November 2020 Stag

© Elk Grove Lions Club

Volume 71 Issue # 5 November 2020

We Serve

President Taka Blackburn

President’s Message

Join Us





Cooks List

Board Minutes

Contact Info

District Info

President’s Message UpArrowPurple

As unusual, we have been holding our meetings online using Zoom. All members who have email addresses listed with the club have been sent these meeting notices. At this time, I know of only one member who chooses to not use email and, of course, who has not received these email notices.

Remember that we are only doing two meetings per month during the Covid-19 situation. We have our board meeting on the 3rd Monday Board Meeting and our regular 4th Monday meeting so that we can advise members who did not attend our board meeting what transpired during the board meeting. All members are welcome to our board meetings.

In November, we will have our board meeting on the 9th and our regular meeting on the 16th so that we do not interfere with Thanksgiving.

We will have a similar change in December. The board meeting will be on the 14th but we will push our dinner meeting to the 28th so that the members are free for Christmas.

The other unusual thing about our current situation is that we have not been able to hold our regular fundraisers or to support community efforts for other organizations to hold their fundraisers. We have scheduled a Tri-Tip drive thru for November 4th and we expect a great turnout. We have already sold over 100 tickets so far.

I continue to be so very proud to be a part of such a great community minded organization, the Elk Grove Lions Club.

One final note of something exciting from the month of October. Another Lion and his wife were selected as Elk Grove’s Citizens of the Year. Congratulations to Lion Jack Edwards and Soroptimist Tracey Edwards for being recognized for this special award. If we ever get back to normal, you can expect to see them in public events and parades in the new year.  You can read more about it in the Elk Grove Citizen. Although they usually have a celebration dinner on the first Monday of November, that will not be held this year because of Covid-19. They will be celebrated next November along with the 2021 winner.

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Elk Grove Lions Club

P.O. Box 465

Elk Grove, CA. 95759


We are currently doing all of our meetings via Zoom.

We are not holding a 2nd Monday meeting at this time.


Board Meetings: 3rd Monday @ 6:00PM

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

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

Location: Online Zoom Meeting



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:
2020 Citizens of the Year, Jack & Tracey Edwards

Photo by Steven Crowley.

Lion Jack Edwards and Soroptimist Tracey Edwards, Elk Grove Citizens of the Year for 2020, being surprised at their front door by the Citizen of the Year committee.

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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:

Lions Jerry Salamy, Sharon Mika and Jack Edwards



Congratulations on another year of Service to the Lions Club:
Lion Warren Weaver

Cooks List UpArrowPurple

No meetings therefore no cooks.

Board Minutes UpArrowPurple

Board Meeting Agenda

October 19, 2020

Call to order:  6:03      President: Taka Blackburn


X President: Taka Blackburn Secretary: Agustin Palacios
X 1st VP:  John Muegge X Bulletin Editor: Jack Edwards
X 2nd VP: Rebecca Muegge X Tail Twister: Brad Dano
3rd VP:   Vacant X 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 X Membership Director: John Zehnder Jr.
X Immediate Past Pres: Brad Dano (18/19) X Public Relations: Jack Edwards
LCIF: Andy Anderson
Lion Lion
Lion Lion


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

Motion to approve Board Minutes for September 2020 by Lion Jack second by Lion John, Motion…Passed

Treasurer Report by Lion Treasurer Jeylon Strong:  Dues have been paid to National based upon our membership numbers. Lion Jey completed the state and federal taxes. Lion Jey advised that he would not make the November meeting.

Administrative: …..   $ 4,432.23
Project: ………………   $ 29,953.99
Scouts: ……………   $ 2,625.99
quipment: ………..   $ 6,243.36
FFA: …………….…..   $ 2,217.05
Combined Amount:  $ 41,040.39
Total ……………….   $ 45,472.62

Correspondence: None

Committee Updates

Eyesight:     Lion Marv was in Colorado.
Sunshine      Report on status of Lion Joe T. and Warren W.
Assets/Equipment:     No Report
Membership:      Lions Jim, Jey & Taka updated our online status with the district
Visitation:           Vacant

Adjourn Club Meeting & Open Foundation Meeting Elk Grove Lions Foundation at 6:10pm.

Old Business / Status Checks / Chairperson’s Report

  • CSD Movie Night at the Park – Friday, September 25, 2020
    Lions Jack, Brad, Bob S., and Taka. We put in about 8.5 hours.
  • District 4-C5 One Day Convention – Saturday, October 17, 2020
    Lions Jack, John Jr., PDG Andy, and Taka. It was reported that PDG Andy received the District Governor’s Appreciation award. Lion John Jr received his Melvin Jones from the club and Lion Jack received the Sacramento Region Lion of the Year award.

     New Business:

  • CSD Movie Night at the Park – Friday, October 30, 2020
  • General Meeting at the Beeman Park – Monday, October 26, 2020. Bring your own “eats’ and chairs… Let’s meet a little early at 5:30 p.m. to visit first.
  • CSD and Elk Grove Lions Club Facility Use Contract – July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021
  • LCIF Sutter update Lion Andy
  • Facility Use at 8830 Sharkey Avenue, Albiani Recreation Center
  • Drive-Thru Tri-Tip Fundraiser – Wednesday, November 4, 2020 Ticket sales going well.
    Lions Warren, Brad, Jason, Past Lions Dave K. We will advertise the Soroptimist and the Optimist fundraisers as they advertise for us during their events.
  • Elk Grove Food Bank Services – Traffic Control for Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Box Pickup
    Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Creekside Baptist Church on E. Stockton
  • Information ONLY – EGHS Class of 1981 requests Bar Service ONLY for Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Pavilion, EG Regional Park
  • Passing of Member and Past Club President, Don Veninga – Sunday, September 6, 2020. Lion President Taka asked PDG Andy to advise the District.



                        Motion                                             Moved by:                Second      Approval    Chair

To work the CSD Movie Night on 10/30 Jack Jey Yes Taka
To work traffic control for Food Bank Turkey box pickup at Creekside Church on 11/21. We will start at 8:15 am. Jack John Yes Jack


                                                     Upcoming Activities and Approved Projects:                              

                            Event                                    Date              Location                                    Chairman

CSD Movie Night at the Park 10/30/2020 CSD Regional Park Lion Taka

Good of the Order:

Adjournment:              6:43 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 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
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 Muegge Rebecca
Rebecca Muegge John
Marv Neill Annajean
Agustin Palacios
Dan Pearson Shelli
Shelli Pearson 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 Cat Gon
“Believing in the Power of Service”

District Governor

Cat Gon
Embarcadero Lions


1st Vice District Governor

Donna Prince
Higgins Diggins Lions


2nd Vice District Governor

Tim Luckinbill
Colfax Lions

Email: 2vdg@district4c5

Cabinet Secretary

Dave Evans
Lincoln Hills Lions

Cabinet Treasurer

Zenny Yagen
Maharlika Lions


Sacramento Region Chair

Cecille Presley


Sutter Zone Chair

Eddie Aducayen


District Pride Editor

Kitty Kramer


District Webmaster

Jack Edwards