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Four generations enjoy Thanksgiving feast at Burney Lions Hall

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.

2018 Burney Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner

Amongst the celebrants, were Lions Dr. Bill Cummings and his wife together with their daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandson.

Four generations of Cummings enjoy Lions Thanksgiving feast

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.

Lion President Mike Barnes recognizing Lion Dr. Bill Cummings and family

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.

Leos and Scouts served the meal

Leo Paris serving salad

Cub Scout serving thankful guests



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Eagle Court of Honor celebrates James Chapman becoming Eagle Scout

A special ceremony was held at the Burney Lions Club on Saturday afternoon, June 10 to recognize James Chapman as an Eagle Scout. Chapman is a member of local Boy Scout Troop 38 which is sponsored by the Burney Lions Club. Members of Cub Scout Pack 38 also attended.

William Ford presents James Chapman with his Eagle Scout Certificate

Scout Elias Urlie welcomed members of the community and emceed the event. After the presentation of colors by Troop 38 and Pack 38, Urlie led the scouts in reciting the Scout Oath.

The Scouts then took part in a special candle lighting ceremony presided over by Thomas Chapman.

Candle lighting

James’ Grandfather Rev. John Chapman offering the invocation

Reverend John Chapman, the honoree’s grandfather, said the invocation.

William Ford, Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster who now leads the Cub Scouts, formally opened the Court of Honor and introduced four other Eagle Scouts who explained the Eagle Obligation.

Other Eagle Scouts attending included Joseph Tereba, Lucas Urlie, and George Chapman.

Afterwards, William Ford and James’ father George Chapman recounted experiences detailing James’ trail to becoming an Eagle Scout.

This was followed by a slide show full of pictures of James participating in scouting activities over the past 5 years.

Ford and George Chapman then presented James with his new Eagle Scout bandana, Eagle Scout pin, and certificate.

New Bandana


Receiving the pin

Mr. Ford said that he was happy that James would be serving as assistant scoutmaster and encouraged him to remain active with the Boy Scouts in the future.

James then got up to make a personal statement. He charmed the audience with his humility and humor as he recounted his experiences and then presented both Ford and his father with mentor pins, thanking them for their guidance.

Chapman presents his father with a mentor pin

He then presented each of his parents with a pin.

James presents his mother Cheri Chapman with a pin

After the colors were retired, everyone enjoyed a lovely reception featuring a delicious cake decorated with specially-made candied merit badges.

Cake decorated with merit badges

As everyone mixed and mingled and enjoyed the refreshments, Eagle Scout Chapman posed for pictures with friends and family.

Enjoying his achievement with three future Eagle Scouts


Eagle Scout Chapman with friends and family


Proud father and son

Congratulations to James and all his family. Special thanks to the Burney Lions for hosting the event and supporting Scouting in the local area.


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Boy Scout Troop 38 honored at Burney Lions Club

On Thursday December 8, the Burney Lions Club held a special ceremony to honor Boy Scout Troop 38 for their service to the community. The scout troop was presented with a letter from President Barack Obama, Certificates of Congressional recognition signed by Representative Doug LaMalfa, and a Certificate of Recognition and honorary flag from the Killed in Action Honor Flag Organization.


Scouts James Chapman, Travis Mayer, and Thomas Chapman, with Scoutmaster George Chapman, Lion emcee Mike Ferrier, and Ray Pittam

The award ceremony was largely the fruit of the efforts of a veteran named Ray Pittam and had an interesting genesis. Mr. Pittam brought his 1901 Oldsmobile to Burney to ride in the Burney Basin Days Parade last summer representing American Fallen Warriors and KIA. As he was proceeding down Main Street, his auto broke down. Spontaneously members of Boy Scout Troop 38 came forward and pushed his car through the entire parade.

His car carried the American Flag and a flag honoring those who had made the supreme sacrifice of giving their lives in service to our country. Pittam, moved by the efforts of the Scouts, felt that it was not only a community service, but a symbolic act of great patriotism. He told them at the time that he wanted to help arrange some sort of public recognition for their service.

Raymond Pitham thanks Scout Chapman as Lions Walt Libal and Mike Ferrier Look on

Raymond Pittam thanks Scout Chapman as Lions Walt Libal and Mike Ferrier Look on

Later, in Redding, one of his neigbors, a Lion, referred him to Mike Ferrrier, a member of the Enterprise Lions who is also an Eagle Scout. He told Mr. Ferrier that he wanted to get some awards to honor the Scout Troop 38 in Burney. Ferrier encouraged him to do so.

Pittam then contacted the White House, Congressman LaMalfa, and KIA. He procured awards from all of them. After doing so, he came to the Burney Lions Club in October to propose the idea of a community awards ceremony. After that, the Lions Club met with several community organizations including veterans and the Chamber of Commerce to discuss the idea and the result was Thursday night’s ceremony at the Lion’s meeting.

Lion Mike Barnes, Second Vice President, presided over the meeting and introduced Lion Walt Libal as one of the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Lion Walt is the Chartered Organization Representative for the Boy Scouts for the Burney Lions Club. Walt then proceeded to introduce his fellow Master of Ceremonies, Mike Ferrier.

Mike Ferrier is the Global Leadership Team Coordinator for District 4-C1. He recently made a trip to Alaska to talk with Lions Clubs about leadership. He is also the Charter Representative for the Boy Scouts for the Enterprise Lions.

Ferrier said that as a child, his father had started a Cub Scouts den in Palo Cedro so his son could participate. When he came of age to become a Boy Scout, his father started a Boy Scout troop. Later, they moved to Redding where he joined a troop there and eventually became and Eagle Scout. He has remained active in Scouting throughout his adult life.

“The reason I became a Lion,” Ferrier said, “is because it is the closest thing that I know to being an adult Boy Scout.”

He talked of the importance of doing good deeds and praised the Scouts for their precept “Do a good turn daily.” He stressed that doing a good deed can be a simple act of kindness such as opening a door for someone or as complex as organizing a major charity undertaking, but “no good deed goes unnoticed.”

After his remarks, Ferrier introduced Ray Pittam who spoke about experiences which led him to try to lead a life of service to the community. He shared how he had been helped during the parade by Troop 38 and presented a flag from KIA to Troop 38 and the Burney Lions Hall.

KIA flag prestned to Tropp 38

KIA flag presented to Troop 38

Then the awards were presented. Ray Pittam and Troop 38 were presented with certificates from the KIA Honor Flag Organization.

Certificat of Recognition from KIA to Boy Scout Troop 38

Certificate of Recognition from KIA to Boy Scout Troop 38

Special Congressional recognitions were presented to Eagle Scout Travis Mayer, Scout James Chapman, and Scoutmaster George Chapman on behalf of Troop 38.

Certificate of Congressional Recognition presented to Travis Mayer

Certificate of Congressional Recognition presented to Travis Mayer

Finally, a letter was read from President Barack Obama commending the work of the Boy Scouts.

Letter from President Barack Obama to Boy Scouts

Letter from President Barack Obama to Boy Scouts

No good deed goes unnoticed.





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Burney Lions Club installs 2016/2017 Officers

The Burney Lions Club and Lionesses installed their new officers for 2016/2017 on Thursday evening June 23 at the Burney Lions Club Hall on Main Street in Burney. The new officers were sworn in by Lion Stan Story, Past Governor of District 4 C1.

The New Lioness officers are: Barbara Lane, President; Michelle Mancusco, Vice President; Lois White, Secretary; Laura Pauley, Treasurer; and Sharon Banyard, Tail Twister.

Past District Governor Stan Story installs new Lioness Officers

Past District Governor Stan Story installs new Lioness Officers

Burney Lions Club officers for 2016/2017 are Matt Quinlan, President; Daryl Hovis, 1st Vice President; Mike Barns, 2nd vice President; Chuck Evans, Secretary; Ed Trasverso, Treasurer; Mark Stalcup; Director 1st Year; Ron Wilburn, Director 2nd Year; and Jim Crockett, Membership Director.

2016-2017 Burney Lions Club Officers

2016-2017 Burney Lions Club Officers

Matt Quinlan also received an award for Lion of the Year.

Past President Richard Arendt said, “It’s been a good year. We got a lot done.”

Lions Larry Hawthorne, George Whitfield, and Brian Wycoff cooked a delicious meatloaf dinner that was served by Boy Scout Troop 38.

Boy Scout Troop 38 Bill Ford, Bryce Ford, El Urlie, Noah bishop, Mateo Johnston, Thomas Chapman, James Chapman, Rebecca Chapman, George Chapman

Boy Scout Troop 38 Bill Ford, Bryce Ford, Eli Urlie, Noah Bishop, Mateo Johnston, Thomas Chapman, James Chapman, Rebecca Chapman, and George Chapman


A hard copy version of this article appeared in the Mountain Echo 7/5/16



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Lions Club provides awesome Thanksgiving Feast

From noon to 3 p.m. at the Lions Hall on Main Street in Burney, the Lions Club served an awesome Thanksgiving feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie.

A community affair

A community affair

Outside, cars were lined up and down Main Street in front of the building.

Cars lined up for the Lions Club Thanksgiving Day Feast

Cars lined up for the Lions Club Thanksgiving Day Feast

At the door, four friendly “door greeters,” welcomed us.

Door Greeters Morgan, Bear, Jason, and Clair

Door Greeters Morgan, Bear, Jason, and Clair

Inside it was truly a community celebration. Conversation flowed easily throughout the room as people greeted old friends and make new.

Roy Carver and friends enjoying a fine meal

Roy Carver and friends enjoying a fine meal

Larry Hawthorne, Past President and current board member of the Lions Club, organized this year’s event. The club has been serving a Thanksgiving dinner for the community for about 42 years.

Hawthorne said, “This dinner is to thank the community for their continued support for Lions Club service projects. We are very grateful to the people of Burney. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Young members of the Burney Lions Club Leos, Boy Scout Troop 38, Cub Scout Pack 38, and the Burney 4H cheerfully and efficiently seated guests, served the meals, and cleared the tables.

Leos, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and 4H all helped serve

Leos, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and 4H all helped serve

Lion Walt Libal said that the local Leos have between 40 and 50 enthusiastic young members who engage in a variety of service activities throughout the year. He shared from his experience how when young people work with and serve people of all ages, the experience opens their heart and develops their social skills.

Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to organize the young people who were serving.

Leo Megan Arenau ready to serve a plate

Leo Megan Arenau ready to serve a plate

In addition to serving about 250 dinners at the hall, Larry Hawthorne said that the club also delivered 52 Thanksgiving Day dinners to people at home who couldn’t come out.

Thank you Lions club and all of those who helped make this a great Thanksgiving for Burney!

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Burney Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café a Delight

On From 9 a.m.to 2.p.m. on November 21,  there was a steady flow of happy shoppers streaming through the Annual Homemade Craft Fair and Soup Café held by the Burney Elementary PTA.

Cone critters

Cone critters

It was a community affair with everyone enjoying the opportunity to stock up on delicious goodies for Thanksgiving as well as high quality crafts and decorations for the holiday season.

Christmas treess and ornaments

Christmas treess and ornaments

This years fair was organized by Kathy Urlie. She did a great job. All of the tables were filled and everything ran as smoothly as Santa’s sleigh gliding down a snow covered mountaintop. During the event itself she was busy cheerfully greeting guests and vendors and making sure that every one was happy. In the meantime, her husband Andrew was busy selling his wonderful art pottery.

Kathy and Andrew Urlie with their pottery

Kathy and Andrew Urlie talking with a shopper

Special thanks to the Boy Scouts Troop 38. When my wife Linda and arrived on Friday evening to set up, several of the Scouts helped us to unload our vehicle and carry things in. It was a great help and made setting up much easier and quicker. On Saturday, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Scouts James Chapman and Matt Golczynski, and Melissa Sweet served delicious homemade soup. I had a bowl of clam chowder made by Matt that was really super! Nice and thick with lots of clams and bacon, just the way I like it. For people who like spicy soup, Melissa brought a pot of soup seasoned with red pepper that was great for clearing the sinuses.

James Chapman, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Melissa Sweet, and Matt Goldman selling soup for Troop 38

James Chapman, Scoutmaster George Chapman, Melissa Sweet, and Matt Golczynski selling soup for Troop 38

The Burney 4H was there selling Christmas Wreaths and the Soroptomists had some wonderful baked goods.

Ciera McClung and helpers selling wreaths for the Burney 4H

Ciera McClung and helpers selling wreaths for the Burney 4H

The Burney Fire Department also had baked goods available for a donation to their Christmas Toy Drive. I donated for two little loaves of bread – one pumpkin and one cranberry nut. The cranberry nut bread was out of this world! What a treat! I think I’ll go have another piece for breakfast!

The Maupins brought breads, and others had pies, cakes, etc.

Bread pies and much more

Bread pies and much more

I would have bought more, but just the day before I had bought a carrot cake and brownies from the Lionesses outside of the Dollar General Store. One can only eat so much. Lead me not into temptation. Deliver me from gluttony.

Susan Hougan came down from Mt. Shasta to sell her delicious herbs. She said she likes to come to the Burney area for events. People were lining up for pretzel sticks to sample her fare.

Susan Hougan with Diplicious Artisan Spice Blends from MT Shasta

Susan Hougan with Diplicious Artisan Spice Blends from MT Shasta

Well, as you can see, I like food. But the highlight of the fair was the wonderful high quality crafts. There were many Christmas crafts and decorations and also really wonderful art crafts.

I already mentioned Andrew Urlie’s art pottery, which is becoming quite well known in the area. Something new this year was a collection of bird houses by Eileen.

Bird houses

Bird houses

And it is always a treat to see what new items the McKay brothers have created out of natural substances. I’m fascinated by their horse manure pens.

McKay Brothers Wood and Natural products

McKay Brothers Wood and Natural products

Michelle was there with her country chic creations.

An elegant space

An elegant display

Susan Hanson had a beautiful exhibit of photography on canvas and matted prints. Susan and I noticed that our two wall displays created a color axis across the cafeteria because,

Susan Hanson

Susan Hanson making a sale

on the other side of the hall, my wife Linda was busy selling her hand-crafted Christmas cards, framed photos, and some of my paintings.

My wife Linda with Lace Photography

My wife Linda with Lace Photography

Linda also handed out flyers letting folks know that this year there is a Christmas Shop in the Hearthstone Health Food Store where people can get more gifts, stocking stuffers, hand-made crafts, as well as Christmas decorations and cards.

Well, that’s a glimpse. There was more. Hand-made goat soaps, candles, wooden toys, Christmas crafts, jewelry, etc. Plus it was a chance for friends and neighbors to see each other and share fellowship.

Kathy Urlie said, “BES PTA enjoys the participation of the many quality craftsmen of the Intermountain area and enthusiastic participation of the shoppers. This event is truly a community social and we thank the continued support of all. Happy Thanksgiving!”

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