NEVADA LIONS CLUB

55 PROUD YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE


Volume 4, Issue 2 Lions Club Newsletter Winter 2004

President's Message

It's time for our quarterly newsletter from your local friendly Lions club! It seems we just had our summer picnic and here it is after Christmas! Our club has been busy this past Fall. Working at ISU football games is an annual fundraiser for our club. This year 3rd VP Lion John Wheelock was in charge of the football games and did a great job. Thanks John!

Our club's annual Sight Night was held with Memorial Lutherans "Trunk and Treat" night on October 29 to give more exposure to both events. It was a huge success and we plan to do it together next year also. Thanks for the good people at Memorial Lutheran and 1st VP Lion Jean Bodensteiner for heading that project up.

Nevada Lions have also decided to start a Leo club at the high school in Nevada. This is a club activity for the high school kids and is sponsored by our Lions club. We are in the process of signing students up and getting the club running in early 2004. We are very excited about this! Our color book fundraiser is starting to pick up steam. The Christmas books are selling the best, but we also have an assortment to choose from. Call Lion Jerry Radke, Jean Bodensteiner or Paul Malsom to place an order. They are a great gift item. Finally, I hope all our friends in Lion land had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As always, I thank all our Lions for their help and spirit of cooperation that shows through in every project we take on. I'm proud to say I belong to the Nevada Lions club and God Bless America!

  Paul
  Lion Paul Malsom, Nevada Lions President


WHY DO WE HAVE FUNDRAISERS FOR OUR COMMUNITY?

In the year of 2003, our club donated to the following groups:

$10 to the International Youth Exchange - Outbound $100 to Leader Dog
$50 to the Lincoln Highway Days Committee $200 to Diabetes Awareness
$50 to the Lion Clubs International Foundation $100 to Southeastern Guide Dogs
$350 to the Iowa Lions Foundation $500 to the Nevada High School track scoreboard
Four $50 Christmas Baskets for Nevada residents $300 to the American Legion Flag Fund
$200 to the Leader Dog Puppy Program at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City, Iowa
$1,000 in scholarships to our Nevada High School youth

Hundreds of eyeglasses and many hearing aides were taken to the state office for recycling. If you have any other ideas for community support or see a need in our community, please contact a board member.


ISU FOOTBALL GAMES: Again, thanks to Lion John Wheelock and his organizational skills, we Lions worked around 200 hours taking tickets and ushering at the Iowa State University football games this fall. This fundraiser raised $1,567.81 for our club.


MEMBERSHIP GROWTH: The membership growth plan, unanimously approved by the Board, details member expectations, membership training, and club incentives to the new member and sponsor. Membership is open by invitation to community-minded men and women over the age of 18 and the one-time $25 initiation fee is waived for any woman joining our club between November 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004. Anyone interested in joining the Nevada Lions Club can contact President Paul Malsom at 382-3049, Membership Chair Jean Bodensteiner at 382-4547, or any Nevada Lion.

For a membership list and more information on the Nevada Lions Club, visit the club's web site at URL: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~srradke/lions/nevadalions.html.


"Youth are our future." - In The LION, our International President, Dr. Tae-Sup Lee has encouraged all Lions Clubs to recognize the value of LEO Clubs - to make it possible "for the leaders of tomorrow to gain confidence, become aware of the need for world understanding and, of great importance, to comprehend the value of voluntary service in the community." Lion Charlie Lloyd's wife, Chris, with great generosity, has agreed to be our LEO Club high school sponsor. Encourage our Nevada Youth to contact Mrs. Lloyd or daughter, Audra Lloyd.


SIGHT NIGHT: As our President noted, we held our annual Sight Night in conjunction with Memorial Lutheran Church's Trunk or Treat Night on October 29th. A hot dog and chili meal was served to approximately 175 children and adults in the Memorial Lutheran Fellowship Hall. After the meal, the children went out into the parking lot where dozens of cars were sitting with the trunks open and decorated for Halloween. Treats were obtained from each trunk before the children rejoined the adults in the Fellowship Hall for entertainment and dessert. Thanks to Lion Jerry Radke for his "Trunk Patrol." Lion President Paul Malsom took pictures of the children with the Gentle Lion while other Lions Club members sold large coloring books.


GIANT COLORING BOOKS FUNDRAISER TO AID YOUNG CHILDREN'S EYE SCREENINGS: Lions Club members continue to sell large (17" by 22") coloring books for $6 each or two for $10. The books are available with the following themes: "Christmas Around the World," "Firefighters, American Heroes", "All About America", "Dinosaurs and the Animals of Today", "The Adventures of Thud, the Little Dinosaur", and "Andy Learns His ABC's & Numbers." Donations received and proceeds from the coloring books will be used for the Lions Coming to Your Senses program where young children under the age of four are screened for various eye problems.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

If you've been a Lion for a few days or for many years, you will learn and benefit from participation in the Conference and Convention!


Kudos to Lion Bill Horine and Lion Jim Fenn for helping with the floats for the Lincoln Highway Days parade!

Kudos to Deb Malsom, wife of Lion Paul Malsom, who sold over $200 worth of coloring books before Christmas at Curves for Women and a special thank you to the management of Curves for Women for allowing us to display and sell the books there!!


LIONS SERVE! Lions work with sight, hearing, diabetes, youth, and many other programs in our community, state, nation, and world. Our motto is "We Serve".


YOU, as a Nevada Lion, are one of over 1,354,984 members in 45,902 clubs and 739 districts in 192 countries and geographical areas.


Contact Susan Radke, Publicity Chair, for stories of interest. Phone: 382- 4102; E-mail: srradke@iastate.edu.


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