Saturday, March 21, 2015

Nattily attired golfers brighten up the course

Woo hoo! Check out our team of Poulsbo Lions that participated in the MD-19 Golf Tournament last weekend during Spring Convention. Chuck (pictured by himself below) won the Best Dressed Award! Photos by C-4 Zone Chairman Pat Burch.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I have a voice

I spoke briefly at the LIONS MD19 Zone C-4 District Meeting last Thursday about my effort to provide social media to charities and those being charitable in the community by writing about them everyday this year to direct traffic to their websites. That blog is called Kitsap Cares about Charity 365. I also provide a dozen positive community Facebook pages for nonprofits to have a voice. I have spoken to over 600 people this year in person and over 200,000 people online every week.
This coming March 13-14th is the 67th LIONS District 19 Convention in Tacoma and I have to give a 5 minute speech on what the Poulsbo LIONS has done this past year in regard to service for the community. I am getting over a cold and have no voice and I woke up thinking what if I don't have a VOICE on Friday. But I fought back that fear as what I have to say is too important, I have to have a VOICE!

I thought about how even without a physical voice, on the internet I have a voice that can speak loud and clear. I can speak for those that can't, those that are hidden in the shadows, those that lost their way and need our help.

I thought about the speech Helen Keller gave at the 1925 LIONS convention in Chicago that gave the LIONS the mandate to be "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness". Helen Keller always had a voice she just had to figure out how to get it out. She could have given up being deaf and dumb as they said in those days. I thought if Helen Keller can speak, than nothing should stop me. I would rather record my computer speaking my speech or my Smartphone reading it at the conference then to let something like losing my voice keep me from having a VOICE. Don't let obstacles get in your way of what you have to say. It didn't stop Helen Keller.

My name is Ken Rury and I'm going to let it ROARrrr at the convention.

Friday, March 6, 2015

So much fabulousness...

Just another fabulous week as a Poulsbo Lion. Here's what that means:

Poulsbo Lions screened the vision of more than 40 preschoolers at Martha & Mary Tuesday.

We are providing funds for an iPad for a blind student in the NK School District.

We are giving $500 to two NK High Debate students who qualified for national championships in Nebraska in May. This is the first time in 20 years our students have qualified!

And coming up - more fabulousness:

We're cleaning up up the Highway 305 interchanges Monday, March 16, through the Adopt-a-Highway program.

We are helping with the city Easter Egg Hunt at Raab Park, Caldart Avenue, on Saturday, April 4.

We're providing materials and labor for a stairway at Fish Park in early April.

We are hosting another FREE Open Swim on Saturday, April 11, at the NK Pool from noon to 2 p.m.

And we're hosting a FREE fishing derby for students 7-1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the NK Horticulture Pond, with donations taken for doughnuts, hot chocolate and coffee.

It's GREEEEAT being a Poulsbo Lion. If you want to join us, you're invited to a noon lunch meeting Thursdays at the Social Hall at First Lutheran Church on 4th Avenue, Poulsbo.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Great reasons to attend spring conference

Dear Poulsbo Noon Lions,
You have great reasons to attend the Spring MD-19 District Convention on March 13 and 14 - our club will pay your $8 registration fee (and you need to register by March 7), and take care of your $22 lunch tab on Saturday, which is when the awards will be announced.
Lion Karl Ostheller has been making sure our club is entered in many categories, so you won't want to miss out!
The convention will be held at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Tacoma. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Open swim our club hosts brings in at least 40

Our first free open swim today was a HUGE success - 40 happy swimmers enjoying the water. Lifeguards report "far more" use of the pool today compared to an average Saturday open swim period. A big BRAVO ZULU to Lion Dick Prine for heading up this project.

Our club hosted the swim from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, February 21, for $200. At least two more events may be forthcoming.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Don swimsuits for free swim Saturday

This is just a reminder to let your friends and family know our club is offering a FREE community swim from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at the North Kitsap Pool on Hostmark Street. If there's a good turnout, our club is prepared to offer a couple more free swims in the future!

Schoettler interviewed on vision screening

Check out the great article in The NK Herald featuring Lion Jim Schoettler. It's on page 8.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lions return with handful of awards from curling


Ten Poulsbo Lions made the journey to British Columbia for a weekend of curling Feb. 13-15. Our Lions have made the trek for 13 years in a row, receiving the traveling trophy this year. Herb Armstrong received a special wooden crutch-type award so he can pee standing up (you'd have to see it and hear the poem to understand). High-scoring teams were the Burches (Pat and Sherri) and the Prines (Dick and Linda). Others attending were Joyce Smith and her friend, Elda Armstrong, and Scott and Bev Puhn.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Here's a good look at our Lions club

Photo by Dennis Peters
Trying to get a good photo of our Lions club is like... well, herding cats! Here's our first try at taking a Poulsbo Noon Lions Club photo. You can see we tried to represent many of the activities we do - pancake breakfast, flag set-up and take-down on holidays, White Canes, highway litter clean-up, and more with a variety of props.
We'll share the latest group photo, taken by Lion Dottie Ridgeway last Thursday, soon!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Vision screening for preschoolers

Lion Dave Risley screens a child's vision.
The Poulsbo Lions are doing vision screening for all of the kids in Martha and Marys' preschool programs. Thursday, January 27, we were at the Early Learning Center in Silverdale, WA.

Helping out (left to right): Lions Sherri Burch, Karen Reitan, David Risley, Larry Linn, Herb and Elda Armstrong, and Jim Schoettler.