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District 17-A Governor’s Newsletter
March 2015
DG Bev Greenwood
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A Kaleidoscope of Experiences
By VDG Carleen Rajala
Kudos to DG Bev Greenwood’s District Convention Co-Chairs PDG Thelma Brown and RC “Mo” Greenwood for providing a
kaleidoscope of activities and experiences for the Lions of District 17-A!
International Director Mike Molenda updated local Lions on LCI. He encouraged District Lions by quoting Vince Lombardi who
said in the “Drive to achieve perfection (one) achieves excellence”. IP Molenda’s style was informative and friendly. It was apparent that is why his motto is Service+Fun=Lions.” He definitely set the tone for the convention.
Senator Jerry Moran, also a Lion, spoke to the qualities of working hard, looking after neighbors and serving the community--all aspects of our motto “We Serve”.
Since only 2% of the population is directly related to feeding the population, many of us did not know of the constant behind
the scene battles for the safety of our livestock in Kansas. State Veterinarian Dr. Lewann Schneider provided an overview of the
diseases and efforts to control them.
Lion Linda, wife of I.D. Mike Molenda, used her own experience with a heart attack to remind Lions that heart attacks are “Not
for the Ladies Only and certainly Not for the Men”. Because she was in denial about her symptoms, she wants to warn others to
take them seriously.
Other topics addressed include the creation of a new type of cyber Lions Club using the Miami County Traveling Lions Club as
an example, a review of LCI‘s internet resources by Lion Steve Everley, an overview of “Cattails” complete with furry friends, and
previews of both the State Convention in Lawrence and International Convention in Hawaii. Lions also had an opportunity to meet
and offer support to our International Director Candidate Bill Phillipi and his wife Lion Vickie.
If one is a fan of music and the arts, there were several opportunities to enjoy them. Friday night’s “Sisters of Hope” concert
appealed to Lions of all ages. Those who love to sing themselves were delighted to join in singing 5 songs. The display of this
year’s Peace Posters in the halls brought art to all attendees. Theme baskets also provided an artistic outlet while earning over
$800 to purchase books for distribution with vision screening.
“Fun”d-raising over the week-end included the annual PDG Pound Auction. It provided fun, frivolous gifts and funds (about
$1600 for scholarships).
What? No business? All of the business was completed in the one hour time allotment for the District Cabinet meeting and
District Convention. Congratulations to the 2015-16 District Officers and new Foundation members
The convention reminds one of the song “Something for everyone”. Great job Convention Team!!
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It’s not too late to …“HOP ON THE ROAD TO 50 YEARS” WITH LCIF!!
In 2018, Lions Clubs International Foundation will become 50 years old! In order to celebrate the upcoming birthday, the Lions
of Kansas are being asked to commit to “The Road to 50 Years”.
How does “The Road to 50 Years” work? You commit to donating $10 during the 2013/2014, year, $20 during 2014/2015, $30
during 2015/2016, $40 during 2016/2017, and then $50 for the 2017/2018 year.** Not only will this help LCIF continue to support its many projects, but it increases the donations made to LCIF by Kansans. Just because you may have missed last year,
doesn’t mean you can’t still participate. Just sign up this year with your $20.00 pledge!!
Besides feeling great for making your donation to LCIF, there are benefits for you too!
You may choose to have certain donations count toward contributing member pins, or toward a Melvin Jones Fellowship. All five
years of donations can count toward a Melvin Jones Fellowship, OR, for your $20, $30 & $40 donation you can receive that year’s
bronze contributing member pin, and for your $50 donation you can receive that year’s silver contributing member pin. And
remember, you can always give more!
In addition to the individual donations, we are adding a CLUB portion this year. We are asking each club to donate a minimum of
$250.00 a year for the next four years. At the end of the four years, you will have enough to name a Melvin Jones Fellow. We
will then have a special Melvin Jones Fellowship presentation in 2018!!
Consider everything that LCIF has done for the Lions of Kansas and Hop on the Road to 50 Years with us!!
See your District Coordinator or MD District Coordinator to Hop On!
17K – PDG Kathie Bell
17A – PDG Daryl Stone
17N – PDG Bill Kincaid
MD – PCC Michele Hufferd
**If you have already made a donation this year, contact your coordinator if you want to have your pledge count for the Road to
50 Years program.
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Leawood Lions Club ”Lions of the Year”
was Ken Habiger. He has chaired Pancake Feeds
for about ten years along with numerous other
projects. He also was awarded a ten year Chevron.
Pictured here is Leawood President Peggy Jacobson, District Governor Bev Greenwood and Ken
Habiger
Wetmore Lions Club “Lion of the Year”
Secretary-Treasurer, Lion Mike Clowe was chosen
as “Lion of the Year” for the Wetmore Lions Club.
He has worked and helped on most all projects.
Their club helps to run the Dinner Bell Café
in Wetmore. They hosted zones 1 & 2 Zone gathering at their café.
Horton Lions Club “Lion of the Year”
Secretary-Treasurer, Lion Dr. Mark Wisner was
selected as “Lion of the Year” at the Horton Club.
Topeka Sunflower Club Lion Vern and
Lion Pam Faylor at recent club meeting.
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Clay Center Lions Club, President Vern Swanson
and DG Bev
Kansas—Award Winning PEACE POSTER entered by Ashley
Heuton , an 8th grader at JCMS and sponsored by the
Milford Lions Club
ID Mike Molenda inducts Jayme Heuton into the Milford Lions Club
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Horton Lions Club—Tom Reed,
Heather Thompson, John Scott, DG
Bev Greenwood, Zone Chair 2 Russ
Staufer, and “Lion of the Year” Dr.
Mark Wisner.
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KU EYE LIONS FREE CLINIC on MARCH 21
The next KU Eye Lions Clinic will be on March 21, 2015. The location is at KU Eye Center at 7400 State Line Road in
Prairie Village, KS. KU Eye Lions get referrals from several sources but depend heavily on other Lions clubs to send individuals in need to the Clinic.
Process for Referring Individuals to KU Eye Center Free Clinic
A local Lions Club determines the need for financial need in whatever manner the club deems appropriate (lack of insurance, not eligible for state aid, etc.)
The KU Eye Center Lions Club will not ask for any further evidence of need. The clinic services are available to anyone
referred by a Lions Club.
A club representative calls the front desk at the Eye Center, 913-588-6600, and asks that the referred individual be
placed on the schedule for the next available quarterly clinic.
The club member needs to provide the individual’s first and last name, date of birth, a contact number, and the reason
for being seen. Parent or guardian information is needed for children under the age of 18.
The scheduling desk for the Eye Center will call the patient to confirm the date of the appointment; all appointments are
set for 9 a.m.
If it is known in advance that the visit will be specifically to obtain eye glasses, a check for $50 needs to be sent to the
Optical Shop, along with a copy of the referral form that can be found at the end of this newsletter. (Do not give a
check directly to a client.) If the client does not keep the appointment, the check will be returned to the Lions Club
making the referral and sending the check.
A referral form does not need to be completed if money for glasses is not to be provided by the club. A phone call is sufficient.
Next Clinic: March 21, 2015
Leos are going to Hawaii!! They have begun fundraising and are working hard to make this trip a reality. Here’s how you can help:
1.
Cost to feed a Leo per day in Hawaii is $45.00 per Leo per day (5 days total)
2.
They will be traveling as a group and we want them to have “look-alike” backpacks to help (a) keep
them together and (b) keep them organized! ($35.00 per Leo)
3.
Lodging will be approximately $400 - $500 per Leo based on the number of people per room (we are
trying to get 3 Leos and a chaperone for each room).
4.
We want each Leo to have 10 Leo pins for trading ($30.00 per Leo)
The Leos are NOT expecting a free vacation! Our kids have already paid for the airfare and are now working
to pay for the rest. No funds given by Lions are used for the sponsors – your support is for the Leos! There
are currently 12 Leos from Kansas planning to attend.
