Newsletter 07/02/12



July 2, 2012 33 Lions and 2 Guests Vol. 66, Issue 1


With much anticipation and the excitement of a New Beginning,

Lion President Bill Sturgeon officially began his term of office . He

arrived at 12:25pm, grabbed a quick bite to eat, and rang the bell at

12:32pm to officially open the meeting. As with all new Lion Presidents

many of our members tested our new president by trying to briefly

“ignore him” by not rising for the opening song of the day led by PP

Jerry Hollingsworth. President Bill Sturgeon graciously passed the test

of “maintaining his cool & a good sense of humor.“ Afterward, all Lions

rose and sang a patriotic song with much gusto. Pledge was given by

1st VP Kiley Grunstad and Opening Prayer Invocation by 2nd VP Mercy

Walters. An Inspirational Helen Keller Quote of the Week was given

by Lion Paul Walters: “Never Bend Your Head. Hold It High. Look

The World Straight In The Eye”. President Bill in his Installation

speech challenged our Lions to reflect on the words of Helen Keller

and become more inspired in “Faithfull Service” along with having

lots of fun performing our various service projects. Immediate Past

President Don Anthony presented President Bill Sturgeon with his new

Lion President Name Badge and likewise presented PP Don Anthony

with the Immediate Past President Lion Name Badge.

Shortly into the meeting it was good to see PP Gordon Bush arrive

at the meeting after his short absence. An update was given on PP Trent

Huls who is back in ICU at Alvarado Hospital—please keep Trent in your

daily thoughts and prayers. It was announced that the Lions Steak Fry

at PP Tom Hoban’s Home was incredible with delicious steaks and an

awesome group of Lions. Four left over frozen steaks from the Steak Fry

were auctioned off with the winning bid of $42.75 by PP Phil Smith (one

of the 4 Lions who signed up but were unable to attend the Steak Fry.)


Lion PP Mike Carleton, Lion PP Tom Hoban and Lion PP Ed

Waymire were honored for their birthday’s in July with a heartfelt

Happy Birthday delivered by Song master PP Jerry Hollingsworth &

fellow Lions.


New monthly exempt badges were auctioned off to the highest

bidders at $50.00 each to Immediate Past President Don Anthony and

President Bill Sturgeon.


A 15yr. Monarch Chevron Service Pin was presented to Lion Mike



Lion President Bill Sturgeon on his recent Installation speech

pledged to encourage fellow Lions to be more generous with their

Happy Dollars. Proceeds from the July 2nd meeting will benefit Camp

Jack. Some of the many Happy Dollars included: 2nd VP Lion Mercy

Walters a Happy 50 for her front page photo in the El Cajon Herald.

Ten other Lions who were also featured in the Herald gave $5.00 each.

Lion Ron Black gave a Happy 10 “for swatting plenty of mosquito’s”

during his vacation to Minnesota. A “flurry of Happy Dollars” ensued

where there was so many Happy Dollars flying around that it was quite

difficult for the Bulletin Editor to write down all the names—All Your

Happy Dollars were sincerely appreciated!—and my apologies for the

many omission of names of our generous Happy Dollar Lions.


Lion Past President Ray Hackworth gave an inspiring update on

our upcoming Camp Jack starting Sunday, July 29th. 72 kids are signed

up for the 1st week, 25 kids opening the 2nd week and plans to get 144

disadvantaged and at-risk kids/youth to Camp Jack this year. PP Ray

Hackworth invited all Lions, especially some of our newer Lions, to be

there on Sunday, July 29th to warmly send off the kids on a bus to Camp

Oliver and help at the BBQ Celebration. Every Tuesday and Wednesday

there will be a Fishing Derby at the Camp Jack Cuyamaca Lake.

Lionism has been deeply saddened by the death of PDG Jack Wyatt

on June 12, 2012 who was especially proud

of his Camp Jack project. A Funeral Mass &

Celebration of Life Service will be held on

July 7th at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church,

2766 Navajo Road El Cajon at 10am.

The Annual Tradition of Camp Jack will

go on with the continued Leadership of PP Ray

Hackworth with his 17th year of dedication to

the Lions Camp Jack project.


3rd VP Ray Ridlon & Foundation Chairman requested a vote of

approval for the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees. Oral vote was called

with 32 ayes and 1 nay.

2nd VP Mercy Walters recognized PP Dick Rogers for outstanding

work this past year (and recent previous years) as our Lions Publicity

Chair. PP Tom Hoban was also recognized for his outstanding &

incredible generosity with our El Cajon Valley Lions.


Allen Carlisle, CEO/General Manager of Padre Dam Municipal

Water District gave a very enlightening presentation on Water & the Value

of Water in our lives and communities. A very balanced presentation on

why our water bills have gone up and steps taken to reduce operating

costs while still providing quality water and services.

Please remember that the Lions Pin you wear on your collar

represents that you belong to the greatest service organization in the


A New Year

With the beginning of a new year in the history of our

club there are several things to note. This is the beginning

of our 66th year of service. This is also the first bulletin of

Bulletin Editor Mike Wasyliw. He follows PP Ed Waymire

who was behind the pen for five years

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