December Stag 2021

© Elk Grove Lions Club

Volume 72 Issue # 6 December 2021

We Serve

President John Muegge

President’s Message

Join Us





Cooks List

Board Minutes

Contact Info

District Info

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President John Muegge’s Message: 

Thanksgiving is past and we can now look forward to Christmas. With the holidays, we have reduced our meeting to one board meeting and one dinner meeting for November and December.

On November 1st, I had the privilege to attend the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens of the Year Award Ceremony at the Valley Hi Country Club. Lion Jack Edwards and his wife Tracey were the recipients of the 2020 award which was delayed due to COVID. Congratulations Jack and Tracey and thank you to our own Troop 59 who was on hand for the posting of the flags ceremony for this event.

On November 3rd we attended the Sutter Zone meeting at Jack Edward’s house. Great event and I really enjoyed Jack Spicy Red Salsa.

The next weekend we had the Scout Troop 59 Centennial Pancake Breakfast. Five Elk Grove Lions cooked up pancakes and sausages for the 80 boy scouts attending the event.

The following Monday, November 8th, we had our board meeting at the ARC. The following Monday, November 15th, we had our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at the ARC.

On November 18, I had the honor of attending the Elk Grove Hall of Fame Award Ceremony at the District 56 Center in Elk Grove. Lion Warren Weaver was one of 7 people inducted into the Elk Grove Hall of Fame. Warren was honored for his past dedication as an Elk Grove teacher. Our own Zone Chairperson, Jack Edwards, was there to present one of the other inductees into the Hall of Fame. Lion Warren’s children were given the honor of handling the induction of Lion Weaver, much to his surprise. He knew that he was being inducted, but did not know that his kids were the guest speakers.

Our next November event was traffic control for the November 20th Elk Grove Food Bank Turkey Box pickup at Creekside Christian Church. For a quiet holiday month, it sure seemed to be busy.

I am looking forward to next month when we will have three new members, Greg Neil, and Ron and Ann Higginbotham to induct into our club.

Happy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years everybody.

Thanks to the Lions who are always available to support the club and it’s activities. As usual, we supported our friends from the other organizations in our community in October.

Several members of our club attended the Citizen of the Year dinner on November 1st where our own Lion Jack Edwards and his wife Tracey were formally inducted as the 2020 Citizens of the year. It was a great celebration.

The November meetings and the December meetings will be modified. The second Monday in November will be board meeting and the third Monday in November will be dinner meeting. In December, our board meeting will be on the first Monday and the Holiday Dinner will be on the 2nd Monday.

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Elk Grove Lions Club

P.O. Box 465

Elk Grove, CA. 95759


General Meeting: 6:00PM – 2nd Monday of the month
Location: Albiani Recreation Center and Online Zoom Meeting

Board Meetings: 3rd Monday @ 6:00PM

Location: Albiani Recreation Center and Online Zoom Meeting

General Meeting: 6:00PM – 4th Monday of the month (except Nov & Dec)

Location: Albiani Recreation Center and Online Zoom Meeting


Application for Membership

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Club, District and Zone Highlites:

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Check out the following photos & videos:
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Let’s reach out to our fellow members:

As many of you know, Lion Sterling has been in a care facility since his stroke. He would love to have some visits from his Lion friends. Call ahead to make sure he is not out on a field trip. He is at Emeritus of Laguna Creek, 6727 Laguna Park Drive, EG, CA. 95758 916-683-1881


As usual, we want to send out a special thank you to Dr. John J. Eliopulos, O.D. for all of his support with our efforts to continue to provide support to people with visual impairments. You can find Dr. Eliopulos’ office at 9074 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624.

We also send our thanks out to Dr. Diana Holcomb, O.D. for her support of our mission to support people with visual impairments. You can find Crystal View Optometry at Dr. Diana Holcomb’s office at 8419 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA 95624 just south of Calvine Road, next to the Bel Air Market.


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Happy Birthday to Lions:

Bob Shipley and Marv Neill



Congratulations on another year of Service to the Lions Club:
We have completed another year, but none of our members were inducted in December.

Cooks List UpArrowPurple

November 15 – Don Thompson – Turkey
December 13 –  Christmas Holiday Dinner

Board Minutes UpArrowPurple

ELK GROVE LIONS CLUB                                                                         

Minutes for November 8th Elk Grove Lions Club Board Meeting.

President John Muegge called the meeting to order at 6.03 pm.


John Muegge –President
Rebecca Muegge-Vice President
Don Thompson -1 year Director
Sharon MiKa – 1 – year Director
Jason Springer-Treasurer
Taka Blackburn –Past President & 2-year Director
Marv Neill- 2-year Director
John Zehnder Jr. – Membership Director
Anthony Dapelo

The motion, 1st by Marv and 2nd by Taka, to approve the Board minutes for October passed.

