Wayland Area News
Wayland Lions Club
The Wayland Lions Club held its regular April meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at the Wayland Community Center.
President Jay Meyer called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. John Swartzendruber offered the Invocation. The meeting recessed to enjoy the fine meal catered by Alice Hoffstetler. Fourteen members and one guest were present.
The meeting resumed with minutes of the previous meeting and treasurer’s report given by Carol Shumaker and Terry Kaufman, respectively.
Under old business, membership chair Brian Pattyson reviewed requested changes in the potential membership letter and those were approved. Lion Stan Meyer updated the members on the Leo Club progress in continuing to build on its 10-year history.
It was reported that the Easter Egg Hunt was well received by the participants who enjoyed the Easter Bunny and great candy treats.
New business included plans for the blood drive to be held in June, the July 4th Pancake Breakfast, Gail Simmering was sponsored by Marianne Pattyson for Lion membership and it was noted that the May 21 meeting will have District Governor DeEtta Rasmussen as a special guest and Todd Meyer as guest speaker on Insight Human Resource Projects.
The evening’s guest speaker, Lion Larry Graber, gave a terrific presentation on his recent trip to Switzerland which highlighted the lifestyle, culture, and cheese processing that is unique due to the ingredients specific to the area.
Special Note from the Lion magazine: “In fiscal year 2011-2012, Lions Foundation 513 grants totaling $55.5 million US Dollars. Some examples of Lions’ impact in that year included:
• 31 million people had their sight saved or vision improved thanks to 35 SightFirst grants;
• 33,000 people received immediate help following disasters through 165 emergency grants;
• 4.7 million people are benefiting from access to education, technology, health care and many other life-changing improvements through 160 standard grants;
• At least 166,000 students are learning positive life skills through 37 Lions Quest grants; and
• More than 91,700 people gained access to clean water and medical mission services through 26 International Assistance Grants.”