The BBQ Committee gave updates and the latest safety and operations information. Chef Mines attended as a guest of Lion Jerry Noel. Lion Scott Yonce arranged for leaders from Scouting and the LaVale Vol. Fire LAST MEETING Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – There were 45 Lions and 6 guests attending the meeting. Department to have dinner with us, report on how our support helps their organizations, and receive a financial support check for 2017-2018. Representing the LaVale Volunteer Fire Department was Vice President Eddy Kidwell.

Representing the Boy Scouts of America Laurel Highlands Council, Potomac District were Council Board member Carl “Bucky” Belt, Jr., and Potomac District Field Director, Ms. Michele Brenneman. Scout Troop 10 was represented by Scoutmaster Joyce Noel, Assistant Scoutmaster Lion Jerry Noel, and Unit Commissioner Lion Jerry Chambers.  Cub Pack 10 was represented by Cubmaster Lion David Sneathen and Assistant Cubmaster Angela Fiscoe.

Lions receiving District 22-W recognition for 2016-2017 were, Lions all; 100% Secretary, Charles Croft; 100% Visitation Award, Elwood Glass; 100% Membership Chairperson Award, Mark Kyle; and 100% Newsletter Award, Steve Finger.

Tip Board Winners were Lions Jerry Noel, Jolly Roger, The Mayor of Cresaptown, and Lion Ed Weaver. The Honest Drawing was claimed by Lion Mark Kyle and the 50/50 drawing went to Lion Dave Sneathen.

NEXT MEETING –  Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 pm, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall – A financial support check will be presented to the American Red Cross Western Maryland Chapter, represented by board member Lion Stephen Finger. A presentation on, “Christians and Muslims faith: Similarities and differences," given by Lion Dr. Shakil M. Rahman.  There will be new member inductions for Lions John Fetchero (5/23/17) sponsored by Lion Scott Yonce; Duane Boyd (5/23/17) sponsored by Lion Mark Kyle; Stanley Kesner (6/27/17) sponsored by Lion George “Ed” Weaver, and Rick Stewart (6/27/17) sponsored by Lion Charles” Charlie” Croft.

Dinner costs are $11.00 for At-Large, Affiliate, Associate, Privileged, and Life members, and visiting Lions. Regular members dinner costs are included in your dues/dinner bill.

 FOLLOWING MEETING – Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 pm, Regular Dinner Meeting. The guest speaker will be Pastor David Ziler, Director at the Union Rescue Mission in Cumberland. The topic will be, “The Mission and Service of the Union Rescue Mission.”


BBQ – John Warnick – The Chairman will give a report on the September BBQ. Looks like a big success as we sold out on Sunday.

John Burkey - Please bring your advance sale ticket money along with any unsold tickets in an envelope clearly marked with YOUR NAME, number of tickets sold, and the money. Checks cash change. Thank you in advance. If you forget, bring your envelope to John Burkey at Burkey’s Furniture. Give it to anyone in the office.  NOTE: more advanced sale tickets were handed out this BBQ than any other time. Interesting huh.

Advance Sale BBQ Tickets will be handed out at the September 19th meeting. Remember it is only 6 weeks away and we need to get them out early for publicity.

There were 10 prize winners for the 1,500,000th Chicken Dinner sold celebration. Each got a dinner and fries, plus two early bird tickets. Think of all those Lions and partners who cooked and sold all those dinners, all the supporters who bought our dinners, and all the good those net earnings that all go back into the community, has done for over 50 years. The LaVale Lions started Chicken BBQs in 1957. We used 1961 as a baseline since that’s where the records got real good.

Christmas Tree Sales Committee – George Gilmore -  There is currently no Chairman for the Christmas Tree Committee. Lion George has arranged for the order of the trees for this year’s sale and is arranging for wreaths and roping as they become available. Some help by Lions is needed to make this sale a success. Lions will have to step up and takeover certain responsibilities like scheduling the work roster, arranging for the daily pickups and deposits, getting the building opened and closing at night, and more.

Set up and tree delivery date for the Christmas Tree sale will be Friday, November 30 and the first sale day will be Saturday, December 1.

Health, Safety, and Welfare – Lion George Breza - Perusing medical journals, some disturbing “trends”.

1. Because of criminal activity increasingly targeting people 65 and older for identity theft, CMS will begin mailing new cards in April that do not include social security numbers.

2. Affordable care exchanges expected to increase by about 15% in 2018.

3. Problem alcohol use is rising fast among older Americans. Financial “anxieties” possible cause.

4. In long term relationships, women more likely than men to lose interest in sex. (No Comment).

5. Pediatricians reluctant to talk about gun risks. Pediatricians cited lack of information, as well as political and legal concerns, were obstacles to raising the issue.

6. Smoking caused 7.1 million deaths in 2016.

Lions Merchandise – Lion John Burkey says that Lions Merchandise, hats, black or burgundy, are available by stopping in at Burkey’s Furniture or at the regular meeting. Hats are only $10 each.

SCAM -  There are a lot of ways that phone scammers try to get into your wallet and one that came to our attention is the con artists that call you and try to get you to say, “YES,” to a seemingly innocent question.  There are reports that theses answers are being recorded and then spliced into a record of you approving an over the telephone purchase that shows up on your credit card bill.   There are ways to reduce this. First, if you don’t know who you are talking to, don’t engage in that type of Q&A. Second, monitor your credit card purchases and be alert to charges that are unfamiliar. Three. Call the organization that the caller claims to represent.  You can’t stop the fraud attempts, but you may be able to prevent one from catching you unaware.

LIONETTES NEWS -  The next meeting is at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at the Park Place United Methodist Church, 80 National Highway, LaVale.

CARE AND CONCERNPlease keep the following Lions in your thoughts and prayers this week: Mike Wallinger, John Burkey, Carol Ways, Sam Reckley, Clyde Norris, Stan Perdew, John Burkey, Art Kalcher, John Engel, Ed Schewe, Marty Tichnell, Ron Clites, Ron Chaney, and Steve James.

Lion President Mike was discharged September 15, 2017, from Ruby Memorial Hospital and transferred to the Frostburg Nursing and Rehab Center, 48 Tarn Terrace, Frostburg, MD 21532 for physical therapy.  Two to four weeks there is the estimated time he will be there.  Several more weeks of IV antibiotics.


September 19, 2017 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Meeting – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall

September 23, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 am, Maplehurst County Club – LVRF Golf Tournament

September 26, 2017 - Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Board of Directors meeting - LaVale Rescue Squad, 2nd Floor

September 30, 2017 – Saturday, 10:00 am LVRF Aim for Sight Sporting Clay Event, Maryland Shooters, Mayberry RD, Westminster 


October 3, 2017 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Meeting – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall

October 7, 2017 – 5:30 pm, Social Honoring District Governor Bonura - Martins Restaurant, Westminster

October 17, 2017 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Meeting – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall

October 18, 2017 - Wednesday – 8:00 am – Lion’s Den – BBQ Clean-Up Day

October 20, 21, 22, 2017 - Friday – Sunday - Final Fall Chicken BBQ Lion’s Den at Lions Field

October 24, 2017 - Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Board of Directors meeting - LaVale Rescue Squad, 2nd Floor


November 7, 2017 – Tuesday, 6:00 pm - Annual Charter Night Dinner – Cumberland Country Club

November 14, 2017 -  Tuesday, 6:30 pm - District Governor’s Official Visit – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No.1 Hall

November 28, 2017 - Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Board of Directors meeting - LaVale Rescue Squad, 2nd Floor

WORDS OF WISDOM, QUIPS AND QUOTES –  Lions Clubs International, through our Foundation (LCIF), has responded with emergency catastrophe grant in the amount of US$100,000. The grant will allow Lions in the impact area to provide life-saving supplies of food, water, blankets and other necessities. – LCI Website

NEXT NEWSLETTERNext publish date October 3, 2017.  Articles are due to the editor by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Stephen Finger, Newsletter Editor   301.697.0424

Pictures by Gordon Gipe and Lions Chuck Schwab, Al Feldstein, Eric Hughes, and Mark Kyle.