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October 15, 2020

Club Activities

Sad News from 9NW of the Passing of PDG Linda Ritchie

CLUB NEWS:

Good news from 9NW! In spite of the fact that we don’t have an official District Governor this coming year, a group of experienced PDG’s have formed a new task force to serve our clubs. This Editor is proud to be one of them! Naturally, since this is a new situation for everyone, it will take some time before it all clicks together but we are ready to follow the classic Lions motto, WE SERVE!

PDG Cliff Weldon  from Fort Dodge will be one of our front men and will take care of club visits, LCIF matters and more. Highly respected, he served as DG in 2002- 2003 and is a long-time Club Secretary in the Noon Lions Club. He can be reached at 515-408-8145 or e-mail at iatiger@frontiernet.net .

Also well known and respected is PDG Dale Schoening  from the Boone Lions. In addition to being a Trustee for our Iowa Lions Foundation, PDG Dale will also be our contact with the incoming Council of Governors and with the State Office in Ames. PDG Dale served as our DG in 2019-2020 and is well remembered by our clubs. His contact information is ph. 515-290-7737 and e-mail daschoening@gmail.com .

PDG Glenn Markley  from the Rolfe Lions Club will be another of our Task Force members and will assist with club visits and more. A driving force in our district, PDG Glenn served as DG in 2014-2015 and can be reached at 712-848- 3284 and e-mail glenn.markley@gmail.com . A true Lion!

More than ever we will need to communicate with each other and with our clubs this coming year, so naturally, PDG Stefan Sandberg  is on the team as well. He served as DG in 2013-2014 and has been the Editor of this monthly Newsflash ever since. He will coordinate our district pages in the Iowa Lion and more. Send him all your stories and pictures! The more the better! We need to bang on our drums and energize ourselves fromCOVID sadness. His e-mail is stefandg1314@gmail.com .

Of course, PDG Roger Curtis is on our task force as well, having put in a yeoman’s job in the past and very difficult year. Please give this man a break and let him catch up with his own life for a little while. The rest of us will just have to get the job done for now. Give us a try!

Update On New Clubs

The Denison Latino Lions Branch Club is now operating. They have planned a membership drive as they continue to work toward charter strength and we hope to hear soon about their first club project.
As of Feb. 11, the planned Campus Lions Club at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City had 17 people signed up. They are getting very close to charter strength and are eager to get started!

AKRON Last year they held a Father’s Day golf tournament, raising $1,300.

CARROLL Last year they held a Grocery Grab at Hy-Vee, a team competition to restock food pantries, raising over $3,000 in food and cash which was divided between two local pantries.
Soup Day raised $5,000; did eye screenings of 218 children in Jefferson, Churdan and Wall Lake.

CHURDAN delivered Meals on Wheels 5 days a week every week, serving 150 people; awarded a scholarship to a high school senior.

FORT DODGE NOON – Held a food drive in the community for the local food pantry.
Last year they
held a steak fry, raising $4,000.
Delivered Meals on Wheels every week, five days a week, serving 140 people; hosted KidSight eye screenings; painted caboose in Lions Park.

EAGLE GROVE Last year they led the Coats for Kids project which provided 302 coats (as well as undies, sweats, etc.) to needy students in Merrill, Hinton and Le Mars.
We are aware that at least part of the reason so little is being reported is because a lot of our clubs have not yet figured out how to use the new MyLion reporting system. This month the only things reported by clubs on MyLion were a few monetary donations, which do great good but which I generally don’t report here because our motto is “We Serve” not “We Write Checks.” I would much rather report on hands-on projects you are doing for your community. The two items mentioned above were both reported to me via email, not MyLion.
If you need help with MyLion, contact District IT Chair Carl Duling. His contact info is in the Who’s Who, or can be obtained from the State Office or
DG Dale.Please report your service! We want to know and celebrate what you are doing to serve your community and the wider world!
We are planning to provide a Technology Help Desk at our district convention. If you still need help with MyLion, MyLCI, or anything else in Lions related to technology, you will be able to talk in person with knowledgeable people who can help you.

FORT DODGE NOON delivered 6,000 pairs of used eyeglasses to North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City; has collected 107 used hearing aids to be delivered to Ames to be taken to the Iowa Lions Hearing Aid Bank.

HARTLEY Last year they gave $500 to a family dealing with medical issues; awarded $250 scholarships to eight graduating seniors.

MANSON Last year they collected office equipment at Clean Up Days to donate money to a ministry needs fund for travelers who need money for gas while passing through town; awarded $200 scholarship to two graduating seniors.

MERRILL Last year they once each month four members serve supper at the Sioux City Gospel Mission.

ROCKWELL CITY Last year they awarded scholarships to two graduating seniors; held Friday Night on the Square fundraisers; did fundraising for Relay for Life; fundraiser at Twin Lakes Garage Sale.

SIOUX CITY Last year they bought eyeglasses for three individuals; gave 200 pairs of used eyeglasses to a doctor to take on a mission to Tanzania.

WOODWARD  Last year they awarded $300 scholarships to three graduating seniors (nursing, medical, and business); grilled pork loin sandwiches for a fundraiser at Friends and Neighbors Day.
Served a warm meal and treats to the community as part of Beggars Night on Halloween, with five Lions serving about 100 people, 60 of them children.

In Memoriam 2020/2021  – Our sympathy to the families and friends of these Lions who have completed their service on earth.
Steve Springer/Fort Dodge Noon/Years a Lion – 35
John Feikema/Orange City /Years a Lion – 8
Duane Anderson/Wall Lake/Years a Lion – 20
Victor Johnson/Wall Lake/Years a Lion – 20