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December 16, 2008

Semi-Monthly Bulletin for Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Board of Directors meeting - 6:00 p.m.
followed by Annual Christmas Dinner
Lions Club Pavilion

From our last meeting

The blood mobile had more pints donated at the recent blood drive than at the previous event, but still short of the goal. Thanks to all who participated!

Keith O. reported that the Human Resources Department's Division of Services for the Blind has decided to cut services for the vision-impaired. This cut will likely last through June 30, 2009. The Lions Club can expect to receive more requests for assistance with eyeglasses and exams.

Our VIP friends have been invited to the holiday luncheon on December 6, and volunteers have signed up to help serve and clean up.

Clarence C. reported that the Club has $19,081.15 in the checking account. Members who have not paid their dues for Oct. - Dec. are asked to do so.

Mike Reid and his wife were our guests for the evening. Mr. Reid is the NC Lions Foundation Committee Chair for White Cane. He outlined the many services offered by Lions Clubs across the world. Some 1,311 canes are given out, and a new cane is given to individuals every year. Over 131,000 were recycled, 1,707 glasses purchased, 1,163 eye exams performed, and 85 campers use the beautiful Camp Dogwood every week. The Vision Van averages 11,000 screenings a year in 99 out of 100 counties in North Carolina. District 31B's goal is $77,000, 41% of which has been raised.

With assistance from Faye R. and Ellen W., Doc E. inducted our newest club members - David and Dora S. Welcome, friends!!

Susan R. commended George S. for doing such a great job as the Grand Marshal for this year's Christmas parade. Congratulations, fellow Lion!

Upcoming Events

Our annual holiday meeting is coming up on Tuesday, December 12. A short board meeting will be held prior to the festivities. Come out and enjoy prime rib and all the trimmings! Bring a guest or special friend - please let Carolyn S. know the number in your party. [Note: deadline for reservations was December 12.]

Remember to bring nonperishable food donations to share withe the visually challenged in our community. Doc E. will need volunteers to pack the boxes and deliver the food on Wednesday, December 17.

There is going to be an article in the newspaper about the history of Sparta Lions Club since November 1944. A photographer from The Alleghany News will be on hand to take our picture on Wednesday, December 17, at 11 a.m. Carolyn asks that all members please come and be part of this birthday celebration of the Sparta Lions Club, and expresses her thanks to each of you for all you do!!

November 28, 2008

Semi-Monthly Bulletin for Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Board of Directors meeting - 6:00 p.m.
Regular meeting - 6:30 p.m.
Lions Club Pavilion

We met on November 18 for a short Board meeting, followed by our Annual Membership Dinner. The evening included more than 40 members and their guests and prospective new members who were warmly welcomed by Lion President Carolyn Sprinkle. Thanks were expressed to Karin N. and Linda I., who highlighted the tables with beautiful autumn decorations and tablecloths. Also, a big "thank you" was given Robin G. for the delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Those of you who were not present were very much missed, and each one of you is important to the success of our Club.

Allen R., Bob S., and others explained the many Lions Clubs services, which touch 1.5 million people all over the world. These services range from helping the visually impaired and folks with hearing problems, disaster relief, and the best camp for the blind in United States. Of every dollar raised by the Lions, 94 cents will be used for helping people. Duane D. praised John W.'s dedication to the community and his work in getting the Pavilion area of Sam Brown Mountain included in the Parks and Recreation division. Also lauded was Harold H. for his work with White Cane projects, as well as the impact of the Club's American Flag displays on Main Street.

Carolyn informed the group that Marion A. has filled the 3rd Vice President vacancy, and Faye R. has agreed to be the Club's Historian.

Carolyn proudly announced that Lion George S. and his wife, Lois, will be the Grand Marshals at this year's Christmas parade on November 29. She also noted that she and Bob had ridden in the West Jefferson Christmas parade with George Hamilton IV and his wife.

In order to reach more of the Club's special VIPs, Carolyn asked the Lions to call about 50 visually-impaired friends to invite them to the luncheon prepared in their honor on Saturday, December 6. As in years past, volunteers will be needed for transporting guests to the meal, as well as helping to serve and clean up afterwards.

We were reminded that donations of nonperishable foods are needed for delivery to families in the County who can use a helping hand. Bring items to the December 16 meeting. Keep in mind that Doc E. needs volunteers to help deliver the food - let him know if you are able to participate in this important Club project.

Carolyn announced that April 19-24 is Volunteer Week at Camp Dogwood. The Sparta Club is scheduled for April 21 to spruce up the facilities and perform needed maintenance tasks. Mark your new 2009 calendar with this important date so our Club will be well represented!

