January 2015 Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Lions!

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the VFW Club with social time at 6:00 p.m., meal at 7:00 p.m. and a business meeting to follow. The menu will be fresh, hot pizza from the Pizza Palace in downtown La Porte City. Hope to see you there. The program will be planning for the upcoming fund raising events.

Our two trivia tournament for the new year are scheduled for Saturday, January 17 and Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the La Porte City Golf Club. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the fun starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and the winner gets a refund of their entry fee…(unless we can convince them to donate it to the club!) Please help us with our tournament and get a team together to enter, although if you want to play and don’t have a team, show up and we will put you with a team! These are great, fun evenings and we make money for our club’s projects…it’s a win-win situation. We do need a few members to help run the tournament and a sign up sheet will be available at the next meeting.

Our two soup lunches are coming up too. They are Sunday, January 18 and Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the LPC Golf Club. Cost is a free will offering. Several members have generously donated soup and other needed items. Sign up sheet will be passed at the next meeting so please say yes when asked to help. If you can’t help consider coming for lunch or making a monetary donation.

Thanks to those who spent some time ringing the bell at Thriftway for the Salvation Army. Because of your help, we raised around $300 to 400(accurate figure to be provided at meeting) for the less fortunate in our community. I know Major Tamayo appreciates our efforts.
The club received a very nice thank you card from the board of directors for Crosslines. We presented them with a check for $471. This money was raised by setting out a basket at our December Waffle Breakfast.

2015 dues are now due and payable to the treasurer, Neal Keegan. The cost remains $80 for annual dues and $180 for dues and meals. We always have to pay international dues early so the sooner you can pay, the better the club’s cash flow. Thank you in advance for paying early.
Thanks for your support in our community. Hope to see you at the next meeting!

Bill Judd
La Porte City Lions Club President
319-240-7724 or bill@kearnsfuneralservice.com
January 15 Regular monthly meeting, Social 6 p.m., Meal 7 p.m. at VFW Club
January 17 Trivia Tournament at LPC Golf Club 7 p.m.
January 18 Soup Luncheon at LPC Golf Club 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.
February 21 Trivia Tournament at LPC Golf Club 7 p.m.
February 22 Soup Luncheon at LPC Golf Club 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.

October 2014 Newsletter

Our next meeting is our annual joint meeting with the LPC Woman’s Club and will be held on MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014 at the LPC Golf Club. Social begins at 5:30 p.m. with meal at 6:30 p.m. Please note the different date and time. The Woman’s club is hosting and this is their regular meeting night, so we agreed to change our date for October only. The meal will consist of cooked pork, potatoes, salad, roll and desert. Speaker will be Dr. Linda Allen, President of Hawkeye Community College. Dr. Allen plans to update our clubs about Hawkeye Community College and share her vision for the future of the institution. Should be very informative and interesting. Please plan to attend. I need dinner counts by Friday, October 17th please.
Planning continues for the Festival of Trails 2015. There will be another planning meeting at 8:00 p.m. , Tuesday, October 21, 2014. We are in the process of discussing and finalizing a new way for businesses and individuals to contribute toward the festival. We would welcome anyone who would like to offer their ideas/opinions regarding the festival.

We want to reminder all Lions that we have several fundraising opportunities coming up in the next few months. Our annual Waffle breakfast is coming in December; the annual Trivia tournaments in January and February and our 2 soup lunches coming in February and March. We need everyone to pitch in to make these events a success. Please say yes when asked to help!

Thanks for your support in our community. Hope to see you at the next meeting!

Bill Judd
La Porte City Lions Club President 319-240-7724 or bill@kearnsfuneralservice.com

October 21 Festival of Trails Meeting, 8 pm
October 28 Lion Board Meeting 7 p.m.
November 20 Regular Lions Club meeting
November 25 Lions Board Meeting 7 p.m.
December 6 Waffle breakfast

Party in the Park – ISU vs Iowa Tailgate

The event begins at 11 AM with hamburgers, bratwurst and hot dogs being served by the Lions Club. You won’t have to travel far for dessert, as the La Porte City Women’s Club will conduct a bake sale with a variety of sweet treats. The Parks and Rec Commission will also be holding a “Bags Tournament “from 12 PM to 2 PM.
Sing Me to Heaven Foundation will conduct a CHAIR-ity Auction from 2 PM to 6:30 PM. Silent bids for a number of specially-crafted chairs will be accepted until 6:30 PM. The winners of the chairs will be announced at 7 PM with a special live auction to follow.
This Party in the Park heats up at 2:30 PM with the broadcast of the Iowa-Iowa State football game on a ten foot screen. The Women’s Club will have plenty of popcorn available at game time.
Tailgaters are encouraged to bring comfortable seating/lawn chairs and their own coolers to the event. While alcohol will not be sold at this Party in the Park, individuals of legal drinking age may consume the beer and wine they bring into the park in coolers, provided they are not in glass containers.
Following the game, will be a Tug-Of-War competition, a bonfire and music will be provided until 10 PM. The Party in the Park is a great opportunity to support the community, enjoy a great football game, and support local organizations at a fun family event.

September 2014 Newsletter

Our annual joint meeting with the Dysart Lion’s club will take place on Thursday,September 18, 2014 at the new shelter in the LPC City Park. Social will begin at 6 p.m. with the meeting set for 7 p.m. Our meal will be catered and will include roast pork loin, cheesy potatoes, tossed salad, dinner roll and assorted LPC bakery cookies. At this time, still working on a speaker, but it will be informative and interesting, I promise. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet our fellow Lions from Dysart. Please plan to attend! I need meal counts by FRIDAY September 12 so we can get the meal ordered up.

Party in the Park will be held Saturday, September 13 in the LPC city park. Our club will be furnishing the TV coverage of the Iowa/Iowa State football game and selling hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. The celebration begins around noon and will include a Chair-ity auction for the Sing Me To Heaven Foundation, games for the kids, a bonfire, smores and fellowship with friends and neighbors. Call Shawn Mehlert at 319-342-3121 if you can volunteer some time to help with this event.
New this fall in La Porte City is “Bargains on the Bricks” a flea market being planned for Saturday, September 20 beginning at 10 am. This will coincide with the fall community wide garage sales and will consist of numerous vendor booths located on the bricks of main street. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this fun new event.
The following day, Sunday, September 21st, the annual FFA Ag Museum fall festival will be held in downtown La Porte City from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of family events are being planned.
Advance planning continues for the 2015 Festival of Trails. We have had two meetings thus far and discussions have focused on updating sponsorship opportunities and other funding venues. We would welcome anyone who would like to join in the fun. The next meeting is scheduled for September 22nd at 8 pm at Shawn Mehlert’s home.
Thanks for all you do for our community. Hope to see you at the next meeting!

Bill Judd
La Porte City Lions Club President 319-240-7724 or bill@kearnsfuneralservice.com

Sept 13 Party in the Park to be held in the city park featuring food and the Iowa/Iowa State Football Game
Sept 18 Annual joint meeting with Dysart Lions @ new shelter in LPC City Park, social 6 p.m., meal at 7 p.m.
Sept 20 “Bargain on the Bricks” and City-Wide garage sales
Sept 21 FFA Ag Museum Fall Festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept 23 Board meeting at Shawn Mehlert’s home, 901 Highway 218 N. at 7 p.m.
Oct 20 Regular meeting at LPC Golf Club/joint meeting with LPC Woman’s club

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