APRIL 5, 1975 – JANUARY 4, 2019

LAST MEETING Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – There were 37 Lions present for this meeting. Potential new member, Austin Murray, was a guest of Lion Mark Kyle.  Also in attendance were guest speakers, Sara Geis and, Shelly Minnich representing the YMCA of Cumberland, and three additional representatives of the YMCA; Ian McFawn, a YMCA board member and his spouse Kathy, and Rea Heavener, a YMCA physical fitness trainer.

 An update on the transition from the Reach and Rise program to a new youth mentoring program was presented. Information about youth programs, repurposed use of the ice rink to indoor soccer and other programs, and administrative changes were also presented.

Brian Lang, new member sponsored by Lion Larry Brock, was inducted by Club President Gary Llewellyn. Lions Scott Yonce, Elwood Glass, Gary Llewellyn, Billie Redmond, Champ Zumbrun, and Ed Dawson were presented with LCI Diamond Centennial Member Sponsor Pins. Each diamond award means that t the new members has stayed a member for at least three years.  Congratulations to these sponsors and to the Lions they sponsored.

Tip board winners were Lions Gary Llewellyn and Chuck Schwab.  The Honest Drawing was claimed by Lion George Gilmore and the 50/50 drawing won by Lion Ray Ross.

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2019, 6:30 pm – Allegany High School, 900 Seton Drive, Cumberland. Use the front entrance adjacent to the flag pole array. We will have dinner in the cafeteria and then tour the new school as guests of Superintendent of the Allegany Public School System, our own Lion Dr. David A. Cox.

FOLLOWING MEETING Tuesday, February 5, 2019 6:30 pm – Our guest speaker will be Past District Governor Paul Cannada, District LCIF Coordinator.  LCIF is the acronym for Lions Clubs International Foundation, Inc., LCI’s fund raising and grant making charitable foundation, celebrating 50 years of service.

LIONS NEWS – REMINDER: Quarterly Dues and Dinner Fees are due in January. For Active members the cost is $260.00 annually or $65.00 quarterly. For At-Large, Associate, Privileged and Affiliate members, the current annual cost is $50.00. For Life Members, the annual cost is $12.00. Dues increases are effective starting July 1, 2019.

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.

Constitution and By-Laws Committee – Lion Mike Wallinger, C & BL Committee chairperson - The C & BL Committee includes Lions Donn Peck, Steve Finger, Ken Ward and Gregg Schaaf. The committee has been meeting to bring these documents up to date.

Foundation News – Lions Ken Ward and Jerry Chambers reported on projects that they and Lions Mark Kyle and John Warnick are working on including ovens, roadway gate at the east end of the property, air conditioning in the kitchen, maintenance of the BBQ pit smoke exhaust system, pit area baffles to reduce smoke retention, and repair of the roof gable clapboard siding of the Convalescent Equipment Building that lost  some clapboards in a wind storm.

Nomination Committee – Lion Michael Wallinger – The Nomination Committee is seeking Lions who are interested in serving in an administrative leadership role.  If you have an idea you may want to serve, contact Lion Mike or Lions John Warnick or Jerry Chambers.

Scholarship Committee – Lion Mark Kyle – Lion Mark gave an update on the implementation of the newly funded Workforce Development Scholarships planned for Allegany College of Maryland.

LIONETTES NEWS - The next meeting is 6:30 pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the Park Place United Methodist Church. The guest speaker is Mrs. Judy Hamilton, Director of DSS. Mrs. Hamilton is rescheduled from last month

CARE AND CONCERN LaVale Lions and Lionettes were present in large numbers at the Lions Memorial Service for deceased member Lion John Burkey, held at Scarpelli Funeral Home on Monday evening, January 7, 2019.   Lion John, a member for 45 years, passed away at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center on January 4, 2019, at age 69 years. Lion John’s Lion career is filled with many great stories of fun, fellowship, service and leadership. Lion John held most of the club leadership positions, including Club President in 1981-82. He served as a Foundation Director and Club Director for several recurring three-year terms and served on or Chaired at least 16 club service and administrative committees. He was Club Newsletter Editor for several years, probably most well-known as a Co-Chairman of the Chicken BBQ committee and was a man of letters; always writing and sending cards and letters to club members and others.

Awards he received but never looked for include Lion of the Year in 1992 and 2012, the only club member to receive this distinction; Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Melvin Jones Fellow in 2005 and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow in 2015; Lions Vision Research Foundation Knights of the Blind Pyramid in 2009; and District 22-W, District Governor’s Commendation in 2013. Please keep Lion John’s wife, Kathy, and his family in your prayers.

Please remember Lion John Engel, Lion Rick Stewart, their families and 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, Ed and Holly Schewe and family, Stanley and Shirley Perdew, George Schoenadel, and Ron Clites.


January 15, 2019 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Dinner at AHS and tour the new Allegany High School.

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

February 5, 2019 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm - LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall, Regular Dinner Meeting

February 19, 2019 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm - LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall, Regular Dinner Meeting

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


March 5, 2019 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm - LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall, Regular Dinner Meeting

March 19, 2019 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm - LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall, Regular Dinner Meeting

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


Winter is not a season, it's an occupation. Sinclair Lewis

In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move. Henry Rollins

January 16, 1547 - Ivan the Terrible had himself officially crowned as the first Russian Czar (Caesar) although he had already ruled Russia since 1533. His reign lasted until 1584 and brought much needed reforms including a new legal code and cultural development. However, during his reign he instituted a campaign of terror against the Russian nobility and had over 3,000 persons put to death. He also killed his own son during a fit of rage.

January 16, 1991 - The war against Iraq began as Allied aircraft conducted a major raid against Iraqi air defenses. The air raid on Baghdad was broadcast live to a global audience by CNN correspondents as operation Desert Shield became Desert Storm.

January 17, 1773 - The ship Resolution, sailing under Captain James Cook, became the first vessel to cross the Antarctic Circle.

January 21, 1954 - The USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear powered submarine, was launched at Groton, Connecticut.

NEXT NEWSLETTERNext publish date February 5, 2019.  Articles are due to the editor by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  Stephen Finger, Newsletter Editor   301.697.0424