Lions Tales, January/February/March 2017

President’s Message

Our Lion Tom Toliver has recently been struggling with new health issues. Please keep him and Irene in your thoughts and prayers.

Let me say thank you to our members who accepted leadership positions in our club and are standing for election this week. Not only club officers, but also to all that will serve on committees during our next Lion’s year.

As I am writing this, I am awaiting a message back from the head of Parks and Recreation for the City, with some clarification on how we may move forward with our assistance in reestablishing the train in City Park. He left me a message about 10 days ago, before leaving for vacation last week. In that message he indicated that he had spoken with city management about naming rights for the train and thought we would be quite pleased with what they were prepared to offer. He was circulating his proposal to his department heads for review and promised to get back with us this week.

Recently, I have been reminded that, although we have done many worthwhile projects and contributed to a wide range of charitable efforts, we have not done a single, large project since our Habitat House build 15 years ago. Not only should the City Park Train project be a great contribution to the City, as our Centennial Legacy Project, but it will be a large financial commitment we can all get behind, much like that house build.

At our last Club Board of Directors meeting the decision was made to move forward with the Cycle for Life Project. I had emailed this projects website information to all members, asking for their review of how this will work for our club. At this time, I would like everyone interested in helping with this to let me know, so a working committee can be formed before we proceed with this. Several members have expressed their interest, but more people need to get involved. If you have questions about how you can help, please ask me about the various needs. We will not go forward with this until we have a sufficient number of Lions willing to help.

Our Bingo fundraising continues to be very successful, but as Harold keeps reminding us, we struggle to have the necessary number of workers. Please consider adding your name to his list of regular volunteers–free training provided!

As a celebration of all we have accomplished together this year, Jan and I would like for you all to join us for a BBQ at our home, 4:00 Saturday afternoon, May 20. Spouses/families welcome. Mark your calendars now.

Proud to be your Centennial President—
Wayne Crownhart
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This year’s 9Health Fair is April 28th and April 29th.  It is at the Christ Community Center, 2700 Lemay, Fort Collins, from 7 a.m. to noon.  Please mark your calendars!

This year we are adding Miramont Lifestyle Fitness on the second floor.  They will be providing a Fitness Festival with ongoing activities.

Please go to www.9healthfair.org to sign up to volunteer.  It is important that EVERYONE sign up, if you can.  That is how Kathy can keep track of where we are on volunteer numbers.   This is a brand new website and it has a few glitches.  When you sign up, it does not let you do multiple days.  So, just sign up and we will sort the “one dayers” out later.

Thanks for all you do!  Without your many volunteer hours this project could not succeed!

Jan Kuhnen
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PROGRAM NEWS

Lorraine Perry recently spoke on Jacob Sheep; Conserving an Endangered Breed. She talked about Jacob Sheep and why she decided they were the right breed for her!

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LOOK!
50/50 DRAWING THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017
Instead of a drawing for prizes, one lucky winner will receive cold, real cash!!!! Tickets will still cost $1 each and you may buy as many as you want. Special deal…6 tickets for $5. However many tickets are sold, one lucky person will win half of the total $ collected. Example: We sell 50 tickets; the lucky winner will take home $25! The other half ($25) will go to the Club.
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Valentine’s Day Party

Master of Ceremonies for the Valentine’s Day luncheon at the Midtown Arts Center.
Master of Ceremonies for the Valentine’s Day luncheon at the Midtown Arts Center.
Lion Judy Coker-Blaa received a Melvin Jones Fellow Award from Lion President Wayne Crownhart.
Lion Judy Coker-Blaa received a Melvin Jones Fellow Award from Lion President Wayne Crownhart.

 

 

 

 

 

Lion Nancy Walther received a Melvin Jones Fellow Award.
Lion Nancy Walther received a Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship is named for Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs International. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.

Musical entertainment at the luncheon was provided by the Dixieland group from Glenn Shull’s New Horizon Band.
Musical entertainment at the luncheon was provided by the Dixieland group from Glenn Shull’s New Horizon Band.

 

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Speech Contest Winners

Lion Irene Toliver coordinated the annual speech contest. Pictured with Lion Irene are high school students, David Leo and Aiden Dykstal. The topic this year was “What Is Your Passion and How Will It Contribute to a Changing World?” Aiden was the first place winner and received $200 and he will go on to the District competition. David placed second and received $150.

Aiden Dijkstal and David Leo, with Lion Irene Toliver.
Aiden Dijkstal and David Leo, with Lion Irene Toliver.

 

 

 

 

 

Each District will have a different contest because of not having District Conventions this year. Our District contest will be held on April 22, 2017.

Each District winner will go on to the State convention which will be held at the Double Tree Hotel, Greenwood Village on May 20, 2017. The contest will be at 1:45 pm on May 20th.

The winner of this contest will receive a $500 cash award, second place will receive $400, third and fourth place will receive $250.
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Or it at least funds all of the activities in which our club is involved! Did you know our club runs TWO Bingo sessions every week? One of them is Tuesday night at 7:00 pm and the other is Friday morning at 11:30 am. We need more helpers to continue this fantastic fundraiser. Worker time commitments are about four hours per session, although it does vary. Please consider giving the gift of your time as part of your Lion’s service. We raise over $100,000 every year which funds all of our activities! No experience necessary – we will train you for any position!


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It’s Almost Pancake Breakfast Time!

 

 

 

Our first pancake breakfast of the season is coming up on Saturday, May 5. It will be to benefit the United Way of Larimer County.  Mark your calendars now and come out to help serve the community … and have some tasty cakes!
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Socks, socks, socks!!!

 

Following a recent presentation by the Murphy Center and Homeless Gear Fort Collins, Lion Carrie Graves spearheaded a drive to collect socks for the homeless.In one week, our club brought in several bags of socks with more to come which will be donated to Homeless Gear Fort Collins.   Thank you Lion Carrie for your efforts to serve our community and thank you, fellow Lions for your generosity!

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SAVE THE DATE
July 19, 2017 – Game starts at 1:10 PM
Rockies Baseball vs San Diego Padres
We will try to get the Salvation Army Bus or we will car pool to Denver. We will probably leave around 11:15 am.
Total price including ticket, transportation and parking will be $15!
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Environmental Committee

Spring is in the air and there will be lots of opportunities to help with the Environmental Committee coming up. Watch your email for events!
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New Lions Project   – First Class Scholars

The Fort Collins Coloradoan started a program in conjunction with the University of Northern Colorado offering scholarships to students who will be the first generation in their family to attend college. You can read more about it here: http://www.coloradoan.com/insider/events/2016/10/14/first-class-scholarship-fund/92051596/ .  During the first year, students will be receiving a little more than $2,000 from the Coloradoan and $1,085 from UNC (if they attend UNC) for their first year of college.

Our Fort Collins Lions Club recently voted to give each student a $1,000 Second-Year scholarship for their second year of college, regardless of where they choose to attend. To qualify for our Lions Club scholarship, the student must maintain a B average or better their first year and provide transcripts to the Coloradoan, as well as their class schedule for the fall semester of their second year of college.  Our portion of the funding will begin in the fall of 2018, so this will be an event for which we will plan and budget.  This is just another way in which our club serves the youth of our community!

 

 

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