Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sgt. Soto explains why Lorain Police want to volunteer for Project Lifesaver

Sgt. Rick Soto of the Lorain Police Department with Lorain Lions Club's 2nd Vice President Tom Bruno. The sergeant spoke at the club's March 16 noon meeting at Rebman's On the Avenue on the Lorain department's involvement with Project Lifesaver, a project supported by Lion across northern Ohio that has people young and old, who have a propensity to wander, to me found in a short amount of time thinks to state-of-the-art tracking equipment that can detect at-risk people under 24-hour care in their home thanks to special wristbands that send out signals unique to each person. Sgt. Soto spoke of how his late mother suffered from Alzheimer's when he and his sister were young and they would have to go out and look for her. He said all the Lorain officers involved the Project Lifesaver volunteered for this duty because they care for people.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Paul Baumgartner of Lorain County Free Clinic Updates Lions

ABOVE:  Paul Baumgartner, Executive Director of the Lorain Free Clinic, spoke to the Lorain Lions at our March 9 luncheon meeting about the history and future of the Free Clinic, which is celebrating 31 years of service to the needy.  It is impressive to hear about the commitment of local physicians and hospitals to providing free medical care to those in our community who cannot afford any kind of health insurance.  The Free Clinic will be moving to its new location at 5040 Oberlin Avenue in Lorain later this spring.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Leadership Lorain County visits Lorain Lions

Representatives from Leadership Lorain County spoke at the Thursday, March 2, evening meeting of the Lorain Lions Club at Rebman's On the Avenue. From left, Jennifer Gercak, Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications for Leadership Lorain County; Lion Nicole Shinsky of Northwest Savings Bank who was program chairperson for the evening and a member of the current Leadership Lorain County class, and Julie Cruz-Blair, Director of Operations and Development for Leadership Lorain County. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

United Way's Bill Harper Updates Lions

Bill Harper, Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Lorain County, explained the mission and vision of UW and the many partnerships that go far deeper and broader than the traditional role of fundraising and allocation.  This was a very interesting and informative presentation.  Bill also talked about the new location that UW just firmed up in the purchase of the former Tivoli Theater site in downtown Lorain.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ohio Lions District 13 OH-2 Vice District Governor Addresses Lions

1st Vice District Governor Greg Hess attended the Lions February 9 luncheon meeting and talked about the PlusOptix screening equipment the District acquired and can lend to local clubs at no cost for vision screenings for pre-schoolers and elementary stundents.  It was great to have VDG Greg with us!

Tom Brown Speaks to Lions on Fire Department and Port Authority

Tom Brown, retiring Lorain Fire Chief and newly appointed Executive Director of the Lorain Port Authority, spoke to Lions at our February 2 dinner meeting and gave his insights on his accomplishments at the fire department and the challenges of developing the Lorain waterfronts.  Certainly, the passage of the fire levy in November 2016 was a transformative event for the future of the fire department.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Frank Sipkovsky, chairman of Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, spoke to Lorain Lions on Jan. 26 on plans for the year-round celebration of the centennial anniversary of the lighthouse, affectionately known as the Jewel of the Port of Lorain. Frank is holding a Lorain Lions Lighthouse Pin and a brochure on the centennial. To learn more go to