Newsletter 07/16/2012


July 16, 2012                             36 Members    1 Visiting Lion Guest


Lion President Bill Sturgeon opened the meeting at 12:30pm. Opening Song “God Bless America” was led by PP Jerry Hollingsworth. Pledge of Allegiance was led by PP George Hurst. Another great Prayer & Invocation was given by 1st VP Kiley Grunstad. Inspirational Helen Keller quote of the week was given by Lion Christian Willie.

Distinguished Visiting Lion Guest PDG Scott Leslie made the following announcements: a few Volunteer Lion Bartenders are needed for the August 3-4th Council Governor’s Meeting. All Lions are welcome to this free event.  Spring Valley Lions will be celebrating their new Officers Installation on Wednesday July 18th.


Congratulations to Lion Jim Sing who was recognized for his 15 years of dedicated service to the El Cajon Valley Lions.


PP Gary Robinson reported that the District Cabinet Meeting will be held this Friday July 20th 6pm at the Mission Valley Hilton. District Officers Installation will be on Saturday July 21st.


3RD VP Ray Ridlon announced that August 3rd Day at the Races has 8 seats/openings as reported by Gary Sims chair of the event. October 7th is the tentative date for our Annual Lions Picnic and will be chaired by Lion Felina Balistreri.

2nd VP Mercy Walters requested Lion volunteers for the upcoming “Adopt a Street Cleanup” on Saturday July 28th 7:30am and will meet at Clifton Mercedes 1033 West Main El Cajon. We are shooting for 10 Volunteers. Student Speakers Contest will be chaired by Lion Paul Walters. Programs/ Speakers will be chaired by PP George Hurst. Eyeglass Program will be chaired by Lion Van Willsey.  Conventions will be chaired by PP Gary Sims.

1st VP Kiley Grunstad asked PP Ray Hackworth to give an update on Camp Jack. Sign Up Lists have been passed around for the July 29th BBQ and the two week Tuesday & Wednesday Fishing Derby’s.  Thanks to the Lion Volunteers who will “send off the kids” at approx. 11:30am on July 29th from the Boys & Girls Club of East County. Thanks to PP Dick Rogers for his leads on getting some affordable bus/van transportation. BBQ at Camp Oliver in the afternoon will feature Lion Dick Nasif as the Chief BBQ Cook and his Lion BBQ assistants. Contact Lion Dick Nasif if you would like to help on the BBQ.  Our Lions ROSTER compiled by Lion Bruce Boorman will be passed around and ask that you verify and update any changes with your initials.


PP George Hurst gave a preview lineup of upcoming Speakers/Programs that includes: Credit Unions, NASSCO, Ruben Fleet Museum, Old Globe, Rep’s from our Military, etc. Pretty well booked till the end of the year. A Superb Thank You to PP George Hurst for the incredible & informative & interesting programs during the past year & a Special Thanks for staying on another term! We had a short discussion about some of the feedback received from some speakers—most feedback was positive—some feedback may indicate that we may be asking too many tough or hard questions—we may need to mix the questions with some soft as well as hard ball questions. All in all being respectful & courteous of our speakers is much appreciated.


Lion Christian Wille started with a Happy $13 for a Padre Baseball Game with the Dodgers with a Padre win. PP Tom Normandie with a Happy $5 for getting some relief with PP Tom Hoban out of town. Lion Roy Collura with a Happy $5 for his 2 golf games of 94 +94. President Bill Sturgeon Happy $5 for his Depends story. PP Ron Paris Happy $2 for fun at Fiesta Island. PP George Hurst Happy $5 for his vacation back from Vegas. PP Elmer Vierkant Happy $1 for the Descanso Parade and being Grand Marshall the 2nd time. Lion Felina Balistreri Happy $10 for our great Lions Club. Lion Paul Tremblay Happy $5 for being with his son & grandson and soon to have 3rd grandson and upcoming surgery.


Let’s keep those Happy Dollars & Happy Fines “flowing”! They sure bring a lot of fun & laughter into our meetings; give us an opportunity “to brag a little” and also help with our Lions Treasury. As mentioned by Lion Paul Tremblay in his Treasurer Report today: During the past year your Happy Dollars & Happy Fines collected almost $7,000.00 for our Lions Club!

Let’s continue to keep PP Trent Huls in our Thoughts & Prayers who has been in and out of Intensive Care and is “getting a little better”.

Don’t forget that Lions Pin you wear on your collar represents that you belonging to the greatest service organization in the world…The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club “Best Lion Club of the Year 2011-2012”

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