Rockton Lions Club Meeting Minutes.
Thursday, January 15-15
FIBS Restaurant

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Kerri Wallace. President Kerri led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Thank you everyone for the Christmas Walk Weekend and especially our own Auctioneer, Lion Steve Shannon. Special thanks to Lions Jon and Heather Arcouette, Tami Verstraete, Allison Ebany, and Karen Martin for all the hard work put into the auction. Lion Steve Shannon also said thanks to the club for trusting him to take on this big event in the short amount of time he’s been a Lion. Lots of applause!
Jon is in need of one more committee member. Now is the time to get in and learn the ropes so you are ready for next year.
Thank you everyone who helped with the pancake breakfast.
Thank you everyone who helped with Wimpy’s deliveries with special thanks to Lions Megan Smick, Jodi May, and Tami Verstraete for all of your hard work organizing.
The Rockton Lions Club was recognized the Rockton Chamber at the tree lighting and given a $500 donation by the Cronin family.
Next meeting will be 1-29 at 6:30pm at the Center for Sight and Hearing where we will take a tour and have a short meeting afterward. Karen will send out the exact address via email.
February 5th is our next normal meeting date but we will be hosting the Zone Meeting. Dinner catered by ABC Catering. We want a big showing there. Online sign up is available.
OSD Line-up is not to be discussed outside of OSD meetings.
Mon. night Lions Tami and President Kerri met with 2nd VDG Pam Graney about Hononegah High School and starting a Leo Club.
Fellows Awards: 4 folks were nominated. No votes taken as we had four spots and four were nominated.
Cyndy Fogarty just finished up her stem cell treatment in Madison. She is in good spirits. Please feel free to message her via text or Facebook. She is very inspiring to us all.

Prospective new member Kim Pinta guest of Kevin King.

Secretary’s Report:
Attendance sheet passed around
Minutes were emailed out. Motion to approve made by Lion Scott Wallace, seconded by Lion Steve Pomahac. Motion to approve passed without opposition.

Treasurer’s Report:

Lion Allison absent

Happy Bucks:
$10 Lion Dick A. for how impressed he was with Wimpy’s this year.
$2 Lion Scott Wallace for being able to fill up his truck for $25 and in hopes of a Seahawks Superbowl win.
$1 Lion Jack Lovejoy for being honored to be a part of this great group.
$2 Lion Karen Martin for her sister and father who are both going battling through medical issues favorably.
$1 Lion Steve Shannon for not being the OSD band leak.
$1 Lion Jeremy Oster for being selected to take Advanced Archery Teacher lessons.
$1 Lion Jack Lovejoy for Grandson being baptized.
$5 Lion Erica Smith for expanding her business.
$1 Lion Mike Ryan in celebration of his grandkids coming down to visit.

Wimpy’s Auction:

Lion Jon Arcouette
Awesome Auction Skills Steve Shannon thank you again!
Thanks to Rhonda for helping with 50/50 organization, Jon and Steve for auction
Still a couple of things to wrap up with consignment company then we should be all set.

Wimpy’s Deliveries:

Lion Tami Verstraete
Thank you Lion Steve Pomahac for loaning us space in your building to stage for deliveries.
Aldi’s donated $1000 in gift cards to Wimpy’s.
86 families/ 192 children served this year through Wimpy’s
Schools helped us big with collections of cash and toys.

Chili Cook-off:

Wheels are in motion and forms are online for sign up.
Still in need of prize sponsors.
If you are in the area please stop in to help with 50/50, set up or tear down. 4 or 5 folks should cover it.
Taste test at 12:30pm and winners TBA by 3:30pm


Steve P.
Next meeting Wednesday, February 4th due to Zone Meeting being on the 5th.
Rockford Evening Lions, Beloit Lions, and another Lions club have asked to help at OSD.
Discussion ensued about third club and the general consensus of the group was that we would politely decline their offer to assist. Feelings were that it is a good idea to let them fill the need in the community they saw on their own merits and to keep our activities separate at this time.
Rockton/Roscoe Boy scouts helping with trash pickup.
Rockton Troop raised the question of how the funds they earn from recycling will be split among the troops. Discussion ensued and the group came to the conclusion that this would be for the two troops to work out between them. It would be a great team building exercise for them.
Separate area for aluminum disposal?
Lion David Kiesewetter will be having a meeting with the Rockton Troop as liaison and will talk to them about the recycling money split suggestion.

Ro/Ro Expo:  

Kevin King
March 14 -9a-4p  and March 15- 10a-3p
Boy scouts to help
Hearing and Diabetes buses to be there.

Requests/Thank yous:
Center for Sight & Hearing for $5K donation
Craig Dyer from CS&H for $5K donation
Special Ed Co-op for $800 donation
Circle of Change
Goldie Floberg for donation of $2100
Golden Apple Foundation for $500 donation
Barbara Olson
Camp Lions for sponsorship of 2 campers this past summer
Various Christmas Cards

Camp Lions-Request for sponsorship for 2015 year. $525 per camper. Previous years have been for 2 campers. Lion Karen Martin motioned to sponsor two campers again. Lion Rhonda Fair seconded. Discussion was held and Lion Steve Shannon asked why we couldn’t sponsor three campers? More discussion and Lion Karen amended her motion to include three camper sponsorships, Lion Rhonda seconded motion passed without opposition.
Lions Club International Foundation. Donations here can be designated for many different avenues. Disaster Relief is one. By donating the club earns Melvin Jones awards to be given at the club level. Discussion ensued and group agreed to table this request until we can get a budget together and determine the source of the donation (which fundraiser) and the amount. Topics of keeping the money local came up and it was shared that LCIF does offer grants for things such as swings for the disabled, Habitat for Humanity, etc.

From the floor:
Lion Brent Murray shared that The Village is getting a comprehensive plan for 5-25 years out. They are looking for individuals to sit on a committee for a grass roots approach to this plan. One does not need to be a Rockton resident to participate.
The Village is also looking for members to sit on the Historical Preservation Committee. For this one must be a Rockton resident.

Motion to adjourn made by Lion Scott Wallace seconded by Lion John Peterson after the 50/50 drawing. Motion passed unopposed.
Respectfully submitted

Lion Karen Martin


January 15, 2015