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Chris Phipps, Austin Kaczorowski and Vanessa Mungia named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening March 15. Chris Phipps was named 12th grade Student of the Month for February. Austin Kaczorowski was named 12th grade Student of the Month for March, and Vanessa Mungia was named 8th grade Student of the Month for March.

Lion George Whitfield, Austin Kaczorowski, Chris Phipps, Vanessa Mungia, and Principal Ray Guerrero

After being introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero, each student was presented with a check by Lion George Whitfield. Phipps and Kaczorowski each received $100 and Mungia received $50.

Chris Phipps has a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in Interact, Leadership Club, Mentoring, basketball, baseball, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), and Leos. He enjoys playing sports, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends. This year Chris made All-League in basketball.

Chris would like to travel abroad.  After graduation he plans to attend community college and play basketball.   He is good at working with children and writing.

Chris’s parents, Aaron and Lyna Phipps attended the presentation. Expressing pride in his sons accomplishments, Mr. Phipps said, “How far he has come!”

Austin Kaczorowski has a grade point of 3.5. He is involved in 4-H, football, wrestling, and track. In his spare time he likes to read. He would like to go skydiving. In the future, he plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Austin’s parents Darrin and Michele Kaczorowski and  his sister Erica attended. His dad said that they are very proud of Austin.

Vanessa Mungia has a 3.29 grade point average. She is a member of California Junior Scholarship Federation. She participates in basketball, softball, and volleyball. She is good at math. She likes going on long hikes and swimming, She also enjoys drawing and watching shows on Netflix. In the future she would like to go to Humbolt Stare University and live in Arcata.

Vanessa’s mother, Merri Wolfin, attended and said, “I know she is going to have a good future.”

Her grandparents Jerrilyn and Randy Quinn, her aunt Tyelo Wilson, her brother Cisco Chacon and sister Ta-sti Chacon, as well as her cousin Madison Villarruel all also came to watch her receive her award.


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Devin Murray wins Lions Shasta Central Zone Student Speaker Contest

Devin Murray won the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest for the Shasta Central Zone on Saturday afternoon at the Burney Lions Club.

Chairman Walt Libal, Devin Murray, and Darcy Coulter

Two students competed in the zone level contest. Devin, a Senior at Burney High School, was the winner of the Burney Lions Club level contest. Darcy Coulter, a Junior at Fall River High School, was the winner of the Fall River Lions Club level contest.

Walt Libal, Chairman of the Shasta Central Zone, chaired the contest. The topic was “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?” Each student gave a speech that was to be no less that five minutes and no more than ten minutes.

Both students delivered excellent expositions on the topic. Darcy gave a testimony to a mentor who had deeply influenced her life and then led the audience through an insightful investigation of how honesty, vulnerability, and humility inform integrity.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she stated, citing a study that showed the importance of non-verbal communication. She also pointed out that if you are civil to others it is more likely that they will be kind and helpful to you in return.

Devin artfully delivered a polished speech explaining why integrity and civility are the foundation for a stable community and society. He used the example of a man who had demonstrated moral leadership. He drew an analogy between moral integrity in community building and structural integrity in engineering. His arguments were backed up by quotations from various authoritative sources.

While the judges were tallying the scores, the two speakers introduced themselves. Darcy’s mom attended to support her. Devin’s parents, sister, grandmother, and Burney High speech coach Melissa Madden all came to watch Devin.

After the winner was announced, Chairman Libal presented each of the students with a certificate. Devin received a scholarship check for $150.

Contest Judges Paul Skinner, Dr. Pam Woodin, Travis Lakey, and Connie Cleckler also received a certificate of gratitude and a box of chocolates.

Devin will go on to compete in the Region level contest. The contest will be held before April 9. The exact date and location have not yet been determined.

This is the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest sponsored by the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation. There are six levels of competition: club, zone, region, district, area, and the final Multiple Four District Contest.

Altogether, the foundation will award more than $103,000 in scholarships to students. Awards increase with each level. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the final Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.

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Angel Estrada honored as Burney 8th Grade Student of the Month

Angel Estrada was honored as 8th Grade Student of the Month at the Burney Lions Club on Thursday evening October 19.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Angel Estrada, and Lion George Whitfield

Ms. Estrada was introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero. Lion George Whitfield presented her with a check for $50 from the Burney Lions Club in recognition for her achievement.

Angel has a grade point average of 3.2. She is active in activities at her church. She enjoys making doll clothes, drawing and coloring, and having fun with her family and friends. She would like at some time in the future to be a model. Her goals for the future are to move to Paris, France with her parents and to attend college.

Angel’s parents Martin and Christina attended the award ceremony together with Angel’s seven brothers and sisters, one cousin, and her aunt Noemi Estrada.

Angel’s mother said, “Angel is a very sweet girl. She helps to take care of the other children. She does chores. We are very proud of her.”

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Burney Lions host a very special Christmas party

The Burney Lions Club held a Christmas party for special needs residents from the Intermountain area on Tuesday, December 19 at the Burney Lions Hall.

A very special Christmas party

At 11:30 a.m. a delicious lunch of meatloaf, squash, and potatoes was served to all of the special needs guests, their families and caretakers. The meal was prepared by Lions cooks and served by Lions members.

After the meal, Santa arrived and went from table to table greeting every person present.

Sharing a moment of Christmas cheer

Santa visits with Superman Jimmy

Then Santa seated himself in front of the stage and delivered presents. Every special needs person had a chance to meet Santa and receive a present that had been purchased specifically for them. Many were delighted to sit on Santa’s lap.

A hug and a gift from Santa

Christmas cheer

After all of the gifts had been given out there were cupcakes for all.

The Burney Lions have been holding this Christmas season event for over 25 years. The project is conducted in coordination with Far Northern Regional Center and Shascade Community Services.

Lion Jim Lane was the chairman of the committee that organized this year’s program. His wife Barbara assisted in organizing as well as selecting and buying the presents for more than forty people.

Lion Jim Lane and Barbara Lane

The hall was decorated by the Lions Auxiliary. Barbara Lane provided the tree and Kathy Lehman provided reindeer and a Christmas train. Lady elves from the Lions Auxiliary also assisted Santa as he greeted people and delivered gifts.

Joanne Hawthorne, Laura Pauley, Lois White, Barbara Lane, Kathy Lehman, and Lois Cummings

Lion Jim said, “We feel that this is our best project and we are honored to do it. It has been very enlightening. The special needs people really appreciate it.”

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Burney Lions serve up a wonderful Thanksgiving feast

The Burney Lions Club served up a wonderful Thanksgiving Feast at the Lions Hall in Burney from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Lions cooks

The Leo’s helped by serving generous portions of delicious turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, and cranberry sauce to scores of folks in the hall.

Enjoying the food and the company

Dozens more came to the hall to get dinners to take home. In addition, the Lions had delivered more than 35 meals to homes prior to the sit-down feast for people who were housebound.

Lions Thanksgiving Feast

After the meal, diners were treated to a selection of pies. Choices included pumpkin, pecan, cherry, berry, apple, and mincemeat.

Scout Brian and folks at the pie table

The Burney Lions have been serving Thanksgiving dinner for the community for over 40 years as a way to thank the people of Burney for their continued support for Lions Club service projects.

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Bailey Turner, Devin Murray and Eric Davies named Students of the Month

The Burney Lions Club honored three students on Thursday evening November 16. Bailey Turner was named 12th grade Student of the Month for October. Devin Murray was named 12th grade Student of the Month for November, and Eric Davies was named 8th grade Student of the Month for November.

BHS Principal Ray Guerrero, Devin Murray, Bailey Turner, Eric Davies and Lion George Whitfield

After being introduced by Burney High School Principal Ray Guerrero, each student was presented with a check by Lion George Whitfield. Turner and Murray each received $100 and Davies received $50.

