Monday, December 24, 2012

Lions shop for 100 Christmas food baskets

John Macdonald of the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club does a final tally for the Christmas food basket program, Wednesday.  - Richard Walker / Herald
Lion John MacDonald makes the final tally. (Photo by Richard Walker/Herald)

Read this wonderful article in the North Kitsap Herald here.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lions' flag program is in full force

Veteran's Day - November 11 - was the last holiday of 2012 for putting out and taking down flags for the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club. Here, Lions Sherrie and Pat Burch are putting up flags on Front Street. This has been a solid fund-raiser for our club, headed by Lion Dick Prine, over the years.

Alvarado chosen Lion of the Quarter

President Ginger Shields presents Lion Matt Alvarado with a plaque for being named Lion of the Quarter for the Poulsbo Noon Lions.

Peters earns Martin Anderson award

Lion Dale Anderson (left) congratulates Lion Dennis Peters for earning the Martin Anderson Lion of the Year Award - in Dale's father's name. President Ginger Shields is on the right.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Poulsbo Lions grow by two more members

New Poulsbo Noon Lions Club members Rich and Jan Copitts are inducted into the club at the November 8 noon meeting. From left to right: President Ginger Shields, Lions Elda Armstrong, Rich and Jan Colpitts, Ryan Smart, Dick Prine and Pat Burch (the Colpitts' sponsor).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kingston High LEOs weigh in on food drive

KHS Leos treated Sharenet to 200 lbs of canned and dry goods after their Trick or Treat Food Drive!
Kingston High School LEOs treated Sharenet to 200 cans (176 pounds) of goods after their Trick or Treat Food Drive.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lions react to Superstorm Sandy

Earlier this week as Superstorm Sandy was near landfall on the East Coast, we let you know that Lions would be there for those in the storm's path. We know the devastating impact that a disaster can have in a community and as always, our thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected, including members of our own Lions family. As Lions, we have once again demonstrated our quick response in the time of need, and we want to update you on relief efforts.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant with money from the disaster relief fund, allowing Lions in affected areas to immediately begin providing assistance. Many Lions are already working with local food banks, police and fire departments and other local organizations.

In addition to the Major Catastrophe Grant, LCIF has awarded US$100,000 in emergency grants to Lions districts in North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. LCIF was able to award these funds from the disaster relief fund, thanks to Lions who generously donated knowing that in times of disaster there is an urgent and great need.

Follow our efforts online through the LCI blog, Twitter and Facebook. LCIF is expecting and is ready for many more emergency grant requests as Lions assess the needs of their communities and power is restored. We also encourage Lions to consider making a donation to the Foundation for disaster relief. Donations to the disaster relief fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible.
We believe that "In A World of Service," one person can make a difference, but together we can have an even greater impact.
Wayne A. Madden Wing-Kun Tam
President, LCI Chairperson, LCIF

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Lions inducted at lunch meeting

(From L to R): President Ginger Shields, new Lion Lisa Hobbs, Lion Lynnea Herrman and the new Lion she sponsored, Joe Stenstrom, Past King Lion Matt Lind, and Lion Elda Armstrong, who sponsored Hobbs.
Our club has grown by two new members - Lisa Hobbs and Joe Stenstrom. The two will sport yellow vests until they've fulfilled certain duties.
Lion Lynnea Herrman sponsored Stenstrom - a sandwich artist at Subway - into the club, while Lion Elda Armstrong sponsored Hobbs, who works at Union Bank.
It's GREAT to be a Lion!

Spellman hits 10-year membership mark

Lion Irv Spellman has been a Poulsbo Noon Lions Club member for 10 years. He was given a certificate at today's lunch meeting by President Ginger Shields.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October programs announced

The following are Poulsbo Noon Lions Club programs scheduled for 12:15 p.m. lunch meetings at First Lutheran Church:

Oct. 4: Brad Johnson from Yank A Part, our partner in our used car sales;
Oct. 11: Suquamish historian
Oct. 18: Steak Night (in Port Gamble at the Masonic Hall), 6 p.m.
Oct. 25: PO1 Porter, USCG, and his drug dog.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lions presentation at Poulsbo library October 1

Lions Jim Stark and Elda Armstrong will be making a presentation about Lions for the Poulsbo Friends of the Library meeting on Monday, Oct. 1.

The meeting will be held in the Poulsbo Library community room at 9:30 a.m. All Lions are invited to attend and wear their vests.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bench ceremony in memory of Garvin Tootle Thursday

Edited to add: Lion Jim Stark passed around an envelope at the Sept. 27 lunch meeting and collected $400 toward a fridge or freezer for Fishline!

Our Lions club purchased a bench for Fishline in memory of Garvin Tootle.
There will be a bench ceremony tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m., right after our regular weekly meeting.

Please plan on joining us at Fishline for the presentation; and, if you have a red "Garvin shirt," please wear it.

Bench Ceremony in Memory of Garvin Tootle

Here's an email from Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson:

Thank you all for thinking of Garvin. I know that I miss him every Wednesday. Garvin used to call me or shoot me an email every week about what Fishline needed….(almost always peanut butter!!) and I would announce it at Council.

I miss him very much….his gruffness and compassion.


Rebecca (Becky) Erickson
Mayor, City of Poulsbo

Friday, September 21, 2012

Two new Melvin Jones fellows named at 70th anniversary party

District Governor David Risley (above) and Dale Anderson (below with wife Bev), a Poulsbo Lions Club member for more than 40 years, were honored by Lion Elda Armstrong with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award at the club's 70th anniversary bash Thursday evening at the Sons of Norway.
The fellowship, which was created in 1973, is named in honor of the founder of Lions Cubs International, Melvin Jones. The fellowship was established as LCIF’s highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service.
Melvin Jones Fellows receive an attractive lapel pin, a plaque and a congratulatory letter.
The recipient of this award becomes a model because of the exemplary service to his club and the community for which it serves.

We are proud to have within our membership individuals that have received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
This photo shows all of our Poulsbo Lions MJF Award recipients present last night at the club's 70th anniversary party. From left to right: Jim Schoettler, Dottie Ridgeway, Larry Linn, Karl Ostheller, Elda Armstrong, Dale Anderson, Chuck Weaver, David Risley, Dick Risley, Dennis Tesch, Manny Xenos, Herb Armstrong, and Dennis Peters.
Edited to add Poulsbo Lion Matt Alvarado, who earned the MJF while a member of his previous club, Key Biscayne.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lion Neil hits 45 years of service

Lion Neil Torvik was recognized at today's Lions meeting with a pin and certificate for 45 years as a Lion. His sponsor was not a Poulsbo Lion. He said he transferred into the club.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

You're invited! Here's what's coming up in the next 3 weeks...

Here are a few great reasons to make time to attend a Poulsbo Noon Lions' gathering:
  • Sept. 13 - Camp Leo program, presented by Lion Karl, with two attendees to tell us their stories.
  • Sept. 20 - 70th Anniversary Club celebration (no noon meeting), Sons of Norway, potluck
  • Sept. 27 - Fishline manager will give a presentation.
Please contact Lion Matt Alvarado, membership chairman, at if you'd like to attend one of these get-togethers. You're always welcome! Lunch is on us.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dine out Sept. 12 for North Kitsap schools

Enjoy a great meal with family and friends on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and help North Kitsap schools.

When you dine out - anytime Sept. 12 - with these community partners, a percentage of the sales will benefit the North Kitsap Foundation.

The restaurants:
  • Bella Luna Pizzeria
  • That's-A-Some Italian Ristorante
  • Port Gamble General Store and Cafe
  • Mora Ice Creamery
  • Hansville Cup of Joy
  • Mor Mor
  • Stella's Pizza & Pasta
  • The Grub Hut
  • Main Street Ale House
  • Sheila's Port Side Restaurant and Bar
  • Agate Pass Cafe
  • Hot Shots Java

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Our members give decades of service

Lion Herb Armstrong (left) sponsored Lion Mike Alvarado.
King Lion Ginger congratulates Lion John on his 35 years
of service. He was sponsored by Lion Claude Best.
Lion Herb and King Lion Ginger. Lion Herb's sponsor was Lion Erwin Smith (Smitty).

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Please donate blood Sept. 25 at Poulsbo Fire Station

Lion Jim is spearheading a blood drive on Tuesday, September 25 at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 NE Liberty Rd, Poulsbo. Please tell your friends and family about it! The more, the merrier. You even get cookies and juice.  You can pre-register and reserve a time at .

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lions prep spaghetti meal for NK Foundation fund-raiser Oct. 19

Plan to treat your family to a nice plate of salad, spaghetti, bread and a drink (coffee or lemonade) on Friday, October 19 at the North Kitsap High School Commons area. The Poulsbo Lions will start setting up at 3 p.m., and serve dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. and up till the NKHS football game begins.

All proceeds benefit the NK Foundation for the second year in a row. To read more about NK Foundation, click here.

Poulsbo Lions celebrate 70 years on September 20

Our club is 70 years old!

Poulsbo Lions are celebrating their 70th Anniversary at 6 p.m. on September 20 at the Sons of Norway, in the Marine Room.

This is now a potluck! And dinner will cost the regular $9 lunch fee. There will be no lunch meeting on Sept. 20. Please contact Lion Karen for more information.

Slides will be shown of old and new Poulsbo.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Poulsbo Lions meet scholarship winner

In this photo: King Lion Ginger Shields, Sabastian Ford - a college scholarship winner, and Lion Roger.

In this photo: King Lion Ginger with new member Sabastian, Lions Lynnea and Scott, Membership Chairman Matt Alvarado, and Immediate Past King Lion Matt Lind.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Installation banquet set for June 21

Look for your invitation in the mail to the club's new officer installation banquet June 21 at the Sons of Norway, Marine Room.

Social hour starts at 6 p.m., with a no-host bar. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The cost is $35 per person for prime rib. Please be sure to rsvp so an accurate count may be given to the caterer.

Busy May for Poulsbo Lions

May started out with White Canes, which provides money for vision care in our community. Thirty club members spent 99 hours collecting more than $3,000 in donations - an almost exact match to what was collected last year.

Top sales getters receiving a White Cane reward from Chairman Pat
During Viking Fest the third weekend in May, our club held its annual Pancake Breakfast - this time at North Kitsap High School - which was successful. A total of 55 more breakfasts were served this year than last year. Lions made a couple of runs for more eggs. A total of 38 Lions spend 275 hours preparing and serving breakfast. Thirty-five hours were spent setting up and cleaning, and 75 hours were spent publicizing the event and repainting directional signs.

Lions Tom and Dick whipping up some pancake batter
The scholarship committee met May 29 and chose six recipients of the pancake breakfast proceeds, plus one to receive the Frank Raab Scholarship to give away a total of $6,500 in scholarships. One scholarship is $500, and goes to a repeat scholar from last year; one $750 scholarship goes to a Kingston High School LEO (the J.C. Smith Scholarship), three $750 and two $1,500 scholarships also go to KHS students.

Also during Viking Fest was our first-ever Strawberry Shortcake booth at Anderson Parkway (in the middle of the Viking Fest action). Lion Tom made the booth, and Lion Ginger (who came up with the idea for the booth) kept it well-stocked. A total of $662 was raised. Our club will have a Strawberry Shortcake booth at Poulsbo's 3rd of July festivities, as well.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Homes needed for 2-3 weeks for exchange students

There's an opportunity to share your Lions Club, community and home with a young person from another country for 2-3 weeks as part of the Lions Youth Exchange Program.  There are youths coming to our Lions Multiple District from Germany, Finland, Italy and Japan in July and August. These young folks are in need of host families. It is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and to share our great Northwest with an eager young person from another country. They spend one half of their time on the west side of the MD or in Canada and the other on this side of the MD if we can find host families.

The youths from Germany are: Lukas (male) age 16 for a 2-week stay for 2 sets of dates (7/14-7/28 or 7/28-8/11);
Victoria (female) age 16 dates unavailable at this time but probably the same as Lukas;
Christian (male) age 17 Dates unavailable at this time but probably the same as Lukas.

The youths from Finland are: Ann (female) age 18 for a 3 week stay ( 6/30-7/21 or 7/21-8/11), and
  Elli (female) age 17 for a 2 week stay (7/7-7/21 or 7/21-8/4).

The youths from Italy are: Fabrizio (male) age 18 for a 2 week stay (7/7-7/21 or 7/21-8/4)
Giacomo (male) age 17 for a 2 week stay (7/4-7/21 or 7/21-8/4)

The youths from Japan are: Narumi (female) age 18 for a 2 week stay (8/2-8/15 or 8/15-8/27); Yumi (female) age 20 for a 2 week stay (8/2-8/15 or 8/15-8/27); and Shohei (male) age 16 for a 2 week stay (8/2-8/15 or 8/15-8/27).

Your only obligation to these young folks is to welcome them into your home, treat them as family and share a bit of our area with them.
They arrive and depart at the nearest airport (Lewiston) and have their own spending money.

You can also find additional information on these students and read their letters on the Lions Club International site. Just click on the Youth Exchange Program. Email Marie at or phone  (208) 835-2021.

Multiple District 19 Lions, P.O. Box 66, Bellingham, WA 98227, USA

April cars available to benefit Poulsbo Lions

Lion’s cars as of April 11, 2012:

1999 Saturn 3800.00

2001 KIA Spectra 4500.00

1997 Crown Victoria 3800.00

2000 Mercury Grand Marquis 5500.00

1988 Subaru XT 5000.00

1995 Acura TL 6000.00

1998 Subaru legacy wagon 6800.00

Contact Kevin Hogan at Liberty Bay Auto Center (360) 621-8548 if you or somebody you know is interested.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Buy a car AND help raise funds for our Lions Club!

Get a great used car you can afford and help the Poulsbo Lions Club at the same time. Lion Kevin can hook you up! Contact him if you'd like to purchase:

  • 2000 Ford F-250 crew cab, 4x2, 7.3 liter diesel, only 58k miles!! Value is $20K (make offer)
  • 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis with leather $6,000
  • 1999 Ford crown Victoria $4,500
These used car sales benefit our North Kitsap community!

Contact: Kevin Hogan
Liberty Bay Auto Center

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lion Dottie wins top places for her photos

The District 19C Environmental Photo Contest took place January 12, with Poulsbo Evening Pride Branch Lion Dottie taking first-place for Plant Life and for Weather Phenomenon.

Dottie's winning entry for Weather Phenomenon was taken at Discovery Bay.
A total of 34 entries were submitted for consideration. Congrats Dottie!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Upcoming Events for the Poulsbo Lions Club

May - 1st weekend, White Cane Days, led by Lion Pat. We'll be at the Poulsbo Post Office, Albertson's in Poulsbo and Kingston, Central Market, and the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. Donations are gladly accepted. Send your check to: Poulsbo Lions Club, PO Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA  98370 with a note that it's for White Cane Days.

May - 3rd weekend, Viking Fest Pancake Breakfast at North Kitsap High School (off Caldart), led by Lion Pat; also Strawberry Shortcake booth at Anderson Parkway (Poulsbo waterfront), led by Lion Ginger. Proceeds go to high school scholarships.

April 13 and 14 - District 19C Spring Conference for Lions at La Quinta Inn, Tacoma. We have the new District Governor. A few of our members will be attending.

September 15 - Celebrate Poulsbo Lions Club's 70th year at the Sons of Norway.

Ongoing - Give a Lion your used ink cartridges and digital equipment. Lion Jay sends them in to get recycled. Also included: cell phones, Kindles, Nooks, digital game players like Xboxes, etc.

Lions' spaghetti feed brings in $911 for NK Schools Foundation

Our Poulsbo Lions Club cooked up served up a delicious spaghetti dinner, complete with salad and garlic bread, at the North Kitsap High School on February 21 for two and a half hours. The event brought in $911 for the NK Schools Foundation, which works to provide extra tutoring and field trips.

Lion Mike was the head cook, with Lion Karl chairing the project. Club members and LEO Club students helped at the event.

The club gave the foundation a check for $500 previously, for a grand total of $1,411.

Lions Leaders in Training

 March 2012 - Lions Pat Burch and Beth Olsen complete Lions Leadership Training.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

New playground equipment installed at Poulsbo Elementary

Lion Mike P. was key to getting our club involved in installing playground equipment at Poulsbo Elementary School. He is vice president of the PTSA, and his daughter attends the school. Though finished, the kids haven't yet been allowed on the equipment, which needs the final safety inspection. It's expected to be open next week.

Our Poulsbo Lions spread bark and installed equipment on a rainy February 20 (President's Day holiday). The install was completed by Lions and school volunteers on March 1 with the installation of the "web-climber." The net goes up to a height of approximately 15 feet, but the structure is designed to prevent falls.

Teachers will be given rules and will review them with their classes before students are allowed to use the equipment during recess.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Flag goodwill brings our club an additional $800

Lion Dick has spearheaded our club flags project for years. Every holiday, rain or shine, the flags are put up early and taken down later. This time around, the downtown merchants association paid for the downtown flags, sending our club a check for $2,000. Since many merchants had already paid individually for their flags, Lion Dick went to each one and offered a refund. With the exception of only four merchants, the rest said to keep their check as a donation to our club, which amounted to $800.

Our club is working on writing a letter to the editor of the North Kitsap Herald to thank and name those businesses for their contribution.

Lion leaders

Poulsbo Lions Beth and Pat attended a Lions leadership training in February in Gig Harbor.

Lion Pat is currently the club's 2nd vice president. Lion Beth is with the Evening Pride Club.

Club float brings in $500 and great publicity

Competition was stiff for the floats entered in the Clearwater Casino's Fat Tuesday competition for nonprofits in mid-February. Entry was by lottery. With 20 spots available, we were fortunate to get one, which assured our club of $500.

Lions Jim, Pauline, Beth, Tom, Karl and Dottie with our float.
Our Poulsbo Lions Club was given a red wagon to decorate with a Mardi Gras theme featuring the club activities. Lion Dottie chaired the committee, with help from Lions Pauline and Beth, and Lion Chuck's wife, Sue. We got some great publicity, thanks to the wonderful photos of our projects showing our Poulsbo Lions in action.
Lion Pat helped get high school shop boys to build a base for the float. Nine Lions spent 178 hours constructing, decorating and transporting the float to the casino. Lions Chuck, Tom and Jim helped with transportation.

Our club didn't garner enough votes during the week of February 15-21 to win. Casino employees judged the floats during a parade on the evening of the 21st, which saw Lion Dennis pulling the float with a contingent of Lions following (Bev and Dale, Lynnea, Pauline, Dottie, David, George, Nancy, Beth and Erika).

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wanted: Place to hold annual Pancake Breakfast!

The Poulsbo Lions Club is in need of a place to hold its annual Pancake Breakfast.
Last year, the club held it in the parking garage under the new City Hall. In the years prior to that, it was held in the Armory - now a parking lot itself.

The breakfast is held the weekend of Poulsbo's May Viking Fest. It features pancakes (of course), sausage, eggs, coffee and orange juice. Proceeds from the breakfast go to local students in the form of scholarships.

If you know of a place that is in Poulsbo and can hold a fairly large number of people, please contact Lion Pat at (360) 692-1436 or (360) 471-1572.

Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone