Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Off to Alaska

I was privileged to attend this year's USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum in Anchorage, Alaska this past weekend.  As a "first-timer" I didn't really know what to expect but I was definitely excited about the adventure.

Joining nearly 2000 Lions from all across the United States and Canada, I listened to fabulous speakers and attended seven sessions on topics from leadership to legal issues. At each meal, I sat with different Lions and learned about their clubs and projects and shared ideas.

Those speakers I mentioned?  Leading the way, of course, International President Tam addressed the assembly and spoke about how if Lions could plant over a million trees, they could do anything.  Martin Buser, 4 time winner of the Iditarod, related his experiences.  MK Mueller asked us to express gratitude everyday and motivated us to succeed.  Dan Bigley inspired us with his story of being attacked by a grizzly and losing his sight, yet going on to achieve great things.

Throughout the weekend, my beliefs about Lions were reinforced:  Lions are passionate about service, together we can achieve great things, and, most of all, Lions are like family.  We share so much in common.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Like these videos?

Yesterday I started out to tell you about the great new videos from Lions International.  They've really been doing an awesome job with the Lions Quarterly video.  Four times a year they put together several stories about what Lions are doing in all parts of the world.  You can show them at your club meetings with the DVD, watch them direct from the LCI website, or download them free yourself from itunes.  They're usually 12-14 minutes, just the right length for your meeting. 

This month International President Tam's theme, I Believe, is available as a video as is his biography.  Great stuff.  You'll also want to see the new Peace Poster video.  Amazing art work and amazing insight about peace from children.  You can watch any of these online, download them as a podcast or from itunes, or order a DVD. 

In fact there's a whole list of videos available from LCI.  I really think you will enjoy them and be inspired.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cabinets and councils

The first round of meetings for the new Lions year is 2/3 complete.  Saturday was the 39W Cabinet meeting and the MD 39 Council meeting.  Meetings began at 10:00 and didn't finish until nearly 4:00.  (Next Saturday is the Sight and Hearing Foundation board meeting, to complete the trifecta.)

Anyway, what goes on at these meetings?  These first meetings were primarily devoted to budgets.  The dues collected from Lions clubs must be spent wisely and lots of thought and often debate goes into this process.  Part of the meeting is committee chair reports or what the committee is planning to do throughout the year.  (Cabinet chairs are listed on our website under "Cabinet" right next to the peanut butter.)  And sometimes we talk about the constitution and by-laws and the appropriate way to do things. 

The Lions that take up their whole Saturday to keep the organization in order and running smoothly should be thanked profusely.  But that's just the tip of the iceberg for the Lions who volunteer for these positions.  Lots of hours are spent in preparation and implementation. 

Now, I probably shouldn't have said that as DG Doug is still looking for a few volunteers to fill some cabinet and zone chair positions.  (Right, the Cabinet is a little bare...)   But in spite of the time commitment, the feeling of  accomplishment and internal satisfaction you get from putting your heart and soul into this great organization makes it well worthwhile.  Seriously, give anyone a call who has volunteered in this capacity and ask them why they do it.  Then call Doug and join the team.

I've rambled on....Originally I was planning to tell you something else entirely.  So I'll do that tomorrow-check back!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I like interesting photos

Today a little departure from Lions....

I found this blog a while back, Project 365, and it's already day 210, so if I'm going to share I should do it before it gets to 365.  Check it out-you'll see some great photography, photography ideas, and bits of interesting things that may inspire you.  

Photography is actually one thing we Lions can stand to improve.  Good photos help us spread the message of what we do.  If you have a great photo of a Lions activity, please share!  We could use more photos here, on facebook or on our website.

(See how I worked Lions into this?)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Reports, reports...

It's almost the end of the month which means report time for Lion secretaries!

The first report is the Web Monthly Membership Report or the WMMR.  The second is the LCI Activity Report and the 3rd is the District 39W Monthly Report.  All should be completed by the last day of the month, but if you miss that date, you can still do them, they are just...late. 

The most important report is probably the Monthly Membership Report.  This is where you report your new members to LCI.  (Oh, and the dropped members, too, but let's not have any of those!)  It's important to get your members on and off the roll in a timely manner.  It affects billing, District numbers, and your members themselves.  And, even if you don't have any changes in membership for the month, you still make the report!  That's probably the easiest thing to forget!

Here are the steps to do the WMMR:

  1. Go to the "Submit Reports" page on the LCI website.
  2. Click the big Lions logo.
  3. On the left hand side of the page, you'll see the WMMR Instruction Guide.  Follow the steps in this guide (it's got pictures!)
  4. To log in, used your member number.  If you were an officer last year, the same password will work.  If you're new, follow the steps for registration (There's a link just below the login). 
If you forget to do it by the last day of the month, you can still select the previous month from the drop down list.  It would be a good time right now to put this on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone or whatever works for you so you don't forget to log in to LCI sometime around the end of the month.  I think I'll put it on my Google calendar right now!

Need some help or have a comment?  Use the "comments" link below!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just a minute-I'm the secretary?

OK, club secretaries!  As promised, here's the first informational and enlightening blog post just for you!  (Anyone can read it, though!)

I'm already finding more things I should be doing as a club secretary.  At the first board meeting, I totally forgot that I was supposed to take minutes!  Fortunately, I was able to remember everything long enough to get it down on paper!

But what is supposed to be in the minutes anyway?

Minutes are just a record of the action taken at a meeting.  According to "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Robert's Rules" they are "minutes, not hours-make them short and accurate." Most minutes for Lions Clubs will include:
  • the name of the organization and type of meeting
  • the date, time and place
  • the person presiding at the meeting and the name of the person who took the minutes 
  • how many members were present (optional, but useful to establish a quorum)
  • the motions made, who made them and the result
  • committee reports attached or included in brief
Minutes don't include discussion, the person who seconded a motion, withdrawn motions, or opinions.

After the minutes are approved, the secretary should mark them "approved", sign them,  and keep a copy along with any written reports.

Pretty easy, huh?  Just don't forget to take notes and you'll be fine!

Have an "addition to the minutes"?  Use the comments link below.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Who's on YouTube?

I was watching some video highlights of the Lions International Convention in Seattle when I happened to see some Lions I know...  See how many you can spot.  (Hint:  Look for white pants and bright blue shirts.)  Way to go, MD 39W Lions!

Friday, June 24, 2011

I haven't blogged in so long....

I've been very, very bad!  It's been FOREVER since I've written in this blog!  It's actually one of the more enjoyable things that I do for District 39W, but probably not the most important one, so when other things got busy, this took a back seat.

No more excuses!

We are fast approaching the end of the Lions Year-just a week to go.  It seems amazing to me the year went so fast and soon we will welcome our new District Governor, Doug Beehler, to our club meetings, and Pat will become a PDG (Past District Governor).  Doug will continue with many of the ideas and changes begun by DG Pat, but will have a few tricks of his own up his sleeve.  I'm looking forward to working with Doug as the District Secretary-Treasurer.

Yikes!  I hope I'm up to that challenge! 

One of the new things I will be doing will be using this space about once a month to blog about all things secretarial.  Club secretaries are very busy people and don't always receive the training they need and deserve.  I'll try to fill in that gap just a little by offering short bits of training and tips and how-to's and what do I do's and laments about being a club secretary. 

Let me know what you think and send me your questions!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Special Olympics Idaho "Breakfast With Champions"

Please join me at the Special Olympics Idaho "Breakfast With Champions" event on Tuesday, June 7th from 7:30am-9am at the Boise Center on the Grove. This event is for a breakfast to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics Idaho athletes (free-will donation). There will also be presentations from athletes, families and volunteers. I have 10 seats available. The Key Note Speaker this year is Coach Greg Patton, Head Coach for the BSU Men’s Tennis Team, an awesome speaker! Contact Lion DG Pat to reserve your seat at imjustlivinit@yahoo.com or call 870-2271.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Winner of District 39W Membership Contest

I am pleased to announce that the Star Lions Club is this year's club winner of our Ready! Set! Grow! membership contest. Star Lions added 15 new members (25 to 40) which is a 60% net gain in membership in two months. WOW!!  Lion Mini Victory (a Star Lion) is the individual winner bringing in 7 new members. Congratulations to all who participated in this worthwhile event. DG Pat

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I am a Lion-a new blog

I just found a great new Lions club blog.  It's so new there are only 3 posts but I think it is a brilliant idea.

The blog is called "I Am a Lion-OUR Stories" and will feature just that-stories by and about Lions. The blog hopes to capture inspirational stories about being a Lion and about the wonderful "feel good" things that Lions do.

In this unusual blog, anyone can be a blogger and post by emailing their story.  (Of course, spammers of the world will have their posts deleted!)

Check it out at www.iamalion.org.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Boise Bench Lions learning about blogs

I visited Boise Bench Lions yesterday at Casa Mexico.  They invited me to be their guest speaker and tell them just a little about what Lions District 39W is doing to communicate with Lions and the world. 

So in addition to the website, facebook, twitter, the newsletter, and the e-bulletin, I told them about this blog.

The thing about blogs is that they are very easy.  Anyone can start one; anyone can write.  The problem with blogs is that people who start them often end them-rather abruptly.  They just forget them for weeks, months at a time.  Abandonment is the simplest way to lose any readers you might have had.  But I do recommend blogs for Lions Clubs and Leo Clubs because they are so easy to update-just put it on your calendar and write once a week.  (Like I do-yeah, right...That's a "do as I say, not as I do!")

Back to the subject.  The Boise Bench Lions learned where to find this blog and they learned that clicking the comments link below this post and making a comment was highly encouraged.  They wondered if they could copy and paste from MS Word to the comment box, and if there was a limit to the length of their comments.  I'm expecting someone to try that out real soon.

So c'mon Bench Lions, you're on the hot seat!  Comments?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Saving the day

A couple of months ago, District Governor Pat had the unthinkable happen-his computer crashed and he lost everything.  Of course, I asked him why he didn't have his files backed up.  I know, that was simply mean of me.

So this morning when I turned on my laptop to  finish the newsletter-wait, I mean tried to turn it on, because I pushed the power button and NOTHING HAPPENED!  Oh, no, had I lost everything, too?

Not a chance.  This was my old laptop, mind you, that is being replaced with my new toy just as soon as I'm sure that I can navigate the latest changes in  Publisher 2010 that I use for writing the newsletter.  Everything "important" on it is already on my desktop, a flash drive or two, an SD card-you get the idea.  Everything EXCEPT the current issue of Paw Prints....That was a small moment of panic.

Small, because there was a simple fix.  Unplugging the laptop, removing the battery for a minute, reattaching the battery, then powering up.  That allows the laptop to reset, and usually will fix the problem unless the hardware (hard drive, mother board, etc.) is fried.

So, my next step, saving this month's nearly finished newsletter to another computer.  Whew!  I feel better! And I'm just waiting for a photo before I wrap it up and send it out.

While you're waiting, why don't you back up some files? 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Up to the minute...

The Lions Clubs International Convention is coming up in 84 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes, and some seconds.  Wow, how would I know something like that?

I just downloaded the new LCI Convention app for iphone!

With just a touch on my phone, I have the convention schedule, maps of Seattle and the convention center, names and info on all the exhibitors, and all the other news and information about the convention.  There's even a live twitter feed, which, incidentally, just tweeted their new blog post about the app as I am writing this!

If you have an iphone, you will want this app!  Way to go, Lions International!

Seconds are ticking away....35, 34, 33, 31.....

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fruitland Lions celebrate the big 5-0

The Fruitland Lions Club celebrated 50 years of service last Saturday night (March 5th) with a big birthday bash!  The room was packed to hear International Director Dr. Gene Spiess from South Carolina speak about Lionism.

Charter member, George Matsuura, was given special recognition for 50 years of service and counting.

Leigh and Ken Simmons were chosen asFruitland's Lions of the Year.  It may have been a somewhat dubious honor as they are now responsible for housing the award-brass name plates framed in a large horse collar.  Leigh did say they had just the spot for it-"not in the house"  but at work.  Sounds perfect!

Jay Garrett was selected to receive a Letter of Commendation from International President Sid Scruggs (presented here by Ken Simmons).

Past International Director Floyd and District Governor Pat made appearances and Fruitland Lions members reminisced.  Lion Ed could sell snow to the Eskimos with the practice he had selling raffle tickets for unidentified prizes.

Congratulations, Lions!  Fruitland is fortunate to have you!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Burley Lions challenge to clubs

Recently, Lions District 39W was selected for a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation to remodel the new Foundation and Eye Bank building on Cole Rd. in Boise.  The grant of approximately $39,000 requires the Foundation to match that amount. 

