Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April is a busy month for eyes

Pauline Ostheller tests a middle school girl's eyes
 Seventeen people from 18-month-old and 5-year-old boys, to middle schoolers and adults took advantage of free vision screening this afternoon at the Poulsbo Library.

Free vision screening will next take place April 14 from 9-11 a.m. at The Gateway Preschool (40 students).

A small group of Lions will do screening on April 28 at 10 a.m. at Silverdale Lutheran Church.

April wraps up with a 10-1 p.m. screening on April 29, again at Silverdale Lutheran.

Today's crew was (front): Karen Reitan, Pauline Ostheller and Jim Schoettler; (back) Larry Linn and Pat Burch.

Pat tests the machine on Jim. You're not supposed to smile!

Monday, March 30, 2015

3+ tons of food, $2,465 raised for food bank

Two sisters were delighted to add a spice as their food bank contribution at Safeway March 27.
It was a well-spent two days March 27 and 28 at area grocery stores to help fill up the food bank's shelves. The results: This past weekend the Poulsbo Lions Club & Poulsbo Rotary citywide food drive collected 6,408 lbs of food and $2,465 for Fishline. That's both more food and money than we collected last year, which was the first year. We had 37 Lions helping out, for approximately 120 hours. Special mention goes to Lion Linda Schwind for pulling 4 shifts! It's GRrrrreat to be a Lion!

Ron (Rotary) and Jim Stark start their Friday shift.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Welcome newest Lion Burris

Welcome to Linda Burris, our newest member. Linda is the marketing manager for Fishline food bank. She and her family moved to Poulsbo just over a year ago. Linda's sponsor is Lion Greg Supancheck.

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! And not pictured, but earning the Best Dressed Putter Award was Sherri Burch. (Photos by C-4 Zone Chairman Pat Burch.)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

We're Winners!

Poulsbo Lions Club was well represented at the 2015 District 19C Contest and Awards at Spring Convention in Tacoma March 14.

The best news first - we placed first for our club brochure (Karl Ostheller), our scrapbook (Terry Blais), and our action photo of Dave Risley screening a preschooler's vision (Dottie Ridgeway).
New member Ken Rury placed second for his Achievement Speech, and this website (Terry Blais) got 3rd place behind Gig Harbor and Puyallup.

"Congratulations to all clubs with contest entries. With “Skin in the Game" participants have more fun, strive to do their best and
cheer each other on. New this year, the Action Photo contest attracted the most clubs participating! The smaller clubs competed toe to toe with the larger clubs sometimes with only 1 point separating the standings. Thanks to my focused and thoughtful committee:
Dotty Jackl, Bill Zidel, Bob Johnson, Karl Ostheller, Bob McLean, Suzanne Gayda and Judy Ann Bergvall. Those in the first place column will receive homemade cookies delivered to their club meeting by yours truly! Guess I'd better get busy!"

1st VDGE Jan Weatherly,
Contest and Awards Chair

P.S. Weatherly will be visiting our club at our April 9 meeting and bringing cookies, so you won't want to miss it!

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.

Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone