General Meeting Minutes for 2016
Grand Island Lions General
Meeting January 27,
Attendance: (in attendance 7) Tom
Rusert, Tom Witkowski, Dick Crawford, Mike Steinagel, Fred Ruocco, Shelia
Ferrentino, Donna Lavallee
No quorum so issues for the
Board will be
Lion President Tom Rusert called the meeting to
order at 7:09 PM
you note from Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service and Calendars
thank you for donation.
Receipt from Sisters Hospital from Doc Day last
NYS Bermuda Lion Raffle, $100/ticket, cash prizes. We 3 available
tickets, deadline is before the NYS convention. We do not have a quorum,
so we will try to vote on this next meeting.
Buffalo League of Sightless
Bowlers, looking for sponsors for advertisements. $25, tabled for
Thank you note from Eyes on America, Dr. Anthone
Invitation from One
Island One Team to partner and support the cause to reduce substance abuse on
Grand Island. The next meeting will be Thursday, February 11 at 6 PM in
the GIHS Professional Development Rm 137.
Request from Young Life, This is a
line item in the budget/ $200. We will vote next meeting or by email
Request from SABAH, we have not given to this in the past few
Request from Mercy Flight, donation made in December.
Charter night is at the Grapevine in Depew March 5, 2016. Cost $40.
Suggestion that we send the President and guest. RSVP by 2/19th.
Lion Donna will send an email to the board to vote by email.
Vote on winnings from the Super Bowl drawing $500.
Discussion on this money going into the General Fund as this fund may be
Split Club: Lion Tom: Total in the
split club is $ $108 Lion Fred drawing: May Jo Tucker, Pat Patterson, Dick
Crawford; Lion Dick drew the Ace of Spades.
Dinner: The dinner will be on April 18, 2016 at Byblos. Set up will
be on Sunday as long as the facility is free. Lion Dick will be
sending letters out to our normal sponsors. Lion Tom R will try to get the
Lion Donna for Lion Bob Eyeglass collection: Lion Bob
collected 147 glasses 100 cases and several pairs of lens. Lion Bob has
delivered these to Walmart.
Loan closet: Lion Dick
distributed shower seat and 2 commode risers. Lion Fred; wheelchair.
Next meeting will be January 24th, 2016 it will be a board meeting but all
members are welcome at the Buffalo Launch Club. Motion to adjourn Lion
Paul seconded by Lion Dick; Meeting adjourned at 8:36.
Lion Donna Lavallee
Grand Island Lions Club General Meeting
Attendance: (12 in
attendance) Tom Rusert, Anne Fahning, Tom Witkowski, Paul Bassette,,
Brooks Rimes, Dick Crawford, Bob Goulding, Kelly McGarvey, Dan Morobito, Donna
Lavallee, Shelia Ferrentino Guest speaker; guest Lion Brian Mau from
Pendleton Lions Club
Lion President Tom Rusert
called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM.
Lion Anne Fahning
introduced the guests Lion Brian Mau from the Pendleton Lions and spokesman on
Hopeful Ways the Nicaragua Eye Care Medical Missions.
Moment of Silence honoring Lion Diane
Drive Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner tickets on April 2, 2016 from 3-7 PM at St.
Thank you for purchasing the Raffle tickets.
Lions looking for support of their All Star football, requesting possible
ad for program,
Buffalo Inner City Lions April 30th Oldies
Dance at The New Gold Nugget on Fillmore
The club will be looking
for a new Corresponding Secretary as Lion Annette with is stepping down from
Dick Crawford: Had stickers made so that we can change the lawn signs.
Lion Dick with Lions Anne and Kelly are working on the basket raffle.
Members are encouraged to donate a basket. Lion Tom R is trying to find a
patron to donate the meatballs or try to get a restaurant to donate meatballs at
cost. Lion Dick will be dropping member’s tickets for sale. The
dinner is approximately 1 month out. Lion Dick will ask Kevin Slaciak if
that could be a possibility.
Buffalo News Kids Day is 4/26 from 6-9 AM our
club works the corner of Long and GI Blvd.
