Lions Tales, July/August, 2018

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, 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


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.

Regional Speech Contest | Devon Tivona Rocks the House!

Lions Club Speech Contest Winner Devon Tivona
Photo: Flash Alexander

The regional (or equivalent-level) speech contest was held at the Berthoud Lions Club Sunday, March 21, 2010. Devon Tivona bested a polished field of five gab gifted speech experts to take home top honors.

Devon was the winner of the Fort Collins Lions club speech contest on January 28th. We are proud to sponsor Devon and will be solidly behind him and he confidently goes forth into the next competition. Look for Devon to go the distance at the Lions District Convention on April 10th.

It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.
Vince Lombardi

Free Home Alarm System

by Tobey Yadon

Hi Fellow Lions,

keyFobWhat to take to bed with you – not a joke. Put your car keys beside your bed at night!

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator.

Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. You also might want to carry your car keys with you in case you fall outside. You can activate the car alarm and then people will know there’s a problem.

Lion’s PicNic Synopsis

by Bill Brenner and Flash Alexander

Time: 5:30 PM (unless you were late like Flash)
Place: City Park Shelter 7 (the best one of course)

Lions Jim Condon and Neal Hopkins arranged for picture perfect weather when they put together a great picnic, and along with their families grilled the best brats and burgers this side of the Poudre river. The club had to provide its own grill for a pile of food this large; the Shelter 7 grill would have collapsed under the weight of it all. With such good organization and so many other Lions and Lion’s family members pitching in, there was no shortage of buns, (lifetime supply courtesy of Herb Hoskins) condiments, side dishes and desserts!

Bolo TossOutside of eating and drinking, the only activities were bolo toss and the three legged race. Bolo toss* is a game one generally encounters in a senior trailer park or group camp out. It is nice to see the young get sucked in to the enjoyment it provides. Simply put, you toss a Bolo (piece of rope with a golf ball attached at both ends) toward a Ladder (usually made from PVC plastic pipes) with the hope that it will wrap around and cling to one of the individual rungs on the ladder. 3 Legged FlashWhich rung of the ladder your bolo clings to ultimately determine your score, or whether your toss simply “cancels out” your challenger’s. In contrast, the three legged race was run solo by Flash Alexander himself whereupon Lion’s president Bob Kitchell immediately disqualified him as he only used two of his three legs.

Notes: The skinny dip was canceled as the City Park pool was closed for cleaning following the dog swim held for two day prior.

*AKA Testicle Toss or Ladder Golf