Saturday, December 26, 2020

Bellringer passes $11k... looking for $30k

Now that Christmas is in the rear view mirror, it's a great time to contribute to the Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation. We've collected just over $11,000 with a goal of $30,000. You can make a donation at Paypal via, or mail your check to Poulsbo Lions, POB 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370. #poulsbolions #WeServe #Bellringer

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Wreaths placed on veteran graves

Lion Linda Schwind organized a "Wreaths Across America" event Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Poulsbo Municipal Cemetery on Caldart Avenue. Many people showed up, including veterans' groups and five LEOs, to place wreaths on veteran graves marked with a U.S. flag. The NK Vikings LEO Club also paid for five wreaths for this ceremony.


Friday, December 18, 2020

Kingston High LEOs make ornaments for seniors

Kingston LEOs made 90 Christmas ornaments and delivered them to the senior apartments in the Village Green recently. #WeServe #LoveLEOs #MerryChristmas



Tuesday, December 15, 2020

North Kitsap High LEOs round up blood donors for fundraiser

 NKHS LEOs completed their virtual blood drive on December 4 and got credit for having 47 participants sign up and donate at Bloodworks NW in Silverdale. The LEOS also received $20 per donor for the first 35 people, then $10 for the rest and added $820 to their ASB account.

Monday, November 30, 2020

It's the day (and season) to give

Please donate to the Poulsbo Lions-Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund. Every dollar collected goes back into the community where it's needed! You can pay via Paypal at (or click in the right-hand column), or drop off a check at The Herald office.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Our Bellringer Fund has begun for 2020-2021

By Ken Park

Kitsap Daily News

For over 75 years the Poulsbo Lions Club has donated money to charities all across the city as part of its holiday Bellringer program.

Those donations are even more important this year because of money lost due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Bellringer Campaign was started in 1942 by Poulsbo Lions Charter member Frank Raab and his wife Mable, in an effort to help those in need around the holidays and to bring some holiday cheer to those who otherwise would not have much to celebrate.

For the past 35 years, Lions Club president John McDonald and co-chairman Dennis Tesch have used those funds to purchase groceries and gifts for families in need and deliver them.

“It became too much for us to do, so we stepped back and now are giving money to basically four charities: Fishline, Sharenet, St. Vincent De Paul and Coffee Oasis,” McDonald said. “Basically to help them with whatever shortfalls they may have.”

Those four nonprofits basically do what the Lions did with the money – help out people in need during the holidays.

Over the years the most the Poulsbo Lions Club has raised for the four charities was $38,000.

But in the last few years, it has averaged somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000. This year the goal is to raise $30,000.

“I’m kind of holding my breath thinking that, that won’t happen, but that’s OK. Anything that we can raise to help these organizations during this time is huge,” McDonald said.

Over the course of the next few weeks, the North Kitsap Herald will be featuring stories about these charities and explain how they have spent past Bellringer funds from the Lions Club, and what they hope to do with the funds they receive this year. If you like, the Herald also will run your name in the paper with the amount you donated, or it can be done anonymously.

The newspaper, as always, also will run a thermometer showing how much the community has donated each week toward the goal.

If you would like to donate to the Lions Club Bellringer fundraiser please mail donations to P.O. Box 1244 Poulsbo, WA, 98370.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

New governor's orders cancels Loads of Change this month

 Sorry to say our Loads of Change tomorrow has been cancelled due to the governor's latest mandate. We hope to continue at the laundromat next month. Stay tuned.... And please share.


Friday, November 13, 2020

Join Lions placing flags at cemetery

 Join Poulsbo Lions and others at the Poulsbo Municipal Cemetery on Caldart Avenue at 10 am tomorrow to put flags on headstones.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Armstrong contributes more than 600 lbs to food bank


Our amazing Lion Elda Armstrong (also our C4 zone chair for the 2nd year in a row) contributed more than 600 pounds of veggies to Fishline this year. 