Carolyn stated that the next Zone meeting will be December 1 at the Prime Sirloin in West Jefferson. Anyone wanting to go can meet at the Methodist Church in Sparta; the group will leave about 5:30 p.m.

We are saddened at the recent loss of Tom Richardson, our friend and fellow Lion.

November 14, 2008

Notes from our October 20 meeting (no meeting Election night on Nov. 4)

Our Sparta Lions Club Adopt-a-Highway project was completed by 10 Lions with Tom A. heading up the drive - collected 19 bags of trash!

Tom A. presented awards for Camp Dogwood ticket sales. Everett D. sold 46 books and Phil H. sold 110 books. They received a round of applause for their hard work. Congratulations for your accomplishment!

Carolyn announced receipt of new patches for the banner - Melvin Jones Fellowship and the William L. Woodard Award.

The VIP Fishing tournament was a wonderful experience for Bob and Carolyn. A group of 528 visually impaired participants were there to fish, and more than 150 volunteers cut the bait, baited the lines, then ran for cover!

Two new members: New members Frank L. H. and Terry S. were installed by Doc E. WELCOME ABOARD, LIONS!

Remember, November is Lions Diabetes Education Month. This Lions Program was introduced in 1984.

Important Reminders

Prayers and get-well wishes are extended to our dear friends and fellow Lions John W. and Lawrence M., who are both in the hospital at this writign. We will update you on thier progress at the dinner meeting, but in the meantime, keep them in your prayers. They could possibly need our help when they get home, so we will keep you informed as we learn more.

By now you all should have been contacted to determine your participation in the Membership Drive dinner on Tuesday, November 18. So far we have had 45 to indicate their intentions to attend. There will be a short Board meeting at 6:00, followed by the dinner at approximately 6:30. We are looking forward to an enjoyable evening with our members, their spouses/guests, and our potential new members.

Several of our Lions have sold their entire supply of big brooms and could use more. If you still have some left, bring them to the meeting Tuesday night.

Please keep in mind we will collecting items for our annual holiday food project. Carolyn is working with the Department of Social Services to determine an exact number, which she will report on Tuesday. We will need non-perishable foods in cans, jars, and boxes whic can be easily transported (fruits, vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, etc.) The items should also be easy to prepare by our homebound neighbors. We will need to receive the food at our meeting on Tuesday, December 2, and it will be distributed by Doc E. and other volunteers.

October 17, 2008

The club's deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Barbara Miles. The October 7 meeting was shortened to allow Lions to attend the visitation with the Miles family at Grandview Funeral Home.

Lawrence M. remains in our thoughts and prayers.

Everyone welcomed Frank H., a prospective new member introduced by George S.

Painting the Concession Stand: Tom A. says that the County will reimburse the Club for the paint for the concession stand at the Higgins Center. Tom will paint and asked for volunteers to help.

Miles "JOB" Fund: Upon a request by Tom A., the group will donate $500 to the Miles "JOB" Fund created by D.W. and Barbara Miles to assist with the creation of new business ventures.

Keith O. asked for help with glasses for a 76-year-old woman, and the members were happy to assist this elderly Alleghany citizen.

The group agreed to present a plaque to Darren K. at The Pines in appreciation of all his assistance to the club.

Guest speaker Lion Eldon J. reported on the current status of Boy Scouts in Alleghany. The Charter was presented by Carolyn S. to the Reverend Eddie W., Cubmaster of the newly-formed homeschool pack. Eldon challenged the club to keep the charter current.

Bob S. reported that ours is the largest club in District 31B...several agreed that much of the club's success can be attributed to the work of Bob and Carolyn S. and Clarence C. Carolyn announced that voting will take place at the convention to elect Bob S. as Vice District Governor of 31-B.

The group agreed with Everett D. that signs at the entrances to the Town of Sparta indicating a local Lions Club should be erected within one year.


Marion A. will handle the Peace Poster Contest.

Bob and Carolyn will attend the VIP Fishing Tournament at Manteo.

Fall Convention Oct. 24-26 in Hickory. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

It's time to sell BROOMS! See John W. for your supply.

Harold H. recognized White Cane volunteers - they collected $2,475. Remember, November is Lions Diabetes Education Month. This Lions Program was introduced in 1984.

Our Membership Drive dinner will be held Nov. 4. Bring a prospective new member and a guest.

