June 2016 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions,

The meeting this month will be on June 9 and will be held at the Gazebo. Social hour will start at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. Ornery Uncle Roy’s BBQ will be providing ribs, party potatoes & corn casserole. Please have your calls for attendance into Jon by Monday, June 6.

Our Membership Drive kicked off 3 months ago. We have eight new members so far this year! Everyone is encouraged to ask one person to join the LPC Lions Club. Remember, the more, new members we can get into our club is the less time you have to spend in the beer tent or filling a position on the board. 😉

The Little Free Library project is nearing completion. Members have been assembling and painting the libraries. They should be available for use before the Festival.

The 2016-17 LPC Lions Club Board has been set.

  • President – Heather Chingren
  • 1st Vice President – Brandon Paine
  • 2nd Vice President – Eric Zafft
  • Treasurer – Neal Keegan
  • Secretary – Shawn Mehlert
  • Lion Tamer – Bob Hanson
  • Tail Twister – Bill Judd
  • Membership – Jon Barz
  • Fireworks – Mike Chingren
  • Blood Drive – Duane Slaikeu
  • Directors – Dennis Runyan, Ron Mangrich, Dave Neil & Bill Starr

 

Other notes:

  • The Board approved a $250 donation for Buddy Benches at the Elementary.
  • The Board also approved a $100 donation to the Boy Scouts.
  • What thoughts and ideas do you have for projects in the community?

Get a hold of Jon if you are interested in joining a committee or have an idea for a project.

Lastly, you should have received the Festival of Trails work schedule. Thankfully, for the new members, we were able to successfully fill in many blanks! If you find that you are scheduled for a time that conflicts with your schedule, please get a hold of another Lion to fill your spot. If you did not find your name in a spot on the work schedule, congratulations! Go ahead and schedule yourself in. 🙂

Thanks,

Shawn Mehlert

Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

 

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Blood Drive – June 8

Regular Meeting – June 9

Festival of Trails – June 17 & 18

Board Meeting – June 28

 

 

“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.“

–Jim Rohn

May 2016 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions,

The meeting this month will be on May 19 and will be held at the LPC Golf Club. Social hour will start at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. The LPC Golf Club will be providing lasagna and the fixings. Please have your calls for attendance into Jon by Monday, May 16.  Our speaker this month will be Julie Zimmer and will be talking about the International Lions Foundation.

The Little Free Library project is rolling along. Members met at a City Council meeting to approve putting the little libraries in five LPC locations. There are also plans for three additional locations near La Porte City. Will provide more details at the next meeting.

Our Membership Drive kicked off 2 months ago. We have seven new members so far this year! Everyone is encouraged to ask one person to join the LPC Lions Club. The Club Goal set by the President is 25 new members by June. Also, Lions Club International has dubbed May 14 as “Membership Blitz Day”. Remember, the more, new members we can get into our club is the less time you have to spend in the beer tent. 😉

Other notes:

  • Looking for individuals or a committee to manage the car show during the Festival of Trails.
  • Scholarship winners for 2016 include:
    • Roland Memorial Scholarship – Mitchell Hanson
    • Wyatt Samuelson
    • Candace Morrison
    • Charles Kronschnabel
  • What thoughts and ideas do you have for projects in the community?

Get a hold of Jon if you are interested in joining a committee or have an idea for a project.

Lastly, within the next few days you should be receiving the Festival of Trails work schedule. Thankfully, for the new members, we were able to successfully fill in many blanks! If you find that you are scheduled for a time that conflicts with your schedule, please get a hold of another Lion to fill your spot. If you did not find your name in a spot on the work schedule, congratulations! Go ahead and schedule yourself in. 🙂

Thanks,

Shawn Mehlert

Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Regular Meeting – May 19

Board Meeting – May 31

June Regular Meeting – June 9

 

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”

–Peter Marshall

April 2016 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions,
The meeting this month will be on April 21 and will be held at the LPC Veterans Memorial Hall. Social hour will start at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. Pizza Palace will be providing some LPC famous pizza as well as dessert pizza. Please have your calls for attendance into Jon by Monday, April 18.
Our speaker this month will be Natalie Miller. Natalie is the Professional Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa Donor Network. The Iowa Donor Network is a nonprofit organization that operates as the primary contact for organ, tissue and eye donation services for the state of Iowa.
The Little Free Library project is rolling along. Members met at a City Council meeting to approve putting the little libraries in five LPC locations. There are also plans for three additional locations near La Porte City. Will provide more details at the next meeting.
Our Membership Drive kicked off last month. Everyone is encouraged to ask one person to join the LPC Lions Club. The Club Goal set by the President is 25 new members by June. We did have four guests at our last meeting that intend to become members. Also, Lions ClubInternational has dubbed May 14 as “Membership Blitz Day”. Remember, the more, new members we can get into our club is the less time you have to spend in the beer tent. 😉
Other notes:
• Looking for individuals or a committee to manage the car show during the Festival of Trails.
• Scholarship applications have been collected and winners should be decided before the next meeting.
• What thoughts and ideas do you have for projects in the community?
• Festival of Trails sign-up sheet will be available at the next regular meeting.
• The board approved a $100 donation to the Little League program in LPC.
Get a hold of Jon if you are interested or have an idea.
Lastly, dues for 2016 are $85 for the general membership and $185 for meals & membership. You can mail your check to 815 Commercial St., La Porte City, IA 50651. There are only a few of you left that need to take care of this.
Thanks,
Shawn Mehlert
Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂
Upcoming Calendar of Events
Blood Drive – April 13
Regular Meeting  – April 21
Board Meeting – April 26
“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”
– John F. Kennedy

March 2016 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions,

The meeting this month will be on March 17 and will be held at the LPC Veterans Memorial Hall. Social hour will start at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. Randall’s will be providing a Smoked Pork Chop Dinner with dessert from the LPC Bakery. Please have your calls for attendance into Jon by Monday, March 14.

Our speaker this month will be Bob Burkgren. Bob will be talking about his involvement with the Autism Society. The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

We did have a couple of fundraisers in the month of February. The first was the Trivia Night. We had around 50 people answering questions that night. It was a “decent” turnout and we made $300. We also held the soup lunch on the following Sunday. Another great crowd and we made $500.

Membership Drive kicks off this month. Everyone is encouraged to ask one person to join the LPC Lions Club. The Club Goal set by the President is 25 new members by June. Remember, the more, new members we can get into our club is the less time you have to spend in the beer tent. 😉

Other notes:

  • What thoughts and ideas do you have for projects in the community?
  • Reminder to Lions Club members as well as making mention in the community that our scholarship applications are due by the end of March.
  • Festival of Trails sign-up sheet will be available at the next regular meeting.
  • Looking for individuals or a committee to manage the car show during the Festival of Trails Get a hold of Jon if you are interested or have an idea.
Lastly, dues for 2016 are $85 for the general membership and $185 for meals & membership. You can mail your check to 815 Commercial St., La Porte City, IA 50651.

Thanks,
Shawn Mehlert
Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

 

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Regular Meeting – March 17

Board Meeting – March 29

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”

– Abraham Lincoln will

February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions

The meeting this month will be on February 18 and will be held at the LPC Veterans Memorial Hall. Social hour will start at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. Tootsie’s will be providing Broasted Pork Chops, tater wedges, and coleslaw. Please have your calls for attendance into Jon by Monday, February 15.

Our speaker this month will be Randy Hager. Randy is the older brother of Lion Ron Hager. He is a graduate of La Porte City High School and Iowa State University. He has degrees in Ag Business & Economics. Randy served in the Peace Corps, in Botswana, for 4 years. He also worked for the US Department of Agriculture in Argentina, Venezuela, Moscow and the Ukraine. The speaker should provide interesting insight from his experiences.

We did have a couple of fundraisers in the month of January. The first was the Trivia Night. We had around 100 people answering questions that night! It was a great turnout and we made $900. We also held the soup lunch on the following Sunday. Another great crowd and we made $580.

We do have the same fundraisers coming up in February on the 27th and 28th. The trivia night begins with registration at 6 PM and questions will be served at 7 PM. The soup lunch will start at 11 AM on Sunday with a variety of soups available. We are looking for volunteers to work and sign-up sheets will be available at the February 18 meeting.

Other notes:

  • What ideas do you have for speakers for upcoming meetings?
  • What thoughts and ideas do you have for projects in the community?
  • We received a $1000 donation from the Council on Aging!
  • We received $385 from the Geneseo Methodist Church Ice Cream Social.
  • Do you want to volunteer to be on the scholarship committee?
  • March will be the beginning of our membership drive for 2016. Be thinking of people that would make good Lions Club members.

Get a hold of Jon if you are interested or have an idea.

Lastly, dues for 2016 are $85 for the general membership and $185 for meals & membership. You can mail your check to 815 Commercial St., La Porte City, IA 50651.

Thanks,
Shawn Mehlert
Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

Upcoming Calendar of Events
Regular Meeting === February 18
Little Library Meeting === Immediately following meeting on 2-18-16
Parade meeting === February 22
Board Meeting === February 23
February Trivia/Soup === February 27 & 28
Festival Meeting === TBD

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
–Albert Schweitzer

January 2016 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions,

The meeting this month will be on January 21 and is the postponed Christmas Party. The meeting will be held at the LPC Golf Club with social hour at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. Michelle Oldfather will be cooking up mini meatloaf. No charge for spouses if the attending Lions member paid for meals last year and if the spouse attends the January meeting. Our speaker will be Brenda Gardner from the Inner City Slickers. Slickers learn what it’s like to be a cowboy/cowgirl and they learn to live by the “Cowboy Code of Ethics.”

We did have a couple of fundraisers in the month of December. The first was the Annual Waffle Breakfast. We had around 70 people go through the line and we made approximately $300. We also did some bellringing for the Salvation Army. The total for this year was $654.77! That beats our previous bellringing total by over $100! Lion Keroff would like to thank the Lions that rang the bell, as well as put money in the pot.

Our next fundraisers are on January 23 & 24th at the LPC Golf Course. This includes the Trivia Night (Saturday Night) & Soup Lunch (Sunday Morning) event. The trivia night begins with registration at 6 PM and questions will be served at 7 PM. The soup lunch will start at 11 AM on Sunday with a variety of soups available. Both of these events will be repeated in February on the 27th & 28th. We are looking for members to put together a roasters of soup for the February 28 Soup Luncheon.

We’re also looking for:

  • Ideas for speakers in the future.
  • Thoughts and ideas for projects in the community.

Get a hold of Jon if you are interested or have an idea.

Lastly, dues for 2016 are $85 for the general membership and $185 for meals & membership. You can mail your check to 815 Commercial St., La Porte City, IA 50651.

 

Thanks,

Shawn Mehlert

Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

 

Upcoming Calendar of Events

 

Regular Meeting: January 21

January Trivia/Soup: January 23 & 24

Board Meeting: January 26

Blood Drive: February 10

 

 

Opportunity does not knock; it presents itself when you beat down the door.

– Kyle Chandler

December 2015 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions,

Due to scheduling conflicts and many holiday parties/events, the meeting this month has been postponed to January 21. The meeting will be held at the LPC Golf Club with social hour at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. Michelle Oldfather will be cooking up mini meatloaf. Will be sending a follow-up newsletter in January as a reminder for the upcoming meeting.

Our next fundraiser is on December 5 at the Veterans Memorial Hall, the waffle breakfast. We’re also beginning to put together the Trivia Night (Saturday Night) & Soup Lunch (Sunday Morning) events. These 2 events will take place on January 23 & 24th and February 27 & 28th. If you are available to put together a roaster of soup for the Soup Lunches, please let Jon Barz know.

We’re also looking for:

  • Volunteer for a calling list.
  • Ideas for speakers in the future.
  • Thoughts and ideas for projects in the community.

Get a hold of Jon if you are interested or have an idea.

Lastly, the board has set dues for 2016 at $85 for the general membership and $185 for meals & membership. Neal is all set to accept payment for the 2016 dues if you needed one more write-off yet this year. You can mail your check to 815 Commercial St., La Porte City, IA 50651.

 

Thanks,

Shawn Mehlert

Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

 

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Regular Meeting: *Postponed

Board Meeting: December 29 – 7 PM

January Meeting: January 21 – 6 PM

 

January Trivia/Soup: January 23 & 24

 

You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

  • Mahatma Gandhi

November 2015 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions,

The meeting this month will be held at the Veterans Memorial Hall on November 19. The social hour will be at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. Michelle Oldfather will be cooking up a turkey dinner. Our speaker this month is Andy Aryee. He is a foreign exchange student from Ghana that is staying with Royce and Brenda Rottinghaus. Callers, please get a hold of Jon Barz @319-415-2055 with your numbers by November 16.

Our next fundraiser will be held on December 5 at the Veterans Memorial Hall, the waffle breakfast. Sign-up sheets will be available at the upcoming meetings. We’re also beginning to put together the Trivia Night (Saturday Night) & Soup Lunch (Sunday Morning) events. These 2 events will take place on January 23 & 24th and February 27 & 28th.

Calling lists have been updated, as well as the membership roster. We will be providing updated lists.

We’re also looking for:

  • Volunteer for a calling list.
  • Ideas for speakers in the future.
  • Thoughts and ideas for projects in the community.

Get a hold of Jon if you are interested or have an idea.

Lastly, the board has set dues for 2016 at $85 for the general membership and $185 for meals & membership. Neal is all set to accept payment at our next 2 meetings for the 2016 dues if you needed one more write-off yet this year.

Thanks,

Shawn Mehlert

Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

 

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Regular Meeting: November 19 – 6 PM

Board Meeting: November 24 – 7 PM

Waffle Breakfast: December 5 – 6-11 AM

Christmas Meeting: December 10 – 6:00 PM (postponed)

 

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

-Irv Kupcinet

October 2015 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Lions,

 

The meeting this month will be held at the La Porte City Golf Club on October 15th. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the La Porte City Women’s Club. The social hour will be at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. The bakery will be providing lasagna and sides with a salad. Julie Ames, a Trust Officer with Farmers State Bank will be speaking to us about Estate Planning. Callers, please get a hold of Jon Barz @319-415-2055 with your numbers by October 11.

The Party in the Park – Iowa vs. Iowa State game had great weather and turned out to be a great event. Nearly 150 people showed up to watch the game at the park and partake in the Sing Me to Heaven Foundation Chair-ity Auction. The Lions Club grilled up some burgers, bratwurst & hotdogs and sold them for a net profit of about $350. Our next fundraiser will be held on December 5 at the Veterans Memorial Hall, the waffle breakfast. Sign-up sheets will be available at the upcoming meetings.

The Festival of Trails has become a year-long planning process. Several committees have formed to provide additional events and activities for people of all ages. One of the new events includes bringing in the Bill Reilly Talent Show to the Festival. This would be a qualifying event to be able to participate at the State Fair. Also, sponsorships are being reworked and will be providing additional benefits with the in-kind & monetary donations.

Lastly, you will notice that there is an additional piece of paper with this newsletter. This is the schedule of events for the upcoming year. It may look familiar but there were many errors in the previous copy. Please take this, laminate it, get a magnet and hang it on your refrigerator. This is an easy reference for any of our upcoming events and meetings.

Thanks,
Shawn Mehlert
Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

 

 

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

-Dalai Lama

August 2015 Newsletter

The meeting this month will be held at the La Porte City Golf Club on August 20th. This is our annual Lions Club golf tournament meeting and golf will start at 4:30 PM. The social hour will be at 6 PM and the meal at 7 PM. This is a grill your own steak event and the golf club will be providing the food. Callers, we have a new president, please get a hold of Jon Barz @319-415-2055 with your numbers by August 17.

Our next couple of meetings will be held with guests at different locations. Beginning with the September meeting with the Dysart Lions Club. The date for the meeting is Thursday, September 3 and it will be held at the Dysart City Park, starting at 6:30 PM. They will be grilling burgers & brat burgers. The October meeting with the La Porte City Women’s Club. Again, additional details will be forthcoming.

We do have an upcoming event in September. It is the Party in the Park featuring the Iowa State vs. Iowa football game. The Sing Me to Heaven Foundation will be holding a charity auction and we’re looking for other organizations to provide smaller, family-friendly events to add to the main event. The Lions Club will be responsible for providing and cooking hamburgers & brats for attendees. There will be a sign up sheet at our next meeting.

Lastly, you will notice that there is an additional piece of paper with this newsletter. This is the schedule of events for the upcoming year. Please take this, laminate it, get a magnet and hang it on your refrigerator. This is an easy reference for any of our upcoming events and meetings.

Thanks,
Shawn Mehlert
Writing Newsletters for President Jon Barz 🙂

Upcoming Calendar of Events

 

Blood Drive – August 12 – 1-5 PM

Regular Meeting – August 20 – 6 PM

Board Meeting – August 31 – 7 PM

Regular Meeting – September 3 – 6:30 PM

Party in the Park – September 12  – 2 PM

 

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.

-W. H. Auden