Newsletter 11/26/18


November 26, 2018    Members: 33    Guests: 5

Facebook: El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club

Opening:  Prez Jeff

Song Master:  Veep Chris                                           Song:  God Bless America

Pledge of Allegiance:  TT Bob Acker                          Invocation:  PP Mark Clifton

Helen Keller quote by Carter Short: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement”.


Abraham and Cassandra Muheize with daughter Caidence Lopez guests of Mike Raney

Dave Reed guest of Gary Sims,

Vic Zeman guest of Cathy Zeman

Good to See:

PP Ray Ridlon, PP Roger Stebleton and DG Mercy Walters


.Bus available to ride for decorating for the LCI float for the Rose Parade .See PDG Scott Leslie.

.PP Bob Moreau continues shopping for our Xmas Basket program. Each family will receive 3 boxes of food and a turkey.  Everyone donating $100 today to the program will receive a pie of their choice from Brothers Restaurant (see Happy Dollars for donors).

.DG Mercy says our club will be one of two showcased at the Third Membership Meeting.

.Cathy B is collecting shoes for her church – Bring them to a meeting and she will deliver them.


Bonita Kelsey 11/11, Walt Simmons 11/12, Bob Acker 11/14, Felina Balistreri 11/24, Chris Bramwell 11/27.

EXEMPT BADGE:  Chris Bramwell

GOOD CHEER:  Wishing Lion Bob Groff a speedy recovery from his operation this Wed.

Remember, 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 sent to them.


Dec 8th – District Xmas Party 6PM Mira Mesa Sr. Center $25 – 6-10PM see Sec Paul

DEC 12th – Board Meeting Elks 6PM

DEC 14TH – Assemble Xmas baskets at Hoban’s business 4PM

DEC 15TH –  Deliver Xmas baskets 7:30 AM from Hoban’s

DEC 17th – DARK

DEC  18th – Christmas Party 6PM at Elks Lodge

DEC 24th and DEC 31st – DARK – Merry Christmas

JAN 1,
2019 – No Meeting – HAPPY NEW YEAR

JAN 8th – Tuesday Night Meeting 6PM


3rd Veep Gary Zink:

PP Phil Smith says our Xmas Party will be Dec 18th at the Elks Lodge

2nd VP Mike Raney:

Need suggestions for guest speakers

1st VP Chris Bramwell: Relinquished his reserved 15 minutes since we had a program

Membership Chair Cathy Bailes:

Cathy Bailes thanked everyone for attending Holiday Lights On Main Street.


HAPPY DOLLARS:  The following donations were made to our Xmas Basket Program: Chris Bramwell $500,  Tom Hoban and Roger Stebleton $250 each; the following donated $100 each Carter Short, Jeff Smith, Len Blottin, Paul Walters, Paul Tremblay, Yvonne Paris, Ray Ridlon, Tom Normandie, Cathy Bailes, Bob Acker, Mike Raney, Mark Clifton, Bill Sturgeon, Phil Smith and; $50 each from Ron Black and Gary Robinson.  Very generous and we raised $2573 as Jeff Smith put in his 50/50 drawing winnings of $58.  Someone slipped an extra $15 in the pot also.

PP Bill Sturgeon noted with his $100 pink slip that this represents his 100 years of marriage and the secret to a long marriage is no guns in the house and no sharp knives in the kitchen.


 Abraham Muheize, athlete alumni from El Cajon Valley High School and co-owner of the San Diego Kings basketball team.

Abraham was born and raised here in El Cajon, attending all the local schools and played football for El Cajon Valley HS.  He was recognized with the KUSI Silver Pigskin.  He says he learned that giving of oneself is just as important as giving money, a lesson he learned from Lion Daryl Priest years ago.

Abraham started a men’s basketball league at El Cajon Valley HS having procured sponsors and celebrities and raised over $9500 for the school.  His program made it possible for all the freshmen to get an ASB card which made all school activities available to them.  New students only have to pay $7 for their ASB card and the balance comes from the money Abraham raised.

The next natural step was to start up his own professional basketball team but needed a sponsor and got the idea from someone in Florida to hire an attorney and the sponsorship was free advertising for them and the team named after the sponsor hence his team is called “The Kings” after attorney King Amapour.

The team is doing great and they are out in the community speaking to the youth in the local schools.  Abraham has also gotten Sycuan on board as a donor.  The team currently plays out of Lincoln HS in San Diego which is where the team coach coaches.

For a team schedule go to  Abraham will drop off tickets by for the club.

Other websites to visit:  LionsDistrict4L6;;

Winner of Attendance Drawing:  ??? $10.

Winner of 50/50 Drawing : Jeff Smith $58   donated to our Xmas Basket Program

***Don’t forget about the El Cajon Valley Lions Foundation in your Will/Trust***


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