Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, an informative celebration entertained 55 people comprised of invited guests, Iowa Lion Foundation officers and members of the Wayland Lions Club.
Their many local contributions and endeavors, through teamwork, were cited to help fund projects like the Wayland Central Park play equipment. Other commitments the Wayland Lions have made in the last year included: Parkview Nursing Home, hearing aid recycling, Wayland Fourth of July activities, annual Easter Egg Hunt, Camp Courageous, WACO After-Prom, Iowa Leader Dogs for the Blind, Iowa KidSight, Iowa Lions Eye Bank, WACO LEO Club, diabetes awareness, hearing aid bank, Camp Hertko Hollow, eyeglass recycling, Iowa Lions Youth Exchange, Lions Foundation, Insight Partnership group, LEO Scholarship Foundation, and Unlimited Hours of Dedicated Service.
The participants were honored to have distinguished guest speakers, Dave Stoufer, past international director of Lions Clubs and Rachel Nicola, past district governor. Dave and Rachel recounted their many travels in America, Canada and around the world visiting many countries as ambassadors of Lions Clubs and their generosity to their fellow man.
• In 1925 Helen Keller (both blind and deaf) was trained in sign language by Anne Sullivan. She spoke to the Lions Clubs International Convention at Cedar Point, Ohio and asked them to be “Knights of the Blind against Darkness!” Helen’s request resulted in the Lions adopting sight- and hearing-related projects as their main emphasis which continues today.
• Because of Iowa Lions KidSight Program, administered without charge, Dave witnessed a little boy who was able to show his mother what he had drawn because of his improved sight.
• In a tiny building in Sri Lanka, where most aged are blind due to cataracts, Rachel witnessed cataract removal to restore sight because of Lions contributions.
• 2008 saw a major flooding catastrophe in Iowa. Oakville and Columbus Junction were hit particularly hard, losing their community centers, which were rebuilt with part of an LCIF $500,000 Grant. In addition, the grant was used to build a Habitat for Humanity House in Tipton.
• LCIF targets many areas concerning sight, hearing, disaster relief, measles eradication (partnering with the Bill Gates Foundation) and many other Humanitarian Projects.
• Lions Clubs International uses all of the contributions for their Humanitarian Projects; every dime goes to funding; nothing to administration as is done with many other non-profits.
Stoufer said “Lions bust their tails to raise money and give it all away!”
All in attendance came away with an admiration for Lions Club and their motto “We Serve” as witnessed by Dave and Rachel’s experiences, contribution and commitment as Lions to their fellow man throughout the world.
The Wayland Lions hope all of the attendees of their 55th Anniversary Dinner, those reading this article, and all of their friends, relatives and acquaintances will consider and act upon joining a Lions Club. Those interested can contact Brian Pattyson, Wayland Lions Club membership chairman at 319-256-4346 or any of the Lions who sponsored them for this special event.
Hector and Lily Urbano from Bogato, Columbia, were house guests at the Eldora Boshart home from Friday, Oct. 18 to Monday, Oct. 21. They were supper guests at the Mark and Linda Boshart home on Saturday evening. Sunday evening they were guests at the Randy and Jan Shelman home.
Hector was the foreign exchange student at the Don Boshart home for the school year 1973-74.