LAST MEETING – Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – There were 40 Lions and 2 guests at the meeting.  Lionette Mary Hostetler was a guest. The guest speaker was Mr. John Taube, Director of the Allegany County Public Library System. Mr. Taube spoke on the renovation project at the LaVale Branch Library. The new community room will hold 100 people. A new loading dock and distribution/storage area will be added, as well as computer corrals, study spaces and more reading area. The stacks will have more storage capacity. The parking lot will be expanded. The building will go from 9,500 sq. ft. to 17,000 Sq. Ft. The cost is $4 million with $3.6 mil from the State of Maryland and $400,000 from Allegany County. They are acquiring temporary relocation space during the renovation project.

Tip board winners were Lions Marty Tichnell, Elwood Glass and Jim Steinly. The Honest Drawing went to Lion Lee Capper and the 50/50 was won by Lion George Gilmore.

NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – 6:30 pm, LaVale Vol. Fire Sept. Hall, 421 National Highway.  The guest speaker will be James R. Pyles, retired MSP Major and current Director, Allegany County Emergency Management Division. This is a special spouse/guest dinner/program. Guests will be $11.00 for dinner. Go to for more information.

FOLLOWING MEETING – Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 6:30 pm, LaVale Vol. Fire Sept. Hall, 421 National Highway.  Local historian and author, former LaVale Lion Andrew Sparber will be the guest speaker. The topic will be, “The Ice Industry on the Potomac River in Cumberland.”


BBQ Committee – Lion John Warnick announced the Chicken BBQ schedule for 2020. The dates are all on Friday – Sunday: May 1, 2, 3; September 11, 12, 13; and October 16, 17, 18. Mark your calendars now to save the dates and join in to make the BBQs successful.

Lions University – Want to become more knowledgeable about your Lions Club organization and gain valuable insights on how to lead your club, or just be a better-informed Lion?  Consider enrolling in Lions University. This program is a fantastic resource that you can enjoy and learn from at the same time! For more information go to   or discuss it with Lion Ken Ward or Lion Charlie Croft.

Nominations Committee Lion President Ken has appointed Lions John Warnick (Chairperson), Mike Wallinger and Gary Llewellyn as the nominating committee for club officer and directors, and foundation directors, for Lions Year 2020-2021.  Think about stepping into a new role as a Club Lion. One very important position, Club Secretary, is vacant this year. Also, vacant will be the third vice president, 3-year board directors (2), and 3-year foundation directors (5).

Vision Screening Team – The vison screening team participated in a training session on the software updates for the PlusOptix devices and new process procedures to complete this year’s sessions. Lions from the Frostburg Lions Club also participated.

Visitations – Lion John Warnick has assigned all the visitations to be made by June 30th. Find a club to visit.  Lion Steve Finger has visitations to the Hancock Lioness Lions Club, FSU Campus club, and Oakland Mtn. Lake Park lions Club. If you would like to go along, contact Lion Steve.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 is the date picked for the Annual Lions Field Clean-Up Day, celebrating Earth Day. Lion First Vice President John Lewis is chairing the event that will run from 8:30 am – 11:00 am.

Also, on Saturday, April 18th is the Lions Roar county-wide Lions service Project. Our club is coordinating the activities at the LaVale Branch Library, National Highway. The event is 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Lion Charlie is coordinating.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE – We will host a Friendship Night Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Membership in the club has fallen off to 89 members and losses have an impact on the club. The attached prospect sheet is for you use to identify prospective members. Fill in the four best leads and get the information to Lions Mark Kyle or Charlie Croft as soon as possible.  Cast a wide net! A potential new Lion does not have to look just like you!

LIONETTES NEWSThe Lionettes met on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Park Place United Methodist Church. Lion Charles Croft was the guest speaker. He invited the Lionettes to participate with the Lions in the Lions Roar Service Project on April 18th at the Library. The next meeting is at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Park Place United Methodist Church.

CARE AND CONCERN – Please keep Lions George, James, Ed, and John, and these Lions below and their families in your thoughts and prayers this week: Lee and Nancy Capper and family, Ed and Holly Schewe and family, Charles and Dianna Schwab and family, and Lion Ron Clites and family.


February 18, 2020 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm -Special Spouse/Guest Night, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Guest dinner is $11.00 and same for affiliate, Associate, At-Large and Privileged Members.

February 25, 2020 – Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Board of Directors, LaVale Rescue Squad, 2nd Floor


March 3, 2020 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm - Regular Dinner/Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

March 17, 2020 – Tuesday, 6:00 pm – Friendship Night Dinner – Social time 6:00 pm – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. People you requested to be invited will be invited and hopefully attend.

March 24, 2020 Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Board of Directors, LaVale Rescue Squad, 2nd Floor

March 30, 2020 – Monday, 6:30 pm – Somerset (PA) Lions Shrimp and Oyster Feed at Oakhurst Tea Room, 2409 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501. Cost is $35.Contact Lion don Peck, 301-689-9495.

April 7, 2020 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm - Regular Dinner/Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

April 18, 2020 – Saturday, 9:00 amAnnual Earth Day Clean Up at Lions Field – Lion John Lewis is coordinating. Youth groups are participating. Lions and equipment needed.

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 11:00 am – to 1:00 pmDrop-In “Lions Roar” Service Dayat LaVale Branch Library, 815 National Hwy, La Vale, MD 21502. Lions are coordinating drop-in service projects for youth and youth groups to work on. Lion Charles Croft is coordinating.

April 21, 2020 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm - Regular Dinner/Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. Hall

April 28, 2020 Tuesday, 7:00 pm - Board of Directors, LaVale Rescue Squad, 2nd Floor

WORDS OF WISDOM, QUIPS AND QUOTES– February is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at Lions Clubs International.


“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”


“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space.” Address at Rice University in Houston (12 Sep 1962). President John F. Kennedy


February 20, 1962- Astronaut John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit. Traveling aboard the "Friendship 7" spacecraft, Glenn reached an altitude of 162 miles (260 kilometers) and completed three orbits in a flight lasting just under five hours. Glenn was the third American in space, preceded by Alan Shepard and Virgil “Gus” Grissom who had each completed short sub-orbital flights. All of them had been preceded by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who was the first human in space, completing one orbit on April 12, 1961 - a feat that intensified the already ongoing Space Race between the Russians and Americans. Glenn’s successful flight showed the Americans had caught up and was followed in September 1962 by President John F. Kennedy’s open call to land an American on the moon before the decade’s end.


February 24, 1582 - Pope Gregory XIII corrected mistakes on the Julian calendar by dropping 10 days and directing that the day after October 4, 1582 would be October 15th. The Gregorian, or New Style calendar, was then adopted by Catholic countries, followed gradually by Protestant and other nations.


February 26, 1848 - The Communist Manifesto pamphlet was published by two young socialists, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It advocated the abolition of all private property anda system in which workers own all means of production, land, factories and machinery.


February 27, 1950 - The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the president to two terms or a maximum of ten years in office.


February 28, 1994 - NATO conducted its first combat action in its 45-year history as four Bosnian Serb jets were shot down by American fighters in a no-fly zone.


NEXT NEWSLETTERThe next newsletter publish date is March 4, 2020. Articles are due to the editor by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  Stephen Finger, Newsletter Editor 301.697.0424.