Lions Tales Sept/Oct 2018

President’s Message

Greetings Fellow Lions of Fort Collins,

Well, we survived our first snow-fall…I can’t wait until the next one! Remember, I’m a native Californian! This year, one of our priorities is “Operation Newbies”! We have been busy up-ing our presence in our communities. There were our pancake breakfasts (thanks Lions Dale & Ray for organizing, and to all who helped);our presentation at the Fort Collins Chamber (thanks to Lions Dale, Melody & kiddos, and Rachel for attending); connecting with the Fort Collins Newcomers Club and the Fort Collins Senior Center (thanks to Lions Nancy and Judy’s connections); donating “Lions Gift Baskets” to various events; hosting Meet & Greets; advertising with popcorn bags and water bottles to the Fort Collins Senior Center; presenting to Poudre School District teachers; personal follow up with lunch guests and working with those to whom we provide pancakes to market our part in their events; just to name a few.

But, it is not just the job of a few of us to spread the word! Every one of us needs to step up and start “pushing FC Lions”! When was the last time you invited a friend or acquaintance to come join us for lunch? Let’s not forget inviting them to Bingo. How about a Meet & Greet? Invite people to join in the fun and help our communities. It doesn’t matter if they do not live in Fort Collins. They can live outside the city limits. Just ask some of our members – Faye and Ron, Denny, Laney, Rachel, Ray, Chris, and Darell.

We had a great time at the First Class Scholarship Luncheon a few weeks ago. We even met one of our “recipients”. Hopefully she will be at one of our upcoming lunches. Don’t forget our annual Peace Poster Contest. The first all club judging took place Thursday, November 1st and final judging will be Thursday, November 8th. And, of course, let’s not forget our Lion’s Christmas Party (thanks for planning Neal), Monday, December 10th at Fort Collins Country Club. Remember to bring that gift and a canned good!

To Lion Tom…farewell and thanks for all your wonderful and great volunteerism of 56+ years!


Lion Strong,

Lion Prez Denise

Senior Center Pancake Breakfast

A big thank you to all who participated in the pancake breakfast at the Fort Collins Senior Center. It was a huge success, raising over $2,000 toward their goal of buying a new sound system. What a great cause and a delicious feast!

Carole Kitchell, Denise Clynes, and Shari Thorson serving up breakfast.
Nancy Walther selling sausage and spreading the word about the Lions.

Colorado Lions Camp

Jodi Franke, director of the Colorado Lions Camp, stopped by our club meeting to talk about the great work the camp is doing in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The mission of the Colorado Lions Camp is to provide exceptional camping programs to individuals with special needs which promote independence, challenge their abilities and provide opportunity to discover his or her own potential in a safe, positive environment.

The camp has provided these programs since 1969 and they are still going strong. But they can’t do it without the help and generosity of folks like us, who believe in their work. To learn more or to see what is on their camp wish list, visit their website at

Patti Smith from the Zonta Club of Fort Collins shared information about the “Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins Historic Public Art” exhibit they are initiating. She shared Zonta’s mission, their club’s local impact and the mission of this women’s art exhibit.

The Zonta Club has a little in common with Lions, as they are a global organization working together through the efforts of local clubs.

“Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.”

Learn more at

Keeping an Eye on Things

Ray Tjalkens, chair of our Used Eyeglasses Program has dedicated many hours and a large chunk of his basement to the program. Along with fellow volunteers from the Fort Collins Lions Club, he collects glasses from over 50 locations around our community every year. They sort the glasses, separating out prescription glasses, readers, sunglasses – prescription and non-prescription, and frames. All the pairs that are usable get packaged up – almost 5,000 pairs of prescription glasses alone! These are then taken to the Sterling Correctional Facility, where trained inmates read and label the prescriptions. Later, they are distributed around the world to individuals in developing countries.

Thanks for all your hard work Ray!

Fun Hat and Tie Day

Dale Edwards in a flattering pink hat

Faye and Ron Lockner – is that how ties are worn nowadays?

Darlene Sanderson and Alan Beatty, with double points for hats AND ties!

Thomas LeRoy Toliver

January 6, 1932 – October 19, 2018

Thomas (Tom) LeRoy Toliver died Oct. 19, 2018, following a brief illness. The memorial service will be Sat. Nov. 24, at 1:00 PM, First Presbyterian Church, 531 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Rev. Corey Nelson will officiate.

Tom was born in Fort Collins Jan. 6, 1932, the youngest child of Roy and Morna Toliver, who owned Toliver’s Hardware, where Tom worked as a youth, and from 1972 until its closing in 1986.

Tom attended Fort Collins High School, where he played football and was the All State Quarterback of 1950. He then attended Colorado State University, where he met Irene L. Barnhill, whom he married in 1954.

Following graduation, Tom and Irene moved to Murtaugh, Idaho, where Tom taught science and coached football, track, and wrestling.

In the fall of 1960, Tom and Irene moved to Parma, Idaho, where Tom again taught and coached. He returned to CSU during the summers, where he obtained his Master of Education in 1965. In 1965, he became the principle of Parma High School, a position he held until he returned to Fort Collins and the family hardware store in 1972.

Tom first became involved in Lions Clubs International in 1962 in Parma and had been a member of the Fort Collins Lions’ Club since his return to the city in 1972. He held several offices in the organization, including Fort Collins Club President 1978-1979, Northern Colorado District Governor 1989-1990, State of Colorado Council Chairman 1990-1991, International Director 1994-1996, and the International Convention Chairman for the convention that was held in Denver in 2003.

He and Irene hosted several Lions International Youth Exchange students, from Japan, Australia, and France. He also received numerous awards in recognition of his service, including four Presidential Awards, the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor Lions Clubs International bestows on its members.

Tom served as an usher, greeter, and trustee at the churches of which he was a member, at the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community United Presbyterian Church in Parma, Idaho, and the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins. After the closure of Toliver’s Hardware, he worked at Allnutt Funeral Services, 1986-2006.

Tom is survived by his wife Irene, children Roy Toliver of Kent, WA, Cheryl Toliver of Fort Collins, Jennifer Hunt of Monument, CO, and Laura Anzman of Citrus Springs, FL; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and his sister Ruth Toliver of Fort Collins.

Contributions can be made to the Fort Collins Lions Foundation, 1740 S. College Ave., 80525; Pathways Hospice, 305 Carpenter Rd., 80525; and Lions Clubs International Foundation, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523.

We’ll miss you Lion Tom!