Maya Zumaya 1st VP Committee’s 2022 / 2023

Budget and Finance: Cyndee McDaniel / Mary-Catherine – Prepares annual budget, arranges annual review of Club records, and monitors Club finances.

Bulletin: Merry Gray – Writes / publishes the bulletin for distribution electronically to all Members as well as ensuring that copies are available and distributed during each Club meetings. Chair enters the Club bulletin into the District bulletin contest. Club Members are encouraged to participate by assisting in the writing, submitting articlesand pictures from Lions supported events and activities.

Caring: PP Ken Cozzens/ Tom Hundley – Identify needs of Community and Club Members and develop a list of services that Members are able to provide.

Chaplin: Tom Hundley / PP Ken Cozzens -Delivers invocations at meetings, and prepares in conjunction with the Sunshine Committee, “get well” cards and visits all ill members, and determining any Club Member needs.

Community Services: PP Steve Shaw – Conducts community service activities and chair the major service project involving at least 20% of the Club Membership. Additionally, dispenses budgeted funds for community service, distributes Thanksgiving food baskets and coordinates the “Salvation Army Bell Ringer Day.”

Constitution and Bylaws: PP Don Greenberg – Monitors and proposes changes to governing documents of the Ventura Downtown Lions Club when necessary. Reports to the Board in May the current statues and any proposed changes to the “Constitution and Bylaws”. The Chair also serves as the Club parliamentarian.

Cottage Home Foundation: PP Steve Shaw – The Cottage Home Foundation was established in 1969. It supports the “Cottage Home”, a home maintained to provide housing for foster children, particularly a place where siblings who have lost their parents can be kept together in a single family environment. It is the only foster care home in the United States founded and supported by a local Lions Club. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and members and others can make tax deductible contributions or grants as permitted under applicable law.

Crab Feast: PP Don Fromberg/ IPP Ed Rogoff – Plans, coordinates, and Leads the implementation of the Club’s biggest annual fundraiser in May. This includes reservations of the facility at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, food purchase and preparation, along with serving during the event, volunteers, live and silent auction items, billing, and the coordination and assistance of other Lions Clubs.

District Activities: PP Jon Youngerman -Promotes and encourages member participation in District activities, as well as the activities of other Lions Clubs.

Email Communications: Parker Shaw – Maintains a current list of all Club Members email addresses, and then distributes important Club information to the Members including the Bulletin, announcements, and requests for support.

Historical Review: PP Don Greenberg – Maintains historical records of the Club and displays them at appropriate meetings, including attendance and lunch sheets. Presents a review of the Club activities at the July Board Meetings.

LCIF Coordinator: PP Jon Youngerman – Coordinates, manages, and implements charitable programs on behalf of Lions Club’s International. LCIF provides grant funding for local and global humanitarian efforts and is funded entirely by charitable donations from Lions, and friends and partners.

Liaison to Salvation Army: Chris Brashears/ PP Steve Shaw – Ensures the coordination and implementation of plans that involve the Salvation Army, while meeting the human needs of the Community that they serve.

Long Range Planning: PDG Chuck Cassy / PDG Jeff Roundy – The purpose of the Long Range Planning Committee is to give thoughtful consideration to the long term future of the Ventura Downtown Lions Club and to ways we can strengthen and continue the Club as a vibrant, enjoyable and relevant association for service.

Membership: PP JoeySiddens/ Spencer Noren – Promotes development and retention of Club Members. Provides new member orientation and works to provide a mentor for each new Lion. Encourages new members to become “Proud Lion” by visiting 1 Board of Directors meeting, participate in 1 of the Clubs service or fundraising projects, introduce Lions Membership to 1 potential member, visit 1 other Lions Club, and attend 1 District Zone or Regionmeeting, and provide “feedback” back to the Club within 6 months of Membership. Determines why members resign their membership and reports their findings to the Zone Chair Jon Youngerman.

President’s Yearbook: Terri Gonzales – Gather all the important information, including pictures, flyers, fundraisers, and community events and milestones that occur during a President’s year, into a digital yearbook and enters it in the District contest.

Print Media: Adam Casillas -Plans, coordinates, and implements a strategy, with the Public Relations Committee, to publicize all Club Activities, charities and fundraisers through the use of all available print media, including newspaper and bulletins.

Programs: Maya Zumaya – Obtains and presents programs of Club and Community interest and importance at regular Club
Meetings though expert Guest Speakers.

Public Relations: Adam Casillas / Tim Brown – Implements a strategy, with the Print Media Committee to publicize all Club Activities, charities, and fundraisers promoting these activities through available media, including radio, and television.

