Newsletter 05/04/15

El Cajon Valley Host Lions

May 4, 2015            32 Lions and 2 Guests


Lion President Mercy Walters opened the meeting at 12:30pm with some great booming news “…we done good… we ROCKED!…we were the most highly recognized club!” at the 73rd District  4L6 District Convention in Yuma Arizona this past weekend.

Lion PP Jerry Hollingsworth, Songmaster, led our fellow Lions and guests in singing “God Bless America”. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lion Earl Irey. Prayer & Invocation was gracefully recited by Lion PP Mark Clifton. Helen Keller Quote of the Week was inspirationally given by Lion PP Bruce Boorman.





A Special Thanks to the following fellow Lions who attended the District 4L6 Lions Convention in Yuma: President Mercy Walters, Secretary Paul Walters, PDG Len Blottin (& wife PDG Bucky), PP Bob Moreau (&wife Mary), Lion Chris Bramwell (& wife Cathy), Dick Nasif, PP Ron Paris and Lion Sharie Hoops.

Some of the numerous awards we received were: El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club was recognized as the best Large Lions Club in the entire district! Most Service Activities Reports received! Most new members recruited! Most Visitations to Clubs in the District! It was a great T.E.A.M. effort (“together everyone achieves more”)  

Some of the many additional outstanding individual recognitions included: President Mercy Walters  award for Lions Eyes Across California Chairperson and Certificate for most Individual Visitations to other clubs. Secretary Paul Walters award for District Student Speaker Fellowship Trustee and District Environmental Chair and Individual Club Visitations Award. PDG Len Blottin Certificate for District Nominating Chair Award and recognition for support of the San Diego Center for the Blind.


Jeff Smith was here for his 3rd visit to our club and Julia Sanchez from Canine Companions was here to receive a check from our El Cajon Valley Lions Foundation. Mrs. Sanchez was unable to attend last week’s Foundation Funding Awards due to being away on her honeymoom!


Congratulations to the following Lions with birthday’s in Month of  May: Lion PP Gordon Bush—May 3rd; Lion PP Bill Sturgeon—May 4th; Lion PP Roger Stebleton—May 8th and Lion PP Phil Smith—May 28th.


Lion Secretary Paul Walters reported that our next Board Meeting will be on Wednesday May 13th at PDG Len Blottin’s office 1000 N. Johnson in El Cajon. May 25th we will be DARK. This Friday May 8th El Cajon Police Awards 6pm at Reagan Community Center.

Lion Dick Nasif and Lion PP Bob Moreau from the El Cajon Valley Lions Foundation presented two checks for $5000. to Julia Sanchez and her dog Duncan from the Canine Companions for Independence.


3rd VP Roy “Rocco” Collura, excused absence. Lion Mike Wasyliw, Visitations Chair, thanked fellow Lions for all their support in attending our Lions Visitations—we received recognition at the District Convention for 2nd Place Best Lions Visitations & visiting the most clubs in the district!

2nd VP Van Willsey had Lion PP Mark Clifton report on Adopt a Street Community Cleanup which will resume in June. Lion Van commended PP Bob Moreau for organizing efforts on getting a good contingent of fellow Lions to the District 4L6 Convention this past weekend. If you haven’t been to a Lions Convention sign up next year—all Lions are welcome!

1st VP Ray Ridlon, excused absence, on vacation.  Lion Treasurer Paul Tremblay reported that ticket sales and sponsorships for the Casino Night on June 13th are starting to build steam. Some of the recent sponsorships reported  include: PP Jerry Hollingsworth–$250. Silver, PP Mark Clifton–$500. Gold, Lion Mike Wasyliw–$100  Bronze, Lion Felina Balistreri–$100 Bronze.


Winning bids for this month’s Exempt Badges at $40.00 each go to Lion PP Ron Snow, Lion Treasurer Paul Tremblay, Lion Chris Bramwell and Lion Secretary Paul Walters.


A few of the Happy Dollars & Happy Dollar Fines collected this week include: Happy $20 from PP Gary Sims for a call to halt some of the relentless razzing he is receiving! Lion Cathy Bailes gave a Happy $5 for those “go Padres!” and a congrat’s for a great convention! Lion PP Walt Simmons gave a Happy $5 for a great  Lions convention and a job well done to Lion Secretary Paul Walters! Lion Bob Acker gave a Happy $5 for another great Ducks Unlimited year! Lion PP Ray Hackworth gave a Happy $20 for his Joke of the Week!



Our featured guest speaker this week was “our own” Lion Justin Stewart, from Opus Bank,  who shared some of his life experiences along with his career in banking. Lion Justin comes from an agricultural family from Kansas City and he has 3 degrees in physics, micro biology and finance. He has been playing the violin since age 7 and has handmade 4 violin’s and became an Eagle Scout which helped him to get into Medical School which he tried for 1 year and said he hated it and decided that banking was his business. As manager for the Opus Bank which formed in 2010 the bank’s focus is primarily on developing small businesses in the community. A good business referral to Lion Justin would be a small business owner who had probably been turned down by some of the larger banking institutions. A small business would be defined as having annual revenues of $125,000 up to approximately $40-50 million. Justin mentioned that banking interest rates on savings are still quite low and unfortunately will probably never come back to what they were years ago. One of the personal best bang for your bucks is putting money into Real Estate and that Commercial Real Estate is presently making a big comeback.


Attendance Drawing Winner was Lion Secretary Paul Walters.

Glad to hear that we had a very successful & highly praised ECVH Lions Club at the Yuma Convention!

Thanks to all fellow Lions who have sold and will sell our Gunsmoke V Casino Night tickets and sponsorships.

And don’t forget that Lions Pin you wear on your collar or blouse represents that you belong to one of the greatest organizations in the world—the El Cajon Valley Host Lions “Best Large Lion Club in the District!” WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENDANCE AND MEMBERSHIP!

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