Mid-Winter Leadership Conference 2016 Celebrated by Lions of Iowa!
You didn't want to miss it!! And around 200 Lions didn't!!
From the Friday night entertainment, the speakers, trainings and seminars the 2016 Mid- Winter Leadership Conference was exactly what it advertised it would be.
Friday night the attendees enjoyed great music and comedy. Another high bar set for convention entertainment!
Saturday morning kicked off with Brian McCallister. Brian is a cornea transplant recipient and his story is as inspiring as it is informative. His address culminated with a big "Thank You" to the Lions of Iowa. Lions were spell bound at the luncheon as they were transported back to 1925 when Helen Keller took the stage to reaffirm her challenge to be "Knights of the Blind". The weekend was capped off by the International Banquet on Saturday evening as First VP Corlew addressed the members. He encouraged us to continue what we are doing and he is excited to begin his year as International President next summer.
Don't forget to mark your calendar! Iowa Lions State Convention, June 3-4, 2016 in Cedar Rapids!
President's Leadership Awards
A group of Lions were recently honored at the 2016 Mid- Winter Leadership Conference. Receiving the Presidents Leadership Medals were: State ALERT Chair. Lions Larry Olk of Sheffield, 9NE GLT Coordinator PDG Stephen Becker of Waterloo, 9NW Foundation Trustee Lion Leon Muhlbauer of Carroll and 9NE Foundation Trustee PDG Jack Schlesselman. We congratulate these Lions and Thanks them for all they do for the Lions of Iowa!
Pictured, Left to Right: Lions International First Vice President Chancellor Bob Corlew, Lion Larry Olk, PDG Stephen Becker, Lion Leon Muhlbauer and PDG Jack Schlesselman.
Joint Project Yields Great Success
Lion Dennis Dilley
December 14, 2015
The Waverly and Janesville Lions Clubs completed their first joint project on December 5th, at the home of Vickie Herman of Janesville. After suffering an accident, she needed a handicap ramp while she recovered from her injuries. Lion Richard Aubrey, Waverly Lions ramp designer, contacted the Janesville Lions to see if they were interested in the project. After a positive response from their members the project moved forward. With the Waverly Lions providing the ramp and construction plans and the Janesville Lions providing the building material, the lumber was donated by Kay Park Recreation, and manpower the project was quickly completed. Janesville Lions President, Gene Robinson, was impressed with how well this worked and is looking forward to more joint projects with the Waverly Lions to benefit both communities.
In the photo: Lion Richard Aubrey, Waverly Lions and Project Designer, goes over plans with Janesville Lions, Gene Robinson, Larry Scribner and Bob Barr
Des Moines Parks Community Lions Club Serve Thousands
PCC Don Maynes
December 14, 2015
The Des Moines Parks Community Lions Club carried on a longstanding tradition this Thanksgiving. The majority of the board of the Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Inc. is made up of Lions members and every year this group sponsors Thanksgiving dinner for thousands of people. Estimates put the number served at 3,077 meals delivered, 600 carried out and 197 in house. Dinners are served from Chuck's Restaurant in Des Moines. This year the group prepared 1,300 pounds of turkey and 1,100 pounds of ham. They also provided all the trimmings including pie. This all isn't done without the 250 volunteers. Even the police officer directing traffic pitched in and delivered some meals after her shift.
Pictured are some of the volunteers loading up a vehicle to deliver meals.
Janesville Lions Induct New Members
Tim Wilson/ Dennis Dilley
On Monday, November 23rd, the Janesville Lions Club inducted 5 of their 6 new members. The new members received their new Lions vests and were enthusiastically welcomed into the club. It just takes someone to ask a person to join and the Janesville Lions are doing just that!
Pictured in the back row: Lions Brian Schmidt, Sponsor, Chris Robinson, Corey Smith and Larry Scribner, Sponsor.
Front row: Lions Sharon Barr, Robert Barr, Kelly Smith and Angie Scribner, Sponsor.
Lions Welcome Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada as President
Tim Wilson from Lions Clubs International
August 6, 2015
"Be kind. Be open. Be curious. Be strong. Be generous. Be sincere. Be loyal. Be honest.... Be a LION!"
This a quote from Lions International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada as he took over as the leader of our Association at the International Convention in Honolulu.
IP Dr. Yamada's theme and logo features an origami crane. More specifically, a demoiselle crane. This is the smallest in all the crane family. During the summer they live in Mongolia but as winter approaches they migrate to India. This journey takes them over the Himalayas where the temperatures drop to minus thirty degrees Celsius and the oxygen is a third less than normal.
As they migrate they depend on the cooperation and harmony of every member of the flock. While each bird is small, every bird has great dignity. In Japan the crane is a symbol of long life. An origami crane is given to loved ones suffering from illness to wish them a quick recovery and long life. IP Dr. Yamada encourages all Lions to use the example of the crane to foster international peace and harmony while bringing dignity to millions of people around the world.
South Des Moines Lions Club Beautifies Blank Park Zoo
Tim Wilson/Lion Clarence Mattson
October 21, 2015
The South Des Moines Lions Club recently spent a crisp Iowa morning dedicating a new bike rack and a Tree of Life at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.
The bike rack was made possible by the support of three South Des Moines Hy-Vee stores and a memorial gift from Edward and Violet Gorman. In presenting the bike racks the club thanked the zoo for, "all the love and joy you have given our community for so many years."
There will be a plaque affixed to the racks recognizing the Lions efforts.
The Tree of Life was dedicated to the Robert Evans family. Robert's family donated his eyes to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank so someone else could see and feel his love for life. The club will plant an Oak tree in the hopes that as it grows it be beautiful and give shade when needed. Robert's life will live on and give beauty to the Blank Park Zoo.
Pictured in the photo: Front row (L to R) Lions Pat Garsh, Helen Gilver, Norman Gilver and Linda Mattson. Back row (L to R) Lion Jim Patch, VDG Bill Shutters, Lion Gene Garsh, Lion Clarence Mattson, Hy-Vee Manager Brock Wolfe, Lion Roger Kerndt and Kevin Drees, Director of Animal Care and Conservation of the Blank Park Zoo.
Beep Baseball World Series is Coming Back to Iowa!
March 17, 2015
That's right! The Beep Baseball World Series is coming back to Iowa in 2016! The Iowa Lions Foundation in partnership with the Ames CVB and Iowa State University will once again be hosting this great event, July 24-30, 2016!
Beep Baseball is the adaptive version of the traditional game of baseball for the blind and visually impaired. The 2016 World Series of Beep Baseball will include teams from around the United States and the World. The NBBA World Series, an annual tradition since 1976, is the most important event of the Beep Baseball season. July 2016 will be the second time the World Series has come to Iowa. The Lions of Iowa hosted the tournament for the first time in 2012.
You are probably asking, "How can I help or get involved?". Here's how. This event is underwritten by corporate and individual donations. There are different levels of sponsorship ranging from $2500-$10,000. Or you can make an individual donation or Lions Club donation. There is also the "Adopt a Beep Ball" program. With a $100 donation you can purchase one of the special beep balls to be used during the tournament. And after the event you can have the option of having the ball returned to you or donated to the Iowa Reapers Beep Baseball team.
We wouldn't be able to run this tournament without many volunteers. To volunteer you just fill out a volunteer application and show up and have fun!
If you are interested in donating or volunteering contact our Iowa Lions State Office, 2300 S Duff Ave., Ames, IA 50010. Call us at 515-232-2215 or email at email@example.com.
Keep checking back to our website for more exciting news as we get closer to July 2016!
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. Hope to see you at an Iowa Lions function soon!!