Ames Lions Turkey Dinner, Friday, Oct 28|
To Be Announced: The semiannual Lions Turkey Dinner will be held on Friday October 28, 4:30 to 7:00 P.M.. Tickets are $12 or at the door for $13. The event is held at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave. in Ames.
2015-2016 Annual Report
Ames Breakfast Lions Club
2015-2016 Annual Report
Origin/Status: Started in 1917, Lions has become the world’s largest and most effective community service organization. New clubs and additional members are added annually to support the “we serve” motto of Lions. Our club was chartered on September 11, 2001 with 22 members and ended this year with 25. Originally our club had breakfast meetings, but more recently we meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m., with an occasional morning meeting. Attendance at 18 regular meetings this year averaged 16 members. The club operated with 15 teams that involved the membership in a variety of service projects and activities that are summarized below:
Highlights of the Year – Making a Difference as WE SERVE
• Contributed $500 to Lions Clubs International Foundation
• Contributed $1,000 to Iowa Lions Foundation
• Contributed $1,500 to Hertko Hollow Camp (youth diabetes) scholarships; sponsored one student
• Contributed $1,000 to Leader Dog for the Blind Kennel Renovation Project
• Contributed $500 to Iowa KidSight
• Contributed $250 to Boys and Girls Club of Story County; 2 members participated in Gala
• Contributed $300 to 2016 World Series Beep Baseball; + $475 from Pizza Ranch – 12 members worked
• Participated in Puppy Days @ Fort Dodge Correctional Facility; 8 members attended. Sponsored puppy “Allen”
• Screened eyes of 630 preschool and Kindergarten children; 56 children referred to eye doctor
• Served supper @ Boys and Girls Club 6 times, serving over 225 meals
• Planned Pizza-A-Thon program for Boys and Girls Club to be conducted in August
• Conducted Pizza-A-Thon workshop for 13 teachers; 12 central IA schools considering the program
• Conducted Pizz-A-Thon program for over 300 kids with a budget of $1500 in donations and sponsorship fees
• Collected 3939 pair of used eye glasses and 3 hearing aids for recycling
• Transported eye tissue for Iowa Lions Eye Bank; 12 trips, 23 boxes; 6 members, 900 miles
• Renovated used eye glasses collection box and placed at north Fareway
• Received $1500 in grants from Super Walmart & Sam’s Club to support club activities
• Netted $4804 (including $101 in donations) from two turkey dinners to support club projects
• Received $519 for working at Odyssey of the Mind Conference @ ISU; 10 members worked 45 hours
• Helped provide supper for 50 @ International Youth Camp; 8 members helped serve
• Conducted KidSight training session for 10 Lions from 3 clubs on use of iScreen 3000 device
• Participated in 9MC Mid- Winter Conference; 6 members attended
• Participated in KidSight “Train the Trainers” session; 3 members attended
• Helped at Iowa Special Olympics with Opening Eyes, 9 members, 20 hours
• Stocked Bethesda Food Pantry 27 times (2-3 members each time)
• Handled requests for eye glasses - approved 1. Handled requests for hearing aids
• Maintained club’s website; created flyers to communicate activities; received frequent media publicity
• Scheduled programs on topics of interest to members
• Presented wreath at the cemetery on Memorial Day
• Received IRS 501(c)(3) status so club can receive tax deductible contributions
• Planned Christmas dinner at Iowa Stater @ Gateway for members and their families
• Provided 1329 Lions hours of service this year
Submitted by David Williams, 2015-2016 President, July 5, 2016
15 th Anniversary Celebrated
On the night of Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 the club celebrated it's 15th Anniversary. "Magic by George" was the entertainment by George Noble. Jake Kluesner announced the "Kids Deserve Better" program as an opportunity for Lions to embrace as opportunity for a new Family Club program linked to the Pizz-A-Thon.
Kids Deserve Better...Catalyst for Lions Family Club
“Kids Deserve Better” Program – (Under Construction on www.pizz-a-thon.com )
Kids Deserve Better program,(in development) is being created to serve as a charity to benefit families of sick or diseased parents or children. When others are unfortunate enough to suffer from bad health, those who are willing and able will have an opportunity to help, rallying around individuals in need. Program Director Jacob Kluesner, is passionate in his dream to help kids in need, as he has experienced difficult childhood experiences in being orphaned at a young age through family health problems and loss of parents. The Pizz-A-Thon is designed to develop youth leadership in making a better world for children.
Kids Deserve Better is a not-for-profit program dedicated to serving families suffering from lost or ailing loved ones. Through community events and program sponsors, we strive to provide comfort and closure to those in need during such life changing events.
If you know of children or families who you would like to assist through our organization please email Jacob Kluesner firstname.lastname@example.org and Eldon Weber email@example.com.
Vision 2020 Goal on Target
The Pizz-A-Thon’s success is attributed to a partnership of educators, organizations, government and business who have contributed. The program has been evolving over a 20 year period and has developed into a “state of the art” educational model as was prescribed in the original Iowa State University-Kellogg Foundation “Vision 2020” Program. Through this educational model aimed to be in place by the Year 2020, it is our goal to have the “Kids Deserve Better” program in place, making life better for children in need!
WELCOME To Ames Breakfast Club Web Site (see our new leader dog puppy)!
We are pleased that you have visited our web site. Our Club chartered on 9-11-2001. It is a date easy to remember. We had second thoughts about going ahead with the charter meeting but decided we must go ahead in line with our Lion's Motto, "We Serve." We celebrated our 10th Anniversary September 11, 2011.
We are a very active club with lots of social interaction and everyone does their share in serving those in need. We place high priority on serving youth through the Kids Sight eye screening program and supporting the Leader Dog Puppy Program. Kids in the Boys and Girls Club assist us and name our puppy each year. Excitement builds as the young people anticipate the first time they see their puppy and when it makes a visit, after it is inbasic training at the North Central Correctional Facility at Rockwell City. Our newest puppy the boys and girls named Astro. Over 500 youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Story County have participated in our Lions' sponsored Pizz-A-Thon.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LION?
If so, contact any of our members or Eldon Weber, PR Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scroll down to see pictures and text showing examples of our activities demonstrating our motto "WE SERVE." Thank you for visiting!
To Be Announced: Our semiannual Turkey Dinners are held on a Friday in late October and April 4:30-7:00 p.m. Bethesda Luthern Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave. Ames.The Fall dinner is scheduled for October 23, 2015.
Officers for 2012-13:BACK ROW-David Williams, President; Marv Stromer, 2nd Vice President; Neta Tosten, Secretary; Leonard Tipping, Tail Twister; SEATED-Mary Jane Long, Lion Tamer; Jean Keister, Tail Twister; and Jeannie Weber, 1st Vice President.
Club Charter on 9/11/01, A Date We Will All Remember
Club Officers for 2012-2013 are:
President: David Williams
1st. Vice President: Jeannie Weber
2nd Vice President: Marv Stromer
Secretary: Neta Tosten
Treasurer: Larry Wolters
Tail Twisters: Nathan Tosten and Leonard Tipping
Lion Tamer: Mary Long
Directors: Sylva Williams, Leonard Tipping and Eldon Weber
The club chartered the evening of 9/11/01, following one of America's worst disasters which had occurred that day. Shown is the first and present president, David Williams accepting the charter during that organizational meeting.
Alan, (leader dog puppy) named by them will be visiting the Boys & Girls Club in October.
The kids at the Boys & Girls Club names our leader dog puppies. We have supported several puppies for the last several years, the first named "Cy" and the latest "Angel" was just adopted by her new blind owner. We received a heartwarming letter of gratitude from Angel's new owner.
Picture - Officers 2012-13
Back Row: David Williams, President;Marv Stromer, 2nd Vice President; Neta Tosten, Secretary; Leonard Tipping, Tail Twister.
Seated; Mary Jane Long, Lion Tamer; Jean Keister, Tail Twister; and Jeannie Weber, 1st Vice President.
New member Bev Ross on the left being congratulated by Sylva Williams, her sponsor.
Astro, New Leader Dog Puppy
Boys & Girls of Story County named our new leader dog puppy who received basic training at the Fort Dodge State Correctional Center. Our latest puppy who now is the eyes for a blind lady is named Angel.
Pizz-A-Thon for developing kids team leadership and supporting a cause
10th Anniversary Celebration, Sept. 18, 2 p.m., North Grand Christian Church (dome), 919 30th St., Ames
The Ames Breakfast Lions Club assists in mentoring Boys & Girls Club kids. Teams will explore, discover, create and market pizzas for the future as they trace the ingredients back through careers (marketing, processing, distributing and growing), bringing their school subjects to life in the "real world" competition experience. See the Lions Pizzathon Partnership website at www.pizz-a-thon.com .
The club chartered the evening of 9/11/01, following one of America's worst disasters which had occurred that day. Karen Keninger, Director of Iowa Department of the blind was the featured speaker. Shown is Karen and Director and Past President, Eldon Weber.
A 15 year anniversary celebration is proposed for year 2016.
Attention U.S. Veterans! We need you to help us serve our community. Join our Lions club today and we'll waive your entrance fee!
Major Activity-Leader Dog Puppy Program
Members of the Ames Breakfast Lions Club take pride in supporting the Leader Dog Puppy Program. Shown are members who attended the "Puppy Days" at the Iowa North Central Correctional Facility (INCCF) in Rockwell City with their 2010 puppy (named Phoenix by the Boys and Girls Club). The puppies are trained by (INCCF) for approximately a year before they are moved to the Leader Dog School in Michigan for final training and paired with their new owner (a blind person). Pictured standing L to R are Orley Kilburn, David Williams, Charlsie Kilburn, on the ground Jean Keister and Sylva Williams. Puppys are now trained at the Fort Dodge Correctional Center and our latest puppy is Angel.
Leader Dog Puppy Program
The Club project with the most excitement and interest is the Leader Dog Puppy Program. With the added excitement of the youth at the Boys and Girls Club, when they name the new puppy and finally meet it, is very gratifying to all members. A letter from Angel's new owner was presented to the Boys & Girls Club expressing the gratitude of the blind person to the kids who named her (as they must have known she would serve as an "angel" to the new owner.
KidSight Screening Program
Visual screenings at day-cares and preschools-to detect children's eye problems before they enter school is a high priority activity. Judy Stehr provides leadership for this program. In this picture Judy and Marvin Stromer are taking pictures of children's eyes in the Bethesda Lutheran Preschool.
Transport Eye Tissue to Eye Bank
These members are being recognized for their assistance in transporting donor eye tissue in a relay to the Eye Bank in Iowa City. From left to right are Eldon Weber, David Williams, Roger Sogard, Leonard Tipping and Sylva Williams. Not pictured are eye tissue transporters Julie Pike and Nathan Tosten.
Scholarships Provided to Hertkow Hollow (diabetes camp)
Each of the past few years our club has provided scholarships for youth with diabetes, who may not get to attend without financial assistance. Jeannie Weber provides leadership for this program.
Eldon and Jeannie Weber with Dr. Hertkow, founder and major contributor to the establishement and operation of the camp.
Collection of Used Eye Glasses for Recycling
Every one or two weeks, Bob Stehr and Marvin Stromer make the rounds to the eye glass collection boxes to pick up used eye glasses. Boxes made by Bob Stehr are placed at WalMart, Hy Vee and the US Bank. The group in the picture from L to R Marvin Stromer, Leonard Tipping and Bob Stehr along with US Bank representatives were placing a new eye glass collection box in the lobby of the bank.
David Williams was the first President, followed by Matt Wenger, Mitch Hoyer, Eldon Weber and now for the second time David Williams. Shown here is David Williams and Eldon Weber. Sylva Williams is the 2-11-2012 President. Neda Tosten serves as Secretary and Nathan Tosten as Tail Twister.
Youth International Exchange
We assist the Noon and Evening Lions Clubs in providing food for the Youth International Camp held at the State 4-H Camp near Luther. Members who assisted with serving food, taking a break as they work on a puzzle, L to R Sylva Williams and Judy Stehr.
Raising Readers Program - Children's Waiting Room at McFarlanc Clinic
These members visited the McFarland Clinic in Ames to review the books provided to the Clinic by the Club. The books are important to many children who do not have access to books or someone who will read books to them. Location of the books is in the Children's waiting room. Dianna Schmidt worked with Carolyn Jons, Raising Readers Director in assisting our club's support. In the picture from L to R seated Nathan Tosten and Carolyn Jons, standing Judy Stehr, Neta Tosten, Dianna Schmidt and Jeannie Weber.
2009-2010 Annual Report -(typical accomplishments each year as a club)
Starting in 1917, Lions has become the world’s largest and most effective community service organization. In the past year, over 170 new clubs were added and membership grew by 26,000 men and women.
Our club was chartered on September 11, 2001 with 22 members. This year we welcomed 6 new members and lost 3, ending the year with 25 members. Originally our club held 6:30 a.m. breakfast meetings, but in recent years we have been meeting the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:15 p.m., with an occasional morning meeting.
The club operated this year with 15 functioning leadership teams, active involvement of the club’s membership, and expenditures of $7,612. Membership attendance at regular meetings this year averaged 13.
The listing below summarizes the club’s “Lions In Sight” activities for the year.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR – Making a Difference as WE SERVE
• Sponsored a Leader Dog puppy, Niki, at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City in a partnership with Story County Boys and Girls Club; donated $500 to the puppy program.
• Screened eyes for 273 preschool children (11 referred); donated $500 to the Iowa KidSight Program. (Lions screened over 1 million Iowa preschool children since 1999.)
• Provided partial scholarships (total of $900) for 4 youth with diabetes to attend Hertko Hollow Camp. Made an additional $500 donation to the camp.
• Prepared and served dinner (approximately 75) at Food @ First one evening.
• Prepared and served supper at the Story County Boys and Girls Club the fourth Monday of each month during the school year, serving over 350 meals.
• Conducted a program at the Story County Boys and Girls Club on Leader Dog for the Blind; attended by approximately 50 youth and adults.
• Showcased club projects with a brunch on October 31, 2009 with an attendance of 35 members and guests; featured Niki, our Leader dog puppy, and Hertko Hollow Camp scholarship recipients.
• Collected over 700 eye glasses for recycling in third world countries. Also 2 hearing aids.
• Donated $500 to Raising Readers, encouraging early literacy development in children.
• Received $1,250 in grants from Wal Mart in support of club projects.
• Netted $3,200 from two turkey dinners to support club projects.
• Donated $500 for two Personal Energy Transportation (PET) units.
• Participated in Memorial Day parade and presented club’s wreath at the cemetery.
• Helped provide and serve supper at International Youth Camp. Donated $100 to the camp.
• Contributed $1,000 to Lions Int’l Foundation (Haiti relief) and $1,000 to Iowa Lions Foundation.
• Contributed $500 to Camp Courageous (camp for the blind).
• Participated in the Ames Community Fair at North Grand Mall to showcase club projects.
• Donated $500 for defibrillator at Ames High School. (Plus $500 from individual members.)
• Received frequent publicity for club activities in the Ames Tribune and other media.
• Purchased eye glasses for children as requested and approved. (Only one this year - $55.)
• Conducted programs once a month on topics of interest to the membership.
• Transported eye tissue for Lions Eye Bank - 57 trips for 2025 miles. (Providing sight for many!)
2011-2012 Annual Report (typical accomplishments each year)
Ames Breakfast Lions Club
2011-2012 Annual Report
Started in 1917, Lions has become the world’s largest and most effective community service organization. New clubs and additional members are added annually to support the “we serve” motto of Lions. Our club was chartered on September 11, 2001 with 22 members. We ended this year with 24 members. Originally our club held 6:30 a.m. breakfast meetings, but in recent years we have been meeting the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:15 p.m., with an occasional morning meeting. The club operated this year with 13 teams that involved the membership in a variety of service projects. Membership attendance at regular meetings averaged 14 this year. The listing below summarizes the club’s activities for the year.
Highlights of the Year – Making a Difference as WE SERVE
• Donated $500 to the Lions Puppy Program @ Fort Dodge Correction Facility.
• Graduated a Leader Dog puppy, Magic, @ Fort Dodge Correction Facility.
• Sponsored new Leader Dog puppy, Ace, @ Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.
• Screened eyes for 288 children @ 8 preschools (5 children referred).
• Helped with KidSight @ Iowa State Fair.
• Donated $50 to Iowa Lions Eye Bank
• Provided scholarships ($1,000) for 5 youth with diabetes to attend Hertko Hollow Camp.
• Prepared and served supper @ Boys and Girls Club 7 times, serving over 300 meals.
• Contributed $200 to Story County Boys and Girls Club.
• Conducted a program at the Story County Boys and Girls Club on Leader Dog for the Blind.
• Collected 851 pair of used eye glasses for recycling in other countries.
• Donated $250 to Food at First.
• Received $750 grant from Wal Mart in support of club projects.
• Netted $3882 from two turkey dinners to support club projects, serving approximately 1500 dinners.
• Helped provide welcoming supper for 45 @ International Youth Camp.
• Conducted volunteer training @ 2 sites, training 20 Lions from other clubs to assist with KidSight.
• Transported eye tissue for Lions Eye Bank – 40 trips, 2,855 miles.
• Contributed $700 to Lions Clubs International Foundation ($100 for Measles Vaccination Program).
• Contributed $100 to Iowa Lions Foundation.
• Helped at Iowa Special Olympics with Opening Eyes.
• Helped with Beep Baseball World Series (baseball for visually impaired); contributed $200.
• Contributed $250 to P.E.T. (Personal Energy Transportation).
• Stocked Bethesda Food Pantry 27 times; distributed food 2 times.
• Purchased eye glasses for children as requested and approved.
• Maintained club’s web site, 1300+ hits this year.
• Developed “Ten-Year History of Serving” for our club.
• Showcased club’s activity at 10th anniversary celebration (about 75 in attendance).
• Conducted programs once a month on topics of interest to the members.
• Presented club’s wreath at the cemetery on Memorial Day.
• Received IRS 501(c)(3) status for receiving tax deductible contributions.
• Received frequent media publicity for club activities.
Submitted by Sylva Williams, 2011-2012 President, August 7, 2011