Spanapark Sentinel

Volume XXIV Issue 4

October 2019

A Newsletter Publication by and for the Members of the Spanapark Lions Club


  • Letters from the President
  • Special Events
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Announcements
  • News from our District and Beyond
  • Coming Up Next
  • Join Us
  • Contact Us
  • A Note from the Editor


Hello fellow Lions,

October is here and so are the goblins. Well, not until the end of the month. Make sure if you are driving around on Halloween that you watch out for all the little ghost and goblins walking around.

This month we are starting to get busy. Our Zone Chairman Lion Fred will be at our meeting on October 1st. On October 15th we will have our District Governor Pat at our meeting. Please try to come to one or both meetings.

Come to our meetings and bring a guest that might want to join.

Remember the apple sales going on. All the money goes to Camp Leo.

Keep November 22-23 open for our food drive.

If you can think of a person that would make a good speaker for our meetings let me know.

Have a safe Halloween.

President Don Becker

“A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.”

By: Erma Bombeck


23rd Annual Bowling Classic


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Bowling Begins at 11:00 am

Check-in Starts at 10:00 am


Narrows Plaza Bowl

2200 Mildred Street West

University Place, WA

Note New Location This Year!


Early Bird:

Adults: $25.00/Person

Kids (12& Under): $15.00/Child

At the Door:

Adults: $30.00/Person

Kids (12& Under): $20.00/Child


Lion Chris Fowler

Phone: (253) 318-9766


Apple Sales

Apples will be in a 40 lb. box of mixed sizes. The final order needs to be to Lion Linda by October 15.

Holiday Food Drive

The Food Drive this year will be November 22 and 23rd, from 9am to 4pm.


One-Pot Cajun Shrimp Chowder

Recipe from: faithhopeloveandlucksurvivedespiteawhiskeredaccomplice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Medium Sweet Yellow Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 to 1 Teaspoon Cayenne (Adapt to Your Spice Level)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 1/3 Cup Sweet Tea Vodka
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) Cans Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 1/2 Pounds Red Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined

  1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot.
  2. When the butter is melted, stir in the onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and celery seed. Cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the vodka and allow to simmer for two minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, milk, cream, brown sugar, bay leaves, and diced potatoes. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. When the chowder comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium and continue to cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the shrimp and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until they are just cooked through.
  7. Remove the bay leaves before serving.


Back to School for our Adopted Families

Jim, Linda and Keith purchased clothing, shoes and school supplies for 3 children for the start of school. The families are from Thompson and Brookdale schools. Pictured are purchases for the Thompson Elementary family.


Annual Veterans Clothing Drive

American Legion Post 2 & Unit 2

Annual Clothing Drive for Veterans at American Lake VA Medical Center

Clothing donated goes to Clothing Room for Veterans in need. They are referred by a Social Worker for a partial clothing issue. Our 2019 Clothing Drive is for New Winter Wear.

Wanting following new items for our Winter Clothing Drive:

  • Knit Caps
  • Watch Caps
  • Work Gloves
  • Winter Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Flannel Shirts

Drop off your Donation at the Post no later than November 19, 2019

If you would prefer to donate money and have us do the shopping; please, turn in your donation no later than November 11, 2019

You can mail your check to the Post. American Legion
Auxiliary, P.O. BOX 44364, Tacoma WA 98448

Any questions please, call or text Karen Lebeter (253) 579-7768 or Debby Ramirez (253) 219-0718

Washington Council of the Blind Annual Convention

VOLUNTEER Opportunities
October 24-27th

Once again Lions are being invited to serve as sighted guides/escorts for the blind at the annual WA Council of the Blind Convention. This has proven to be a very rewarding and exciting project for those assisting at past conventions.

Location: Double Tree by Hilton Seattle Airport 18740 International Blvd, Seattle 98188

80 volunteers needed
Three hours per shift:
Thursday, October 24 th 12pm-7pm
Friday, October 25th 7am-7pm
Saturday, October 26th 7am-7pm
Sunday, October 27th 7am-11 am

About the event:
This is the annual convention of the Washington Council of the Blind. Over 200 people who are blind and visually impaired will be attending for this weekend conference, some with guide dogs. Volunteers will serve as guides/escorts, assisting attendees through the lobby, conference areas, exhibits, the restaurant, etc. This may be providing verbal directions or
offering an arm to guide someone. It may be assisting someone to find the restroom, elevator, coffee station, or an empty seat, but at no time is it to provide personal care. A brief training will be given prior to your shift.

To sign up (individuals or groups/clubs), or for more information, please contact Holly Turri, Volunteer Coordinator at, or phone 360-922-0325.


General membership meetings

October 1st @ 6:30 pm

Special Guest: Zone Chair

October 15th @ 6:30 pm

Special Guest: District Governor

Board membership meetings

October 8th @ 6:30 pm

General membership meetings

November 5th @ 6:30 pm

November 19th @ 6:30 pm

Board membership meetings

November 12th @ 6:30 pm

General membership meetings

December 3rd @ 6:30 pm

December 17th @ 6:30 pm

Board membership meetings

December 10th @ 6:30 pm



American Legion Hall Post #2

11204 Park Ave South, Tacoma, WA 98444

1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM


Spanapark Lions Club

PO Box 401

Spanaway, WA 98387



Editorial Policy: Members of Spanapark Lions Club are encouraged to submit articles, poems, jokes and pictures which they believe will be beneficial to our community. While the effort is made to not publish anything which might be offensive to anyone, we seek to make access available to everyone. Spanapark Sentinel is published by and for the members of Spanapark Lions Club.

The Spanapark Sentinel editor is Lion Ann Fowler. Email:

Submission Deadline is the 20th of the Month. Early Submission is always appreciated.

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