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Additional Christmas Party Photos

Bob and Carole Kitchell
Bill Brenner and Rozella Friedrich
Bill and Lola Funke
Neal and Lauren Hopkins
Sharon and Dave Mendenhall – Past district governor
Ron and Faye Lockner
Rachel and Dylan Metzgar
Michael and Nancy Walther
Melody Bettenhausen and Zach, and Denny and Dan Moyer
Mark Provencher
Judi and Dan Butterfield
Jan Kuhnen and Wayne Crownhart
Jack Freshwaters and Rita
Bill and Lola Funke
District Governor Carol Lambert and husband, Cary
Denny and Dan Moyer

Lions Tales Nov/Dec 2018

President’s Message

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 Strong,

Lion Prez Denise

Peace Poster Contest


Congratulations to Hailey, Adyson and Kayla, finalists in the International 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!


A big RAWR for new Lion Dan Butterfield, who we welcomed in October.
Look for him to appear again later in our newsletter!

Halloween Bingo Costume Contest

Contestants in the Costume Contest

Lions Dale Edwards, Laney Monak, Jack Freshwaters, and Sue Yadon
Contest Winner

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!

50 Shoeboxes packed!
Lions double as Christmas Elves to pack shoeboxes of goodies!

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!

Nancy Walther rings in holiday cheer in her red antlers
Susan Yadon and the Salvation Army Captain.
Carol Kitchell takes her turn ringing the bell!

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.

Here’s what it looks like in action! Carol Kitchell screens a child’s eyes with a specialized camera that checks for signs of abnormalities in the eyes.

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
Ron Lockner and Bob Kitchell receive the Humanitarian Award, presented by Carol Lambert and Denise Clynes.
Dave Mendenhall receives the International President Award presented by Irene Toliver and Carol Lambert
Lions Dan Butterfield & Rachel Metzgar receive FC Lions President Award, presented by Carol Lambert & Denise Clynes.
Jan Kuhnen & Lions Faye Lockner, Carol Kitchell & Ray Tjalkens receive the Anne Sullivan Award presented by Denise Clynes & Carol Lambert
Centennial Children’s Chorus
Diane and Dale Edwards
Alan Beatty and Darlene Sanderson
Rusty Holsten and Edna Chavez
Vic and Arvilla Meline
Sue and Tobey Yadon
Thank you!
Lion Neal for organizing the Dinner

Thank You! Lion Ray for taking photos of the evening

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 www.coloradolionscamp.org.

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 http://www.zontafcevent.com/

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!

Lions Tales, July/August, 2018

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Lion Tamer Fun

Lion Tamer John McLaurin has been keeping the club on its toes with fun challenges to keep our members on their toes at our meetings! July 19, 2018 was HAT DAY at Lions Club and members without hats were fined! Lions Tales article divider

August 30 was Mustache Day!

Most of our members had to resort to fake mustaches, but we do have a few that can sport the real thing! Those without their mustache faced a fine!
Nancy Walthers and Harold Hartman
Nancy Walthers and Harold Hartman

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NEW MEMBER

New member, Mike Walther, was inducted into the club in early July. His sponsor is Nancy Walther.
New member, Mike Walther, was inducted into the club in early July. His sponsor is Nancy Walther.

Recycle your old plaques and Lions Items !!!

Do you have ANYTHING “Lion” that you are just not using anymore (shirts, hats) and you want to recycle it?  How about old plaques and trophies? That’s right, take all those items that are lying in the closet or in a drawer and bring them to one of our meetings. We will recycle hats and shirts to our members and plaques and trophies to O’Dea and/or Lopez Elementary. The elementary schools will use the “base” of the plaque and then will only need to purchase their engraved parts to save them money. If you are bringing in a plaque, take your “award” engraved part off and keep that. It’s a win-win! Lions Tales article divider
Are you having transportation problems to the weekly luncheons?  Let us know and we will see if we can arrange some rides for you. Please contact President Denise.
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AUGUST 26, 2018 Lions Club Picnic

We want to give a great BIG lion ROAR of “well done” to Chair Lion Rusty! Nicely done! Thanks also to Lions Irene, Dale, Edna, Bob, Carole, Nancy, Sue and Tobey, for assisting with the setting up, cleanup, and games. Some members tested their skills at the corn hole game while others enjoyed visiting together at Edora Park. After our delicious BBQ and potluck dinner we played Bingo and had cash prizes!! It’s great to be a Lion! Lions Tales article divider

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Saturday, August 25, was one of our “famous” pancake breakfasts to support the Poudre Library District, at the Fort Collins Comic Con.”  We want to give a big thanks to Lion Dale and Ray for setting this event up and thanks to our “pancake team”: Lions John, Bob, Nancy, Laney, Melody, Faye, Denise, Susan and “In Training Lions” Ed and Mike! We also had help from our Lion cubs, Sophia and Zach. These folks LOVE our pancakes! These folks LOVE our pancakes!Lions Tales article divider Halloween Eye Ball 2018 What: The Halloween Eye Ball is a Halloween-themed event where costumes and spooky fun are encouraged! When: Friday, October 26, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. MT. Where: Agave Room in Fort Collins located at 149 W. Mountain Ave. (Above the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant) Ticket Price: $50, which goes to Ensight Skills’ services and programs For the past five years, more than 500 people have attended this exciting event in northern Colorado. Also, in the past four years, Ensight experienced an average 15-percent increase in clients who receive direct services from Ensight! Every dollar allows Ensight’s team of low-vision professionals to provide education and training specific to low vision and the community. Consider getting friends together and attending the event! Lions Tales article divider Fort Collins Lions,
Savanah Overturf was able to attend camp with a scholarship from our club
Savanah Overturf was able to attend camp with a scholarship from our club
Thank you for supporting the Colorado Lions Camp! This summer we served over 318 campers with varying disabilities from age 8 to senior adult. Our camp program is the highlight in these camper’s lives. To many, this is their Christmas, their birthday, and even their vacation, all rolled into one. A large number of our campers that attend camp only receive $73.00 a month to cover their basic living expenses and many of them use a portion of those funds to attend camp.  Over 80% of our campers require some form of financial assistance to attend camp, and with our hard working Lions like your club, they are able to attend one of our residential camp programs. Thank you again for supporting the Colorado Lions Camp!    
This was Savanah’s third time at camp and she loves going!
This was Savanah’s third time at camp and she loves going!
Colorado Lions Camp Staff Jodi, Michelle, Kurt & Mary Colorado Lions Camp Lions Tales article divider NOVEMBER 15 will be our “Shoebox” day at club.  Our goal is to fill 48 or MORE shoeboxes to be donated to Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child.  We have 42 of the pre-printed boxes that were donated to us from another group. We will also have some shoeboxes that have been covered with Christmas wrapping paper which are a little larger to fill to make 48. We have had good response so far on items needed to fill the shoeboxes.  We have split the boxes into the following age groups: Girls 2-4 years old – 7 boxes              Boys 2-4 years old – 7 boxes Girls 5-9 years old – 9 boxes              Boys 5-9 years old – 9 boxes Girls 10-14 years old – 8 boxes          Boys 10-14 years old – 8 boxes If you would like to donate items, and let us know what you are planning to purchase so we don’t end up with too many of one item and not enough of the others! Lion Sue Yadon – 217-7552 or Lion Laney Monak – 215-9999 We do NOT need any more: Markers – 36 COMPLETE Crayons – 36 COMPLETE Scissors – 36 COMPLETE Erasers – 36 COMPLETE Glue Sticks – 36 COMPLETE Ballpoint Pens – 36 COMPLETE Soap – 48 COMPLETE Toothbrushes – COMPLETE We still need: Wash cloths – 22 Combs – 18 for boys Hair brushes – 22 for girls Water bottles – 38 (Walmart has for about $1.00) STILL NEED WOW ITEMS – All age groups Assortment of these items to fill 48 boxes:   It would be great to have a few of these items for each box. WOW items include Toys: small soccer ball with pump, toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), doll (baby, Barbie, etc.) toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), musical instruments, puzzles Clothing:  Shoes, flip-flops, t-shirts, underwear, hats, mittens/gloves School Supplies: notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, small backpacks Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
President’s Message

