Greetings Fellow Lions of Fort Collins,
Here we are starting a brand new year. In 2020, it will be FC Lions 100th birthday! We have been very busy getting the word out about Fort Collins Lions. We have also been receiving some good feedback and some promising words on some prospective “will-be members.” However, it takes more than just a few of us to get us up to our goal of 65 new members for this year. All 58 of us need to help out.
One good way to help is through our upcoming super fantastic “Meet & Greet.” Thanks to Tail-twister Lion John for organizing! The Meet & Greet will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd, from 4:30-6 pm at Famous Dave’s BBQ (2880 E. Harmony Rd – Front Range Village). Invite somebody! We are fun group, share us! This is a No Host event, so you do not have to drink or eat there. But come join in the fun and bring a non-Lion friend.
We also had a great start of the year with BINGO! There were close to 100 customers on New Year’s Night and gave away a tablet and gift cards, followed Friday by (I have been told) one of the best, if not the best session ever. There were 160 players and we sold approximately 10 extra games. It was WILD!! Thanks to Harold and his crew!
Lots of other good things are happening too…KidSight, Adult Vision, Eyeglass Collection, donations and grants fulfillment and ALL the things we do that shows, “we serve.”
Lion Prez Denise
Peace Poster Contest
Thank You Veterans
Speaking of peace, in November, we had the opportunity to honor the veterans of the Lions Club at one of luncheons. We thank these veterans for their service to our country.
Veterans shown below: Ray Tjalkens, Vic Meline, Bob McLean, John Owen, Dale Edwards, Dan Fahrlander, Doug Hutchinson, Lee Brown, Bob Brenner, Warren Mauk
Not pictured: Lemoyne Anderson, William Funke, Harold Hartman, Robert Kitchell, Adam Taghavi, Robert Wideman, Darell Zimbelman
Flashbacks to October
A few items didn’t quite make it into the last newsletter, but we sure don’t want to forget about them. Enjoy!
Halloween Bingo Costume Contest
Operation Christmas Child
Once again this year, Susan Yadon and her team, Tobey, Laney, and Ed, organized a collection of shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. In line with the Lions Club mission, this project has global reach – the boxes are distributed world-wide to children in need. This year, the previous record of 42 boxes was surpassed, with 50 boxes donated. Thanks to all who organized, donated, and helped assemble the shoeboxes!
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army
On Saturday, December 8, our Lions
Club rang bells for the Salvation Army at the Magnolia Street Walmart. Lions
Carole and Bob Kitchell, Nancy Walther, Rusty Holsten, Tobey and Susan Yadon,
and Neal and Lauren Hopkins manned the kettles from 9 am to 5 pm, collecting
$666.65! Some interesting observations from the bell ringers this year included
one gentleman saying he had no money, then opening his wallet and putting a $20
bill into the kettle. Another man and his wife stopped at both kettles to make
donations and told the ringers that he has been ringing bells in Arkansas for
over 10 years and he can’t ever pass a kettle without donating. One
well-dressed man was spotted picking up a coin off the ground in the parking
lot and heading to the kettle. Instead of dropping in the coin, he said he just
found a lucky penny and put $5.00 in instead. There was another family who
apologized for only having a few coins to drop in the kettle. When they were
told it isn’t the size of the donation, but the thoughtfulness of giving
that counted, they smiled and blessed the bell ringer for
donating their time.
Our club has been ringing bells for the Salvation Army for more than 30 years. It is always a rewarding experience. The generosity of our community is alive and well in Fort Collins!
Kids Sight News
The Lions Club made the Coloradoan this month for our work with the KidSight program. Way to go Fort Collins Lions!
“Thumbs Up to the Fort Collins Lions Club for their sponsorship of KidSight, an annual community service program that performs cost-free vision screening test on young children in the Fort Collins area. Approved by school principals, 3,046 students were screened last year by Carole Kitchell and other Fort Collins Lions Club members; 12% were referred to an eye care professional for further evaluation.”
And the KidSight program’s reach doesn’t stop there. The connections made as part of the Lions’ participation in the program paves the way for further opportunities to serve. Here is just one example: On October 31, a teacher from one of the schools we do the KidSight screenings at contacted us to see if we could help a 6th grade student who had broken his glasses. The family could not afford to replace them. A few phone calls later, Carole Kitchell was able to provide a voucher for eyeglasses. The teacher contacted us later to say that the boy had gotten his new eyeglasses at Walmart and he was all smiles. She sent a big thank you to all of the Lions for what we do.
Lions Club Christmas Party 2018
Everyone had a lovely time at the Lions Club Christmas Dinner, back at the Fort Collins Country Club this year. A great big thank you to Lion Neal and his committee for a stellar evening! Committee members were: Lion Tobey Yadon, Lion Victor Meline, Lion Rozella Friedrich, Lion Rusty Holsten and Lauren Hopkins. There were about 55 people in attendance, including District Governor Lion Carol Lambert and Lion Cary Lambert, as well as past District Governor Dave Mendenhall and his wife Sharon. The musical entertainment was provided by the Centennial Children’s Chorus, a special treat. And several Lions received awards for their service this year. Awards included:
- Melvin Jones Award: Lions Dale Edwards, Carole Kitchell, and Faye Lockner
- Humanitarian Award: Lions Bob Kitchell, and Ron Lockner
- Anne Sullivan Award: Lions Carole Kitchell, Faye Lockner, Ray Tjalkens, and Jan Kuhnen
- International President Award: Past District Governor Lion Dave Mendenhall
- FC Lions President Award: New Lions Dan Butterfield and Rachel Metzgar
- Yearly Door Prize: Lion Harold Hartman