August 2017 Newsletter

La Porte City Lions Club
August 2017 Newsletter

August Meeting Information

The August meeting will be held at the LPC Golf Club on Thursday, August 17th. Social hour will be at 6:00, meal at 7:00, followed by our regular meeting. The meal will be grill your own ribeye, sides & dessert provided by the golf course. Callers, please have your numbers to Lion Brandon Paine (319-239-5425) by Monday, August 14th. There will be NO speaker this month! This is also our annual golf tournament, with tee time 4 & 5 PM.

Community Project

Many responses were submitted from the survey. The board has narrowed down the responses to 3 projects. They include; work on the ball diamonds, basketball hoops & fixing/replacing playground equipment. Respective committees are researching costs/requirements for each of these projects and will bring more information to the general membership so that we can prioritize them.

Festival of Trails

Next year’s Festival of Trails will be held from June 14-16. Discussion and planning never stop. We are in the midst of purchasing a new trailer to sell tickets. Also looking for exhibits or non-labor intensive draws for the Festival to bring people from out of town. If you see/hear of any great ideas, please let somebody on the Festival committee know.

Gazebo Beautification

There is unspent money from the Paul Bader Memorial fund for improving the gazebo. The board decided to employ the local FFA group to design and plant bushes and shrubbery, etc. around the it to make it look a little nicer. The gazebo itself does need a little TLC as well. Hoping to have a date and sign-up sheet at the meeting to pressure wash and stain it.

Little Library

As has been discussed in some of our regular meetings, a couple of the recently installed libraries were vandalized. We encourage Lions as well as the community to help police them. Repairs have been made to the damaged libraries and we should be ready to provide quick fixes from here on out.

2017-2018 Calendar of Events

Included with this newsletter is your 2017-18 calendar of events. Please open and print. This is to be a guide for the upcoming year on when meetings and other events will be happening. It is recommended to hang it on your refrigerator so your spouse knows where you are at on Thursday night.

Upcoming Calendar

August 17 – Regular Meeting
August 30 – Board Meeting
September 21 – Regular Meeting
September 23 – Bargain on the Bricks
September 30 – Board Meeting

Donations

The board approved a donation to the booster club for $500. With this donation, the LPC Lions will be recognized in sports programs, etc.
The board also approved of the purchase of an oversized check to be used for pictures when donations are made.

Brandon Paine
President – LPC Lions Club
9751 Bishop Rd.
La Porte City, IA 50651
Phone: (319) 239-5425
bpaine277@gmail.com
www.lpclions.com

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July 2017 Newsletter

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March 2017 Newsletter

It’s Time to Pay Your Dues:

Thanks to those of you who have paid your dues. If you have not paid your dues yet, please be prepared to pay them at the March meeting, or mail them to Lion Keegan. Dues are: $190 for meals & dues and $80 for just the yearly dues. Meals & dues covers the cost for all meals, throughout the year, as well as the Lions Club dues. When paying just the $80, that enrolls you in the Lions Club membership only. Dues can be mailed to: Lion Neal Keegan 815 Commercial St. La Porte City, IA 50651.

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Looking for project ideas:

There will soon be a survey going out that everyone is encouraged to participate in/comment on. The board has talked on how we would like to see the Lions Club get behind a project and use some of our proceeds from our events to fund the project. We are asking for the community AND Lions Club members to participate in this survey. The ideas will then be brought to the membership to narrow down which ones are possibilities for us to pursue. This will then lead to a fundraiser to pick the winning idea. Stay tuned.

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Festival Update:

The Festival Committee and the Parade Committee continue o meet to get the details of this year’s festival lined up. We are excited to be as far along as what we are, but there are always places you can help out. More updates to come. The dates for this year’s Festival of Trails are June 15-June 17th.  Please keep an eye out for updates through Facebook as well as the flyers that are being worked on.

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Bags Tournament:

We have one more bags/corn hole tournament left this “winter.” It is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th at 1:00 p.m. Bring some friends and enjoy some “friendly” competition.

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Blood Drive Update:

Our next blood drive will be held April 12th at the La Porte City Legion/VFW Hall. If you are able to donate, please consider doing so. For questions, please contact Lion Dick Hutton at 319-342-3554.

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Donation Approval:

Some of you may remember when Brenda Gardner came last year to speak about Inner City Slickers. The program provides a day of fun on the farm with horses for children in need. The board received and approved a donation for $250.00 to this program.

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A Huge THANK YOU!

