Our club meets (almost) every Tuesday at 12:15pm, at Denny’s Restaurant, 2060 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell.* Map
December 5: Enhanced regular meeting*
- Kerry Perkins, discussing the History of Campbell.
- Hobbie Cao’s induction as a Lion. Performed by DG Bob Stewart and/or PDG Bob DeUnger.
December 12: Regular Meeting.*
December 19: Regular Meeting.*
No meeting December 26, or January 2. First meeting of 2018 will be on Tuesday, January 9.
*Guests are welcome at every regular meeting.
No board meeting in December.
Next board meeting: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30pm. Hick’ry Pit, 980 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (across from The Pruneyard, around the corner from Denny’s). All Board Members are asked to attend — or notify the President if you are unable to attend. Other club members are also welcome to attend.
We had a good turnout for this meeting. Back from his summer hideout in Canada was Lion Ward Eister. Lion Larry Edson was also in attendance, and future Lion Hobee made his second of three visits (he also helped work the beer booth at Oktoberfest this past weekend).
Save the Date: Lion Bert Caro let us know that the club’s Holiday Party is tentatively set for Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30pm, at Aldo’s.
Campbell’s volunteer appreciation dinner takes place Nov. 1 at Nordahl Hall, 580 W. Parr Ave. in Los Gatos. It is a free event in appreciation for all of those individuals (including our club members) who volunteered over the past year at events and activities like Oktoberfest. If you are going to attend, register with the Campbell Chamber of Commerce so that they can order enough food.
The Lions Eye Foundation’s latest newsletter mentions our club for donating $1,000 last year. Note that most of our donations last year were higher than usual because of a surplus of unspent money in the charity fund, left over from the previous 3 years.
The club received a thank you from Stop Hunger Now for our donation to help them purchase food for distribution. They will need volunteers to help pack the food on November 2nd. Contact Lion Pres. Judy if you are interested in helping.
We continue to collect pill bottles (labels removed), plastic bottle caps, and cell phones—along with our traditional used eyeglass collection. If you have any of these items, bring them to a meeting.
We collected for White Cane Days on October 6 & 7. This year’s budget had a goal of collecting $1,000. As of the meeting on Tuesday, 10/10, Lion Ed Pansullo reported that we had collected a total of $1,481.93. Thank you to everyone who turned out to collect money, and to all of those who donated.
Several pairs of glasses were donated both days as well.
White Cane Day
The West San Jose-Campbell Lions Club will be collecting donations of cash and checks on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7. We will be in front of these two post offices during business hours:
- 500 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, CA | Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm | Sat 10:00am – 1:00pm
- 1750 Meridian Ave., San Jose, CA | Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm | Sat 10:00am – 2:00pm
We will also accept donations of your used eyeglasses at both locations.
You can donate online with a credit card now through October 10 at wsjclionswhitecane.eventbrite.com
We have two special programs to start the month of October, and we would like all club members, former members, friends, and others to attend (and bring a guest if you can).
- Tuesday, October 3: Mike Stonehouse, Campbell Chamber of Commerce, with some facts about the Pledge of Allegience
- Tuesday, October 10: Special guest and new US Citizen, Lion Henrik S., in town for another visit to our club and a discussion of US Immigration and Citizenship.
We always like to have good attendance for our speakers, and we enjoy seeing you at a meeting. Please join us if you can.
We would also like to see you at one or both fundraising events this month:
- White Cane Days (10/6 & 10/7): Last Tuesday, the sign-up list still had some blanks to be filled in. Please contact Lion Ed Pansullo at 408-378-7327 if you can help.
- Oktoberfest (10/21 & 10/22): There were still a few slots open, mostly on Sunday afternoon. Contact Lion Art Low at 408-839-5495 if you are ready to have some fun working alongside your fellow Lions.
There’s another way to help with White Cane Days! For the first time, we are trying out taking White Cane donations online (credit and debit cards only).
We are asking you to send a note to your Facebook friends, or an email or anything to anyone else you know, inviting them to visit https://wsjclionswhitecane.eventbrite.com and make a donation to the club. There is more information about the club and White Cane Days on that page that you can copy and use in your note.
The page will be available to take donations now through October 10.
Our website (wsjclions.org) will be changing soon. This will mainly affect the “front”, or “landing” page.
When it changes, the new front page will be a static page with general information about our club. The first page you have seen in the past, with the latest news and the club calendar, will still be accessible under a [News] button on the menu.
If you bookmark the News page after the change is complete, then for you it will seem like nothing has changed.
The club is expanding its digital presence. The club’s addresses and numbers are listed below for your reference and exploration:
- Club Phone #: 408.915.8674
A “permanent” Google voice # (free), currently forwards calls to Roald Alexander, Ed Pansullo.
- Club Email: Lions (at) wsjclions (dot) org
Public email address. The older address, info (at) wsjclions (dot) org, also works.
- Club Web Site: https://wsjclions.org
The club’s website, with club information, an event calendar, and more.
- You can follow us on Twitter. Twitter handle: @wsjclionsclub
Not on Twitter? View our Twitter posts on the Web: https://twitter.com/WSJCLionsClub
- Eventbrite: https://WSJCLionsClub.eventbrite.com
Site being tried for taking online donations, selling event tickets, making dues payments. It accepts credit and debit cards.
- Web http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/san_jose_campbell_wsj/
Our club’s e-clubhouse web page, from Lions International.
1st VP Roald Alexander was in charge this week, with Lion Pres. Judy and Lion Sec. Jan both away on vacation. They are expected to return on the 29th. What started out to be a quiet meeting became quite busy.
