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December 21, 2010

Highlights from the December 21 Meeting

The Board voted to give the local Peace Poster contest winner $50 expressing appreciation for the renewed interest in this worthwhile international contest.

The group authorized a donation to the Alleghany Rescue Squad in appreciation of their much-needed service to all citizens of our County.

Lion Allen R. introduced Governor Bob Sprinkle. Bob told the group about a car that is in the testing stages that can be driven by a blind or visually impaired person.

Governor Sprinkle further reported that all districts had met the 40% goal of the White Cane drive. The next goal is 75%. There are 18 clubs not participating in the White Cane drive.

Mr. Sprinkle reported that he was sorry to receive the charter of the Harmony Iredell Club on December 16. There were 6 members of the club, the oldest 88 who had been treasurer for 36 years, and the youngest 69. Four of these folks were charter members.

Mr. Sprinkle reported on the successful work of Lions across the globe in preventing the spread of river blindness (in one country this disease has been healed completely), successful treatment of many eye diseases, training health workers and many other humanitarian acts. He encouraged our Club to continue to remember our VIPs throughout the year.

Governor Bob thanked Faye R. for her excellent work in compiling and submitting the Sparta Club’s history for printing in a district booklet.

Everett D. announced he had the boxes of Christmas food to take to 20 VIPs in the County. Each box contains 17 items of nutritious and useful food items. A big THANK YOU TO EVERETT AND ROSE D. FOR SHOPPING, SORTING, AND BOXING UP THE FOOD!!

David H. is the chairman of the broom sales project. Lions who have taken brooms are urged to let David know how many unsold brooms on hand and turn in money from sales.

Tom A. is always getting into some unusual happenings. He recently was as the Whitehead Community Building selling chances on a quilt. An old fashioned cake walk started and the crowd around him pushed Tom back to make room. He backed into a BIG COFFEE MAKER, HIT THE LEVER, AND HOT COFFEE BEGAN POURING OUT ON HIM. OUCH Tom, we hope you are alright!!

December 7, 2010

Highlights from the December 7 Meeting

December 7 was the annual Christmas dinner for Sparta Lions. Lions and spouses or special guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by capable Robin Greene. The group enjoyed the fellowship with friends. As always, the meeting was begun with prayer by Chaplain Steve Z. and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Dr. Keith O., a long-time Lion, and Jeff P. of North Wilkesboro entertained the group on guitar and fiddle with old ballads and Christmas carols. The two have so much talent and are always a hit. Another hit was President Marion A.’ and Tom A.’s rendition of “Cabbage Head”, a tale of a woman who could outsmart her husband.

Folks brought food to be packaged up and delivered to our VIPs. This annual delivery of Christmas boxes is greatly appreciated by the recipients. Expected delivery date is December 23.

Remember, on December 21our District Governor Bob will present the program. Be sure to be at this meeting and support him.

Please remember to spread good cheer and hope to everyone you meet at the grocery store, on the street, at the doctor’s office or Food Closet. We all need to experience these good feelings within our souls.

November 2, 2010

Highlights from the November 2 Meeting

Chairman Adams thanked everyone for attending. She encouraged everyone let Lions who are absent know that they are missed and badly needed to help conduct the Club’s important projects.

Brooms will be ordered and will be for sale in the community. Many people want to help support the blind and visually impaired and have asked for them.

Two individuals were approved for eye exams and glasses or other needs. The Sparta club pays one-half the cost and the remaining balance is paid by Lions Foundation.

There were 21 folks from the Sparta Lions Club at the annual meeting with the West Jefferson Club - Ashe County had 20!!! Way to go, Sparta Lions. The auction brought in $297.50 for our Club’s purchase of Camp Dogwood tickets.

The program was presented by Fritz Earl, a well-known inspirational speaker. Mr. Earl’s message was to believe in oneself, fellow man, country and God. One must have mental toughness, be positive but realistic.

Chairman Adams read a thank you letter from Mrs. Roten for her new glasses and for Dr. Oliver’s excellent care. We hope the Rotens enjoyed their fishing trip to the Outer Banks in October and look forward to a report from them.

The annual visually impaired (VIP) lunch was set for November 20 at 12:00 noon at the pavilion. Lions are asked to come and help this special group with their food trays, transportation and any other way needed. We always look forward to this event.

Our annual Christmas dinner will be December 7. Then our own District Governor B. Sprinkle will present the program at the December 21 meeting. Please plan on being at all these events.

The Chairman expressed deep appreciation to H. Hayes for his excellent leadership and all who helped for so many successful years in collecting money on Main and Whitehead Streets for White Cane. The White Cane program provides white canes for the VIPs, training seeing-eye dogs for use by VIPs and other wonderful ways.

District Governor Bob announced that $1,300 was raised at the Tail Twister breakfast at the fall convention in Hickory. One-half this amount goes to White Cane.

November 20 VIP luncheon at the pavilion at 12:00 noon. Everyone was encouraged to attend and help
December 7 The Christmas dinner for the Club
December 21 District Governor Bob Sprinkle will present the program
December 21 Christmas food boxes will be prepared and delivered. Details will be announced later.

Remember to wear a smile wherever you go. You just might brighten someone’s day or bring a smile to a face that hasn’t had that exercise in a while.

October 5, 2010

Highlights from the October 5 Meeting

The Club has paid for a VIP and spouse to go to the fishing tournament in mid October. This tournament is held every year at the Outer Banks of North Carolina where 550 blind and visually impaired people from 77 counties aided by around 200 adults gather.

One of Alleghany County’s citizens is facing treatment for eye damage received in an accident. Our Club is attempting to secure funds from a grant to help with the costs of the treatment.

Alleghany Pregnancy Care Center Director Jo B. and volunteer Rita H. gave a wonderful and informative program about clients from our County. This is a valuable service to our community.

Don’t forget the joint meeting with West Jefferson club on October 19 at 6:00 at the Laurel Ridge Moravian Conference Center in Laurel Springs. If anyone is interested in carpooling, meet at the Sparta United Methodist Church parking lot in time to leave by 5:15. Remember to bring items for the auction. This is always an enjoyable event, and ½ proceeds from the auction goes to the purchase of Camp Dogwood tickets by our Club.

It won’t be long until the holidays are upon us. Lions are asked to be thinking about helping with the lunch we provide for our Visually Impaired People (VIP) before Thanksgiving. Last year we delivered boxes of food to all the known VIPs in the County (21). These people thoroughly appreciated the love expressed through this project.

We are so glad to report that Al B. took his last chemo treatment Wednesday, an ordeal of wearing a pump for 48 hours, in addition to other time required and an injection because his white blood count is low. A CT scan is scheduled for October 25, and let’s pray that the doctors tell the family that no more chemo is required. Al is a trooper and keeps right on going!

Also remember Bob S. who is recovering from heart surgery. He too has been through an ordeal but is on the mend. Both these men are exceptional and inspirational hard-working Lions.

Spread smiles and encouraging words out there, folks! Take care.

September 21, 2010

Highlights from the September 21 Meeting

Pam H. is working on forming a Leo club and has three potential students at the high school.

The group voted to buy one 4’ x 8’ billboard for $300 to be displayed on the fence around the football and baseball fields and in the gym during indoor sports events. This will be good advertising for the Club.

Getting enough concession stand volunteers continues to be difficult. The option of getting outside help and paying for their services is still being discussed.

Doc E. was thanked for his many, many years of service and hard work for the Club and his community.

Clarence C. reported $17,790.66 in the checking account. Three of the Lions will meet to come up with suggestions about how much money needs to be saved and the possibility of helping our VIPs with items or services they cannot afford. This type of community service makes the hard work at the concession stand worth it all!

The Bloodmobile was at the Sparta United Methodist Church on September 27. Results will be reported at the next meeting.

Pam presented two awards to George S. for his recruitment of new members and his continued work for the Club.

