Friday, January 29, 2016

Spring Convention is almost upon us

Our club has a fabulously dressed golf team participating this year (to defend their nattily dressed title from last year). Lion Pat Burch has spring convention forms at each meeting!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Where there's a need...

Poulsbo Noon Lions meet every Thursday at noon at the Social Hall of First Lutheran Church on 4th Avenue.

Evening Pride Branch Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Christian Center at St. Olaf's Church.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fat Tuesday float parade nets our club $500

Our Fat Tuesday float is at The Clearwater Casino! Lion Dennis Tesch filled out an application for our club (as he does every year - thanks Dennis!) and we were accepted this year! Terry Blais designed the float, donating the materials used.

Your vote can make a difference! Please vote for #14. It can mean big bucks for our club and the North Kitsap community.

Your vote counts for 2 when you have a Golden Ticket!
Our float is located in a non-smoking game room off of the new parking lot.

A total of 20 nonprofits were selected by The Clearwater Casino to participate in the Fat Tuesday event. Each nonprofit will receive $500, with top prizes for 1st thru 3rd places ($3,000 for 1st, $2,00 for 2nd, and $1,000 for 3rd).


 The Fat Tuesday float parade takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Event Center at the casino. Hope you can make it! Lion Dennis Deitch will be pulling our float, with Poulsbo Lions trailing behind, wearing festive hats and masks.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Lions join Leos to assemble hygiene kits

Poulsbo Lions and North Kitsap High School Leos put together hygiene kits for the homeless on Jan. 21 in the North Kitsap High Commons. Leos not only collected donations for the kits, but helped to put them together, as well.

NKHS Leo Club Advisor Stephen Nolet chats with Lion Pat Burch. Our club gave these Leos $200 to spend purchasing items they couldn't get donated.

Stickers saying the kits are "courtesy of the Poulsbo Lions" are put on the plastic baggies holding the kit items by Lion Jay Dahlquist (bottom left) and Lion Roland Arper.

Items for the kits include shampoo, disposable razors, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and more. It's an assembly line! Any leftover items were being taken to places that serve the homeless - Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.

Photos courtesy of Lion Karl Ostheller.

Chamber award shown off at meeting

President Jim Stark holds up an award at our Jan. 21 lunch meeting that the Chamber of Commerce presented to him and Lion Karl Ostheller for outstanding service in our community.

Karl shows a certificate from Lions International for the creation of our fourth Leo club - this one at Kingston Middle School! These students do so much good in the community.

Well done, Karl. Well done!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bellringer limps over $26,000 mark; board notes

Here we are on January 7, and with $1,500 contributed recently by local firefighters, our Bellringer Fund surpassed $26,000, according to Lion Dennis Tesch. He added that Mike's Car Wash has yet to make its annual donation.

That report was given at today's board meeting, which also saw Dennis Peters sharing stats on the 2015 Fall Fling Dinner Auction:

8 Lions were responsible for 64% of the auction donations;
6 members collected 58% of the donations from businesses.
34 members made or collected donations.
34% of the auction items were collected by committee members.
7 members sold tickets.
4 members solicited sponsorships.
31% of our annual budget is from our auction.
60 bid numbers were handed out.
55 people bought something.

There will be a special board meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, to discuss if there will be an auction this year, and if so, who will chair or co-chair the event. If you're interested, please attend.

Karl Ostheller reported on our four Leo Clubs:

Our newest club is at Kingston Middle School (6-8th graders) where 68 students expressed interest in the club and attended one meeting. Ostheller is filling out an organization report to send to Lions International with $100 check and a list of the 40 students who make up the charter list. These are students who attended at least three meetings. The student-designed T-shirts look fabulous!

At Kingston High School, there are 6-10 students in the Leo Club. They organized a successful blood drive this past fall, and have their second set for March. They are planning on buying $50 worth of items for Project Connect, in addition to asking for donations for the hygiene kits.

Poulsbo Middle School Leo Club collected 20 big bags of clothes for the Fill the Bus campaign. They meet every other week with teacher advisor Kate Ebert.

And North Kitsap High School will help put together hygiene kits for Project Connect Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Commons.

The board voted to donate $200 to purchase supplies needed for Project Connect hygiene kits. Pat Burch is collecting items, so members are asked to bring whatever shampoo, conditioner, lotion, disposable razors, soap, etc. they have to contribute to the kits.

Dates were discussed for the joint food drive with Rotary (March 18 and 19) and White Cane Days (May 6 and 7), as well as the Spring Conference (April 1 and 2 at the Red Lion in Olympia).

Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone