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					                     The Leavenworth Lions Club
May 31, 2011                                      

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please forgive the fact that this issue is quite late. Due to technical difficulties (computer
files lost), this is late, and for that I apologize.

FROM MADAM BIG LION: My year is coming to a close in four weeks; I’m sad, but also happy. I cannot
do this wonderful job without the help of my Board of Directors, committee chairs and members of this great
Club. If you only knew how much I talk about our Club to other clubs in Kansas. I guess that is why I like to
attend meetings outside of our Club meetings; the people you meet are incredible. They often ask how we do
it all. My immediate response is “Teamwork towards the motto We Serve”. As I tell other clubs, we are the
biggest club in the state of Kansas, they are surprised by it. Then with that glazed look in their eyes, I tell
them what we do. Thank you everyone. Our mission is to work for our community, for eyesight, and for
those less fortunate than ourselves. Speaking of those less fortunate, we dodged a big one on May 21, as we
have witnessed through our television and radio newscasts, the lives that were lost in Joplin, Alabama and
now Springfield, Massachusetts. We cannot help but thank the good Lord for watching over our community.
We planted our legacy tree on Friday May 27 at Landing Park. If you get a chance, take a stroll in the park
(the tree is actually on the west side of the wrought iron fence in the grassy knoll middle of the parking lot.
The tree has a marker for our Club honoring those Lions who have passed on before us. Please check it out.
Also, at the request of Lion Karl Romig’s family, Lion Ron and Carol finally put the place where the bench
will be located in the most appropriate spot, next to our tree and even better, you can see The High Noon
Saloon from there. High Noon used to be Great Western Manufacturing where Lion Karl worked all those
years. The bench will be placed in a couple of weeks by the City’s Parks personnel, Steve Grant and David
Sommerla. The process will take several weeks to set the cement for the placement of the bench.

6-2-11 --- Karla Taylor/Carrie Shoptaw, Buffalo Bill Days
6-9-11 --- Gloria Owens, Catholic Charities
6-16-11 --- Larry Martin, Consultants Financial Services
6-23-11 --- TBA
6-30-11 --- New Officer Induction, Lion Jack Walker

June 3-4 – Leavenworth Annual Cancer Relay for Life
June 3-4 – State Convention, Holidome, Lawrence, KS.
June 24 – Lee Weintraub Golf Tournament, Leavenworth Country Club

FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING: Current Club membership stands at 186. The Club
collected 280 pairs of eyeglasses for the month, bringing the year-to-date total to 2,674. The Club spent
$442.00 on eye care for 8 individuals in need at Saint Vincent Clinic.

 Leavenworth Lions Club              P. O. Box 348          Leavenworth, KS 66048
Thank You’s!: Big Lion Deb wants to thank the following Lions who willingly accepted to be our Lion
Greeters for the month of May: Jim Spear and Cape Rust.

Madam Big Lion also wishes to thank Lion Jim Beil for chairing the Club’s Scholarship Committee this year.
And also to extend heartfelt thanks to Lions Virgil Henderson and Carol Sharp for wading through and rating
the 34 applications that we received. We provided 13 scholarships this year totaling $8,750.00; 11 scholarships
were awarded to Leavenworth HS students, 1 scholarship to an Immaculata HS student, and 1 scholarship to a
home schooled student. Great job!

2011 American Cancer Society Annual Leavenworth County Relay for Life: This year’s Relay for Life is
being held on Friday, June 3 at the Warren Middle School football stadium. Our Lions’ Relay Team is
composed of the following Lions: Carl DeRuyscher, John Suwalsky, Debbie Gregoire, Gary & Liddell Hobin
and Dave Davis. The Relay runs from 7:00 p.m. Friday until 7:00 a.m. Saturday. Lion Dave Davis will give us
a report in the next LINGO issue.

Special Notice to Club Officers & Committee Chairs: From Lion Secretary John Raletz – Please send me
comprehensive after action reports for all activities for which you are responsible as soon as you can after the
activity is concluded (bell ringing, cancer relay, club visitation, any service project, candy days, etc). If your
program runs over several months, please send me progressive monthly reports. But, and this is the real
important part – As soon as your activity is concluded, I need either an email, phone call or regular postal mail
letter giving me a short synopsis of the activity that includes the following: activity name, location if
appropriate, # of Lions participating, total hours donated by Lions and anything else that you want to add.
When in doubt, please report it.

Lions John Havens and Tom Rourke delivering canned goods to Catholic Charities:

 Leavenworth Lions Club               P. O. Box 348         Leavenworth, KS 66048
Workers at West Middle School, Mobile Screening Unit

                                        CHILDREN ARE QUICK

Teacher: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
Harold: A teacher
Teacher: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
Simon: No sir, I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.
Teacher: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie,
do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
Louis: Because George still had the axe in his hand!

 Leavenworth Lions Club             P. O. Box 348        Leavenworth, KS 66048

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