The Wayland Lions Club met Feb. 18, at the Wayland Community Center with 15 members and guests attending. President Marianne Pattyson called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chad Hudson gave the Invocation and the meeting adjourned for another delicious meal.
When the business meeting resumed, Terry Kaufman gave the treasurer’s report and Secretary Gail Simmering reviewed the minutes of the January meeting. Gail presented the International Lions Directors Banner Patch for membership retention to the Wayland Lions Club.
Membership Chair and Leo Representative Brian Pattyson reviewed the outstanding WACO Leo Club dedication of the WACO Leo Banner on Feb. 6. The WACO Leo Club is sponsored by the Wayland, Crawfordsville and Olds Lions clubs. Over 70 Leos received recognition from WACO Leo adviser Carole Martins and were presented with a Service Award Certificate denoting their current hours of service to their communities. Now the largest LEO Club in Iowa, the WACO Leos have accounted for 705 hours of community service and are a part of the 150,000-plus Leos in the 6,100 Leo clubs located in 138 countries. It was also noted that there are over 46,000 Lions clubs internationally.
Under new business, the Wayland Lions approved donations to Camp Courageous, “Youth Exchange” Camp Hantessa at Boone, and the Wayland Youth Center.
Wayland Lions approved sponsorship of Wayland July 4 activities, providing activity insurance, and hosting the annual July 4 pancake breakfast.
Wayland Historical Museum director Larry Roth presented a preliminary proposal for Wayland historical sites preservation. The purpose is to identify buildings that may qualify as historical and meet the criteria of such a designation. At present there are no buildings in Wayland or Jefferson Township that have been identified as qualifying for this designation. Under study is a Wayland/Jefferson Township historical exercise in cooperation with the WACO Leo Club. Officials will explain the scope of the study for consideration at the April 15 Wayland Lions Club meeting.
Ron Marsh was inducted as a new member of the Wayland Lions Club sponsored by Membership Chairman Brian Pattyson. District Governor Fred Starks performed the ceremony and presented Ron with his Lions pin and Certificate of Membership.
Stark presented Brian Pattyson with the International President’s Achievement Award in recognition of his membership activities.
Pattyson reminded the members of the upcoming District Convention to be held in Washington, on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29.
The business meeting adjourned and the special guest speaker Stark was re-introduced and spoke enthusiastically about the sponsorship by the Wayland, Crawfordsville and Olds Lions of the WACO Leo Club. He noted the District Convention in March, and the goals and activities of the event. Being a "professor of Iowa History," Fred noted many interesting facts, especially, those that make Wayland such a special place to live.
Wayland Lions Club features an interesting speaker at each of the meetings covering a variety of subjects. The March 18, meeting will feature Dustin Roth, DVM, from Keokuk County Veterinary Clinic. (Dustin is a WACO graduate and area native.) If you are interested in attending this meeting, please call Membership Chair Brian Pattyson at 319-256-4346. The monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Wayland Community Center (at City Hall) starting at 6:30 p.m. with a delicious catered meal.
The Olds Lions Club held their annual Sweetheart dinner meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11. “Sweethearts” Sally Anderson, Carole Lauger, Emily Kann and Joanne Roth were presented with a Valentine card and a single rose in a bud vase from their “sweethearts.” Other special guests included Isabella and Ella Kann.
Dinner was catered and included ham, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry and lettuce salad, and black forest cake.
Looking ahead, District Governor Fred Stark and his wife, Nan, will be special guests at the March 11 meeting.
Olds Lions will again be working at area restaurants for tips. A “tip night” in Mount Pleasant has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, and in Washington on June 9. Money raised from these events will support programs such as Iowa Lions Eye Bank, Iowa KidSight (the program that tests preschool children for possible eye deficiencies), Iowa School for the Deaf, Iowa Lions Hearing Aid Bank (including Cochlear implants), Iowa Department for the Blind, Leader Dogs, and a variety of camps such as Camp Courageous, as well as WACP After Prom. The club appreciates the community support at these fundraisers and hopes the support will continue.
Persons interested in becoming members of the Olds Lions Club are welcome to attend any regular meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at the Olds United Church of Christ. Meetings are held September through May. You may contact any Lion member for more information. Lion Scott Meth is serving as president of the Olds Lions for 2013-14, and may be contacted at 319-931-5483 or at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.