Sunday, February 16, 2014

Press release from our friends at Special Olympics Idaho

BOISE, ID – February 16, 2014 – On the morning of Saturday the 15th, Head Coach for
the Moscow Rebels’ Special Olympic Team, Elizabeth King, discovered that their local
storage unit had been broken into and their Winter Sports equipment had been stolen.
With the 2014 State Winter Games just two weeks away in Sun Valley, this was a
crushing blow to the local team. The Moscow Rebels have been training hard all season
and just returned from Regional Competitions in Coeur d’Alene, excited and ready for
their State Games. With the loss of their equipment, this may mean that these athletes
will not be able to join other Idaho athletes in Sun Valley on February 28th.

The Moscow Rebels may have lost their equipment, but they have not lost their hope.
Teams from all across Idaho have rallied together in support of their competition, and
are donating extra sports equipment from their teams to ensure that the Moscow Rebels
will meet them at the Games. The Coeur d’Alene Eagles have donated $1,000 from their
very own fundraising efforts to support the team in obtaining rental equipment for State
Games. LC Storm in Lewiston and the Silver Valley team in Kellogg are donating
equipment for the team to use. Even with the teams rallying together, Moscow Rebels
will need support from the community to ensure they have safe and appropriate
competition gear for State Games.

The Moscow Rebels are in need of Snowshoe and Nordic ski equipment. It is their hope
that they will be able to rent the equipment needed for State Games, that they are
unable to borrow from other teams. Local teams fundraise for their own equipment,
uniforms, housing and travel to Games. This has been a setback for the team, but they
are not allowing it to prevent them from going to State Competitions.

Special Olympics Idaho’s Director of Sports and Training, Opey Freedle, said, “Anytime
crime effects our community it is a loss, but this was a devastating blow for our athletes.
After all the hard work put into training for State Games, it’s a tragedy that this team may
miss out on the chance to showcase their skills and abilities, and compete for the Gold
at State. The answer is up to the community now. We will do what we can on our end to
make sure they get the chance to compete. But we’ll need help to get them there.”

If you would like to assist the team in renting equipment for the 2014 State Winter
Games in Sun Valley, or would like to donate snowshoes or skiing equipment, please
contact Pam Lisenbe, Special Olympics Northern Idaho Regional Director, at 208-659-
0172 or email

If you have any information concerning the theft of the Moscow Rebels sports
equipment, please contact the Moscow Police Department at 208-882-2677.

Did you miss the Midwinter?

The Midwinter Convention last weekend hosted by Mountain Home Lions included many of the usual activities-and a few that were not so usual.

Friday night's International Food Fair had 3 contestants-the Parma Lions, the Boise Riverside Special Olympics Lions, and the Mountain Home Lions. The BRSO club was the winner with the country of "Sweetzerland".  OK, not really a country, but DG Bill called it "innovation".  I think he's a member of that club... Parma's country was the mythical Parma-san and Mtn. Home chose the Philippines. Those who braved the weather enjoyed music by Third Take until heading to the "Lions Den" in room 115.

A few of the breakout sessions had to be cancelled due to weather concerns, but John Mundt filled in with a presentation about the Hamburg convention.  Rich Sykes, president of the Mountain Home club, told us why their club is 106 members strong and growing.  He's the only president I know who has voluntarily been tased and shot with paint balls to further the cause of Lionism.

Stevie Beehler was elected to serve as District Governor next year, and Jay Lugo was elected to serve as 1st Vice District Governor (after being appointed 2nd Vice District Governor at the Cabinet meeting on Friday). 

International Director Larry Dicus from California was the keynote speaker for the evening banquet.  I was impressed with his commitment to the use of technology and social media and he had some good suggestions and ideas.

There were a few awards presented.  International President's Certificates of Appreciation were given to Lynn and Dennis Burks, co-chairs of the convention (great job, you two!) and Nancy Berto for the publicity she does with her club and zone.  Friendship tote bags were given to Karen Woods, DGE Stevie Beehler, DG Ron Gill from the East, Rich Sykes, Dennis and Lynn, and IT Kathy Donahue.

You may be wondering what was unusual about this convention.  That would be the outhouse theme.  Mountain Home Lions have a tradition of hauling around an outhouse to get new members...More on that later. It may have you wanting to build one of your own-or not.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Learn leadership skills

Multiple District 39 will be hosting a Leadership Seminar on March 21 and 22 at the Idaho-E. Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation in Boise.

The seminar is open to any Lion; however, you must submit an application as only 25 Lions will be accepted. 

What will you learn?  Topics include time management, public speaking, team building, Lions protocol, meeting management, communication, and more.  Not only will these topics benefit you as a Lion, but in your other endeavors as well.  Who couldn't benefit from learning better time management or how to work better with other people on your team?

Applications are now available-return to Deanna Rostock ASAP to reserve your spot.

You can also find the schedule and instructor list at this link.

And did I mention-it's free!