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.
Another Successful Lions Booth at the Iowa State Fair!
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.
Iowa Lions Attend the International Convention
August 6, 2015
The group of Iowa Lions took Honolulu by storm! The Iowa delegation had a great time learning, listening to some great speakers and meeting new friends and see old ones at the Lions International Convention. The convention started with some great entertainment followed by awesome plenary sessions. The opening session featured Timothy Shriver, President of Special Olympics. He inspired Lions to continue their support of the partnership between Lions Clubs International Foundation and Special Olympics. The last session presented Lions their International President for 2015-2016, Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada. Also, at that session the District Governors Elect took the final step to the leadership roles they have been training so hard for.
During the convention Lions attended seminars about membership and leadership. Bringing home ideas to help our Lions here in Iowa and talking to Lions from around the Country and the World to hear what challenges and ideas they might have to help move us forward to help more people.
If you get the chance to go to an International Convention, please consider it. You will meet great Lions and learn so much. And have FUN!
Pictured in the photo is DG Dr. Gene Noonan, 9NE; DG Donna Wood, 9EC; DG Don Foor, 9SE; PDG Zane Vokes and PDG Jack Schesselman carrying the Lions of Iowa banner in the International Parade.
Fort Dodge Evening Lions Club Hold Annual Pickup Raffle
The Fort Dodge Evening Lions Club wrapped up their annual pickup raffle on Friday, August 7th. The winner was drawn at the local Ja-mar Drive-in Cruise night and she was stunned when she received the call from Club President, Bill Oberhelman. Janice Link of Fort Dodge stated she never wins anything and she still couldn't believe that she had won.
This is the 26th year the Fort Dodge Evening Club has raffled off a pickup. Starting in late May they start selling tickets mostly on the weekends outside the local Hy-Vee Store, Walmart and Fareway. This year it is estimated that the number of tickets sold is around 7,000. Tickets are sold for only $1. Pictured in the photo from left to right are: President Lion Bill Oberhelman, Sec. Lion Earl Possehn, Treas. Rosemary Possehn, Winner Janice Link, Janice's Husband Al Link and Lion Jim Lee.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep checking back to our website for more exciting news as we get closer to July 2016!
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