October 3, 2008

It is time for our annual broom sales project!
Remember to pick up your brooms at our upcoming meeting and be prepared to pay for them.

We had 51 members and guests in attendance for the annual fall picnic. Thanks to the concession committee who did a fantastic job of preparing and serving the food.

Our special guests for the evening were District Governor Jerry Mertz and District Treasurer Allen Deaton. Governor Mertz presented the Melvin Jones award to Lions Tom A. and Clarence C. for their continued and enthusiastic work with Lionism. Lion Keith O. was presented a commendation from Governor Mertz for his continued work with the visually impaired in Alleghany County. Congratulations to Tom, Clarence, and Keith for this well-deserved recognition!

Lion Harold H. asked for volunteers for the White Cane drive to be held October 3rd and 4th. We had 15 to sign up to help with this project! We have a great group of dedicated Lions!

Lion Clarence C. presented a financial report for the concessions. Total sales for the season were $20,472.51, and our net profit was $10,127.62. Kudos to the concession committee for their hard work and for helping all of us to be successful in learning the restaurant business. Gill, Clarence, Clara, Phil, Deborah, Charlie, and Vickie have done a remarkable job with this difficult task. Thanks to all of you!

September 11, 2008

Semi-Monthly Bulletin for Tuesday, September 16
Annual Picnic
Lions Club Pavilion
Meal begins at 6:30 p.m.

Joint Meeting with West Jefferson Club Was a Big Success!!

Thirty-one members and spouses from Sparta enjoyed a delicious meal and a fun evening at our joint meeting September 2.

Thank you! District Governor Jerry Mertz, on behalf of everyone thanked the members of the West Jefferson Club for a wonderful meal, and expressed his appreciation to all who attended.

Governor Mertz use and M&M's model to express his theme - "Membership and Money." All clubs should look at ways to build membership and set goals higher than before for White Cane fund raising.

White Cane: Governor Mertz described the training for dogs used by visually handicapped people - dogs must be perfect or they are weeded out.

Auction: Very capable auctioneers Tom A. and Allen R. took the floor and sold the many items donated by members and their guests. The total raised was $1,000+... we will spend our half to buy $500 in Camp Dogwood tickets!

Bring your spouse or guest to our Annual Picnic on Tuesday, September 16. We will begin eating at 6:30 p.m. The Board of Directors will not meet, and there will be no business meeting. Our special guest will be District Governor Jerry Mertz, who will surely have some interesting thoughts to share with us. Make plans to come and take part in what has become one of our highlights of the year!

August 5, 2008

The Sparta Lions Club met August 5th 2008.  President Carolyn Sprinkle called the meeting to order.

Committee Chair Reports as follows:

– 1st Vice President Ken B. asked to be removed from that position.  Lion Allen R. agreed to step into that spot, Gill T. will remain as 2nd Vice President and the nominating committee will begin the search for a Lion to fill the position as 3rd Vice President.

– Program Chair, Gill T. reported on a preliminary schedule for speakers through June 2008.  The scheduled programs for August and September are as follows:

– Camp Dogwood Committee Chair, Tom A. presented awards received for the club for outstanding work in selling the Camp Dogwood tickets.  These awards and banner patch will be displayed in the club house.

– Flag Project Committee Chair Joe S. reminded us of flag detail for Labor Day, September 1st and that Lion Ed A. will be in charge of this event.  Please be at the pavilion at 7am to put up the flags.

– White Cane Committee Chair Harold H. will be asking for volunteers for the can shake on October 3rd & 4th. 

– Concession Committee, Co-Chair Clarence C. reported $2,946 concession sales during the Lawn Mower race.

– Committee Co-Chair Gill T. reported 36 pints of blood were collected during the July Blood Drive. 

– Committee Co-Chairs, Everette D. and Randy M. reported that someone will be hired to do a through cleaning of the inside of the downstairs of the pavilion sometime in October.

– The Demolition Derby will be held at the Fairgrounds on August 16th.  We will open the concession stand around 5pm and need everyone that will to work from 3:30pm-7pm or from 6:30pm until 9:30pm.  Contact Carolyn Sprinkle 372-8956/657-0110/657-7981 to sign up.  Volunteers so far are Everett & Rose D., Ken B., Bob & Carolyn S., George S., Melanie W., Chuck B., Sherri S., Ken B., Randy M. and Keith O.  We need several more volunteers.

The Fall Convention will be held in Hickory, October 24th, 25th and 26th at the Holiday Inn.  Mark you calendars now to attend all or part of this opportunity to network and fellowship with other Lions.

