Newsletter 05/17/21


May 17, 2021    Members: 30  Guests: 9

Facebook: El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club

Opening: Pres. Mike                                      

Song Master: 1st VDG Jennifer Mendoza                   Song: God Bless America

Pledge of Allegiance:  PDG Norm MacKenzie            Invocation:  PP Phil Smith

HELEN KELLER QUOTE by 3rd Veep Fabian Vereda:

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence”.


.District 4L6 PDG Council presented our own Rob Ransweiler with a Dwight Stanford Fellowship for his exemplary service to our East County community.  Congrats Lion Rob for the giving of your time to make our community a better place to live.

.Lion Nancy DeTomaso received her 30-year tenure chevron


ill Sturgeon 5/4, Frank Reid 5/7, Roger Stebleton 5/8, Carl Ruiz 5/27, Phil Smith 5/28


Hope those missing from the meetings are not ill but if so our best wishes for you to get well real soon.

IF you know of any members who are in distress, sick or in the hospital, PLEASE notify PP Yvonne so our good wishes can be conveyed to him/her.  619/838-4262


June 4th – Melvin Jones Fellowship Dinner-Pacific S/W Assoc. of Realtors 1150 Broadway. El Cajon-$30 – 5-9PM = See PP Yvonne

June 11th – ECVH Lions Club Flag Day Program at Johnson Elementary School

June 12th – District Lions Learning Day 9-11:30AM venue TBD   NO COST

June 19th – Lions Camp Jack fund raiser at Coronado Yacht Club 5-9PM = See PP Yvonne

VP REPORTS:  NOTE:  Our Veeps are busy putting their committees together for next fiscal year so if you have an interest in serving your club/community please let them know, there are a lot of spots to fill so please step up to the plate in the name of Lionism.

1st Veep Rob Ransweiler:  T

hanks to those Lions who have stepped up for next year’s committees and he will continue contacting Lions for committee positions.

2nd Carl Ruiz:

No formal report        

3rd Veep Fabian Vereda:

Has been contacting previous committee chairs: PP Gary Sims is working on Lions Day at the Races while PP Chris Bramwell has once again offered his humble abode for our annual picnic.

Membership Chair Cathy Bailes:

No formal report


This one was about a woman who needed a skin graft and her husband’s help with getting it done.

HAPPY DOLLARS AND OTHER NONSENSE: TT Bob “The Hatchet Man” Acker meandered the room, basket in hand, looking suspiciously at everyone

Len $5 Happy to see PP Ray Ridlon

Ray R $100 good to be back.  Visited with 3 friends with whom he served in Viet Nam, all from different states.

Chris $20 felt the Tail Twisters should pay $20 month each for the privilege of collecting our fines.  That went over like a lead balloon but TT Acker already had his money!

Mike R $5 Happy to see the visiting governors at our meeting

Rob $20 very grateful for his award and for those who came to present it.

Paul    Congrats to Rob for his award

Cathy $5 Thanks for Rob for his service and to the visiting governors for attending

Mercy $20 just because

Fabian $20 new grandchild is now 6 months old (how time flies!)

Kiley $20  ???

Mark C $20 for Rob and all he does and Chris almost ran him off the road on the way to the meeting today

Krista Powers Executive Director of Mt Helix Park. Krista attended Grossmont HS and Bishops.

Note: Mt. Helix was named after a snail, the helix aspersa.

Mt Helix Park and Nature Theater is the 2nd oldest continuous Easter Sunrise Service in the country.  Its elevation is 1365’.  It was dedicated in 1925 by her family as a memorial to Mary Carpenter Yawkey.  The park was private until 1933 when it was turned over to the County to maintain the park and the cross.  Due to legal issues in the 1990’s the park was again privatized and is now a 501(c)3 corporation and runs on donations for upkeep.  The Mt Helix Park Foundation is the non-profit organization responsible for preserving and enhancing the park, amphitheater and cross memorial on top of Mt Helix Park.

Go to for various levels of membership to help support “The Crown Jewel of East County”.

Winner of Attendance Drawing: Walt Simmons – MIA so next week it will be $20

Winner of 50/50 Drawing: Len Blottin $62 – donated to our foundation

**Remember the El Cajon Valley Lions Foundation in your Will/Trust**


Blast From the Past:  “Don’t forget that Lions Club pin you wear on your collar or blouse represents that you belong to one of the greatest organizations in the world”

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