Sight and Hearing: PP Sandy Greenberg – Plans and implements all Sight and Hearing activities and expends budgeted funds to meet Sight and Hearing needs. Some of the regular activities that club members can help with is volunteering once a month at our weekly vision clinic at the Salvation Army, collecting recycled eyeglasses from designated locations, and supporting “Lions Friends in Sight” biannual vision clinics in our area. The club also supports the Ventura school district with free eye exams and glasses for students referred by school nurses, as well as special projects that include the purchase of a SpotCam for examinations.

Social Media: Maya Zumaya – Plans, coordinates, and implements a strategy, with the Public Relations Committee, to publicize all Club Activities, charities and fundraisers through the use of all available digital media, including Club and District websites and Social Media to include Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Student Speaker Contest: PP Charlie Burnham – Arranges and conducts the Student Speaker’s contest each February. Student Speakers are from local Ventura High Schools and speak on a topic that is current and relevant to the current environment. Winners will progress on to the District contest and potentially to the State contest. Winners can receive up to $10,000 in scholarship funds.

Time and Treasure Auction: Tim Brown – Plans and carries out an annual Club “Time and Treasure” auction to raise funds for the Administrative Budget of the Ventura Downtown Lions Club.

Website: MJP – Manpreet Batra – Publicizes all Club Activities, charities and fundraisers on the Club websites.

Veterans Services: Pat Pothier/ PP Steve Shaw – Provide services, companionship, funding, and other activities to show the Veterans of Ventura County that they are appreciated and not forgotten. We are active with the Cal-Vet Home on Telephone Road and in the past year we sponsored their “Activities Committee”. We also support the Ventura County Veterans “Stand Down” held yearly at the National Guard Armory.

100 year celebration: Pat Pothier – In recognition of The Ventura Downtown Lions Club “100” birthday on April 27, 2023 the 3 PDG’s will lead a committee that will coordinate and fund a celebration that is befitting the Number 1 Club in MD-4.

Mark Kirwin 2nd VP Committee’s 2022 / 2023

All Star Football: PP Steve Shaw / PP Domonique Gray – Plans, prepares and conducts a lunch banquet for local Senior High School Football standouts, along with conducting an All Star Football game which is played in January each year. Football game standouts also receive scholarship funds.

BBQ Crew: Adam Casillas / IPP Ed Rogoff – Plans and carries out fundraisers such as the annual All-Star Football banquet and concessions held in January each year, BBQ’s purchased by clients during annual May Crab Feast, along with other fundraising opportunities like Miracle League 805.

Boy Scout Troop: Joel Crawley – Supports and promotes a local Boy Scout Troop highlighting the need to be engaged in the act of giving back to the community through community service projects. The Mission of the BSA is to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” Youth are trained in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.

City of Hope: Mary Saputo – Publicize and promote the City of Hope for the purpose of raising funds for research and patient care around Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. As a major fundraiser, coordinates Club participation in the “Lions Tribute Day” at the City of Hope.

Eye Clinic: PP Steve Shaw / Chris Brashears – In partnership with the Downtown Rotary and the Salvation Army provide a FREE Eye Clinic for all those in need of glasses and better sight. As Knights of the Blind it’s an inherent responsible that we ensure that everyone, not matter their circumstances in life is able to see this great big wonderful world clearly.

Flag Display: Lisa Morris / Jeff Bryant – 88 flags are mountedfrom the pier to Surfer’s Point on the 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day. They go up before sunrise and are taken down at sunset. Flags on Poli and California Street are put in April at 6:00 AM and remain up through the summer.

Fred W Smith Foundation: PP Don Fromberg / PP Steve Shaw – For over 40 years the Fred W. smith Scholarship Foundation has granted scholarships to worthy student in the community who wish to pursue a college degree. Recipients are encouraged but not required to repay the scholarship funds they receive so that the Foundation can continue to assist other or more students in the future. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3 non-profit and members and others can make tax deductible contributions or grants as permitted under applicable law.

Invitational Golf Tournament:PPJon Youngerman/ Jayson Cohen – Promotes a fundraiser that includes a round of golf at a local course, lunch and an awards program following the tournament. Monies raised benefits local Lion charities and community service projects and events.

Lion of the Day: PP Steve Bowman – Selects, presents, and honors outstanding members of the Club through recognition during “Lion of the Day” events.

Lions Wear / Attire: Jeff Bryant – Selects, promotes, and presents “Lions Wear” (shirt, hats and jackets) that showcases the Ventura Downtown Lions Club supporting many Community Service Events.

Men in Pink: Craig Classen / Dr. Ron Atanay – Breast cancer affects everyone – women and men. Real Men Wear Pink is a distinguished group of Lions and community leaders determined to raise awareness and money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and save more lives than ever before from breast cancer.

Nominations and Elections: Pat Pothier – Responsible for preparing a slate of nominees of Club Officers, and for counting of ballots for election of Board of Directors for the 2021 / 2022 Lion Year.

