At our Tuesday weekly meeting this week, Tail Twister Robert Bahn came up
with a novel plan for risk-takers - someone could put in $5 to the pot and
would win it back IF the number called was that of some member not in
attendance. Jim Watkins bit on the offer, and won his $5 back AND the rest
of the pot when the absent David Hamilton's number (# 12) was drawn. Jim
kindly kept just his $5 and turned the rest back to the club. (It was
unclear if this was a binding precedent.)
Attendance was 20 members and one guest-Lion Bryan Ulmer's dad Louie Ulmer.
January Program Chair Norm Dickson announced that the scheduled speaker, Kim
Pegg of the St. Bernards Senior Center, had just notified him that she had
suddenly been taken ill and could not come to the meeting. 1st Vice
President Robert Bahn was moderating the session in the absence of President
Curt Hodges [who was at work covering another event], and thus used the
meeting to get reports and announcements - a helpful move, as we had only
met once in a regular meeting since November.
1. It was noted that long-time Lion member Charles Reeves' wife had
recently died. The club's condolences will be expressed in a sympathy card
sent to Charles, who currently lives in North Little Rock.
2. TV Auction Committee Chair Brad Baker reported that although final
figures will not be available until a wrap-up meeting the following Monday
evening, he still thought that the event brought in some $11,000. The
main problem encountered during the auction was that viewers on the internet
had their cursors zip back to the very start of screen one each time the
screens refreshed after an update. The programmers are working on this
issue. A SPOT preliminary diagnostic device or "camera" with its printer
and other equipment will cost roughly $7000. This was the primary goal of
the fund-raising auction. A LOAF (Lions of Arkansas Foundation) grant
application will be submitted with the help of DPG Pat Snodgrass to help the
auction-generated funds reach the price of the device. It will be used to
help in children's vision screenings, under the guidance of the Sight and
Hearing Committee, chaired by Bill Levins. .
3. Car Show Committee Chair Brad Baker reported that a crucial Car Show
meeting the following Tuesday evening [January 15th] will seriously consider
whether the show should continue, either beyond this year or at all. Brad
and long-serving committee member Vernon Drake noted that there seems to be
a drop in community support recently, although the show has been a hallmark
activity of our club and Jonesboro for the past 23 years. In addition to
the crucial importance of sponsors, another major factor will be whether or
not the city of Jonesboro will be able to make any contributions this year
as part of their advertising and promotions efforts, something which has
been very important to the success of past car shows. The committee will
report their recommendations to the Board at their meeting next week - which
was rescheduled from this Thursday - and the Board will bring a
recommendation to the full club at the monthly business meeting on Jan.
4. Nut Project head honcho Bill Dickens asked members to get their sales
money in to him pronto - a few bags are still unsold and available at the
regular $8 price.
5. The lottery for Super Bowl/Mardi Gras tickets to benefit the Louisiana
Lions Eye Foundation AND MidSouth Sight & Hearing is still underway, with
just $20 getting you a chance to get tickets, airfare, and hotel
accommodations (7 days!) for these events next month in the Big Easy.
6. Pat Snodgrass reported for the Flag Project that invoices for
businesses which have failed to pay for their flag contracts will be
available at the next club meeting. Experience has shown that having club
members deliver these invoices in person is a much more effective way of
getting these bills paid, compared to mailing them out.
Our Program lineup for the rest this month is as follows, thanks to Lion
January 15th: Vance Brown, speaking about the local chapter of the
American Advertising Federation (AAF) and what this organization does in our
community and nationwide.
January 22nd : Business Meeting
January 29th: Rick Grissom will speak about his work for and with the
own-going activities of John 3:16 Ministries.
a. NO Board meeting this week, but the Board will meet NEXT Thursday,
Jan. 17th at 6:30 am in the Chef's In restaurant.
b. TV Auction Committee meeting next Monday, January 14th at 6:30 pm,
Forest Home Church.
c. Car Show Committee meeting next Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm,
Forest Home Church - down the hall from the Board room.
Reminder: New member application forms are online at
http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/common/pdfs/me6b.pdf , and can be filled in at
that site and then printed off.