The board and I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who donated to the soup lunches and to those who worked them. Our fundraisers would not be successful if everyone didn’t do something. Your efforts and donations do not go unnoticed. As much as I would like to individually thank everyone, I don’t want to forget someone. So, while words don’t always sound like enough, they are truly meant when we say “thank you.”

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day fact: President Truman became the first U.S. President to attend a St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1948.

 

Heather Chingren
President – LPC Lions Club
1427 E. Tama Rd.
La Porte City, IA 50651
Phone: (319) 404-1274
heatherjo49@hotmail.com
www.lpclions.com

February 2017 Newsletter

LPC Lions Club Newsletter

Upcoming Meetings & Events:

2-8-17 – Blood Drive – VFW

2-16-17 – Reg Meeting – VFW

2-18-17 – Trivia Night – Golf Club

2-19-17 – Soup Luncheon – VFW

2-25-17 – Cornhole Tournament – Golf Club

3-25-17 – Cornhole Tournament – Golf Club

February Meeting

The February meeting will be held at the La Porte City Legion/VFW Hall on Thursday, February 16th. Social hour will be at 6:00, meal at 7:00, followed by our regular meeting. The February meal will be pizza provided by Pizza Palace. Callers, please have your numbers to Heather by Sunday, February 12th. Our speaker for this month is Troy Belmer from Alive and Running.

Lions Club Dues

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but it has. This also means it is time to pay your yearly dues. Please be prepared to pay your dues at the February meeting, or mail them to Lion Keegan. Dues are: $190 for meals & dues and $80 for just the yearly dues. Meals & dues covers the cost for all meals, throughout the year, as well as the Lions Club dues. When paying just the $80, that enrolls you in the Lions Club membership only. Dues can be mailed to: Lion Neal Keegan – 815 Commercial St. – La Porte City, IA 50651. Your dues can also be paid at the February meeting.

Blood Drive Update

Our next blood drive will be held February 8th at the La Porte City Legion/VFW Hall. If you are able to donate, please consider doing so. For questions, please contact Lion Dick Hutton at 319-342-3554.

Festival Update

The Festival Committee and the Parade Committee continue to meet to get the details of this year’s festival lined up. We are excited to be as far along as what we are, but there are always places you can help out. We will be having a more in-depth update at the February meeting.

February is known as National Heart Month by the American Heart Association (www.heart.org). Did you know that in the United States, heart disease, which includes heart attacks, accounts for 1 in 7 deaths. Here are some ways to help avoid a heart attack: Don’t smoke, and avoid second-hand smoke. • Treat high blood pressure if you have it. • Eat foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium (salt) and added sugars.. • Be physically active. • Reach and maintain a healthy weight. • Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes. • Get regular medical check-ups. • Take medicine as prescribed. If you suspect you are having a heart attack, immediately call 911. For more information on this, please go to the American Heart Association’s website. Please take time to be heart healthy!!

Heather Chingren
President – LPC Lions Club

1427 E. Tama Rd.
La Porte City, IA 50651
heatherjo49@hotmail.com
www.lpclions.com
Phone: (319) 404-1274

Winter Events

We are fortunate to be able to host three events for fundraising and raising our awareness in the community this month. Please get these events on your calendars, and bring not only yourself, but your friends and family. The events are: February 18-trivia night, February 19-soup lunch, and February 25-Cornhole Tournament. Be watching The Progress Review and Facebook for more information on these events. Also, if you are on Facebook and you see the event, please at least click interested as this also helps promote the event.

Looking for Project Ideas

There will soon be a survey going out that everyone is encouraged to participate in/comment on. The board has talked on how we would like to see the Lions Club get behind a project and use some of our proceeds from our events to fund the project. We are looking for everyone to submit your ideas for the Top 5 Projects, and the board will pick a winning entry.

January 2017 Newsletter

LPC Lions Club Newsletter

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Upcoming Meetings & Events:

1-19-17 – Reg Meeting – VFW

1-21-17 – Trivia Night – Golf Club

1-22-17 – Soup Luncheon – VFW

1-25-17 – Board Meeting

2-8-17 – Blood Drive – VFW

2-16-17 – Reg Meeting – VFW

2-18-17 – Trivia Night – Golf Club

2-19-17 – Soup Luncheon – VFW

2-25-17 – Cornhole Tournament – Golf Club

3-25-17 – Cornhole Tournament – Golf Club

Hello fellow Lions. I’m hoping this newsletter finds you having enjoyed your holiday season and off to a great start in 2017. Thank you to everyone who helped with ringing the Salvation Army bell in December! Approximately 10 hours of bellringing resulted in fundraising $656.78! Your help in supporting a great cause shows what the true spirit of Lions is about- “We Serve.”

