                Lion Sec Becky
  • Lion JC                                   Lion Treas Lucy
  • Lion Liz                                  Lion Ginny
  • Lion Jeanne

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Lion Treasurer Lucy reported that the Club has a healthy balance.  All outstanding bills have been paid and the LOVF Raffle made a $300 profit for the Club.

Ongoing Business:

Correspondence:  Read correspondence from Lion Barb Buss, Skyline Literacy and the Harrisonburg RAM coordinators thanking the club.

Grants/Donations Status of LOMFI 2019 winter grants checks              Lion Thom

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Grant:                 $2000 to be paid in May
  • Camp Holiday Trails Tuition Grant:                                     $1000 to be paid in May
  • Camp Holiday Trails Tribute Grant, Graham Whitehead     $1000 to be paid in May

Lion Orris stated that the Spring Grants are due and will be made after May 1st follow a Grants Committee meeting to be arranged by Lion Cathy.

District Governor Visit on May 21st: Lions Becky and Marty are organizing the Pot Luck Dinner taking place during the DG visit on May 21st. More information to follow. DG Wilma Murphy and ZC Lion Mary Propst will attend and appropriate gifts will be provided.  Lion Sec Becky will send out a notice about the event

LOMFI Board/Officers/Bingo Discussion: Lion Orris suggested the establishment of an equipment refresh budget category that would periodically purchase new equipment, reselling the old equipment if possible. This discussion was to plan for replacement of the console starting with the 2019-2020 LOMFI budget and consider the replacement of the backup computer for Fall 2019.

Planning Document update: Lion Pres Orris will organize a workday in the Fall for the Board to update the Training Plan for each Board member.

Calendar:

  • 16-19 May:      96th Lions of Virginia State Convention, Chesapeake VA
  • May 21:           DG Wilma Murphy Club Visit
  • 4 June:             Next Board Meeting
  • 18 June:           Charter Night – Restaurant ‘BEYOND’ ground floor
  • 2 July:              Annual Club Picnic, Lions Centennial Community Park

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Lion Secretary Becky.

 


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – March/April 2019
Moving into Spring, I’m happy to report that our Club’s volunteer and fundraising activities have remained strong for the past two months and I thank all members for your continued support for the Club’s social and service activities. But, let me start by marking the departure of one of our members, Lion Barbara Buss. As has become a custom here, members of the Massanutten Lions and Women’s Clubs, along with friends, neighbors (and golfing partners) gathered together in the MPOA Meeting Room on April 7th to say farewell to Lion Barb as she prepared to move to Roanoke to be near her family. Ron and Barb Buss joined our Lions Club in 2005 and Lion Barb has remained active throughout her membership. She shared Lion Tamer duties in 2017-2018 and was always one of the first to step up when volunteers were needed. This picture shows Lion Barb with MWC President, Marnie Laurion, her Lion sponsor, Lion Cathy, and our current Lion Tamer, Lion Ginny. 

2019-2020 Club Officers: A unanimous vote at the April Club meeting confirmed the Club’s Board of Directors for the next Lion year with terms beginning July 1st:

President: Lion Orris Vice President: Lion Marty
Secretary: Lion Becky Treasurer: Lion Lucy
Lion Tamer: Lion Ginny Tail Twister: Lion Jeanne
Club Director: Lion JC (2-year Term – serves through June 2021)
Past President Lion Liz

Club Fundraising: In the second two months of 2019, 26 Lions volunteered 224 Lion Hours conducting charitable Bingo fundraising operations. For March and April combined, our volunteers supported a total of 415 Bingo players. The Club’s deposits to our charitable foundation (LOMFI) almost doubled from the previous 2 months. Although traditionally slow months, we were helped by larger numbers of players during the weeks before and after Easter and continue to do well as we start the ramp up to the Summer crowds that will arrive in mid-June. Thanks again to all of you who helped make this happen. With Lion Barb’s departure, we are now searching for volunteers to fill 2 bingo checker positions – easy work and just a few hours on 1 Thursday each month. Volunteers can easily rearrange schedules as needed. We will also need some extra helpers in July & August so spread the word to friends, neighbors and family. It’s fun and Middle/High School kids can even earn community service hours.

Club Meetings:  Our March Club meeting welcomed a Public Service Presentation by Kirsten Lambert who spoke about the Central Valley Habitat for Humanity operations in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area:

- Serves families at or below 50% of the poverty level
- Advocates for affordable housing in the local area
- 63 new houses provided since the organization was started.
- Works with other organizations, such as Skyline Literacy, to ensure successful home ownership.
- Accepts construction & non-construction volunteers of all skill levels.

In April, we hosted Mr. Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia, CEO of the Blue Ridge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Organization, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that currently serves 100 children each year by providing trained, certified volunteer advocates to provide “Guardian ad litem” services representing abused children. Their goal is to raise the number of children supported to 300. One of our own members, Lion Lee, has recently been certified as a CASA volunteer advocate and we have established Blue Ridge CASA Service as one of the Club’s Signature Service Activities.

Member Volunteer Activities: Not including Bingo teams, 12 Club members volunteered a total of 174 Lion Hours during this period potentially supporting up to a total of 5,240 people in our local communities. The following are the volunteer activities for March & April combined:

a. Community & Youth Services – Blue Ridge CASA Service: 12 Lion Hours serving 1 child                    (Lion Lee)
b. Read for Valley Voice: 46 Lion Hours serving approximately 4000 (Lions Lucy, Thom & Marty,           Orris & Becky)
c. Open Doors Thermal Shelter & Food Truck Fest Transportation: 6 Lion Hours serving 50 people         (Lion Orris)
d. Community Services – Elkton Area United Services Thrift Store: 57 Lion Hours serving 800 people     (Lions Ginny, Nancy, Liz, Orris & Becky)
e. Youth Services – Reading to School Children: 4 Lion Hours serving 30 children                                   (Lions Thom & Jeanne)
f.  Remote Area Medical Support – Harrisonburg: 19 Lion Hours serving 300                                           (Lions Carol, Liz, Marty, Barry, Becky & Orris)
g. Hunger Relief – Massanutten Food Pantry: 6 Lion Hours serving 50 (Lions Becky & Orris)
h. Community Services – Teaching Citizenship Preparation Classes: 24 Lion Hours serving 9                  (Lion Orris)

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for any of these service activities, please contact Lions Orris or Becky.

Grants/Donations in March/April:

Skyline Literacy: $2,000 to for Spring/Fall Citizenship Preparation Classes
Sara Malay Family: $1,910 for Infant Hearing Aid
Eye Exam/Glasses provided for 1 person

**District Governor’s Visit:** 24-L District Governor, Wilma Murphy, will attend our Club Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner on May 21st and I would like to make a special appeal to every available member to attend this event to welcome her for her first visit to the Massanutten Lions. The main course for the dinner will be provided and members are requested to bring a side dish or dessert to share Details to follow. The social will begin at 6:30 PM with dinner starting at 7 PM.

2019 Charter Night: Also, mark your calendars for our Charter Night celebration on June 18th at the ‘Beyond’ restaurant on Water Street in Harrisonburg. It will be on the ground floor with easy access and the parking garage is just across the street.

Upcoming Events:

Next Board Meeting:…………………………………………………………………....   7 May
96th Lions of Virginia State Convention – Chesapeake:…………………………... 16 – 19 May
24-L District Governor, Wilma Murphy, Visit & Pot Luck Dinner:………………….. 21 May
Charter Night Celebration Dinner (Restaurant ‘BEYOND’ ground floor):………... 18 June

As always, thank you all for your support – and for all that you do in Lions service.

LIONS… ROAR!... Lion President Orris


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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING, April 16th, 2019

Our monthly Club Regular meeting was a held at the MPOA on April 16th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

Attendance:   11 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Becky                 Lion Trish
Lion Marty                              Lion Thom                  Lion Kevin                                         
Lion Lee                                  Lion Jeanne                 Lion Ginny
Lion Ron                                 Lion Cathy

The Social time was from 6:30 – 7 PM

Meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris at 7:00 PM. 

Lion Orris gave an Invocation including prayers of well-being for one Lion Harry Hall, one of our legacy members recovering from a recent fall.

Program:  CASA Presentation:  Lion Pres Orris introduced Mr. Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia, CEO - Blue Ridge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Organization.

Mr. Berrizbeitia spoke to the members about Blue Ridge CASA, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization with 6 paid employees and many volunteers.  This organization currently serves 100 children each year by providing trained, certified volunteer advocates to provide “Guardian ad litem” services representing each child in court when abuse of the child occurs.  Their goal is to raise the number supported to 300.  To do this, they will need 150 volunteer child advocates and 5 managers.  To accomplish this goal, they depend on donors and annual fund-raising events in addition to their volunteers.  Our speaker then gave us a history of CASA from its beginnings in Seattle in 1976 to the establishment of the local chapter in 1984 in Waynesboro, VA.  He continued to explain the needs of children who experience trauma and abuse and how CASA helps to relocate these children to safe, supportive environments.  Our Club is proud to have one of our members, Lion Lee, who has recently complete training as a CASA Child Advocate.

