The Johnson City Lions Club met for its regular meeting on Thursday November 5, 2020 at 12 noon at the Johnson City Country Club. Present at the meeting were Lion Brian Powell (President), District Governor Mildred Burke, Lion Don Raines, Lion Ed Gibbons and guest Marissa Ballinger, Lion Debbie Shipley, Lion Jerry Lonon, Lion Ken Gough, Lion George Winton, Lion Steve Campbell and Lion Doris Kaifa (Secretary).
The meeting was called to order by President Brian Powell. Lion Steve Campbell led the opening prayer. Prayers were offered for sick members (Lion Judy Vanlandingham, Clem Wilkes, Lion Dennis Powell) and all members during this pandemic.
District Governor Mildred Burke won the drawing. She donated the money to the Turtle Derby.
Lion Ed introduced his guest, Marissa Ballinger, the new president of the ETSU Lions Club.
The president asked the Tail Twister to tell a joke. Tail Twister Don Raines turned to Google Siri for a joke, but Siri was offline! Lion Don promised to do better next time.
President Brian Powell read a letter from the International President.
Lion Brian thanked everyone for attending and helping out with the Turtle Derby on October 10th, 2020.
President Brian Powell asked for updates from the various committees.
Lions Don Raines and George Winton give an update on the Turtle Derby and reported that they are still collecting funds.
Lion Ken Gough reported that the trip to Roanoke for eye glass recycling was canceled; however, he and Sathvik Ramu, 14 years old from University High, spent time this weekend sorting about 2000 pairs of eye glasses.
Lion Ed reported that he and Lion Debbie will be doing an eye screening at the Tiny Town Daycare on Friday.
Lion Ed will be ordering pecans shortly, which should arrive the 2nd week of November.
The president announced that the Board meeting will be held next Thursday Nov. 12th. The next regular meeting will be held on December 3rd, 2020.
Zone Meeting set for next January.
Two new requests for eye glasses were received by Lion Ed Gibbons.
President Brian introduced District Governor Mildred Burke. She thanked the club for its support of Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), stating that every donation to LCIF is given back to the community 100%.
DG Mildred read a special Milestone Chevron Award letter from the International President.
A special tribute was made to Lion Dennis Powell for 65 years of service as a LION!
DG Mildred informed us that, starting next January, clubs can qualify for $250 toward their programs from the Community Impact Grant fund.
On December 8th, 2020 there will be a Food Packing Project. Each participating club will receive four and half (4 1/2) boxes of meals, with 36 packages in each box, to distribute free to needy families in their area.
DG Mildred encouraged members to improved communications. She asked the club to send reports on our activities to the district to be added to the NEWS AND VIEWS email and Facebook page.
The District Convention is set for February.
There being no further business to come before the club, the meeting was adjourned by the president.
At your service,
Doris Kaifa, Secretary