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:

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!!!

Lions Tales, January/February, 2018

President’s Message

Fellow Lions,

As I near the end of my time as your president, I must admit, I am humbled by your support and dedication to our club. Our membership has faced many challenges this past year from a declining roster to moving venues and everything that came with that move. I want to thank everyone who helped to make that transition as smooth as possible.  A big thank you to Lions Tobey and Sue for all your work, even while you were supposed to be relaxing on vacation! Lion Denise, this club is in excellent hands with your coming leadership. My presidency was only made possible because of the outstanding leadership that so many of you display. For that, I am grateful.

I want to take a minute to discuss membership. It is a painful thing. Every club ever created seems to be dealing with membership woes. What will work to recruit? Who should we recruit? How shall we get the word out? When is the right time to approach new members? Where can we find them? These questions have many answers. I want you all to remember that by simply sharing your passion for service and Lions, people will listen. The right time is now, the right place is where ever we are. The right person is whoever you are talking to. My years as a development director have taught me that the worst someone can say is NO! Share your stories with friends and family. Share a service project with someone at a work meeting. Tell your children and grandchildren how many people have benefitted from our clubs philanthropy and community projects. Don’t give up Lions. We are a part of the largest service organization in the world!! We are awesome! So let our community hear us ROAR!

It has been an honor to serve my club. Until 2020 when I can serve again as your president, I anxiously await Lion Denise and Lion Dale’s terms. I have no doubt that you will guide them to be wonderful leaders.

Your Fort Collins Lions Club president,
Melody Bettenhausen

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Valentine Party

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Lions Speech Contest “What Social Issue Presents the Greatest Challenge to Future of the USA?”


Lion President Melody Bettenhausen, Jackson Littlewood (3rd), Bernard Lacey, (1st), Xutao Ho (2nd) and Lion Irene Toliver, Speech Contest Chair.
Lion President Melody Bettenhausen, Jackson Littlewood (3rd), Bernard Lacey, (1st), Xutao Ho (2nd) and Lion Irene Toliver, Speech Contest Chair.

The three Poudre School District speech contest participants presented their views on the topic of this year’s speech contest topic. Our club winner, Bernard Lacey, advanced to the District 6NE Convention where he placed third. District speech contest participants in order of placing and monetary awards received:

1st–Andrew Littlefield, New Raymer Prairie Lions Club, $300
2nd–Quinton Draegert, Brush Lions Club, $250
3rd–Bernard Lacey, Fort Collins Lions Club, $200
4th–Ashwini Strestha, Gill Lions Club, $150
5th–Michelle Morgan, Longmont Columbine Lions Club, $100
6th–Sudikshya Bhatt, Longmont Himalayan Lions Club, $100
7th–Jadin Schiers, Fort Lupton Lions Club, $100
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Melvin Jones Fellows Recipients

The fellowship, which was created in 1973, takes its name from the founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI), Melvin Jones. It is an honor – not an award. The fellowship was established as LCIF’s highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service. $1000 has been donated to LCIF in each recipient’s name.


Laney Monak received a Melvin Jones Fellowship.
Laney Monak received a Melvin Jones Fellowship.
Lion Wayne presented Missy Ackerson with a Melvin Jones
Lion Wayne presented Missy Ackerson with a Melvin Jones
Lion Denny Moyer received a Centennial Pin for her work with the club.
Lion Denny Moyer received a Centennial Pin for her work with the club.

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New member, Rachel Metzgar is inducted into the club. Ray Tjalkens is Rachel’s sponsor.
New member, Rachel Metzgar is inducted into the club. Ray Tjalkens is Rachel’s sponsor.

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Lions attend the District 6NE Convention on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lions Alan Beatty, Melody Bettenhausen, Faye lockner, Denise Clynes, Ron Lockner, Carole Kitchell, Speech Contestant Bernard Lacey, Irene Toliver, Bob Kitchell, Tom Toliver
Lions Alan Beatty, Melody Bettenhausen, Faye lockner, Denise Clynes, Ron Lockner, Carole Kitchell,
Speech Contestant Bernard Lacey, Irene Toliver, Bob Kitchell, Tom Toliver

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It’s Pancake Breakfast Time!

Each year the Fort Collins Lions Club reaches out to the Fort Collins vicinity to assist many non-profit agencies and organizations in their fund raising activities with our Pancake Breakfasts. Working with Bill Funke, as a co-coordinator for the Breakfast, we have the following groups scheduled for the next coming months:

May 5 – Lopez Elementary School – Special Needs Playground Project
June 2 – O’Dea Elementary – Children’s Triathlon
August 25 – Poudre Library District – Fort Collins Comic Con

We will be looking to schedule breakfasts in July and September, will let you all know the dates.

Please sign up for helping at these events. All setups for the breakfast start at 7:00 a.m.!

The Pancake Breakfasts are a great way to say “WE SERVE.”

Thank you,
Lion Dale Edwards

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Lions Tales, November-December, 2017

President’s Message

Happy Holidays Lions!

This the most wonderful time of year! And I know many of you feel the same way I do. It’s a blur of sugar, friends, family, and holiday cheer (and don’t forget the Christmas tunes). It really is my favorite time of year and I look forward to hearing about your plans and activities to celebrate. For me, this is a special time of year because we, as a society, open our hearts more at Christmas time. We stop the daily hustle and bustle long enough to count our own blessings. We take the time to consider our neighbors, our distant family members, our lifelong friends, and our community. If you ask me, this is the majority of what makes up Christmas magic – taking that time to spread cheer and goodwill toward our fellow humans. When you do that, anything is possible.

I am so proud of all the work that our Fort Collins club is doing to spread good will! From ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, to providing enough toys and home goods for 40+ boxes for Operation Christmas Shoeboxes, to sharing a toy at our annual Christmas party, as Lions, you know the importance of giving. Over the years, you Lions have taught me the meaning of giving in my community. Over the years, I will share with my own children what you all have taught me. The cycle will continue.

This holiday season, as we continue to spread joy and the message of Lions, may we all remember the mission of Lionism, “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.” Together, we Lions can change the world.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Lion President Melody Bettenhausen
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“The Future of Peace” was the theme of the 2017-18 Peace Poster Contest.

Fort Collins winners were Maize Docstater (center) – 1st Place, Emma Johnson – 2nd Place, and
Heather Bunn – 3rd Place.

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On Veterans Day, November 11, our Lions Club and Ensight shared an information booth at the annual Diabetes Update, held by UC Health in Fort Collins. There were almost 200 people in attendance to learn the latest information on living a healthy lifestyle with diabetes. Our club provided a $500 grant to help support the event. The funds were used to provide cookbooks and other educational materials for gift baskets and Medical ID bracelets for newly diagnosed diabetics. Lions Judy Coker-Blaa and Wayne Crownhart, along with Ensight’s Lynda McCullough staffed the table and handed out literature for both our organizations. Our club has supported the Diabetes Update for several years.
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Veteran’s Day Celebration at the Senior Center

The annual Golden K Kiwanis Veteran’s Day Breakfast held at the Senior Center was on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 7-10 am. The food was delicious, the service prompt, decorations were colorful and the program was interesting. CSU students posted the colors at 8 am. Music was provided by Lion Kathy Connolly and her band. They played songs from all branches of service, several country patriotic songs, and then a variety of country, jazz and rock. This is Lion Kathy Connolly’s second year performing at the event.

Lion Kathy Connolly and her band performed
Lion Carrie Graves and her granddaughter having fun
Lion Carrie’s granddaughter

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Once again Lions helped the Salvation Army by ringing bells at the Magnolia Street Walmart on Saturday, December 2. The weather was fantastic and people were generous. We had to try to stuff the money into the kettles by the end of the day! A special thanks goes to Lion Neal Hopkins for organizing the event.


Bell ringers included Lions Wayne Crownhart, Carrie Graves, Lauren Hopkins, Neal Hopkins, Carole Kitchell, Bob Kitchell, Ray Tjalkens, Nancy Walther, and Susan and Tobey Yadon.

Bob Kitchell
Nancy Walther
Sue Yadon
Neal Hopkins and Tobey Yadon

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2017 Christmas Party – December 11, 2017 – Midtown Arts Center

Funke Trio
Funke Trio


Toys and food donations for the Salvation Army
Melvin Jones winner John Owen, Progressive Melvin Jones winners, Melody Bettenhausen, Ray Tjalkens, and Irene Toliver, presented by Lion Tom Toliver




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President’s Message
Hello Lions!

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.

Lion President Melody Bettenhausen
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Saturday, December 2
Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army at Walmart on Magnolia.
See Lion Neal Hopkins to sign up for a time slot.

Monday, December 11
Lions Club Christmas Party at Midtown Arts Center.
5:30 pm – Social Time followed by dinner and a program
Bring toys to donate to the Salvation Army
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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.

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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.

Lion Wayne Crownhart
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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.

“We Serve”
Lion Dale Edwards

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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.

Lion Sue Yadon
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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.

The Fort Collins Police K-9 Unit (handlers & dogs) presented a demonstration for us and answered questions about what they do on the force at our October 26th meeting.
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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.

Denise’s speech:

“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.

Good luck!”
Content information/quotes comes from:

Denise Clynes, First Vice President
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Halloween Bingo

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!