Monthly Archives: May 2009

Monday Night Bingo – HELP!

Monday Night Bingo which supports our Lions Blind Center, is GREATLY in need of help in selling Flash and Cherry Bell cards! Please make every effort to volunteer once again. Please talk to your club members, and make sure you send a few each month. Some nights recently have had no one show up. The Blind Center needs you!! THANK YOU!

Address: 2120 Walsh Ave, Santa Clara, CA Come any time after 5:30 pm

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SJVALC Charter Night Flyer & Tickets

The San Jose Vietnamese-American Lions are about to make their debut. They’ve got a great menu, some cool traditions, and our own nearby PID, Bill Iannaccone to do the honors. Check out the flyer and then contact one of the Lions below for tickets. Tickets are only $30 per person and seating is limited, so get them now! It’s only a week away.
SJVALC Charter Night

President Ha Phan
jennyhaphan [at] yahoo [dot] com

Lion Jim Goodheart
goody94 (at) pacbell (dot) net

Lion John Kelly
john [at] gofigureinc [dot] com

See you there!

Mountain View Lions Club

The Silicon Valley Lions Club of Mountain View will hold a public informational session on Wednesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, 580 Castro Street (behind the Wells Fargo Bank). There is plenty of parking in the lot, and light refreshments will be served.

During a series of three meetings in June and early July, we will review Lions club history and mission, brainstorm ideas for local involvement and begin to lay the foundation for club infrastructure. By the third meeting, we will have set our regular meeting schedule, identified charter officers and signed up all charter members.

Anyone interested in serving their community is welcome to attend. Followup meetings are scheduled for June 17 and July 1, at locations to be determined.

Follow Silicon Valley Lions on Twitter @SVLions.

Braille Coin Returns from Space 5/22/09

Commemorative Coin Will Fly on Space Shuttle Mission STS-125

BALTIMORE, May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, the first coin ever to feature readable Braille, will fly on NASA space shuttle Atlantis on May 11, 2009. The coin will be launched into space on mission STS-125, which will service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

The Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar was released by the United States Mint on March 26, 2009. Sales of the coin will be used to support the National Federation of the Blind “Braille Readers are Leaders” campaign. The campaign is a national initiative created to double the number of blind children learning Braille by 2015.

Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar symbolizes the power of knowledge and future opportunities for blind children across America. It is therefore fitting that this historic coin will be part of a mission to uncover the secrets of the universe. Perhaps someday a Braille reader will also be part of such a mission.”

“NASA believes strongly in the importance of educational opportunities for everyone,” said Joyce Winterton, assistant administrator for education at NASA headquarters in Washington. “That is why we have partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to help create programs that enhance scientific study for blind youth. Launching the first coin to contain tactile, readable Braille into space symbolizes NASA’s commitment to the spread of knowledge by every means and to every individual.”

The Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar is currently on sale. Those interested in ordering a coin should visit or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). For more information about the National Federation of the Blind and the Braille Readers are Leaders campaign, visit

SOURCE National Federation of the Blind

Second Annual ADA Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes

Join the Lions Clubs of District 4-C6 on SUNDAY, 9/27/09 in downtown San José for this fundraising run or walk and healthy living fair at the Guadalupe River Park Arena Green adjacent to HP Pavilion.

Last year we had 11 Lions Clubs form teams and we raised $5,578 for the ADA to accomplish its mission which is to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is a Lions District endorsed project. It is important for all Lions Clubs to participate, since diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness.

This epidemic affects almost 24 million Americans. Your support of the ADA Walk will help them dedicate more funds towards finding a cure for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes as well as provide information, education, programs and services in our community.

Information is power and Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by learning about diabetes and having a healthy, active lifestyle. Participating in Step Out can help our Lions, friends, and neighbors to set an activity goal to walk daily. We are all at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes; some of us already have diabetes, or know someone who does.

Contact your club’s team captain from last year about being a team captain again this year or be the team captain for your club by signing up at

Diabetes Awareness Co-chairpersons
Lion Val Isaacson, Almaden Super Lions, cell 408-464-3896
Lion Barb Stone, Milpitas Host Lions, 408-262-9055

Morgan Hill Annual Pancake Breakfast

pancake_flyerpancake_flyerThe Morgan Hill Lions will host their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at the Centennial Recreation Center, 171 W. Edmundson Rd, Morgan Hill. The breakfast offers scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Pricing for the fundraiser is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors over 60 or children under 12.

In Memoriam – Elaine Gerzovich, Freedom Lions

Freedom Lions lost a very outstanding Past Treasurer and member Elaine Gerzovich after a courageous battle with cancer.  Her services were today at St. Francis Church near the Bingo Hall in Watsonville.  Elaine’s brother and sister-in-law is Bob and Shirley Cancellieri, members of Saratoga Lions.  The church was filled with family members, friends, and Lions who remembered her for her courage, feistiness, generosity and caring.  A great Lion, she will be missed.

Viral Spam Alert —

This morning, a message is making the rounds of some folks in the district, informing them that someone they know has shared pictures and/or a private message with them on TAGGED.COM. Your Tech Committee strongly advises you not to reply to these messages, not to register at TAGGED.COM and most certainly not to give them your email address.

Much like our recent experience with REUNION.COM, TAGGED.COM is attempting to gain access to YOUR email address book so that it can send spam to everyone you know, encouraging them to register for the site, so they can gain access to THEIR email address books and spam those users, too.

What is so insidious about these emails is their innocuous appearance. We trust our friends, so we reply to messages that appear to be from our friends. These emails, despite their appearance, are NOT from your friends. It never hurts, if you have any questions about emails like this, to double check with the friend named in the email to see if he or she intended for you to receive the message and act on it.