March 2020 Stag

© Elk Grove Lions Club

Volume 70

Issue # 9

March 2020


We Serve

President Taka Blackburn

President’s Message

Join Us





Cooks List

Board Minutes

Contact Info

District Info

President’s Message UpArrowPurple

Thanks to all of the members of our club, we had a great February as we served the Elk Grove Community. We did not have a pancake breakfast in February due to the move of the Senior Center to their new facility. We are looking forward to getting back on track in March.

During the past month, many of our members have been working to obtain Food Managers Certification as well as Food Handler Certification. All of this was handled by the Senior Center in the past, but since we are the primary users of the kitchen in the future, we need to obtain our own training and certification.

We had a great turnout for our annual Student Speaker Contest, thanks to Lion John Zehnder, Jr., and Lion Jack Edwards. Also a special thanks to Lion Don and crew who hosted the pizza dinner. Congratulations to our winner, Margarita Jamero. She is scheduled to move forward to the Zone contest on March 13th at 7:00 pm at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library at 7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento. Please plan on attending to give her your support.

I mentioned last month that our past president for 2005-2006, Dave Ogden, was in hospice. Dave passed away last month. Those of you who knew Diann should take the time to reach out to her during this difficult time for her.

Join Us UpArrowPurple

Elk Grove Lions Club

P.O. Box 465

Elk Grove, CA. 95759

We are currently doing all of our meetings via Zoom.

Program Meeting: 6:00PM – 2nd Monday of the month (except Nov & Dec)

Location: Beeman Community Center, 8830 Sharkey Avenue


Board Meetings: 3rd Monday @ 6:00PM

Location: Beeman Community Center, 8830 Sharkey Avenue

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

Location: Beeman Community Center, 8830 Sharkey Avenue


Application for Membership

Lions are in 200 countries and geographic areas. We have 45,000 clubs with over 1.3 million members world wide. We have a dynamic history. We are best known for fighting blindness — it’s part of our history as well as our work today. But we also volunteer for many different kinds of projects including disaster relief — across many borders. We serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools with new programs and resources. Internationally, we offer many programs.

    • We hope you will consider joining our club.
    • To become a Lion, you must be of good moral character and good reputation in our community.
    • Membership is by invitation.
    • If you’re interested in being invited to join Lions Club of Elk Grove, you may want to consider some of the following facts about Lionism:
      • Lions are active.
      • Our motto is “We Serve.”
Calendar of Events UpArrowPurple
Club, District and Zone Highlites:

Activities & Photos UpArrowPurple
Check out the following photos & videos:
Student Speaker ContestFebruary Student Speaker Contest. Lion Jack Edwards, Winner Margarita Jamero, runner ups Amalia Arroyo, Mackenzie Potter and Lion President Taka Blackburn.

Announcements UpArrowPurple

Let’s reach out to our fellow members:

Lion Joe Tallerico is undergoing chemo treatments on Mondays. Please reach out to him during this difficult time for him and his wife, Lynda.

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.


Birthdays UpArrowPurple

Happy Birthday to Lions:

Lion Dennis Weiss, Don Veninga, Randy Feist



Congratulations on another year of Service to the Lions Club:
Lion Jack Edwards, Jim Switzgable

Cooks List UpArrowPurple

Since we are not holding meetings during Covid-19 there are no cooks

Board Minutes UpArrowPurple

Board Meeting Agenda
February 17, 2020

Call to order:  6:04      President: Taka Blackburn


x President: Taka Blackburn x Secretary: Agustin Palacios
x 1st VP:  Rebecca Muegge x Bulletin Editor: Jack Edwards
x 2nd VP: John Muegge x Tail Twister: Brad Dano
3rd VP:   Vacant Treasurer: Jeylon Strong
x Lion Tamer: Bob Husted x 2-Year Director: Don Thompson
x 1-Year Director: Warren Weaver 2-Year Director: Sharon Mika
x 1-Year Director: Jack Edwards Membership Director: John Zehnder Jr.
x Immediate Past Pres: Brad Dano x Public Relations: Jack Edwards
x LCIF: Andy Anderson
Lion Bill Kirkland Soon to be a Lion Sharleen Husted
Lion Jason Springer




Guests:  Todd and Chuck Woodson’s son-in-law of Pack 179

Secretary Report (Stag) by Lion Agustin: Minutes for January 2020 submitted to Lion Jack and all activities recorded in the Lions International system.

