Thursday, November 26, 2009

The ransom note

Several days ago, you heard about a missing gavel. Now the story gets even better.

The Lions Clubs in Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon have been challenged by District Governor Shirley Hazen to collect food and donations for our local food banks. Thousand of children go to bed hungry every night and as DG Shirley states, this is unacceptable. So in the spirit of Lionism and to further the cause of helping stop hunger, ransom has been set at one can of food per Caldwell Lions Club member to be delivered by at least one Caldwell Lion in person to their counterparts in........Star. The Star Lions will donate the food to the food bank in Star, operated by Star Community Outreach. The food can be delivered to a club meeting or to the Star Christmas Bazaar on December 5-6 at Star City Hall.

Hopefully, that gavel will be safely back home before Christmas...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Testing eyes and ears in Kuna

This past week the Kuna Lions (with a little help from their friends) screened the vision and hearing of 1500 elementary students.  Lions Club members from Boise Bench, Meridian, Star, and Eagle helped out.  Clubs helping other clubs-that's teamwork!  Way to go! 



I see some missing vests...where's the tail twister?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lions Clubs working together

Lions are just a great group of people.  After all, the Lions motto is "We Serve".  It's why we're all in Lions Club in the first place-to help others.  Sometimes we need to extend that help to other clubs in the District.  For example, we might help Meridian Lions with their rodeo, Riverside Lions with a casino night, Kuna Lions with vision screenings, still another with another project.  Sometimes "help" is in the form of support-just being there because we care.  Our new clubs in the District especially need our help and support.  It's tough to get a brand new club started and tougher still to survive the first couple of years. 

The Salmon River Lions Club in Riggins is one of our newest clubs and they could use the support of their fellow Lions.  On December 12, they will be holding an Open House in their community to get people acquainted with the Lions Club and get a few more people interested in membership.  There will be a Chile Feed from 12:00 to 3:00 and they will be doing photo vision screening for children from 6-18 months.  Sounds like a great opportunity to get to know the Salmon River Lions and lend a helping hand!

Friday, November 13, 2009

The case of the missing gavel......

Wonder who started the Lions tradition of "stealing"? For the uninitiated, Lions are known to visit other Lions clubs meetings or parties and quietly leave with something they didn't come with.   The purpose of the thievery is usually to promote fellowship and visitation between clubs-because if someone has your "stuff" you're going to go get it back.  Objects missing are often banners, bells, plaques, awards, vests, or as in today's case-gavels.

I recently received a request to post a note on the internet (website, facebook, or blog) in reference to an antique gavel, hand engraved with the date of 1934, which was left unattended for an extended period in a very public place. It seems said gavel was also "missing" last year and subsequently defaced by one Parma Lions Club. Those currently in possession of the gavel  promise to keep it safe and unharmed. They further tell me a ransom note will follow...



 

Check back for the continuing saga.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Everyone loves a parade!

My first trip to the Veterans Day parade-I know, where have I been all these years...Missing out! What an absolutely gorgeous day for the 7th of November! There was a good crowd on hand to thank the Veterans and to remember those serving our country overseas. Flags were waving, bands playing, helicopters overhead, salutes, handshakes, a tear or two. Fantastic!



Friday, November 6, 2009

Meridian Lions Charter Party

Last night was the Meridian Lions Club charter party.  I was a little skeptical of a "Hawaiian" theme at an "Italian" restaurant, but  they certainly pulled it off!  With the Hawaiian shirts worn by many of the Meridian Lions, the leis, the table decorations, the hula dancers, the video of warm and tropical places, it didn't even seem incongruent that I was eating some great Italian food (and lots of it!) at Louie's. Great job, Lion President Loraine!   Highlight of the evening was Bob Coates, 88-year old survivor of Pearl Harbor.  His story of what happened to him that day in December as a 19-year old from Idaho had us enthralled. 

And did I mention Hula dancing?  We learned it was best left to the professionals!  Here Ron Hagadone demonstrates  his "dance moves".   Or something.



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

More about care packages for our military

Veterans Resource Network, a non profit organization, serves the Veterans of Idaho through various projects.  One on-going project is sending care packages to the troups overseas.  They currently have enough items to fill the boxes but lack the funds to mail them. The group is currently offering anyone who knows someone who is deployed in a combat area to come and fill a box as long as they pay the postage of $11.95 to mail it.  They have everything you need for packing and shipping-all you need to do is show up with twelve bucks and the address of your hero at 836 LaCassia in Boise on a Tuesday or Saturday through December 15 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  For more information, visit their website or call Pat at 376-0753.

Lion Pat Gore of the Boise Riverside Club is the District 39W Veterans Chairperson and could really use some more Lions and Lions Club participation to help get the care packages in the mail. 

Monday, November 2, 2009

Weekend projects

The Lions of Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon are busy this time of year-well, actually, they're busy year round.  Last weekend, the Boise Special Olympics Lions Club sponsored a haunted house.  The Special Olympics Club, formed just this past winter, raised money for the Idaho Special Olympics and had a great time doing it!


Coming up this weekend, many Lions Club members from around the Valley will be participating in the Veterans Day parade in downtown Boise at 10:00 am.  Come walk in the parade (or you can ride) and show your support for our Veterans and for those currently serving.


Lions in Star have partnered with Epsilon Sigma Alpha, also an international service organization, to fill and mail care packages to the men and women serving our country overseas.  Donations of snacks, toiletries, books, movies, etc. are being collected along with money for postage.  Donations can be dropped off at Anytime Fitness in Star anytime before November 11.