LAST MEETING Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – There were 46 Lions and 6 guests attending the meeting. Guests were Mark Malone, guest of Lion Elwood Glass; C. E. ‘Chef’ Mines, guest of Lion Jerry Chambers; and Joe and Kelly Sliger, guests of Lion Mark Kyle.  United Way Board Chairman Cliff Wendricks and Board member Trent Bradley were guests of Lion Steve Finger, and Joe and Kelly Sliger were guests of Lion Mark Kyle. Our guest speaker, Lion Al Feldstein, gave a lively presentation on, "Historic Cumberland, A Postcard Extravaganza.” This was an incredible presentation full of fun facts. There was so much information that Lion Al will have to return at another meeting for the second half of the presentation!

There were no Tip Board winners. Lion Gary Llewellyn noticed that his responsibilities as First Vice President are growing. So, would like a Lion to take over the tip boards. Without a Lion to do this there can be no winners.  A cursory review of past tip board winners reveals the names of about six Lions who seem to win all the time.  Maybe they can from a Tip Board Team, sharing the duties, one night a month. The Honest Drawing was claimed by Lion Elwood Glass and the 50/50 drawing went to Lion John Riley.

NEXT MEETING –  Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall –  District Governor Susan Bonura’s Official Visit to our club. There is no other program for the evening as we focus on our District Governor’s service and membership plans for the year. This is a ‘must attend if possible’ event to show our District Governor Team the enthusiasm we have as Lions. As this meeting falls closest to Veterans’ Day, November 11th, we will acknowledge all veterans in attendance and thank them for their service.

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, November 21, 2017 6:00 pm, Charter Night Dinner - Cumberland Country Club, 10200 Country Club Rd NE, Cumberland, MD 21502 – This will be our 63rd Charter Night Dinner, celebrating the completion of 62 years of service to the community. Social Time is at 6:00 pm. Music will be provided by Charles Rice from Hagerstown playing the tenor sax & keyboard.

The dinner and program begin at 6:30 pm. Dinner cost is $15.00 for LaVale Lions and $25.00 for guests, spouses and visiting Lions. Dinner entrée choices are 6 oz. Filet Mignon; Chicken Marsala, or Vegetarian entrée. We will be hosting District Governor Susan Bonura and partner in service Lion Martin Bonura. District Governor Susan will give congratulatory remarks and rededicate our Club Charter and call to service.

Club Vice Presidents will be calling their member lists for dinner reservations. Visiting Lions should make arrangements with Special Events Chairman Lion Elwood Glass at  by Thursday, November 16, 2017. 


20-30 Club – Lion Ray Ross – Tickets are on sale for the 20-30 Club cash draw. There will be only two draw nights, both in December; prizes range from $30 to $500.  Tickets are $20.00 each and your number stays alive throughout the drawings. Grand Prizes drawn on December 19, 2017.  Buy tickets today!

BBQ – Lion John Warnick –  October BBQ -Lion John and the committee made worker safety a major topic. All Lions are to live by the motto of Safety First as we work our fundraisers and service projects. As Lions we are taking care of the other volunteers who participate. Make sure they read the safety pamphlet; wear the appropriate safety equipment; are given an orientation of the tasks they are performing; and are properly supervised by a knowledgeable Lion. We are trying a new French fry bag this month. We are trying a modification to the smoke stack to see if we can get better air flow upward. There are new sales order pads at the window to assist sales workers in maintaining accuracy in ordering and collecting. It’s an option so feel free to ty them out.


Boys and Girls Committee – Lion Randy Schry – The Christmas Shopping Trip to the Wal-Mart store will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 am with breakfast at McDonald’s to follow. We will purchase clothing items for 20 boys and girls. It’s important that we have sufficient help to shop with each child. I will contact each Lion member on the Boys and Girls Committee to be sure you can help on that date.  Thank you for your help.


Christmas Tree Sales Committee – Lions Cole Brown II and John Fetchero are putting the work assignment roster together. Christmas Tree Lot Set up and tree delivery will be 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Lion’s Den, Lions Field. This is an “All Hands on Deck” task. The sale will start at 1:00 pm. Lion George Gilmore has arranged for this year’s supply of trees, about 450 to sell.

Convalescent Equipment Committee - Lion Steve Finger reports that 10 Lions volunteered 66.5 hours assisting 80 residents with durable medical equipment needs. Lionette Debby and I were invited to attend the Diwali (Festival of Lights) Celebration by the Asian American Cultural Society of Cumberland on October 21. Each year they honor a local charity and this year donated $600 to the LaVale Lions Club’s Convalescent Equipment Committee to provide wheelchairs to needy residents.

 Diabetes Awareness – November 14th is Worldwide Diabetes Awareness Day in Lionism. If you are interested in Diabetes as a service project specialty, then look at what Lions Clubs International has to offer:


Hearing and Speech Action – Lion George Breza reports that two residents completed the process and obtained new hearing aids in October.


Pre-School Vision Screening – Lion Gary Llewellyn reports 30 screening sessions completed so far, with 413 screened; 353 passed; 59 referrals; and 131 hours volunteered.


Membership Committee – Lion Mark Kyle – The Membership Committee proposed acceptance of two new applications and the Board of Directors approved them. They are Mark Malone, sponsored by Lion Elwood Glass and C. E. ‘Chef’ Mines, sponsored by Lion Jerry Knowles/Jerry Chambers.


Scholarship Committee -  Lion Mark Kyle - Here is a link to the Allegany College of Maryland Foundation Scholarship catalog


Here is a description of the LaVale Lions Club Scholarship: (Two recipients each year)

$1,250 per year ($625 per semester)


• Full-time student (at least 12 credit hours) entering sophomore year

• Must be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident

• Resident of Allegany County

• Have at least a 3.0 GPA

• State financial need in essay on scholarship application


Scholarship Committee – Meeting at the LaVale Rescue Squad, 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The Committee will hear updates on the ACM Workforce Development Program.  



Jason C. Buckel                     11-03

Charles J. “Chuck” Schwab   11-07

Stewart Meadows                   11-09

Kenneth “Ken” Ward               11-09

Roger Robinette                      11-16

John Fetchero                         11-16

Larry J. Rice                           11-20

Mark V. Redmond                  11-21


Roger Robinette                                  1970

Charles L. “Charlie” Croft                   1982

Franklin L. “Frank” Ways                    1988

Mark D. Kyle                                       1999

John L. Reichert                                 2002

Lawrence H. “Larry” Hohing               2005

Larry J. Rice                                       2010

Mark A. Jenkins                                  2014

Daryl D. Smith                                    2014

James O. Steinly                                2014

Martin M. “Marty” Tichnell                   2014

Kenneth L. “Ken” Ward                       2014

Thomas “Tom” Wiles                          2014

Daniel T.  “Dan” Blackburn                 2015

David F. “Dave” Robertson                 2015

Thomas B. “Brent” Wiles                    2015

David E. “Dave” Wilson                       2015

Cynthia M. “Cindy” Zumbrun              2015

Larry T. Tracy                                     2016



Judy Hamilton             11-24

Gerri Morris                 11-28


CARE AND CONCERNLion President Mike Wallinger is getting out and around some and that is great news. Please 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.




November 7, 2017 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – District Governor’s Official Visit – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No.1

November 18, 2017 – Saturday, 9:30 am – LVRF Rendezvous 2017 – Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Owens Auditorium in the Bunting Blaustein Research Building and recommended parking is in the McElderry Garage.


November 18, 2017 - Saturday, 7:00 am – Wal-Mart at the Country Club Mall, Annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree for Clothes -  be there at 7:00 am if you are signed up to shop.


November 21, 2017 -  Tuesday, 6:00 pm - Annual Charter Night Dinner – Cumberland Country Club

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


December 1, 2017 – Friday, 7:00 am – Christmas Tree Sales Lot set up – all hands on deck

December 1,2017 – Friday, 12:00 pm – Christmas Tree Sales Lot open for business

December 5,2017 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

December 19, 2017 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm Member and Board Combined Meeting – Lion’s Den, Lions Field.


January 2, 2018 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

January 16, 2018 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

January 23, 2018 -  Tuesday, 7:00 pm -Board of Directors Meeting, LaVale Rescue Squad, Second Floor


WORDS OF WISDOM, QUIPS AND QUOTES –  November is Lions Diabetes Awareness Month 


The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Douglas MacArthur - (26 January 1880 – 5 April 1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur, Jr., the first father and son to be awarded the medal. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the US Army, and the only man ever to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army.


I am not a hero but the brave men who died deserved this honor. Ira Hayes - (January 12, 1923 – January 24, 1955) was a Pima Native American and a United States Marine who was one of the six flag raisers immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II. Hayes was an enrolled member of the Gila River Pima Indian Reservation located in the Pinal and Maricopa counties in Arizona. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 26, 1942 and, after recruit training, volunteered to become a Paramarine. He fought in the Bougainville and Iwo Jima campaigns in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.


I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way. John Paul Jones – (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) was the United States' first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War. He made many friends and enemies—who accused him of piracy—among America's political elites, and his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. As such, he is sometimes referred to as the "Father of the American Navy" an epithet that he shares with John Barry and John Adams. He later served in the Imperial Russian Navy, subsequently obtaining the rank of rear admiral.


Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living. Omar Nelson Bradley - (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981), General of the Army, nicknamed Brad, was a highly distinguished senior officer of the United States Army during and after World War II. Bradley was the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversaw the U.S. military's policy-making in the Korean War.


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