Thursday, December 26, 2019

No meeting today

No Poulsbo Lions meeting today! We have a board meeting at 11 am next Thursday, Jan. 2.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Evening Pride wraps up Christmas fundraiser

Zone Chair Elda Armstrong (right) wraps up Christmas presents at Barnes & Noble in the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale as a fundraiser for Evening Pride Branch Club, whose members Karen Jones and President Dave Risley were also present.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Another 93 children screened

Poulsbo Lions Steve Calhoun, Karen Reitan, Pauline Ostheller, Eric Thanem and Ginger Shields screened the vision of 93 children at Gateway this past week. Twelve children were referred on.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Dahlquists receive milestone awards

District Governor Pat Burch presented milestone chevrons to Lions Sandi (20 years) and Jay (15 years) Dahlquist at today's meeting.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Laundry project growing

Today's Loads of Change was our biggest yet. We helped 35 people with 128 loads of laundry for $329.50 at the Village Laundromat in the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center. Lions helping with the service project are Terry Blais, Carol Ryan and Dave Risley.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

In the news

Check out Poulsbo Lions' contribution in the last paragraph on the front page!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Christmas wreaths for veteran graves

This was Poulsbo Municipal Cemetery's first year of participating in Wreaths Across America.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers for the success we had this year. If you are interested in helping with this kick off for next year, Poulsbo Noon Lions Club is a fund-raising group (WA0142P).

At noon today Wreaths Across America was at the cemetery to remember and honor our veterans through the laying of "Remembrance Wreaths" on the graves of our fallen heroes. Lion Linda Schwind (red coat below) organized the event today with the Poulsbo Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2463, the Rotary Club of Poulsbo-North Kitsap, and the Poulsbo American Legion, Post 245. These veterans groups, scouts, four other Lions (Joyce Smith, Steve Calhoun, Karl Ostheller and Harlan Knudsen), and two North Kitsap Leos (Michael and Shelby) helped place the wreaths. The Leos also paid for 5 of the wreaths.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Bellringer Fund needs help

Please help us! We're just over $5,000 and have a long way to go to get to our goal of $30,000 over the next few weeks. All money raised stays in our NK community, benefiting Coffee Oasis, Fishline, Sharenet, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Christmas party fun and service

Scenes from our annual Christmas party. This year it was held at the Clearwater Casino Resort.

The Clearwater Resort provided the decorated Christmas tree while Lions and their guests brought useful things like new socks, mittens/gloves and scarves for Fishline Food Bank.

The gift exchange is always fun. Here, District Governor Pat Burch shows off the magical Santa he opened.

Lion Mike Paxhia and his wonderful present.

 Lions Erika Dodsley and her father, Dave Risley, with his mom Ginny Risley.

Lion Carol Ryan with her fiance Cathal MacGuire.

Lion Tom Settle and wife Billie Jo, Sue Weaver and Lion Jan Kelly.

Lions Karl and Pauline Ostheller and Paulette and Mike Alvarado.

Lion Steve Calhoun and wife Karen, with Lions Joyce Smith and Erika Dodsley.

 Wrapped gifts for the always eventful and fun exchange.

Lion Eric Thanem with his guest and Eric Blais.

The Alvarados with Lion Kent Lord.

Lions Jim Shields, Chuck Weaver and Mike Paxhia.

Lion Dennis Deitch and wife Denise with Lion Rick Wright and his better half.

Lions Dori Swokowsky, Karen Reitan and June Cotner.

 Bev Puhn and Lions Scott Puhn and Dennis Deitch.

Bev Stark with Jackie Macdonald and Lion Tom Stark.

Singing is an important component of our Christmas party! Especially the 12 Days of Christmas.

Lions Dave Risley, Dottie Ridgeway and Marian Phillips.

Happy holidays from Camp Leo

Hello, and happy holidays from Camp Leo! We wanted to take just a moment at the close of the year to say THANK YOU to the Lions clubs across Western Washington who supported our camp programs in 2019. We had a great camp year, and thanks to your support we were able to accomplish a lot in 2019, including:
296 campers attended 4 summer camp sessions
43 attended our teen leadership weekend
74 adults attended our ConnecT1D Adult Retreat
179 family members attended Family Camp
277 volunteers supported our 2019 programs

We are so appreciative of the continued support of Lions. From volunteering at camp to helping with camper scholarships, Lions have always been there to make sure campers with diabetes have the support they need. As another way to say thanks, one of our campers has prepared a special video message she wanted to share with the Lions, which we hope you will enjoy and will share with other members of your club: Special Thank You Lions Video Link
2020 will mark the 30th year anniversary of Camp Leo, and we are so proud and thankful of the history and impact of Camp Leo, which has reached thousands of people over the years. As we celebrate 30 years together in 2020, and plan for the future, we look forward to the continued partnership with the Lions. Thank you all!
David Glenn
Camp Leo + ConnecT1D