Lion Norm Hahn will chair the White Cane Sale
Lion Paul: Presentation:
Lion Paul has received a check from Allen Pollack aiding our Lions Club
Scholarship. This is given to the Lutheran Denomination because they are a
501.c3, they keep $50 and write a check for $450 for the scholarship.
Split Club: Split club $122. Tom
Witkowski,, Queen of Clubs.
Announcement: Tom W.
Clarification that we may be able to run our welfare fund for a 501 c3.
Donations can be tax deductible.
Presenter: Lion Brian Mau and Lion
Anne Fahning: Hopeful Ways the Nicaragua Eye Care Medical Mission. Juigalpa,
Chontales Lions. This year there were 31 volunteers including 1 MD 3
optometrists, 3 opticians. Lion Anne shared her experience on the
trip. Mission clinic from 8-5 PM, lots of support from the local Lions
Club. Culture was for Leos and Cubs to assist the Lions Club.
They were there for 16 days. Lion Brian- Hopeful Ways to share what
Lionism is doing in Nicaragua. Mission like this runs funding at
approximately 70k. Lionism in Nicaragua is truly a family
experience. This year the mission got tremendous support from LCIF.
This allowed for the preparation of the building prior to the mission to make
the building usable for the crowd that was expected. Over 300 people a day
were served. Hopeful ways began 6 years ago. It has changed to
encompass eye doctors and professionals providing medical and humanitarian
support to improve the quality of life for the people of Nicaragua. Lion Brian
described the specific needs of the Nicaraguan people, people with very little
or no social services. Sight is very important for the people to make
their living. In Nicaragua eyeglasses can cost up to 6 months wages. The
mission saw 2720 patients in 10 working days, 2068 Eyeglasses dispensed, 2588
sunglasses 160 safety glasses 2323 eye drops dispensed and 64 eye
surgeries. All of the glasses come from the Lions Eyeglass distribution
Brief discussion for a branch club as brought up by Lion Mike
Steinagel. There is an upcoming webinar that can be viewed. Lion
Dick offered to have members meet at the highway department at noon on March 31,
upstairs in the conference room at the town garage.
Committee: committee is Lion Dan, Lion Tom R and Lion Shelia, they will
meet and have a slate of officers within the next meeting.
Motion to adjourn Lion Dan
9:05, seconded Lion Fred meeting adjourned 8:59:PM
Respectively submitted by
Lion Donna Lavallee
Wednesday April 13,2016
In attendance: Tom Rusert, Dick Crawford, Shelia
Ferrentino, Kelly McGarvey, Dan Morabito, Henry Lobl, Fred Ruocco, Bob
Goulding ,Anne Fahning, Paul Krupa, Brooks Rimes, Tom Witkowski, Norm
Hahn, Zone Chair Jeff Jarvis.
call to order at 7:05
was recited, Tom R lead a patriotic song and Dick Crawford said the
The slate of officers and directors was
presented. See attached. No nominations were made from the
A motion to accept the slate was made by Anne Fahning and
seconded by Dick Crawford. There was no discussion before the unanimous
vote of aye.
Anne moved to release the tail twister. Shelia
Tom W did the split with $124 dollars in the pot.
Paul Bassette's name was called first but he was not present. Then Lion Henry
drew the 8 of hearts.
Guest speaker , Peggy Rusert , a yoga
teacher, and of course Tom's lovely wife , spoke about yoga. She accentuated the
importance of the mind/body connection for good health.
Yoga not only
strengthens muscles but also tones and adds definition. The benefit to improving
balance becomes increasingly important as we age. She spoke about how joints
will become stiff if we don't move them and how back pain can be relieved with
yoga. The breathing element of yoga will calm your body and mind . It will also
reduce stress and improve self confidence. Every student will practice at
whatever level they are comfortable. There is no need to be experienced to take
Peggy teaches at Soma Cura next to Tops and all the MOG.
She left business cards that offer a
White Cane will be on
August 20th and 21st. Lion Norm Hahn will chair the event
Anne reported on Alive Inside, the
initiative to bring music to the elderly to "wake up" memories for those with
dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Elderwood is beginning the program as a trial
with 5 neighbors, as they are called there. There was a demonstration during
which, Linda, a neighbor who is non verbal with dementia, was fitted with a
headset to listen to music.
