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Lions Tale: April 14, 2014


Happy Easter

PROGRAM: Our speaker on April 9th was Captain Carl Durr of the Eugene Police Department. Captain Durr shared stories from his background as a police officer and trainer in South Florida. He also reflected on crime and violence in Eugene and the top-notch quality of the police officers here. Today our speaker was Rob Mullins, University of Oregon Athletic Director. Rob highlighted this past year’s achievements by UO athletes as well as commented on recruitment activities, the important role played by the fan base and the economic impact of UO athletics on the community.

ON A SAD NOTE: Lion Diane Landon reported on the passing of long-time Lion Otis Holland. Lion President Wes indicated that the Board donated $100 to the VisionGift Endowment Fund in memory to Lion Otis.

HEALTH & WELFARE: Lion Dan French reported that Lion Gene Nistler’s recovery is going slowly and future plans include moving to Portland to be closer to family. Currently Lion Gene is still at Avamere Riverpark of Eugene, Room 225. Afternoon visitations are the best.

PROGRAMS IN THE OFFING: April 23: Diane Sibole, Northwest Christian University; April 30: Dr. Garrett Zallen, Pediatric Surgeon

To the following Lions who helped screen 850 students in Creswell: Lions Chuck Blanchard, Mary Fechtel, Dan French, Diane Gregoire, Sandy Mattson, John Morris, Wayne Musgrove, Sharon Newton, Karen Norton and Jerry Woeste.

CRAB ALERT: Lions Sharon Newton and Norma Barbisan reminded us that this year’s Crab Feed will return to a potluck format. This means that Lions whose last name ends in A-I should bring a dessert and those ending in J-Z should bring salads. NOTE: Set-up for the Crab Feed has been moved from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m. so folks who signed up to help need to adjust their plans accordingly.

FOOD RESCUE: Twelve energetic Lions repackaged 1390 pounds of restaurant food on April 9th. Dan, the Food for Lane County supervisor, was impressed! Thank you to the following:  Bob Adair (a past EDT Lion), Andy & Nancy Bakr, Len Calvert, Babe Curtis, Judith Grosenick, John Hamson, Shari Lewis, Jim & Sharon Newton, Wes Reynolds and Darlene Thomasec.  Total Hours:  25.5

CONGRATULATIONS: To Lion Mike Cowles for being appointed to the Board of Directors, filling Lion Sharon Newton’s remaining year.

MEALS ON WHEELS: Mondays: April 28: Norma & Gino Barbisan; May 5: Diane Gregoire & John Morris; May 12: Len Calvert & Mike Cowles; May 19: Mack Follmer & Bill Baxter. Thursdays: April 24: Jim Origliosso; May 1: Len Calvert; May 8: Jim Mueller; May 15: Sandy Mattson & Shari Lewis. Thank you, Lions, for your time and commitment to this service.

1. FOR TURNING FROM RED TO BLUE: The following Lions have achieved Blue Badge status: Mike Cowles, Joan Vaughan and Jerry Woeste. 2. FOR MEMBERSHIP WORK: Lion Diane Landon received a new member key for her successful efforts in bringing in new members. 3. FOR MEMBERSHIP RETENTION: Immediate Past President Lion Jim Newton received a Retention Patch for the Club Banner from the LCI President for the Club’s retention efforts during Lion Jim’s presidency.

SWINGING INTO SALES: Lion President Wes reminded members that raffle season is fast approaching. Starting date is May 13th. Lion Andy Bakr has tickets available which he would love to sign out to anxious sellers.

HEADING NORTH: Our next visitation is to the Corvallis-Mid Valley Lions, on May 7th at 5 p.m. This will be a new club visitation for us so let’s make a great showing.


May 1: Pocket Park Work Party, 9 a.m. - Noon, 24th & Amazon

May 7: Sight & Hearing Committee Meeting, 7 a.m., Brail’s Restaurant

May 10: Delta Ponds Work Party, 9 a.m. - Noon

May 13: Lions Day at Chili’s

May 16-17: MD36 Convention, Red Lion, Salem


Introducing our very newest member:

Lion Tara DaVee