September 28 was another Adopt-A-Highway litter pick-up day. Thanks to all who participated, and thank you, Tom A., for 18 years as chairman of this Lions project!!
Lawrence M. became the Club’s Lion Tamer. We all appreciate Lawrence’s dedication and willingness to work anywhere he is needed.


"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take
time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
Elizabeth Lawrence

August 17, 2010

Highlights from the August 17 Meeting

Tom A. has made a request to the Fairgrounds Committee that another group help pay for the bulldozer work required before rodeo.

Al B. has been very sick but is home and some better. David S. is home and doing better after emergency surgery. Keep these two Lions, Agnes J., Vickie B.’s daughter, George R., and Sherry B. (who is having surgery) in your prayers.

Clarence C. reported $16,057.90 in the checking account. Over $3,200 was raised at the concession stand during the mud sling.

The group voted to give $400 to the Red Cross.

Linda I. presented an interesting program on HUGS. Everyone agreed that there is a need for more HUGS, especially for the elderly and sick.

Tiny Marion A. locked the door and would not ALLOW anyone to leave until enough people volunteered to work at the concession stand at the upcoming event. She can ride a bull and she can successfully tend the “herd”.

The group approved $150 to VIP fishing tournament, $2.00 per member for the year for LCIF and $500 for Jack Stickley Fellowship. $90 per year per member is sent to White Cane and $39 per member per year goes to International and State dues, which are $6.50 each.


Our own Pam and Phil H. volunteered to help during a charity fishing tournament on Saturday, July 31. The first annual “Let’s Go Fishing for a Cure” was held at Hungry Mother Park in Marion, Virginia. The event was sponsored by St. Baldricks Foundation affiliated with Brenner’s Children Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Despite the rainy weather about 25 kids fished and enjoyed the day. A local 11 year old boy won first place for the biggest fish, a 24” carp. Over $1,000 was raised for the Foundation which funds childhood cancer research.

Every 3 ½ minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer - 1 out of 5 will not survive. To find out how you can help, go to www.StBaldricks.org or call 1-888-899-BALD.
Thanks Pam and Phil for this great service to kids! !

August 3, 2010

Highlights from the August 3 Meeting

Chairman Marion A. was still at the Boy Scout Jamboree but will be at the next meeting. She has been missed.

The group voted to place a $100 ad in the Fall Convention booklet.

Assistance with eyeglasses/screenings for two individuals was approved.

Clarence C. reported $15,229.35 balance. $2,300 was sent to White Cane and $1,000 to the John Woodruff Scholarship.

The Cabinet Meeting in Marion was well attended. Sparta Club received the award for averaging sales of 10 books of car raffle tickets per member. Second was for 4 books/member.

The group voted to make donations to groups who helped with the rodeo: Boy Scouts, Rescue Squad and Fire Department. Larry B. will be contacted about his bill for moving dirt at the fairgrounds to fill in gaps from digging for the mud sling.

The program was presented by a representative from the Red Cross. The club was presented a plaque – Alleghany was number one in reaching the goal.

Several people are on the prayer list: Al B. home from Baptist Hospital but very weak; Agnes J.; Vickie B.’s daughter; Virginia S. had pneumonia.

Put the following dates on your calendar:

September 7: Annual picnic -- spouses are invited.

October 29 and 30: Fall Convention in Hickory. Governor’s banquet
will be Saturday the 30th at 4:00 pm

Thought for the day:
“Even the smallest pebble dropped in a silent pond moves the entire pond”.

We all give of ourselves to help the people in our community and nation. But, think about how you can BEST help and take action.

July 6, 2010

Highlights from the July 6 Meeting

Bob S. was congratulated for being installed as the Governor of District 31B.

The group discussed at length the rodeo of July 2 and 3. Comments were reported from spectators, who said the rodeo was very entertaining, professional and “clean.” The Board voted to schedule the rodeo for Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, 2011. Many suggestions were made about ways to get the word out next year in Alleghany and surrounding towns and communities.

Marion A. thanked the group for their work in the concession stand. She said she was proud of the groups both nights of the rodeo. She praised everyone for working together so well during hot, tiring conditions.

Two requests were submitted by Keith O. for help with the costs of eye exams and further treatment. Both requests were approved.

Everett D. stated that the last two weeks of Rose’s sickness and hospitalization had been rough. He thanked everyone for their telephone calls, visits, prayers and words of encouragement.

Lions are encouraged to attend the kickoff of the White Cane drive. The event will be Sunday, August 1, at the Marion Lions Club. Contact Ellen by e-mail or 372-4801 or Bob S. by e-mail or 372-8956.



A young Marine officer was severely wounded in the head by a grenade, but the only visible permanent injury was to both of his ears, which were amputated. Since his hearing wasn't impaired he remained in the Marine Corps. Many years later he eventually rose to the rank of major general. He was, however, very sensitive about his appearance.

One day the general was interviewing three Marines, prospects for his headquarters staff. The first was an aviator captain, and it was a great interview. At the end of the interview the general asked him, "Do you notice anything different about me?" The young officer answered, "Why, yes, Sir, I couldn't help but notice that you have no ears." The general got very angry at his lack of tact and threw him out.

The second interview was with a logistics Lieutenant, and he was even better. The general then asked him the same question, "Do you notice anything different about me?" He replied sheepishly, "Well, Sir, you have no ears." The general, now really ticked, threw him out also.

The third interview was with a Marine gunnery sergeant, an infantryman and Staff NCO. He was articulate, looked extremely sharp and seemed to know more than the other two officers combined. The general wanted this guy and went ahead with the same question, "Do you notice anything different about me?" To his surprise, the sergeant said, "Yes, Sir, you wear contact lenses."

The general was very impressed and thought, what an incredibly observant NCO, and he didn't mention my ears. "And how do you know that I wear contacts?" the General asked."Well, Sir," the gunny replied, "it's pretty hard to wear glasses with no ears."

June 15, 2010

Highlights from the June 15 Meeting

Work on the upcoming rodeo was discussed.  The chores of manning the concession stand, the gate, parking and other aspects of the two-night event were discussed. 

Ed A. spoke regarding the Christian Motorcycle Association’s bike ride sponsored by Alleghany Connections.  Participants will get a free lunch at the Higgins Fairgrounds concession stand when the ride is completed.

The group voted to give the Boy Scouts a $500 donation.

David Hedrick presented a very interesting program about leathercraft.  Mr. Hedrick brought several pieces of art, duffel bag, purse and other items he had made.  He stated that there are around 600 tools used in this craft.

Members were urged to volunteer at the Vision Van on June 18 at the Alleghany Wellness Center/Alleghany Memorial Hospital’s "Be Happy, Be Healthy Celebration."

Everett D. volunteered to take Joe S.i’s place on the flag detail.  Joe has done an excellent job soliciting donations from town merchants and getting the group together to put up and take down flags during the holidays. Thanks, Joe!!! 

After discussion, the group agreed that members wishing to resign from the Club would be dropped;  no one will be dropped unless a personal contact has been made with them to confirm their decision.




A preacher said, "Anyone with 'special needs' who wants to be prayed over, please come to the front." 

With that, Jethro got in line, and when it was his turn, the Preacher asked, "Jethro, what do you want me to pray about for you?"

Jethro replied, "Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing." 

The preacher put one hand on Jethro's ear, placed his other hand on top of Jethro's head, and then  prayed. The whole congregation joined in with great enthusiasm.

After a few minutes, the preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked, "Jethro, how is your hearing now?"

Jethro answered, "I don't know. It's not 'til next week."

June 1, 2010

Highlights from the June 1 Meeting

Lots of exciting things happened at the June 1 membership, spouse or guest, awards and VIP dinner. If you weren’t there, you missed a good night of fellowship and rewards for hard work.

The first honor awarded was the Jack Stickley Award, which went to Marion A. Allen announced the presentation and talked of Marion’s dedication to the Club and to the work of Lions. Some 94 percent of the money raised goes to the people needing help. He thanked Marion for agreeing to again be the President of our Club.

Phil H. was presented with a plaque for being chosen as the Lion of the Year. Phil is so dedicated to the Lions and their work for the blind/vision impaired, hard of hearing and other areas of need. He never refuses a request to work if he can possibly accept. He quietly goes about his duties, no matter what the task.

Clarence C. presented the President’s Plaque to Allen R. Clarence stated that Allen has done so much for the Club. His excitement for his work is greatly appreciated.

The VIPs were introduced and warmly welcomed by the group. Thanks to Marjorie B., Elva H., Pattie R. and Nelda R. and their family members for attending the dinner and making it a very special evening. Those VIPs and others who could not attend expressed their deep appreciation for the help given to them.

Allen expressed deep appreciation to all the Lions in the Club, lauding their hard work and dedication. I don’t think he missed any of our busy, busy Lions. Successful work includes the flag project, Camp Dogwood ticket sales, willingness to work during any event, keeping a record of activities, the fairgrounds, providing such detailed finance reports, White Cane success, building projects, leadership, longtime work with the Lions Foundations, buying food for the concession stand, and the list goes on. THANK YOU ALL!

Allen announced several upcoming events:

  1. June 6 - the concession stand will be open for the mud sling and everyone who could work were asked to be there.
  2. Dot N.’s awards night will be June 12 at Camp Dogwood at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. Everyone was urged to attend.
  3. July 2 and 3 – the rodeo will be in town. Posters are being displayed and ads will be made in Ashe, Grayson, Wilkes and Surry Counties. Donations are being sought for allowing kids to attend who might not otherwise afford the cost of a ticket.
  4. July 10 - Bob S.’s Cabinet will be installed at the Silver Dollar/Silver Spoon beginning at 4:00 pm. The cost of dinner is $14 if anyone would like to be there.
  5. July 13 – Presidents and Secretaries are asked to go to the training to be held in Valdese.
  6. July 18 – The Vision Van will be at the hospital for the Health Fair from 10 am until 4:00 pm. Tell anyone you think might need to get a free vision screening.
  7. July 19 - The concession stand will need to be fully-manned for the lawn mower race. Please volunteer if you can work that evening.

Officers for 2010-2011 were installed.

Special thanks go to Peggy B. who decorated the tables with tablecloths and vases, and to John and Janet G. who provided the beautiful flowers for the vases.

Chaplain Zimmerman was asked to close the meeting with prayer.

We missed Everett and Rose who were absent because of illness; Exton D. who said he would be there if he possibly could; Karin N. who was on vacation; Joe S. who had to be out of town; Cliff P., Chuck B., Phil D., Jim F., Linda I., Kathy and Eldon J., John M. and everyone else who couldn’t attend. YOU ARE MISSED WHEN YOU AREN’T THERE!!

May 18, 2010

Highlights from the May 18 Meeting

Allen R. announced that June 1 will be an exceptionally important night for our Club.  Members should bring their spouse/guest and prospective new Lions. Our visually-impaired friends will be invited as our special guests. Awards will be given out that night, and new officers for 2010-2011 will be installed. Mark your calendar and join your fellow Lions and guests for a delicious dinner and an enjoyable evening! 

Everett D.’s list of people purchasing 300 BOOKS of chances for a new car was published in the May 18 issue of The Alleghany News.  The funds raised are used to support Camp Dogwood, and Everett broke the record for the most books sold in the State.  THANK YOU, EVERETT!

A recommendation was approved to reimburse certain officers up to $150 of their travel costs for the state and district conventions. Attending these meetings provides training for officers and allows local clubs’ participation in voting on issues affecting the district.

The rodeo coming up on July 2 and 3 will offer pony rides for the kids, photos with a Brahma bull, cowboys and cowgirls riding in the parade, and rodeo excitement for all ages on both nights. Ticket sales, program sales, and concessions go to the Club.

Bob S. stated he will encourage all clubs in District 31B to work together for the good of Lionism. We know Bob will be an excellent District Governor.

Carolyn S. was approved as Treasurer of the NC Lions Foundation.  Congratulations, Carolyn!  We know you will do an excellent job.

Phil H. presented the program for the evening on the need for financial support of the Scouting program.  Our district has been asked to raise $12,000.  These funds pay for sending Scout leaders for training and $400+ for sending each boy to Camp Raven Knob.  Scouts are asked to pay $200.

Gill T. has again organized an event to collect donations of blood.  The Bloodmobile was scheduled to set up at the Methodist Church on Monday, May 24.  Thank you, Gill, for your continued work on this worthwhile, necessary project!

Remember, several of your club’s officers will attend the State Lions Club Convention May 28-30 in Asheville.

“Negative thinkers are like farmers who plant corn expecting apples.  They plant failure in their soil (heart) expecting success.”                                     
- Balogun M. Adewale of Nigeria


May 4, 2010

Highlights from the May 4 Meeting

On Tuesday, May 4, we met to clean the concession stand to begin our new season. There was no business meeting.

We will return to the Lions Club Pavilion on our regular schedule on May 18:
Board of Directors meeting - 6:00 p.m.
Regular dinner meeting - 6:30 p.m.

Please make every effort to attend our meeting on Tuesday. We have a lot of activities this time of year, and we need EVERY member to help us reach our goals with successful results.

Hope to see you there!

April 20, 2010

Highlights from the April 20 Meeting

Following an exciting discussion about a way to make a large sum of money, the group voted to invite the Mid Atlantic Professional Rodeo to come to Sparta for shows on Friday, July 2, and Saturday, July 3. This rodeo has performed at the Dixie Classic Fair for 24 years, as well as in many other towns. Gate fees, concessions, charges for pony rides, mechanical bull, and other funds raised will go to the Lions Club. It will be great if the cowboys and cowgirls will participate in the parade on Saturday!

Everett D. was the topic of discussion among the people who helped get Camp Dogwood cleaned up and ready for the first group of visually-impaired campers. Lions working that day were: Marion, Bob, Tom, Lawrence, and Allen. THANK YOU, FOLKS!!!!

Allen asked Bob, Doc, Everett, and Tom to serve on a committee pertaining to covering some of the costs Lions will incur during the State Convention.

Joe S. will be in Florida from November until April. Duane D. volunteered to fill in for Joe on the Flag Detail during his absence. Thanks, Duane!

Bob announced that nine people from Sparta are on his cabinet: Carolyn S., Secretary; Karin N., Treasurer; Lawrence M., Sergeant at Arms; Marion A., Celebrate Liberty; Keith O., Clinical
Eye Research; Allen R., Constitution and Bylaws; Phil D., White Cane; Pam H., Leo; and Ellen W., Peace Poster Contest.

Officers will be sworn in on Saturday, July 10, at 4:00 p.m., at the Silver Dollar Music Park in Glade Valley. Entertainment will be provided by Keith O. and the local line dancers.

It is time to sign up for work at the concession for this season. Please contact Allen ASAP to report your availability to participate in this very important project!

LITTER SWEEP: Tom A. announced that clean-up for our Adopt-A-Highway program would be April 28. Ellen saw the following men out in the Twin Oaks area working hard to clean up that stretch of Highway 21: Tom A., Harold H., Phil H., Lawrence M., Randy M., and Bob S. Ken couldn't work at the designated time, so he went at 1 p.m. and picked up 3 bags of trash!! THANK YOU, fellows, for your dedication and hard work. Some of you are, let's say "getting up in years," and some are not in the best of health, but you are still willing to volunteer your time and energies. HATS OFF TO ALL OF YOU! (If I missed listing someone, or if you came after I left, accept my apologies!)

The program for the evening was presented by Sheriff David E. and Deputy Brian P. A task force has been established to eliminate the abuse of prescription drugs in our county. The Sheriff is working with the doctors in town to encourage the issuance of fewer prescriptions for Schedule II narcotics like Oxycontin, oxycodone, and other opioid medications that are highly addictive. The drug problem in Alleghany is worse for medications prescribed by doctors than for illegal drugs. These prescription drugs are being sold illegally and, in some cases, being swapped by family members. May 14 has been set for "Operation Drug Drop-Off" at the Law Enforcement Center. Bring in your outdated medications or those you no longer take, and the officials will have them destroyed.

DON'T FORGET: At our next meeting on Tuesday, May 4, Lions should meet at the fairgrounds at 6:00 p.m. to eat dinner and then clean up the concession stand for the new season. There will be no regular meeting. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

"Believing that the Big Bang Theory was completely responsible for creating the entire world is like believing that an explosion in a paper factory would create an entire set of encyclopedias."      Norman Geisler

VIRUS WARNING (Read on for a good laugh!!)
You need to know about this e-mail virus. Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one. It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1960. Symptoms:

  1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. Done that!
  2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail! That, too!
  3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person. Yep!
  4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. Aha! So that's how that happens!
  5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. Well, darn!
  6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished. Oh, no - not again!
  7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND." And I just hate that!
  8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE." Oops! It's called the "C-Nile Virus."

April 6, 2010

Highlights from the April 6 Meeting

Everyone enthusiastically welcomed back L. Roe (Al) B. after his extended illness.

Allen wants to get pictures of the Lions with the VIP they have adopted.  Allen believes our club is the first to “adopt” its VIPs and hopes to get pictures and an article in the Lion newsletter.

Seven Lions went to Camp Dogwood on April 13 where they spread mulch, raked, and cleaned the grounds.  Anyone who hasn’t been to Camp Dogwood is urged to go – we  hear it is an awesome place!

Clarence C. asked for help in cleaning the concession stand for the first event at the fairgrounds.  He and Gill are working on streamlining the menu and establishing prices.

Doc E. asked for nominations for officers for the upcoming new year.  He asked the group for nominations.  The nominations include:

Marion A., President; L. Roe B. 1st VP; Pam H. 2nd VP;  David H. 3rd VP;  Ellen W. Secretary; Clarence C. Treasurer;  Ken B., Asst. Treasurer.   Frank H. and Lawrence M. were nominated to fill positions on the Board for the term 2012-2015. Ken B. and Gill T. will co-chair the Membership Committee.  Historian is Faye R. The slate of officers will be voted on at the next meeting.

Tom A. made three wooden items to be raffled off, bringing in over $200 to buy Camp Dogwood tickets.

Allen announced that the last meeting in June will be membership night and we'll also be honoring our VIPs.

John G. announced he is running for County Commissioner and asked for support.

Frank H. is running for sheriff and also asked for support.

Lions interested in attending the state convention May 27-30 in Asheville need to get the registration forms turned in quickly.  Ask Allen or another officer if you need details about what happens at the convention.

Tail Twister Everett D. provided the program, which highlighted his years of education, service in the Air Force, work experiences with McDonald Douglas on the Skybolt missile cited to be the first ballistic missile to be air-launched from a high-flying bomber.  Among other exciting jobs, he was one of five people who transported the second stage of Saturn V to Cape Canaveral.  Good job, Everett! The program was educational and very interesting.

The most exciting and shocking news of the evening came when Everett announced that he had sold 300 (that’s three hundred) books of Camp Dogwood tickets.  This is possibly the largest number of books sold by any Lion -  thank you, Everett, for your hard work and tenacity.

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 20.  Please try your best to attend.  You are missed when you’re not there!

March 16, 2010

Highlights from the March 16 Meeting

Don’t forget, folks...our own Tail Twister will provide the program at the April 6 meeting.  Please plan on attending because you know it will be interesting!

Allen reported he is working on the homebuilders having a mud sling at the fairgrounds during the Fourth of July weekend to replace concessions lost by cancellation of the horse show.  BE THINKING about fund raisers we could have and send your suggestions along to Allen. An auction was one suggestion. 

It’s time to register for the Lions State convention to be held May 28, 29 & 30.  Please let Ellen know if you plan to attend and be a delegate from our club.  The group agreed to place a $300 ad in the convention booklet since our own Bob Sprinkle is running for District Governor.

Lion Everett D. sold nearly 100 books of Camp Dogwood tickets.  Way to go, Everett!!!!!!! 

 Camp Dogwood cleanup day is Tuesday, April 13.  Meet at the pavilion and be prepared to leave at 7:00 am SHARP.  Also, Governor Perdue has declared the week of April 11 through 17 as Lions week!

Allen reports our club is the first in the state to adopt our VIPs.  He wants to get photos of the VIPs and the Lion who adopted them, so get together soon and make a little piece of history.  There are still about 5 VIPs who have not been adopted, so call or e-mail Ellen.  372-4801 -  widenerea@skbest.com

Joe S. and his helpers got the flag detail letters delivered by hand or in the mail recently.  Donations are quickly coming in.  Joe and others spend a lot of time on this project, and YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!!!!

Donna W. and Ann C. from BROC described services available in Alleghany County for all low-income folks of all ages.  The commission helps pay electric bills when shut-off is inevitable, weatherize homes and install heating units when necessary.  Spread the word to folks you think might qualify.

District Governor Dot N.'s cancer is in remission, but she is still having treatments.  She wants to get back home and back to work with the Lions in our district.  Continue to remember her in your thoughts and prayers.

Good News – The Division of Services for the Blind will continue their services for the visually impaired, children included.

Continue to keep L. Roe (Al) Boyer in your prayers.  He completed the last of his treatments a couple weeks ago and we certainly hope his cancer is in remission!!!

As always, our caterer Robin Greene assisted by her husband provided a delicious meal.  The visitors were impressed!

HAPPY SPRING TO ALL!!! Hope to see each member on Tuesday evening.

March 2, 2010

Highlights from the March 2 Meeting

The Sparta Lions Club did not meet on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16. The Board of Directors will meet at 6:00, followed by the regular dinner meeting at 6:30.

Inclement weather has caused the cancellation of several meetings, so please make every effort to be present on Tuesday.

Mark your calendar:
The Tail Twister will present the program on Tuesday, April 13.

February 2, 2010

Highlights from the February 2 Meeting

Our February 2 meeting was canceled due to hazardous driving conditions.

Weather permitting, we will meet this Tuesday, February 16, at our regular time.

If it becomes necessary to cancel once again, members will be contacted.

ENOUGH ALREADY...would the person out there doing the snow dance PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK!!!!!!

Hope to see you at the next meeting... travel safely!

January 19, 2010

Highlights from the January 19 Meeting

Thank-you cards were read from some of the VIPs who received a Christmas box. The list of VIPs was circulated, and each Lion "adopted" an individual. The Lion will call or visit or send a card on roughly a monthly basis to let the VIPs know they are cared about.

The Board received requests for funding and reiterated the previous action taken that requires groups to make a presentation to the Club members, with decisions to be made at a later meeting.

Gill T. announced a bloodmobile visit on January 25 and requested volunteers.

David E. was the guest speaker. He described amendments to the plans for a park on Sparta Parkway. This will not only be for soccer fields, but will offer a walking trail, picnic area, and play areas. The main access will be off Duncan Street, and the area along Sparta Parkway will be fenced and planted with shrubbery to prevent children from wandering onto the road.

Another $800 in Camp Dogwood tickets was turned in to Tom A. More tickets have been ordered.  

Everett D. is working with a group that will erect Lions and Shriners signs for visitors to see when entering Sparta. One sign will be at the Little River bridge on US 21 South and another will be placed at Buffalo Road on NC 18 South.

A letter will be mailed to VIPs in the county, along with information and an application for attending a week-long session at Camp Dogwood. Information about the VIP fishing tournament will be published in two to three weeks and will be sent to Alleghany's VIPs when received.


Day is done, gone the sun
from the lakes, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

January 5, 2010

Highlights from the January 5 Meeting

The January 5th meeting was cancelled.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 19, for our first meeting of the new year!

Board meeting at 6:00 p.m. Regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Start the year off right and make plans to attend as many meetings as you possibly can. The success of our club depends on each and every member.

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