Saturday, December 26, 2015

Bellringer Fund almost halfway to $30k goal

Our Bellringer Fund is almost halfway to our $30,000 goal. Read more by clicking on this link to an article in The Herald -

Donations are tax-deductible and may be given any of these ways: Via Paypal (, mailed to Poulsbo Lions, POB 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370, or walked into the North Kitsap Herald office at 19351 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo. Donations are listed each week in the Herald and on

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lions become Holiday Helpers at food bank

Steve Calhoun dons festive headgear while helping at North Kitsap Fishline Dec. 22. Our Poulsbo Lions helped with a variety of 2-hours shifts between Dec. 16 and 23.

Sherri Burch (middle) and Linda Burris (right) unload one of the Fishline vans.

Pat Burch lends two helping hands.

Dennis Peters helps with lots of donated product.

John MacDonald and Linda Burris.

Chuck Weaver unloads meat into the freezer.

Karl Ostheller moves trays of bread. (Photos courtesy of Dottie Ridgeway)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas party shenanigans

Poulsbo Lions celebrated with spouses and unwrapped gifts to give away at Whiskey Creek Steakhouse in Keyport December 17.

Everyone brought wrapped presents to exchange too.

Chuck Weaver and Tom Settle.

Leave it to a Stark to wear a bread basket!

Buddies Mike Paxhia and Joe Stenstrom.

Neil and Meg Torvik.

Jan Kelly and Billie Jo Settle.

Andy and Joan Hento.
Denise Zaske gives two thumbs up.

The Tom Starks.

Mike and Paulette Alvarado.

Steve and Karen Calhoun.

Joe Stenstrom, Marian Phillips, Jimmy Palmer and Jackie Stenstrom.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Bring your own lunch!

You'll need to bring your own lunch to tomorrow's noon meeting. Our cook, Tim, threw his back out. Please spread the word to other Lions. Thanks!

A visit with Manny

Lions Mike and Paulette Alvarado paid a visit to long-time Lion Manny Xenos in Shoreline yesterday. Manny's looking great! (Photo courtesy of Paulette Alvarado.)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Peters, Risley earn awards at event

Our Poulsbo Lion and Zone Chair Ginger Shields presided over the District Governor's Advisory Meeting Friday, Dec. 4, at the Family Pancake House on Kitsap Way in Bremerton. North Mason Lions hosted the event.

IPDG John Kirry spoke briefly about the quest for excellence before presenting excellence awards to several C-4 Lions.

Kirry presents the MD-19 President Excellence Award to Poulsbo Noon Immediate Past President Dennis Peters.

DG Al Hedstrom presents the Guiding Lion Certificate of Achievement to PDG Dave Risley of the Poulsbo Evening Pride Branch Club.

2VDG Ron Smircich giving a presentation on "Recruiting Young Adults to Lions" to the group. All photos courtesy of Lion Dottie Ridgeway.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Shooting for $30,000

Our Bellringer Fund is up to $1,850 as of this morning! Our goal is $30,000. If you'd like to contribute, you may donate at The Herald office, or mail a check to: Poulsbo Lions Club, POB 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370; or make a donation via Paypal to our email - Thank you!

Eyes, blood drives, music, party and more

It's been another busy week for our Lions and Leos clubs, and more events are coming up. Here are some items from today's lunch meeting:

  • Lion Jim Schoettler reported the Vision Screening Committee was at a Kingston preschool yesterday and made one referral.
  • Kingston High School Leos signed up 60 students to donate blood today. The blood mobile was moved to a better area where it could be set up longer to accommodate all of the great kids donating.
  • This Sunday, the Poulsbo Orchestra is offering a free performance at North Point Church on Hostmark Street at 3 p.m. The orchestra is asking for cash and/or food donations for Fishline.
  • Poulsbo Lions are advertising a blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 12-6 p.m. at the Social Hall at First Lutheran Church (where we meet), on 4th Avenue. All blood donations stay in the local area.
  • A sign-up sheet was passed around for our Christmas Party, which is Dec. 17 at Whiskey Creek Steakhouse at 6 p.m. RSVP to Lion Elda Armstrong by Dec. 10.
  • A sign-up sheet was passed around for Lions to be holiday helpers at Fishline Dec. 16-23 in 2-hour increments. Wear your Lions vests, shirts, jackets, hats, etc.
  • Poulsbo Noon Lions meet Dec. 10, have the Christmas Party, Dec. 17, skip a meeting Dec. 24, and have a brown bag lunch (no program or catered lunch) on Dec. 31.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2016 calendars are here

Our 2016 birthday calendars are here! Pictured is Lion Dottie Ridgeway, who took the beautiful photo featured on each and every calendar. Many thanks to the businesses who support this fund-raiser (and offer free goodies the week of your birthday/anniversary) and to everyone who purchased one. We hope 2016 is your best year yet! BTW, we raised more than $2,300 with our calendars.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pot party a rousing success

With many hands, the work of emptying city flower baskets only took about an hour this morning at Bill Austin's place Saturday, Nov. 21. Many thanks to Poulsbo Lions Kent Lord, Karl Ostheller, Pat Burch, President Jim Stark, Terry Blais and her teens, Chase and Sylvie, and Larry, a helpful neighbor.

Lion Kent's work party is affectionately referred to as a "pot party."

Larry and Jim work together to empty the flower pots.

Lion Kent Lord watches as Lion Pat Burch pulls at some dead plants to get the dirt out of the basket.

Everyone developed their own method for emptying the baskets. Here, Lion Karl Ostheller dumps the wooden basket upside down and shakes it.

Chase Blais, 16, gets the chunk of packed dirt out of the wooden basket.

Now that the plastic pots are out of the wooden baskets, the baskets can be cleaned up and repaired for the next season.

Kent Lord, Larry (front), Jim Stark and Pat Burch are standing where the flower baskets were once stacked earlier in the morning.

The crew, after the job was done!

New roof for storage shed

A handful of Poulsbo Lions worked to replace the leaky storage roof this morning at First Lutheran Church. Heading up the project is Lion Tom Settle, with help from Lions Scott Puhn, John MacDonald, Steve Calhoun, Karl Ostheller and Pat Burch.

The new roof lets in much more light! Top: John MacDonald and Tom Settle. Bottom left: Scott Puhn. Middle back: Steve Calhoun. And Karl Ostheller holding the ladder.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bellringer Fund is underway!

Our Poulsbo Lion Bellringer Fund is underway - and we've received our second donation of $75, bringing our total up to $575. Our goal is $30,000. Look for an article in The Herald this weekend. We can accept checks via our PO Box 1244, Poulsbo, or you may drop off donations at The Herald office, or make a donation via Paypal to this email - Special thanks to The Herald for creating this graphic.

New member is president's twin

Welcome our newest Poulsbo Lion, Tom Stark, who was inducted at today's lunch meeting. Tom is calling Poulsbo his home town as of four weeks ago. He is the twin brother of our King Lion Jim Stark. Tom's sponsor is Lion Chuck Weaver.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rolling Readers get $2,950 from our dinner auction

Poulsbo Lions presented a check for $2,950 to Rolling Readers at today's noon meeting. The money was raised at the club's Fall Fling Dinner Auction on October 10. From left to right: Lion Pauline Ostheller, Kimberly Eimers of Rolling Readers, Lion Denise Zaske, and Lions President Jim Stark.

Stenstrom earns award for new members

Lion Joe Stenstrom received an award for bringing in new members to our club. He was given a metal pin hanger by Poulsbo Lions President Jim Stark (right) at today's noon meeting.

Friday, October 30, 2015

A delicious evening of steak

Our annual Steak Night is a feast for the eyes, and one that signals the end of our calendar fund-raiser, with those Lions selling 20 or more calendars earning a free steak dinner. Our Poulsbo Lions met October 29 at the Masonic Hall in Port Gamble.

Chuck Weaver was on one grill.

John MacDonald manned a second grill. These two have been cooking the steaks for years.

Inside the hall where it's warmer and drier, Scott Puhn talks to Dennis Deitch and his wife, Denise.

Lisa Hobbs chats with Herb Armstrong, with Jim Schoettler on the far right.

Sue Weaver, Elda Armstrong and Karen Reitan.

John Armstrong and guest and Ken Rury.

Irv Spellman spears a steak.

Jay and Sandi Dahlquist, Barb Stark, Roger and Katoo Sherrard.

Irv, our oldest member at 90, shows the full meal - steak, green salad and baked potato.

Sandi Dahlquist and Jim Stark, with Dick Prine and Scott Puhn in the background.

Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone