President Jim Watkins opened the
meeting at 6:50 am by handing over the podium to Tail Twister of the day
For the second week in a row, Bill won
his own Tail Twisters' pot!!
Needless to say, this led to lots of
verbal comments about the selection process. To be fair, however,
Bill's number 38 again was not the first one called, since another
number was initially picked by the speaker. However, Lion Tom Woods
[#19] was absent, and thus Bill had his number pulled on the second
go-around. (The Mayor did note that he felt a little piece of gum still
sticking to number 38, but fortunately for Bill not many heard
There were 24 present for the meeting,
including the speaker and two guests: former club member [and 1st Vice
President] Tommy White and Ben Barylske, a key aide to the speaker.
-- Brad Baker announced that the
Mid-South Lions Sight & Hearing Auction in Memphis last weekend had been
a success, and had raised around $10,000.
-- Secretary Charles Hartwig again
reminded members that anyone planning to attend the annual District 7-0
Convention in Heber Springs next month [Sat., September 27th] should let
him know ASAP so we can send in the registration forms and fees before
the latter goes up $10 for fees sent in after Sept. 10th.
-- The club's Board will meet this
Thursday morning, Aug. 14th, at 6:30 am in the Chef's In restaurant.
Lion Eric Grant, August Program Chair,
introduced the speaker, Harold Perrin, Mayor of Jonesboro, who gave a
very interesting program, including details of why today's vote [and the
polls will be open until 7:30 pm today, Tue., August 12th] about
redirecting sales tax revenues was so important. (20% of the city's
revenues will be lost after a temporary sales tax expires on December
31st of this year, and it needs to be made up somewhere.)
The Mayor also gave details about a
number of projects recently or soon to be completed, such as the new
Municipal Building, the new [in two weeks] Police HQ, work planned for
north Jonesboro flood control, and the new Miracle League Field and
Playground slated to open in October.
--by Charles Hartwig, substituting for
Newsletter Editor Curt Hodges.