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
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.
What 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.
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!
Outside 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. Which 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.