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Think Spring! Think Iowa Lions State Convention!

Tim Wilson/ PDG Sheri Holliday
March 17, 2017
Think Spring! Think Iowa Lions State Convention!This time of year everyone is thinking about Spring and warm weather. As Lions of Iowa we can start thinking about the Iowa Lions State Convention!! Plan on joining in on all the fun June 5-6, 2015. We will once again convene at he Marriott in Cedar Rapids. Come welcome our International guest, International Director Mike Molenda from Minnesota. The festivities begin Friday with lunch and the Lions of Iowa own International LEO of the Year, Ahmi Dhuna as our guest speaker. She'll tell us about her experiences as an International LEO Board member. Friday night, put your thinking caps on for Lions Jeopardy! It promises to be a fun and entertaining evening with special guest PID Dave Stouffer as our game host! Saturday will be filled with some very informational and exciting seminars. Some of our featured speakers will be; Emily Wharton, Technology Program Director with the Iowa Department for the Blind. Representatives from Definitely Dogs will show what kind of training they do to help Diabetics. ID Molenda will be the featured speaker at the Saturday brunch, and to finish out the day, motivational speaker, Mike Parker will get us fired up at the Saturday Banquet! DON'T WAIT! Fill out your Registration now and send it in! You can use this link State Convention Registration to download a registration form. We look forward to seeing you in Cedar Rapids!

Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute 2015

Tim Wilson
February 26, 2015
It's time to start thinking about being a leader for Iowa Lions! And how can you help make that thought become a reality? Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute! GPLLI 2015 will be held July 24-26, 2015 at the University of Jamestown, Jamestown, North Dakota. If you or someone you know wants to be a leader than click on this link GPLLI 2015 Application There, you will find more information and an Application to attend. PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THE INSTITUTE!!

Beep Baseball World Series is Coming Back to Iowa!

Tim Wilson
March 17, 2015
Beep Baseball World Series is Coming Back to Iowa!That's right! The Beep Baseball World Series is coming back to Iowa in 2016! The Iowa Lions Foundation in partnership with the Ames CVB and Iowa State University will once again be hosting this great event, July 24-30, 2016! Beep Baseball is the adaptive version of the traditional game of baseball for the blind and visually impaired. The 2016 World Series of Beep Baseball will include teams from around the United States and the World. The NBBA World Series, an annual tradition since 1976, is the most important event of the Beep Baseball season. July 2016 will be the second time the World Series has come to Iowa. The Lions of Iowa hosted the tournament for the first time in 2012. You are probably asking, "How can I help or get involved?". Here's how. This event is underwritten by corporate and individual donations. There are different levels of sponsorship ranging from $2500-$10,000. Or you can make an individual donation or Lions Club donation. There is also the "Adopt a Beep Ball" program. With a $100 donation you can purchase one of the special beep balls to be used during the tournament. And after the event you can have the option of having the ball returned to you or donated to the Iowa Reapers Beep Baseball team. We wouldn't be able to run this tournament without many volunteers. To volunteer you just fill out a volunteer application and show up and have fun! If you are interested in donating or volunteering contact our Iowa Lions State Office, 2300 S Duff Ave., Ames, IA 50010. Call us at 515-232-2215 or email at If you are going to be in the Ames, Iowa area this April 13th stop by Oddfellows Burger Kitchen, 823 Wheeler St., Ames, IA 50010. That day they will be donating 25% of their profits for the day to the Iowa Lions Foundation to go to the Beep Baseball World Series. If you can't make it please tell your friends and family in the area! Keep checking back to our website for more exciting news as we get closer to July 2016!

Janesville Lions Club Gets Donation!

Tim Wilson/ Dennis Dilley
March 26, 2015
Janesville Lions Club Gets Donation!Janesville Lions Club 2nd Vice President, Brian Schmidt, presented a $1000 check to Club President Bob Hubbell at a recent meeting. The check came from the John Deere Foundation's Dollars for Doers Program. Lion Brian, an engineer at Deere, submitted the application for the many volunteer service hours provided by the Janesville Club. The program requires a minimum of 40 hours. The manager of the program, Amy Allen, told the Club that the John Deere Foundation was delighted to match the generous contribution of their employees to the Club.

Great Night at the 2015 Iowa Lions Foundation Gala!

Tim Wilson
March 2, 2015
Great Night at the 2015 Iowa Lions Foundation Gala! What a great evening! There were smiles all around on Saturday, February 28th at the Double Tree Hotel at the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex! At the 3rd Annual Iowa Lions Foundation Gala, people enjoyed meeting fellow Lions and non Lions as they celebrated raising money for the Foundation. Gala Chairman and MC for the night Lion Phil Larabee was very pleased with the turnout of people and the night overall. The speaker, Retired Lt. Joe Torrillo of the NYFD, did an amazing job of inspiring the attendees by telling them about his experiences as a New York Fire Fighter, especially on September 11, 2001 when he was at WTC as the second plane hit. He was buried when the first tower collapsed and after being pulled out while waiting to be taken to the hospital he was buried when the second tower went down. He encouraged everyone to keep helping people and congratulated the Lions of Iowa for everything they do. If you missed this year's Gala you should start planning to attend next year. Lion Phil is currently working on next year's event and he promises it will be amazing! See you there!


Timothy Wilson
LIONS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT JOE PRESTON INSPIRES AT IOWA LIONS MID-WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCELions International President, Joe Preston certainly did not disappoint those who braved the Iowa cold to attend the Iowa Lions Mid-Winter Leadership Conference. From his enthusiastic participation in the Friday night Murder Mystery, to his inspiring speech during the Saturday Luncheon, IP Joe's energetic attitude helped complete a very successful weekend. Attendees at the luncheon were treated to a Lions Chorus singing "Strengthen the Pride" written by IP Preston. He even exhibited his leadership by joining along in the singing! During his speech he encouraged all Iowa Lions to Strengthen the Pride and ROAR! Thanks to PDG Jerry Radke for the photo to the right.

Katie Charter Says Farewell!

Katie Charter
February 3, 2015
Katie Charter Says Farewell!Farewell! My time spent with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) will be an experience I will never forget. After 9 plus years, I have decided to make the really hard decision to leave the eye bank, to be home with my two young kids. I love the eye bank and what we do for our recipients and donor families. We help people see. What can be better than that? My position at the eye bank was to spread awareness of donation, provide education, and work with our partners like you, the Lions of Iowa. I am going to miss many of you. This job introduced me to the Lions and I am so happy that I not only became a Lion, but I served with you. I am really going to miss the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. I will always be a part of the eye bank family. My brother and sister in law were killed in a car accident 8 years ago. They were cornea donors. This message is one that is very important to me and my family. I will continue to talk about this amazing program and the positive influences it has on so many. Lastly, I want to introduce, Jack Ratekin, as our new Donor Development Director in Des Moines. Jack has more than 30 years of experience working in communications, marketing and project management for public and private organizations. We are so lucky to add him to our team! I am sure he is excited to meet you as well. Welcome Jack! Thank you, Katie Charter The Lions of Iowa wish to Thank Katie for her years of service to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and wish her well! And we Welcome Jack Ratekin to the Eye Bank Team! We look forward to working with him!

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