Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lions shop for 100 holiday food baskets

Poulsbo Lion rapidly filled carts at three local grocery stores (Central Market shown here, as well as Albertson's and Red Apple) with the contents for 100 Holiday Food Baskets.

Lions Matt (with the antlers) and Mike Alvarado unload the carts for the cashier.

Lions Dick Prine and Candy Peters check their shopping lists to make sure families have everything they need for a holiday feast (and then some!).

Lion Jim Stark led the Central Market shoppers.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Now you may contribute to Bellringer Fund online!

With our Bellringer campaign already underway to help the needy in the North Kitsap Community, the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation now has a new way you can contribute.

You may still send donations to the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation at PO Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA  98370.

You may still walk in your donation to the North Kitsap Herald.

But what's more convenient than sitting at home and clicking a couple computer keys? You may choose any amount to pay via Paypal.

We're still striving to hit our $35,000 goal this year. Currently, we are just over $10,000. When you give a gift this year, consider a donation to the Bellringer Fund.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Training offered on vision screening machines

Poulsbo Lions will be trained on the use of the Vision Screening Machine on January 16 and 23 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. at First Lutheran Church.

This is in preparation for our first preschool vision screening session at the Poulsbo Library from 11-12:30 p.m. January 28 in the West Reading Room. A second screening will be held on April 29 at the same time and location.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Three Lions honored for decades of service

Evening Pride Branch Lion Dottie Ridgeway receives a certificate and chevron from Zone Chairman Monty Foust for her 25 years of service in Lions.
Poulsbo Noon Lion Larry Linn was honored for 25 years of service, as well.
And Poulsbo Lion Dick Prine receives his 30-year chevron.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

First annual dinner/auction nets $9,600 for community groups

Two special board meetings with member input took place to decide how to spend the proceeds of the first annual September Fall Fling dinner/auction.
After all expenses of the fund-raiser were paid, $9,600+ was left to distribute.

At the first board meeting, it was agreed to send $1,000 to LCIF - designating it for Philippines disaster relief and counting toward our club's Melvin Jones Fellowship award. Another $500 was donated to EMPACT Northwest, a group of local firefighters who went to the Philippines to help with disaster relief. And $1,000 was given to the Poulsbo Police Department to help pay for a heroin-sniffing dog the department has acquired.

At the second special board meeting, the following disbursements were agreed upon:
  • $1,700 added to the Hearing Aids fund
  • $3,500 put in reserve
  • $1,000 to help Fishline move into its new building on Viking Avenue
  • $1,000 for a Poulsbo symphony orchestra (if it indeed does form)
  • $500 for Sound Works

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Poulsbo Lions donate $1,000 toward local narcotics dog

Poulsbo Lions presented a $1,000 check to Poulsbo Officer Nick Hoke and Chief Al Townsend for the police department's narcotics dog on November 25. On hand were (left to right): Lions Sherri Burch, JanetMarie Valiga, Lynnea Heerman and Mayor Becky Erickson, as well as King Lion Pat Burch. The funds were raised at our September Fall Fling Dinner Auction.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Phillips earns blue vest

Poulsbo Lion Marian Phillips received her blue vest - and shucked her yellow vest - at the Evening Pride Branch meeting Nov. 21. She's pictured here with EP President Nancy Patzer.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Three Lions earn their blue vests

Photo courtesy of Lynnea Heerman

New blue vests were handed out to three Poulsbo Lions at our Nov. 21 regular meeting. They completed all of the tasks necessary to get rid of their yellow vests. From left to right: Membership Chair Matt Alvarado, President Pat Burch, Lions Lisa Hobbs, Pat Osler and Gwen Woods. Congrats!

Friday, November 1, 2013

NKHS LEOs host successful blood drive

The North Kitsap LEOs hosted a successful blood drive Oct. 31. Poulsbo Lion Joe Stenstrom and President Pat Burch (back row) were there, as were LEOs (left to right): Emily Shane, Darby Lowney (Leo president), Anna Rutledge, and Emily Jachinowicz. Not pictured (though there) was Nick Shipley.  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Poulsbo hosts Albanian Supreme Court justices

Photos courtesy Lynnea Heerman
Members of Albania's Supreme Court visited Poulsbo for a special dinner on October 12. At the dinner was Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson (fifth from left) and Lion Roger Sherrard (fifth from right), who's traveled regularly over the years to guide the Albanian.

An Albanian judge gives a gift to our mayor while Lion Roger looks on.

Many Lions were present, including Chuck and Jim.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lions give free eye exams at Operation Day of Hope

Photos by Lion Lynnea Heerman
Lions conducted free eye exams at the Gateway Fellowship Operation Day of Hope October 19. Of the 89 people screened, 53 were discovered to have a medical need. 

In the photo above, Lion Lynnea's grandson - Mitchell Johnson - brought two 5-year-old boys to have their eyes tested. Mitchell also had his eyes examined and found he had a
new eye medical need. Lion Mike Alvarado of the Evening Pride Branch sits facing.

Hundreds of people received free clothes, food, legal services, dental services (such as x-rays and cleaning), a hot lunch, haircuts, and crafts at the event. Brochures were handed out regarding safety, WIC, and other services, as well.

Lion Larry tests a child's sight.


 Evening Pride Branch Lions Michele Grenie and Dick Risley (facing).

Lions Lynnea and George (Evening Pride Branch).

Friday, October 18, 2013

Smarsh wins 2013 cruise raffle drawing

Ann Smarsh of Renton is the lucky winner of the 10-day cruise for two to anywhere Holland American Lines sails. The Poulsbo Lions Evening Pride Branch drawing took place Oct. 17.

Smarsh is a Lion and Past International Director of Lions Clubs International. She and her husband, Tom, recently moved to the Pacific Northwest.

The 6th Annual Cruise Raffle brings nearly $3,000 to the Lions Club to support many projects, including: Dictionaries for all third-grade students in North Kitsap, Preventive Care Vision Screening, a community service scholarship for Miss West Sound contestants, and appreciation for first responders in NK.

Many thanks to our community and our Lions family for supporting our efforts.

Enjoying Steak Night

Photos courtesy of Lion Lynnea
It's good food and good fun every October when the Poulsbo Lions have their Steak Night. Every Lion who sold more than 20 community calendars gets the meal for FREE! Nobody goes home hungry because the steaks are huge, along with baked potatoes and green salad.

Lions Chuck (back) and Jim cook up steaks to order in front of the Port Gamble Masonic Hall.

Nobody goes away hungry at this event!

Lions patiently wait on the front porch with a drink while the steaks are cooking. From left to right: Lion Dale, Sandy, guest Connie, Lion Bev, guest Sonja, Lion Karen and Dennis.

There's plenty of time to chat while the steaks are being cooked and during the meal. Here are Lions Sherry, Bev and Dale (facing), and front left to right, President Pat, Jim and Lisa.

A lot of Lions are crammed into a relatively small space! Here are Lions Lisa, Jim and President Pat.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Working on the Horticulture Building at NK High

Poulsbo Lions joined forces with some North Kitsap High students - including some Future Farmers of America - October 5 at the Horticulture Building on Hostmark Street, just up the road from the high school. Above are Lions Matt Alvarado, Dick Prine, John MacDonald, Jim Stark and Lion Pat Olsen (the guy in charge).

Lions Karl Ostheller and Dennis Peters were down on their knees building frames for the garden.         

Lions auction raises $3,400 for Retsil veterans home

Poulsbo Noon Lions Club President Pat Burch presents a check for $3,400 to Don Veverka, superintendent administrator with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, WA. Other Poulsbo Lions present (left to right) - Jim Stark, Sherri Burch, Lynnea Heerman, Jay and Sandi Dahlquist.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fischer named Lion of the Quarter

Poulsbo Lion Tamara Fischer received the Lion of the Quarter plaque from President Pat Burch at the October 10 meeting.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Poulsbo Lions Fall Fling a huge success

Poulsbo Lions brought in more than $30,000 at its first ever Fall Fling dinner/auction at the Sons of Norway Marine Room. The club sold 131 tickets, including one at the door. Everyone was given a complimentary beverage coupon.

Lion Ryan Smart was the master of ceremonies, and President Pat Burch welcomed guests. The big ticket item of the evening was a 1978 Mercedes 450CL donated by Lion Warren Tytler, which sold for $3,300.

The $30,000 includes ticket sales and paddle donations for Poulsbo Elementary's computer lab ($4,000) and the Retsil Veterans Home ($3,400).

Lion Dennis Peters chaired the event, with 54 Lions contributing many hours gathering auction items, creating the auction brochure and descriptive cards, decorating, computer entries, etc. The Fall Fling committee was made up of: Lions Ginger Shields, Steve Swann, Matt Alvarado, Ryan Smart, Pat Burch, and Dottie Ridgeway.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We have our own stretch of highway

Photo by Lion Lynnea Herrman
Poulsbo Lions President Pat Burch and his wife, Lion Sherri, turn out for the first highway litter pick-up Friday, Sept. 6, in the rain. Lion Sherri heads the effort.

Photo by Lion Jim Stark
Six Lions showed up to help: Joe Stenstrom, Sherri and Pat Burch, Matt Alvarado, Jim Stark (not pictured),and club photographer Lynnea Heerman.

Photo by Lion Lynnea Heerman
Anybody need a bumper?

Photo by Lynnea Heerman
There were some rather large pieces of debris on Highway 3, including an Adopt a Highway sign. Our club will picker up litter once a quarter to help keep our highways clean.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lions' annual picnic at Nelson Park

Poulsbo Lions and their families gathered at Nelson Park August 22 for a potluck picnic that takes place annually. All photos were taken by Lion Lynnea Herrman. Above: Lion Scott Puhn and Lion Sandi Dahlquist, with Lion JanetMarie Valiga in the background.

Lions June Cotner and Sandi.

Zone Chairman Monte Faust on the grill, with Lion Dick Prine and President Pat Burch.

Lions Sherri Burch, Elda Armstrong, Sandi, and two other women shucking corn.

Lion Matt Alvarado on grill with Lions Tom Settle, Chuck Weaver (teal shorts), and Pat behind him.

Lions Dick Prine and Herb Armstrong show their competitiveness in a rousing game of Hillbilly Horseshoes.

Everyone enjoying the feast!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Lions screen kids at Touch a Truck event August 17

Poulsbo Lions were able to use the Sight and Hearing Screen Unit van at the Touch a Truck event August 17 in the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center. More than 70 free screenings were conducted. Photos of the event have been provided by Lion Lynnea Herrman.

One of our newest Poulsbo Lion members, Tamara, chaired this event.

Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone