DG Sharon Rollins
Go into the world and do well.
But more importantly,
Go into the world and do good.
-(Minor Meyers, Jr.)
Our Lions year of service and fellowship is getting up to speed, as some clubs return from summer quiet time and others continue at full speed. Visits to the Rockaway and Astoria clubs (my first as of this writing) and hearing of the services provided to those communities by their Lions made me so happy to be a Lion in District O! Two of the Master Gardener Awards for service have been awarded, and I look forward to many more presentations!
At the LCI International Convention in Hamburg, International President Barry Palmer asked that each person attending make a pledge to bring one new person in Lions this year – and by doing so, grow our organization to offer even more needed service. The Lions International activity theme for October is membership; would you be willing to take IP Palmer’s idea and grow your clubs? The club with the largest percentage of net new members from July 1, 2013 through October 31, 2013 will be rewarded with an apple pie and ice cream party courtesy of the Rollins Farm apple trees. I’m looking forward to presenting this award!
Our Leadership 101 will be held on September 14, offering training for all club positions. Clubs can take advantage of this opportunity to bring officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership and all interested Lions) up to date and be ready to Grow Together Through Service in 2013-2014! Save the date of January 11, 2014 for the District Conference, a full day of interest forums and fun; details to follow.
DG Sharon Rollins
Football season is almost here. The Gresham Breakfast Lions Club is again working with Portland State University to host our second annual Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation – PSU Football Game fundraiser.
Portland State Football fund-raiser flyer
Portland State has graciously reserved 200 seats on the 50 yard line. The seats are awesome. They are also under cover in case of rain. The price is fantastic – $20.00 per ticket. How can you beat that for 50 yard line tickets to watch a division 1AA school. What is even better is $10.00 of the ticket cost will be donated to the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. Bring the entire family!!!
Please see the attached flyer for more information. It lists the extra fun things that PSU has set up for all attending. This is not just a Lions game, but we hope everyone will sell tickets to their friends, neighbors, etc.
Can you pass this information on to all your club members, friends etc. Let us know how many tickets you would like. We need your help to fill the 200 seats.
In addition, we are selling raffle tickets for $5.00 for a chance to win a $1,200 Traeger Pellet Grill Barbeque. It is the top of the Traeger line and will be raffled off at the game (need not be present to win).
PCC David Rich
District 36-O Cabinet Secretary
The 2013 United States Blind Golf Association’s Blind Open Tournament will be played at Stone Creek Golf Course on August 20th and 21st. The players in this tournament will also be part of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation’s Liberty Mutual Tournament on August 19th.
The Tournament is in need of 30 scorekeepers. Tee off time is at 10 am and the Tournament will last approximately five (5) hours.
If you, or someone you know are able to assist please contact Tournament Director Ron Plath directly at email@example.com or via phone at (503) 635-3715.
PCC David Rich
Portland Downtown Lions Foundation is hosting a Garden Party Benefit on Sept. 7 from 2 PM to 5 PM. This event is for the Lions Vision Training Program in Lambayeque, Peru.
Please join your friends for a glass of wine and the lovely scenery.
100% of your $20 donation will go to help the Lions Clubs Peru Mission. Checks can be made out to the Portland Downtown Lions Foundation. Please RSVP to Lion Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everybody who wants to spend a fun day and get some exercise, mark your calendars and come out to the 13th annual Run and Walk for Sight in beautiful Forest Grove Oregon. You’ll be helping Lions and Pacific University College of Optometry offer free eye care for adults and kids who can’t afford to get it for themselves. Right after closing ceremonies (and prize drawings!), the annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival will be going on downtown too– face painting, balloon guy, and young Van Goghs and Picassos creating master works of art right on the sidewalks. So plan to gather up the kids (or grand kids!) and make a day of it in Forest Grove September 21.
Details right here: http://crcoas8.wix.com/fg-lions-run-walk
District 36-O Cabinet Secretary
PCC David Rich
As I write this, we’re in the process of packing and checking our travel arrangements for the trip to Hamburg and District Governor School and the International Convention. The new Lions year is about to begin! To loosely paraphrase poet William Arthur Ward:
Another fresh new Lions year is here…
Another year to live and share…
We have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs
To work for peace, to plant a garden of service,
And sing more joyful songs!
Our District goals this year include providing service to even more members of our communities by growing our clubs with new members, refreshing the already planted club gardens of service with new ideas and exciting activity, planting new clubs in previously untilled areas, and getting together as a District for fun and fellowship.
As DG, I’ll visit the clubs to hear about the service projects planned and completed, and I’ll present the Master Gardener Award to a club member who has spent time cultivating the garden and harvested a successful project(s). A special prize will come from my garden and kitchen to the club with the highest percentage of new members at the end of October, membership drive month. Clubs will have the chance to compete with each other in a membership challenge with an award at the District 36-O convention (to be held on Friday, May 16 at the MD 36 convention).
Let’s get our collective hands muddy and enjoy growing in service as Lions!
DG Sharon Rollins
The service focus of the August Cabinet meeting in District O will be the donation of school supplies. The Rockaway Lions Club is hosting the meeting, on August 24 at 9 AM, in the Lions Clubhouse. Our super active Rockaway club supports school students in a broad area of the Coast by distributing needed school supplies in late summer. This year, our District focus is to help Rockaway (and any Lions Club’s service area, as desired) by bringing school supplies to the Cabinet meeting. Middle school students will be the major focus of this project, because those kids are frequently left out of donation programs in favor of the elementary level. The Rockaway Lions have worked with the school administration and found that the most needed items are:
- Scientific calculators, which need to perform square root calculations (not the larger, more complicated models).
- College ruled notebook paper
- Inexpensive mechanical pencils (or the plastic type)
- Inexpensive ink pens
- Pocket pack Kleenex
- Backpacks of the larger sizes available (good sales begin early!)
Lions of District O can help students be ready for a successful school year by donating your choice of these items. Bring them on out with you to a day at the beach (and enjoy a picnic lunch made by the Rockaway Lions – RSVP to Marilou Bowman at email@example.com). See you there!
A message from LCI and LCIF regarding Oklahoma Tornado Relief:
We are very saddened by the tragic tornado disaster in Moore, Oklahoma. Rest assured, the Lions are doing their part with the recovery efforts and will be there as members of the community for the long-term rebuilding efforts.
There are several thousand Lions in eastern Oklahoma, and the Lions of the world will be there to support them in this time of great need.
Right now, we are sending a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$100,000 from LCIF’s disaster relief fund. This grant will support Lions in affected areas to immediately begin providing aid to those in need, such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies.
We are also providing emergency grants to assist with other destructive storms that have impacted parts of the USA in recent days.
The community of Moore, and all the Lions Club members in the area, need our support today to help their neighbors.
You can help by contributing to the disaster relief fund of Lions Clubs International Foundation. Donations to this fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible and help Lions.
We will keep you updated as needs are more fully known, now and for as long as it takes.
Wayne A. Madden Wing-Kun Tam
International President Chairperson, LCIF
TO ALL PRESIDENTS AND/OR SECRETARIES OF DISTRICT 36-O LIONS CLUBS:
The 26th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest is highlighted on Page 45 of the May, 2013 issue of the Lion magazine.
Now is the time to contact the teachers of schools or leaders of an organized youth group in your service area and inform them of this contest’s theme – “Our World, Our Future”.
Remember – your club must order a peace poster kit for each school or youth group that participates in this annual contest, open to youngsters who are 11 through 13 years of age on November 15, 2013. Please order your kit(s) early, so you will be assured of having a kit for each group your club sponsors.
Also, remember that an Essay Contest is open to students who are considered visually impaired and who will be 11 through 13 years old on November 15, 2013. If you have entries for the Essay Contest, please contact Lion Edwina Swart at firstname.lastname@example.org for complete details.
Please act now so that we will have great participation in this important contest for our youngsters. Thank you.
Edwina K. Swart
2013-2014 Peace Poster Contest Chair
Portland Downtown Lions Club, FACES Foundation and the Lambayeque Peru Lions Club receives Lions Club International Foundation grant!
District Governor Mary Lee Turner gives $5,000 Lions Club International Foundation grant check to Past International Director Dennis Tichenor for Portland area Lions Peru project with the FACES Foundation.
Lions Clubs in Portland and Peru and FACES Foundation created a partnership to improve hearing and vision evaluations in the local areas of Lambayeque and Amazonas. They received an International Assistance Grant (IAG) for $5,000 to continue collaborative mission trips to Peru.
While FACES doctors treat children with cleft lip and cleft palate problems, Portland area Lions train local Lambayeque Lions to test the sight and hearing of the children and their families. With new sight and hearing screening kits, the Lions enhance the medical work of FACES. Portland Lions also continue to collect and bring thousands of refurbished eyeglasses and readers to distribute in Peruvian communities. The project will serve 1350 people – locations include Penachi and other High Andes villages where the screening activities will also occur.