January Meeting

The meeting will be on Thursday January 19th at the VFW/Legion. Social hour will be at 6:00, meal prepared by Michele Oldfather at 7:00, and meeting to follow. Beings this is our postponed holiday meeting, we are opening this meeting up to your spouses/significant others and would love to see everyone come. Also, please bring anyone you feel would be a potential Lion’s Club member. Callers, please have your numbers to Heather by Monday, January 16th. Our guest speaker for the evening will be La Porte City Mayor Dave Neil who will be giving a State of La Porte City address. We will also have a special edition of tail twisting.

Lions Club Dues

As we begin our calendar year, this is a friendly reminder that our dues are due as well. The dues are as follows:
$190 for meals & dues and $80 for just the yearly dues. Meals & dues covers the cost for all meals, throughout the year, as well as the Lions Club dues. When paying just the $80, that enrolls you in the Lions Club membership only. Dues can be mailed to:

Lion Neal Keegan
815 Commercial St.
La Porte City, IA 50651

Your dues can also be paid at the January meeting.

May the new year bring you an abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful moments, and joyful experiences. May your positive actions & attitude inspire others. May you be brave enough to take on and overcome rewarding challenges. May you find yourself in high spirits & excellent health. May you love with all your heart and find peace in even the most turbulent of times. May the love you give find its way back to you. And may you forever be filled with the hope & strength necessary to make your dreams a reality.  -Zero Dean
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Heather Chingren
President – LPC Lions Club

1427 E. Tama Rd.
La Porte City, IA 50651
heatherjo49@hotmail.com
www.lpclions.com
Phone: (319) 404-1274

Winter Events

We also have several fun events coming up. However, these events/fundraisers don’t go off without your help. On January 21st at the Golf Course, we will be having the 1st of two trivia nights. Be thinking who you want on your team and start working on your trivia knowledge. Sunday, January 22nd, we are having the 1st of two soup lunches at the VFW Hall. We are in need of people to help work the soup lunches. Please contact Lion Bill Starr if you are able to help. More to come on these events at the meeting, but if you know you will be able to help out for the soup lunch or will be able to donate items for the soup lunch, please contact Lion Starr as soon as possible at 319-230-3857.

In February, we will be having our 2nd trivia night and 2nd soup lunch. We will also be hosting 2 Cornhole (Bags) Tournaments in February. More about these at the January meeting. Thanks to Zach Hoover for taking this project on. Let’s beat the winter blues and have fun while doing it!!

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December 2016 Newsletter

Merry Christmas La Porte City Lions!

As you have noticed, there is no meeting this month. We moved our Christmas meeting to January 19 to allow you, your families and your busy schedules to celebrate the holiday season. We do have a board meeting on Wednesday, December 30 at 7 PM. There are a couple of events and other notes to make mention of.
Your Lions Club dues for 2017 are as follows; $190 for meals & dues and $80 for just the yearly dues. Meals & dues covers the cost for all meals, throughout the year, as well as the Lions Club dues. When paying just the $80, that enrolls you in the Lions Club membership only. Dues can be mailed to:

Lion Neal Keegan
815 Commercial St.
La Porte City, IA 50651

Also, we have two Trivia Nights and two soup lunches in January & February, respectively.

The Trivia Nights will be held At the LPC Golf Course. Registration begins at 6 PM and questions will be served at 7 PM. The trivia will be set up to include individual teams consisting of at least five in the more than eight people. Each team member pays $10 to play. If you cannot run up enough for a full team, we will work to get you on a team. For more information on registration or any other questions, contact Lion Shawn Mehlert at smehlert@gmail.com or 319-239-0144.

The Sunday following the Trivia Nights, the Lions Club will be hosting a soup lunch. This event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Hall from 11 AM to 1 PM. Current board members have stepped up to provide soup for the first Soup Luncheon. We will be looking for other members to sign up at our next meeting to provide soup. Also, if you’re Not a soup maker, we are accepting donations to cover cost of the soup luncheon. It is a free will donation to attend and consume the soup. For more information on how you can to help, contact Lion Bill Starr – 319-230-3857

  • Board Meeting – December 30 at 7 PM – 901 Highway 218 N.

  • Regular Meeting – January 19 at 7 PM – Veterans Memorial Hall

  • Trivia Night – January 21 at 7 PM – LPC Golf Course

  • Soup Luncheon – January 22 at 11 AM – Veterans Memorial Hall

  • Board Meeting – January 25 at 7 PM – 901 Highway 218 N.

  • Regular Meeting – February 16 at 7 PM – Veterans Memorial Hall

  • Trivia Night – February 18 at 7 PM – LPC Golf Course

  • Soup Luncheon – February 19 at 11 AM – Veterans Memorial Hall

Heather Chingren – LPC Lions Club President
1427 E. Tama Rd.
La Porte City, IA 50651
heatherjo49@hotmail.com
www.lpclions.com
Phone: (319) 404-1274

November 2016 Newsletter

November 2016 Newsletter

 

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Upcoming Meetings & Events:

11-17-2016 – Regular Meeting

11-30-2016 – Board Meeting

12-14-2016 – Blood Drive

12-16/17-2016 – Bell Ringing

1-19-2017 – Regular Meeting

1-21-2017 – Trivia Night

1-22-2017 – Soup Lunch

November Meeting

The November meeting will be on November 17th at the VFW/Legion in La Porte City. Social hour will start at 6:00 p.m., meal at 7:00 p.m. We are excited to have two speakers this month. Superintendent Travis Fleshner will be bringing the foreign exchange student from the high school to do a brief presentation. Also, getting ready to gear up for the holiday season, Lion Judd has contacted Niki Litzel, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Salvation Army to speak. Michellle Oldfather will be preparing our Thanksgiving meal for us. Callers, please have your numbers to Heather (319-404-1274) by Monday, November 14th. Come and be prepared for a great meeting!

Festival Update

The Festival Committee and Parade Committee continue to meet and make plans for next year’s Festival of Trails. An update will be provided at the November meeting. It’s hard to believe that while we are eating our Thanksgiving meal, we are also pondering new and fun ideas for the festival while still reminiscing with our family about how amazing this last festival was. If you haven’t already (which why didn’t you???-lol) please make sure the 2017 Festival dates are on your calendar.

Eyeglasses Donation

There has been a donation that was made for eyeglasses. Lion Keegan will be sharing more information about this and a partnership that a business in Waterloo is willing to work with us on. “New” Position within our Club:

 

“The name Lions stands not only for fraternity, good fellowship, strength of character and purpose, but above all, its combination of L-I-O-N-S heralds to the country the true meaning of citizenship: LIBERTY, INTELLIGENCE, OUR NATION’S SAFETY.”

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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Heather Chingren
President – LPC Lions Club

1427 E. Tama Rd.
La Porte City, IA 50651
heatherjo49@hotmail.com
www.lpclions.com
Phone: (319) 404-1274

LPC Lions Polos

Going to be ordering and hopefully getting them here by Christmas.  The cost of the shirt is $25. Payment will be due at the time of you placing your order. If you cannot be present at one of the meetings, called Lion Mehlert – 319-342-3121

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

We will be ringing the bell for Salvation Army on December 16th and December 17th. Sign up sheets will be available at the November meeting. Please take a time slot as this does a lot of good for a little bit of your time.

Membership

As we continue to serve our community, one of the ways we can do that, is to continue to grow our club. So I ask you, and challenge you to think of new people that you can introduce to the Lions Club. Bring them to a meeting, encourage them to join. Who will you bring?

 

 

October 2016 Newsletter

 

LPC Lions Club Newsletter

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Upcoming Meetings & Events:

10-20-2016 – Regular Meeting

10-26-2016 – Board Meeting

11-17-2016 – Regular Meeting

11-30-2016 – Board Meeting

12-14-2016 – Blood Drive

October Meeting

The October meeting will be on October 20th at the VFW/Legion in La Porte City. Social hour will start at 6:00 p.m., meal at 7:00 p.m. This is also our annual joint meeting with the La Porte City Women’s Club. The meal is going to be prepared by the Women’s Club. Callers, please have your numbers to Heather (319-404-1274) by Monday, October 17th. We will be discussing ongoing activities between the two clubs and having a short business meeting. We look forward to the joint cooperation between our two clubs for the betterment of our community.

Little Free Library

The construction of the Little Free Libraries is complete. At this time, we are working with the City to get them installed. If you have books you would like to donate, or have other questions/comments, please get a hold of Lion Judd @ 319-240-7724.

 

Ideas for fundraisers/service projects:

A few of you have submitted ideas for service projects, which will be brought up in the near future. Thank you for those ideas. If any of you have ideas for fundraisers, please let the board know so they can be discussed. We are always looking for new and fresh ideas.

“New” Position within our Club:

Lions Club International has required that we have a contact person for LCIF. Due to Shawn Mehlert being the secretary of the club and receiving much of the correspondence for LCIF, he was nominated by the board to be the contact person. Thank you Shawn for accepting this role!

Interesting fact about Lions Club International:
There are more than 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide.

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LPC Lions PolosHeather Chingren – President
LPC Lions Club

1427 E. Tama Rd.
La Porte City, IA 50651
heatherjo49@hotmail.com
www.lpclions.com
Phone: (319) 404-1274

LPC Lions Polos

Again, the board decided to move forward with LPC Lions shirts. The shirts will better identify Lions members at events and also promote our club. Last chance to order shirts at the meeting on the 20th. Going to be ordering and hopefully getting them here by Christmas.  The cost of the shirt is $25. Payment will be due at the time of you placing your order. If you cannot be present at one of the meetings, called Lion Mehlert – 319-342-3121

Community Sign

The committee for the community sign continues to meet and discuss ideas and plans. As a reminder, the new sign will be funded through fundraising efforts. A minimum 50% commitment is needed to get a grant from the Isle, which is part of the fundraising efforts. For questions on the community sign, please see Lion Lane LeBahn @ 319-239-5429.

Membership

As we continue to serve our community, one of the ways we can do that, is to continue to grow our club. So I ask you, and challenge you to think of new people that you can introduce to the Lions Club. Bring them to a meeting, encourage them to join. Who will you bring?

 

 

September 2016 Newsletter

 

LPC Lions Club Newsletter

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Lions Club Gazebo

Gazebo Project and Cleanup:

Saturday, September 17th has been set for the Gazebo Project and Clean Up Day. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. that day and go until we are done.

 

Please come and help with sprucing up the Gazebo. Any amount of time you can provide will be appreciated!

 

President’s Words of Wisdom- Avoid dehydration, drink and bring beverages.

September Meeting

The September meeting will be on September 15th at the La Porte City Golf Club. Social hour will start at 6:00 p.m., meal at 7:00 p.m. Menu will be broasted chicken, taters, & ice cream by Tootsies. Callers, please have your numbers to Heather (319-404-1274) by Monday, September 12th. This is also our annual joint meeting with the Dysart Lions Club. Our speaker for the night will be Sally Timmer, Program Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Little Free Library

The construction of the Little Free Libraries is complete. At this time, we are working with the City to get them installed. If you have books you would like to donate, or have other questions/comments, please get a hold of Lion Judd @ 319-240-7724.

 

Geneseo United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social

Geneseo United Methodist Church is holding their annual ice cream social which includes pork loin sandwich, chips, beverage, pie, and homemade ice cream. The proceeds this year are being divided between La Porte City, Dysart, and Traer Lions Club, and La Porte City Crosslines. It is being held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18th. Please go and support this if you can.

Gazebo Project & Cleanup

Saturday, September 17th has been set for the Gazebo Project and Clean Up Day. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. that day and go until we are done. Please come and help with sprucing up the Gazebo. Any amount of time you can provide will be appreciated! President’s Words of Wisdom- Avoid blisters, bring work gloves. 🙂

“volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections, but when you volunteer, you both about the kind of community you want to live in.”  ~unknown

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Rendering of Community SignHeather Chingren – President
LPC Lions Club

1427 E. Tama Rd.
La Porte City, IA 50651
heatherjo49@hotmail.com
www.lpclions.com
Phone: (319) 404-1274

LPC Lions Polos

Again, the board decided to move forward with LPC Lions shirts. The shirts will better identify Lions members at events and also promote our club. At the next meeting on the 17th, we will have a sign-up sheet available. The cost of the shirt is $25. Payment will be due at the time of you placing your order. If you cannot be present at one of the meetings, called Lion Mehlert – 319-342-3121

Community Sign

The committee for the community sign continues to meet and discuss ideas and plans. As a reminder, the new sign will be funded through fundraising efforts. A minimum 50% commitment is needed to get a grant from the Isle, which is part of the fundraising efforts. For questions on the community sign, please see Lion Lane LeBahn @ 319-239-5429.

Membership

As we continue to serve our community, one of the ways we can do that, is to continue to grow our club. So I ask you, and challenge you to think of new people that you can introduce to the Lions Club. Bring them to a meeting, encourage them to join. Who will you bring?