Brian Pattyson reports for the Wayland Lions Club and their meeting held Tuesday, March 18, at the Wayland Community Center with 11 members and four guests present. President Marianne Pattyson called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lion Stan Meyer gave the Invocation and the meeting recessed to enjoy the delicious meal catered by Alice Hochstetler.
Lion Terry Kaufman gave the treasurer’s report. Membership Chairman Brian Pattyson read the minutes of the February meeting.
Brian Pattyson announced that the 9SE District Convention will be held in Washington March 28-29 at the new library on March 28 and Immanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday.
District Governor Fred Stark has allotted time at the District Convention for the Leo Clubs of the district to discuss their past projects and plans for the future. The WACO Leo Club, sponsored by Wayland, Crawfordsville and Olds Lions Clubs will be represented by WACO Leo Club President Paige Holmes, Vice President Kasey Sutton, Roman Keifer (highest number of volunteer hours), and Seth Pategas (perfect attendance).
Marianne Pattyson announced that she has invited Jefferson Township representative Steve Kaufman to attend the Wayland Lions April 15 meeting regarding the Iowa Historical Study of Wayland/Jefferson Township. Some members of the WACO Leo Club will attend due to their possible interest in assisting this project
A presentation of the Lions Chevron Award for Service (to be attached to his Lion Pin) was presented to Robert Meyer for 35 years of service to the Wayland Community. Bob acknowledged that people are very busy in today's world, but it is important to give back to the Wayland Community for all its residents have done to make it the quality city to live in today. Bob invites all residents to consider joining the Wayland Lions Club. The Lions motto is “WE SERVE!”
Marianne Pattyson discussed the 56-year history of the Wayland Lions Club and its beneficial effects on leadership training for past and present members as outlined by the charter members, such as the first president, Dr. Glen Widmer. The slate of officers for the new year will be presented at the April meeting.
Activities for April and needed volunteers were discussed: the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, and the Lions KidSight program conducted at the WACO Elementary School.
Brian Pattyson conducted the new member presentation ceremony for Aaron Barnhart who was sponsored by Russ Yoder. Aaron received his Lion pin and certificate and Russ was presented the sponsor certificate acknowledging his commitment to nominate qualified candidates to become Wayland Lions.
The meeting closed and Brian Pattyson introduced guest speaker Dustin Roth, DVM, a Wayland native and graduate of WACO High School and Iowa State University. Dustin has the Keokuk County Veterinary Clinic with two offices, one in Richland, and one in Sigourney.
Dustin gave a very interesting presentation regarding raising animals in a healthy atmosphere, necessary steps to assure proper care, and today's challenges to livestock; and the mystery surrounding the cause and eradication of PED. Discussion of various organizations and their positive or negative contributions to animal husbandry was enlightening. Roth led an informational discussion time regarding threats to livestock protein sources and its impact on America's population. In addition, he discussed the differences between “organic” and "hormone-free” meat and plant choices. Roth related how family physicians excel in the care of people, but veterinarians have a much more “diversified clientele"!