July 2008

Highlights from the Board meeting:

Minutes for July will be presented for Board approval at the August 5 meeting. Treasurer John W. reported no changes in fund balances.

Carolyn S. proposed that Board members delay until the next meeting any discussion of requests for donations following a guest speaker's presentation.

Newspapers are available for distribution to merchants. Jeff H. created a certificate of appreciation and an 8 1/2" x 11" representation of the ads to present to each of the advertisers.

Announcement of upcoming events included:

Highlights from the regular meeting:

After a delicious meal prepared by Robin G, a program about wills and estate matters was presented by Lion Ed A., our guest speaker.

Carolyn announced volunteers will be needed to assitst with a building clean-up; the date will be announced at the next meeting. She asked that we be aware of members of our Lions Club family who are not present each week and let them know we miss seeing them. She also asked to be informed of any e-mail addresses and stated she would be communicating by e-mail as much as possible.

Randy M. commented on working in the concession stand and indicated more volunteers are needed for the upcoming fiddlers' convention. Some suggestions were discussed on how to make the process easier. Carolyn requested anyone who could not work their assigned shift to be responsible for finding a replacement. Everyone's cooperation is needed and will be greatly appreciated!

Carolyn stated there were 58 people present at the July 12 Awards Banquet, including 9 from Sparta Lions Club. Our club won the points contest! Keep in mind the areas in which points are awarded include: volunteer hours (Carolyn reported that each member conributed 10 hours of community service each month); sales of Camp Dogwood tickets; numbers of eyeglasses, hearing aids, and ink cartridges collected; reports filed on time; and dues paid on time. Carolyn received the 100% Secretary for the third time, and club was the first runner-up in the bulletin contest. Thanks to everyone who contributed to these endeavors!

Allen R. announced that Bob S. is the recipient of the President's Medal (the second-highest award presented), indicating that a "newcomer" seldom receives such a prestigious award. Bob expressed his appreciation to the club members for their efforts to help him.

A plaque and a pin were presented to Marion Adams for her past year's enthusiastic and dedicated service as President of our club.

A 25-year service pin was presented to Keith O.

June 26, 2008

The Sparta Lions Club met June 17th. President Marion Adams called the meeting to order.

Applications for Camp Dogwood were received from Tony and Pam G. The club had voted to approve these applications at the June 3rd meeting. Treasurer John W. wrote a check in the amount of $250 from our club funds to cover this request.

Treasurer John W. reported the club checking account balance as $12,479.19 and the balance of the reserve funds as $20,000 plus earned interest.

Lion Bob S. reported that Alleghany County Manager Don Adams has requested the renovated portion fo the outside walls of the concession stand be painted to match the existing buildings. This item was deferred to another meeting.

Lion Carolyn S. reported newspaper ad sales are $7,850, down considerably from previous years. The newspaper is being printed and will not have as many pages as previous years and will be only 7,500 copies instead of the usual 10,000. She extended her appreciation for all who worked so dilligently on this project. Lion Everett D. sold over 30% of our total ads sold. Thank you from all of us to Everett for his continued giving of 100% plus to Sparta Lions Club.

Lion Phil D. reported changes in the operation of the concession stand due to health and safety guidelines. Only 8 (eight) people will be allowed to work in the concession area at any one time, and those volunteers handling food (raw or prepared) must wear gloves. Each volunteer will be assigned tasks that involve:

  1. cooking hamburgers and hot dogs
  2. cooking french fries
  3. preparing food for cooking
  4. serving customers
  5. adding condiments to sold sandwiches
  6. wrapping food for selling
  7. taking payment and making change
  8. stocking drink boxes

With this distribution of duties, it will be imperative that we have 8 (eight) volunteers for each shift. Health department guidelines mandate that no tasks overlap. Most of the events require that we begin around noon, and we usually close around 9:00, with another hour added for clean up. The condiment section that was out in front of the concession stand will no longer be there for self-serve. We are now required to prepare the sandwiches to order. Please keep these simple guidelines in mind as we prepare to work the concession stand.

June 13, 2008

The Sparta Lions Club met June 3, 2008. President Marion Adams called the meeting to order.

Marion asked that Bob and Carolyn S. be remembered in thoughts and prayers, and said that they would be at the next meeting.

Gill T. reported that only 10 pints of blood were collected at the Blood Mobile. He stated that having the event on a holiday had apparently caused a decrease in the normal number of participants.

John W. presented the financial report.