If your club can help in any way, it would be appreciated. Please send donations to the Kansas Lions Foundation with Leos to Convention in the memo line. If you could also let me know it was sent, that would be
greatly appreciated. Lion Cheryl Kerns
[email protected]
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District 17-A Lions Continue Recruitment Efforts
Lions in clubs across our district are continuing their efforts to add to the Kansas Pride of Lions. As of February 24, 10 new Lions
have been added to club rolls. Five Lions were dropped from club rolls for various reasons, including death. These numbers result in positive growth of +5 for the month.
March has been designated by LCI leadership as a Membership Growth Month. Let’s see what we can do during March! A fertile
field for recruitment is the numerous partners (wives or husbands) of current Lions who are not members of a Lions club. Fellow
Lion, if your spouse is not a Lion why not “Just Ask.” That individual you live with may have just been waiting for an invitation
from you.
Club
Delphos Lions
Delphos Lions
Eudora Lions
Lawrence Lions
Leavenworth Lions
Leavenworth Lions
Louisburg Lions
Miami County TLC
Paola Lions
Valley Falls Lions
Manhattan Lions
New Member
Marjorie Klein
Sandra Larson
Megan Hedden
Stephanie Wilson
Michael Burke
Michael Swanson
Holly Gillogly
Jeannette Urbom
Amanda Michelle
Rudy Aranda
Kirsten Aho
Ron Miller
Sponsor
Cindy Bietz
Jack Larson
Bob Slapar
Feloniz Lovato-Winston
Wesley Ludwig
Joe Jones
Royce McClain
Michele Hufferd
Mark Bloustine
Scott Heinen
Glenn Fogo
IN MEMORIAM
Bonner Springs Lions Club
Thank you from the PDG Club
The District 17-A PDG Club sends a big THANK YOU to all Lions who attended the PDG Club Pound Auction
at the recent District Convention on Friday, February 20.. Thanks to all who provided items for the auction
and to all those generous bidders who purchased those many interesting items. Together you made it possible for us to raise $1600 to provide 8--$200 scholarships for qualified Lions who attend the Great Plains
Lions Leaders Institute at Hayes, North Dakota, in July, thus helping to strengthen the leadership abilities of
Lions in our district. Thanks.
Election results from the District Convention. District Governor Carleen Rajala, 1st Vice District Governor
Linda Leander, 2nd Vice District Governor Debra Weaverling, Kansas Lions Foundation Director Cheryl Kerns,
Kansas Lions Band Foundation Directors PCC Bobby Duval and PDG Al Urich, Kansas Lions Sight Foundation
Vern Failor and PDG Marilyn Sorenson.
The Gypsum and Assaria Lions Clubs had a joint Chalupa supper at Southeast of Saline School. It was
Senior night for girls and boys basketball. Supper cleared around $750 which will go to send 4 students to
Lions State Band camp. On a special note, both boys and girls won their games. Thanks to all that helped to
prepare and serve at the supper. Lynn Van Meter Feb 26, 2015
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Come and enjoy the Assaria Lions Club Pancake Feed Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7 a.m. –
1 p.m. at the Assaria Lutheran Church. Donations are $4/Advance and $5/Door. Meal includes pancakes, drink, 1 ham or 1 sausage. Extra items are pie, eggs, milk and more ham
or sausage.
GREAT PLAINS LIONS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2015
WHAT
GPLLI is an intensive, pr ofessional and valuable leader ship skills pr ogr am for
Lions who have not served as District Governor. You will learn skills for club,
job, community and church, as well as personal development.
WHEN
July 24-26, 2015. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 24.
Adjournment and checkout is by 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015. Lunch on
Friday, July 24 is at 12:00 noon.
WHERE
University of Jamestown, Jamestown, North Dakota
COST
US$150 per attendee if received by the Registrar on or before May 31, 2015.
Cost increases to US$170 beginning June 1, 2015. Registration covers double
occupancy room, seven meals, and all course materials. Single occupancy rooms,
if available, require an additional US$40. Any remaining costs will be covered
by funding from Lions Clubs International and contributions from participating
multiple districts.
WHO
Any Lion, Lioness or Leo who has attained majority and who has not yet served
as District Governor as of the dates of the institute is eligible. No previous
attendee is eligible without prior approval of the Institute Coordinator, PID
Marvin Chambers.
This institute is being sponsored by Multiple Districts 5 (Saskatchewan, North Dakota and South Dakota), 9
(Iowa), 17 (Kansas), 26 (Missouri) and 38 (Nebraska).
Dynamic presenters from across the Great Plains will provide emerging Lion leaders with modules on communication skills, team building, delegation, time management, conflict management, project management,
diversity, motivation, goal setting/action planning/personal mission statement and leading effective meetings.
For additional information please contact Secretary/Registrar PID Bruce Schwartz at
[email protected] or 701-258-1189.
PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE
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Lions: This is why we collect eyeglasses.
I contacted you last December about some eye glass donations for a Honduran mission trip I will be leading
the last week of May. I'm taking a team of 34 individuals and we'll be helping about 3,000 Hondurans with
basic medical care. Is there any way we could get some glasses for those we'll be serving? We'd be so
grateful to help them get stronger glasses instead of just reading glasses and sunglasses, which is what we
typically provide.
Thank you again for being so generous with my team. I'll be sure to bring back pictures of those who receive them. The Hondurans walk for literally hours overnight just to receive glasses. They are so badly
needed and it's heartbreaking in some ways, but also so rewarding and fun to see the smiles on their faces
when they can see clearly. This is my third year to travel to Honduras.
Your donations will be greatly appreciated! Jackie Doyel
Olathe Lions club (evening) will be having a pancake/Biscuit & Gravy breakfast on April 18th from
7:30am to 11:00 am. It will be held at the Center of Grace 520 S Harrison st Olathe, Kansas, Charge will be
$6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 6. A raffle for an original painting will also be held.
Dear Lions,
Last year, we set a goal to help 100 million people in celebration of our Centennial in 2017. I'm happy to announce that Lions have
helped 20 million people worldwide in the first six months of the challenge. That means we're on our way to achieving our goal
thanks to the incredible response from Lions like you!
Great things happen when Lions work together for the benefit of their communities and the world. From the Centennial Service
Challenge to the Lions Worldwide Week of Service in January, Lions everywhere are coming together to serve and celebrate LCI's
100th anniversary.
We're off to a great start, but we still have a ways to go. I hope you'll keep serving and supporting the Centennial Service Challenge. Visit Lions100.org for more info and start planning your next Centennial service project today. Remember, when Lions come
together to serve, we can change the world!
Together in service,
Joe Preston
Your International President
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PID Ernie Young presents PCC Michele Hufferd and Lion Sylvia Bostick with the International President's pin for their
efforts in chartering a new club.
Lion Sylvia Bostick is presented
with the Crystal Bell from the
Salvation Army for her years of
dedicated service to the bell ringing project in Louisburg.
Members of the Miami County
Traveling Lions Club on their
Charter night, January 24, 2015.
17 of the 29 charter members are
pictured.
New club President Cheryl Kerns
is presented with the Club's charter by VDG Carleen Rajala. The
Charter was presented in a beautiful frame donated to the new
club by DG Beverly Greenwood
and Mo Greenwood.
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Lions Bud and Lela Gillispie receive award for their
service. With them is ID Mike Molenda and DG Bev
Senator Moran speaking at breakfast.
PID Gene Vogel won a set of ear rings
at the pound auction
Sharon Teagarden-King at noon luncheon with a new LEO
17-A District Convention February 20-21, 2015
Photos submitted by Paul Dursh
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The Kansas Peace Poster winner Ashley Heuton from JC. She was sponsored by the Milford Lions. With
her are Wendy Drush, peace poster co-chair, DG Bev Greenwood, and peace poster co-chair Bob Jernigan.
Ashley's mother Jamie became a Lion that day as well.
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Vitamins for Children
By Lion Margy Sundstrom
Children and Youth Chair
Our drive for Vitamins for undernourished children was a success. I feel I can say that since it was our first
one, so there is nothing to compare it to! We sent 43 bottles of children’s vitamins to ODIM
(www.odimguatemala.org) missionary group. The vitamins were delivered by Pastor Jeff Clinger with the
Tonganoxie United Methodist Church.
