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2015 Iowa Lions Foundation Gala is February 28!

Tim Wilson/ Phil Larabee
February 13, 2015
2015 Iowa Lions Foundation Gala is February 28!Have you purchased your tickets yet! The 2015 Iowa Lions Foundation Gala is just around the corner! This year's Gala is going to be another exciting event! The featured speaker this year is retired New York City Fireman, Lt. Joe Torrillo. His story is an amazing tale. He not only was at The World Trade Center on 9/11, he survived being buried not only in one tower but both of them. He is going to share his story and the events of 9/11/2001 and speak about Patriotism and inspiring everyone to do better than the day before. One thing of note is that after watching the Iowa Lions Foundation "Dream" video Lt. Joe and his wife were so excited and amazed at what the Iowa Lions Foundation does that he is waiving his usual speaking fee for the event. And of course there will be great food and auction items to bid on! Come join us on February 28th at the Double Tree by Hilton in Cedar Rapids. Contact the Iowa Lions State Office for more information to get your tickets and join in on the FUN! See you there!

Great Plains Lions Leadergip Institute 2015

Tim Wilson
February 26, 2015
It's time to start thinking about being a leader for Iowa Lions! And how can you help make that thought become a reality? Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute! GPLLI 2015 will be held July 24-26, 2015 at the University of Jamestown, Jamestown, North Dakota. If you or someone you know wants to be a leader than click on the "FORMS" link to the right, above the SEARCH box on this Home Page. There, you will find more information and an Application to attend. PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE!!


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.

Katie Charter Says Farewell!

Katie Charter
February 3, 2015
Katie Charter Says Farewell!Farewell! My time spent with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) will be an experience I will never forget. After 9 plus years, I have decided to make the really hard decision to leave the eye bank, to be home with my two young kids. I love the eye bank and what we do for our recipients and donor families. We help people see. What can be better than that? My position at the eye bank was to spread awareness of donation, provide education, and work with our partners like you, the Lions of Iowa. I am going to miss many of you. This job introduced me to the Lions and I am so happy that I not only became a Lion, but I served with you. I am really going to miss the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. I will always be a part of the eye bank family. My brother and sister in law were killed in a car accident 8 years ago. They were cornea donors. This message is one that is very important to me and my family. I will continue to talk about this amazing program and the positive influences it has on so many. Lastly, I want to introduce, Jack Ratekin, as our new Donor Development Director in Des Moines. Jack has more than 30 years of experience working in communications, marketing and project management for public and private organizations. We are so lucky to add him to our team! I am sure he is excited to meet you as well. Welcome Jack! Thank you, Katie Charter The Lions of Iowa wish to Thank Katie for her years of service to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and wish her well! And we Welcome Jack Ratekin to the Eye Bank Team! We look forward to working with him!

New Member for Janesville

Tim Wilson
February 4, 2015
New Member for JanesvilleAt the Janesville Lions Club meeting last week the Club inducted their fifth new member since the beginning of the Lions year. Congratulations to the Janesville Lions! Remember to keep ASKING!! Pictured is PDG Irv Sorge, New Member Lion Angie Scribner and her Sponsor Lion Larry Scribner.

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!

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