LAST MEETING Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – Regular dinner program meeting. John Holt, President of the LaVale Athletic Association was to be our guest speaker. Well, you know how the story goes. Mother Nature won out in a test of wills with the Lions Club leadership. We will invite John back to hear the program.

NEXT MEETING –  Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Meeting at the LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall.   Jim Mullan, Department of Natural Resources, will speak on Wildlife Management of Deer, Chronic Wasting Disease and Lyme Disease. 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 MEETINGTuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:30 pm –regular dinner program meeting. Paul Yockus, President of the LaVale Civic Improvement Association will be our guest speaker. This organization manages the parks in LaVale and that’s just a small portion of their responsibilities.


DUES/DINNER FEE REMINDER NOTICE – Quarterly Dues Notice - 2017-2018 - Lion Secretary Charles reminds us that the last quarter dues/dinner fees are now due. Active (Regular) Members: Dues and Dinner Fee is $65/quarter. At-Large Members, Associate, and Affiliate Members are $50.00 a year and pay $11.00 for each dinner meal, $11.00 for picnics. Life and Privileged Members are billed $12.00 a year and pay for dinners at the same rate as At-Large Members.  Active/(Regular) members pay $1.00 for picnics. 

Centennial Chairperson – Lion Stephen Finger - Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, is our Third Annual Lions Field Community Park Clean-Up. We are inviting Explorer Post 52, Cub Pack 10, Scout Troop 10, the LaVale Athletic Association athletes and parents, the Bishop Walsh High School Girls Tennis Team, and the LaVale Civic Improvement Association to be our participating partners again this year.

Constitution and By-Laws Committee – Lion Steve Finger –The committee will look at all aspects and make some recommendations Looking at having a meeting in April.

Convalescent Equipment Committee – Lion Steve Finger – For this report, 7 Lions volunteered 53 hours assisting 74 residents with convalescent equipment.

Foundation News – Lion Gary Llewellyn - clean-up on Saturday, April 7, 2018 beginning at 9:00 AM. We need two Lions with trucks to work with us. We also need Lions who can lift, sweep, and rearrange the contents of the building.  Contact Lion Gary at 301-722-6956 if you can work that morning and if you have a pickup truck for use. The main work will be at the picnic building.

Hearing and Speech Action – Lion George Breza – In March we volunteered seven hours, provided one person with hearing aids and arranged hearing tests for four 4 people.

LVRF – Lions Vision Research Foundation – LaVale Lions Steve Finger and Chris Myers attended the LVRF/Eye Bank Breakfast in Myersville on March 24th. LaVale supported both vision saving organizations again this year.

Membership – Lion Mark Kyle -  Three applications for membership were reviewed and forwarded to the board, who approved them. The new Lions are Dale Durbin, sponsored by Lion Steve Finger; Jonathan Barmoy, sponsored by Lion Duane Boyd; and David Jones, sponsored by Lion Charles Croft.

Multiple District 22 Membership Recruiting and Retention Summit is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Myersville Fire Department Hall at 301 Main Street, Myersville, MD 21773. Coffee and donuts, as well as lunch will be provided. You will receive training and tools to use to retain and grow membership. Contact Lion Mark if you wish to attend.

Sight Conservation – Lion Elwood Glass – For this report exams, frames and lenses were provided to two residents.

LIONETTES NEWSThe next meeting is 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Park Place United Methodist Church. This is the community contributions evening. Representatives of organizations will be present to receive contributions by Lionettes. This is a great night and we are all very thankful for the generosity the Lionettes have for worthy causes.

CARE AND CONCERN  Please keep the following Lions and their families in your thoughts and prayers this week:  Lee and Nancy Capper and family, Marty and Janis Tichnell and family, James Bukovec and family, Frank and Carol Ways and family, Stan and Shirley Perdew and family, John and Kathy Burkey and family, John and Eileen Engel and family, Ed and Holly Schewe and family, Tom B. Wiles and family, George Schoenadel, and Ron Clites.


