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.
Our first visitation of the year was to Biggs Lions Club where Lion Faye "politely asked to borrow" their Tail Twister's pot. This was after their Tail Twister discovered it was missing and frantically began to ask if anyone had seen it.
Ophir Lions in attendance were 1stVP Garry Rankin, Secretary Carol M. Ciccone, Lion Tamer and 1-Year Director Sharon Hinton, 2-Year Directors Faye Mulholland and Barbara Nash.
Lion Barbara gave a brief presentation on the City of Hope for the District and was not counted in our official guest visitation count.
Lion Garry is particularly interested in learning more about Biggs Lions Club high school scholarship program.
We are looking forward to a return visitation from Biggs Lions Club to retrieve their Tail Twister Pot on Thursday, August 14th.
On Saturday, Oroville Ophir Lions met at the Oroville Visitor Center to help celebrate the State Parks 150th Anniversary. We were given free Root Beer floats, had our picture taken with Abraham Lion and viewed two different films on the California State Parks. In one we learned that the Oroville Dam dedication speech was presented by then governor Ronald Reagan.
Four Lions: Larry, Barbara, CC, and Faye were there. We had one guest: Lion Faye's sister.
Oroville Ophir Lions held our annual Induction and Installation of New Officers with DG Elect Larry Marcum as the installing officer. Our two newest and youngest members were inducted: Lion Joe Mayer and Lion Jennifer Favro-Spaulding. Incoming officers installed were: President Duane Zanon, 1st VP Garry Rankin, 3rd VP Eddie Ramirez, Secretary Carol M. Ciccone, Treasurer Mark Saposnik, Tail Twister Ray Wheeler, Lion Tamer and 2-Year Director Sharon Hinton, 1-year Directors Faye Mulholland and Barbara Nash.
2nd VP Ray J. Penix was unable to attend due to illness and Membership Director Fermin Rodriguez was working and could not be in attendance.
Congratulations to all as we enter our third year of Service in Oroville!
Great attendance from Lions throughout the region! Three Director's from Oroville Ophir Lions attended: Lion Beth Standley, Lion Sharon Hinton, and Lion Barbara Nash.
Outstanding presentations were given. District Secretary Melanie Hunter outdid herself with the Secretarial training this time. PDG Coy share stats on the decline of membership in our district and new GLT Mike Ferrier offered some solutions.