Friday, November 6, 2020

1,500 eyeglasses go to NW LERC

Lion Karl Ostheller recently delivered 1,500 pairs of used eyeglasses to Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Lacey. If you have eyeglasses to donate, please drop them in one of our boxes around town:

Farmers Insurance, 19168-B Jensen Way
Fishline Food Bank, Viking Avenue
First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Ave
Martha and Mary, 19160 Front St NE
Modern Dentistry, 19301 8th Ave NE
NK Fishline, Viking Avenue
Pacific Eye Care, 20669 Bond Rd NE
Peninsula Hearing, 19319 7th Ave, Suite 102
Poulsbo Eyecare Center, 19220 8th Ave NE
Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Way
Sherrard, McGonagle, Tizzano & Lind, 19717 Front St NE
Walmart, 21200 Olhava Way NE

Friday, October 30, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

111 loads of laundry washed this month


Yesterday was one of our biggest Loads of Change! We helped 21 people with 111 loads for $377. Special thanks to those who donated cash ($170), water, detergent, snacks, socks, gloves and toiletries, as well as their time - Lions Terry Blais, Kelley Vincent, Pat Osler (feeding quarters in a machine above), and Dennis Deitch.
Our next Loads of Change is Weds., Nov. 18, from 2-6 pm at the Village Laundromat.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Oct. 21 next Loads of Change in the village

 Poulsbo Lions will be on hand to feed quarters into the washing machines and dryers at the Village Laundromat for our Loads of Change service project. On Sept. 16, we helped 15 people/families do 107 loads for $303.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ostheller receives Zone C-4 AND District 19C Lion of the Year awards

 We couldn't be prouder of fellow Poulsbo Lion Karl Ostheller (middle). He was honored as Zone C-4 Lion of the Year and District 19C Lion of the Year for his work with the Peace Poster contest and LEOs, among other things. Zone Chair Elda Armstrong (left) and Past District Governor Pat Burch (right) were on hand Thursday, Oct. 15, at Vinland's Grace Chapel for these awards. Congrats Karl!

Armstrong honored for 2019-2020 year as Zone C-4 chair

Past District Governor Pat Burch presented Zone C-4 Chairwoman Elda Armstrong with a plaque for her 2019-2020 year at our noon meeting Oct. 14 at Vinland's Grace Chapel. Armstrong was recently recognized for exceptional service. Her plaque says "Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and heart for service. A consummate "team player." Armstrong is zone chair this year, as well.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

LCIF World Sight Day Oct. 8

Today is #WorldSightDay, an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Thank you, Lions and our partners, for all you do. For over 19 years
Lions Clubs International Foundation
has been partnering with
Johnson & Johnson
Vision, through Sight For Kids, to provide comprehensive eye health care to over 35 million children across Africa and Asia. On this special day take a moment to donate a photo to further this exceptional work. #LCIFLions #JNJ #DonateAPhoto

NK High LEOs host blood drive Nov. 20 to Dec. 4



Our North Kitsap High LEO Club is hosting a blood drive in Silverdale at Bloodworks NW Nov. 20 to Dec. 4. The LEOs will receive $10 per donor. Please sign up!

More info will be available at a later date.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Local high schools will split $350 from Fuji apple fundraiser


35 boxes of Fuji apples were ordered, meaning our North Kitsap High School and Kingston High School will split $350 from the fundraiser. Thanks to those who ordered. The boxes of apples will arrive at the end of the month. #leofundraiser #poulsbolions #WeServe

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Three Lions receive sponsor award for Lion who's still active after 3 years

We have three Poulsbo Noon Lions who received a Diamond Centennial Award pin at today's meeting. Terry Blais, Karl Ostheller, and Dennis Deitch all have sponsored a Lion that remains active for three years. #poulsbolions #WeServe #wannajoin

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Lions logging hours during pandemic


Poulsbo Lions have been busy! In August and September, more than 20 Lions volunteered more than 400 hours doing everything from being a chaplin for fire and sheriff departments, helping low-income families with laundry, driving the elderly to appointments and grocery shopping for them, picking up used eyeglasses, getting vouchers for an eye exam and eyeglasses, cleaning up Fish Park, cooking dinners for the homeless, setting up and taking down flags on holidays, sewing face masks for the elderly, growing veggies and giving them to Fishline and Sharenet, volunteering at the Maritime Museum, and fulfilling club officer and chairman duties.
So even if you don't see us, we're helping out in our community. Contact us if you'd like to become involved and/or become a Poulsbo Lions. #poulsbolions #weserve #feedhungry #makefacemasks #cleanlaundry #recycleeyeglasses


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

107 loads of laundry at September Loads of Change


We had a great turnout today, helping 15 people with 107 loads of laundry. Our next Loads of Change is Oct. 21! Any donations of laundry products, snacks or monetary donations are welcome.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Fuji apple fundraiser underway


Our LEO students will receive $10 from every $40, 40-lb box of Fuji apples you purchase now through Sept. 30. Please contact Lion Karl at 360-598-2239 or email #poulsbolions #weserve #fujifundraiser #leoclub2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