Motion to approve Board Minutes for January 2020 by Lion Andy,second by Lion Jack. Motion…Passed

Treasurer Report by Lion Treasurer Jeylon Strong:  None
Administrative: …..   $ ___________.___
Project: ………………   $ ___________.___

Scouts: ……………   $ ___________.___  

Equipment: ………..   $ ___________.___

FFA: …………….…..   $ ___________.___  

Combined Amount:  $ ___________.___  

Total ……………….   $ ___________.___



Committee Updates

Eyesight: received 1500 grasses recycle
Sunshine Bill Heston’s wife passed way President Taka sent a plant and we received a thank you note from Bill in appreciation
Assets/Equipment: Tent brought to cover outside equipment by Lion Don
Membership: No report
Visitation:    Call and visit Joe Tallerico: He is undergoing Chemo on Monday’s

The student speaker contest went well. Our winner, Margarita Jamero, will compete at the Zone level on March 13th at 7:00pm at the Robbie Waters Library at 7335 Gloria Drive. Please be there to support her.

Adjourn Club Meeting & Open Foundation Meeting Elk Grove Lions Foundation @ 6:30PM

Old Business / Status Checks / Chairperson’s Report

        Event Name                                                Date            Location                                     Chair

Student Speaker Contest Feb 10 Elk Grove Pavilion Lion Jack

New Business:

  • Pack 179 request to assist with the purchase “TRACKS for miniature soap box derby” Lion Andy. Lion Taka suggested that they check with one of the other Packs that may no longer be needing their tracks.
  • LCIF update Lion Andy
  • Beeman Recreation Center update Lion Jack. Several lions have already obtained their Food Handler Certificates and Lions Don, Warren & Jack will be obtaining their Food Manager’s Certificate. Lion Don will hold copies of certificates in binder for use at our community pancake breakfasts to satisfy requirements of CSD. All lions who assist with the breakfast need to obtain a food handler certificate. It only takes a couple of hours, on line, and a minimal cost of less than $10, to get it. You can take the training and get the certificate in one day. Please forward a copy to Lion Don when you finish.
  • Stafford Hebert Sheldon High Saturday March 28th. Lion Brad to handle.
  • Visitation of Alpha Sorority Inc. Sigma Delta Omega Chapter of Elk Grove will attend our meeting on May 18, 2020  

          Motion:                                                 Moved by:        Second      Approval    Chair

To send a plant to Diann Ogden in name of David Ogden former Lion who passed away Lion Jack Lion Don Yes
To buy supplies for tent to be place on the ground at the shed not to exceed 100 dollars Lion Don Lion Rebecca Yes
To cover the expenses registration accommodation at the District Convention for Lion Andy Anderson not to exceed 700 dollars in substitute of President and VI President not attending. Lion Jack Lion Rebecca Yes
To cover cost for pizza for 34.46 Lion Jack Lion Rebecca Yes
To assist Pack 179 when they return with formal request for “Track) Lion Don Lion Bob Yes
To change meeting times to 6:00 pm from 7:00 pm to fit with CSD open hours for Mondays at the Beeman Recreational Center. Lion Jack Lion Brad Yes


