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The St. Petersburg Lions Club

"ROAR"

P.O. Box 11734 St. Petersburg, FL 33733

Serving Since 1925

www.stpetelionsclub.com

February 1, 2008

International President Mahendra Amarasuriya Republic of Sri Lanka President "King Lion" Michelle Beauchesne 225 65th St N St Petersburg, FL 33710 Work: 727-525-5950 [email protected] Lions Beach House Craig Glaser, Mgr 9300 West Gulf Blvd. Treasure Island, FL 33706 Manager: 727-367-6857 Club House: 727-363-9905 [email protected] Lion Governor District 35-R Suzan "Suzy" Stathas Club Secretary Jeancarol Hart 6550 2nd Ave N St. Petersburg, FL 33710 Home: 727-343-3050 [email protected] Sight Center Manager Alan Waddell Sunshine Center, 2nd Floor 330 5th Street N. St Petersburg, FL 33701 Office: 727-893-7152 [email protected] Zone Chairperson Dist 35-R, Zone 6 Alma Held Club Treasurer Danny Beauchesne 225 65 th St N St Petersburg, FL 33710 Work: 727-432-3197 [email protected] Roar Editor Louis Cantrell, PDG 1032 15th Ave N St Petersburg, FL 33704 Home: 727-894-3451 Cell: 727-647-2663 [email protected]

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb 03 06 13 14 16 16 20 23 Sunday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday Saturday Wednesday Saturday Joe Ladogana Memorial Golf Tournament Sight Meeting ­ Beach House Social Meeting ­ Beach House

St. Valentine's Day Lions Pin Trade ­ Lions Eye Institute, Ybor City FL Lions Foundation Anniversary ­ Ocala Hilton

Board Meeting ­ Beach House

Certified Guided Lions Training ­ Beach House

8 A.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. All Day 9 A.M. ­ 3 P.M. 6:00 P.M. 6:30 P.M. All Day

Page 2 St Pete Lions Regular Club Meetings ­ VISITORS WELCOME! All regularly scheduled meetings of our Lions Club are generally held at our beach house facility located at 9300 West Gulf Blvd. on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island, FL 33706. We routinely meet on the first three Wednesdays each month at 6:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month is our Sight Conservation and Activities Planning meeting; the second Wednesday of the month is our social meeting, generally with a guest speaker; and the third Wednesday of the month is our Board of Directors' meeting. We welcome all members and guests to all of our Club meetings. The cost of the meal is generally $8. January Sight News The November Sight Committee reviewed 39 applications for assistance. Three of the applicants were transferred to a Lions Club near their residence. Two applicants are requesting cataract surgery, and fifteen applicants who already have prescriptions were referred to LensCrafters. LensCrafters provides free eyeglasses to our St Pete Lions Club sight program. If the application is for an eye exam and glasses, the applicants are referred to Dowdy Optical. Our Club pays Dowdy $60 for each applicant. Dr. Sibley to Speak at the February Social Meeting ­ Feb 13, 2008 Our club is very fortunate to have Dr. Mark Sibley of the Florida Eye Center visit us again to bring us up to date on sight topics. This time he will be briefing us on the latest information regarding macular degeneration. Dr. Sibley, an excellent speaker, has visited our club on several occasions and sponsored two health fairs at our beach house. Please make a special effort to attend this important lecture. Please call King Lion Michelle to RSVP so we will know how much food to buy. February Board Meeting The Ellenton Lions Club, located south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge will be visiting our club house during our February 20, 2008, Board Meeting for an interclub visitation. They are estimating between 10 and 15 Lions will be visiting. Be sure to bring your best singing voice so we can demonstrate our club song "Old Number 6." Leo Club News by Lion Carl Schrader

December was a busy month for the LEOs as approximately 50 LEOs from Boca Ciega HS, Shorecrest, and St Pete High participated in the Lions Santa parade passing out candy, and beads along the parade route. Shorecrest carried the lead banner for the parade, St. Petersburg High School carried the banner for the Grand Marshalls (Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and Wonder Woman) while Boca Ciega carried the banner for the Southeast Guide Dog float. Admiral Farragut, while not at the parade, has been busy with Heartwalk, Aidswalk, Race for the Cure, and working with Habitat for Humanity. Shorecrest has been busy with their continued sponsorship of a Christmas program for the children at the YWCA shelter.

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We are Lions! We are Proud!

Hear us ROOAAARRR

R!

by King Lion Michelle

February 9, 2008 - Our Anniversary Has Arrived! Yes Lions, we are having Charter Night soon. The date is Saturday, February 9, 2008. You thought Installation was fun, check out CHARTER NIGHT 2008. Charter Night is one of the most special and important dates within our Club. It is the day we celebrate "US" and all we have accomplished over the years. Please mark you calendars for this night. Cocktails at 6:30 with some light music followed by a fabulous dinner at 7:15 P.M., awards and, of course, each others company. Please don't miss this event. You must reserve your spot at the event. Cost is a minimal charge of $25 per person. We will send out invitations Friday, please RSVP to Jeancarol Hart at 727-343-3050, bring a friend or two and lets all celebrate our Charter. Dress for Charter Night is casual. February 16, 2008 ­ Annual District Pin Trade Interested in collecting or trading Lions pins for your vests? Then come on out to the 6th Annual District Pin Trade on Saturday, February 16, at the Lions Eye Institute located at 21st Street and 4 th Avenue, just 3 blocks south of the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. Pin Trading is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. While you are there, take a moment to look around the worlds largest eye bank, which just happens to be a LIONS entity. You will be proud you did. St. Pete Lion's Club Sponsors Blind Snow Skier by Lion Debbie Hietala