Her husband filled out a questionnaire regarding
Linda's preferences in music. Country is her favorite, so an iPod had been
loaded for her. She seemed to react a couple of times.
If someone would like to volunteer to sit with a neighbor
while they listen, there is paperwork to fill out which can be picked up at
Elderwood. For more information you contact Lion Donna .
Dick asked for volunteers for the Gus
Macker Tournament that will be on June 4th and 5th.
Buffalo News Kids Day
is Tuesday April 26th. Anne, Shelia, Kelly, Paul K and Tom W have agreed to work
it. If anyone else would like to help, please contact Lion Anne at
Lions Shelia and Henry will attend the State Convention as
Lion Tom W reported on the membership
webinar he watched in order to get ideas to expand our numbers. Please refer to
the detailed information he emailed earlier in the week for great ideas to
There was discussion about the need for all members to be
mindful of the need when in a group and an opportunity arises to talk about
Lion Kelly has arranged a booster night
at Dick and Jenny's on May 17th. This is a brand new fundraiser for us. And a
pretty easy one at that! The restaurant has offered to donate 20% of all the
food sales that night to our Club. You must mention the Lions Club when you
arrive , to take advantage. What a fun way to enjoy fellowship with our members
and families. It is open to everyone, not just members.
It is good
throughout the dinner hours only.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05
Submitted by Lion Anne Fahning
The following slate of
Officers recommended by the nominating committee was presented at the April 13th
general meeting and approved unanimously by members in attendance. There were no nominations from the
floor. Since the meeting Mike
Steinagel nominated Mike Steinagal for President. A second, via email, has been received and an
election will be conducted. Via email.
President: Lion Dick Crawford
Vice President: Lion Henry
Vice President Lion Shelia Ferrentino
Treasurer: Lion Tom Witkowski
Secretary: Lion Kelly
Secretary: Lion Donna
Tamer/Tail Twister: Lion Fred Ruocco
Year Director: Lion Paul
Year Director: Lion Brooks
Year Director: Lion Anne
Year Director: Lion Bob
Grand Island Lions
Club General Meeting May 11, 2016
in attendance) Tom Rusert, Tom Witkowski, Dick Crawford, Tom Butler, Donna
Lavallee, Annette Lobl, Henry Lobl, Paul Krupa Dan Morobito, Dave
Chervinsky, Gerry Dubiel, Kelly McGarvey, Shelia Ferrentino, Anne Fahning,
Bob Goulding, Fred Ruocco and 2 guests; Mike McDonough and PDG Mike
Lion President Tom Rusert called the meeting to order at 7:10
Lion Tom B led us in the Pledge to the Flag, guest Mike McDonough
led us in a song Lion Dick led us in prayer.
Announcements – Lion Bob
introduced our guest Mike McDonough and Lion Tom W introduced PDG Mike Lawkowski
who will speak to the club about the Lions SEE program.
Lion Tom called the
split club, looking for the Ace of Hearts; $132 in the kitty, Lion Gerry Dubiel
drew the 7 of spades.
Program: PDG Mike Lawkowski on the Lions SEE
program. Saving Eyes Early. The program is in its 10th year
screening kids from 6 months old through 6 years, as these problems is easily
corrected before age 6. Conditions such as strabismus or lazy eye can be
easily corrected. We know that if these children are diagnosed early they
learn better. The cameras cost about 8k dollars. Testing is being
done in the Buffalo city schools and in local day cares. Recently 169
children were tested and 25 of these children needed glasses. PDG Mike
suggested that the district purchase a camera that can be used throughout
district 20N. The fact of the matter is that when planning is approved the
school system want things to occur quickly, logistically this can be difficult
to coordinate. PDG Mike is working on grants through Lions to purchase
cameras. PDG Mike is also encouraging 2 to 3 clubs to ban together to
purchase a camera together. Of the 3000 children tested last year in the city of
Buffalo 12% needed vision care of some kind. The program is still
developing since the program has changed from the Ross Eye Institute to the Kids
Congratulations to the new elected
officers for the 2016-2017 year.
OP Lions is having a Steak roast on 5/31/16
tickets are $35, see LP Tom for tickets if you are interested
Gus Macker is a
go on GI June 4 and 5th, we could sell food, but because we are doing the garage
sale we most likely will not participate
Garage Sale on June 18 coincided
with the Lawn Mower races down by Floyd Doring’s house on West River Rd.