After the CASA presentation, Lion Pres Orris thanked our Club volunteers and reminded our members of the following established volunteer opportunities:
a.       EAUS Thrift Store
b.      Open Doors Driver
c.       CASA
d.      Read to Elementary Students
e.       Valley Voice
f.        Bingo Team Members: Teams 2 & 4 need Checkers assigned
 
2019 Slate of Club Officers:  Lion Pres Orris called on the Club members for any addition nominations and, hearing none, received a motion recommending a vote on the current slate to serve 1-year terms beginning 1 July 2019*:
President:                         Lion Orris
Vice President:                  Lion Marty
Secretary:                          Lion Becky
Treasurer:                          Lion Lucy
Lion Tamer:                       Lion Ginny
Tail Twister:                      Lion Jeanne
Club Director:                   Lion JC (2-year Term – serves through June 2021)*

The vote was unanimous to approve the slate and, additional to the Slate, Lion Liz remains as the Past President.  These Officers will be reported to LCI at the end of April, 2019.

LOVF Raffle Tickets:  An announcement was made reminding members to turn in the money and tickets as soon as possible to Lions Lucy or Becky - No Later Than May 1st

Tail Twister:  Lion Jeanne provided entertaining jokes/stories and conducted the Club’s 50/50 drawing.

Announcements:
a.    World Wide Induction Day: Remington Lions Club                           27 April/1 – 4
b.   Next Board Mtg:                                                                                   7 May/7 PM
c.    96th Lions of Virginia State Convention - Chesapeake                    16 – 19 May
              Registration is $10 by 30 April ($20 in May)
d.   Next General Mtg: 24-L DG Murphy Visit & Pot Luck Dinner            21 May
e.    Annual Charter Night:  BEYOND Restaurant, Lower Level             18 June

Lion Pres Orris thanked Lion Tamer Ginny & Lion Becky for setup & refreshments, gave a brief benediction

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, April 2nd, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on April 2nd, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  6 Lions attended

Lion President Orris                Lion Sec Becky
Lion Ginny                              Lion Treas Lucy
Lion Marty                              Lion Thom

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Lion Treasurer Lucy reported that the Club has a healthy balance.

Grants/Donations Status of LOMFI 2019 winter grants checks: LOMFI Treas Lion Thom
1.      Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Grant:                        $2000 to be paid in May
2.      Camp Holiday Trails Tuition Grant:                                            $1000 to be paid in May
3.      Camp Holiday Trails Tribute Grant, Graham Whitehead           $1000 to be paid in May

DG Visit on May 21st Lion Tamer Ginny will be away so Lions Marty and Becky will plan the dinner and set up for the event.  We decided to make it a Spring Themed Potluck dinner with Lions Becky and Orris providing the main course with members contributing side dishes and dessert.  The Club will serve wine, beer and non-alcohol drinks.  DG Wilma Murphy and ZC Lion Mary Propst will attend and appropriate gifts will be provided.  Lion Sec Becky will send out a notice about the event

LOMFI Board/Officers/Bingo Discussion: Status of Bingo Equipment - Lion Orris led a discussion on the age and replacement of Bingo Calling and Game Manager computers/equipment and it was decided to plan for replacement of the Backup GM computer in the Fall of 2019.  As Bingo Manager, Lion Orris suggested the establishment of an equipment refresh budget category in the LOMFI account that would periodically purchase new equipment, reselling the older equipment if possible.  This concept was accepted by the Board and a plan will be developed by the Bingo Management Committee and LOMFI Foundation Officers.

2019-2020 Club Elections:  No change to current Slate of Officers for Board positions.
 
Board Actions Needed:
1.      Contact the CASA organization to confirm Presenter and presentation needs
2.      Send a “get well”card to Lion Pres Charlie of Weyers Cave Lions Club
3.      Call new members about the District 24-L Induction Luncheon.
4.      Put out a notice to members and NextDoor for the Mattress/Furniture sale on 5-6 April
5.      Ask PDG Lion Grover about current status of the 2018-2019 Melvin Jones awards
6.      Get more details about the “Shopping with Heroes” type of event.
7.      Get more information about how the Club might participate in LCI Campaign 100
8.      Call an LCI representative to get more information about “Lions Quest” (Peace Ed)
9.      Meet with Mass Resorts (Matthias) to address the following:
a.      Are resort numbers down (in March/April)?
b.      Updated Lease Agreement – Status of Mass Resort’s Legal Review
c.       Participation of Resort employees in Charitable Activities and sponsored Club membership.
 
Calendar
7 April:                  Farewell for Lion Barb Buss, 2-4 PM at MPOA
16 April:                Next General Meeting:  CASA Presentation
27 April:                World Wide Induction Day – Remington Lions Club
7 May:                   Next Board Meeting
16-19 May:            96th Lions of Virginia State Convention, Chesapeake VA
21 May:                 DG Wilma Murphy Club Visit

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING, March 19th, 2019

Our monthly Club Regular meeting was a held at the MPOA on March 19th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

Attendance:   14 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Marty                  Lion Corita                             
Lion Liz                                  Lion Allen                   Lion Anita
Lion Ron                                 Lion Cathy                  Lion Lucy
Lion Ginny                              Lion John                    Lion Jeanne
Lion Barb

The Social time was from 6:30 – 7 PM

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Program:

Habitat for Humanity: Kirsten Lambert gave a presentation on the Central Valley Habitat for Humanity operations:

-  Serves families at or below 50% of the poverty level

-  Advocates for affordable housing in their area of operations

-  63 new houses provided since the organization was started.

-  Does not refurbish (a different HfH organization does that)

-  Works with other organizations, such as Skyline Literacy, to ensure successful home ownership over the long run.

New Member Induction Ceremony: Following a brief break: Lion President Orris conducted the Induction Ceremony for Corita Kirby and her sponsor, Lion Lucy, followed by a Lions Roar toast and applause. Lion Corita is our Club’s 53rd member,

Lion Barb Departure: Unfortunately for the Club, Lion Pres Orris also announced the impending departure of Lion Barb who will move to Roanoke to be near her family members.  There will be a Farewell Gathering Celebration for Lion Barb on 7 April from 2-4 PM.

Thanks to Volunteers: Lion Pres Orris thanked all of the Club member volunteers for their assistance with the following events during the month of March:

  1. Remote Area Medical (RAM) Harrisonburg:
  2. Open Doors Transportation (Van Drivers)
  3. EAUS Thrift Store:
  4. CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates (for children)
  5. Read to Elementary Students
  6. Valley Voice
  7. Bingo Team Members: Teams 2 & 4 need Checkers assigned

Fundraisers (in addition to Bingo):

  1. Mattress Sale: 5-6 April at Ideal Mattress & Furniture                      Lion Neal
  2. LOVF Raffle Tickets (please turn in no-later-than 15 May)              Lion Sec Becky

Raffle Tickets are still available and most of the money raised (usually @$400) goes into the Club’s General Account.

Grants:

  1. Diabetes Grants ($4,000):                                                      
  2. $1000 Tuition Grant to Camp Holiday Hills
  3. $1000 Tribute Grant to Camp Holiday Hills (Graham Whitehead)
  4. $2000 Tribute Grant to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Lions Grover & Sherryl)
  5. $2,000 Grant to Skyline Literacy, Inc. for Winter/Summer citizenship classes

 2019 Slate of Officers:  No Volunteers so No Change to current officers at this time!!!

 Tail Twister 50/50:   Lion Jeanne provided entertainment/conducted 50/50 for Club Members.

 Announcements:
a.       Zone Meeting – Weyers Cave: (6 Attending?)                      25 March
b.      Lion Barb Farewell Gathering: MPOA                                  7 April/2 PM
c.       Next Board Mtg:                                                                     2 April/7 PM
d.      Next General Mtg:      CASA Presentation                             16 April
e.       World Wide Induction Day – Remington Lions Club            27 April/1 – 4 PM
f.        96th Lions of Virginia State Convention - Chesapeake         16 – 19 May

Lion President Thanked Lion Tamer Ginny for arranging the room and refreshments and to all who helped.

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, March 5th, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the Lion Liz’s house on March 5th, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  7 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Jeanne
Lion Lucy                               Lion JC
Lion Marty                              Lion Thom
Lion Liz

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Lion Treasurer Lucy reported that the Club has a healthy balance and all dues/taxes have been paid.

Ongoing Business:

New Member application for Corita Kirby was reviewed and she was confirmed for induction at the 19 March general meeting.

Winter Grants/Donations:

- Harrisonburg RAM:  Approved for $600 ($320 Lodging; $280 for sandwiches)

- EAUS Heating Program: Check issued for additional $5000 for a total of $10,000 this Lion Year. Photograph was taken and the donation was reported (without photo) in the Harrisonburg DNR paper.

- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:  Approved $4000 but decision was made to split the funds into 3 separate grants:

o   JDRF - Richmond: $2000 was approved as a tribute grant to Lions Grover & Sherryl.

o   Camp Holiday Trails: $1,000 General Tuition grant for diabetic children. Note: Lion Grover will ask representatives from Camp Holiday Trails to speak at one of our meetings.

o   Camp Holiday Trails – Graham Whitehead: $1,000 as a Tribute Grant for a diabetic child in Charlottesville VA sponsored by our Lions Club.

- Jackson Malay: $1,910 grant approved to cover hearing aid costs for Club-sponsored infant in Port Republic. Lion Pres Orris announced that Lion Cathy and the Grants Committee will monitor future needs to look for opportunities of applying for an LOVF grant that is authorized to support individuals.

- Skyline Literacy, Inc.: $2,000 Grant was approved to fund the 2019 Winter and Spring Citizenship Preparation Classes providing instruction to lawful permanent residents to prepare them for naturalization.

Lion Pres Orris confirmed that all annual Bingo documents have been updated and filed. An updated version of the LOMFI/GERM Lease agreement has been given to Jeff Reid at Mass Resorts and they will review and return when complete.

Elections:  Lion Pres Orris announced that the search for new candidates for the 2019-2020 Board.

Calendar
a.       Next General Mtg:      Habitat Presentation                          19 March
b.      Zone Meeting – Weyers Cave: (6 Attending?)                      25 March
c.       Next Board Mtg:                                                                    2 April/7 PM
d.      DG Visit: DG Wilma Murphy                                                16 April/6:30 PM
e.       96th Lions of Virginia State Convention - Chesapeake        16 – 19 May

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM.

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LOMFI Volunteer Dinner and Club Meeting Minutes

Meeting was held February 19, 2019 in the MPOA Meeting Room

Lion President Orris rang the bell at 6:30 PM to convene the Club meeting and Lions of Massanutten Foundation, Inc. (LOMFI) annual Volunteers Appreciation Dinner.  He then called on PDG Lion Grover, LOMFI President, who provided brief welcoming remarks to all assembled.

Lion President Orris conducted the Pledge of Allegiance

Lion J.C. conducted the invocation

Lion President Orris Introduced Club Guests: Jerry Spence, Tom Martin, Corita Kirby & Clay Henson

LOMFI President, PDG Lion Grover, Introduced Special Guest Jeff Reid from Massanutten Resorts and gave the call to begin the Dinner.

During dessert, PDG Grover thanked attendees for making 2018 a successful year for the foundation, recognizing and thanking outgoing President, Lion Trish & New Vice President, Lion Liz.  He also thanked the LOMFI Secretary & Treasurer for their professional management and called on LOMFI Treasurer, Lion Thom, for financial highlights.  He also recognized the value of our ongoing Partnership with Massanutten Resorts.

The Massanutten Resorts representative, Jeff Reid, responded by lauding the Club and Foundation for all that they do and reaffirmed that their goals are shared by the resort management.  To underscore this, he remarked that the resort had recently announced that they would their pay employees for 8 hours of volunteer time each year as a way of encouraging their participation in charitable endeavors.  PDG Lion Grover thanked him for his remarks and their continuing support.  He then called on Lion President Orris for additional remarks.

Lion Orris thanked Club Members for their hours of voluntary support to Foundation fund-raising and called on each of the members of the four Bingo Teams, and permanent substitutes, to stand and receive the Club’s and Foundation’s thanks for their professional game management and more than 1,200 Lion Hours of volunteer service during 2018.

Lion President Orris then provide the second announcement of the proposed Club Officers to be voted on in April and introduced the Club Tail Twister, Lion Jeanne, who provided humorous entertainment.

LOMFI President, PDG Lion Grover, provided final thanks to Attendees & Guests followed by Closing Remarks.

Lion President Orris rang to bell to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 PM

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, February 5th, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on February 5th, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  11 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Jeanne
Lion Secretary Becky             Lion Ginny
Lion Lucy                               Lion JC
Lion Marty                              Lion Thom
PDG Lion Grover                   Lion Sherryl

Lion Liz

Guest:  Dale Dobroth, Massanutten Presbyterian Church

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Lion Pres Orris recognized our guest, Dale Dobroth, who led a discussion on Open Doors Transportation needs.  He then requested the Board to consider a grant to the Church of up to $700 to rent a 15-passenger van, with available volunteer drivers, for 1 week to support the need. Lion Pres Orris agreed to craft a grant request for Committee and Board approval.

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Lion Treasurer Lucy reported that the Club has a healthy balance and all dues/taxes have been paid.

Ongoing Business:

New Member application for Corita Kirby was reviewed and she was approved for membership.  The induction will take place at the March general meeting.

Additional Winter Grants/Donations:

  • Harrisonburg RAM:  Approved for $600 ($320 Lodging; $280 for sandwiches)
  • EAUS Heating Program: Approved an additional $5000 for a total of $10,000 this Lion Year. Lion JC suggested we use this as an opportunity for a photograph for the Harrisonburg DNR paper.
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:  Approved $4000 but agreed to confirm that JDRF is the best application of the funds, specifically for juvenile diabetes research. Lion Grover will ask representatives from Camp Holiday Trails to speak at one of our meetings.
  • Discussed the approved Fall grant for Open Doors Shelter mattresses and agreed to hold the funds until the organization calls for them.

Lion Pres Orris addressed the possibility of applying for an LOVF grant that is authorized to support individuals specifically for the family of a deaf infant in Port Republic.  Lion Cathy will be contacted to address this need with the family.

Lion Pres Orris confirmed that all annual Bingo documents have been updated and filed. An updated version of the LOMFI/GERM Lease agreement has been given to Jeff Reid at Mass Resorts and they will review and return when complete.

Lion Thom volunteered to contact Atlantic Services about the costs of an annual check of the operation of the Bingo hardware and software.

The Board then discussed the attendance for bingo and decided that, if there were 5 or more players, we would hold bingo but if less than 10 players were in attendance, there would be no Progressive Jackpot

LCI’s Campaign 100 plan was discussed and it was determined that we are already giving sufficiently to the LCI level charities and are, therefore, getting credit for Campaign 100 donations.

Elections:  Lion Pres Orris announced that he has begun the search for new candidates for the 2019-2020 Board.

Calendar
- Feb 8-9          District 24-L Winter Conference, Charlottesville
- Feb 19:          LOMFI Volunteer’s Appreciation Dinner (Mardi Gras Theme)
                        MPOA 6:30 PM Social; 7 PM Dinner
                        ALL: PLEASE RSVP TO LION SECRETARY BECKY
- Mar 5:           Next Board Meeting
- Mar 19:         Next General Meeting – HABITAT for HUMANITY Presentation to members                              and the public
- May 21:        DG Wilma Murphy Club Visit

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING, January 15th, 2019

Our monthly Club Regular meeting was a held at the MPOA on January 15th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.

Attendance:   19 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Secretary Becky             Lion Barb
Lion Liz                                  Lion Allen                               Lion Kevin
Lion Marty                              Lion Thom                              Lion Heather
Lion Barry                               Lion Lee                                  Lion Jeanne
Lion Ron                                 Lion Cathy                              Lion Carol
Lion JC                                   Lion Lucy                               Lion Trish
Lion Ginny                             

The Social time was from 6:30 – 7 PM

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

The Benediction was given by Lion JC

Program:

Lion Liz gave a presentation on our club’s Social Media Presence covering the Club Facebook site that she maintains.

Lion Pres Orris then gave a presentation on the Harrisonburg Remote Area Medical (RAM) event coming to Rockingham County Fairgrounds 2-3 March 2019. 

Other Volunteer opportunities were made available for this event and signup lists were available at the meeting. He also announced that EAUS Thrift Store still has room for more volunteers and that our club Bingo Team 4 still has a vacancy for another Checker.

Lion Pres Orris explained the fund-raiser suggested by Lion Neal for a mattress sale at his store.  More details will follow once dates are chosen.

Lion Becky announced that there are still a few more LOVF Raffle Ticket packs available and that we usually make around $400 for the Club Members account.

Lions President Orris announced that the additional Club nametags had been picked up and reminded members to pay Lion Lucy $9.38 for each of them.

Lion President Orris gave a reminder that our club recycles eyeglasses, hearing aids, ink cartridges and empty medicine bottles.  Please get these to him by Feb 7th to take to the Winter Conference.

Lion Cathy announced that there will be a Grants Committee Meeting at the MPOA meeting room on January 22nd at 1:30 PM.

Our Tail twister, Lion Jeanne, entertained us with a couples game and a story, then we drew for 50/50 with Lion Barry the big winner.

Calendar
- Feb Board Meeting                                                            February 5th at 7 PM
- District 24-L Winter Conference                                         February 8th – 9th
- Next General Meeting (LOMFI Appreciation Dinner)  February 19, 6:30 PM

Before Adjourning, Lion Pres Orris thanked Lion Ginny for setting up the meeting and also thanked Lion Kevin for helping to clear the walkways.

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 7:50 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, January 8th, 2019

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on January 8th, 2019 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  9 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Jeanne
Lion Secretary Becky             Lion Ginny
Lion Lucy                               Lion JC
Lion Marty                              Lion Thom
Lion Liz

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published. 

Ongoing Business:

Lion Pres Orris announced that the 6 additional nametags have come in and we are expecting a New Member application from Corita Kirby.

Lion Thom presented the LOMFI Treasurers budget for 2019 and recommended that the Club Board approve an additional donation of $2500 towards heating costs for citizens in need in the Elkton area.  The Board approved and Thom will inform the Grants Committee Chair, Lion Cathy.

Lion Pres Orris made motion to have the Grants Committee search for a Childhood Diabetes Research organization for funding consideration.  The motion was approved.

LCI’s Campaign 100 plan was discussed and it was determined that we are already giving sufficiently to the LCI level charities and are, therefore, getting credit for Campaign 100 donations.

Recycling items were discussed and it was decided that Lion Pres Orris will get a funding from LOMFI mailbox for collecting eyeglasses, hearing aids, ink cartridges and prescription medicine bottles (for the Third) world.  He will also ask the Elton Lions if they would like to share a collection box at EAUS.

Lion Neal has proposed a fund-raising event in the form of a Mattress Sale with a percentage of sales to benefit LOMFI during the sale, with a smaller percentage to continue throughout the following 1-year period.  The Board agreed to the concept of a sale at Lion Neal’s store and asked that he provide details and dates/terms well in advance so the club members may publicize the benefit.

Lion Pres Orris led a discussion about LOMFI announcing the new Vice President of LOMFI, Lion Liz.  He also explained to the board member that the LOMFI officers have agreed to hold office for 2-year terms.  The VP and Treasurer will serve until September 30, 2019 and the President and Secretary will serve until September 30, 2020. The positions will not be term limited.

