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Iowa Lions Mid-Winter Leadership Conference 2016

Iowa Lions Mid-Winter Leadership Conference 2016Join us for 2016 Iowa Lions Mid-Winter Leadership Conference to be held January 8-9, 2016 at the Holiday Inn, Des Moines Airport. The International Guest for the event will be First International Vice President, Chancellor Bob Corlew. Come listen to the person who inspired Lions to become "Knights of the Blind", Helen Keller, at the Friday Luncheon. She'll be there to inspire us once again as we approach the Lions Centennial. Don't miss it!! There will be some great entertainment on Friday evening. The RBJ Trio, a local band that covers 50s, 60s, 70s and Country music, will start the entertainment at 6:30 PM and Sonya White, a professional comedian from Chicago, will close the evening. Come meet First VP Corlew and have fun while enjoying the fellowship of great Iowa Lions! Saturday will be filled with some very informative seminars as well as an inspiring story from cornea recipient, Brian McCallister. The weekend will be capped off by the International Banquet on Saturday evening as First VP Corlew will address our members. Please check the tentative schedule here on this website under the Conventions tab. Don't wait to send in your registration! "Click here" to download the registration form and get it sent in right away!! Come to Des Moines and celebrate Lionism!!!

Janesville Lions Induct New Members

Tim Wilson/ Dennis Dilley
Janesville Lions Induct New MembersOn 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
Lions Welcome Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada as President"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

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. Great Job!!!

Beep Baseball World Series is Coming Back to Iowa!

Tim Wilson
March 17, 2015
Beep Baseball World Series is Coming Back to Iowa!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 Keep checking back to our website for more exciting news as we get closer to July 2016!

Another Successful Lions Booth at the Iowa State Fair!

Another Successful Lions Booth at the Iowa State Fair!

Tim Wilson
August 26, 2015
The 2015 Iowa State Fair wrapped up on Sunday, August 23rd and so did the Lions Clubs of Iowa booth. The booth in the Varied Industries building was pretty busy this year. With some great weather to fuel record attendance again, there were people from all over stopping to talk about Lions or having their children's eyes screened. There were a few changes to the booth this year. The Iowa Kidsight screenings were conducted on the other side of the space from past years. This change was made because of the concern that the light from the doors next to the booth were affecting the photos. On the Lions' side we were giving out rubber bracelets with "Lions Clubs of Iowa" printed on them. Overall, the booth worked very well and was very successful. The Iowa Lions collected around 80 names of potential members and Iowa Kidsight screened a little over 1000 children. Thanks to all that helped make it a success! We look forward to another great time at the Iowa State Fair next year! Come Join Us! Pictured in the photo is CC Bill Polard (seated) and 9MC VDG Bill Shutters manning the booth on the last day.

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