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!