Certificate of Insurance for the Garage Sale. We were asked to sell
food. Lion Dick will be speaking to Floyd.
Spaghetti Dinner, still some
small amounts of monies coming in for ads, etc.
Brandel Murphy: We
received a $2000 grant for the SKP which will be presented at the cabinet
meeting. In addition, we received the $250 matching grant to get the
Beeper Ball league up and running.
Scholarship committee: Lion
Fred: The committee decided that 5 $500 scholarships will be awarded at
the High School Graduation. We had 9 applicants.
Lion Paul K, 4959 meals were delivered for Meals on Wheels on GI this
year. We received a nice letter thanking us for our faithful service
throughout the year. The MOW committee will be looking for additional
Lion Kelly: There will be a Facebook page advertisement for the
Booster Night at Dick and Jenny’s. 20% of the dinner will go to GI Lions
Peace Poster honorees May 25, 2016 at the
Installation dinner 6/8/16 at the GI Holiday Inn, 6 PM for Cocktails and
7 PM for dinner, spouses and significant others are invited.
adjourn Lions Tom W., seconded by Lion Gerry meeting adjourned 8:39
Respectively submitted by Lion Donna Lavallee
Grand Island Lions Club
General Meeting May 25, 2016
Attendance: (19 in attendance) Tom Rusert, Brooks
Rimes, Tom Witkowski, Dick Crawford, Paul Bassette, Donna Lavallee,
Annette Lobl, Henry Lobl, Dan Morobito, Fred Ruocco, Bob Goulding,
Gerry Dubiel, Norm Hahn Kelly McGarvey, Shelia Ferrentino, 4 guests; T.J.
Bender and parents Jennifer and John, Tom DeJohn executive director of Elderwood
Lion President Tom Rusert called the
meeting to order at 7:05 PM.
Lion Brooks led us in the Pledge to the
Flag, Lion Paul B led us in prayer and Lion Norm led us in a patriotic
Announcements – Lion Paul introduced our Peace poster
winner, T.J. Bender and his parents and in addition Tom DeJohn director at
Elderwood Grand Island.
Dick and Jenny’s fundraiser $247 was
raised and they rounded it up to $300
Lion Jerry: Presented a
checks in Lion Diane’s memory, for a total of $75, in addition there have been
additional monies donated in Lion Diane’s memory.
Lion Tom W. called the split club, looking for the Ace of
Hearts; $139.50 in the kitty, Lion Bill Wind, Lion Fred Ruocco, Lion Fred drew
the 4 of diamonds.
Garage Sale: Lion Donna. We will hold our
annual garage sale on June 18th, please bring any items that you would like to
contribute to Lion Donna’s house the week prior to the sale. In addition
we will be selling hotdogs, hamburgers, chips and a drink. This year we
will be closer to the action.
Gus Macker: 300 teams which is a good turnout, we
will not be participating this year.
Program: Peace Poster chair Paul
Bassette: Honoring our Peace Poster contest 1st and 2 nd place
winners. Lion Paul gave a quick background on the history of The Peace
Poster contest which has been conducted for the past 28 years. The contest is
for young people ages 11-13. This year’s theme was “Share Peace”. District
level winners go on to the State level winners to many nations throughout the
world. We had 52 Peace Posters submitted this year. The judging criteria
are based on use of theme, artistic ability and originality. Second place $50
winner Miss Hailey Watches, she was not able to be here with us tonight.
Lion Paul Bassette read her address to the club. Mr. Thomas J Bender was the
first place $100 winner from Connor Middle School presented his poster to the
club. The posters will be display for 1 year at the Grand Island Public
Library. We also had 2 honorable mention winners that each received
Meeting adjourned 8:48 PM Board meeting to follow in 5
Grand Island Lions Club General Meeting
September 14, 2016
Attendance: (13 in attendance) LP Dick Crawford, Donna Lavallee,
Fred Ruocco, Tom Witkowski, Dave Chervinsky, Shelia Ferrentino, Bob Goulding,
Jerry Dubiel, Kelly McGarvey, Annette Lobl, Henry Lobl, Anne Fahning, Tom
Butler. LP Dick called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM.