To encourage participation and donations from all the Lions clubs, the Burley Lions issued a challenge.  For every donation made by the Lions clubs in the district, Burley Lions will match it, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000.  The only catch-clubs need to make their donation or pledge by Friday, March 4th.  That's tomorrow. 

Has your club contributed?   Contact the Idaho Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation-today or tomorrow- with your pledge or check.  And a big thank you to Burley Lions.  No matter the final amount, you've stepped up in a big way for the Lions -and the people- of Idaho and E. Oregon!

Friday, February 25, 2011

All the way to Declo

What's there to do on a Saturday night in Rupert?  Go to Declo, of course, for the Declo Lions Charter Party!

You already know, if you read the Paw Prints newsletter, that Declo's club boasts a wide range of ages-actually, from 22 to 93!  And the average just came down on Saturday with the induction of 3 new members, all under the age of 25 (a fourth couldn't make it).

If you're wondering about the Angel Soft in the background, that's a raffle prize.  I'm sure there's a story ...

Lions members from Rupert, Rupert Syringa, Twin Falls, Twin Falls Monarch, Burley, and the District Governor and your faithful scribe from the west side of the state filled the room to capacity.  The comradery among the clubs was evident. Great evening, great food!

 Visiting from Twin Falls Lions, PID Floyd Miller says this photo is proof that all men are not created equal.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Visiting Vale

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a club meeting in Vale, along with the District Governor.  I was really impressed with all the fund raising activities the Vale Lions do to generate money to help dozens of projects and organizations in their community.  You'll see more about that in the next issue of the newsletter.

Vale Lions Club

Stirring up trouble!

 Vale meets here!

The District Governor presents a certificate.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Nampa Lions find the golden gavel

You looked at those treasure hunt clues and thought, "This is crazy!"  But Christine Cannon looked at the clues and said, "I will solve this or it will drive me crazy!"   And now she and the Nampa club have a bright, shiny, "golden" gavel. 

It probably didn't hurt that Christine investigates crimes for a living.  And it didn't hurt that Nampa Lions came to the convention with most of the clues decrypted.  But it still took until Saturday afternoon for the gavel "token" to be found.  (Did you really think we'd hide the actual gavel?)   It had been hidden under the fireplace mantle in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott since October.  Had anyone solved every clue and put the clues in order, the step by step "map" would have led to the exact spot.  (Eventually).  Nampa didn't follow the entire map, but a little creative thinking and a whole lot of persistence paid off.

A huge "thank you" to Joe Jara  (Star Lions) for helping plan the quest and writing half the clues.  He is way more devious than I am!

What did you think of the Quest?  Post your comments by clicking on the "Comments" link below.  

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It happened at the Midwinter....

The Midwinter Convention got off to a great start on Friday evening.  After an hour plus of Cabinet meeting, we were definitely ready for some food and the International Food Fair did not disappoint!  The participating clubs prepared plenty of food and the variety was outstanding.

The only thing that would have made it better would have been a few more clubs participating, but now I'm getting picky.  And I can't believe no one chose Mexico as their country!  (I really like Mexican food!)  Congrats to Boise Riverside Lions for their winning table of Swedish foods.  Really, really good!

 Lion Angie with the winning entry.  Loved those cookies!

Many thanks to Wood River Cellars for providing some wines for tasting.  If you enjoyed the wine, be sure to visit the winery located between Eagle and Star.

Nadine Tackitt and Dale Wilson provided the musical entertainment for the evening.  If you would like to schedule them for one of your events, contact Dale at 286-7505.

What did you think of the Friday night event?  Click the "comments" link below and let us know.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Take the post-convention survey

What a busy weekend at the 39W Midwinter Convention!  Over the next few days, I'll give you some highlights of the convention along with some photos (if people with cameras will send me some!).

Before we get started with that, however, it's you're turn to give an opinion.  If you attended the convention and did not fill out a survey form before you left, here's the online version.  It will only take a few minutes and it is completely anonymous, so fill in those comments!

We'll see you back here later for the convention recap.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Less than a week...

...until the Midwinter Convention in Meridian, Idaho! 