April 3, 2018 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

April 7, 2018 – Saturday, 9:00 am – Special Clean-up event mostly at picnic building.

April 16, 2018 – Monday, 5:30 pm – Somerset LC Shrimp and Oyster Fest - Lion Terry Hostetler

April 17, 2018 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

April 21, 2018 – Saturday, 9:00 am – Lions Field Annual Community Park Clean-Up Day.

April 24, 2018 – Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Board of Directors Meeting, LaVale Rescue Squad, Second Floor

April 29, 2018 – Sunday, 3:00 pm - Region One Strides Diabetes Awareness Walk and Health Fair 3:00 pm- 5:00pm FSU CORDTS PE Center hosted by the FSU Campus Club.


May 1, 2018 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

May 2, 2018 – Wednesday, 8:00 am - Chicken BBQ prep and cleanup day at Lions Den

May 4-6, 2018 – Friday-Sunday – Spring Chicken BBQ – Mark your calendar now and be there!

May 7-10, 2018 – 96th Lions Multiple District 22 Convention, Princess Royale Hotel, Resort and Conference Center – Ocean City

May 15, 2018 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

May 22, 2018 – Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Board of Directors Meeting, LaVale Rescue Squad, Second Floor


June 5, 2018 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

June 19, 2018 – Tuesday, 6:00 pm – Installation of Officers Dinner, Cumberland Country Club, 10200 Country Club Rd NE, Cumberland, MD. Social Hour at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm.

WORDS OF WISDOM, QUIPS & QUOTES –   Lions Clubs International - Family & Friends Month

Leo Club Awareness Month     Protecting Our Environment Centennial Service Challenge

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. Mark Twain

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives. William Shakespeare

April 2, 1513 - Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon sighted Florida and claimed it for the Spanish Crown after landing at the site of present day St. Augustine, now the oldest city in the continental U.S.

April 2, 1792 - Congress established the first U.S. Mint at Philadelphia.

April 3, 1860 - In the American West, the Pony Express service began as the first rider departed St. Joseph, Missouri. For $5 an ounce, letters were delivered 2,000 miles to California within ten days.

April 4, 1949 - Twelve nations signed the treaty creating NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The nations united for common military defense against the threat of expansion by Soviet Russia into Western Europe.

April 9, 1865 - After over 500,000 American deaths, the Civil War effectively ended as General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in the village of Appomattox Court House. The surrender occurred in the home of Wilmer McLean. Terms of the surrender, written by General Grant, allowed Confederates to keep their horses and return home. Officers were allowed to keep their swords and side arms.

April 9, 1866 - Despite a veto by President Andrew Johnson, the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 was passed by Congress granting blacks the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship.

April 14, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded while watching a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington. He was taken to a nearby house and died the following morning at 7:22 a.m.

April 15, 1817 - The first American school for the deaf was founded by Thomas H. Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc in Hartford, Connecticut.

April 15, 1912 - In the icy waters off Newfoundland, the luxury liner Titanic with 2,224 persons on board sank at 2:27 a.m. after striking an iceberg just before midnight. Over 1,500 persons drowned while 700 were rescued by the liner Carpathia which arrived about two hours after Titanic went down.

NEXT NEWSLETTERNext publish date April 17, 2018.  Articles are due to the editor by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Stephen Finger, Newsletter Editor   301.697.0424

LaVale Athletic Association – Lion Steve Finger – attended the LAA meeting on March 29th. The Association teams will participate in the Lions Field Park Clean-Up on Saturday, April 21st.  At their request, I reviewed the important dates for the 2018 BBQs to ensure no activity is scheduled at the same time. The Braddock Warriors are reconstituting as a football team and will be sharing the field with the West Side Hunters, so fall football activity will be increased.     Storm Damage to the dugout at the Lou Femi Field at Lions Field. The damage occurred on March 3rd. LAA may need assistance rebuilding it.