Olds Lions met for their regular meeting Tuesday, May 14, at the Olds United Church of Christ. A potluck dinner was enjoyed with a main entrée provided by Lion Gary Lauger.
Special guests attending were past District Governor O’Kemm Dixon and her husband, Donald. She spoke on the programs within the Iowa Lions Foundation focusing on cochlear implants, advocating their impact as a recipient of the device.
Also present was Lion Junior Williams, the Youth Exchange chairperson, from the New London Club.Williams was present to raise awareness of the Lions Youth exchange program that occurs in July each year. Youth from foreign countries come to the United States and are hosted in private homes during their stay in the United States. The program is an exchange program which means U.S. youths go to foreign countries as well. In this program, the exchange is for only one month, and one week of that time the exchange students are at a camp. This year the Lions Youth Exchange program is looking to place 27 youths between the ages of 16 and 18 from some 15 different countries. Host families need not be Lions. If interested in hosting one or more of these students during July contact Williams at <email@example.com>.
President Lion Ruth Meth opened the business meeting that included on the agenda recruitment of new members, Iowa Eye Bank tissue run reports, Tip Night, a fundraiser of homemade ice cream sales in the Washington Central Park on Thursday June 6, between the Farmers Market and the Washington Band concert (6:30 to 8 p.m.).
Old business included President Wayne Madden’s Club Excellence Award application, a report on the Mt. Pleasant Lions Charter Banquet, and planning for a field trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City to take place in June 11. Aluminum pull tabs and cleaning supplies will be delivered to the House. Dinner out will follow the tour.
During the meeting Meth made three presentations. Two were to Lion Scott Meth and Lion Gary Anderson from the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in Iowa City. Meth presented them each an envelope that contained a patch and a letter of appreciation for their volunteer work as transporters of eye tissue for the bank. A special presentation was made to Lion Harry McGuire recognizing his 35 years as a continuing member of the Olds Lions Club. McGuire has the distinction of being the only remaining charter member of the club.
Meetings will be suspended during July and August, resuming again on Sept. 10, with a picnic in the city park with the public invited. Persons interested in becoming Lions are welcome to attend regular meetings any time during the year or may contact any Lions member for more information. Lion Scott Meth will assume the chair July 1. His contact number is 319-931-5483 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Wayland Lions Club held their May meeting on Tuesday, May 22, at the Wayland Community Center.
President Jay Meyer called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Royce Roth offered the Invocation. A delicious meal was enjoyed by 12 members and two guests.
The treasurer's report and secretary's minutes were given by Terry Kaufman and Carol Shumaker respectively and approved. Membership Chairman Brian Pattyson announced the final approved plans for the Oct. 15, sponsor/new member meeting. Past International Director Dave Stoufer and former LCIF Coordinator Rachel Nicola will be the featured speakers for the October meeting.
New officers starting with the July meeting will be as follows: Marianne Pattyson, president; Randy Fehr, first vice president; Royce Roth, second vice president; Tim Egli, third vice president; Terry Kaufman, treasurer; and Gail Simmering, secretary.
The Wayland Lions Club will sponsor two blood drives this year, the first on Thursday, June 13, and the second in August (date to be determined) held at the Wayland Community Center from 1 to 7 p.m. Appointments are encouraged to properly coordinate times with available personnel.
The Wayland Lions Club-sponsored July 4 pancake breakfast will be held at the Wayland Community Center from 6:30 to 9 a.m. A portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to the Insight Partnership Group for disability technical training and development.
9SE District Governor DeEtta Rasmussen praised the Lions for the work they do locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. Some of these activities include Camp Courageous, Camp Hertko Hollow and Leader Dogs for the Blind, to mention a few. DeEtta also encouraged the Lions to participate in the Reading Awareness programs to help those challenged with reading skills through volunteering, classroom reading, purchasing books, etc.
District Governor DeEtta Rasmussen awarded Carol Shumaker with a 15-year Lions certificate and Terry Kaufman with a 10-year Lions certificate. In addition, she welcomed Gail Simmering as a new Wayland Lion and presented her with a Lions membership pin and certificate of membership.
Guest speaker CEO Insight Partnership Group, Todd Meyer, explained the challenges and services of the group for Henry County special needs citizens. He reported on one such disabled adult, wheelchair bound and unable to speak since birth, now can communicate with a mini iPad attached to the wheelchair. The Wayland Lions Club approved an iPad and wireless router to be used by the Insight Group to facilitate training, understanding and work skills for the group’s members. Todd also led a discussion regarding the WACO 4+1 school programs and other recent developments regarding some basic skills lacking in some current programs.
The Wayland Lions Club will meet again at 6:30 p.m. at the Wayland Community Center on June 18. Those interested in attending can call Membership Chairman Brian Pattyson at 256-4346.
A Memorial Day service was held in the central park in Wayland at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27. Clayton Reitz served as squad leader. Craig Rodgers (son of the late Donald J. Rich) read the Memorial Prayer. Melanie Imhoff Draper played taps. Members of the Honor Squad were Bill Grimm, David Rodgers, Ross Davison, Andrew Finke, Jim Stauffer, Don Davison and Terry Farmer. Joan Rodgers and Jessica Rodgers placed poppies on the name plates at the Memorial Marker.