LAST MEETING Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 6:30 pm – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept – There were 45 Lions and three guests for this meeting John Holt, President of the LaVale Athletic Association gave an update on youth sports happenings and field improvements in LaVale. Mike Iser, LaVale Soccer Club and Rick Twigg, Allegany High School Softball and Cumberland Heat Softball League gave updates on their sports.

Lion Steve Finger received a Silver LCI Centennial Sponsor Pin. Tip board winners were Lions Roger Robinette and Billie Redmond. The honest drawing went to Lion Shakil Rahman and the 50/50 was won by Lion Jim Steinly.

NEXT MEETING Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 6:00 pm.  – Annual Charter Night Dinner, Cumberland Country Club, 10200 Country Club Rd NE, Cumberland, MD 21502. We dress up for this special night that honors our past, celebrates our club birthday, and gives us the opportunity to relax and enjoy an evening of friendship and fellowship. District Governor Gerry Beachy, Grantsville Lions Club, will be our guest speaker.

FOLLOWING MEETING Tuesday, December 5,2018, 6:30 pm – District Governor’s Official Visit Meeting - LaVale Vol. Fire Dept – All LaVale Lions are encouraged to attend this meeting when District Governor Gerry Beachy will spend the evening with our club. We will hear information about the District’s goals for this Lions Year and about International President Gudrun Yngvadottir.


20-30 Club – Lion Ray Ross – Lion Ray Ross has the 20-30 Club tickets for you to buy and sell. There are opportunities to get cash. Tickets are $20 each. Grand prizes are $500 and $300. Additional prizes are $30 and $50 and repeat throughout the draw period.

Annual Christmas Tree, Wreath, and Roping Sale – Lions Den, Lions Field- November 30th Until SOLD OUT- It’s that time of year again! The annual Christmas tree sale will feature the sale of 400 trees including 175 Fraser, 175 Douglas, & 50 Concolor trees as well as about 15 wreathes and 10 - 30’ strands of garland. The sale price for trees is $45.00 each, regardless of size or shape.  Wreaths are $20.00.  Garland will sell for $35.00 each and are made from all real white pine. There are not many of the wreathes or garland so get them while their hot!

Trees will arrive from Oakland and Petersburg on Thursday, November 29th starting at 8:00 am.  We need a strong contingent greeting party ready to put up racks and signs and unload the trees which takes about two hours.  Coffee & doughnuts will again be provided! 

The sale will begin at 9:00 am on Friday, November 30 until close of business at    9: 00 pm each night until sold out.  Netting will be provided to those customers who ask but please keep in mind that netting cost about $1.00 per tree so it is best to offer only if asked.  Use your best salesmanship skills and spread the word so we sell out early!  Remind your customers that they may return their used tree to us to be left at the strip of grass between the main parking lot and the tennis courts where the County will come to shred the trees later in January. A sign will be posted as well to indicate proper disposition.  A work schedule is attached this newsletter.  If there is a scheduling conflict, please notify your respective team leader who will follow up with the Christmas Tree Committee as needed. If you do have any general questions or concerns, please follow up with your Christmas Tree Committee Co-chairs Lion John Fetchero or Lion George Gilmore.  Thank you for your participation.

Boys and Girls Holiday Clothes Shopping Spree - Walmart’s and MacDonald’s was held on Saturday, November 17th.

Chicken BBQ dates for 2019 are May 3, 4, 5; September 6, 7, 8; and October 18, 19, 20, 2019. Place those dates on your calendar now so you don’t forget.

Lions Merchandise – Lion John Burkey - Lions merchandise available at the November 7 meeting:  Lions Ball hats 2 colors $10.00, Logo ties $23.00, lion print tie $32.00, NEW again BOLO string tie $8.00 license plate frame $12.00. Get them for the holidays.

LIONETTES NEWS - Lionettes Christmas Dinner – 6:00 pm, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Hobo’s Restaurant, 180 Hyndman Rd, Hyndman, PA 15545. Dinner is choice of turkey or roast beef entrée and cost is $20.00 each for Lionettes and guests. All reservations obligate payment whether attending or not. Make RSVP with Lionette Judy Hamilton by Wednesday, December 5th.  Entertainment by Servants of the Heart.

CARE AND CONCERN Lion John Engel  and Lion John Burkey had some surgeries recently.. Please keep these Lions and their families in your thoughts and prayers this week: Lee and Nancy Capper and family, Marty and Janis Tichnell and family, Frank and Carol Ways and family, Sam and Judy Reckley and family, John and Eileen Engel and family, Ed and Holly Schewe and family, Stanley and Shirley Perdew, George Schoenadel, and Ron Clites.


November 20, 2018 – Tuesday – 6:00 pm – Cumberland Country Club Annual Charter Night Dinner and Celebration. See information in article above.

November 27, 2018 - Tuesday, 7:00 pm – Board of Directors Meeting – LaVale Rescue Squad

November 29, 2018 – Thursday 8:00 am - Lion’s Den, Lions Field – Christmas Tree Lot set up, delivery

November 30, 2018 – Friday, 9:00 am – Christmas Tree Sales Begin

December 4, 2018 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – District Governor’s Official Visit - LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall.

December 18, 2018 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Lions Den, Lions Field Braddock RD. Brief Member Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting. Grand prizes for the 20-30 Club will be drawn.

January 2, 2019 – Wednesday, 6:30 pm – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall, Regular Dinner Meeting –            *Date change due to holiday.  Happy New Year!

January 15, 2019 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm - LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall, Regular Dinner Meeting

January 26, 2019 – Tuesday, 7:00 pm – LaVale Rescue Squad, Board of Directors Meeting


I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. Henry David Thoreau

There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. O. Henry

NEXT NEWSLETTERNext publish date December 4, 2018.  Articles are due to the editor by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Stephen Finger, Newsletter Editor   301.697.0424