Treasurer Report by Jason Springer

Administrative: $6765.76
Project:                $3276.05
Scouts:                 $ 3000.99
Equipment:         $6243.36
FFA:                       $  368.04
Combined:        $42378.24
Total:                  $49144.00


Scout troop correspondence Taka will take care of it.

Committee Updates:

Eyesight:  (Report given by Don)

Collected in his garage

650 pairs of glasses

22 individual hearing aides

5 pairs of hearing aides

5 cell phones

Sunshine Charlene is stepping down and Taka will take over
Assets/Equipment: Don Kitchen Cabinet moved into pantry area after meeting;

The Pancake Breakfast crew will put together the cabinet on Saturday

Membership – John Jr. Greg Neill will be inducted once his name plate comes in; probably at the December Christmas Dinner meeting

Adjourn Club meeting and open Foundation 6:16 pm

Taka mentioned that links from District 4C-5 emails may contain viruses

Old Business:

Troop 59 Pancake Breakfast on Sun Nov 7th was a success

New Business:

  1. State and Federal Non-compliance for our 501C3 status is being handled by Jason
  2. Use of Lions cooking equipment for People-to-People Thanksgiving Meal by Andy and Anthony

Taka made the motion and Sharon 2nd the motion; it passed.

  1. Student Speaker contest is February 14th (1st Dinner meeting in February).  We need Lion volunteers for timers and scorers. Materials will go to schools soon.
  2. Elk Grove Food Bank traffic control on Nov 20th for Turkey Box Pick-up at Creekside Christian Church; chaired by Taka.
  3. People-to-People funding will be brought up once a written request is made.
  4. Thanksgiving Dinner meeting $10 per member; $5 per Guest; Don made a motion and Taka 2nd it to have dinner covered by the Club Administration Fund and donate the proceeds to a local charity – passed. The charity will be decided at the dinner. Suggested Charities are The “Elk Grove Food Bank” and “Chicks in Crisis”.  Rebecca will email and call to find out how many are coming.

Meeting adjoined at 6:47

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The organizational structure for our Lions Club is as follows: Lions Clubs International, Multiple District 4, District 4C5, Sacramento Region, Sutter Zone, Elk Grove Lions Club.

This newsletter is produced each month by the Stag Editor, Lion Jack Edwards. He may be reached by email at or by phone at 916-240-9302:

Elk Grove Lions Club P.O. Box 465 Elk Grove, CA 95759

President: John Muegge

1st VP: Rebecca Muegge

2nd VP: Vacant

Secretary: Jack Edwards

Treasurer: Jason Springer

Tail Twister: Brad Dano

Lion Tamer: Bob Husted

1 Year Director – Don Thompson
1 Year Director – Sharon Mika
2 Year Director – Taka Blackburn
2 Year Director – Marv Neill
Membership: John Zehnder, Jr.
Past Pres: Taka Blackburn
Public Relations: Jack Edwards
Stag Editor: Jack Edwards
LCIF Coordinator: Andy Anderson

Make-up Clubs

Delta Lions Club

2nd Thursdays, 7 am

Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course

8301 Freeport Blvd.


Galt Lions Club

2 & 4 Thursdays

6:00 pm Social

6:30 pm Meeting

Galt Place

400 D Street, Galt

Pride of Laguna

2 & 4 Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Logan’s Roadhouse

9105 West Stockton Blvd

Elk Grove, CA

Club Roster with Phone Numbers & Email Addresses
was Emailed to Each Member
Name Spouse
Andy Anderson
Tom Anderson Ashley
Taka Blackburn Valerie
Bob Brewer Cheryl
Charles Brummer
Brad Dano Teresa
Anthony Dapelo
Jack Edwards Tracey
Randy Feist Barbara
Bill Heston Jr
Bob Husted Charlene
Charlene Husted Bob
Lynden King
Bill Kirkland Jr Dusty
Harjeet Kumar Vanita
Vanita Kumari Harjeet
Kirk Marchetti Robin
Sharon Mika
Name Spouse
John Muegge Rebecca
Rebecca Muegge John
Greg Neill
Marv Neill Annajean
Dan Pearsen Shelli
Shelli Pearsen Dan
Stan Pochop Jr.
Dan Quiggle
Teresa Rodriguez
Jerry Salamy
Bob Shipley Leann
Jason Springer Raelynn
Jeylon Strong
Jim Switzgable Debbie
Don Thompson Sue
Warren Weaver Patricia
Dennis Weiss Diane
John Zehnder Jr. Linda
District Contact Info UpArrowPurple

Douglas X. Alexander

International President

Brooklyn, New York



District Governor Donna Prince
“Serving Together for the Greater Good”

District Governor

Donna Prince

1st Vice District Governor

Tim Luckinbill

2nd Vice District Governor

Zenny Yagen

Cabinet Secretary

Evelyn Butler
Cabinet Treasurer
Doug Wight

Sacramento Region Chair

Josephine Fong

Sutter Zone Chair

Jack Edwards

District Pride Editor


District Webmaster

Jack Edwards