Peace Poster Contest:PP Joey Siddens – Plans and conducts participation in this International contest, with a focus on the Creating and Maintaining Peace through-out the world.

Relay for Life: Lisa Morris / PP Joey /Siddens – Organizes, coordinates, and promotes fundraising activities during April and May in conjunction with the American Cancer Society to advance research and support for those Warriors who are currently battling cancer, those Survivors who have beaten cancer, and the Caregivers who love and support their journey.

Sunshine Committee: Tom Hundley – Identifies the needs of Club Membership that other Club Members can provide – even if it’s only a card that shows sympathy, empathy, prayers, and love.

Social: Spencer Noren / Maya Zumaya – Plans, promotes and carries out Club socials events, including the Installation of Officers – while striving to develop and hold four events each year.

Spaghetti Dinner: Kevin Seelos – Responsible for preparing and conducting an annual spaghetti dinner each October.

Sport Day: Fishing: PP Don Fromberg/ Tim Brown, Baseball Game: PP Jon Youngerman, Golf Tournament: PP Jon Youngerman / Jayson Cohen, Miskel Golf Tournament: PDG Chuck Cassy / PP Joellen Flannigan – Promotes comradery and fun among the Club Membership through a day away from the normal and routine day-to-day activities.

Visitations: PP Jon Youngerman – Arranges for Club visitations to other Clubs. Encourages members to visit at least eight different Clubs each year.

White Cane Day: Mark Kirwin – Arranges for Club participation in this International project to spread awareness of Lions commitment to helping the visually impaired, in our Community, our County and in the World.

Ventura Downtown Lions Club Charitable Foundation (VDLCCF):PDG Jeff Roundy / PP Steve Shaw – The VDLCCF is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation formed under California law in 2011. It was formed to provide a generic foundation to which members and others could make tax deductible contributions or grants as permitted under applicable law. Both during their lives and through bequests, to further general charitable purposes of the board type that we as Lions might support including all types of community and other programs and activities that promote or enhance the community, assist youth, help prevent blindness and so on. The specific charitable grants and donations made by the Foundation are determined in the discretion of its seven member Board of Directors.

Youth: PP Steve Doll / Mark Kirwin – Allocates and distributes budgeted funds to serve youth, including our Club sponsored Boy Scout troop. Handles Club participation in promoting and carrying out annual International Youth Exchange Program. Develops Club Sponsored Leo Clubs in area High Schools. As the youngest members of Lions Clubs International, Leos embody the best qualities of our incredible organization. They are devoted young people who realize the power of action. Together, Leos and Lions form a powerful partnership—one of mutual respect, where Lions learn from the innovative insights of Leos, and where Leos gain access to the proven strategies of those who’ve successfully served the world for decades.

Lions International 5 Global Causes:

  • Sight: Sandy Greenberg
  • Diabetes: Mary Saputo
  • Hunger: Jeff Bryant
  • Childhood Cancer: Lisa Morris
  • Environment: Spencer Noren

Ventura Downtown Lions 2 Community Causes:

  • Veterans: Pat Pothier
  • Mental Health: Maya Zumaya

COMMITTEES

All Star Football – Plans, prepares and conducts an All Star Football game and banquet played each year by the seniors from all Ventura County high schools.

Budget & Finance – Prepares annual budget, arranges annual review of club records and monitors club’s finances.

Bulletin – Chair writes/publishes the bulletin for distribution electronically to all members as well as copies distributed during each club meeting. Chair enters it into the District bulletin contest. Members assist in writing and obtaining articles.

Caring – Identify needs of community and club members and develop a list of services that members are able to provide.

City of Hope – Publicize and promote the City of Hope Hospital for the purpose of raising funds and our participation in Lions Tribute Day at the City of Hope.

Community Service – Conducts community service activities and chairs the major service project involving at least 20% of the club membership. Additionally, dispenses budgeted funds for community service, distributes Thanksgiving food baskets and coordinates the Salvation Army Bell Ringer day.

BBQ Crew/Concession Stand – Plans and carries out fundraisers such as All Star Football banquet and concessions, and other opportunities. Prepares food for club board meetings.

Chaplain – Delivers invocations at meetings, prepares and delivers get well cards, and visits ill members.

Constitution & Bylaws – Monitors and proposes changes to governing documents when necessary. Reports to the Board in May. Chair serves as the club parliamentarian.

Crab Feast – Plans and carries out a “Crab Feast” fundraiser.

District Activities – Promotes and encourages member participation in District activities and activities of clubs throughout the District.

Flag Day – Plans and carries out club participation in the District project to distribute American Flags to grade schools.

Flag Display – 85 flags are mounted from the pier to surfer’s point on the 4th of July, Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day. They go up before sunrise and are taken down at sunset. Flags on Poli and California are put up in April at 6:00 a.m. and remain up through the summer.

Historical Review – Maintains historical records of the club and displays them at appropriate meetings. Presents review of the club’s activities at the July Board meeting.

Lion of the Day – Selects, presents and honors members of the club as Lion of the Day.

Long Range Planning – The purpose of the Long Range Planning Committee is to give thoughtful consideration to the long term future of the Ventura Downtown Lions Club and to ways we can strengthen and continue the club as a vibrant, enjoyable and relevant association for service.

Membership – Promotes development and retention of club members. Provides new member orientation and works to provide a mentor for each new Lion. Encourages new members to become Proud Lions. Determines why members resign their membership and reports findings to the Zone Chair.

Nominations & Elections – Responsible for preparing a slate of nominees of club officers and for counting of ballots for election of Board of Directors.

Peace Poster Contest – Plans and conducts participation in this International contest.

President’s Yearbook – Puts together the yearbook and enters it in the District contest.

Programs – Obtains and presents programs at regular meetings.

Public Relations – Shall plan strategy to publicize all club activities, charities, and fundraisers promoting these activities through all available media, including newspaper, radio, television, club and District websites, and other social media.

Service Auction – Plans and carries out an annual club “time and treasure” auction to raise funds for the administrative budget.

Sight & Hearing – Plans and carries out sight and hearing activities and expends budgeted funds to meet sight and hearing needs.

Signature Project – Partnering with VCMC & other Lion Clubs in the development of sight programs and purchasing of eye related equipment for the visually impaired in the County of Ventura.

Social – Plans, promotes and carries out club social events, including the Holiday party and installation of officers striving to develop and hold four events each year.
Spaghetti Dinner – Responsible for preparing and conducting an annual spaghetti dinner each October.

Annual Golf Invitational Tournament – Held at Saticoy Country Club promoting a fund raiser with dinner and program following the tournament. It benefits the Health Care Foundation for Ventura County and Lion charities.

Student Speakers Contest – Arranges and conducts Student Speakers contest each February.

Tail Twister – Assists Tail Twister in promoting fellowship, life and enthusiasm at meetings through appropriate stunts and games and in the judicious imposition of fines on club members. Helps with the collection of fines.

Visitations – Arranges for club visitations to other clubs. Encourages members to visit at least eight different clubs each year.

White Cane – Arranges for club participation in this International project to spread awareness of Lions commitment to helping the visually impaired.

Youth Activities – Allocates and distributes budgeted funds to serve youth; including our club sponsored Boy Scouts troop.

Youth Exchange – Handles club participation in promoting and carrying out annual International Youth Exchange Program.

Youth Leadership (Leos) – Develops club sponsored Leo clubs in area high schools.

Committee Chairpersons

Programs Steve Shaw
Budget & Finance PP Tom Olson
Bulletin PP Tom Olson
Caring PP Ken Cozzens
Chaplin Marlene Nord
Crab Feast Don Fromberg/Adam Casillas
Door Prizes Rita Peterson
Sunshine Committee Terri Gonzalez
Constitution & Bylaws PP Don Greenberg
District Activities PP Joellen Flannigan
Historical Review Terri Gonzalez
Long Range Planning PDG Jeff Roundy & PDG Chuck Cassy
Membership Jon Youngerman
Community Service IPP Randy Jewell
President’s Yearbook Terri Gonzalez
Sight & Hearing PP Sandy Greenberg
Sight Signature Partnering Project PP Sandy Greenberg
Student Speakers Contest PP Charlie Burnham
Public Relations Tom Spence
Print Media Tim Brown
Website PP Sandy Greenberg
Social Media Amy Towner
Email Communications PP Joellen Flannigan
Time & Treasure Auction Tim Brown
LCIF Coordinator Kevin Seelos
All Star Football Steve Shaw
BBQ Crew PP Mike Veseth
City of Hope PP Don Greenberg
Concession Stand PP Charlie Burnham
Flag Display PP Ken Cozzens
Invitional Golf Tournament PP Mike Veseth
Lion of the Day PP Stan Yates
Nomination & Elections IPP Randy Jewell
Peace Poster Contest PP Mike Veseth
Social Jon Youngerman
Song Marlene Nord
Spaghetti Dinner Kevin Seelos
Sports Day (Fishing) Don Fromberg
Tail Twister PP Steve Bowman
Thanksgiving Baskets IPP Randy Jewell & Rita Peterson
Visitations Mike McBain
White Cane Day Marlene Nord
Youth Activities PP Steve Doll
Youth Exchange PP Don Greenberg
Youth Leadership – (LEOS) Kristen Franke
Cottage Home Foundation Liason PP Diane Ellis
Fred W. Smith Scholarship Foundation PP Charlie Burnham
VDLC Chartiable Foundation PP Mike Veseth