Bailey Turner is active in volleyball, church, Leos, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Interact, S-Club, FNL, and Leadership Club. She enjoys reading, dancing, piano, and spending time with her family and friends. She would like to travel “everywhere.” In the future she hopes to go to college and choose an enjoyable career. She is good at dancing and making people laugh.

Her grandparents Susan and Jerry Frazier attended the dinner to watch her receive her award. Mrs. Frazier said that she is sure Bailey “will go on to do wonderful things… she wants to do everything for everybody.”

Devin Murray has a grade point of 4.43. Principal Guerrero said that it is the highest grade point he has ever seen. Devin is involved in basketball, track, golf, Leo’s, CSF, Interact, mentoring, and Leadership Club. He enjoys science, math, sports, and cliff diving. He would like to experience sky diving. He plans to go to college and study civil engineering. He says that he is good at sarcasm.

Devin’s parents Dona and Kristina Murray and his sister attended. Devin’s parents said that Devin is a great kid and they are very proud of him.

Eric Davies has a 4.0 grade point average. He is good at sports and math. He is active in Pop Warner football, and Jr. High basketball. In the future he would like to go to Oregon University to play basketball and then play for the NBA. He also would like to skydive.

Eric’s parents Angie and Robert Davies, his brother Drew, and his sister Ashley attended. Eric’s father works at Burney Falls State Park. He thanked the Lions and the Leos for all the help they offer at Heritage Day.



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Celebration of Life for Mary Jane Marx

Mary Jane Marx 1947-2017

Scores of friends and family gathered for a Celebration of Life for Mary Jane Marx at the Burney Lions Hall on November 4.

Ms. Marx was born in Austin, Texas in 1947, but spent most of her adult life in Burney.

She served on the Shasta County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Jeep Team from 1990 until 2017. She also distributed food for the Senior Center food program.

Marx loved horses and rode a horse named Ginger. She was an avid hunter and a lifetime member of the NRA. She was also a traveler and photographer.

Bear killed by Mary Jane Marx

In 1975 she played for the Intermountain All-Star DC Greer baseball team which went to the state finals. She played bass for a band named Johnny and the Rivieras.

She worked at Louisiana Pacific and Sierra Pacific mills as well as for Cogen.

Celebration of Life for a very loving person

Members of the Search and Rescue Jeep Patrol in attendance

The ceremony began with music played by Daniel Williams and Doug Zuehlke. Williams played several Credence Clearwater songs and other tunes that he thought that Mary Jane would like. Zuehlke, a graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music who teaches music and knew Mary Jane in San Jose artfully played a number of popular and jazz tunes on his clarinet.

Music by Daniel Williams and Doug Zuehlke

Center for Spiritual Living

Chris Johnson from the Center for Spiritual Living in Redding officiated for the service. Johnson gave an account of Marx’s life and service.

He read a poem that Mary Jane Marx asked him to read entitled “All is Well” by Henry Scott Holland.

After his talk, friends and family members shared experiences in remembrance of Marx. What emerged is a picture of a “loving giving lady.” She raised wolves and a skunk named Flower. She was a hard worker.

She had a great sense of humor.

A coworker at Cogen shared that at a gathering he had once stated that some women are capable of doing a man’s job and some aren’t.

Yoy McNee with twin daughters Holly and Ivy

“You’re right,” quipped Marx, ” and some men aren’t either.”

After the testimonies, Johnson closed by reading the 23rd Psalm. Lunch followed with a slide show of photographs from Marx’s life.

People came from as far away as Cottonwood, San Jose, and Monterey to attend. One family that came from Monterey was the McNee family.

Yoy McNee was raised by Marx’s mother, also named Mary Jane. Marx was like an older sister to her.

Gavin McNee and his dad Colin

Arriving in Burney for the memorial as the first snowflakes of the year fell, the McNee children were excited to experience snow for the first time.

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