Lion Kelly led the pledge to the flag,
Lion Dave led us in a patriotic song, and LP Dick led us in a prayer.
Motion to release the Tail Twister, LP Dick
seconded by Lion Tom W.
schedule for the Taste of GI is available on each table. The Taste of GI
will be on 9/24/16. Please sign up for a time slot if you are able.
We need between 4-6 people in the booth. Please bring your own chair; we
will have a 10x10 tent and table. We may close the booth at 6 PM. We will
be selling baked goods, popcorn and Bon Ton Books.
Split clubs: Lion Tom W. $146
Looking for the Ace of Hearts. Lion President Dick draw the 2 of
Membership Booklets were handed out. There
is a list of committee heads in the back of the book. Volunteers for help
on committees are always welcome.
Lion Annette: wrap up for the
SKP. The board received a report of the expenses. Expenses were
$3131. The BLC will receive the Uplinger award at the 60th anniversary.
Bob DeGlopper has helped every year at the SKP. Lion Annette made a motion
to invite Bob DeGlopper and his wife Karen to the 6oth anniversary.
Seconded by Lion Shelia. Vote: all in favor. Motion
carried. There were 60 invitations sent out to past Lions, the widows, if
there are any other suggestions for invitations please contact Lion
Annette. The budget was approved for $500 but it has already
exceeded that. Lion Anne made a motion that we add $400 to the budget,
seconded by Lion Shelia, all in favor, motion passed.
Taste of GI: question on the location
of the booth, request that maybe we can be located next to the Library.
Motion was made by Lion Jerry to reimburse Lion Dave $32.38 for
the ink required to print the booklets. Seconded by Lion Henry.
Vote: all in favor, motion passed.
Lion Annette would like to get all parties that volunteer
for the SKP, Collins Marine, Bob DeGlopper, Boy Scout Troop, etc. together for a
picture for publication. This will be coordinated in the Fall.
Treasurers report: Lion Tom Witkowski: We are now
with Northwest Bank, there may be a delay with the rubber stamp, etc.
Welfare accounts and general account balances were reviewed.
We have allocated an additional $400 for the
60th anniversary that has not been accounted for. There was a motion by
Lion Kelly that we take any monies generated from Bon Ton that are paid by our
membership to go into the General account. Seconded by Lion Shelia.
Vote; motion passed.
Request from the Brandel Murphy Youth
Foundation for a donation of $200. This is a line item in the
Correspondence: Lion Kelly
American Relay for Life thank you for the
Invitation from the Sheridan Lions Club to
their “all you can eat” pancake breakfast on Sunday October 9 from 8:30-1 PM at
the St. Edmund Campus on 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda, NY, cost of $7,
Kids under 5 years old are free. Checks can be mailed to Lion Sharon
Community Books for the Bon Ton Community
Days are for sale.
One Island One-team substance abuse
coalition are having a welcome reception tomorrow night at the Niagara Sailing
Club from 6-8 PM. Lion Shelia, Lion Kelly and Lion Tom W will be going.
They are looking for more input from the community. Anybody that is
interested may attend. Carol Leiben is coordinator of this meeting as well as
Old Business: Discussion regarding
purchasing a new banner, or ordering an emblem banner with a lot of room for the
additional badges. This is still pending. Discussion on whether or
not to purchase from LCIF or contacting the GI Sewing club to make one for
us. Question on whether we can order a flag stand or a banner stand from
Update on the scholarship winners will be
reviewed at the next board meeting.
Lion Tom B motion to adjourn, Seconded by Lion Tom W
adjourned 8:38 PM
Next meeting at BLC on 9/28/16.
Lion Donna Lavallee
Grand Island Lions Club General Meeting
September 28, 2016
Attendance: (16 in attendance) LP Dick
Crawford, Tom Rusert, Donna Lavallee, Fred Ruocco, Tom Witkowski, Dave
Chervinsky, Shelia Ferrentino, Bob Goulding, Dan Morabito, Brooks Rimes, Paul
Bassette, Paul Krupa, Henry Lobl, Anne Fahning, Lion Tom R introduced guests
Jeff Josten, Jeanine Josten. The meeting was called to order at 7:10
Lion Paul K led us in the pledge, Lion Tom Rusert led us in a
patriotic song, and Lion Paul B led us in prayer.
