Thank you to all the Lions members, especially officers, directors and committee leaders who worked so hard this year.
It has truly been a pleasure to be President of our Club this past year. Together, we have continued to do great service work in our community and have made significant contributions to many state and national Lions programs, as well as our Lions Clubs International Foundation. Our Bingo fundraising efforts reached amazing new heights this year. The dedication and hard work of our members should make each of us proud.
We continue the work of providing eyeglasses for the needy, KidSight and many core programs. This year we have chosen to provide a Legacy for our Club by working to bring back the train to City Park. We are developing a new program to provide cycles to the disabled through the Cycle for Life Project.
Sometime we don’t notice the “small” accomplishments of our members, such as improving and expanding our website, helping at our Pancakes for Non-Profits events, organizing our parties or picnics, and serving on committees or as officers for the club. All these efforts help make us the best Lions Club in the State of Colorado!
In March I reached 49 years as a member of this club and I’m continually grateful for the opportunities that membership has presented. Five years ago our Lions Tales editor asked many of the past presidents to write a recollection of their presidency. I just ran across those notes on my computer and thought it would be fun to share some of my observations from 1980-81.
At that time I looked back on the years closer to when I joined the Club. The year after I joined Lions, in 1969, the Club reached a peak membership of 129 (guess it’s been all downhill since I joined). In the early 70’s our sight budget was about $5000 and was our major budget item (with 100+ members). In a good year we might make about $4000 profit selling brooms and light bulbs. 1980 was the first year for 9Health Fairs in Colorado and we had 12 Lions help with the Fair. Our Salvation Army Bell Ringers raised $1700, which was the largest amount raised by any service club.
Even though our membership is much smaller (and possibly a bit older), today we can be extremely proud of how far we have come, how many more people we impact each year with our service, and how bright the future looks for Lions in Fort Collins.
2017 9Health Fair Recap
Congratulations to everyone on a terrific 38th year for the Fort Collins 9Health Fair! A special thanks to the Lions volunteers for staffing, supporting and believing in the importance of the Fair.
This year we served 1195 people – approximately 650 on Friday and 550 on Saturday. This was an increase of 15% over 2016! We offered 14 free medical screenings and 26 IEC’s. Of the free screenings completed (2698), including blood pressure, we had 30% abnormal readings. So one in every three people were advised they had some kind of a medical issue – before they got their blood work returned. That’s an importance beyond the traditional blood draw.
A special thanks to the Christ Center Community Church for the wonderful resource they have provided. Thank you again to everyone for their time, energy, support and caring about others!
9Health Fair Site Coordinator
I am still collecting Campbell’s labels for the camp, along with the metal pull tabs from cans. I just sent down a whole bag full of both items to the camp. Michelle at the camp is always most grateful. If you are having trouble getting the labels off cans without ripping them, dampen the label with water and take a knife right along where it is glued on to the can and it should just come off. You can give me the whole label and I will cut them to what Michelle requires to send in for the money. The company now sends out Visa cards for the amount collected. The camp then can buy what they need. They usually use it for craft supplies and sports equipment for the campers.
Remember this is your camp and this is an easy way to support it.
Putting together a newsletter is more difficult than you might think. Here are some examples of grammar and editing gone awry taken from church bulletins.
- Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
- At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.
- Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.
- And this one just about sums them all up:
The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday: ‘I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.
Thank you Lions Club for all the eye glass deliveries to Community Hearing Center. I met Ray in Loveland with 6 boxes of eye glasses for the Sterling prisoners to sort for mission work. Thanks to Estes Valley for recycling eye glasses!! The good work continues!
PS: the 6 boxes were cartons, the size that hold 5000 8-1/8 x 11 sheets. The little box Ray is holding in the picture was a quick grab from the full back seat of our car.
FCLC’s KidSight Program Goes to the “HEAD OF THE CLASS”
The 2016-17 KidSight vision screening program broke its previous record (2015-16) of students screened by over 550 students!! Our record-breaking performance totaled 3701 pupils. We are very proud of this new record and would like to thank the Club – especially the BINGO workers and Harold Hartman – for supporting this worthwhile program!
Working with “Project Smile,” we screened the students at Irish, Putnam, Laurel, Linton and Tavelli Elementary schools and added an additional school – Bauder Elementary; next year another elementary will be added to our schedule. Additionally, “your” team screened children at PSD’s Early Childhood program, church day cares, private schools and several “home” day cares.
Extra special thanks to Jack Freshwaters and Faye Lockner who were always ready to help! Come and join us next year and be a part of this wonderful program – you may have a role to play in changing a child’s life by discovering a vision problem the family never suspected!
We have hosted two pancake breakfasts so far this spring, Larimer County United Way and O’Dea Elementary. We want to thank all of the volunteers who helped to make these events a huge success. We served about 85 people at the United Way event, and about 250 at O’Dea Elementary. If you didn’t get a chance to help at these events, mark your calendars for June 3 and July 29. June 3 will benefit the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and be held at Bath Nursery. June 29 will benefit the Poudre Fire Authority education program.
Six Little Stories
shared by Ray Tjalkens
1. Once, all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH.
2. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That’s TRUST.
3. Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That’s HOPE.
4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s CONFIDENCE.
5. We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s LOVE.
6. On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence ‘I am not 82 years old; I am sweet 16 with 66 years of experience.’ That’s ATTITUDE.
Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories. When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini-vacation.
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.
Centennial Year Celebration Barbeque
We want to give a big thank you to Lion Wayne Crownhart and his wife, Jan, for hosting a party for all club members and guests on May 20. Members attending were treated to delicious barbequed ribs, salads, yummy cupcake, and great fellowship. Thank you Wayne and Jan!