  • Todd, Club Master for Pack 179 requested help to purchase new tracks for their yearly event; The Club agreed to have events to collect funds for this project before commit any financial contribution.
  • Lion Jack said he will use 10 tables  for the Running of the Elk
  • Sheldon HS Band needs some help and Lion Brad will be assisting on his own time, not as a Lion, but will be using our smoker to cook tri-tip.
  • Starting in March, our meetings need to conclude by 7:45 to allow CSD staff time to secure the building and lock up. They have modified their hours to work with us so that they have staff on Mondays until 8:00 pm. Otherwise we would have to pay the cost for part time help to keep the facility open after their normal 5:00 pm closing time. A special thanks to CSD for making the adjustment to work with us.
  • We will not be working parking for the Early California Days because the CSD did not give the Historical Society permission to charge admission for their event.
  • Visitations: Take some time to visit JoeTallerico. He is undergoing Chemo treatments on Mondays, but would like some lions to visit later in the week. Call first to see if he is up to a visit.


                                                     Upcoming Activities and Approved Projects:

                            Event                                    Date              Location                                    Chairman

Pack 179’s Blue & Gold Dinner 2/20/2020 Edna Batey Elementary Lion Taka
Burgers and Brews Feb 29 CDS Wackford Center Lion Warren
Pleasant Grove PTA Spaghetti Dinner Mar 27 Pleasant Grove School Lion Warren
Soroptimist Club’s Martini & Merriment 3/28/2020 SES Portuguese Hall Lion Jack
EG Historical Society Spring Tea May 9 Elk Grove Park Lion John/Brad

Good of the Order:

Adjournment:     8:30  PM

Club Contact Info UpArrowPurple

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 916-240-9325:

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

President: Taka Blackburn

Secretary: Agustin Placios

1st VP: Rebecca Muegge

2nd VP: John Muegge

3rd VP:  vacant

Treasurer: Jay Strong

Tail Twister: Brad Dano

Lion Tamer: Bob Husted

2 Year Dir: Sharon Mika

2 Year Dir: Don Thompson

1 Year Dir: Warren Weaver

1 Year Dir: Jack Edwards

Membership: John Zehnder, Jr.

Past Pres: Brad Dano

Public Relations: Jack Edwards
Stag Editor: Jack Edwards
LCIF Coordinator: Andy Anderson

Make-up Clubs

Delta Lions Club

2nd Thursdays, 7 am

Bartley Cavenaugh 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
Lewis Flint Sr Peggy
Bill Heston Jr Linda
Bill Hibbard Linda
Bob Husted Charlene
Chris Joyce Heather
Lynden King
Bill Kirkland Jr Dusty
Harjeet Kumar Vanita
Vanita Kumari Harjeet
Kirk Marchetti Robin
Sharon Mika
Name Spouse
John Muggee Rebecca
Rebecca Muggee John
Marv Neill Annajean
Agustin Palacios
Dan Pearsen Shelli
Shelli Pearsen Dan
Stan Pochop Jr.
Teresa Rodriguez
Jerry Salamy
Bob Shipley Leann
Jason Springer Raelynn
Jeylon Strong
Jim Switzgable Debbie
Joe Tallerico Lynda
Don Thompson Sue
Bob Turner Alice
Don Veninga
Warren Weaver Patricia
Dennis Weiss Diane
John Zehnder Jr. Linda
District Contact Info UpArrowPurple

 International President
Dr. Jung-Yul Choi

District Governor Sarah Enloe
“Hand-in-Hand, We Can Do More”

District Governor

Sarah Enloe
Maharlika Lions


1st Vice District Governor

Cat Gon
Embarcaradero Lions


2nd Vice District Governor

Donna Prince
Higgins Diggins Lions

Email: 2vdg@district4c5

Cabinet Secretary

Zenny Yagan
Maharlika Lions

Cabinet Treasurer

Kitty Kramer
Woodland Host Lions


Sactramento Region Chair

Gayle Kono


Sutter Zone Chair

Beth Esternon


District Pride Editor

Kitty Kramer


District Webmaster

Jack Edwards