Lions serve in Sechelt

Christine Wood Staff Writer

Sechelt Lions ClubThe Sunshine Coast Lions Club of Sechelt is here to serve, and members put that motto into action last week while building a deck for all to enjoy at the new community building in Mission Point Park.

The building used to be a residence and when the District of Sechelt acquired the Mission Point property they realized the building needed repair.

The District got to work revamping the space and soon the Lions Club stepped up to help be a part of that transformation.

“Our motto is ‘we serve,’ that’s why we’re here,” said club president Len Schollen, while working on the deck with a crew of four Lions. “We see this as a great benefit to the community. This building is going to be used by different groups and people for things like meetings and small weddings.”

The club spent a little under $1,500 for the deck project and nine volunteers put in about 80 hours of work to finish it. The cost could have been significantly higher, but lumber was provided by Gibsons Building Supply in Sechelt-.

Beneath the new solid wrap-around deck, the Lions hid a time capsule to mark their effort. Inside is a copy of the front page Coast Reporter article telling of their recently opened senior housing complex in Sechelt, some business cards, a club roster and a note for whoever finds the capsule, but they hope it won’t be found for 50 years or more.

“Because we used pressure treated wood, [the deck] shouldn’t need any repairs for probably 50 years. We think it will be a long time until anyone finds it,” said Lion Robert Allen.

This is just one of many community projects the club will be taking on this year.

The group plans to build a viewing area platform in Mission Point Park as well at the mouth of Chapman Creek. That project would be fully accessible and is expected to cost about $3,500.

The Lions also give funds to support KidSport and the Imagination Library program, which provides monthly books for young readers.

Other smaller projects may come their way this year and there is ongoing fundraising in order to add another complex to their seniors’ housing site in Sechelt.

“The Lions club is about helping children, people with disabilities and the elderly,” Schollen noted.

The Sechelt club raises their funds though weekly meat draws on Saturdays at Gilligan’s Pub in Sechelt, the July 1st pancake breakfast they put on, hot dog and hamburger sales at the drag races (as part of a joint effort with the Gibsons club) and the Christmas tree farm they run each year. They also receive some size of gaming grant annually.

The Sunshine Coast Lions Club of Sechelt is one of 4,682 clubs that run in 206 countries around the world. Lions clubs are non-religious, non-political and accept members of all ages, races and nationalities.

“It’s the largest service club organization in the world,” Schollen said.

Despite their world-reaching membership and notable achievements, the Sechelt group has just 22 members.

The Lions Club of Ivybridge, UK give a boost to high-flying cadets

Lions give a boost to high-flying cadetsThe Lions Club of Ivybridge has donated a whopping £1,500 to the Ivybridge Air Cadets.
The cheque was presented to Fight Lieutenant Adrian Corfield by Ivybridge Lions Club president Mark Edwards on Monday evening at the cadet hut by Filham Park.
Ivybridge Lions Club spokesman and former president, Adam Winzer said: ‘This money we have donated is a large part of the profit we made at the Lions Funday this year.  ‘The cadets are one of our beneficiaries’.
Ivybridge Air Cadets is open to new male and female cadets, from the age of 13 to 18 years.
Cadets who meet minimum criteria can remain up to the age of 20 years – though some decide to remain within the organisation as adult staff.
Once cadets have passed specific tests they are able to participate in a wide range of activities including flying, gliding, shooting, adventure activities, sport and camps at UK and overseas RAF bases to name but a few.
Academic studies can result in the award of BTEC in Aviation Studies and BTEC First Diploma in Public Services.
Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.
Beginning in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities.

The Gates Foundation has awarded LCIF $5 million

By Russell Sarver Past international director of Lions Clubs International

Russell Sarver is a Past international director of Lions Clubs InternationalLions Clubs do great work locally and around the world. Below are some examples of what has been accomplished.

Update of measles initiative: Since joining the measles initiative last year, Lions Clubs International Foundation, in a collaborative effort with several leading organizations to eliminate measles, have vaccinated the one-billionth child for measles. Since 2001, the World Health Organization estimates that measles has been reduced by 78 percent. In 2009, almost 900,000 African children died from measles; and in 2010, 164,000 died from measles.

The Gates Foundation has awarded Lions Clubs International Foundation $5 million for the program this year, by matching every $2 that LCIF raises with $1, and they have set a combined goal of providing $15 million toward this initiative.

Lions Clubs making impact in South Asia: Lions helped to raise more than $200 million during Campaign SightFirst II in donations and pledges. These funds already are having a great impact around the world, including South Asia. To date, in South Asia, the program has helped to fund 112 projects totaling $16.9 million. These funds are being used to upgrade or expand 72 clinics and hospitals, provide 496,200 cataract surgeries, and train 96 midlevel ophthalmic personnel. In addition, one eye hospital will be constructed and equipped, and one multiple district diabetic retinopathy program, including equipment and training, has been completed.

LCIF awards grants: At the recent international board of directors meeting in Hong Kong,  55 grants were awarded, totaling $4.09 million and benefiting 915,778 individuals. This includes $1.19 million for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program.

River blindness eliminated in Colombia: Since 2004, SightFirst has been a contributing partner in the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program (River Blindness) of the Americas, which works to end river blindness in Latin America. As a result of work done in these areas, it is announced that Colombia is now free from river blindness.

LCIF providing famine relief in Africa: Right now, famine is threatening the lives of millions of people in Africa. As always, Lions are bringing aid to the people affected by this disaster. LCIF has approved a $15,000 grant to support famine relief. Lions in Kenya also collected $10,000, and our members around the world are rallying to help. Lions in Sweden are donating $77,000; a Lions Club in Germany has pledged to collect $7,100; and Lions from Ethiopia are also taking part in relief efforts.

Donations from tattoos will help surviving exotic animals

Holly Richards/Times Recorder

Donations from tattoos will help surviving exotic animalsZANESVILLE — As local wildlife news captivated the area and the country this week, it also struck a chord with tattoo artist Billy White.

Using his talents to create inked images, White will donate more than $1,000 to benefit the six animals taken from Terry Thompson’s farm to the Columbus Zoo.

“When I first heard about it, it was crazy,” he said. “I thought, ‘What could I do to help in some way?’ There’s been so much negative attention, so I wanted to focus on something positive, like the rescued animals that were saved.”

On Wednesday, White, the owner of Yellow Rose Tattoo on Maysville Pike, began setting aside the proceeds from tattoos of exotic animals, such as lions, tigers, bears, cheetahs and wolves. He plans to give money from tattoos he did between Wednesday and Saturday night to be used specifically for the care and expenses of the six rescued animals at the zoo.

About $1,300 had been raised and 18 tattoos had been inked by early Saturday afternoon. White said word spread like wildfire once he posted the idea on Yellow Rose Tattoo’s Facebook page.

“Everybody’s come together for this, whether they’re excited about getting a new tattoo or just donating money,” he said. “It’s felt like one big party with friends coming in and hanging out and getting tattoos. People have come from Athens, Columbus and all over the area just for this. It’s been overwhelming.”

James and Lindsay Riggs, of Cambridge, were excited to spend time at White’s, offer their support and raise funds and awareness. Both planned to get wolf tattoos.

“We’re hunters, and even though some of us are covered in tattoos, we’re good people,” Lindsay said. “We care about the community, and we need to preserve wildlife.”

“I love it; no words can explain how much respect I have for Billy,” James said. “I’m glad he’s doing this.”

White said he also has given tattoos to people who said they knew or worked with Thompson and has been intrigued by the stories they told about the animals Thompson owned.

He said he always has done a lot of animal tattoo work and expects their popularity to increase, considering recent events.

While proceeds from the initial four-day effort will be donated at this time, White said he’s considering making this an indefinite project.

“A lot of benefit can come from this, and I hope it’s driven in a positive way for awareness,” he said. “I want to thank everybody who’s helped and went the extra mile to do something selfless.”

Crosby Lions, Leos organize Rebuilding Together Houston project

By STEPHEN THOMAS

Crosby Lions, Leos organize Rebuilding Together Houston projectEvery time that Tracee Jackson leaves and returns to her Crosby home, she sees the difference that Lionism makes.

Through the Rebuilding Together Houston program, the Lions and Leos of the Crosby Lions Club coalesced dozens of volunteers who on Saturday, Oct. 15, refurbished Jackson’s Melville Drive home.

Volunteers scraped the loose green paint and replaced it with a beige coat complemented by white newly attached trim and fresh paint under the roof overhang. They also secured or replaced siding as necessary, caulked voids to seal the structure from the elements, and built a wooden front porch, complete with railings.

