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January 15, 2022

Club Activities

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 netted more than $2,200 with the Omelet Breakfast; and donated $500 to the ongoing city swimming pool project.

BADGER had a fun Halloween event for the community serving food, drinks, and giving away prizes for all the trick or treaters

BOONE held a Turkey Dinner.

CHURDAN delivered Meals on Wheels 5 days a week every week, a continuous program for the club.

CARROLL made more than $7,000 on Lions Soup Day.

Carry On by Giving!

This is the most wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving with friends and family has just passed. We are looking forward to trimming the house for Christmas to make more happy memories with loved ones. As I drag the tree from the basement for another year, my thoughts turn to the extra work that needs to be done – trimming the tree and the house lights and decorations, baking goodies and buying gifts to give. Then I wonder, have we lost some of the true meaning by buying gifts.

The season isn’t about spending money on gifts, but the joy that we can give to others whether by spending time with them or even making them a homemade item with love. Maybe it should not be just about giving things to those closest to us, but giving in many ways to our community and world.

Giving is something we as Lions can all do. We give of our time to serving others, meetings and fundraisers. We support our communities both on the local and international level (through LCIF). The giving can be multiplied if we give to the Iowa Lions Foundation. By donating to the Iowa Lions Foundation, some of the main areas of focus we are supporting:

  1. KidSight

  2. Iowa Lions Eye Bank

  3. Cochlear Implant Center

  4. Eyeglass recycling project

  5. Iowa Lions Hearing Aid Bank

To learn more about the Iowa Lions Foundation, contact President Phillip Larabee or contact your 9NW District Trustees Dale Schoening or Roger Curtis.

In closing, some Lions Clubs have adopted families to support during the Christmas season. I think this is wonderful, but giving and supporting others should not be confined to just one or two months of the year. It should be a year-round effort. Giving of our time and money to help others should be a priority as Lions Clubs and as individuals. “Carry On” my friends – by giving!

Welcome New Members (as reported in MyLCI

Akron – Mackenzie Schram SPONSOR – Connie Blake

Peterson – Jason Hass SPONSOR – Lonnie Hansen

Ogden – Tom Hollingshead SPONSOR – Doug Lau