The first question you may have is "how does a blind person go skiing?" The answer is, the same as a sighted person only with a special guide. In Snow Mass, Colorado, there is a nonprofit organization called Challenge Aspen. The organization's year round goal is to assist physically and visually disabled people in pursuing outdoor activities. They accomplish this by providing specially trained volunteer guides and adaptive equipment to facilitate the activity. Some of the activities are fishing, hiking, tandem biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, etc. In the winter time, they go skiing. One week a year, Challenge Aspen organizes a ski event specifically for the blind called "Visually Impaired Snow Board and Ski Fest." This season the Fest is from Feb 10 thru Feb. 14, 2008. The Ski Fest is actually an intensive one-on-one training with expert instructors to teach blind people to ski. Registration for the Fest is $450.00 and includes instructors, lift tickets and equipment for five days. A great deal considering it costs that much for a half day private lesson for any one else. It doesn't, however, cover transportation, lodging or personal expenses. The trip, especially from as far away as Florida is cost prohibitive to most people, sighted or blind. That is why Debbie Hietala, who is also sight impaired and her husband Chuck Hietala (both members of the St. Pete Lion's Club) have spent this last year fund raising to send two blind individuals to accompany them on their trip this season. The St. Pete Lion's Club has helped by supporting two Casino Cruises in which the proceeds went to this venture, and recently paying the $450 registration fee for Sandra Anderson, one of the blind skiers lucky enough to be selected to go on the trip. Chuck and Debbie, who have participated for the last 15 years, would like to continue having Lion's Clubs help sponsor blind participants. Challenge Aspen originally was developed by the Lions Club

Page 4 through the BOLD program (Blind Outdoor Leisure Development). In other states, the BOLD program is still very active in keeping blind people involved in outdoor activities. Just because you lose your sight, you don't have to lose your lifestyle! Thank you St. Pete Lion's Club and to all the others that generously supported this cause. This year's 2008 Snow Board and Ski Fest will have five blind skiers from Florida, two of whom would never have had this opportunity if it weren't for you. Lion Membership During the December sight meeting, Lion Michael Masterson preformed the induction ceremony for Chris Gomez and presented him with the new member package and his first Lions pin. Lion Chris is already hard at work developing our first blus/bluegrass festival. Lion Denise James was unamiously voted into our club as an associate member back in September of 2007, but was never mentioned in our Roar newsletter. We are proud to recognize Lion Denise as "one of us" and look forward to her possibly becoming an editor of the Roar. Our Club Secretary Jeancarol Hart reported that the following members have been dropped from the rolls of the St. Petersburg Lions Club for non payment of dues: Thom Barnhorn, Ken Fleetwood, Laura Gintert, Jimmy O'Dell, Cheryl Perry, Derwin Smith, Robert Steffenhagen, Robert Rothe, Fred Esposito, Robert Campbell, John Klein, Mel Roberts, and Beth Bartlett. Not so good. Dropped members may be reinstated as an active Lion without penalty if their dues are paid within six months of being dropped. February Birthdays We have three birthdays to celebrate this month. If you happen to see any of the Lions listed, give them a good slap on the back and wish them a happy birthday! Feb 09 Feb 10 Feb 25 A Little Humor What does the lion say to his friends before they go out hunting for food? 'Let us prey.' How does a lion greet the other animals in the field? 'Pleased to eat you!" What's the difference between a tiger and a lion? A tiger has the mane part missing! When is a lion not a lion? When he turns into his cage! Lion Ronnie Robison Lion Debbie Hietala Lion Carl Schrader

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Edward Jones Financial 8251 113th St Seminole, FL 33772 Ph: 727- 392-6911 Cell: 727-492-2786 Lion Thom Barnhorn, AAMS Charles E. VanMiddlesworth, C.P.A. 678 4th St N St Petersburg, FL 33701 Ph: 727-821-2006 Lion Chuck VanMiddlesworth St. Petersburg Lions Club 9300 West Gulf Blvd Sunset Beach Treasure Island, FL 33704 King Lion Michael Masterson Comegys Insurance Corner 1 Beach Dr Se, Ste 230 St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Ph: 727-521-2100 Serving families and businesses since 1939 Linda Comegys Berset, President LensCrafters ­ Tyrone Square Mall Helping the St Petersburg Lions Appointments: 727-344-1704 Bob Kotlowski, Gift of Sight Captain All Florida Fire Equipment Co 3458 Morris Street North St Petersburg, FL 33713 Ph: 727-525-5950 Cell: 727-432-3197 Lion Danny Beauchesne, Pres. Accu-Vision Optical 40966 US Highway 19 N Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-5446 Phone: (727) 942-1289 Cathy Carson, Owner Dowdy Optical 1115-A 62nd Avenue North St Petersburg, FL 33702 727-522-7467 Lee & Jane Perkinson, Owners

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King Lion Michelle Sez, "Happy St. Valentine's Day"

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."

Let's

Go A ROAR IN

G!

Helen Keller

St. Petersburg Lions Club Editor: Louis Cantrell, PDG 1032 15th Avenue North St. Petersburg, FL 33704-4118 February 1, 2008

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