Thursday, August 3, 2017

Academic Distress Commission Chair Addresses Lions

Tony Richardson (ABOVE LEFT), Chairman of the Lorain City Schools Academic Distress Commission, spoke to the Lorain Lions at their August 3 dinner meeting at the request of Club Program Chair, Lion Dan Smith (right).  Tony gave a very informative and passionate review of the crisis facing the school system from his very unique perspective as product of the school system who overcame severe handicaps to become a productive and highly educated leader in the community.  Tony's sincere concern and commitment to improve the schools came through strong and clear.  Thanks to Tony for his great work!

Lions Induct Rich and Lori Resendez as its Newest Members

At the August 3 evening meeting, Lion Rich Foil (above right) conducted an impressive induction ceremony of Rich and Lori Resendez (center) as their sponsor, Lion Vivian Fallis (above left) and Lion President Ralph O'Hara stand in support.

Lion Vivian and Lion Ralph pin the new members at our dinner at Rebman's On The Avenue.
Welcome Lions Rich and Lori!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lions don aprons, hats volunteering at Second Harvest

Lorain Lions Club volunteers at Second Harvest Food Bank are now required to wear aprons and hats when they handle cans and food at the facility. These Lions like the new look.

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.

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 https://lorainlighthouse.com.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lions Bid Farewell to Lion Bill Evenchik

Above (left to right):  Lions Bruce Bevan, Ken Cromer, Bob Kayle and Dan Smith attended the funeral service for Lion Bill Evenchik at Boyer & Cool Home for Funerals on Wednesday, January 25.  Lion Bill was a loyal member for 31 years, joining in Ocober, 1985 and sponsored by Lion Wayne Conn.  Lion Bill was the driving force behind the Lions booth at the Lorain International Festival, organizing and encouraging our sales of American favorites:  hot dogs and cotton candy.  Lion will be missed.

Lorain Palace Operations Manager Speaks to Lions

Chris Pataky (above), new operations manager for the Palace Theater, spoke on what's happening at Lorain's historic theater at our January 12 meeting.

New Members Inducted into Lorain Lions

Above:  At our January 5 dinner meeting, Lion Membership Chair (right) conducted an impressive induction ceremony of new members Dr. Katherine Kern (2nd from left) and Nicole Shinsky (center) as sponsors Lion Charlie Neff (left) and Lion Dan Smith listen.

Lion Nicole Shinsky, Northwest Savings Bank, Lorain, is pinned by Lion Dan Smith.

Lion Charlie Neff pins Lion Katherine Kern, Associate Director/Executive Director Designate of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.