Clarence C. reported he had met with the health inspector at the fair grounds concession stand. The Club has two options - (1) apply for a temporary permit every time an event is held or (2) apply under restaurant status. During the winter months, the permit would be inactive; then, in the spring, the permit would be reactivated. The cost of the restaurant status permit will be $300. Since Bob S. is the chair, Clarence will share all the details with him and a decision will be made at the next meeting.

Joe S. reported on the Flag project: 112 people have contributed around $1,300.

Marion reminded the group about the dental clinic at Alleghany High School scheduled for June 6 and 7, and that volunteers were needed. A sign-up sheet was circulated.

Marion announced that anyone wnating to make a change in their committee assignments should contact her before the bulletins goes to press.

Tom A. reported that newspaper ad sales were down. He suggested that next year five or six people should go to Elkin and canvas that area for new advertisers.

Marion reminded the group that the Vision Van will be at Trojan Village on Wednesday, June 18. Volunteers are needed, and a sign-up sheet will be circulated. Keith O. will be be there from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and he will check to see if another optometrist will also work.

Allen R. reported that the state convention was a really nice event, that 470 Lions registered, and that the International President covered almost every aspect of Lionism.

Marion stated that she had learned from Debbie S., director of Cub Scout Day Camp, that the Old Hickory Council provided health and accident insurance for boys attending the camp.

Keith O. stated he had received requests from Pam and Tony G. for sponsorship to Camp Dogwood. John W. moved to approve the two sponsorships; Allen Reinhardt seconded the motion, which carried.

May 2008

The Sparta Lions Club met May 20, 2008. President Marion Adams called the meeting to order.

Gill T. reported Sparta Lions Club will host the American Red Cross Blood Mobile Monday, May 26, at Sparta United Methodist Church. Gill asked for volunteers to help with registration and the canteen.

John W. gave a financial report.

Clarence C. reported that work will need to be done at the fair grounds concession stand to meet the food service sanitation requirements. He will inform us of the exact work that is needed and will schedule a time for Lions Club members to complete this project.

Joe S. reported that over $1,100 has been received for the Flag Display Project, with approximately $200 remaining to be collected.

Marion reminded everyone to review the list of suggested committee assignments. The goal is to have all Lions involved in the work of the club in a way best suited to their time and talents.

Carolyn S. reported that sales of ads for our newspaper are below normal. John W. suggested every Lion submit an article. He also presented a list of assignments for each Lion who is directly involved in the club and/or community projects that Sparta Lions Club is involved with.

Marion reminded us the State Convention will be held May 29-June 1 in Greensboro. She urged everyone who could to attend.

The club unaniamously decided not to participate in the July 4 parade.

Marion reminded us the Vision Van will be at the Trojan Village Shopping Center on Wednesday, June 18. She asked that we be prepared to help with this project.

Tom A. reported Camp Dogwood sales of $2,750.

Doc Evans installed our newest members:

Rose D. Kathy J. Eldon J.
Faye R. Melanie W.  

Welcome to each of you! We look forward to working with you as we provide Lions services to our community and beyond.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to Bob and Carolyn S. at the recent passing of his son, Mike. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

April 2008

At our last meeting, Second Vice President Gill T. welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

Lion Gill presented the following items for discussion and/or Board action:

March 2008

President Marion A. welcomed everyone and called the March 4th meeting to order.

Second Vice President Gill T. reported we would be hosting the Red Cross Blood Mobile, Monday, March 24th, at Sparta United Methodist Church. We will need a number of volunteers for the canteen service; to set up the room at 7:45 am and to put the room back in order at 3:00 pm; for registration; and to go for supplies (maybe). Carolyn S., the coordinator of this project, will not be available on that date. President Marion will be the coordinator, so be certain to let her know that you will be able to help with this.

PDG Allen R. made a motion that the club sponsor Zone Chairman Bob S. for leadership training to be held in Tennessee March 27-30. The board unanimously agreed to submit $110 for Lion Bob's tuition. Food and lodging for the event will be paid by Lions International. Lion Secretary Carolyn S. has also enrolled for the training (at her expense) and will be attending with her husband, Lion Bob.

President Marion reminded us of our clean-up day at Camp Dogwood - April 8th. We will meet in the back parking lot of Sparta Presbyterian Church for carpooling at 7 am and return around 7 pm. Please sign up with President Marion. We certainly need your support. There will be opportunities for a variety of maintenance jobs around the Camp and dorms. This is a very worthwhile project for us!

PDG Allen R. reported the NC Lions State Convention will be held in Greensboro May 29 - June 1. Applications for attendance will be available at our March 18th meeting.

