Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lorain Lions Install New Officers and Honor 2 Members with Melvin Jones Fellow Awards

Lion Bruce Bevan receives the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from Lion President Tim Lombardi at the June 1 Installation Dinner.  This was awarded in particular for Lion Bruce's contribution to initiate the semi-annual Lions Pancake Breakfast, which has raised in the neighborhood of $150,000 to $200,000 since it's beginning.

Lion Bruce was moved and very emotional in his remarks lauding Lions and their mission and his gratefulness at receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow--the highest honor given to any Lion.

Lion Doug Kayle also received the Melvin Jones Fellow award, in particular for his leadership in organizing the 90th Anniversary events in 2012, which included bringing the Ohio School For The Blind Marching Band to participate in the Lorain International Parade, and providing a catered lunch to those band members following the parade.  There were many other events during the 90th Anniversary Year when Lion Doug served as club President, which are documented on this blog, for those interested in viewing those earlier blog postings.
We thank Lion Doug and Lion Bruce for their invaluable contributions to the Lorain Lions and congratulate them on a job well done!

Past Council Chair and PDG Sharon Parker installs Lion Rich Foil as membership chair.

PCC Sharon installs Lion Glenn Owen as Lion Tamer.

Lion Doug Kayle installed as Tail Twister.

Lions Vivian Fallis and Bruce McCartney were installed as Directors.

Lion Tammy Tansey and Lion Tom Bruno were installed (respectively) as 2nd Vice President and 1st Vice President

Lion Ken Kayle being installed as Treasurer.

Lion Barry Buck installed as Secretary.

PCC/PDG Sharon congratulates President Elect Ralph O'Hara on his installation and wishes him well.

This was a very nice dinner and installation and we thank all the incoming officers for their willingness to serve Lions and Lionism in Lorain.  It's a great way to serve our community and people in need around the world.

President Elect Ralph laid out his plans and challenges for the club for the coming year in an inspirational speech.  Congratulations Lion Ralph!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lions Tour Bricklayers-Allied Craftworkers New Facility in South Amherst

ABOVE:  Jason Linkous (center) is inducted into the Lorain Lions Club by Membership Chair Lion Rich Foil (left) while sponsor Lion Bruce Bevin congratulates and welcomes Jason.

Lion Tammy Tansey (left) explains some of the features of the new Bricklayers/Allied Craftworkers facility to visiting Lions.

Great meeting room with acoustic brick walls and an adjacent kitchen.

Lion Brittany Fide and Lion Tammy Tansey did a fantastic job organizing this very informative and enjoyable event.  The food was great too, catered by Spectrum School.

Lorain Lions informed about Black River Cleanup

Stephanie and Rob Koscho speak to Lorain Lions Club on April 27 about the Black River Cleanup on May 6 and 7. Some Lions plan to participate in the effort.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Jennifer Judkins of Murray Ridge Educates Lions

Jennifer Judkins, Community Education/Volunteer Director at Murray Ridge Center (Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities) presented a very informative program to Lions at the Club's evening meeting on Thursday, April 6.  It is amazing how many different programs and services this organization provides to individuals and families who need a lot of support.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mental Health Board Director Designate Speaks to Lions about Crisis Text Line

Lion Kathleen Kern, Associate Director and Director Designate of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health, explained the importance of facilitating access to mental health care and the value of the new Crisis Text Line. The Crisis Text Line is designed to get a person through an intense or emotional period of time, but it is not there to serve as counseling or therapy..Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure and confidential.  Just text "4HOPE" to 741 741 to access this service, provided by Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Thanks Lion Kathleen for this very informative program!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Another Lions Night Out -- At Second Harvest

Special assignment:  Pack boxes of food for seniors.

Lions Barry Buck and Bruce Bevan demonstrate the finer points of building boxes.

Always time for goofing off.

A look down the assembly line, with Leo Club member at the beginning.

Back in the big packing area.

Lions celebrate another productive evening of community service at Second Harvest Food Bank on Tuesday, March 28

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lion Bill Evenchik Recognized at District Memorial Service

Lion Dan Smith (above left) stands solemnly with Zone 4 Chair Kerry Parker (2nd from left), and District Governor Steve Cochie as 1st Vice District Governor Greg Hess (at the podium) reads the memoriam for Lion Bill Evenchik and 2nd Vice District Governor Keith Kaufmann strikes a bell.  This impressive ceremony and non-denominational religious service is conducted each year at the Ohio Lions District OH-2 annual convention to remember district Lions who have passed away in the previous 12 months.  Thirty-four Lions were honored this year on Sunday, March 26, at the convention in Sandusky at the Castaway Bay Water Resort.