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Timothy Wilson
LIONS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT JOE PRESTON INSPIRES AT IOWA LIONS MID-WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCELions International President, Joe Preston certainly did not disappoint those who braved the Iowa cold to attend the Iowa Lions Mid-Winter Leadership Conference. From his enthusiastic participation in the Friday night Murder Mystery, to his inspiring speech during the Saturday Luncheon, IP Joe's energetic attitude helped complete a very successful weekend. Attendees at the luncheon were treated to a Lions Chorus singing "Strengthen the Pride" written by IP Preston. He even exhibited his leadership by joining along in the singing! During his speech he encouraged all Iowa Lions to Strengthen the Pride and ROAR! Thanks to PDG Jerry Radke for the photo to the right.

Raffle to Benefit Iowa Lions Foundation

DG Bill Pollard
January 14, 2015
Raffle to Benefit Iowa Lions Foundation "When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." Helen Keller In A World of Service, We Lions transform lives! Dear Lions We Call On You To Join Forces! For many, we are frigidly freezing and wishing we were enjoying the warm Caribbean breeze! We have a wonderful opportunity to share your HEART with the one you love! You could win a free 5-night stay at the all-inclusive Couples Resorts ( in Jamaica! To enter go to, donate $25.00 per entry now thru February 9th (Note: "LIONS" in comments box). 100% of all donations will go to the Iowa Lions Foundation. A perfect Valentine's gift for your loved one! We need your support and ask that you share with your network to help the Iowa Lions Foundation! If you win, and before you confirm the certificate and unable to travel, you can gift this to a loved one! A wonderful gift idea for a family member! In addition, The Couples Resorts is also giving all Lions Members ONLY 10% off on hotel only rate! So if you are planning a vacation, and do not win, Lions members can receive this great discount by booking directly with the Couples Resort! For more information: PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR LIONS NETWORK

A message from the Camp Hertko Hollow Executive Director . . .

Jessica Thornton
January 26, 2015
A message from the Camp Hertko Hollow Executive Director . . .It's a busy time for Camp Hertko Hollow! We've wrapped up a very successful annual campaign, moved our office to the new Wellmark YMCA, and are now deep in planning for Family Weekend and Teen Retreat (April 24-26), as well as our summer sessions! We are also pleased to announce that we have changed the way that we price Camp Hertko Hollow for Summer, 2015 in a way that makes it better for parents. Our new pricing model strives to maximize our capacity while also keeping camp affordable for the majority of our families. While the true cost for one week of Camp Hertko Hollow continues to be approximately $1300, we are able to charge a much lower fee ($650 for week long camps/$325 for mini-camps) thanks to the generosity of the various donors that support camp. In addition, if a family cannot afford to pay the full fee then all we ask is that they pay what they can afford. A family's financial situation should never get in the way of their child benefitting from a Camp Hertko Hollow experience. Camp is also aware that diabetes affects the whole family, which is why we also welcome non-diabetic siblings (pending availability), to attend Camp Hertko Hollow and receive the same diabetes education that will prove valuable for the entire family. We are excited about this new way of pricing and hope that it will make it even easier for families to send their child to camp this summer. Thank you for being part of the Camp Hertko Hollow family! To get more information and this year's Camp dates visit Camp Hertko Hollow Pictured is Camp Founder, Dr. Ed Hertko and his wife Vicki.

Johnston Lions Club Celebrates 75 Years!

Lion Judy Anderson
January 14, 2015
Johnston Lions Club Celebrates 75 Years!On Monday, January 12, 2015 the Johnston Lions Club celebrated the Club's 70th Anniversary! This Club is the oldest service Club in Johnston and has a rich history of civic involvement. In the early days of it's existence in the Community, its members provided support and funding for street lighting and warning sirens before Johnston became a city in 1969. Lions provide assistance for the Johnston Schools, with volunteer hours, Dollars for Scholars Awards Banquet, teacher appreciation day, bleachers in the school gymnasium, flags, stadium press boxes, student scholarships, parking cars for football games and selling ads for the Football Programs. Ongoing projects are eye testing for kids, an Annual Book Sale on March 5, 6 & 7th this year which benefits the Library, and the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 2nd. The Club also sponsors the Johnston Farmers' Market, held at City Hall each Tuesday, May through October. For additional information, please contact Judy Anderson, Thank You, to the Johnston Lions Club for your hard work in Serving the Community and Iowa Lions!

Reception to Honor PID Judy Hankom

PDG Tim Wilson
December 15, 2014
Reception to Honor PID Judy HankomOn December 10th there was a reception to Honor PID Judy Hankom for her service to Lions on the International Board of Directors. PID Judy was elected to the International Board in 2012 at the International Convention in Seattle, WA. She served a two year term that ended in July of this year at the Convention in Toronto, Canada. Many fellow Lions came to Thank PID Judy and her Partner in Service, PDG Ron and were treated to a slide show that chronicled their adventures the two years she served. Congratulatory letters from other Iowa Lion PIDs were read and PDG Connie Inman, PCC Jerry Inman and PCC Roger Bublitz shared their thoughts on being a part of Judy's campaign. There was a large display of some of the items and awards that PID Judy collected over the last two years. Everything from handmade items to pictures and paintings. We Thank PID Judy and PDG Ron for representing Iowa Lions so well to the World! PICTURED: PID Judy and PDG Ron Hankom stand behind some of the items Judy collected from her travels as International Director.

Winfield Lions Club Serves Thanksgiving Dinner

Timothy Wilson
December 22, 2014
Winfield Lions Club Serves Thanksgiving DinnerThe Winfield Lions Club held their Sixth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner this past Thanksgiving. They served a total of 80 people. That number was down from their usual 100 or more due to the weather. All of the Club members do the cooking including the turkeys. A free will offering was taken with the monies to go toward the Winfield Cub Scouts, Winfield Lions Sight programs, Scholarships and more. The Club plans to continue this holiday tradition. PICTURED:Serving food is Club Secretary, Lion Renee' Quinn, and Lion Joy Sparrow.

Parks Community Lions Club Helps Carry on Thanksgiving Tradition

Timothy Wilson/ Don Maynes
December 22, 2014
Parks Community Lions Club Helps Carry on Thanksgiving TraditionThe newest Iowa Lions Club, the Parks Community Lions Club, helped carry on a Thanksgiving tradition this year. In 1983 a group of concerned citizen in the Des Moines Parks Areas decided to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to those that otherwise wouldn't have one. For all but the first three years the meal has been served out of Chuck's Restaurant in Des Moines. The restaurant was owned by a woman named Linda Bisignano. For years Linda spearheaded the dinner serving 100 people that first year to a record 3,700 last year. Unfortunately Linda passed away to cancer last year right before Thanksgiving. The group didn't want to see this project end. Enter Lions! A group of people from the Board of Directors of the Parks Community Group decided that forming a Lions Club and using the Thanksgiving Dinner as their main project would ensure the tradition would continue. Thus, the Parks Community Lions Club was born. With the help of current Council Chairman and Lions Paul and Linda Tullis the Club was Chartered at the end of June 2014. This year the many volunteers involved served 3,850 people. The bulk of the dinners are delivered and the rest are either carry out of dine in at Chuck's Restaurant. For a more detailed story please refer to the Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015 issue of the Iowa Lion Magazine. PICTURED:Parks Community Lions Club Charter President, Paul Tullis, taking phone orders.

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