From time to time, mostly in times of natural disasters, I am reminded just how big Lions Club is throughout the world. It is always humbling and exciting to think that I am a part of something so impactful. Something that makes such a difference in the world. Did you know that there are 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world? All with the motto “We Serve.”
Locally, our club does an outstanding job serving. Our members work pancake breakfasts and help local organizations with events. Those who have had them know those are some darn good pancakes, too! We support our community nonprofits and initiatives with funding and volunteers. We put in hours upon hours working Bingo in Loveland so that our foundation and our club can continue to stay strong and support our community and members for many years to come. These are wonderful things. You should all be very proud of the work that we do!
I am using the word “we” very broadly. Truth be told, I could certainly help our club more. I could help more with recruiting members and I could help more at Bingo. We all know that the hard workers at Bingo are in desperate need of some help. A handful of members work most of the shifts.
I am making this pledge to you, my fellow Lions, and I hope you may consider taking this pledge, as well. I will pick up at least one shift for Bingo each month. I will bring one new person to club each month. This isn’t a lot, I know, but it’s my starting place. Join me in my pledge, and together we can SERVE to the best of our abilities.
Be well Lions and may peace be with you.
SAVE THE DATES
Saturday, December 2
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army at Walmart on Magnolia.
See Lion Neal Hopkins to sign up for a time slot.
Certificate of Appreciation
Lion Wayne Crownhart was recognized for his service as Foundation Trustee and past president. Thank you for your service to our club and foundation! President Melody Bettenhausen received a certificate and pin from LCIF in recognition of the growth in membership of our club during her term as president.
Diabetes Awareness Month
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the Diabetes Committee is again supporting the UC Health Diabetes Update program on Saturday, November 11. Ensight will also be there with us. Lions Clubs International encourages clubs to have special projects during this month and we are proud to be involved with UC Health for their great update program. Diabetes is one of the largest contributors to vision loss in adults.
We will have a table with Club membership and project information, such as the Lions Train at City Park.
Our club representatives will be meeting with City of Fort Collins Parks folks in November for an update on City Park redevelopment and better information on our Train component. We have printed small hand-outs which are available to assist with our fundraising, if any member knows of a store or business that would be willing to have a pad of these to be available for their customers.
It is also a great time to push membership and our other projects, such as the Lions Train at City Park. If any of you would like to join us at our table, please let Lions Judy, Carrie or me know.
Final Pancake Breakfast for 2017
On Sunday morning, September 10, the Fort Collins Lions Club had a successful pancake breakfast for the Walk with the Warriors/No Barriers program. The event attracted military veterans, friends and family of military veterans and future military members. A special program and 5K Walk was held to support the Veterans Community and in remembrance of lives lost on 9/11.
I want to thank Shari, Faye, Denise, Melody, Sue, Aida, Jack, Tobey and Mike for making the pancake breakfast successful.
This was the last hosted pancake breakfast for the year. The Lion’s Club hosted five pancake breakfasts in 2017 in support of community organizations. We have already received request to hold pancake breakfasts in 2018. All members can sign up to volunteer to support and take part in any of the pancake breakfasts!
A Special Thanks to Lion Ray for his work at the beginning of the year.
Lion Dale Edwards
Lions Club Exchange Program
Tobey and I hosted two exchange students this summer through the Lions Club International Camp program. Art, from Estonia, and Dominik from Germany, spent 2-1/2 weeks with us, then a week at the Lions Camp in Woodland Park. We were on the go most days with a camping trip at Jack’s Gulch, a day at Water World, seeing a Rockies baseball game, touring the Capitol in Denver, and a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Families in our area hosted 26 students and we planned many activities together so the students had an opportunity to interact not only with the host families, but with the other students in the program. It is a great opportunity to learn more about another culture while sharing ours. I would encourage you to consider hosting a student during the summer of 2018 – usually at the end of July into the first couple weeks of August. Lion Rachel Preece of the Windsor Lions is the coordinator for the program. Contact us if you want more information about being a host family.
We have had a great line-up of programs at our meetings and we would encourage you to invite guests to join us. They can enjoy lunch, the program, and learn more about what we do as Lions.
First Class Scholars
On October 14, Lions Denise Clynes, Dale Edwards, and Tobey Yadon attended a luncheon at UNC in Greeley honoring this year’s group of First Class Scholars. The students will be the first generation in their families to attend college. The 2017 First Class Scholarship program was judged by former Colorado State University football coach and representative for Public Service Credit Union Sonny Lubick, retired teacher Carol Ann Hixon, and retired teacher and Fort Collins Lions Club representative Judith Coker-Blaa. Our club has committed to donating $1000 to each of the students who earn a 3.0 GPA in their freshman year of college and are registered for their sophomore year. These students will begin their college path in the fall of 2018. First Vice-President Denise addressed the luncheon and we are happy to share her speech with you.
“The Fort Collins Lions is pleased to be here today and involved in and with the First Class Scholarship program. We congratulate all of the scholarship recipients!!
Fort Collins Lions is part of Lions International. Lions, with a membership of over 1.4 million members, is the largest service club in the world. We have 46,000 clubs throughout the world. In 1925, Helen Keller charged Lions to be Knights of the Blind all over the world.
Lions clubs, all over the world, are made up of local people who are service-minded men and women working to stregthen communities. Our motto…”we serve”. Lions raise money for worthy causes. One fact that we are very proud of is that all funds raised by Lions, from the general public, are used for the charitable purposes. Any administrative costs, are paid by Lion members, with the general funds remaining strictly separate. One example from Fort Collins Lions…we sponsor Bingo games twice a week. With part of those funds, last month we donated $5,000 to help with recovery efforts from hurricanes Harvey and Irma here in the U.S., along with other natural disasters throughout the world.
Our areas of service include: Diabetes, Environment, Hunger Relief, Pediatric Cancer and Child and Adult Vision. We’re changing lives and improving communities by engaging in service programs all over the world. We believe in engaging our youth as recipients and as partners. This is one of the first steps for them to become leaders in service to their community.
Fort Collins Lions interact with youths in numerous ways. Every year we test thousands of children (ages 3-16 years of age) free of charge, for 6 different vision problems, sponsor a nationwide speech contest for high school students. Last year’s topic was, “What Is Your Passion and How Will It Contribute to a Changing World?” an international Peace Poster Contest for junior high students, and provide pancake breakfasts for various school groups as achievement awards.
So as you can see, our energies and this scholarship program fits right into our commitment to today’s youth who are tomorrow’s adults. This is why we are proud to be part of First Class Scholarships. Fort Collins Lions is committed to help the students here today. We wish you the very best! Keep up your hard work, commitments and requirements and when there is a need as a college sophomore, there will be Lion.
Content information/quotes comes from: www.lionsclubs.org
Bingo was a bit spooky on October 31, our regular Tuesday night session! Our workers dressed up and had fun with our players who were treated to candy goody bags, cookies, and candy pretzels. If you haven’t worked at Bingo, you are missing the fun!