Harrison Elementary Lions Project is still going strong. We now have two people working with students. Contributions of box tops, ink cartridges, milk caps, and education points continue to come in. Do they make a difference? This week I counted, trimmed, and packaged 1800 box tops and several hundred “education points.” The box tops amount to $ 180.00, and the education points will be redeemed for educational materials. In the newsletter there is a list of products which have the coupons on them and help you in your collection. Keep the good work going, and plan to hear about our support of a new Harrison program when Principal Linda Reysack provides the program on November 17.
Sight Committee Report
The Sight Committee started the new fiscal year on July 1, 2015 with a budget of $7,500. We have served 35 clients YTD as of February 15, 2016 at a cost of approximately $1860. Thanks to David Rossate and Hank Small for continuing to serve as interviewers who make personal contacts with the clients before approving any expenditure.
Submitted by Walt Hartman
Iowa KidSight update: As of December 23, 2014 we have screened 712 youngsters and 27 have been referred to a doctor for further evaluation. Our next screening is January 7 at Isaac Newton Academy and the following week we have our double crews at Rockwell for two days.
January will be a very busy month. Thank you in advance for all of your cooperation and support.
Lions at City Council Meeting
Ralph Wasik presented the city with our donation of $ 17,000 for the new NW Community Center at the City Council Meeting on Dec 15 at 3:00 pm. DG Donna Wood presented a check for $ 5000 from the District.
When the center opens next summer the Lions Logo will be prominently displayed on the score board and on a plaque in the kitchen. This facility will be a great meeting place for Lions as well as the rest of the community.
We met with the city council to present our gift of $ 22,000.00 for outfitting the kitchen and the gymnasium at the new Northwest Community Center adjacent to Harrison Elementary School. Construction is going full speed and is on schedule for a grand opening in July. The Lions Logo will be proudly displayed on the score board in the gym and a plaque will be placed prominently in the kitchen.
This facility will make a great place for us to hold our Chili Dinner and Pancake Breakfast events. Connie Inman is going to suggest that our 9EC Fall Rally be held here next September.
Way to go Lions! We’re making a positive impact in the flood zone.
2016 MidWinter Leadership Conference
If you have never attended a MidWinter Leadership Conference you really aught to try one. Saturday January 9 at the Des Moines Airport Holliday Inn is time and place. Seminars and Speakers will fill you with the spirit of Lionism. We have our international 1st Vice President Bob Corlew as our keynote speaker. You will experience the 1925 speech from Helen Keller that was responsible for focusing our attention on the needs of the vision impaired. You will learn firsthand about the many great efforts of the charities supported by the Iowa Lions Foundation.
“An Evening With Joe”
Iowa Lions will be pulling out all the stops to entertain our guest Past International President, Joe Preston at a special event in the Des Moines area. Joe is an Iowa native and as immediate past international president he serves as the head of Lions Clubs International Foundation.
This week it was announced that IPP Joe would be addressing a committee at the United Nations on the original date of 4-19 so arrangements are in flux, but plan to attend “An Evening With Joe” on Tuesday evening, April 26, 2016 for a banquet. This will be a fun evening commemorating the many achievements made possible through the partnership between the Lions of Iowa and Lions Clubs International Foundation. More details to come.
This event will provide a great opportunity for clubs to honor deserving members by having Melvin Jones Fellowships presented by the head of LCIF. So we are asking clubs to consider timing the presentation of their MJF’s to coincide with our “Evening With Joe” event. If you want to have your own presentation, let me know who your clubs have honored so that their names can be mentioned that evening.
Festivities will begin at 6 pm. Cost will be $50/person and proceeds will go to LCIF as a gift in honor of Joe Preston. All attendees will receive a bronze “I Gave” pin. In addition to musical entertainment, the program will include our keynote speaker, Joe Preston, bringing us up-to-date with the latest from our international foundation. If you have questions for Joe about LCIF or Lions on the international scene, please forward them to - Gary Glockhoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO ALL LIONS WHO COLLECT USED GLASSES
LensCrafters is now collecting ALL used glasses. They are collecting glasses that are in good condition, those missing lenses, those with broken frames and even lenses with no frames at all. They are recycling all glasses and parts of glasses. Please inform the personnel at each location the next time you visit them to pick up glasses. Feel free to make a copy of this notice and hand it to the management at each location.
Thank you for your help in this effort to recycle and help more people get useable glasses.
The Glasses Recycling Committee
-Ed Next month I’ll try to have the list of current collection sites and who is doing the collections at these sites. You can always set up more sites for glasses and hearing aid collection. See Bill Kilbourn for needed equipment and ask your favorite business if you can set one up.