It's not too late to:
  • register
  • enter the International Food Fair
  • spiff up that scrapbook
  • solve some clues and hunt for the golden gavel
Did you know:
  • All Lions can come Friday night at 7:00 without registering?
  • You can bring your spouse or guest for no registration fee?
  • Delegates are voting on 2nd Vice District Governor and a by-laws revision?
  • International Director Anne Smarsh from Kansas will be there?
Congratulations to Ontario Lions Club, winner of the raffle for the convention package!

Need some clues?

Week 11
Week 12
Week 13

Find all the convention information here.

Monday, January 24, 2011

A charter party murder mystery

I usually try not to talk about my club too much-don't want you to think this is a Star Lions blog- but my club held its charter party last Friday.  And it was so much fun, I just wanted to share some photos.  Plus, I haven't had any photos on here in awhile and I really needed to add some color.

The party theme was a murder mystery-who killed Bubba.  Seems everyone had a reason...

Was it Sheriff Sissy, Twila, trailer park owner, or the bingo caller/karaoke DJ, Dusty?

 Was it Rowdy, the biker, or Carney, the drifter?

 Or was it that slick preacher, Billy Bob, or his lovely wife, Mary Kay?

Who do you think it was?

Monday, January 17, 2011

39E Mid-winter convention

Wow, what a great opportunity I had representing the Lions of 39W during the 39E convention which was held this last weekend. I am just amazed at the wonderful things that Lions do throughout our region. Now more than ever we need to work together for the betterment of serving others. The Lions of District 39E are awesome and I sincerely thank them for allowing me to enjoy, share and meet those who unselfishly give of themselves in Lionism. Makes me proud to be a Lion!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Only 30 days til Midwinter

January is almost halfway over and the District 39W Midwinter Convention is only a month away.  

The committee has been working for months but now the countdown begins for the rest of the Lions.  Here's your list of things to do:

  • Put your name on the ballot for 2nd Vice District Governor.  Or suggest someone else for the position-some people need a shove.
  • Get to work on those treasure hunt clues.  They won't solve themselves and you won't have time if you wait until you get to the Courtyard. 
  • Register your club for the International Food Fair.  I don't know about you, but I'm going to want some snacks on Friday night.  (Especially after DG Pat's Cabinet meeting...)
  • Buy your raffle ticket for the convention package.  A winner will be drawn at the end of this month.
  • Register for the convention.  Register early and save some bucks. (If you win the raffle, your money will be refunded.)
  • Encourage all your fellow Lions to come to the convention.  Support your district, your District Governor Pat, and we'll see you there!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2010 was a blur...

Is it just me or did the past year just fly by?  We're already one week into 2011-at least we got the resolutions written!

What happened in 2010?  It's a bit of a blur, but I remember a few things...

The year started off with lots of blogging, lots of vision testing and some charter parties.  The Boise Special Olympics Lions celebrated their first birthday in February.

Then, it was time for the District 39W convention.  DG Shirley's theme was a circus event complete with balloons, Lions, and clowns,  or was it Lions that were clowning around with balloons? 

Also in February, the Lions came together to help the Winter Camp for the Blind  stay afloat with generous donations-a proud moment in 2010!

In March, Opening Eyes at the Idaho Special Olympics Winter Games screened 100 athletes. About half needed new prescriptions; most of the others received sunglasses or sports goggles. 

May brought the end of the district membership drive with Boise Special Olympics Lions bringing in the most members.  The contest brought in over 50 new members throughout the district in 2 months.

The Sun Valley (MD 39) convention celebrated the year with lots of awards, speeches, and parties.  What a great place to network!

June kicked off a series of  "Lions After Five" events or actually Lions at "Alive After Five" in downtown Boise.  It was see and be seen, raising some awareness for Lions and what we do.

In July, DG Pat Brown  took office as District Governor.  He came home from the International Convention invigorated with new ideas and excited for the Lions' future. Actually, he was exhausted from the trip down under, but soon recovered and was then invigorated with new ideas.

The streamlined Paw Prints premiered and the Lion news moved to the new e-Bulletin.  Unfortunately, the editor still struggles with a proper schedule.

In November, the blog reached its first birthday.  Wow, lots of typing to do that. 

And that brings us to the new year.  Good thing, this was getting long and I think I lost half the readers back in May...

What's your favorite memory of 2010?  Hit the blue "Comments" link and let us know!