Notes from April 10th Meeting

Barbra SorkinThe meeting for the Uniontown Lions Club on April 10th 2013. King Lion Jim Laverick was absent, traveling for work, 1st Vice President Bob Kendall presided over the meeting. There was an official visit by 2nd Vice District Governor Barbra Sorkin. She congratulated the club on having over 60 members and good attendance for the meeting. Sorkin received laughs when she mentioned that Lion Ed Cikity was performing so well as Tail Twister that she might tap him as a speaker for an upcoming leader conference when she become District Governor.  2nd Vice District Governor Barbra Sorkin reminded the club about the Spring Leadership conference on April 27th and a District social in May. The 2nd Vice District Governor also announced that the club would receive a patch for the banner if all major officers attended the Spring Conference.

A letter was read as a part of the external communication recognizing the memorial day recognition of veterans and expressing disappointment at the lack of recognition of veterans of all wars. It was pointed out that the Memorial Day program was ran by the Uniontown Community Park and not the Lions Club. The letter was signed anonymously so it would be difficult to respond directly to the concerns but the letter will be passed on to the park board.

During the committee reports Lion Mark Troyer reminded the club that the Uniontown Lions Club Festival will be held August 7-10 2013 and that there could be a festival committee meeting on April 24 after the regular meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.

Elgin Lions Club celebrates 90 years of service

Elgin Lions Club celebrates 90 years of serviceTo mark the Elgin Lions Club’s 90th anniversary, the club is holding a celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with a cocktail reception at the Holiday Inn, 495 Airport Road in Elgin.

Many dignitaries from other Lions clubs, the Illinois Lions organization and a past director of Lions International will attend. There will be music, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

The cost will be $10 per person. Reservations are requested. Contact Lion Marry Merrell at

The Elgin Lions Club was organized Oct. 25, 1921. The first president of the club was Walter Rippberger, who was a local banker. Many prominent Elginites have been Lions Club members over the years. Mayor Erwin Schmidt was a longtime member, and Lyle Zeigler of Ace Hardware was not only a member of the club, but was also the District Governor in 1948-49.

Over its years of existence, the Elgin Lions Club has contributed in many ways to the welfare and culture of the Elgin area. Currently, the local club’s primary mission is to assist members of the community with their eyeglass needs.

The Elgin club is just one of the 46,000 Lions Clubs that make up the 1.35 million members of Lions International, the world’s largest service club organization.

The club is proud of its contributions to the welfare of the people it serves and is looking for new people who share its devotion to service to others.

Lions Club organises free eye screening, surgery at Idi-Ayunre

Written by Seye Adeniyi

Lions Club organises free eye screening, surgery at Idi-Ayunre Over 3,000 people in Idi-Ayunre community in Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State, recently benefitted from the free eye test carried out by the International Association of Lions Club, District 404B Nigeria, while over 5,000 people from nearby communities also converged at Idi-Ayunre to participate in the eye screening and the distribution of eye glasses to people with sight problem in the community.

The beneficiaries have, however, tasked Community News to encourage other humanitarian organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to borrow a leaf from the kind gesture of the Lions Club International, stressing that other organisations should join hands with the government to bring succour to the people who are in need or are looking for solution to their health problems because government alone cannot shoulder the needs of the entire members of the public.

The two-day eye screening and surgery exercise  took place at Idi-Ayunre community on the 13th and 14th October, 2011, and was organised by the International Association of Lions Clubs, District 404B Nigeria in partnership with the management of the Oluyole Local Government Area, Oyo State.

In his speech, the District Governor, Lions Club International, District 404B Nigeria, Lion (Professor) Ayoade Adesokan, explained that the association decided to embark on the health to assist people with sight problem get solution to their problem, adding that it was observed that many people in the society, especially those with health problem, could not afford the increasing cost of medical treatment and as such, many of them have defect in their sight.

In his words, “there are many downtrodden in the society who could not afford the cost of simple medical treatment. In fact, many people in the society today are going blind because of poverty. Therefore, Lions Club decided to help them by embarking on this core project,” he stated.

Ayoade Adesokan also disclosed that such a free eye screening exercise had been carried out in states like Ekiti and Osun by the club, stressing that they were happy that the caretaker chairman of Oluyole Local Government Council, Prince Ayodeji Abass Aleshinloye was quick to identify with the free eye screening and distribution of eye glasses exercise.

However, over 45 Nigerians with serious visual impairment also benefitted from the free cataract surgery co-sponsored by Lion Club International, District 404B Nigeria and Oluyole Local Government in a joint collaboration with the Opthalmological Society of Nigeria, (OSN), South-West zone.

Antigua Lions Host District Governor

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The Antigua Lions Club recently welcomed Lion Lloyd Barker, MJF, District Governor of 60B. Lion Barker, according to a release, was making his official visit to the Lions and Leo clubs to conduct audits and discuss his goals for the District during his tenure.He also paid a courtesy call on Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack last week. Lion Barker, whose home club is Barbados East, will leave on Tuesday to continue his duties in St Maarten.

District 60B is comprised of 61 Lions clubs and 40 Leo clubs stretching from the Cayman Islands in the north to Grenada in the south.

The Lions Club of Antigua was chartered in 1968, and meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Lions Den.