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

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!