LaVale Lion Charles L. Croft, Jr. (center) received a 2018-2019 Certificate of Appreciation from LCI International President Gudrun Yngvadottir for exemplary service to Lions District 22-W. The award was presented at the District 22-W Social on October 6, 2018 in Frederick by International Director Nicholas Xinopoulos (left).  Cabinet Secretary Croft was nominated by 22-W District Governor Gerry Beachy (right). The Certificate of Appreciation is the 4th highest award a Lion can receive from Lions Clubs International.

LAST MEETING Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – There were 45 Lions and one guest speaker present for the meeting, Lion Scott Shipe from the Williamsport Lions Club.  Lion Scott a Historical Analysis of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. It was an awesome presentation. Lion Ken Ward received the club’s first LCI Diamond Centennial Sponsor Pin. Congratulations, Lion Ken!  A new publicity sign and banner were presented to the club from the District 22-W Global Action Team.

The Honest Drawing went to Lion Al Feldstein. The 50/50 drawing was won by Lion Charlie Lewis. 


Williamsport Lion Scott Shipe gave an information-filled presentation on the historical analysis of the C&O Canal.  Lion Scott was entertaining with the insider knowledge of the project he has research and brought to light.


Lion Ken Ward was awarded a Diamond LCI Centennial Sponsor Pin by PDG Steve Finger.


Lions Charlie and Steve reveal the new club project banner given to the club by the District Global Action Team. Lion Steve shows off the new yard sign also given to the club by the GAT.  Lion Ken shows off his full array of Centennial Sponsor Pins; Blue, Silver, Gold, and Diamond (right lapel).

NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:30 pm – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept – Special Spouse Night Dinner Meeting – A presentation on the opioid problems in our communities.  Two speakers will present opposing sides of the legal system as States’ Attorney Michael Twigg and Public Defender James Elliott speak about their roles in the prosecution and defense of people on trial for drug charges.  The new Drug Court will also be one of their topics.

FOLLOWING MEETINGWednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:30 pm. – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept Hall – Regular Dinner Meeting. Date changed due to Election Day. John Holt, President of the LaVale Athletic Association will give an update on youth sports happenings and field improvements in LaVale. With John will be Mike Iser, LaVale Soccer; Scooby Taylor, Westside Hunters Football; and Rick Twigg, Allegany High School Softball and Cumberland Heat Softball League giving updates on their sports.


Lions in the News – Submitted by Lion John Burkey - Kudos to Lion Brad Duffy who is opening his very own Funeral Home very soon on National Highway in the former Torch Steak House, more recently a credit union. Brad is an accomplished funeral Director and mortician while he worked for the Scarpelli Funeral home. Let’s congratulate him and wish him much success. He totally remodeled the building to offer state of the art services.

Melvin Jones Fellow Committee – Lion Terry Hostetler – The committee met and chose Melvin Jones Fellow and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow recipients. Honorees will be revealed at the Charter Night Dinner November 20th at the Cumberland Country Club. The Melvin Jones Fellow is the standard form of recognition available from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable foundation incorporated in 1968. It is the fund raising and grant awarding arm of Lions Clubs International, the 501(c)4 social welfare organization formed in 1917.

The District 22-W Melvin Jones Fellow Brunch will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018, Myersville VFD,301 Main Street, Myersville, MD 21773. All Lions and Guests are invited to attend. Menu: Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Pancakes, French Toast, Bacon, Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy, Fruit Cocktail, Pastries, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Orange Juice. The cost is Cost $16.00. Past International Director Joe Gaffigan is the guest speaker. RSVP with Lion Secretary Charlie Croft before October 20th.

Pre-School Vison Screening Class

(l to r) PSVS Leader Lion Gary Llewellyn, Frostburg Lion Linda Baker, LaVale Lion Gerry Chambers, Frostburg Lion Meredith Medearis, Frostburg Lion Cindy powers, LaVale Lionette Debbie Chambers, and LaVale Lion Mike Wallinger were among a good size group receiving PSVS updates.

October BBQ News – Lion John Warnick – The October BBQ Work Schedule is attached. There will be a new French Fry fryer in service for October.  The number of dinners ordered is around 9,024.

LIONETTES NEWS - The next meeting is Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 pm, at Park Place United Methodist Church.  The Lionettes will be working on gifts for the nursing home residents. There were 17 Lionettes at the October 9th meeting to hear retired Maryland State Police Major James Pyles.  Lionettes are reminded that we will be baking Apple Dumplings at 7:00 am on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. kitchen.  Remember to sign up for a shift for the October BBQ and make desserts.

CARE AND CONCERNLion Elwood Glass is recovering nicely from surgery in Winchester. Lion Thomas Wiles is undergoing some procedures and can use our thoughts and prayers. Lion John Engel is waiting for a knee replacement procedure. Please keep these Lions and their families in your thoughts and prayers this week: Lee and Nancy Capper and family, Marty and Janis Tichnell and family, Frank and Carol Ways and family, Sam and Judy Reckley and family, John and Kathy Burkey and family, John and Eileen Engel and family, Ed and Holly Schewe and family, Stanley and Shirley Perdew, George Schoenadel, and Ron Clites.


October 16, 1018 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – LaVale Vol. Fire Dept Hall – Special Program Dinner 

October 17, 2018 – Wednesday, 9:00 am – BBQ Clean Up Day, Lion’s Den, Lions Field.

October 19, 20, 21, 2018 – Friday 9:00 am to Sunday 2:00 pm – Final Fall Chicken BBQ

October 23, 2018 – Tuesday, 7:00 pm – Board of Directors Meeting – LaVale Rescue Squad

October 27, 2018 – Saturday, 10:00 am – District 22-W Melvin Jones Breakfast, Myersville Vol. Fire Dept., 301 Main Street, Myersville, MD.  Cost is $16.00. RSVP prior to Oct.20th.


November 7, 2018 – Wednesday, 6:30 pm - LaVale Vol. Fire Dept Hall – District Governor’s Official Visit This is the day ATER Election Day.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 -10:00 am - District 22-W Cabinet Meeting Breakfast, Improved Order of the Red Men Tribe #84, 16129 Lappans RD, Williamsport, MD 21795. Cost is $12. See Lion Charlie for RSVP.

November 20, 2018 – Tuesday – 6:00 pm – Cumberland Country Club Annual Charter Night Dinner and Celebration.

November 27, 2018 - Tuesday, 7:00 pm – Board of Directors Meeting – LaVale Rescue Squad

December 4, 2018 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Regular Dinner Program Meeting, LaVale Vol. Fire Dept. No. 1 Hall.

December 18, 2018 – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Lion’s Den, Lions Field Braddock RD. Brief Member Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting. Grand prizes for the 20-30 Club will be drawn.


October 17, 1777 - During the American Revolutionary War, British General John Burgoyne and his entire army of 5,700 men surrendered to American General Horatio Gates after the Battle of Saratoga, the first big American victory.

October 24, 1861 - The first transcontinental telegram in America was sent from San Francisco to Washington, addressed to President Abraham Lincoln from the Chief Justice of California.

October 21, 1915 - The first transatlantic radio voice message was made by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company from Virginia to Paris.

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