- Lion Art Low and Ed Pansullo will be gone the first full week of September, participating in the Lions in Sight Panama Mission. They will have a presentation on the trip at our September 12 meeting.
Oktoberfest News (yes, in August)
- Oktoberfest is less than two months away, on October 21 & 22.
- Lion Art says he will start the signup sheet at next week’s meeting. There will be morning and afternoon shifts on both days.
- The ABC training, for anyone who needs it, will be held on Sunday Oct 1. Registration required.
- Members are encouraged to wear their purple Lions polo shirt while working their shift. New Lions shirts with the Lions logo are available from the Lions Store for around $40 + S&H. An even better deal, you can order one through Lion Bert Caro — customized with the club’s name — for $28, payable on delivery.
White Cane Days
- White Cane Days are approaching as well, on October 6 & 7
[Breaking News!] There is a supply hiccup.
- After last year, we threw away the old, torn, stained, and faded signs, planning to replace them this year.
- Our supplier of canes and signs — White Cane Day Inc. — a project affiliated with the Monterey Park Lions Club, has shut down. The equipment and materials were passed on to the Washtucna (WA) Lions Club. They don’t appear to be in business yet. We do have other options to replace the signs and canes for this year’s White Cane Days.
- In place of additional white canes, we can order White Cane Day stickers (kind of like “I Voted” stickers) from Lions International for $23 per 1000 stickers.
- Lion Roald is working on creating a poster that we can get printed, probably locally. Lion Bert Caro has offered to pay for the posters.
- Once the posters are printed, we will need a small work party to help glue them onto all of the sign boards (around 7 or 8 signs).
- Our White Cane Day Chairperson, Ed Pansullo, was not at the meeting and didn’t have this information yet.
Peace Poster and Student Speaker Contests
Our two, school related contests are both approaching as well.
- Peace Poster Contest (Ed Pansullo, Chair). This year’s theme: “The Future of Peace”
- Student Speaker Contest (Bert Caro, Chair) Topic: “What Role Does Integrity and Civility Play in Today’s Society?”
We have lost most of our school contacts. If you have any contact information for Middle Schools (Peace Poster contest) or High Schools (Speaker Contest), please let the project chairs know. We came up with a few possibilities in the meeting, but we definitely need more.
Lion Pres. Judy reminded the club that she and Lion Sec. Jan will be on vacation next week (8/22), returning for the 8/29 meeting.
The following week, Lion Art Low will be one of five or six doctors on a relatively large Lions in Sight trip to Panama. He, and any other participating Lions, will miss the meeting on 9/5.
With all of the absences, Lion Judy has asked District Governor Bob Stewart to postpone his visitation, scheduled for 8/22, until sometime in September.
The AJ Robinson Foundation is looking for more drivers in the northern part of District 4-C6. They already have drivers for the southern part of our district.
Lion Art announced that Campbell’s Oktoberfest will be held on October 21 & 22. We will need a lot of volunteers to sign up for serving beer on both days. The ABC training, if you need it (registration required), will be held on Sunday 10/1.
Lion President Judy reminded everyone that there will NOT be a Board Meeting in August. This is due, in part, to vacations. The next Board Meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 28th, at 6:30pm.
Our new Pill Bottle collection program continues. We are collecting used pill bottles, with their labels removed, for use in Africa and elsewhere where pills are purchased in bulk and they don’t have individual containers available. Acceptable bottles include
- Prescription and over-the-counter pill bottles
- Large and small pill bottles
- Pill Bottles with and without secure caps (child resistant)
Bring your bottles to our Tuesday meetings, where we will collect them. Lion Linda will gather them for shipment to Matthew 25: Ministries, which packs the bottles along with shipments of medicine being sent to countries in need.
Our newest member has been voted into the club. Lion Linda’s husband is now Lion Dave Logan. Although he has been voted into the club, we are waiting with his formal induction to allow the District Governor to induct him. The DG’s visitation is being rescheduled for a date hopefully in September.
Lion President Judy reported on the July Board Meeting. The main item was the passage of the 2017-2018 budget. We will be spending a little less money this coming year as compared to 2016-2017– this is because we had accumulated a surplus that we spent down over the course of the past year. Now all we have to do is raise all of the money the budget calls for us to spend.
September 12, Lion Art Low will give us a program on the Lions in Sight trip to Panama, taking place Sept. 2-9.
There will not be a board meeting in August. The next Board Meeting will be September 28, 6:30pm.
The club will try to recruit schools to participate in this year’s Lions Peace Poster Contest. This year’s theme: The Future of Peace. It is hoped that either Lion Bert or Lion Ed will chair this project for the club.
Lion Judy reported that the Blind Center is in financial trouble, and it might merge with Palo Alto’s center. The Bascom Ave. location would remain, and additional programs from Palo Alto’s program would be offered there.
It’s almost here! The 2017 Tail Twister’s Party will take place on Friday, July 21, from 6-9pm.
The location is the same as last year: Onyx Condos, 912 Campisi Way, Campbell [Google Map]. It will be in the Community Room, just inside the entrance and to the right. Parking is available across Campisi by The Garett restaurant, or across Bascom Ave. by Wells Fargo Bank.
Lion Art will bring the food, and Lion Larry is bringing the beverages. We need you to bring yourself and your appetite.
We also need a head count. Sign-up at a club meeting, or by contacting Lion Roald at email@example.com. Be sure to state if you are a +1 or more.