The Wayland Lions Club met Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Wayland Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Marianne Pattyson. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the invocation was given by Roger Roth, before a wonderful meal prepared by Alice Hochstetler.
The meeting was called back to order at 7 p.m. Minutes and the treasurer's report were approved. Tim Egli was nominated by Randy Fehr to be President for the 2014-15 term, which was seconded by Larry Meyer and the motion carried.
President Marianne Pattyson called on Larry Meyer, who was awarded a 35-year Chevron from Lions Clubs International for the many years he has served his community as a Lion. When asked what made Larry proud to be a Lion he answered, "Community service and giving back to the community for the opportunity it provides for its residents. Lions provide many services for eye care, such as recycled glasses and the KidSight Program, which can find previously undetected eye problems in grade school children using a sophisticated camera."
When asked what his the many years of being a Lion have given him, he said, "I guess it would have to be all the good memories through various service activities and charitable fund0raising, like the annual July 4 pancake breakfast."
Pattyson announced that on June 1 there will be a celebration of appreciation for the new playground equipment at the Wayland Community Center. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. in recognition of donation of labor and funds by people and organizations like the Wayland Lions Club.
Members discussed the annual Mississippi Valley blood drive which will be held on June 12. The Wayland Lions assist each year, scheduling appointments, monitoring attendance and offering juice and cookies to the many donors. Lion Stan Meyer is chairman for the annual Mississippi Blood Drive.
Membership Chairman Brian Pattyson announced that Paige Holmes will be awarded with a certificate for being WACO Leo President. The award is in recognition of her excellent managing of the WACO Leos' activities along with her officers, Leo Adviser Carole Martins and the WACO Leo members. This prestigious award is from Barry Palmer, Lions Clubs International president.
Brian Pattyson informed the members about the State Lions Convention to be held at the Cedar Rapids Marriott, June 5-8. He explained where the members could find an application for the convention, and encouraged the members to attend.
Secretary Gail Simmering introduced Lions District Youth Exchange Program chair J.R. Williams, who was the guest speaker. J.R. explained that youth from other countries would come to Iowa for one month in July and stay with host families. One full week from July 12 to 19 is spent at camp near Boone. The host family is responsible for transportation from and to the airport. They are also responsible for getting the visiting exchange students to and from camp. Any other activities are planned by the host family with the intent of making the student feel welcome and part of the family unit. At the last night of the camp the host families are invited to come to celebrate with homemade ice cream, cookies and talent show put on by the campers.
There are several boys age 16 to 18 who still need host families for this year. Wayland Lion Larry Graber's family were a host family a few years ago and Larry said it was a very good experience. Many host families stay in touch with their exchange students and visit their student's country.
If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact J.R. Williams at 319-367-5885 or e-mail him at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.