Lion Pres Orris clarified the LOMFI Bingo policies concerning no minimum age for children but that all persons under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  We also discussed the status of several bingo related documents and their dates of expiration.  These will be researched for further discussion.

 Calendar
- Jan 15:          General Club Meeting (Lion Liz Social Media Presentation)
- Feb 5:            Next Board Meeting, 7PM
- Feb 8-9          District 24-L Winter Conference, Charlottesville
- Feb 19:          LOMFI Volunteer’s Appreciation Dinner (Mardi Gras Theme)
                        MPOA 6:30 PM Social; 7 PM Dinner
                        ALL: PLEASE RSVP TO LION SECRETARY BECKY

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:35 PM.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – December/End of Year 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The month of December completed the 2018 Calendar Year and marks the half-way point of the 2018-2019 Lion Year.  We celebrated this milestone with our annual Christmas Holiday celebration on December 4th at the Wood Fire Grille in Harrisonburg.  The event was very festive and well-attended by members and guests.  Thanks to Lions Marty and Thom for stepping in to organize and decorate.

Fundraising:  25 Lions volunteered 112 Lion Hours in December to support charitable Bingo operations in December.  End of CY2018 shows a total 3,277 Bingo players supported by 1,436 Lion Hours volunteered by Club members.  Another successful year of support for so many people in need - thanks to all who helped make this happen.

With the departure of Lion Jan last month, the Bingo teams have been reshuffled slightly we need a regular Bingo Checker for team 4.  It only requires a couple of hours 1 evening each month so please consider volunteering to help out our main fundraising effort.

Volunteer Support:  Including bingo, 37 Massanutten Lions have volunteered a total of 171 Lion Hours for the first 6 months of Lion Year 2018-2019 serving a total of 4,830 people in need in our local communities.  This is in addition to our monetary support to state and national/international charitable organizations.

Legacy Members:  At the last Club Board meeting, we approved a concept that would keep some former members on our local Club Roster as “Legacy Members” even though they are no longer on the official LCI list of active members.  Typically, this could include any that still reside in the local area or otherwise maintain contact and interest in the Club and its activities.  As an example, the first to be placed on this list would be former Lions Harry and Flo Hall and Kathy Reiderman.  Legacy Members will continue to receive newsletters and other information about the Club.  Please let Lion Secretary Becky know if you know others who should be added to this list.

Upcoming Events:
Next Board meeting:  Tuesday, 8 January (Schedule & Goals for next 6 months)
Next General Club meeting:  Tuesday, 15 January
Winter Conference:  8 – 10 February in Charlottesville
LOMFI/Club Volunteer Appreciation Dinner:  Tuesday, 19 February

Finally, we are in the process of conducting the search for new officers for the Club’s Board of Directors.  Please consider volunteering for these important positions. If you are interested, please contact Lion Orris so we can announce the prospective slate of new officers for the first time at the February meeting.  Second/third announcements will be made in March/April with the elections in May.

As always, thank you all – for all that you do in Lions service,

Lion Orris, President

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, December 4, 2018

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met for its annual Christmas Dinner meeting December 4, 2018, at the Wood Fire Grille in Harrisonburg.  It was the only Club event for December.  22 Club members attended with 4 additional guests.

Club Attendees: 22 Members Attended
Lion Pres Orris            Lion Sec Becky           Lion VP Marty            Lion Thom
Lion Treas Lucy         Lion Trish                    Lion Jeanne                 Lion Neal
Lion Allen                   Lion Liz                      Lion Danny                 Lion Nancy
Lion David                  Lion Carol M.             Lion Ron                     Lion Cathy
Lion John                    Lion Ginny                  Lion Bill                      Lion Carol K.
Lion Lee                      Lion Barb

Guests:  Rev Harry Hall, Flo Hall, Tom Martin, Corita Kirby

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:
Lion President Orris called the meeting to order at 6:45 PM welcoming members and introducing the guests.  He then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Reverend Hall gave the invocation.
We then enjoyed the buffet.  During dessert, Lion President Orris thanked all the members for their membership and their service through both their direct volunteer hours within the community and in support of our Club’s fundraising efforts. Together, their efforts continue to help those in need in our local community, the state of Virginia, the United States, and throughout the world.  He then announced Upcoming Events:
· Jan 8th:             Board Meeting                                 MPOA Room  7 PM
· Jan 15th:           General Meeting                              MPOA Room  6:30 PM
· Feb 5th:            Board Meeting                                  MPOA Room  7 PM
· Feb 19th:          LOMFI Volunteers Appreciation Dinner  MPOA Room  6:30 PM
The meeting was then turned over to Lion VP, Marty, for the traditional Gift Exchange.  After the exchange, our Tail Twister, Lion Jeanne, entertained everyone with Christmas themed stories/jokes.  As a benediction, Reverend Hall (Santa) recited a poem written the first year that he started portraying Santa Claus at Massanutten.

Lion President Orris then thanked everyone for attending and wished all a “Merry Christmas” and a “Roaring” New Year.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – October/November 2018

We are half way through the Fall season and I would like begin by announcing some member news that most of you already know about.  Our dear friend and long-serving Club member, Lion Jan, has announced that she will relocate to Ohio in early November.  We have arranged a gathering to say farewell to Jan on Sunday, November 4th, from 2-3 PM in the MPOA Meeting Room.  This event is being co-sponsored by the Massanutten Women’s Club.  Cake will be served.

Next, I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work during the last month: 

Fundraising:  Generally, our monetary support is provided as grant/donation funding to aid charitable organizations and is supported by our main Club fundraiser, weekly bingo.  This takes the dedicated efforts of 24 of the following Club volunteers organized into 4 teams, plus 1 substitute (Lion Nancy):
Team 1 (1st Thursday): Lions Thom, Kevin, Liz, Marty, Jan and Lee
Team 2 (2nd Thursday): Lions Phoebe, JC, Lucy, Mike, Anita and Barb
Team 3 (3rd Thursday): Lions Ron, Heather, Cathy, Ginny, John and Jeanne
Team 4 (4th Thursday): Lions Orris, Danny, Liz, Becky, Allen and Gay

During the 4-week period from October 4th to the 25th, our Bingo volunteers worked 112 lion hours and, with help of 258 members of the public (bingo players), we paid out $4,745 in prize money and raised $3,577 which was deposited to our Charitable Foundation, the Lions of Massanutten Foundation, Inc. (LOMFI).

Please note: With Jan’s departure, Team 4 will need will need a replacement bingo Checker starting on Thursday, December 27th.  We could also use a few more members on the substitute list.

Volunteer Support to Local Services:  Our members also provide more direct, personal support to the public through their volunteer work in the local area.  During the period from September 28 to October 29, I would like to acknowledge the service work of the following Lion volunteers:  Barry, Marty, Thom, Ginny, Nancy, Carol, Liz, Becky and Orris.  5 of them worked the annual “Day of Giving” supporting the collection and distribution of food supporting 11 food banks in the local area; 2 of them began monthly support to the Massanutten Food Bank distributing food to local people and families; and 8 of them began weekly support to the EAUS Thrift Store assessing, sorting, pricing and stocking donated items.  In total, these Lions volunteered 63 hours of their time serving the needs of approximately 1,050 people/families in need.

Other Volunteer Support Opportunities:
Ruritans Veterans Clam Dinner             November 13th (more info TBA)
Salvation Army Bell Ringers                  December 7th
Please contact Becky if you are available to help on these dates.  We especially need Bell Ringers!
Other Upcoming Events:
Next Board meeting:  Tuesday, 7 November
Next Zone Meeting     Tuesday, 26 November (Harrisonburg Lions)
No General Club meeting in November
Christmas Celebration (Wood Fire Grill):  Tuesday, 4 December (details TBA)

Finally, in LOMFI News, I would like to thank Lion Trish for her great work as the President of LOMFI for the last year.  As her term of office ended in mid-October, the LOMFI Vice President, PDG Lion Grover, assumed the position of LOMFI President.  I call on all Club members to join me in congratulating Lion Trish on a job well done!

As always, thank you all – for all that you do in Lions service,

Lion Orris, President

OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, Oct. 16th, 2018

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met at the MPOA Meeting Room on Oct 16, 2018 for a Harvest Moon Pot-Luck Dinner and presentation by Lisa Shull from the Harrisonburg Children’s Discovery Museum.  It began with a short social at 6:30 PM followed by the dinner and presentation at 7 PM.

Club Attendees: 20 Members attended along with 1 guest
Lion Pres Orris             Lion Kevin                   Lion Liz                       Lion Allen
Lion VP Marty             Lion Thom                   Lion Ron                      Lion Cathy
Lion Sec Becky             Lion Lee                      Lion Barry                   Lion Lucy
Lion Tamer Ginny        Lion John                     Lion Carol                    Lion Barb                    
Lion TT Jeanne             Lion Jan                       Lion Grover                 Lion Sherryl

Guests:  Lisa Shull

Lion Orris led the Pledge of Allegiance

Lion Thom gave the invocation.

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

Our meeting started with a social time at 6:30. Lion President called the meeting to order at 7pm and introduced our guest, Lisa Shull.  He then invited our guest to lead members through the Pot-Luck dinner.  At 7:30, Lion President Orris turned the floor over to Lisa Shull who then gave a presentation of the Children’s Discovery Museum the expansion and new programs at the museum.  She then thanked our club for our grant that we gave in order for underprivileged families to be able to also enjoy and take advantage of the museum’s programs.  Following the presentation, Lion President Orris thanked her for her very enlightening presentation and presented her with a bronze lion statue.

Lion President Orris presented a list of the following opportunities for Club member participation – Signup sheets were available:
·         EAUS Thrift Store (15 Oct)
·         Salvation Army Bell Ringing (7 Dec)
·         Ruritan’s Veteran’s Oyster Dinner (details to follow):  Tuesday, 13 November
The following announcements were made:
New Club Nametags are in, checks for $9.38 made payable to Massanutten Lions Club.  See the signup list for future orders.
Next Board meeting:  Tuesday, 7 November
No General Club meeting in November
Christmas Celebration (Wood Fire Grill):  Tuesday, 4 December

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:30 PM

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, Oct 2, 2018

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on October 2, 2018 at 7 PM.

Attendance:     8 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                 Lion Jeanne                 
Lion Secretary Becky                Lion Trish                               
Lion Treasurer Lucy                 Lion JC
Lion Lee                                  Lion Ginny

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Minutes of the last meeting from the Secretary’s report were approved as published.

Discussions:

·         Lion Becky asked about creating an Honorary Lion Status for those long-standing members who are no longer able to participate because of age or health.  The Board unanimously accepted this idea and decided these Honorary Lions would remain on the email lists and would receive Club correspondence.

·         Lion Trish announced that this Board Meeting would be her last as the LOMFI President and handed over responsibilities to the Vice President, Lion Grover, making a vacancy for the VP position. Lion Liz will discuss the potential “Conflict of Interest” that would allow or prevent her from assuming the VP position.  Lion Trish was given recognition and thanks for a job well done.

·         Lion Orris encouraged that the previously approve $1,000 for LCI Emergency Assistance Hurricane Disaster Relief be issued without delay.  Lion Orris also announce that the Fall Membership Drive would be placed on hold until resolution of the current Resort/Property Owners Association issues.

·         Lion Orris reported that Lion VP Marty’s research into finding a local diabetic child for a possible Service/Alert dog continues because she has been unable, so far, of finding a Juvenile Diabetic candidate in the local area.  The search will be expanded to local hospitals, schools and support groups.

·         Lion President Orris explained that 5 of our members participated in the “Day of Giving” community food pantry project and expressed the desire that our Club continue to support this project.

·         Lion Becky will get more information about our Club members working at the EAUS Thrift Store and will contact those who volunteer as soon as she has a confirmed date and time.

·         Lion President Orris encouraged all members to let Lion Secretary Becky know how many volunteer hours they log each month.

·         Lion Becky reported that information is still pending about the Club’s support for the Ruritan’s Veteran’s Dinner on Nov. 13th.

·         The Board chose December 7th as the date for Club members to participate in the Salvation Army Bell Ringing.  The hours will be 10 AM to 8 PM and we need at least 10 volunteers.

·         Lion President Orris encouraged us to continue recycling eyeglasses, hearing aids, Ink cartridges and to add collection of plastic prescription medicine bottles to be recycled for use in 3rd world countries.

Upcoming events:
Oct 16th:           Club Harvest Moon Pot Luck Dinner meeting, 6:30 PM at MPOA
           Guest speaker, Lisa Shull, from Children’s Discovery Museum in Harrisonburg.
Nov 6th:            Next Board Meeting
Nov 13th:          Lions support for Annual McGaheysville Ruritans Club Veterans Dinner

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:30 PM

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, Sept. 18th, 2018

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met at the MPOA Meeting Room on Sept. 18, 2018 for a scheduled presentation by Boy Scout Troop 46.  It began with a short social at 6:30 PM followed by the presentation at 7 PM.

Club Attendees: 26 Members attended along with 6 guests
Lion President Orris     Lion Cathy                  Lion Trish                    Lion Allen
Lion VP Marty              Lion Ron                     Lion Thom                   Lion Kevin
Lion Becky                   Lion Lee                      Lion JC                       Lion Heather
Lion Lucy                     Lion Barry                    Lion Ginny                  Lion Mike
Lion Jeanne                 Lion Liz                        Lion Carol                   Lion Jean                    
Lion Jan                       Lion Barb                               

Guests:

Colleen Bolander, Will St. John, Ethan Goode, John Bolander, Kirsten St. John       

Troop 46 led the Pledge of Allegiance

Lion J.C. gave the invocation.

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

Our meeting started with a social time at 6:30. Lion President called the meeting to order at 7pm, introduced our guests and turned the floor over to troop 46. Each scout explained where they were currently in the scouts how our grant enabled them to but the manuals that allowed each of them to study for their merit badges. Prior to our grant, this troop had relied on very old, outdated manuals to assist them in their goals.  After the troop was finished with their program, we broke for a few minutes to give them time to have some refreshments and speak with our members. President Orris then invited Lee and Barry Cunningham to become our newest club members, sponsored by Lions Cathy and Ron.

Next, Lion Cathy explained the grants approved by the club board. These included:

  • Children’s Discovery museum – 15 scholarships
  • Sponsoring a Leader Dog puppy.
  • Giving money towards breakfast bars and milk to at risk elementary school children.
  • Money granted to Betty Newell to run a mobility service for handicapped or elderly people in our area.
  • Meals on Wheels.
  • Open Doors – 10 mattresses
  • Elkton Area United Services – Winter Thermal needs.
  • Blue Ridge Community College – Medical Scholarship.
  • LCI – Disaster fund for Hurricane Florence.
  • Money set aside for sponsoring glasses and exams for needs in our community.
  • No. Va. Youth Camp Facilities Improvement Fund.
  • Therapy Dogs stuffed animals for ill children in the hospital.
  • Money set aside for last minute needs for school programs.
  • Money set aside for local child with hearing loss.

These were voted on and approved by the membership.

Lion Cathy suggested we set aside money for future needs of Troop 46 and this was also voted on and approved by the membership.

Lion Cathy then asked which name we would like for the adopted puppy and Wesley was approved.

50/50 was won by Lion Liz.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, Sept.4, 2018

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on September 4, 2018 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  8 Lions attended
Lion President Orris                Lion Marty                 
Lion Secretary Becky             Lion Trish                              
Lion Treasurer Lucy               Lion JC                      
Lion Tamer Ginny                  Lion Thom

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Minutes of the last meeting from the Secretary’s report were approved as published.

Discussions:

Lion President Orris distributed the new Procedures/Training document and encouraged board officers to add information that they could pass on to future club officers. This document will be used at the combined board meeting at the end of this year.  It will also be used for new and recurring member training.

President Orris explained how he would like to proceed with the Fall Membership Drive.  We will gather names of companies to approach and then set a plan into action. No exact timeline was given.

The board decided to continue with Vector Industries for ordering our club nametags. The club will pay for nametags for all new members, but current members will be charged $8.50. Becky will put in the order as soon as members respond to the order request.

Lion Marty continues to research for a child with diabetes that could benefit from the Alert Dog program.

Lion President Orris announced upcoming club volunteer projects which included:

EAUS Thrift Store – The board agreed to working only on Mondays stocking merchandise, Tagging and pricing merchandise and processing merchandise.  Volunteer sign up sheets will be available at the Sept. 18th meeting.

Massanutten Food Pantry: Volunteers are needed one day a month on either Mondays or Thursdays. We have also been asked to participate in the Day of Giving which processes food for 11 different food pantries in the area. Sign up sheets will be available at the Sept. 18th meeting.

Salvation Army Bell Ring: Information to follow

Annual Vets Oyster Dinner: Information to follow

The following Upcoming events were announced:
Sept. 7 – 8:      District 24L Fall Conference, Fredericksburg, Va.
Sept. 18th:        General Meeting, 6pm Lions Park (weather permitting) Boy Scout Troop 46
Sept. 25th:        Zone Meeting (Region VIII – Zone 3) Timberville, Va.
TBD:               Fall meeting of the Grants Committee – TBD
Oct. 2nd:          Board of Directors Meeting, 7pm MPOA
Oct. 16th:         Club Harvest Moon potluck dinner and meeting, 6:30 social, 7pm dinner, at MPOA.     Our guest speaker will be Lisa Schull from the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Before adjourning the meeting, Lion President Orris reminded LOMFI President Lion Trish to set the next LOMFI annual meeting (Later set September 25, at 7 pm.).

Fall Conference agenda was discussed:  Currently only Lions Orris, Becky, PDG Grover and Sherryl will attend.

Upcoming Events:
General Meeting/Therapy Dogs:        21 August                    MPOA
Board Meeting:                                     4 September              MPOA
District 24-L Fall Conference:            7-8 September             Fredericksburg VA
General Meeting/ BS Troup 46:         18 September              MPOA

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the September Board meeting at 8:15 PM

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – August-September 2018

As Summer ends, we are still learning about the changes resulting from the transition to the new Lions of Virginia District 24-L and the new 2018-2019 Lions Year.  There is a new 24-L website (www.valions.org) that includes a calendar and the 24-L Newsletter.  It looks like it was styled after the old 24-A website so, for former 24-C Clubs, it will take a little time & effort to get used to it.  So far, we’ve populated the 24-L calendar with September & October Club meetings and Bingo. Most of the rest of our information, like new members, is automatically captured from our Secretary’s monthly reports to LCI.

Looking back to the end of the last Lions Year, I’d like thank everyone for the wonderful Charter Night Banquet celebrations on June 20th.  It was a great end to the Clubs 25th Anniversary year and an opportunity to recognize 3 of our original Charter Members in attendance, Lions David and Amelia Hall and Lion Anita Spence.  I would especially like to thank Lions Barb, Anita, Liz and Becky for all of their help preparing and making the evening so successful.  As a reminder:

  • Volunteer of the year awards were presented to Kevin Frazier, Danny and Nancy Coffman for their hours of volunteer support for the Clubs fund-raising operations (primarily Bingo).
  • Lion of the Year award was presented to Lion Thom Bailey for stepping up to take on the critical position of Treasurer for the Lions of Massanutten Foundation, Inc. (LOMFI).
  • 24C DG Lion John Knepper inducted new members Allen Brown (Sponsor: Lion Liz) , Kevin Frazier (Sponsor: Lion Orris), Danny & Nancy Coffman (Sponsors: Lions Thom & Marty), and installed the 2018-2019 Club Officers.
  • Lion Trish presented 2 Melvin Jones Awards: the first to Matthias Smith, Executive VP of Massanutten Resorts for his strong support for the Club and the Lions Memorial Community Park; and, the second to Lion Anita Spence, an original Charter Member and the first Secretary of the Club in 1992 and a consistent supporter for the Clubs activities during her entire membership.

Our annual Club Picnic in July was well attended and a lot of fun.  It was great to have it in the Lions Memorial Community Park shelter and gave us an opportunity to remember the recent passing of our own Lion Mittee Casamento whose paver had been installed in the Park Memorial.

Also well-attended was our August public meeting with the Therapy Dogs.  This was part of our research into the possibility of sponsoring a Leader Dog and possibly an Alert Dog for a child suffering with diabetes.  Our Zone Chair, Lion Mary Propst, also inducted our newest (returning) member, Lion Len Sisson (Sponsor: Lion Jan).

Club Projects:

  • Highway Signs (complete) – If you haven’t yet noticed, both sets of the new Lions Club signs have been installed, one on Route 33 eastbound approaching the resort entrance and the other half-way up Resort Drive on the right.  Thanks to Lions Thom and Ron for their volunteer spirit and particularly Lion Ron for his perseverance and weed-whacker, both required to replace the sign on Route 33.
  • Lions Club Banners:  The Club Banners that we use at our monthly meetings to display our accomplishments and Club awards are out of date and in need of attention.  Lion VP Marty has agreed to organize things. She will bring ideas to the Board and will let us know when volunteers are needed.
  • With the big changes brought on by the new year and District, we need to replace our old 24-C Club nametags.  You will see more about this at the 18 September General meeting. We will also discuss ideas for a Fall Membership Drive.

Upcoming Events:

  • Sep 4:              Club Board of Directors Meeting, 7 PM, MPOA Meeting Room
  • Sep 7-8            District 24-L Fall Conference, Fredericksburg VA
  • Sep 18             Club General Meeting, 6 PM, Lions Memorial Park BSA Troop 46
  • Sep 25:            Zone Meeting (Region 1 – Zone 3, District 24-L), Timberville VA
  • Sep (TBD)       Fall Meeting of the Club Grants Committee
  • Oct 2:              Club Board of Directors Meeting, 7 PM, MPOA Meeting Room
  • Oct 16:            Club Harvest Festival Meeting, 6:30 PM, MPOA Meeting Room

Again, thanks for a great Summer and a great start to the new 2018-2019 Lion Year.  Please join us in representing the Club at the Zone Meeting in Timberville on September 25th.  We can all be proud of what we have accomplished, and I’m looking forward to all of the good works we will have the opportunity to accomplish in the coming months, together (LIONS…ROAR).

Yours in Lions Service,

Lion Orris

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, August 21, 2018

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met at the MPOA Meeting Room on August 21, 2018 for a scheduled presentation on “Therapy Dogs” conducted by Dan Lynn and Rosemary Mitchell.  The event was open to the public and advertised to the Massanutten community.  It began with a short social at 6:30 PM followed by the presentation at 7 PM.

Club Attendees: 26 Members attended along with 12 guests
Lion Pres Orris          Lion Sec Becky           Lion VP Marty            Lion Thom
Lion Treas Lucy         Lion J.C.                     Lion Jan                      Lion Trish
Lion Allen                   Lion Liz                      Lion Jeanne                 Lion John
Lion Jean                   Lion Nancy                 Lion William                Lion Carol
Lion Anita                   Lion Ginny                  Lion Ron                     Lion Cathy
Lion Barb                    Lion Len                     Lion Carol                   Lion Phoebe
Lion Heather               Lion Mike                  
Guests:            ZC Lion Mary Propst              Linda Armstrong         Darlene Baugh
                        Dan Lynn                                Rosemary Mitchell      Michele Sullivan
                        Corita Kirby                            Vicki Shuff                 Colleen Bolander
                        Sheryl Goldberg                     Barry Cunningham      Lee Cunningham

Lion VP Marty led the Pledge of Allegiance

Lion J.C. gave the invocation.

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

The main event for the evening was a presentation on “Therapy Dogs” by Dan Lynn and Rosemary Mitchell, accompanied by Michele Sullivan, Director of Volunteer Services for Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg.  They were accompanied by the Stars of the evening, their certified therapy dog’s Eldor, Ella and Vasca

The presenters explained that these dogs were Therapy Dogs, also called emotional support animals and explained how they are selected and the certification process.  They further explained the difference between them and Service Dogs with the primary distinction being that Service animals (e.g., Leader Dogs and Alert Dogs) are trained to assist an individual with specific tasks while Therapy Dogs are chosen for their temperament and desire to be close to and interact with people.  This was demonstrated throughout the presentation by the dogs that moved freely throughout the attendees seeking affection.  This work is provided as a volunteer service.

Following the presentation and a lively question/answer period, Lion Pres Orris thanked the presenters and for their time and service as volunteers bringing valuable therapeutic services to patients in the Rockingham County area.  He also thanked the members of the Massanutten community who attended.

Following a short break and refreshments, Lion Orris introduced ZC Lion Mary Propst who thanked the Club members for their continuing service.  Then she called for former Lion, Len Sisson, to come forward accompanied by her Sponsor, Jan Lorette.  She then re-inducted Lion Len as a returning member to the McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club.

Upcoming Events:

·         September 7-8             District 24-L Fall Conference, Fredericksburg VA

·         September 4th:             Board Meeting            MPOA Room  7 PM

·         September 18th:           General Meeting         MPOA Room  6:30 PM

Members were reminded that, in addition to eyeglasses and hearing aids, we are also collecting bicycles/parts, canned goods, new bras and  

Lion President Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:30.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, Aug 7, 2018

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on August 7, 2018 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  10 Lions attended

Lion President Orris               Lion Grover                Lion Sherryl

Lion Secretary Becky             Lion Trish                   Lion Ron        

Lion Treasurer Lucy               Lion Liz

Lion Tamer Ginny                  Lion Barb

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Minutes of the last meeting from the Secretary’s report were approved as published.

Discussions:

Treasurer Report: As of Aug 2, LCI dues have been paid and we need to finalize the 2018-2019 LY budget.

Lion Ron gave an update on the status of the new road signs.  Resort Drive sign is in.

The Board voted to accept new member, Len Sisson, to the Club.

24-L Web Site was discussed and new procedures for reporting Club events and news to the new District site was covered.

The Board voted to renew the Club’s old Domain Name (massanuttenlions.org) at a cost of $25.95.

The board agreed to evaluate the Bingo equipment and software for a period of 4-6 weeks making detailed records of any incidents or malfunctions after which we will determine if a professional should be engaged to fix any problems.

Lion President Orris informed the Board of new LCI activities with regard to the LCI Global Action Team, and Campaign 100.  We also agreed to consider applying for the LCI Club Excellence Award.

Fall Conference agenda was discussed:  Currently only Lions Orris, Becky, PDG Grover and Sherryl will attend.

Upcoming Events:

General Meeting/Therapy Dogs:                    21 August                   MPOA

Board Meeting:                                                 4 September             MPOA

District 24-L Fall Conference:                        7-8 September             Fredericksburg VA

General Meeting/ BS Troup 46:                     18 September              MPOA/Park

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM

Fundraisers:  Our main fundraiser continues to be weekly bingo.  This event required 27 lions and 124 lion hours and $8,363 was raised during the 4-week period from August 2nd to the 23rd and served 498 people.

Sight services:  Our Lions continue to read for Valley Voice, a reading service for the blind and vision impaired (through WMRA radio at JMU); the service is also carried on cable public access TV: 5 lions, 28 lion hours and 4,000 people served.

Health Services: Our Club conducted a public service presentation on Therapy Dogs and how they are used in our community.

Other:  Replaced aging LCI Road Signs and Updated Club Identification and Meeting Information

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – June 2018

June brings us in sight of the end of the 2017-2018 Lion Year and I want to start by thanking all of you for the support you have provided to your fellow Lions, the Board and to me personally. Our Club achieved many wonderful goals this past year and, while completing expenditures on the Park Project, our charitable contributions and volunteer hours remained strong and promise to be even more so in the 2018-2019 Lion Year.  In spite of some member attrition, and the passing of two of our own into the grace of God’s hands, we are adding new members and expect to sustain our numbers going into the new year.  I encourage all members to continue outreach efforts.

My thanks to Lion Vice President Marty, Lion Thom and Lion Tamer Anita for their great work with the May General Meeting.  I’m sorry we had to miss the presentations from some of our charitable funding recipients.  It’s always enjoyable to hear the results of our service efforts.

I pass on to all of you the report from PDG Lion Grover and Lion Sherryl who were our Club representatives/delegates to the 2018 Lions of Virginia State Convention May 17-20:

  1. As of July 1st 2018, Virginia Districts 24B, 24D, 24E and 24F will combine to become the new District 24I.  Districts 24A and 24C (us) will become the new District 24L.
  2. The leadership team of new District 24-L is striving to make this change in District configuration transparent to the club level. Our club should be unaffected but some of the places we send funds to for Lions programs may change.  At the convention, the following new District 24L Governors (elect) were formally announced:
  • DG Wilma Murphy (formerly 24A)
  • 1st VDG Scott McMurrain (formerly 24C)
  • 2nd VDG Glen Logan (formerly 24A)
  1. The Convention also included an election for a Virginia candidate for International Director. After two ballots, “None” won so the delegates chose not to endorse any Virginia candidates to run for International Director at the Las Vegas International Lions Convention.

As listed in the upcoming events below, June 20th is our Charter Night Banquet.  The current District 24C Governor, Lion John Knepper, will attend and we hope to have him induct more new members for his final visit to our club as our District Governor.  All members and guests have received invitations and I want to encourage all to attend this important annual event celebrating the founding of our Club and the end of the Lions Club Centennial year.  Come celebrate as we say goodbye to the old (24C) and welcome to our new 24L Club members.

One final plea from Lion Secretary Becky:  Please RSVP ASAP for Charter Night!

Upcoming Events:

  • June 5:                       Club Board Meeting
  • June 20:                     Charter Night (Wednesday); MPOA Meeting Room
  • July 3/10/17:               Annual Club Picnic (Board will choose date on 5 June)

Yours In Lionism,

Lion Orris

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, May 15, 2018

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met at the in the MPOA Meeting Room on April 17, 2018 for a General Meeting/Social.  The social began at 6:30 PM and the meeting began at 7.

Club Attendees: 19

Lion VP Marty            Lion Thom                  Lion Liz

Lion Treas Lucy         Lion JC                       Lion Anita

Lion Ron                    Lion Trish                   Lion Tom K.

 

Guests:            Lion Larry Roller

                        Beth Bland

                        Marcia Deavers 

Lion Thom led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the Invocation

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

- Lion VP Marty introduced the guest speakers and each one spoke about how our club’s scholarships/contributions helped each of their programs.  Brochures were handed out for the Bland Competition Scholarship Foundation.

- Lion Lucy reported that there was a lack of interest in helping or donating to the annual Yard Sale so it was decided that we would not participate this year.

Upcoming Events:

Lions of VA State Convention           May 17-2

Charter Night                                    June 20th

Lion VP Marty thanked the guests and adjourned the meeting at 8:00 PM.​

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, May 1, 2018

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on May 1, 2018 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  10 Lions attended

Lion President Orris               Lion Marty

Lion Secretary Becky             Lion Trish

Lion Thom                              Lion Lucy

Lion Anita                               Lion Barb

Lion Ron                                 Lion Jeanne

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Discussions:

- Lion President Orris announced that our speakers for the May 15th General Meeting would be:

·         Larry Roller – Bland Competition   Scholarship

·         Beth Bland – Friendship Industries

·         Marcia Deavers – Elkton Area United Services

- New Memorial Pavers order (Mittee) and process: Discussion about ordering six-at-a-time to save shipping costs, or to order each individual block as needed.  Lion Thom explained the costs for each option and the Board voted to order each individual block as needed rather than to store potential blocks until needed.  As President and Treasurer for LOMFI, Lions Trish and Thom were authorized by the LOMFI Board Members (quorum was present) to expend required funds to order a memorial paver in memory of Mittee Casamento.

- Club Standardized Procedures and Training Document:  Lions Becky and Orris will send the standardized job descriptions for each Board Officer in order to receive feedback on potential changes.

- Lions Club Signs – Large LCI Signs had arrived and informational signs should be delivered soon.

- Membership/Dues - Discussion & Initiatives:  Dues letters will be sent out in June and Lion President Orris will draft a letter to Members who have postponed their membership.

- Charter Night:  The banquet will be held at the MPOA Meeting Room on June 20th.  Members will be asked to provide Lion Secretary Becky the names of potential members or other guests that may attend the Charter Night Banquet.

- Yard Sale, 19 May:  Lions Lucy, Anita and Becky will attend the yard sale.  Members will be asked to bring items on the day of the sale and members will mark the price of their items.

Upcoming Events:  General Mtg, May 15; State Convention, May 17-20; Yard Sale, May 19 and Charter Night, June 20.

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 7:55 PM.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – MAY 2018

Looking back, the month of April was significant for our Club and I feel that I must begin this newsletter by remembering the passing of our own fellow Lion, Mittee Casamento on April 17th. Mittee was a friend to all and a very active member of our Lions Club family since her induction in 2010. She was a past Lion Tamer, Bingo Checker and Progressive Cashier until her recent declining health prevented her continued participation.  She will be deeply missed by us all.  

The success of our April General Meeting was highlighted by the addition of our newest Club members, Lions Elaine and Thomas Keegan, sponsored by Lions Cathy and Ron and sworn in by the 24-C Vice District Governor Lion Joel Kendall. Another highlight was the election of the Club’s Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 Lion Year.  By unanimous vote of the members, the new officers are:

President                     Lion Orris Hambleton

Vice President:            Lion Marty Bailey

Secretary:                    Lion Becky Hambleton

Treasurer:                    Lion Lucy Powell

Lion Tamer:                 Lion Ginny Schneider

Tail Twister:                Lion Jeanne Martin.

Director:                      Lion J.C. P. (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)

As announced last month, our new Lions Club signs were ordered to replace the existing (very faded) signs on Route 33 and also on Resort Drive and I am happy to report that they have been received and are ready to be installed. If you would like to help with the work of replacing the signs, please let me know.

Looking ahead, Lion Becky and I will be traveling with friends in mid-May so Lion VP Marty will chair our General Meeting on May 15th.  We hope to have representatives from several of the charitable organizations supported by the grants issued last Fall come to tell us how the money has helped make lives better.

Upcoming Events:

May 15:                       General Meeting

May 19:                       Lions Booth at MPOA Yard Sale

May 18-20:                  Lions of Virginia State Convention

June 5:                         Club Board Meeting

June 20:                       Charter Night (Wednesday); MPOA Meeting Room

This newsletter, along with Board and General Meeting minutes, will also be posted on the Club website (www.MassanuttenLions.org)

Thank you again for all you do.

Yours In Lionism,

Lion Orris

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, April 3, 2018

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on April 3, 2018 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  7 Lions attended

Lion President Orris                Lion Liz

Lion Secretary Becky             Lion Trish

Lion JC                                   Lion Lucy

Lion Anita                               Lion Barb

- Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Discussions:

LOMFI Report: Lion Trish reported the following Foundation activities: $881.40 paid for daubers/pull tabs; 368.00 Cleaning fee for Bingo paid; Lions Trish and Orris attended the Blue Ridge Community College annual scholarship luncheon in appreciation for our Club donation; Foundation reconciliation accounts are doing well; $257.24 paid to The Villager newspaper to continue the Bingo Ad in their Vacation Supplement. LOMFI Articles of Incorporation Revisions - A draft “Restatement of Incorporation” for LOMFI has be turned over to LOMFI Secretary, Lion J.C., for final review and filing.

Treasurer Report: Lion Lucy reported current account is doing well and all outstanding accounts due have been paid. Information on the Spring MPOA Yard Sale is not available yet.

Charter Night: Discussion was held about where to hold the event – 4 options: the restaurant “Beyond,” the MPOA Meeting Room (catered), the Woodfire Grill, discussing the pros/cons of each with respect to capacity, price and convenience. Catering options are: Log Cabin Barbecue, Propst Catering, Mama’s Caboose, Romano’s, Vito’s Pizza Pie.  The price per/person would be no more than $20 including tip.  Invitations will be sent to all clubs in our district.

New Club Website and MyLion App:  Lion Orris reported that the new Club website is up and running with basic information.  He also explained the new LCI MyLion App recently established to bring a Social Media approach to our Club.  He appealed to the Board to help search for members that may be able to provide technical assistance to add to the website and

MyLions applications.

Standardized Club Procedures Document:  Lion Orris covered the current progress on creating a first draft of the document and noted that, once established, it will also provide the basis for Club specific training information for new members and recurring training.

Fund Raising Committee:  Lion J.C. continued to investigate the possibility of holding a “Poker Night” fund raising event – 23 people would be required to run the event and most would come from outside of the club.  There is a possibility to make up to $18,000 during a 6-hour event.  The target date for event would be July, 2019.  The event is not currently regulated by the VA Gaming Commission and no license is required.

Membership: Lion Orris encouraged the Board to continue searching for new members and announced the LCI initiative for potential sponsors of new members to be entered into a drawing for $750 for members registered between April 1 – June 15, 2018.

Upcoming Events:  VDG Kendall visit, April 17; Board Mtg, May 1 / General Mtg, May 15; State Convention, May 17-20; and Charter Night, June 20.

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 7:55 PM.

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING, April 17, 2018

The McGaheysville-Massanutten Lions Club, of Massanutten, Virginia, met at the in the MPOA Meeting Room on April 17, 2018 for a General Meeting/Social.  The social began at 6:30 PM and the meeting began at 7.

Club Attendees: 19

Lion Pres Orris            Lion Sec Becky           Lion Jan

Lion Treas Lucy         Lion JC                       Lion Barb

Lion Ron                     Lion Cathy                  Lion Trish

Lion Jeanne                 Lion Tom K.               Lion Elaine

Lion PDG Grover       Lion Sherryl                Lion Carole

Guests:            Zone Chair, Lion Mary Propst

                        VDG Lion Joel Kendall

                        Lee and Barry Cunningham                   

Lion Pres Orris led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lion JC Gave the Invocation

Agenda/ Meeting Notes:

Lion Pres Orris Introduced Special Guests and called on ZC Lion Mary to say a few words and to introduce VDG Joel Kendall who spoke about the differences in the way clubs operate and the importance of encouraging new membership.

New Member Induction Ceremony:  VDG Lion Joel inducted new members, Lions Tom and Elaine Keegan into our club administering the oath and presenting with their new member packets. Their sponsors, Lions Ron and Cathy, presented them with their first Lions Pin and Lion Pres Orris gave a toast ending with a big “LIONS ROAR!”

Proposed Slate of Officers for 2018-2019:  The final announcement was made by Lion Pres Orris.  Lion Ron Motioned for approval and Lion J.C. seconded.  A unanimous voice vote was returned confirming the following slate:

President:                    Lion Orris Hambleton

Vice President:            Lion Marty Bailey

Secretary:                    Lion Becky Hambleton

Treasurer:                    Lion Lucy Powell

Lion Tamer:                 Lion Ginny Schneider

Tail Twister:                Lion Jeanne Martin

3 Positions continue, not requiring a vote:  Past President, Lion Liz Brown, Club Director, Lion J.C. Powell, and LOMFI President, Lion Trish Philon.

Updates on recent Club and Board Actions:

- Memorial Pavers:  The Board approved a policy that all former members of the Club are eligible to receive a paver upon their passing.  Funding has been set aside within the LOMFI account to offset the cost of new pavers, made possible by a donation from Lion Bob Bloomquist, and will be continued through additional donations to the memorial.

- New Road Signs:  The Signs have been ordered and Lion Orris will notify members to help with installation once received.

- Charter Night:  Scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2018; 24C DG, Lion John Knepper will attend.

Upcoming Events:

- Board Meeting                                    May 1st

- General Meeting                                 May 15th

- MPOA Yard Sale                                May 19th

- Lions of VA State Convention           May 17-20

- Charter Night                                      June 20th

Lion President Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:45 PM.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – April 2018

Just a short message this month since our March 20 meeting was so rudely treated by Mother Nature and had to be cancelled. Fortunately, we have been successful in moving the entire agenda to our April 17th General Meeting that will still include a visit from 24-C Vice District Governor Joel Kendall. As previously planned, Lion Joel will conduct our main event for the evening by swearing in our newest Club members, Elaine and Thomas Keegan, so please plan to attend this rare and wonderful event to give Elaine and Tom a rousing welcome. Members are asked to bring a dessert to share.

In a related twist of fate, Lions Club International (LCI) has announced a contest that runs from April 1st to June 15th offering sponsors of new members a chance to win a prize of $750. Therefore, the one-month delay in inducting the Keegan’s makes their sponsors, Lions Ron and Cathy, eligible to win – yet another good reason to keep searching for new members.

As announced last month, our Lions of Massanutten Foundation (LOMFI) has received donations from the Bloomquist family that, along with other donations made in Lion Sharon’s memory, will be passed on to the Bland Memorial Scholarship Foundation, a cause that Sharon championed throughout her time with us. This donation will be made publicly at the 2018 District Bland Scholarship Contest in Harrisonburg on Sunday, April 8th. The contest will be held at the Harrisonburg Baptist Church, 501 S. Main Street, and will start at 2 PM. During the judge’s deliberations, Lion Jan will say a few words in memory of Sharon’s dedication to music and the development of young, talented musicians supported by organizations like the Bland Scholarship Foundation, then Lion Trish will present our donation. Members are encouraged to attend and see the truly talented musicians from our local area perform. The vocal and instrumental winners will move on to compete at the Virginia Lions Club State Convention in May.

In other actions, new Lions Club signs have been ordered to replace the existing (very faded) signs on Route 33 and also on Resort Drive. If you would like to help, we hope to install them next month.

ELECTIONS: I am happy to report that we finally have a complete slate of candidates for the Club’s Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 Lion Year. Following the announcements made in February and March, this letter is the third and final announcement of the slate and notification to members that the April 17th General Club Meeting will include a vote to approve/not approve the slate. Additional nominations may be made prior to the meeting. The final slate of candidates is:

President                            Lion Orris H. (Incumbent)

Vice President:                  Lion Marty B. (Incumbent)

Secretary:                           Lion Becky H. (Incumbent)

Treasurer:                          Lion Lucy P. (Incumbent)

Director:                              Lion J.C. P. (serving 2nd year of 2-year term)

Lion Tamer:                       Lion Ginny Schneider (New Candidate)

Tail Twister:                      Lion Jeanne M. (New Candidate)

LOMFI President:             Lion Trish (continuing current term)

Upcoming Events:

April 8th:     2018 District Bland Scholarship Contest, Harrisonburg Baptist Church, 2 PM

April 17th:   General Meeting with VDG Lion Joel Kendall (new members Induction Ceremony)

May 1st:      Club Board of Directors Meeting – Open to all members

May 15th:    General Meeting

June 20th: (Wednesday)   Charter Night

This newsletter will also be posted on the Club website.  Thank you again for all you do.

Yours In Lionism,

Orris

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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD MEETING, March 5th, 2018

Our monthly Club Board meeting was a held at the MPOA on March 5th, 2018 at 7 PM.

Attendance:  7 Lions attended

Lion President Orris                Lion Liz

Lion Marty                              Lion Thom

Lion Secretary Becky             Lion Ron

Lion JC

Meeting was called to order by Lion President Orris at 7:00 PM. 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Orris.

Minutes of the last meeting from the secretary’s report were approved as published.

Discussions:

Memorial Pavers:  We discussed the 6 new memorial pavers that had been ordered and received.  Additionally, it was noted that Lion Grover has 3 additional pavers at his home for June Martin and the Schmidt’s. Lion Orris will collect the pavers from Lion Grover and install the Schmidt’s when weather permits.  The paver for June Martin will be placed in the Storage facility until needed.  The policy concerning which former Club members could be included in the memorial was discussed and it was decided that all former members will be included in the memorial upon notification of death.  The concern about running out of space was discussed but it is considered that alternatives are available to include more pavers when needed.  It was also revealed that Lion Bob Bloomquist and the Schmidt family gave donations to LOMFI totaling $1200.00 that will be used to maintain the memorial. (Standard Practice)

Mail Handling:  This subject was discussed by the Board again and agreed that both LOMFI and Club Secretaries are designated to have keys to the common P.O. Box 373 and that they should open all mail and distribute to the appropriate recipients. (Standard Practice)

Standardized Club/LOMFI Procedures:  The Board discussed that, once established, the Club Procedures document could be used to assist with the training of new members/Board members.  It was also suggested that it include appropriate references/quotes from the current Club and LOMFI By-Laws, LCI and other authoritative documents applicable to the Club’s standard practices and coordinating procedures. (Standard Practice)

Training:  Lion Ron suggested we begin orientation Training with LCI material and then move on to local Club procedures.  Lion Orris suggested we do a refresher training each year.

Bland Scholarship Donation:  It was discussed and agreed that Lions Jan and Trish will attend the District 24-C Bland Scholarship Competition in April to represent the Club, say a few words about Lion Sharon’s work with the Bland contests, and to present a donation check to the Bland Foundation in Sharon’s memory.  The funds were provided by the Bloomquist family and Club members.

Fundraising:  Lion JC led a discussion on participation in the Highway 240 yard sale and the Spring community yard sale.  Lion Lucy is researching these.  Lion JC also reported his meeting with the Harrisonburg Lions that organize their Texas Hold ‘Em fundraiser.  He reported that there is a possibility of raising up to $30,000, based on the information provided at the meeting.  Further information gathering is continuing.

Charitable Grants:  After discussing the many questions we routinely receive about sight and hearing programs, the Board decided that all such questions should be referred to Lion Cathy as the Grants Committee Chair and the administrator of our Club’s sight and hearing programs.

Highway Signs:  Final wording for both the information signs was confirmed, funded from the LOMFI General Account:

McGaheysville-Massanutten

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30

“We Serve”

New Members:  The Board approved new member applications for both Thomas and Elaine Keegan, effective immediately.

Aging-In-Place:  The Board discussed coordinating with Betty Newell to make the Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan project a Lions Club Community project led by Lion Johnny.  Lion Orris will meet with both to discuss implementation.

Lion President Orris will approach Matthias about sponsoring an employee volunteer Club membership.  Lion JC will contact other local business owners about sponsoring similar employee members.

Lion Jeff B. Met with Lion Orris to discuss a “SNOW ANGEL” project idea.  This would be a community-wide volunteer project to meet community needs during inclement weather events (e.g., shoveling a walkway/driveway for an elderly or infirm individual or assisting with transportation).

5K Family Fun Run/Walk:  After much discussion, the Board decided to not participate in organizing the event this year.  The reason for this is that we felt the event was over-staffed and ill-attended.  We will also suggest that they reduce their Grant request because the full amount of the grant provided last year purchased much more food than was needed.

Calendar

- Board Meeting                                                                      April 3rd at 7 PM

- Bland Scholarship Contest                                                   April 8th at 2 PM

- General Meeting/VDG Visit                                                April 17th at 6:30 PM

- Note:  Charter Night (location TBD)                                   Wednesday, June 20th at 6:30 PM

Lion Pres Orris adjourned the meeting at 8:30 PM.

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