The Feather River Parks and Recreation Department offered our club the opportunity to Adopt-A-Park in Oroville.
We adopted the Big Bear Pavilion in Featherbend Park. This was our first day to wear our vests and be visible in an environmental park clean up. Many of the park workers stopped by and asked questions and we were able to invite them to visit our club meetings.
This was also the first official project for our Oroville Ophir Family Cubs (ages 5-12 years old). After they had helped pick-up trash, they worked on a craft project to take home.
This project was a great success! We had 10 Lions, 1 Leo, 5 cubs, and 2 visitors assist us with this project. Our Club President Duane,1st VP Garry, 2nd VP Eddie, Membership Director Fermin, Cub Adviors Lion Faye and Lion Sharon were on hand to help the Cubs. Lion Beth, Lion Barbara, Lion Joe and Leo Jackie helped with the clean-up. Cubs were Sofie, Ruby, Micky, Sharlene, and Shania. Our two guest were Lion Fermin's wife Paricia and Lion Garry's friend John.
The Yellow Team helped serve a Mexican Dinner to the mission. There were four Ophir Lions that participated:
Duane, Carol, Al, and Garry.
Four Ophir Lions visited Hamilton City Lions. The program was presented by a dentist that had gone on a volunteer medical surgery trip to Guatemala. The slide show and information presented was of great interest.
While we were there we learned about some of Hamilton City Lions current projects. Before we left we politely asked to borrow their gavel. In turn, they asked that we have it engraved with the date we borrowed it.
The Lions on visitation were: CC, Sharon, Faye, and Barbara.
DG Larry Marcum and 1st Lady Ida along with 1st Guide Dog Brinkley visited our club along with 2VDG Janie Hart, and Region Chair Ken Johnston and his lovely wife Shelly.
The DG shared his vision of what it means to Strengthen the Pride. Ist Lady Ida, as an Advisor for the Lions Eye Foundation, shared information about the 55 year history of how the LEF was formed. It has grown until, in 2012 alone, it provided over 6 Million dollars of eye surgeries and procedures to a little over 2100 patients, all at no cost to the patients.
2VDG Janie Hart shared her experience with attending Lions Leadership Training in Sacramento. She highly encourages any Lion regardless of whether they are new or have been in Lions for decades to plan to attend the training in October.
Ophir Lions donated $100 for 10 Oroville veterans to attend the Spagetti Dinner given in their honor at the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Hall on Montgomery Street. Our Life-time member Dr. Al Gabler attended as the last surviving member of his battalion. He was paratrooper during WWII.
On hand to help the veterans celebrate were Lions CC, Lion Beth, and Lion Faye, all of whom paid for their own dinners separately as an additional donation to the cause.
Three Red Team Ophir Lions helped serve dinner at the Oroville Rescue Mission: Lion Faye, Lion Sharon, and Lion Alice. Additionally, the Red Team started the new year by donating 6-1/2 pounds of dry goods.
Four Members completed the New Member Orientation! Lions: Al, Sharon, Faye, and Barbara shared information about our club history, District 4-C1, MD-4, LCI, LCIF, Melvin Jones, and Membership. All of us learned from one another in the exchange of ideas. We now have a guidebook to reference in future years to come.
Four Oroville Ophir Lions made an official visitation to the Hamilton City Lions in their new Veterans Memorial Building. We learned that due to recent deaths in their club membership, they are in recruitment mode because they are down to three members: President John, Secretary Jane, and Treasurer Barry.
Orphir Lions in attendance were: Garry, CC, Sharon, and Barbara. Barbara had also invited her long-time friend who lives in Red Bluff: Richard Ratledge.
Because Lion Barbara presented the program on the City of Hope for the District she was not included in the official count.
Lots of photos were taken.
On Saturday, we had eight Oroville Ophir Lions Members in attendance to share in the round table discussions that were offered: President Duane, Immediate Past Secretary Carol Zanon, 1st VP Garry, Current Secretary CC, Lion Tamer and 2-Year Director Sharon, 1-Year Directors Faye and Barbara, and our own retired optometrist Dr. Al Gabler.
We attended the New Member Orientation given by PDG Becki Stange; the Pedia-Visition Eye Camera Training by Lion Helen Garr; the Membership Training by PDG Coy Moody; and, How to have Fun at a Meeting by GLT Mike Ferrier. We heard inspiring stories and learned about the up-coming Lions In-Sight-Full Day planned for the beginning of October.
On Sunday, Lions Carol Zanon, Al Gabler and Barbara Nash were unable to return. However, our two newest and youngest Lions Joe Mayer and Jennifer Favro-Spaulding were added to our number. This is the day the district awards were announced and District Governor Larry Marcum and his cabinet members were installed.
Our second visitation to Chico Breakfast Club was a refreshing break in club agendas. Their Tail Twister Lion Tom Kirkpatrick presented a program on our new international president Joe Preston's challenge to participate in the four Global Service Activity Campaigns: Engaging the Youth, Sharing the Vision, Relieving the Hunger and Protecting the Environment. Immediately afterward, they bid for the opportunity to share personal stories by out-bidding other Lions in attendance.
Because this is a morning club and members have obligations, the last faze of the meeting is a drawing to share in the 50/50 funds received.
Their club meeting ran like clock-work, however, our secretary threw a minor wrench in the regular routine. After the adjournment the President's gavel was missing. When this was noted and questions were asked, we "politely asked to borrow" their gavel FOR RANSOM! At least three of their members will be visiting our club to retrieve it.
Oroville Ophir Lions Members in attendance: Carol M. Ciccone, Sharon Hinton, Faye Mulholland, Barbara Nash, and Larry Davies.