I hope everyone who attended 90th anniversary of our club enjoyed themselves. Thanks
again to those who helped plan the event and did all the work to make it happen--PDG
s Hollern,Ladner, and Salak , and lions Sharon, Joyce, Arden, Barb, Larry, Eleanor,
Mary Lynn, Jeanine, Alberta, Linda, Bill, Jean, and her husband, Brian Weber, Thanks
again to guest speaker, International Director Cindy Gregg, and her husband PDG Tom
Gregg for attending this momentous event. ID Cin-dy presented to PDG John Salak an
International President's Award, Certificate of Appreciation from IP Barry Palmer,
as well as the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation , Joe Roblewski Awards to PDGs David
Hollern and Scott Ladner. These last awards are similar to a Melvin Jones Fellow
but at a higher level.
Congratulations to all of our PDGs for they have certainly earned their awards many
times over. In addition, International Director Gregg gave each awards recipient
one of her personal banners. Incidentally, I received a Melvin Jones Fellow. Now
I know what it takes to get one of them and believe me it isn't easy. It is challenging,
and requires dedica-tion, responsibility, accountability, focus, planning, vision,
courage and so many more qualities that challenge us to do our best.
Thank you for those who voted to award me with this honor. I feel very privileged
to join those of you who have received one previously, and will cherish it all my
Thanks also to all lions who donated items for the Chinese auction. Your generosity
helped produce an amazing table of raffle prizes and I'm sure the Ladners were happy
to see them unclut-ter their home! Did you notice all the signage produced by Lion
Arden? He must have been burning the midnight oil.... Then there is Lion Bill McDonald.
What can we say except that even as our second- oldest member, he is still a real
professional showman. When he sat at that piano, his fingers flew like they were
Looking forward to April, our emphasis of activities changes from fund raising and
service projects to that of attending conventions. We also wind up the final quarter
of the Lions' year with club and community evaluations. We will still have some service
projects operating such as eye screening, Pediavision screenings and highway cleanup.
Broom sales should pick up if every-one pitches in and makes an effort. They are
not hard to sell.
Doggone it, ---cold wind, hard rain, no sun again--- winter just doesn't want to
go away! Regardless, it is time according to the calendar to get out and celebrate
spring. Why not eat a meal at a local Lions club pancake fundraiser and invite others
to join you? I don't know about you, but I am craving a big, fat buckwheat cake!
In order to pick up my spirits, I've also been googling everything I can think of
regarding Easter and the thing that caught my inter-est was special Lions Easter
Egg hunts and Easter crafts for children with disabilities. There are Easter eggs
that beep and talk and chirp so children who can't see can follow the sounds emitted
to find their eggs. There are Easter paint recipes made with jello for children to
smell as they paint. There are textured eggs made from string and glue for them to
feel and pans of rice for eggs to be hidden in. There are eggs covered with cereal,
macaroni, rice and similar items for them to make. What will they think of next?
Oh, I almost forgot, I had an eye- opening visit while on my Florida vacation by
spending time with a 70 year-old widow and her only child, her 43 year-old autistic
daughter. My awareness of the life-long effects of birth defects on a parent as well
as the child as they both age , was enhanced. The need for such children to become
as independent as possible was so apparent during the short time I observed their
interaction. The education of both parent and child does make a great difference
in their lives. Since this experience reinforced my personal commitment to help others
who have to live with vision, hearing or other communication issues, I believe it
was NOT coincidence .....