Pastor Jeff reports“We delivered the vitamins to the clinic in San Juan. The clinic is in San Juan La Laguna. ODIM also operates a clinic
in neighboring San Pablo. The two clinics together served 7,000 patients in 2014 and they anticipate serving even
more in 2015 (the San Pablo clinic wasn't opened until March 2014).
The children's multivitamins that you sent will be a fantastic resource as one of the greatest health concerns is malnutrition and the complications that it brings.”
I would like to thank Jeff Stockom with Walgreen’s in Bonner Springs for his generosity. Also thank you to
Overland Park Host, Shawnee, and Washington Lions Clubs for their participation.
I am working with 1stVDG Carleen Rajala to see how we can make this project bigger and better for next
year!
In Lionism,
Margy
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Olathe Lions club (evening) will be having a pancake/Biscuit & Gravy breakfast on April 18th from
7:30am to 11:00 am. It will be held at the Center of Grace 520 S Harrison st Olathe, Kansas Charge will be
$6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 6. A raffle for an original painting will also be held.
Our third Zone 6 meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at the Gardner Senior Center, 128 E Park
street in Gardner, KS. It will be hosted by the Gardner Lions club. Dinner will be at 6:30 which will be $10.00
and the meeting will start at 7:00pm.
Washington Lions Club
We are having a landmark anniversary Charter Night for our 85th anniversary on March 24th at the
KSDS facility in Washington Kansas. The time is 6:30. A meal will be catered by Rickys of Hanover, and rsvps must be in to Secretary Gina by the 20th of March. Gina's email is
[email protected], and she accepts text at 785 541 0478. The cost of the meal is 12 dollars per
person. Entertainment will be by the Republic County High School Show Choir, and the speaker
will be our PCC and ID candidate Bill Phillipi. It will be a night to remember.
Robinson Lions Club presents the 2015 Melodrama “Egad, The Woman in White” by Tim Kelly at the Robinson Birdcage Theater. Performances are March 7, 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm. Matinee is March 8 at 2:00 pm.
General Admission $5.00. For Table Reservations call Judi at (785) 544-7739 or (785) 741-2282.
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District 17-A PDG Club to give Eight Scholarships for Lions to
Attend the 2015 Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute
Do you want to be involved in some great training and fellowship with other Lions? Think about attending
the Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held July 24-26, 2014 in North Dakota. District 17-A PDG Club will be giving eight (8) scholarships in the amount of $200.00 each, to the first
eight first-time attendees who sign up to attend.
If you are interested in attending, please email PCC Michele Hufferd at [email protected] once
you have submitted your application, requesting one of the eight scholarships. A confirmation email will be
sent to you upon your request. Please keep the confirmation of the scholarship until your check is received. Scholarships will be paid upon attendance at GPLLI.
In addition, the District 17 PDG Club is providing two (2) $200 scholarships to GPLLI to the first two people
from District 17-A to submit a request. Requests for the State PDG Club scholarship should be sent to PDG
Denny Smith at [email protected]
Earn Centennial Recognition for Your Club
When you sponsor a service project benefiting Youth, Vision, Hunger or the Environment,
your club can earn a special Centennial Banner Patch with a progressive gemstone design.
Go for a diamond-level patch by participating in all fours campaigns. Remember to report
your activities through MyLCI to earn your recognition.
Start planning your next project today, and visit Lions100.org for Centennial news and updates throughout the Centennial Celebration.
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From Lion Diane Hentges, Chairperson Community & International Relations
District 17-A is fortunate to have an accomplished artist in our membership. Lion John Burns of the Olathe Evening Club and Zone 6 Chair has
doanted his "Strengthen the Pride" painting to District A. It was decided at
the first district cabinet meeting to offer opportunities on the painting. The
painting has a black frame. Proceeds from the opportunity will be used to
purchase books for children (0-5) who participated in Lions vision screening programs. Raffle tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. The drawing
will be at the state convention. If you need tickets please contact me
[email protected] or at 913-708-5323. Sold tickets and money
should be directed to me at 812 North Washington Blvd. Kansas City Kansas.
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