University Heights Lions Club
Christmas/Holiday Banquet, Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 6:30 pm
Around 30 members and guests filed into the Western Sizzlin Steakhouse at 6:30 pm for our annual Christmas festive banquet, presided over by club President Ron McCormick. Attendees were delighted to discover that the restaurant’s food and service had vastly improved over that experienced at the 2014 banquet at the same restaurant, which Lion Helen Mashburn had recently described as being “a fiasco.” After the meeting was opened, our song [a Christmas carol] was led by four special guests, a quartette from the Arkansas State University Concert Choir – we have never sounded better!
a. Wednesday, Dec. 16th: club members will help the Salvation Army in an afternoon bell-ringing session at the Highland Ave. Wal-Mart.
b. Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 17-20: Nut Sales at Turtle Creek Mall. We will try to sell all of our pecans and cashews at a booth [table] in the
6. Future meetings. This was the last UH Lions meeting of 2015, since the restaurant downtown will be closed after this week [plus Christmas and New Year’s Day are coming up.]
B. Social Programs MC Tony Bari started a session of “Dirty Santa,” where wrapped modest gifts were taken by members using random numbers, with subsequent members given the choice of taking new [unknown] gifts, or already picked [and unwrapped] items. Strangely enough, a selfie stick was one of the most coveted items, possibly because Lion Tony said that it had been invented by the famous American [and famous Lion] painter Thomas Kinkade. When asked if Kinkade really had been a Lion, Tony said “I’m Lion“ – perhaps it was “I’m lyin?” After that, nearly half of the other items amazingly enough were described as being influenced or made by Kinkade.
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