Lions District Governor Jimmy F. and his wife, Mazie, will be our guests for the April 1st meeting. Please make a concerted effort to be in attendance to show our support for Governor Foster as well as North Carolina Lions.

April 15th is our annual member appreciation and potential member dinner. Bring your spouse or significant other and at least one guest as a potential member. President Marion will need to to know that you will be attending and the numver of guests you will be bringing so that adequate meals will be prepared. This, as always, will be a wonderful time to show our appreciation and support of each other and to introduce others in our community to the many, many community, state and international projects that we support.

Our speaker wias Joe P., Executive Director of the Alleghany Wellness Center, who presented an update on the activities of the center. We thank Joe and our own Sherry Smith for the wonderful work AWCI continues to do in our community.

Lion Harold H. and his wife, Betty, remain in prayers as Harold continues to recuperate from his accident. Harold is now in Alleghany Memorial Hospital and will most certainly appreciate your cards, calls and visits. Harold and Betty are special to each of us.

Please be prepared to pick up your newspaper ad sales packet from Lion Carolyn S. before leaving the March 18th meeting. Ad sales will need to be turned in no later than May 6th for publication in our 2008 newspaper. Only prepaid ads will be printed.

Lion Tom A. reminded us that we must turn our Camp Dogwood ticket sale monies in on or before May 1st. Hurrah for Lion Phil H. who has sold over 1,200 tickets!

February 2008

When we last met, President Marion A. welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

Lion Doc E. reported the nominations for Board Members as follows:

2006-2009 Tom A./Clarence C.
2007-2010 Phil D./Harold H.
2008-2011 Randy M./Joe S.

We have been offered the opportunity to advertise in the Alleghany Chamber of Commerce annual magazine. Doc E. made the motion that we purchase a 1/4 page ad ($245). Carolyn S. seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Jeff H. will work with Bob B. at the Chamber office on the layout and information that will in the advertisement.

Randy M. offered the Sparta Lions Club the opportunity to support the work of the Shriners in Alleghany County. Tom A. made a motion to donate $50, and the motion was approved unanimously. We will receive a plaque from the Shriners for our support of their work.

Mark your calendars now for the member appreciation and potential member dinner on Tuesday, April 15th. This meeting offers each of us the opportunity to bring potential members, spouses (or significant others) and friends to learn about the work of Sparta Lions Club and to participate in this time of food, fun, and fellowship.

February 2008

At our last meeting, President Marion A. welcomed everyone and called the meeting to order.

Please know you are missed when you are absent and that your presence at all meetings is important for the continued growth of Sparta Lions Club. We now have 48 members on the roll; however, our average attendance continues to be 25-30. Attendance at every meeting ensures we are all on the team, and as we work together as a team, we increase our contribution of time and money to the many, many worthwile projects of Sparta Lions Club.

Our special guests were Bob L., Chair of District 31B diabetes and history committees and Vice District Governor Jerry M. Jerry requested that the Sparta Club host a District Cabinet meeting during his term as Governor (2008-2009). There was a resounding show of support and enthusiasm from everyone in attendance. We are honored and pleased to be able to help with this event.

Zone Chair Bob S. reported on the Zone meeting held in Boone on January 14, 2008. He expressed his gratitude to Lions Ed and Marion A., Doc E., Lawrence M., Allen R., and George R. for their attendance at this meeting and for thei continued support of NC Lions. An invitation was extended for attendance to the District Cabinet meeting to be held in Hickory, January 27, 2008. Those attending were Bob and Carolyn S., Marion A., and Allen R.

President Marion A. reminded the nominating team to complete the list of nominees for officers for the 2008-2009 term. Lion Doc E. reported the list was 95% complete.

The request from the Old Hickory Council Learning for Life program for financial support was honored with a gift of $1,750.00 This program has offered training in life skills and character development to students in Alleghany County elementary schools for the past four years.

A request from NC Lions for funds to up-fit the Vision Van was supported with a donation of $100.

A donation request from the Triple E riding stables was tabled.

We hosted the Blood Drive on Monday, January 28. We had 51 donors and 53 pints of blood collected. Thanks and kudos to those who helped: Larry P., Lawrence M., George R., Tom A., Chuck B., Bob S., David H., and Carolyn S. Our special thanks to Eva and the Cherry Lane Homemakers for the wonderful cookies and to Alice and Marie for their continuing support of this lifesaving (litterally) project of Sparta Lions Club. Those 53 pints of blood will serve 159 people who are in life-threatening situations. Way to go, team!

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