At our Tuesday weekly meeting this morning, President Curt Hodges (# 8) had
his number picked on the second drawing to win the pot, after it was noted
that Randy Dent (# 23) was absent.
Attendance was 16 members, one guest (Jerry Casteel), and the speaker.
Members were reminded that:
1. Although six members have signed up to attend the annual District 7-0
Convention in Trumann on Saturday, Oct. 13, other members are welcome to
attend. [And any Leos can attend free.] Members were reminded that the
Trumann Lions Club will be having a free chicken and BBQ meal at 6 pm the
evening before [Friday] at the Trumann Community House in honor of the
visiting International Director from Virginia who will speak to the
convention the next day. Our club had been asked by our District Governor
to come up with an item for the Silent Auction at the 7-0 gathering on
Saturday, and Bryan Ulmer donated an impressive-looking box of new Allen &
Ginter Topps collector's item color major league baseball cards, dating from
1887 to 2008. Come and bid on it Saturday and perhaps get it for less than
its estimated list price of $80. Thanks, Bryan!
2. TV Auction Committee Chair Brad Baker reminded members that the
initial meeting of the Auction Committee had been postponed from the night
before to NEXT Monday, October 15th at the Forest Home Church of the
Nazarene on Race Street - at 6:30 pm.
3. The Board will meet this Thursday, Oct. 11th, at 6:30 am in our usual
locale [the Chef's In restaurant.]
Brad Baker noted briefly that he had been tremendously impressed by the work
of Lions throughout the country at the White House ceremony last week
honoring US Lions. [11 Lions in all were honored -- Brad was the only Lion
from Arkansas, and one of only three from the South.] A full report by Brad
will be coming in the form of a weekly program next month.
Jim Watkins introduced the speaker, Craighead County Historical Society Vice
President Danny Honnoll, who gave a fascinating talk about the history of
our city, county, and region, with a special focus on military aspects such
as the 1862 Battle of Jonesboro. He described the memorial markers in
Jonesboro, advised listeners that membership in the historical society is
only $10 a year, noted that the society has a website (
even has four historical quizzes about Craighead County, and then passed out
free July 2012 copies of The Craighead County Historical Quarterly, which
has some very interesting items in it. (Such as an item about Jonesboro
initially published in 1883, just a few years after the railroads had come
to town, indicating that "Jonesboro is the biggest town of its size in
America." [p. 19]. The population had more than tripled in a year to around
1,300, and the town had six hotels and ten saloons. Moreover, "Our people
are generally sober, from six to ten drinks a day being the limit of the
average citizen." [p. 19].)
Programs for the rest of October scheduled by Lion Tony Bari are listed
below. Invite a guest to these!
Oct. 16: Business Meeting
Oct. 23: Steve Culp, local beekeeper. "Bees and Beekeeping Today"
Oct. 29: Wendy Hymes, (new) Director, ASU Fowler Center
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.