Scholarship recipient Holmes only has 2 semesters left


Our fourth and last Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation scholarship went to student Grace Holmes, who enters the home stretch at BYU-Hawaii where she only has two semesters to go before graduation. Grace is doing school on-line from her home in Poulsbo. Meanwhile she is working as a hospitality hostess at Harrison Hospital in Silverdale. #poulsbolions #weserve #scholarships

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Blanchard starts junior year at Cal Poly with Lion scholarship

Poulsbo Lion and student Nate Blanchard is entering his junior year at Cal Poly and will be doing school online from Poulsbo due to the coronavirus. He's another recipient of a Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation scholarship.
Meanwhile Nate is keeping busy running his business, Spic & Span Windows, where he cleans windows, roofs, and gutters. Give him a call to get a good energetic job done.
Nate has two goals for the not too distant future: 1) Do a bicycle trip from Mexico to Canada next spring; and 2) begin medical school in the fall. #poulsbolions #weserve #scholarships


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Radcliff working in Firehouse Garden

 Poulsbo Evening Pride Lion Rob Radcliff has worked hard on the Firehouse Garden, with help from other Lions. #poulsblions #WeServe #firehousegarden


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

August laundromat visit amounts to $221.25


For our August 19 Loads of Change, we served 13 people/families, doing 69 loads of laundry to the tune of $221.25. Thanks to Lions Terry Blais and Kelley Vincent for feeding the quarters into the machines and bringing snacks and water. As always, donations of money, detergent, fabric softener, snacks and socks, etc. are always welcome.

Our own Lion Jayroe receives college scholarship


Poulsbo Lion and student Ashley Jayroe picked up her scholarship check recently. She is still enrolled with Western Washington with only 2 more quarters to go to graduate. She will be working on-line this fall quarter because of the coronavirus. Meanwhile she continues to work at Old Navy. Our club is fortunate to have the funds from our Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation. #poulsbolions #scholarships #WeServe

Kitnikone one of four scholarship recipient

Aranya Kitnikone picked up her Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation scholarship check recently. Aranya is enrolled at the University of Washington and will be working on-line this fall quarter because of the virus as she begins her university career. Aranya was a Running Start student while attending NKHS these past two years. Meanwhile she continues to work at her parents' Thai restaurant (Sawan Thai) on Bainbridge. #poulsbolions #WeServe #scholarships

Monday, August 3, 2020

Lions continue to grow and serve

If the past 100 years have taught us anything, it’s that as #WeServe, we grow. And we were never meant to stop. Let's continue serving millions of people each year. Learn more about upcoming virtual events:

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Firehouse Garden producing garlic, cabbage and more


Poulsbo Evening Pride Lions have been cranking out veggies from the Firehouse Garden. Check out the garlic, cabbage and squash! All of this produce goes to the food banks. #weserve #poulsbolions #eveningpride #firehousegarden

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Prine sets up flags downtown

Published in the Kitsap Sun on July 4, 2020

Dick Prine carries American flags on his shoulder as he and fellow Poulsbo Lions Club member Tom Settle place the flags along Front Street in downtown Poulsbo on the morning of Saturday, July 4, 2020. The Poulsbo Lions Club sets up around 130 flags throughout town in observance of 11 different holidays and events throughout the year. ( Photo: Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lions actively helping community during coronavirus

Even though we haven't been able to meet, Poulsbo Lions have been setting up flags (Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 3rd of July), collecting and processing more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses for LERC, and collecting food from local grocery stores and delivering it to Fishline. #poulsbolions #weserve #Covidcan'tkeepusdown



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Fishline thanks Lions for garden help

A special thank you to our volunteers and the Poulsbo Lions Club for putting up a fence at the Swank Grow and Share Farm. Deer were getting the best of some of the produce so the fence was put up to keep them out. We appreciate you! #PoulsboLionsClub #volunteers #fishline

Monday, June 22, 2020

Raab Foundation contributes more than $19,000

Our Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation has been able to send funds to nonprofits and food banks in our area that are helping with rent, food, utilities, etc. to $19,000+!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

More than 5.7 million visually impaired served by Lions

We have a long history of serving the blind and visually impaired, and remain committed to continuing this mission into our next century of service. Together, we will work to prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

We're part of Kitsap's Great Give


Kitsap Great Give is ON! Please consider Poulsbo Lions Raab Foundation when giving. Your money stays in the NK community and will aid the local food banks.

Monday, April 13, 2020

LCIF's response to the coronavirus


Want the most up-to-date information on LCIF’s response to COVID-19? Visit our designated page to learn more about LCIF's response, how to apply for a grant and how to support LCIF’s efforts.

Starting to garden

Reitan hits membership milestone