Meeting Minutes March 6, 2014

Regular meeting of the Johnson City Lions Club, Noon Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Johnson City Country Club, Johnson City, TN 37604

(12 members present and 4 guests)

The meeting was called to order at 12:23 PM by King Lion Sterling Winn.  Lion Steve Campbell led the pledge of allegiance and DG Ed Gibbons asked the blessing.

John Merriss won the drawing and directed the money go to the Turtle Derby.  DG Ed Gibbons introduced his guest and soon-to-be-new  Lion (he just signed up today!), Ed Hensley.

Lion Tom Terry introduced his guest Steve Rebmann.

DG Ed Gibbons thanked the Lions who supported his nomination and election at the District 12N convention two Saturdays ago and said he’s a rarin’ to go. There’s little doubt that he’ll be one of the greatest DGs of all time.

DG Ed Gibbons presented Lion CB Willis with a special award from Lions International President Barry Palmer, the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation, recognizing 40 years of service in Lionism.  CB received a standing ovation at the convention; well deserved. The only thing the nominating committee got wrong was that CB was president twice, not  just once.

DG Gibbons presented to King Lion Winn the coveted Gold Star Award presented to our club for DG Mike’s during his year of rule. The King got so excited that he left the plaque at the Country Club but hopefully it will turn up before he gets back from his, King Sterling’s, spring break vacation.

Lion Steve Campbell assured King Lion Winn that the slate of officers for 2014-2015 will soon be announced.

Lion Ken Gough announced this spring’s eyeglasses Roanoke recycling trip which will be held soon – Saturday April 12He said that lately we have not been showing enough interest by way of attendance and that other clubs like many Knoxville clubs (that must travel much further) are forced to cover our LOA (lack of attendance). Because of his shyness and gentle nature, Lion Ken did not mention that last fall, the newest club in District 12N – the ETSU Campus club – out-attended our club 4 to 2.  Please plan on attending this important event and remember, what we do in Roanoke dose not stay in Roanoke!!!!  It helps people all over the world.

Finally, DG Lion Gibbons introduced Retha Patton, Executive Director of Eastern Eight Community Development which provides affordable housing solutions for the good citizens of eight counties in Northeast Tennessee. This fine non-profit organization is helping hundreds of low and middle income people find or keep their housing in bad times. If you know someone who needs housing of relief  in their payment amounts can contact Retha Patton at , 214 E. Watauga Ave., 423-232-2042 or 423-791-2507 (cell) or . Or visit .

The meeting adjourned at 1:03 PM.

Don’t forget the Zone meeting to be held on March 18th on the ETSU campus Culp Center at 6:30 PM, meal and 7:00 PM, Meeting. $15.00 per person includes meal. Guys, look sharp.

Next Thursday, 3/13 Board Meeting, VP George Winton in charge.

Next regular meeting, 3/20 next regular meeting.

Respectfully submitted 3/6/2014

/S/ Lion John Merriss


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