Monthly Archives: November 2008

Brown Paper Tickets

BPT is a fair-trade ticketing service (think Ticketmaster). By using BPT, your club can sell tickets for your events — be it a pancake breakfast, a magic show, or a spaghetti feed — online or over the phone. In addition, bulk paper tickets may be purchased for a very nominal charge. In fact, the paper ticket option is so cheap as to be a very attractive reason for using this service, even if you never sell a single ticket online or over the phone.

Event producers (your club) pay no fees to list their event on BPT and ticket buyers pay only $0.99 plus 2.5% of the ticket price in service fees to purchase tickets online or over the phone. This translates to a $1.62 service charge (total) on a $25 ticket.

Bulk paper tickets cost $.10 each plus a shipping charge of $5.00, so a ticket order of 200 tickets would cost a total of $25.00. These are concert-venue quality tickets, with perforated stubs. You control the messages printed on both the ticket and the stub. If your event has assigned seating, the system can even handle that!

Every event listed with BPT gets its own web page, and event producers control the content of their listing. You can use the BPT web page link on your printed marketing materials and in your email campaigns.

Here’s a link to the (now outdated) listing for Sunnyvale Host’s Family Barbecue on 8/16/08.

Gilroy Lions Omelet & Pancake Supper


Our annual event will be held this Friday, December 5, 5 to 8 pm, Gilroy Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6000 Miller Ave.  Custom Omelets. Ham, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, onions peppers & tomatoes.  YOU DESIGN.  WE COOK.  Pancakes too!  All you can eat.  Adults $6. 12 & under $3. Bill Hart 408.847.7829

Milpitas Host new meeting place

Milpitas Host Lions Club will return to Omega Restaurant (90 S Park Victoria, Miliptas) for their regular meeting location, as of Tuesday, November 18th.  Their Pro Speaker Series will announce the locations of these events individually as they occur.  The Series is taking a break for Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, and will resume in January.

Milpitas LEO Club completes African Library Project

The Milpitas High School LEO Club has completed their book drive by sending off 46 boxes of books to two schools (Zombodze National Primary School and St. Joseph’s High School) in Swaziland, Africa through the African Library Project book drive.  Students collected close to 4,000 books, of which approximately 2,500 were suitable for the two schools in Africa.  The other books have been distributed to City Team Ministries, where they will go to Women’s Shelters and other facilities.  The MHS LEO Club was assisted by Sunnyvale’s President, Lion Hugh Donagher, members of the Milpitas Host and Executive Clubs, as well as Becky Strauss, Leo Advisor to the MHS Leo Club, and Lion Irene Whiteside, District Leo Advisor.

Habitat Garage Sale

From Julia Jones at Habitat Silicon Valley:


Date: Sat. November 22, 2008
Time: 9am-2pm

Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley is having an excess inventory garage/warehouse sale.

513 Valley Way Bldg 2
Milpitas, CA 95035
At Calaveras and Abbott
Behind our office

Ceiling Fans
Indoor and outdoor lighting
Patio Umbrellas and patio furnature
Tools & tool boxes
Construction Supplies
Paint supplies
Garden Supplies
Door knobs
Fireplace screens & accessories
Plumbing supplies
Also check out our website for just a few items. We are still in the process of updating this page.

Milpitas Executive Student Repeats Peace Poster Contest Win

Milpitas Executive Lions submitted the winning Peace Poster entry and non-Lions contest judges Inger Bevans, Elaine Richelieu, Rebecca O’Brien, and Cielo Ras Haras agreed. 12-year-old Yennie Shiu of Sierramont Middle School in Milpitas repeated as District 4-C6 2008 Peace Poster Contest winner of the “Peace Begins with Me” theme at its Second Cabinet Meeting in Prunedale November 8, 2008. Yennie wrote of her poster, “Little fingers typing and sending messages of love and peace throughout the world.” Her entry advances to the February 2009 MD4 California Multiple Convention in Fresno, where it will compete among entries from 14 other California Lions districts. Last year, Yennie’s portrayal of the “Peace Around the World” theme emerged as the first District 4-C6 entry ever to be named MD4 California Multiple winner in the annual contest. Thanks to Yennie for her artistic talent and good luck to District 4-C6!

Peace Poster Winner

Peace Poster Winner

Emailed Virus Threats (Part II)

This morning, I received an inquiry about a virus threat in the form of an email from UPS or FedEx claiming that they had a package with an incorrect delivery address that needs correcting. The user is asked to open an attachment to begin the process of correcting the address. The email threat is verified at

In an ongoing effort to help us all understand and evaluate these threats for ourselves, I wanted to comment on this particular email, which is being circulated with the opening line “With Christmas fast approaching, watch out for this … be alert!!!”

While does indeed verify that this virus is in circulation, it was first identified in July, nearly six months ago. In relative terms of the life cycle of an email virus, dinosaurs ruled the earth six months ago. However, this is a learning opportunity, so I will explore the points you can use for self-defense against this kind of fear-mongering:

1. If you’re keeping your anti-virus software up to date, the only virus alerts you need worry about are those that come to you from your anti-virus software publisher. By keeping the software up to date, you are keeping your computer protected from new viruses and certainly from viruses that are six months old.

2. This particular emailed virus appears to have been sent from UPS or FedEx and refers to a “Packet” shipment. This is not typical UPS or FedEx (or even U.S.) usage. Typically the term we use in the States is “Package.” This nuance is important to note, because many virus threats like this originate offshore, so being alert to strange usage and obvious grammatical errors of the sort made by non-native speakers of U.S. English is useful in spotting many threats: viruses, financial scams, etc.

3. One use of the word “Packet” was misspelled as “Paket”. While we humans make typographical errors, the computers that automatically generate legitimate emails of this sort for UPS or FedEx, do not.

4. Finally, the presence of an attachment from anyone you don’t personally know is always a red flag. Companies like UPS, FedEX, your bank, your insurance company,, or any other legitimate e-commerce operation today will almost never include attachments. Always be wary of attachments ending in .exe, .zip and .doc. My personal policy is not to open these. Ever. If the contents are that important to me, I can find another way to get them that doesn’t involve the risk.

As always, questions about this topic, or any other, can be sent to the Tech Committee at lionstechgroup@REMOVETHISyahoogroups.ANDTHIScom. (Why does this email address look so strange?)

Cards & Cocoa for the Troops

Monterey Old Capitol Lions invite you to join them in showing your support for our troops in harm’s way. Since 2003, Cards & Cocoa for the Troops has shipped over seven tons of sundry items, snacks and sporting goods to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve even taken special requests and run campaigns to fulfill those requests, such as one for thirty soccer balls from one platoon commander, whose troops used the balls as outreach tools to connect with local youth. This kind of connection with the local citizenry helps drive out insurgents and helps keep civilians and troops safer.

The Lions of Monterey Old Capitol work with over 200 other community volunteers to collect the items, pack them up and ship them over. Anyone interested in getting involved with this project should contact Cindy Stanley at 831-373-7362.

Breakfast with Santa

Mission Trails Lions of Carmel will host Breakfast with Santa on December 20 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Carmel Youth Center (SW corner of Torres & 4th). Contact Bud Westcott 831-624-5783 or Clyde Klaumann 831-624-8759.

Click to download Breakfast with Santa Flyer

Click to download Breakfast with Santa Flyer

Salinas Host Opportunity Drawing January 31

The 5th Annual Salinas Host Opportunity Drawing will take place on January 31st at Spreckels Memorial Hall in Spreckels. Tickets are $100 each and include dinner for two — steak with all the trimmings. Extra dinner tickets are $15 per person. The holder of the final ticket drawn that evening will win $5,000. The first ticket drawn wins $500 and every 25th ticket drawn wins $100. Contact any Salinas Host Lion, or the Millers at 831-663-1202.

Click to download Salinas Host Opportunity Drawing Flyer

Click to download Salinas Host Opportunity Drawing Flyer