A motion to release the tail twister.
LP Dick presented a name badge to faithful
Lion Bob Goulding.
Dick: Next meeting 10/12/2016 is at the Niagara Sailing Club with our
sister club in Merritton. Cost of the meal is $15 supplied by Say Cheese
Pizza. Please bring something to raffle off. We need to remember to
bring the Canadian and American flags. Karaoke may be fun.
Split club: Lion Tom W. Split club is at
$153. Guests Jeff and Jeanine drew Annette Lobl, not here, Jeff drew
Brooks Rimes. Lion Brooks drew the 3 of spades. Til next time…….
Lion Tom W. Taste of GI, we sold
popcorn, baked goods and Bon Ton Books. There was a great turn out of the
town and great participation from the club. We raised $123.20. This
was good exposure for the Club.
Question on whether or not members want to
see a copy of the minutes to review. Suggestion that we can email the
minutes. Lion Anne made a motion that we email the previous meeting
minutes for review, seconded by Lion Paul K. Discussion: Vote; all in
favor. Motion carried.
Peace Poster: Lion Paul B. Mr.
Dulak will again ask Conner Middle school students to participate.
Scholarship Winner: 5 $5oo winners,
one of the winners has decided to intern at a business in Pennsylvania. As
she is not enrolled in a college, the committee has decided to not award her the
scholarship as that is a requirement. This money will roll over into the
2017 scholarship funds. LP Paul made a motion that the funds be moved to
the 2017-2018 $500 will be rolled over for a total of $3000. Seconded Lion
Henry. Discussion; The students receive information that they have
to provide verification that they will be attending a school of higher education
by 12/31 calendar year. Vote: 13 in favor, 1 nay. Motion
Christmas party: Lion Fred volunteered.
Valentines party: should we
have one? We may have some sort of celebration. We will think
outside the box on this one. Discussion will continue.
Treasurer’s report: Lion Tom W.
All members get a copy of the report via email. Lion Tom reviewed the
Welfare account, all these monies go directly back to the public. General
account or the administrative account funds were reviewed. Dues have
already been paid. Our online account did not always have the correct
address, now the address is the PO Box 71 address. All First Niagara
checks need to be cashed by November 09, 2016. There are a few of
outstanding checks. The money from the Taste of GI will be put in to the
General Account. Lion Tom needs stamps for mailing. 1771 IRS form
Tax “loop-hole” is being investigated.
Lion Tom took a tour of the new STEM wing at the GIHS and met
Brian Graham, the new GI School superintendent. Lion Tom brought up vision
screening. They are totally on board. Lion Tom has contacted the
Fuccillo Group to help on the cost of the screeners and printers. More
information as this develops.
Island One Team meeting regarding the drug situation on Grand Island was held at
the Niagara Sailing Club led by Corinna Leiben. Lions Tom W, Shelia and Kelly
were present. She is looking for an organization to help with “Responsible
Server Training.” This is training for people that serve alcohol to access
whether or not someone has had too much to drink. Lion Shelia’s assessment
of the evening’s program was that it was disorganized and she was unsure of the
purpose, she was expecting a presentation. You had to request
information. The mission and goals were not clear. In regards to the
responsible server training, is this within our scope of service, how do we
assist? This is unknown at this time. Corinna will be our speaker at our
November meeting. Perhaps these questions can be answered at that time.
Guest Jeanine Josten stated that the middle
school just had speakers from “Kids Escaping Drugs”. The program was powerful
and well received.
60th Anniversary Dinner: Lion
Henry: we have 20 positive responses everything is going well, programs
need to be printed a draft will be forthcoming.
Correspondence: Lion Henry: Eyes on
America. Dr. Kenneth Anthone, Dr. Atwal and Dr. Atwal fundraising dinner
to raise funds for Cataract Surgery at the Protocol Restaurant. Tickets
are $65 or $125 for a couple. Discussion for donation will go to the
Bon Ton so far we have sold 69 books, we
need to sell 6 more in order to be sold at the store. Lion Anne made a
motion that if we do not sell the required number of books prior to the date
that the club purchases the needed books. Seconded by Lion Shelia.
