Newsletter 04/22/19


April 22, 2019    Members: 31 Guests: 1

Facebook: El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club




Opening:  Following a scrumptious luncheon that included a healthy serving of beans and wienies, President Jeff summoned the greatest group of Lions west of the Mississippi to order. PP Jerry Hollingsworth dug deep into his bag of musical archives and selected “You Are My Sunshine” for our song today – still a difficult harmonic selection. Lion Dave Reid, wearing a tight fitting red, white and blue starched button-downed oxford shirt, started of the Pledge for us. Lion Treasurer Paul PT Tremblay had the honor of delivering the invocation for us. PP Bruce Boorman provided the group with yet another great start to our meeting with this famous Helen Keller quote; “Life is either a great adventure or nothing”. 



PP Kiley brought along his colleague from EJ, Mr. Kevin Lee.  




Lion secretary Paul Walters had a very short Secretaries Report that included among other topics some additional insights of the upcoming convention, the ECPD Awards party at the Ronald Reagan on May 3 that is always a great function, and an announcement on Lion Bob Groff’s scheduled eye surgery today. Wishing you well Lion Bob!



May 18thGUNSMOKE IX. It’s no secret, our Casino Night is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year by far. Get your tickets distributed now and Lion PT reports there are plenty more available. Details on other LIONS CLUB events on the horizon, including the upcoming Installation Dinner for new Club officers, to be held on paddleboards on San Diego Bay btw, and the ECV Lions “Del Mar Day at the Races” party in July, will be unveiled following Gunsmoke IX.




3rd VP Gary Zink: Progress       


2nd VP Mike Raney: Abundant progress on the Speaker Programs for our meetings. Good job Lion Mike Raney.           


1st VP Chris Bramwell: 

Hard at work on our Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday May 18th. Lots of behind the scene stuff going on to help guarantee this one will be the very best ever.



Membership Chair Cathy Bailes encouraged everyone to continue to invite guests and potential members to our meetings every week. For instance, our guest Kevin Lee from EJ today looks like he offers some serious upside and could be a difference maker and impactful to our group. Just saying….


Happy Dollars:

Happy Dollars and Fines were in short supply today. Lion 2nd Veep Mike R. tossed in some serious dough on behalf of the vacationing Lion Abraham M. for his announced interest in the vacant City Council seat in EC. According to unnamed sources, Lion Abraham was fully rejuvenated following his recent month long stay in Kauai with his family and close friend Lion Daryl Priest in tow…

PP George Hurst was happy to be back after being MIA for so long. We were all thrilled to see you back in the fold as well Lion George…


PP Gary Sims put in $5 to the tail twister pot saying that Lion Arnold M. has promised him his eyebrows. It was suggested that Lion Gary could just shave some hair off of his back and have plenty to spare…At this point in the proceedings, Lion Bob Acker, manning the tail twister basket, took charge and fined the entire PP Sims table for being unruly and disruptive in the back of the room during the meeting… Lion Catharine B. was happy about the Padres getting off to a good start this season and for our guest, Kevin Lee, for joining us today…PDG Len Blottin was elated, as we all were, when he announced his beautiful wife Bucky was resting at home following a recent stay in the hospital. Lion Len B. was also happy to announce he just celebrated his 79th birthday. Congratulations Len!… 1st VP Lion Chris B. was happy his wife Cathy is doing a lot better too following an extended hospital stay as well… An unsolicited note: I miss our old traditional badges, just saying…And finally, as always, our thoughts and prayers go out to all in a time of need…




Our speaker today was our dear friend Kim Gibbens of the San Diego Center for the Blind. She has been an integral part of that group since 1975 and shared stories and provided her insight into the organization. During her tenure, the San Diego Center for the Blind has been dedicated to promoting independence and self-reliance for blind and vison impaired adults throughout San Diego County. The nationally recognized vision rehabilitation program provides the steps to freedom by teaching individual living at home and in the community. This program is offered at no charge to their students and transportation is provided to from classes. Our CLUB has been and will continue to be a proud sponsor and contributor of this program.


***And don’t forget that pin you wear on your collar represents that

you belong to the greatest service organization in the world!










































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