Category Archives: Burney Lions Club
On Thursday April 18, Burney Lions club named several Students of the Month. Levi Perkins was named 12th grade Student of the Month for February, Blair Marks was named 12th grade Student of the Month for March, and Makenna Crook was named 12th grade Student of the Month for April. Haylee Mantei was named 8th grade Student of the Month for February.
The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.
Levi Perkins has a grade point average of 3.46. He is active in CSF, Leos, Interact, and FNL. He plays baseball and basketball, and enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. He is looking forward to trying skydiving, and hopes after graduating to attend college and have a successful career. Levi’ parents Herb and Anne Perkins attended the ceremony together with his sisters Gracie and Tessa.
Brian Marks has a 3.70 grade point average. He participates in Leos, Interact, FNL, S-Club, plays baseball and football and will perform in the spring musical. He enjoys mudding, hunting, and teaching monkeys to sing. In his spare time he likes to count the blades of grass in his yard. So far he says he has counted over 6 trillion. Brian would like to visit every state in the U.S. After graduating, Brian plans to attend Butte College to study criminal justice and wildlife management and then to become a fish and game warden. He enjoys making people laugh. Chris Marks, Kelley Marks, and Trina Humphreys all attended to see Chris honored.
Makenna Crook has a 3.04 grade point average. She enjoys reading and hanging out with friends. She would like to go to France. Her parents Kelly and Bobby Crook came to the dinner and expressed how proud they are of Makenna. ‘
Eighth grade Student of the Month Haylee Mantei has a 3.0 grade point average. She is active in basketball and volleyball. She would like to travel around the world, go to college, get married and have kids. Her parents DeAnna Johnson and Ronald Mantei also attended.
Perkins, Marks, and Crook were each presented by Lion George Whitfield with a check from the Burney Lions Club for $100 and Mantei was given a check for $50.
On Wednesday, April 10, members of the Burney Lions Club conducted vision screening for students at Burney Elementary School. Jim Crockett, sight chairman for the Burney Lions Club, conducted the screenings with Lions George Whitfield and Dick Lindgren assisted by school nurse Karen VanCleave.
The camera used by the Lions detects about 10% of students with stigmatism or other eye problems and refers them for eye exams. If the child is unable to afford an exam or glasses, the Lions pay for that.
Tessa Perkins and Sebastian Mitchell Penn were honored as Students of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 21. Ms. Perkins was named 8th grade student of the month for February, and Penn was named 8th grade student of the month for March.
The students were introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero.
Perkins has a 4.0 grade point. She is active in volleyball and plays flute in the band. She also enjoys playing piano, drawing, and writing stories. She would like to train a dog or a cat. When asked how she would train a cat, she said, “Like a dog!” After finishing high school, she plans to attend college to get a four-year degree.
Tessa’s parents Annie and Herb Perkins and her grandmother Linda Bates attended the dinner to see their daughter honored. Her mother, who noted that Tessa has had two surgeries for cerebral palsy, said they are very proud of their daughter’s achievement in academics.
Eighth-grader Sebastian also has a 4.0 grade point average. He competes in track and enjoys mowing lawns. He is looking forward to playing football. He is also good at baseball and tennis. He likes to read. In the future he would like to be a cook in the Navy.
Sebastian’s parents Jennifer Mitchell and Ellis Penn also attended. Mr. Penn said that he is very proud of the person that his son is becoming.
Each student was presented by Lion George Whitfield with a check from the Burney Lions Club for $50.
Sophomore Cade Harner won the 2019 Student Speakers Contest at the Burney Lions Hall on Thursday evening February 21. Harner competed against two other Burney High School students, Senior Noah Bishop and Junior Paris Deaton-Geisler.
This year’s speech topic is “Freedom of the Press: What does it mean?” Each student was required to give a speech no longer that ten minutes and no shorter than five minutes. All three speakers emphasized the fundamental importance of freedom of press in a democratic society illustrating their talk with poignant quotes and examples. They also provided examples of dictatorial and autocratic societies in which the government denies freedom of the press. In his succinct speech, Harner addressed the current controversy about “fake news.”
Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coach the students in preparation for their speeches.
Lion Dr. Bill Cummings officiated the contest. Charlene Charlene Sickler, Sally and Rodney Armstrong, and Jill Barnett served as judges. After all of the scores were tabulated, Dr. Cummings announced the winner.
All three participants were awarded certificates and presented with a check by Lion George Chapman. Harner won $100 for first place. The other speakers each received $25.
The Club level contest is the first level of completion in the 82nd Annual Lions Multiple District Four Contest. Harner will now advance to the Zone level contest.
Lions Clubs throughout California and Nevada are holding club level contests during the month of February. Winners will advance through several levels to reach the District, Area, and Multiple District Four Contest.
Altogether, the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.
All the Burney Lions Fruitcakes have been sold.
Lion Kurt Taylor, whose generations-old special recipe is used for the cakes, said, “We would like to thank everyone for this year’s successful fruitcake fundraiser, We were sold out by the first week of December.”
Order early next year!
Altogether, the Burney Lions served Thanksgiving dinner to more than 200 people. Over 100 came to the Burney Lions Hall to share a delicious meal in a family-like community atmosphere. Another two score came for take out meals, and about three dozen meals were delivered to seniors and shut-ins. The meal included turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, a roll and butter, cranberry sauce, and pie for dessert.
Amongst the celebrants, were Lions Dr. Bill Cummings and his wife together with their daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.
Lion President Mike Barnes welcomed the community to the annual Thanksgiving meal and recognized Dr. Cummings for his more than three decades of service to the Lions.
Dr. Cummings said, “This is the first time in more than a quarter of a century that I have not been working to help serve the Thanksgiving meal! It is a very pleasurable opportunity to enjoy this day together with my wife, daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.”
The meal was prepared by Burney Lions cooks, and enthusiastically served by members of the local Leos Club. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.