Discussion: Vote: all in favor, motion passes.
KOC Good Samaritan council is sponsoring an
Oktoberfest $14. Sat 10/8 at St. Stephens School
No Old Business
Motion to adjourn, Lion Brooks, seconded by Lion
Meeting adjourned. 8:51 PM
submitted by Lion Donna Lavallee
Grand Island Lions
Club General Meeting
November 09, 2016
Attendance: 16 in attendance; Brooks Rimes,
Dan Morabito, Paul Krupa Annette Lobl, Henry Lobl, Dick Crawford, Dave
Chervinsky, Tom Butler, Tom Witkowski, Tom Rusert, Fred Ruocco, Donna Lavallee,
Kelly McGarvey, Bob Goulding, Shelia Ferrentino and guest Corina Labin.
Lion President Dick Crawford called the
meeting to order at 7:05 PM.
Lion Brooks led the club in the pledge to the
Lion Shelia led the club in a patriotic song,
Lion Dick Crawford
led us in an invocation.
LP Tom W. introduced our guest Corina Labin,
director of One Island One Team
Lion Tom; Motion to release the tail
twister, seconded by Lion Paul.
Lion Dick announced the details of the
Veterans Day celebration today at Veterans Park in the town center. This
year there was retiring of the Flags sponsored and held by the Boy Scouts.
· 60th Anniversary: Lion Annette 64
dinners were served a good time was had by all. The slide show has been
uploaded on the website for all to enjoy. Thank you Lion Annette and Lion
· Correspondence: Lion Kelly: Thank you from DG
Haak. Requests for donations
· Bon Ton Lion Kelly:
Community Days will be November 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2016. We have already
sold 108 books to date. There are 3 slots still available for us to sell
at the store. See Lion Kelly if you are able to help.
meeting: LP Dick, Lion Tom W and Lion Kelly attended the cabinet meeting a lot
of good information was shared particularly for recruiting new
· Treasurer’s report: Lion Tom. The general and
welfare budget was reviewed. He is still waiting to get the ruling on
whether or not donations to the club are tax deductible.
Mary Savoy made a $250 donation for our
60th anniversary. Also a donation from Merrittan for $60 for our 60th
Split Club: we have $161 Looking for
the Ace of Hearts Lion Dave Chervinsky, the 9 of clubs was drawn.
Holiday Party: Lion Fred, plans are in the
works, stay tuned for details.
Announcement: Lion Donna: Message
from Rotarian John Harbison. John works with a family from Journey’s end
that has to relocate by the end of the month. They are in need of a
Super bowl lottery: Our club purchases the
tickets every year.
Meals on Wheels: Lion Paul Krupa needs help with MOW the
first and third Friday of the month for the months of Jan, Feb, March. As
he is going back to work. Please see Lion Paul if you are able to help
fulfill our obligation.
Program: Corina Labin: One Island, One Team a
community coalition task group that goal is to reduce underage substance
abuse. Corina reviewed the history of the coalition that had been
established approximately 10 years ago. There was a personal needs
assessment completed. There is the question on whether or not the youth
see this as a problem? How are youth that are using or drinking getting
their supply? The heroin epidemic is becoming more prevalent. The
coalition wants to promote education to GI families and kids to help them
make better choices. The coalition is entirely run by volunteers,
there is no working budget save the occasional mini grant. The coalition is
active in community events to develop community awareness. One Island One Team
sponsored a group of teens and leaders to the Kids Escaping Drugs summit in an
effort to develop a working program for drug prevention on GI. A new needs
assessment should be completed as the last one was 2 years ago. How can GI
Lions possibly help: mentoring to youth or providing some safe activities?
The One Island One Team would like to provide training for servers to help
ensure that they are not serving alcohol to underage drinking. Questions
Contact Corina if you would like to help or attend meetings,
which are the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Professional Development Room in
the High School. Email; email@example.com
adjourn Lion Tom B seconded Lion Dave C meeting adjourned 8:44 PM.
Board meeting to follow.
Next general meeting will be the Christmas
Party December 14, 2016 at the Buffalo Launch Club.
submitted by Lion Donna Lavallee