Spanapark Sentinel

Volume XXIV Issue 8

February 2020

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


  • Letters from the President
  • Special Events
  • Recipe of the Month
  • Announcements
  • Paw Prints in the Sand
  • News from our District and Beyond
  • Valentine’s Day Special Edition
  • Coming Up Next
  • Join Us
  • Contact Us
  • A Note from the Editor


Hello fellow Lions,

  I am glad it is raining. The webs between my toes were going away.  But enough is enough.  

  This month we will have a guest speaker on Friendly Waters. She will be at our meeting on February 5th.  Come to the meeting and see the changes they have made.

  In March we will have our Bowling Classic.  On March 29th we will have our 23rd Classic at Narrows Plaza Bowl.  We need donations and bowlers for this event. If everyone puts in the time they can, we will make this a great success. See Lion Chris for all the information.

  The 2019–2020 District 19–C Spring Conference will be held April 17 & 18, 2020, at the LaQuinta Hotel, Tacoma. Newly–installed International Director Allan Hunt is scheduled as the International Guest.  Let’s make plans to go and make a big impression.

  If you are interested in holding an office this year,  tell VP Ann Fowler. She will put you on the nominating list. See related article.    

  Remember to be nice to the ones you love on February 14th.

President Don Becker


23rd Annual Bowling Classic


Aint Nothin’ But the Truth Jambalaya


  • Shells from 2lbs Raw Shrimp
  • 6 cups water
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 lbs Polish sausage (kielbasa) cut in half and sliced in 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 lbs raw shrimp
  • 1 cup fine chopped green peppers
  • 1 cup fine chopped celery
  • 2 cups fine chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic minced or crushed
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 2 Tbsp “SmokeeJo’s Datil Pepper Sauce”
  • 1 can tomatoes (16 o)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp red pepper (ground or crushed – to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup raw rice

Peel and de-vein shrimp, saving the shells and heads.

Put shells, heands and other ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the broth through a sieve crushing the ingredients with a pestle or heavy spoon to get the entire flavor from the shells. Discard shell residue and save broth.

Sear Sausage in a large saucepan over medium heat stirring frequently.

Cook about 10 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat. Add peppers, celery, onions and garlic. Scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate the meat particles stuck to the bottom. Cook about 15-20 minutes. Add tomatoes puree, tomatoes and “SmokeeJo’s Datil Pepper Hot Sauce”. Stir to blend and cook for about 3 minutes. Pour the reserved broth and bring to a boil. Add thyme, bay leaf, oregano, red pepper, basil and black pepper. Cook over low heat 1 hour. Add raw rice, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add shrimp and cook 5 more minutes. Stir in the green onions and serve.

Recipe from, circa 2003


Club Officer Nominations

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams

Nominees from our January 21st General Membership Meeting

  • President – Lion Ann Fowler
  • Secretary – Lion Linda Youngquist
  • Treasurer – Lion Shilo Hansen
  • 1st Year Director – Lion Jim Wagner
  • 1st Year Director – Lion Deb Burks
  • 2nd Year Director – Lion Rose Becker
  • 2nd Year Director – Lion John Thurber
  • Lion Tamer – Lion Chris Fowler
  • Tail Twister – Lion Britnee Backman

Adopt-A-Family Updates

Our Club was able to provide an amazing holiday season to our Adopted Families! We always look forward to making a great Christmas for those in need!


Photo by Adrien Bruneau on Unsplash

“In the dead of winter there is a spark of warmth.  It is called, Valentines Day. It is a day for showing the love you have for someone special.  When you show your love do you expect something in return? Love is not only a feeling, but it is also a commitment. Love is a commitment to your marriage your family,  your friends, and your fellow Lions. Be committed in the things you love and expect nothing in return and love will overflow your life. Make everyday, Valentines Day. Does your love and commitment show your:

“Paw Prints in the Sand”?

Pres.  Don Becker


Northwest Lions Leadership Institute

Northwest Lions Leadership Institute

June 4-6, 2020 in beautiful Harrison, Hot Springs BC

Please contact PDG Jan Weatherly to learn more about the 3-day event. Register early, space is limited.

Camp Leo for Children with Type I Diabetes

High School Camp – Jul 12, 2020 – Jul 18, 2020

Junior High School Camp – Jul 21, 2020 – Jul 26, 2020

Middle School Camp – Jul 29, 2020 – Aug 2, 2020

Elementary School Camp – Aug 6, 2020 – Aug 9, 2020


Photo by Will O on Unsplash

“Draw a circle, not a heart, around the one you love because a heart can break but a circle goes on forever.”



General membership meetings

February 4th @ 6:30 pm

February 18th @ 6:30 pm

Board membership meetings

February 11th @ 6:30 pm

General membership meetings

March 3rd @ 6:30 pm

March 17th @ 6:30 pm

Board membership meetings

March 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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