What a great few months the Fort Collins Lions have had. Operation Newbies is off to a fine start!! We have already installed five new members since March, but we can’t rest on our laurels. It’s up to every member of the “FC Pride” to grow our membership; so invite that neighbor, invite that friend, invite that business colleague, to one of our meetings, to one of our Meet & Greets, to a pancake breakfast, to Bingo, or any of our activities. They won’t know how much fun it is to be a Fort Collins Lion unless we show them.

The Meet &Greets (thanks Lion John) have gone well and thanks to the members who are bringing prospective members! We had a great Fort Collins Chamber Reception in July! It was well attended and thanks to Lions Dale, Melody and Rachel (and our two Lion Cubs in training), news of the good work we do has gotten out to quite a few Fort Collins residents and businesses! Our pancake breakfasts this summer have helped many members of the Fort Collins community, as well. A BIG thanks to Lions Dale and Ray for organizing and to all our breakfast crew members!!

Bingo is still charging full steam ahead!! Under the leadership of Lion Harold, our foundation is able to fund our service to others! Faye and her team continue to help the adults with vision testing … nice! Lion Carole has been busy scheduling for KidSight and she and her hard working team start hitting the schools this month. The CSU club cannot seem to keep itself running. Lions Bob and Dave (thanks guys for all your time and efforts) have given it a very good ‘ole college try. They get things going, but the students graduate and go on to other things and can’t keep it going.

As announced, Lions now has another major project to help with…diabetes. We accepted Helen Keller’s challenge to help the blind and now, we also are going to help with combating diabetes. Sunday, September 30th, Lions need help at the first District 6NE Lions “Sneaker Stroll” against this terrible disease. So put on your sneakers, stroll out to Brush, and help with the walk on the 30th!!

I can’t believe it is September already. Christmas is just around the corner. A lot will be happening, so don’t miss a minute of the fun and work as “we serve!” And we cannot forget the work and time Lion Susan does for our newsletter.

Thanks to all the hard workers of the FC Pride!   Lion Strong, Lion Prez Denise

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Lion Tamer Fun

Lion Tamer John McLaurin has been keeping the club on its toes with fun challenges to keep our members on their toes at our meetings! July 19, 2018 was HAT DAY at Lions Club and members without hats were fined! Lions Tales article divider

August 30 was Mustache Day!

Most of our members had to resort to fake mustaches, but we do have a few that can sport the real thing! Those without their mustache faced a fine!
Nancy Walthers and Harold Hartman
Nancy Walthers and Harold Hartman

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NEW MEMBER

New member, Mike Walther, was inducted into the club in early July. His sponsor is Nancy Walther.
New member, Mike Walther, was inducted into the club in early July. His sponsor is Nancy Walther.

Recycle your old plaques and Lions Items !!!

Do you have ANYTHING “Lion” that you are just not using anymore (shirts, hats) and you want to recycle it?  How about old plaques and trophies? That’s right, take all those items that are lying in the closet or in a drawer and bring them to one of our meetings. We will recycle hats and shirts to our members and plaques and trophies to O’Dea and/or Lopez Elementary. The elementary schools will use the “base” of the plaque and then will only need to purchase their engraved parts to save them money. If you are bringing in a plaque, take your “award” engraved part off and keep that. It’s a win-win! Lions Tales article divider
Are you having transportation problems to the weekly luncheons?  Let us know and we will see if we can arrange some rides for you. Please contact President Denise.
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AUGUST 26, 2018 Lions Club Picnic

We want to give a great BIG lion ROAR of “well done” to Chair Lion Rusty! Nicely done! Thanks also to Lions Irene, Dale, Edna, Bob, Carole, Nancy, Sue and Tobey, for assisting with the setting up, cleanup, and games. Some members tested their skills at the corn hole game while others enjoyed visiting together at Edora Park. After our delicious BBQ and potluck dinner we played Bingo and had cash prizes!! It’s great to be a Lion! Lions Tales article divider

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Saturday, August 25, was one of our “famous” pancake breakfasts to support the Poudre Library District, at the Fort Collins Comic Con.”  We want to give a big thanks to Lion Dale and Ray for setting this event up and thanks to our “pancake team”: Lions John, Bob, Nancy, Laney, Melody, Faye, Denise, Susan and “In Training Lions” Ed and Mike! We also had help from our Lion cubs, Sophia and Zach. These folks LOVE our pancakes! These folks LOVE our pancakes!Lions Tales article divider Halloween Eye Ball 2018 What: The Halloween Eye Ball is a Halloween-themed event where costumes and spooky fun are encouraged! When: Friday, October 26, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. MT. Where: Agave Room in Fort Collins located at 149 W. Mountain Ave. (Above the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant) Ticket Price: $50, which goes to Ensight Skills’ services and programs For the past five years, more than 500 people have attended this exciting event in northern Colorado. Also, in the past four years, Ensight experienced an average 15-percent increase in clients who receive direct services from Ensight! Every dollar allows Ensight’s team of low-vision professionals to provide education and training specific to low vision and the community. Consider getting friends together and attending the event! Lions Tales article divider Fort Collins Lions,
Savanah Overturf was able to attend camp with a scholarship from our club
Savanah Overturf was able to attend camp with a scholarship from our club
Thank you for supporting the Colorado Lions Camp! This summer we served over 318 campers with varying disabilities from age 8 to senior adult. Our camp program is the highlight in these camper’s lives. To many, this is their Christmas, their birthday, and even their vacation, all rolled into one. A large number of our campers that attend camp only receive $73.00 a month to cover their basic living expenses and many of them use a portion of those funds to attend camp.  Over 80% of our campers require some form of financial assistance to attend camp, and with our hard working Lions like your club, they are able to attend one of our residential camp programs. Thank you again for supporting the Colorado Lions Camp!    
This was Savanah’s third time at camp and she loves going!
This was Savanah’s third time at camp and she loves going!
Colorado Lions Camp Staff Jodi, Michelle, Kurt & Mary Colorado Lions Camp Lions Tales article divider NOVEMBER 15 will be our “Shoebox” day at club.  Our goal is to fill 48 or MORE shoeboxes to be donated to Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child.  We have 42 of the pre-printed boxes that were donated to us from another group. We will also have some shoeboxes that have been covered with Christmas wrapping paper which are a little larger to fill to make 48. We have had good response so far on items needed to fill the shoeboxes.  We have split the boxes into the following age groups: Girls 2-4 years old – 7 boxes              Boys 2-4 years old – 7 boxes Girls 5-9 years old – 9 boxes              Boys 5-9 years old – 9 boxes Girls 10-14 years old – 8 boxes          Boys 10-14 years old – 8 boxes If you would like to donate items, and let us know what you are planning to purchase so we don’t end up with too many of one item and not enough of the others! Lion Sue Yadon – 217-7552 or Lion Laney Monak – 215-9999 We do NOT need any more: Markers – 36 COMPLETE Crayons – 36 COMPLETE Scissors – 36 COMPLETE Erasers – 36 COMPLETE Glue Sticks – 36 COMPLETE Ballpoint Pens – 36 COMPLETE Soap – 48 COMPLETE Toothbrushes – COMPLETE We still need: Wash cloths – 22 Combs – 18 for boys Hair brushes – 22 for girls Water bottles – 38 (Walmart has for about $1.00) STILL NEED WOW ITEMS – All age groups Assortment of these items to fill 48 boxes:   It would be great to have a few of these items for each box. WOW items include Toys: small soccer ball with pump, toys (puppets, trucks, etc.), doll (baby, Barbie, etc.) toy cars, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), musical instruments, puzzles Clothing:  Shoes, flip-flops, t-shirts, underwear, hats, mittens/gloves School Supplies: notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, small backpacks Accessories: T-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.

Lions Tales, May/June, 2018

President’s Message

Hi Fellow Lions of Fort Collins,

Summer is here and there are a lot of activities that we are involved in.  Whether it’s working at our pancake breakfasts or getting involved in our picnic or another activity…we’ve got things for you to do.

As we start our new year it’s time to commit to at least one, hopefully two or three, committees within our club.

We ALL have a big job ahead of us this year.  We ALL need to help increase our membership.  The easiest way you can help…find a friend or an acquaintance that may be interested in becoming a Lion. Then let us know and we’ll get them to one of our luncheons.  Let’s get back to the years when we had 100+ members.

We hear you about getting back to weekly luncheons.  Hopefully, good news will be forthcoming!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our annual picnic!!  We had two sites to choose from and those present at the June 7th meeting, voted to have it at one of our city parks.

Remember, if you have a comment, suggestion or question, you can tell me personally or put it in our Suggestion Box at the luncheons.  The Suggestion Box is completely anonymous and all will be answered.

 

Lion Strong,
Lion Prez Denise

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2018-2019 Board of Directors

2018-2019 Board of Directors
2018-2019 Board of Directors

Lion Rusty received a Centennial Award
Lion Rusty received a Centennial Award

New Members

New Members, Darlene Sanderson and Chris Smith were inducted into the Club on May 17, 2018 by Lion Ron Lockner.  WELCOME!

Ron Lockner, Darlene Sanderson, Darlene’s sponsor, Alan Beatty, and Chris Smith
Ron Lockner, Darlene Sanderson, Darlene’s sponsor, Alan Beatty, and Chris Smith

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Project Smile

Houska Automotive is generously opening their garages for an evening of live music from the Blues DoGS, tasty bites, drinks, a silent auction, kids’ activities and more. This family-friendly event is FREE to attend, and donations will be accepted at the door. Plan to join us on
July 14th from 5:30 – 9:00 PM at Houska Automotive.

The funds raised at this event will be allocated to Project Smile & Vision, ChildSafe, Coats & Boots, and Super Hero Underwear. Each of these charities performs truly remarkable work to serve underprivileged or abused children in our community. 

The money raised for Project Smile & Vision will be used to further our work to:

Provide lifesaving dental and vision treatment to kids in need in the Poudre School District

Educate kids and their parents on the importance of dental and vision care

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Rockies Baseball Game – May 9, 2018

Eighteen Lions and friends attended the Rockies baseball game on May 9. Lion Dale Edwards even got to have a birthday cupcake! Everyone had a great time; think about joining us next year!
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History Corner, Lions Club History

In 1917, a Chicago insurance agent named Melvin Jones convinced his business luncheon club, the Business Circle of Chicago, that it should ally itself with other independent clubs to form a national organization that would be dedicated not only to networking for business and social purposes, but also to the improvement of the community as a whole. Among the groups invited was the Association of Lions Clubs, headquarted in Evansville, Indiana and led by Dr. W.P. Woods.  The Business Circle and other clubs agreed to rally under the Lions name, and a convention was called for October in Dallas, Texas. Thirty-six delegates representing 22 clubs from nine stated heeded the call, approved the “Lions Clubs” designation and elected Woods as the first president. Guiding force and founder Jones was named acting secretary; thus beginning an association with Lions that ended only with his death in 1961.

Community leaders soon began to organize clubs throughout the United States. The association became “international” with the formation of a club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1920. Clubs were later organized in Mexico, China, and Cuba. Today there are over 1.3 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic areas.  Our Fort Collins Lions Club was chartered May 8, 1920.

(Taken from Lions Club International Welcome booklet)

The Fort Collins Lions Foundation

The Fort Collins Lions Foundation, the Foundation, was incorporated on December 11, 1967. The Foundation is an IRS qualified nonprofit, charitable organization disbursing funds for sight, hearing, youth, diabetes, scholarships, Ensight Skills Center and other benevolent causes. Gifts, memorials and donations are tax deductible.

Our Foundation has over $450,000 in our permanent endowment fund. Only the investment income earned will be spent.

The Foundation is managed by a board of nine Trustees, elected to a three year term by the club membership. Each trustee may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The Board of Trustees meets the fourth Thursday of every other month beginning in January. All members of the Fort Collins Lions Club are members of the Fort Collins Lions Foundation and are welcome to attend the regular meetings of the board. A meeting of all the members of the Foundation is held annually in July of each year.

The minutes of each meeting are recorded by the Foundation Secretary and disbursed to all of the Trustees. These minutes are available to all members of the club upon request.

For further information or to share your ideas, you are welcome to contact any member of the Board of Trustees.

Lion Ron Lockner
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Lopez Elementary Lighthouse Leadership Team

The student Lighthouse Leadership Team from Lopez Elementary School (4th and 5th graders) we the speakers at our April 5 meeting. The team of Brady and Julliet presented a slide program on a project to build a handicap accessible area at their school. The program was in connection to the Pancake Breakfast fund raiser which was served by our club and held on May 5.

Lion Ray Tjalkens, Mike, and John McLaurin and his son, John, cooking for the Lopez pancake breakfast
Lion Ray Tjalkens, Mike, and John McLaurin and his son, John, cooking for the Lopez pancake breakfast

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Lion Adam Taghavi stopped in to visit our Bingo workers, while he was back from Maryland. He is pictured with Lions Irene Tolilver and Harold Hartman. We miss you, Adam!

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Bring your friends,
bring your children,
their children,
and their children.

Bring Prospective Members, Bring your Neighbors.

Thursday, August 16
Edora Park
1420 Stuart Street
5 pm to 7:30 pm

Our Lions Club has the best! Best Venue, Best Cooks, The most comradery.

There will be a sign-up sheet at club, or contact Lion Rusty for more information.
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Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

While it is only June, the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox project is just around the corner. We will fill boxes in November, but the back to school sales will be starting in July and August. We will order Operation Christmas Child cardboard boxes which measure 11.25 x 6 x 4.25. You may, however, wrap your own shoebox with Christmas paper, or use a plastic shoebox.

Last year we donated 48 boxes. This year we will be filling about 50 boxes and can use donations of school supplies, toiletries, and WOW items.  We will have a sign-up sheet in the coming months but these are some of the items needed for the boxes:

NEED:  Pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, ballpoint pens, crayons (boxes of 24), colored pencils, markers, glue sticks (NOT liquid glue), solar powered calculators, index cards, safety scissors (blunt), pencil cases, and small backpacks.  WOW items we include are stuffed animals, small toys, clothing, baseball caps, flashlights & batteries. We also include bars soap, hairbrushes or combs, washcloths, and toothbrushes.

Age categories are:
Girls 2-4, Girls 5-9, Girls 10-14
Boys 2-4, Boys 5-9, Boys 10-14

For more information about Operation Christmas Child, here is a link to their website: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/

If you have questions, please contact Lion Sue Yadon or Lion Warren Mauk.
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O’Dea Elementary Pancake Breakfast – Children’s Triathlon

On Saturday, June 2, our pancake crew was on duty at O’Dea Elementary School prepping and cooking pancakes, sausages, along with juice and coffee for the participants in their Children’s Triathlon and Family Fun Run. We served about 350 people! Way to go Lions!!!