The Wayland Lions Club held its November meeting on Tuesday, the 19th, at the Wayland Community Center. President Marianne Pattyson led the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Pusey gave the Invocation and the meeting adjourned for the delicious dinner prepared by Alice Hochstetler.
During the business meeting, a thank-you note was read from District Gov. Fred Stark complimenting the club on their dinner and program for the 55th Anniversary Celebration.
Wayland Fire Safety Training Officer Keith Hildebrand made a request for funds to be used to purchase a TV with a DVD player for the volunteers of the Wayland Fire Department. The club approved the request and issued a check for that purpose.
Last month, Jay Meyer tested 18 children with the Lions KidSight camera, with the assistance of Lions Russ Yoder, Stan Meyer and Royce Roth. This year, three children were referred to their doctors for follow up based on the KidSight tests. New laws make it mandatory for children to have their eyes checked before entering kindergarten. The Lions Clubs furnish this service at no cost.
Stan Meyer announced that the annual fruit sale will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Fruit will also be available on Saturday, Dec. 7, between 8 a.m. and noon. Apples, oranges, and grapefruit will be sold. The sale this year will be assisted with help from some members from the WACO Leo Club.
Tim Egli outlined the Christmas entertainment for the Dec. 17 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. Mike Ernst will supply the entertainment as John Adams from his famous “America, Did You Know?” program.
Dec. 5 is International Leo Day. WACO Leos are students from 12 to 18 years of age who are vital to a healthy community by contributing services that residents need. The service might be cleaning up an area that needs environmental care, assisting the elderly or raising money for a beneficial project.
The Wayland Lions Club had looked forward to hearing Mark Janecek speak on the WACO Leo Club he started in 2001. Mark graciously accepted the invitation to speak to the Wayland, Olds and Crawfordsville Lions Club representatives. He stressed the need to keep the WACO Leo Club the viable organization it is in developing future adults through their civic-minded projects. Assisting Mark was WACO art teacher and Leo Program Administrator Carole Martins, whose efforts have more than doubled the membership in the WACO Leo Club this year. The WACO Leo Club was represented by its president, Paige Holmes. The presentation by these three Leo Club representatives was, in a word, “Electric!”
The WACO Leo Club requested and received a donation from the Wayland, Crawfordsville and Olds Lions Clubs for their first Leo Club banner to be displayed at WACO High School. Brian Pattyson presented a 10-year patch to Carole Martins to be displayed on their new banner.
Iowa Lions officers DeEtta Rasmussen, who oversees the District Leo Clubs, and Nancy Slack, Iowa Lion trustee, were also present at the meeting to give evidence of the strong support the Iowa Lions give their Leos. All in attendance came away confident that the WACO Leo Club was and always will be a welcome and integral member of their communities.