The team performed interior roof repairs and renovated a bathroom to make it handicapped-accessible.

This is not an exhaustive account of the post-Hurricane Ike renovation.

A 20-year resident, Jackson was away during some of the volunteers’ work, which was carried out under the auspices of the Rebuilding program, a community outreach organization that repairs and renovates homes at no cost to the qualifying need-based homeowners.

When the homeowner returned, she picked up a paint brush and helped.

Having worked side-by-side with volunteers, Jackson insisted that she be called upon to volunteer on the next project, which would improve someone else’s home.

She could not believe the impact of Lionism and the broader display of community service. Upon examining the work, all Jackson knew was that these volunteers were good people; they were her kind of people.

“It overwhelmed me for them to show that much love toward someone that they didn’t know,” Jackson said. “Even though they didn’t know me, we did have common ground, and that was with Jesus.

“I know they had the love of God in them, for them to do something like that for a person they didn’t know — to sacrifice the time that they could have been spending with their families. To come and help me, a person in need, was very overwhelming.”

Volunteers were practically coming out of the woodwork, so to speak. Lions and Leos were joined by members of Crosby Boy Scout Troop 1411, the values-based citizenship of which is consistent with the 1917 founding humanitarian pillar of Lions and Leos.

Lions Clubs are known for their eyesight conservation initiatives and aid to people who suffer from vision loss. They sponsor eye exams, to include preschool vision screening, and collect recyclable eyeglasses strictly for overseas distribution.

Leo is a Lions Clubs community service organization focused on providing “leadership, experience and opportunity” to its youth and young adult membership.

The East Harris County Empowerment Council also was among the organizations represented.

The scope of volunteerism impressed and encouraged organizers.

“You always take a shot in the dark and hopefully everybody says, ‘Yes,’” Crosby Lions Club President Marcus Narvaez said, during the volunteers’ work day. “You hope for the best. Everybody can’t always make it. But this was a great turnout. Some of the people I didn’t even expect to come.

“I think it is fun to do this. To see all the people here gives you more fuel to just keep on working on the house.”

Lions and Leos praised the exemplary team spirit.

“My gosh, it’s awesome,” said Brenda Quintanilla, sponsor of the Crosby Leo Club at Crosby High School, who was painting under the roof overhang on the home’s east side. “Everybody is working together. If you walk around the house, you can see that so much work is getting done because we have so many people who came to volunteer. The Boy Scouts showed up! They are all helping, and it is really a great effort. We’re doing a great job, I think.”

Lionism is an everlasting doctrine, which is a reason Crosby Lions and Leos, whose Facebook page is www.facebook.com/crosbylionsclub, plan to continue helping people and improving neighborhood aesthetics through the Rebuilding program.

“We would like to do more Rebuilding projects,” Quintanilla said. “We are always looking for houses that we can help folks with. One of the biggest challenges that we found, so far, is finding people who would like our help. Sometimes folks don’t really want to step up and say, ‘I need the help.’

“So, if there is anybody out there who would like us to come by with Rebuilding Houston — there are some qualifications they have to meet — we would love to do more jobs like this.”

Jackson was an ideal choice for the project.

“I’ve met her,” Narvaez said. “She is well-deserving.”

Volunteers have been very proud to sacrifice a Saturday for Rebuilding Together Houston.

“I feel good about us fixing the old ladies’ houses,” said Boy Scout Jonathan Bliek, a member of Crosby Troop 1411. “I feel good for painting all of the fences; make her feel better.”

While Jackson was away, Troop 1411 Boy Scout Jacob Peña said that he had hoped the homeowner would return and be “surprised and happy that we helped her with her house.”

Dorchester Lions Club swimarathon raises more than £5,200

By Joanna Davis

Dorchester Lions Club swimarathon raises more than £5,200A MAYOR helped make a splash for a local appeal at a swimming endur-ance extravaganza.

Dorchester’s First Citizen Tess James recruited a team of six to swim 87 lengths of the pool at the Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre for the county town’s 29th annual Swim-arathon.

Mrs James’ team, the Mayor’s Maids, was one of 28 teams that raised £5,280.50 for local causes, with the main beneficiary being Dorset County Hospital’s Digital Mammography Appeal.

The teams swam for 55 minutes each and managed 2,803 lengths of the pool.

Organisers the Dorchester Lions Club held the event over Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Mrs James said: “I roped my friends in to do it with me and we managed about 87 lengths between us, which isn’t bad given that our average age is around 60.

“It was a really great day with all sorts of people there raising money.

“It was a real community effort.

“My team was a bit nervous before we started but they all rose to the challenge.”

Making waves for charity on the mayoral team were Mrs James, Elisabeth McLean, Anne Eccleston, Frances Anderson, Janet Hambling and Sara Clarke.

Lions spokesman Andy Rose said he wished to thank everyone who took part.

“We’d particularly like to thank the team ‘Rusty Swimmers’, who raised £577. We had all ages and abilities taking part. Some were beginners and some, like the West Dorset Warriors were regular participants who took part.

“I’d also like to thank Henry Ling, which put in three teams and are always very supportive of us,” he said.

Mr Rose urged participants to hand in their sponsorship money as soon as possible to Goulds Household Centre in South Street, Dorchester.

This 2011 event was sponsored by the Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre and the Leadbitter Group, which is currently building the new Dorchester Sports Centre on the leisure centre site.

All the teams that pledged over £100 at year’s event will also be put into a prize charity draw, with a chance to raise more money for their chosen cause.

Peterborough Lions Club roars into 75th year with anniversary gala

By KENNEDY GORDON, Examiner Staff Writer

Lions International LogoPeterborough’s Lions Club turns 75 this year and members are ready to roar in celebration.

More than 150 Lions from clubs in eastern Ontario — Kingston to Peterborough, Lakeshore to Denby — will head to the Trentwinds on Saturday night for a gala dinner marking three-quarters of a century in the Electric City.

“It’s going to be big,” said Lion Graham Lewis, chairman of the organizing committee.

“We’ve got people coming from all over this part of the province.”

He said 75 years is a long time for one club to be operating. The Peterborough Lions held their first meeting in 1936, with 24 members.

Now based in the Lions Community Centre on Burnham St. in East City — once the site of a popular outdoor pool run by the club — the Lions have 39 members and continue to carry out community work in the area.

“It’s going to be big. We’ve got people coming from all over this part of the province.”organizing committee chairman Graham Lewis

Saturday night’s dinner will include several service awards for members, Lewis said.

Members of other Lions Clubs and the general public are welcome to attend, he said, and there’s still space. Tickets are $30, with cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner.

“We’re looking forward to a good night and a good time,” Lewis said.

Lions clubs were launched in 1917 as a secular service club in the U.S. and has since spread to close to 200 countries, boasting 1.3 million members.

Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act – Update

Senator Jerry MoranIn recognition of our 100th Anniversary in 2017, LCI is leading efforts to mint 400,000 silver dollars. This is the first step to commemorate our centennial – while raising millions to support our global mission areas for the visually impaired, disabled, youth and those affected by disaster. Lions from all over the globe are exploring similar commemorative campaigns locally.

How much is a Lions silver dollar worth? Read the feature article in the September 2011 issue of the LION magazine.

In June, the “Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act,” S. 1299/H.R. 2139, was introduced in the U.S. Congress by Senator Jerry Moran, a Lion, and Congressman Peter Roskam thanks to Sandy Spring Lions Club, District 22-C, who formally proposed this opportunity to publicize our accomplishments and raise funds for the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Thanks to your efforts to contact our lawmakers, we’ve reached 39% of our goal in the U.S. House and 36% of our goal in the U.S. Senate. Congratulations to PDG David Orr and Lions of Wyoming, District 15, for securing all Wyoming House and Senate legislators as co-sponsors! Also, congratulations to the Pago Pago Lions Clubs, the Territory of American Samoa, for securing their sole Representative in the House as a co-sponsor.

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Area Lions clubs help screen vision in kids

By SUE WILLETT

Area Lions clubs help screen vision in preschoolersWATERLOO – John Blitsch understands the benefits of an early eye exam. As a youth, early detection of an eye tumor may have saved his life.

Now the Cedar Valley Lions Club member gives back by helping facilitate the Iowa Lions Kidsight Program, a joint project of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Ophthalmology.

The program is dedicated to the early detection and treatment of vision impairments in Iowa’s young children through eye screening and public education.

“The Kidsight Program is geared to detecting vision problems before a child enters kindergarten and before parents may even realize that their child may have a vision problem,” Blitsch said. “Uncorrected vision problems can be a huge disadvantage for a child when entering elementary school.”

Lions clubs in many Iowa communities are presently gearing up for Kidsight screening events this fall in their areas across the state.

Locally, the Cedar Valley Evening Lions, the Cedar Falls Noon Lions, and the Hudson Lions clubs have joined efforts to screen young children in preschools throughout the Cedar Valley and nearby towns. These Lions clubs work with AEA 267 personnel at screening events.

The instant eye screening process is done by using a black and white Polaroid camera designed for this purpose.

Due to the discontinuation of Polaroid cameras and the difficulty in getting them repaired, an initiative to purchase new cameras is in place.

“In order for this preschool eye screening project to continue, we need to switch to digital photography,” said Paul Smith, active Lions Club member.

The group recently received a $10,000 grant from the McElroy Trust to cover one new camera.

“Our goal is to raise $40,000, and we are about halfway there. We should have our new camera by Jan. 1 and hope that our old ones hold up until then,” Smith said.

The Lions Club members are trained to use the camera equipment properly, take the pictures and complete the required forms. Lions Club members do not diagnose eye problems.

The screening process can detect conditions like misaligned eyes, astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness.

“Kidsight is a valuable community project for prevention,” said Barry Haskins, Cedar Valley Lions Club member. “It’s nice to do something preventative in nature for children. It pays big benefits in the long run.”

“I believe that the Kidsight Program is one of the more valuable public service projects that I’ve ever been aware of,” said Dick Brammer, Cedar Falls Lions Noon Club.

“The Kidsight Program is the most successful, most rewarding and most effective program that the Lions Club has ever had,” said Gary Chambers, a member of the Cedar Falls Lions Noon Club. “When you can catch 60 to 70 children that have eye problems parents don’t know about, that’s rewarding.”

“If you can get eyeglasses on a child that needs them, it opens up a whole new world for them,” said Earl Strong, a longtime Lions Club member.

 

Blind man helps promote use of guide dogs across the country

By: Ray Reed

Life changed abruptly for Bill Hadden 38 years ago, when a stroke took away his vision.

Until then, he had a successful career in the insurance business.

Since then, the Lynchburg resident has traveled over much of North America as a Lions Club ambassador who promotes the use of guide dogs for people who are blind.

“I didn’t deal with it very well early on,” Hadden said, because he was suddenly unemployed and had three children to educate. “It was kind of a devastating situation,” said Hadden, who was 46 at the time.

But now, at 84, Hadden hands out his business cards in pairs, held together with a clothespin inscribed with “make a difference.”

He travels about 80,000 miles a year, telling prospective users of guide dogs what it takes to rely on the dogs and work with them.

He’s also working to set up a local vision and hearing event the Brookville-Timberlake Lions Club is sponsoring, with a mobile sight and hearing unit that will visit Brookville Middle School and Sam’s Club on Oct. 25.

The next day, the mobile unit will set up at a health fair at the Templeton Senior Center at 225 Wiggington Road.

The club is hoping to screen about 300 children at the school for possible vision and hearing problems, Hadden said.

“We’re very excited about it,” he said.

When Hadden travels across the continent, he flies alone except for his current guide dog, a yellow Labrador named Godiva.

Hadden and his wife, Jackie – he calls her Saint Jackie – live in the Graves Mill Road neighborhood.

He credits the Brookville-Timberlake Lions Club with helping him find a door to his future, first by helping him to get his own guide dog and then setting him on to a new career as an advisor for Guiding Eyes, a dog school in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

“I was sponsored by the club to receive a dog,” Hadden said.

Even with the club’s backing, getting his first dog was no easy task.  An evaluator told him he wasn’t a good candidate for learning to work with a dog, but Hadden persevered and received his first dog, named Syracuse, in 1974. He’s had five more dogs since then.

“I’ve had one wife and six dogs,” Hadden quips. “God has been good to us.”

He needed almost two years to come to grips with losing his vision.

“I was wallowing around in self-pity,” he said, but eventually decided “I had better deal with it.”

He went to a rehabilitation program where he met people who had been blind since birth, who had never known the freedom of driving a car, and had never seen the blue of a robin’s egg.

He decided he could do something despite his own situation.

He has since been chairman of every committee in the local Lion’s club, and received the Lions Club International’s highest award, the ambassador of good will, in at a gathering of 2,000 Lions Club members 1992.

“I had no clue I was being considered for that,” Hadden said. “I had come there to talk about the dog school.”

“It was certainly overwhelming.”