Monday, December 2, 2019

Help us help others with Bellringer Fund

 Our Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund is underway and we need your help! We're shooting for $30,000. Donations may be mailed to Poulsbo Lions, PO Box 1244, Poulsbo 98370; or at The Herald office, or via Paypal ( We've raised more than $450,000 over the past 15 years for the needy in our community.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Fuji apple fund-raiser a success

Thanks to everybody who purchased 40-pound boxes of Fuji apples! Our Leos made $300 and Camp Leo, for kids with Type 1 diabetes, received $900.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Peace Poster prize winners

Congrats to our Lions Peace Poster winners from Poulsbo Middle School (Sydney Thompson, left) and Nora Cymbalista from Kingston Middle School. They are pictured here with Lion Karl Ostheller, the Multiple District 19 Peace Poster chairman. 

Garden closed for the winter

The community garden at Poulsbo Fire has been put to rest for the winter. Thanks to the noon Lion’s Club, they grew and donated around 250 pounds of fresh vegetables for Fishline and Sharenet food banks. What a wonderful way to help our community. Thank you Lions!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Viking Way clean once more

Viking Way is clean again, thanks to today's crew - Lion Sherri Burch and volunteers Linda Seybolt and Wendy Cronk (pictured), as well as Lions Pat Osler, Mike Paxhia and Pat Burch, our district governor. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

District governor presents milestone awards

District Governor Patrick Burch (left) presented chevrons to President Terry Blais (25 years), Steve Swann (35 years), Zone Chairman Elda Armstrong (15), and Karl (20) and Pauline Ostheller (15 years) for their many years in Lions.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

64 loads of laundry in October

 Our Lions Club helped 12 people with 64 loads of laundry to the tune of $197 and many donations of money, snacks and detergent. Lions feeding the machines quarters were Terry Blais, Carol Ryan and Dennis Tesch.

Carol Ryan finishes feeding quarters into a washing machine.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Poulsbo Community Orchestra receives $1,500

We're happy to sponsor the Poulsbo Community Orchestra for the sixth year. Our treasurer, John Macdonald, gives a $1,500 check to orchestra president Steve Swann, also a Lion, at today's meeting. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Highway 3/305 interchanges cleaned up

Our Highway 3/305 interchanges are litter-free once again. We picked up 8 bags of garbage. Special thanks to (front row) Lions Carol Ryan, Terry and Sylvie Blais, and Greg Supanchek, and (back row) Steve Calhoun and Eric Thanem. Also joining us and taking the photo was Eric Blais. 

Loads of Change picking up speed

Today's Loads of Change helped 22 people and their families. We ran 105 loads in the washers and dryers at the cost of $290 (thanks to a few people who donated a total of $50). Special thanks to Lions Carol Ryan and Terry Blais, as well as Lion Dennis Tesch, who gave us an hour of his time! Our next laundry day is Oct. 18.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Poulsbo princess joins zone chair for meeting

We are hosting the zone meeting today at the Family Pancake House on Kitsap Way. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm. Pictured here is our Zone Chair Elda Armstrong with recent guest Valentine Campbell, Miss Poulsbo.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Annual birthday calendar goes on sale

Our club has been doing this calendar for decades! It features local advertisers - many of whom give away goodies you can gather the week of your birthday or anniversary. Also, there's a local photo featured and tear-off months with plenty of room to write. There are even fire safety tips! Contact a Lion, or leave a message here if you're interested in purchase a calendar for $8 each. You get up to 5 free listings for your family, and the calendar will be available in November.

The calendar always features a great local photo. You can also glimpse a smattering of our advertisers... many of whom have been with us for years.

Monday, May 13, 2019

We LOVE our pancake breakfast sponsors

We'd love for you to be a sponsor of our 48th Annual Poulsbo Lions Viking Fest Pancake Breakfast. It's 7-1 pm Saturday, May 18, and 9-1 pm Sunday, May 19, at North Kitsap High School.

Sponsorship levels are $100, $200 (get 2 free breakfast tickets) and $300 (get 4 free breakfast tickets).

Many thanks to our 2019 sponsors:
1st Security Bank
John L. Scott – Dennis Deitch, agent
KD’s Edge Tool Sharpening Service
Liberty Bay Auto
Reliable Storage
Blais Construction, Inc.
Washington Tractor
Jay and Sandi Dahlquist
Animal Emergency & Trauma Center
Hudson Auto
Poulsbo Athletic Club
Red Apple
Sherrard McGonagle Tizzano and Lind PS
Sluy’s Bakery
Westbay Auto

Please consider throwing your support our way! All proceeds go to area scholarships. Last year we gave away $10,000!
You can be a sponsor by hitting the DONATE button in the right-hand column. Thank you!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Two Lions receive gold centennial pin

Congrats to Sherri Burch and Joyce Smith on earning a gold centennial pin for each having sponsored a member who has been active for 2 years!

Sherri Burch
Joyce Smith

Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone