Lions Clubs of Iowa
2300 South Duff Avenue
Ames, Iowa 50010
Phone: (515) 232-2215
Fax: (515) 232-5590
LIONS CLUBS OF IOWA NEWS!
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Birdies for Charity to help Reach Out and Read
One of International President Madden's points of emphasis has been to improve reading. At Mid Winter we had a seminar on "Reach Out and Read Iowa". Here is an opportunity to support Reach Out and Read Iowa with your Birdies for Charity pledge! You can do a flat pledge of $25 or more OR pledge a penny amount per birdie(average birdies = 800). 100% of your pledge will go to Reach Out and Read Iowa. And, if we reach $1,500 in pledges we will receive an additional 25% of our pledges going forward. Your support is very appreciated!
Reach Out and Read Iowa Charity Direct Link:
HELP YOUR IOWA LIONS FOUNDATION[ RETURN TO TOP ]
We as Iowa Lions have an opportunity to help meet the needs of our Iowa Lions Foundation by making an individual donation. For a donation of $20 or more you receive an "I Gave" pin. This year's pin is yellow and gold. A new pin is issued each year with this being the sixth year. Pins from previous five years are available from the State Office or your Iowa Lions Foundation Trustee. Contact your Iowa Lions Foundation Trustee or the State Office to become a donor to support the Foundation.
As we end the year and if you are looking for a non-profit charity to donate money, have you thought about donating to the Iowa Lions Foundation? The Iowa Lions Foundation is a 501c3 tax exempt non for profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible. For donations amounting to $1000 in a three year period, Warren Coleman Honorary Awards, can be awarded. If you are already a Warren Coleman recipient a progressive program now exists. For additional donations in $1000 increments pins showing your level can be obtained. For more information contact us at the State Office.
MEMBERSHIP TOTALS for 2012-2013[ RETURN TO TOP ]
Membership Totals for 2012-2013 as of April 1st show the following numbers; 9EC -25; 9MC -38; 9NC -16; 9NE +5; 9NW -37; 9SE +32; and 9SW +33. Our total decline is -46, which is less than in previous years. Where are possibilities for starting new clubs? Can someone help us with developing more Campus Clubs? With all of us working together this year, we can show a positive number for the first time in years. "Everyone get One" is our goal.
A new club has been formed at Mount Pleasant in District SE. Work is being finalized for clubs in Waukee,Corning,Ely, Fairfax and Guttenburg. If you would like to help contact your District GMT Coordinator, a District Governor Team member or the State Office.
EXTENSION NEWS:[ RETURN TO TOP ]
Congratulations to our newest club in Iowa. The Mount Pleasant Lions Club will be holding their Charter Night in April. Work continues on finishing up the Charter applications for clubs in Polk City,Guttenberg, Corning, Waukee, Ely, Fairfax and Bellevue. If you have relatives, friends or business associates in any of these towns whom you feel should be contacted about joining a Lions Club, please let the State Office know. If you have names or can help in any of these communites please let us know as well. Teams are available to come and work in any area to start new clubs. This is an exciting and rewarding part of sharing what we do in Lionism. If you would like to help start new clubs, let Global Membership Coordinaotr PDG Connie Inman or SA Gary Fry know. We started 2 new clubs in 2012-13. How many more this year?
Judy Hankom, International Director 2012-2014[ RETURN TO TOP ]
PCC Judy Hankom from Hampton was elected to a two year term as one of 34 International Directors at the International Convention in Busan, Korea. ID Judy and Partner in Service PDG Ron traveled to Korea and were warmly embraced by all during the campaign. Another Lion with Iowa roots, born in Spencer, PID Joe Preston from Arizona was elected 2nd Vice President. Congratulations to ID Judy, PDG Ron and their entire campaign team led by PCC Roger Bublitz and PDG Connie Inman for a job well done. Be sure to congratulate ID Judy and PDG Ron when you see them.
Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute 2013[ RETURN TO TOP ]
July 26-28, 2013 will be the dates for the 11th Annual Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute. The 2013 Institute will be held on the campus on Northwest Missouri University in Maryville, Missouri. This is listed as an Lions Clubs International Regional Institute. Any Lion who has not been a District Governor or a previous attendee is eligible to attend. All Iowa Districts provide scholarships covering registration, so the cost to the participant is travel costs to and from Maryville. In the past car pools have been arranged to help minimize these costs as well. An application form can be obtained from the forms list on this website or from the Lions Clubs of Iowa State Office in Ames. This is a life skills institute being taught using Lions information as the vehicle. Over 750 Lions have graduated from “Great Plains” in the first 10 years. Come attend and have a great learning experience
GREAT PLAINS ALUMNI[ RETURN TO TOP ]
Are you a graduate of the Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute? A new lapel pin has been designed and is only available to GPLLI graduates. If you would like one send a check for $2 to cover the pin and postage to SA Gary Fry at the State Office. If you pick the pin up directly from SA Gary and there is no postage the cost is $1.65. Show your pride in being a GPPLI grad and get your pin today.
9th Annual Promoting Healthy Children Conference[ RETURN TO TOP ]
FRIDAY, September 27, 2013 will mark the 9th time that Lions of Iowa have coordinated a program to discuss issue of relevance to families and children of Iowa, along with team members Blank Children’s Hospital and Family Directions of Iowa. The event will be in Virginia Thompson Auditorium at Blank Children’s Hospital at 1415 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines IA.
Parking instructions: enter the parking lot on the west side of Iowa Methodist Hospital, drive to the far southeast corner, take the south elevator down to level G. The door opens directly into the auditorium.
PLEASE NOTE: Iowa Lions Clubs may have to file IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ[ RETURN TO TOP ]
Many Lions Clubs, Districts and Multiple Districts may have to file IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ. Click to download 990 Form (PDF) for details.
VOLUNTEER HALL OF FAME[ RETURN TO TOP ]
On February 22, 2011 the Lions Clubs of Iowa as an organization was inducted into the State of Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. Four individuals and the Lions of Iowa were added to the permanent roll of the Hall of Fame. CC Jerry Roland accepted the award on behalf of all of us. Pictures and commentary from that ceremony can be found in the March issue of the "Iowa Lion". An electronic copy of the "Iowa Lion" can be found at a link on this site. Congratulations to all Iowa Lions past and present for making this award possible.