Olds Lions hold potluck
Olds Lions met for their regular meeting Tuesday, May 14, at the Olds United Church of Christ.
A potluck dinner was enjoyed with a main entrée provided by Lion Gary Lauger.
Special guests attending were past District Governor O’Kemm Dixon and her husband, Donald. She spoke on the programs within the Iowa Lions Foundation focusing on cochlear implants, advocating its impact as a recipient of the device.
Also present was Lion Jr. Williams, the Youth Exchange Chairperson, from the New London Club. Lion Williams was present to raise awareness of the Lions Youth exchange program that occurs in July each year. Youth from foreign countries come to the United States and are hosted in private homes during their stay in the US.
The program is an exchange program, which means youth from the United States go to foreign countries as well.
In this program, the exchange is for only one month, and one week of that time the exchange students are at a camp.
This year the Lions Youth Exchange program is looking to place 27 youths between the ages of 16 and 18 from some 15 different countries.
Host families need not be Lions. If interested in hosting one or more of these students during July, contact Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President Lion Ruth Meth opened the business meeting that included on the agenda recruitment of new members, Iowa Eye Bank tissue run reports, tip night, a fundraiser of home made ice cream sales in the Washington Central park on Thursday, June 6, between the Farmers Market and the Washington Band concert (6:30 to 8 p.m.)
Old business included President Wayne Madden’s Club Excellence Award application; a report on the Mt. Pleasant Lions Charter Banquet; and planning for a field trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City to take place in June 11. Aluminum pull tabs and cleaning supplies will be delivered to the House. Dinner out will follow the tour.
During the meeting, President Meth made three presentations. Two were to Lion Scott Meth and Lion Gary Anderson from the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in Iowa City. President Meth presented them each an envelope that contained a patch and a letter of appreciation for their volunteer work as transporters of eye tissue for the Bank.
A special presentation was made to Lion Harry McGuire recognizing his 35 years as a continuing member of the Olds Lions Club. McGuire has the distinction of being the only remaining charter member of the club.
Meetings will be suspended during July and August, resuming again on Sept. 10 with a picnic in the City Park with the public invited.
Persons interested in becoming Lions are welcome to attend regular meetings anytime during the year or may contact any Lions member for more information.
Lion Scott Meth will assume the chair July 1. His contact number is 319-931-5483 or email@example.com.