Lions Clubs of Multiple District 36, Oregon and Northern California

We Serve

Lions of Oregon & Northern California are a part of an international network of 1.4 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions are best known for working to end preventable blindness, the giving of eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy and local service projects.

 

Mission Statement of Lions Clubs International:

 

"To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation."

 

July/August Newsletter

Lions of MD36: We are off to a new year and our Council of Governors are “All In” with their goals to continue with the positive growth accomplished last year.

Lions are “Leaders in Outstanding Noteworthy Service” and as such the Council of Governors has continued the Story Board where each Lions club can share its past service, its current service and its future plans for service projects between now and LCI’s Centennial Celebration in 2017.  The Story Board will be on a standard tri-fold bulletin board.  The past will be on the left side, current projects will be in the larger center section and the future on the right side.  Please use the Story Board to highlight your club’s service projects.  Fundraisers can be shared, but only in the context of the projects their funds support.  You can get started now by doing the following:
1) Collect pictures, articles and testimonials; 2) Keep good records of your activities        and projects with Lion hours worked; 3) Have your Club Secretary or President        report activities monthly on the LCI website; 4) Be proud of what your club is doing in   your community and share with your fellow Lions.

This year the Lions of MD 36 will be laying the foundation and plans for:

  • Lions Clubs International’s Centennial Celebration in 2017
  • USA/Canada Leadership Forum 2017 in Portland, Oregon

Both the Centennial Celebration and USA/Canada Leadership Forum will require an additional effort from the Lions of MD36 to carry out.  We are “All In” and will do a commendable job.

Our MD36 Chair for our Centennial Celebration recognition is PDG Sharon Rollins.  Our MD36 Chair for the 2017 USA/Canada Leadership Forum is PCC Joyce Anderson.  Please volunteer your time and expertise to supporting both of these important events. You will be put to work. 

Our first Council of Governors meeting is August 15th, 2015 @ 1pm at Rockaway Lions Clubhouse, 268 S. Anchor St, Rockaway, Oregon.  If you have something to present at the Council of Governors meeting, please let me know in advance so it can be placed on the agenda.  Committee Chair reports can be sent to MD36 Headquarters Office, 1075 Washington St. Ste. #212, Eugene OR 97401 prior to the meeting or copies brought with you when you give your report.  

As Lions, you are “Leaders in Outstanding Noteworthy Service”, as your Council Chair, I am “All In”.  

Yours in Lionism, 
Chuck La Tourrette

May Newsletter

                     Get Ready! 

Hey Lions of MD 36, it’s almost “TIME TO START YOUR ENGINES”!  The racing of Pinewood Derby cars begins about 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 21st, in Seaside at the Seaside Convention Center.  This will be the kick-off of the MD 36 Lions Annual Convention.  I’m looking forward to seeing you in Seaside to celebrate all of our successes with you this year.  After the race, we will head out to the sand to stay warm and enjoy the fun with a bonfire on the beach and s’mores.  (I’ve heard some say this is where you burn the cars that didn’t win, but we will have firewood so the cars will not be necessary fuel!)

Did your Lions Club hold a “Friends & Family” membership event during the month of April?  If so, please share your information about your event and be sure to report it to LCI.  Many clubs recruited new members in April so we need to continue to build and grow our clubs.

There were 37 Lions from MD 19 & MD 36 combined that participated in 2 ½ days of Northwest Lions Leadership Institute training in Salem, April 10 – 12.  I’m looking for new great leadership from these Lions.  If one of your club members was part of that group, please encourage them to share the experience and enthusiasm with you and the rest of the club.  You will recognize these Lions if they start any report or introduction with, “My Fellow Lions”, it was part of their work during the Public Speaking portion of the Institute.

The Executive Committee of USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum will arrive in Portland for three days of inspection of hotels, the Oregon Convention Center, public transportation, food service providers and much more in preparation for planning of the 2017 Forum in Portland.   Some time after this visit, we will know the name of the Lion from our Multiple District who will be the Host Committee Chair of the event.  Then the planning will begin.  We will need the help of all of the Lions of MD 36 and some from MD 19 to make this event a huge success.  We did it in 2003; we now need to show that we can do it again!  The Forum in Portland will be the first major event to showcase what Lions Clubs International and our local Lions have planned for the next 100 Years.

You still have time to register and attend both the International Convention in Honolulu in June and to go to Grand Rapids, Michigan in September for this year’s edition of the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum.  We will have a host and information-only booth in Grand Rapids to spend time inviting Lions to plan a trip to Oregon in 2017. We want to encourage our Lions from all over MD 36 to help promote and participate in all of the Forums especially in Grand Rapids and then again next year in Omaha.  We anticipate well over 2,000 Lions to join us in 2017.

Now, celebrate all the good successes you and your fellow Lions have accomplished so far this year!  The year is not over.  There are two months left to do more GREAT things in your communities.

Recognize and reward your members as you plan for the next year with your new officers.

April Newsletter

    No fooling, it’s already April!  Are you on track with the goals that you have set for the year?  You have three months to push hard to get where you want to be before the Lions Year ends.

The month of April for Lions is a busy one.  It’s Membership Month, Friends & Family Month and Club Open House Month.  This would be a good time to plan a service project to which you can invite friends and family to participate.  Maybe you could find a location that needs a little care and clean-up, hold a work party, treat them to hot dogs and hamburgers and talk about the other things in which your Lions Club is involved.  Be sure to add a few projects and successes that Lions Clubs International has held.

By now, I hope you have elected the slate of officers for the coming year.  Be sure that the Club Secretary files the PU 101 with LCI and includes the email address of all officers listed on the form.  A copy of that form needs to go to Glynis at the State Office and one to the District 1st Vice District Governor.  Please send the information on to LCI for your Treasurer.  This makes it easier for LCI to get financial information about your club directly from the Treasurer.  The PU 101 needs to be at LCI by May 15.

Again this year, our district winners in the Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest did a great job and all districts should be proud of the work of these youth.  Each district has given special recognition to their winner at their respective District Conventions.  This is such a great way to involve your club with youth in the community and your school!  New Peace Poster Kits are now available to order through the LCI Club Supplies Sales Department.

Join the Lions Worldwide Week of Service, May 16 – 22.  Plan a service project that benefits youth, vision, hunger or the environment during that week, promote the activity with local media and social media and then report your success on MyLCI.  Our Multiple District Convention will be held in Seaside during this time and we are looking for a service project that we could participate in during convention.

]Plan to register and attend the Multiple District Convention in Seaside, May 21st-23rd.  The planning is going well and we will hold a “Lions Pinewood Derby” race on Thursday, May 21st in the afternoon and follow that with a bonfire on the beach and the making of s’mores.  Come join the fun and fellowship with Lions from all over Oregon and Northern California.  This is a great place to visit and an even better opportunity to renew friendships with Lions. 

Call me at 503-644-2753 or email lionjo45@gmail.com for your kit to build a race car.
Happy Spring!

March Newsletter

SPRING IS ON THE WAY 

The month of March is the time of year around our Multiple District that starts to remind us that spring is on its way.  We see the tips of flowering bulbs begin to poke their way out of the ground.  Trees start to bud and we and our neighbors venture out into the yard to begin preparations for new and exciting plans for the rest of the year.

By now, clubs should be in the process of selecting new club officers.  It would be good to look around your club and find some newer faces to fill some of the officer spots in your club.  The best way to help develop new leaders and generally strengthen your club is to encourage members to take on new positions of leadership.  You might be surprised to find a member of your club who is interested in serving on your Board.  Why not ask your members if there is something that they would like to do or if there is a position that they could help with and be mentored.  This would prepare them for that position of leadership in the future.

There is still time to get Lions registered for the Northwest Lions Leadership Institute in Salem on April 10-12.  There are some funds available to help offset the cost of registration.  Please contact your District Governor if you would like to be considered for some of these funds.  This is one of the best programs that Lions Clubs International offers to our members so now is the time to REGISTER!
    It has been exciting to see how our Lions membership is growing.  With the chartering of two new Lions Clubs in our Multiple District, we have added more hands to help with more service.  Along with these new clubs, many of our clubs have also added members.  Congratulations to all of you with those new Lions members and keep up the great work.  We all need to remember President Joe Preston’s new program of “Ask 1”.  If we each ask one person and then ask one more, we will help the health and growth of our clubs and that will allow for us to have more hands for service.

With two District Conventions in March, we will complete all of the individual District Conventions and or Conferences for the year.  District R held their Convention in Corvallis and District O held their Conference in Beaverton during February.  Both of these events were well attended and Lions had the opportunity to learn more about other Lions activities and too enjoy making new friends and renewing old friendships.  This month District G and E will enjoy the same benefits.  During the District G Convention, we will hold our third Council of Governors meeting.  It will be on Friday, March 6th, in Pendleton at the Wildhorse Casino.  The meeting starts at 1:30pm and if you are in the area please join us.  This is an opportunity to see what is happening around the Multiple District.

Hoping for more sunshine and beautiful days and exciting Lions programs.

REMINDER TO CLUB SECRETARIES:
As YOUR CLUB holds the election of new officers, be sure to complete your PU101 (Officer Reporting Form).  Save your form to a file, print two copies and send one to Glynis at the State Office and one on the LCI.   PLEASE REVIEW the information on the form to make sure that all information has been updated. Your accuracy insures that both LCI and the Lions of Oregon have correct information.  Please include the email address of all officers that you are reposting including the Treasurer.  Thanks for your help! 

February Newsletter

Do you feel like time is speeding past? Are you sticking to your New Year’s resolutions?  How about your Lions Club?  Are you well on your way to completing the goals that were set at the beginning of this Lions Year?  Well, the good news is, you still have five months left of the year to reach those goals! 

Most of our Lions Clubs participated in Worldwide Service Week in January.  Make sure that your project was submitted to Lions Clubs International.  Also, please report your success to your Projects Oregon Representative: in District O – 2nd VDG Garry Charbonneau - gmcharbonneau@gmail.com; District R – PDG Cy Kauffman – jckauffman@aol.com; District E – Wes King – wgking72@gmail.com and District G – Debi Castor – castor3324@gmail.com. While this information is important to LCI, Projects Oregon would like to be able to track our successes in MD 36.

One of the major advantages we have in our membership in Lions is the opportunities available for Leadership Training.  Leadership Institutes, Forums, online classes (through LCI and Lions University), webinars and local training programs are just some of the many choices we have to obtain this training. Much of it is FREE.  The Northwest Lions Leadership Institute (NWLLI) is now accepting applications for the training in Salem on April 10 – 12, 2015.  To obtain an application, go to the MD 36 website: md36lionsclubs.org.  Although there is a charge for this event, some Districts have scholarship funds available.  Please contact your District Governor to see what is available.  There is a possibility that additional funds will soon be available.

Now is a great time to look toward your club leadership for 2015-16 and into the future.  Nominating committees should be appointed this month.  This will allow your club to vote for those officers and will give the Club Secretary time to prepare the PU101 (officer reporting form).  I know it seems like a long time until this is due at LCI but we all know that time slips past us far too quickly and it will be May before we know it!

District R will hold their District Conference on February 7th in Corvallis.  This one-day event will be filled with fun, fellowship, food and forums.  They are making this a one day event again this year.  The price of registration is low and a registration form can be found on the MD36 website.  The other Districts will follow with their Conventions or Conferences.  Those dates are: District O – February 21st in Beaverton, District G – March 6-7 in Pendleton and District E – March 13-14 in Canyonville.  All Lions are welcome and invited to attend each of these events.  It’s a great way to meet new friends or renew old friendships and learn more about Lions and what others in our Multiple District are doing.  I hope to see you at one or all of the meetings.

While you’re checking your calendar, be sure to mark May 21 – 23 so you can to attend the Multiple District Convention in Seaside.  There will be plenty of activities for everyone.  The plan is to hold a “Pinewood Derby” car race on the evening of May 21st.  Who knows, weather permitting (and if you live in Oregon, it will be permitting) we can spend some of that evening with a bonfire on the beach!  I have Pinewood Derby kits available now!  Contact me at lionjo45@gmail.com to obtain your kit.  The cost is $5.00 per kit and a club can build as many as they wish.  This is a fun event and one that you will not want to miss!

Remember
Hearts, Flowers and Candy 
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! 

Welcome 2015

January Newsletter


As we begin a new year, I hope that 2015 will bring great things to you, your family and the Lions of MD 36.

Each of our districts is hard at work with plans for District Conventions and Conferences. These events are such great ways for Lions to re-energize and to share ideas with other Lions. I hope that you are making plans to attend your district event.  This is a good time to involve your new members.  They will have the opportunity to make more Lions friends and hear about what others are doing in their communities.

Our Multiple District is hosting the Northwest Lions Leadership Institute, April 10, 11 and 12, in Salem at the Red Lion.  This is a great training for all Lions and I want to encourage you to register and attend.  Please encourage your club to support this event and help a club member attend.

Be sure to visit the MD 36 website to more information on the Conventions and the Institute.  Registration forms and additional information can be found at md36lionsclubs.org.

The month of January is a busy month for Lions.  January 10 – 16 is Lions Worldwide Week of Service and a great way to celebrate the birthday of our founder, Melvin Jones.  When your club holds any type of service project, be sure that it is reported on MyLCI.  There are banner patches available to clubs that participate and then report the event.  This is part of the beginning steps of preparation for the 100 year Anniversary of Lions Clubs International that happens in 2017.

A big THANK YOU to all Lions Clubs who participated in the 2014 Peace Poster Contest this year.   From the four District Winners that were sent to me, you had great participation and terrific talent.  The Multiple District 36 winner is Kalea Adams from Hedrick Middle School in Medford.  Congratulations Kalea and the other finalists.  What beautiful talent we have in the children in our Multiple District.  Please consider participating in this inspiring program next year.  The new kits will be available from Lions Clubs International on January 15th.

Wishing each of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!  

Happy Holidays to You

December Newsletter

Does this year feel like it passed by in the blink of an eye?  I suppose that may be partially because we have all been busy during 2014!  The Lions of MD 36 have helped so many with such a variety of things.  We have provided baskets of food during the holidays, shoes and socks for kids, flags for 1st graders, books to children, eyeglasses and hearing aids, vision screenings and collected used eyeglasses and hearing aids.  We’ve helped build parks, play structures and paths to help our neighbors enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.  In addition to all of this and much more, we have chartered two new Lions Clubs and have two more in process.

I hope that our Club Secretaries are reporting all of the wonderful service projects to LCI.  We really need to let Lions worldwide know that the Lions of Oregon and Northern California are alive and well and busy working to make our part of the world a better place, both for our friends and neighbors but also for the communities where we serve.

As the New Year begins, we will be challenged to provide more service to those in need.  This would be a great time to invite a friend or neighbor to join you in a service project.  Give them the opportunity to see and feel what it’s like to be involved.  While many of our Lions work to provide food during the holidays, January is a great time to help re-stock the shelves in food pantries.

This year, to celebrate the birthday of Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs International, LCI is asking that Lions around the world celebrate Lions Week of Worldwide Service.  Why not plan an activity in your community to promote a service project for your community?  After you complete your project, be sure to send photos and information to Glynis to be included in future issues of The Oregon Lion.  If you have questions about how to share, please contact your District Governor, your District PR Chair or Glynis.  

Information about each District Convention/Conference as well as the MD 36 Convention will all be available to you on line at md36lionsclubs.org.  Every convention planning committee has terrific ideas for their event and you won’t want to miss out on the fun and excitement!

From the Andersons to all of YOU, the Lions of MD 36, we wish for you the best through the holidays and through 2015.

Get Ready for the Holidays

November Newsletter

As we watch the last of the fall foliage turn color and blow away, we are reminded that one of the busiest times of year is approaching rapidly and we’d better be ready because it won’t wait until we’re ready!  Our spring and summer have been beautiful.  The extra days of warmth and sunshine just help us realize that we live in a beautiful part of the country!

Most of you are hard at work in preparation for your club Holiday Projects.  Collecting food for baskets, surprises and gifts for visits from Santa and/or Breakfast with Santa, providing shoes and socks or warm coats are all projects that will start this month so they will be complete before the holiday crunch catches up.  As you work on these plans, please keep a photo record for your “Club Story Board”.  If you have not heard of this concept, please contact your District Governor for details.  This is a state-wide competition between all of the clubs in your district that will send the winner on to the state competition.  I’m looking forward to seeing what great things are being done by the Lions of MD 36.

We are experiencing consistent membership growth as new Lions Clubs are being formed.  With the addition of these new clubs, we still need to invite new, prospective members to our clubs.  If each of us would “Ask 1” until we find those new members for our clubs, think about how many more hands you would have for providing service in your community.

Through the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation and local volunteers, the Lions of MD 36 are on the fast track to screen 114,000 children for vision.  Please help them when the screening is in your area school.  It makes the whole process go faster and smoother when there are enough volunteers and it helps your local club to show the community one of the things that Lions do.  After the screening is complete, be sure to have your club secretary report the information to Lions Clubs International.  These vision screenings are part of the LCI “Centennial Service Challenge” and they want to know how many children are being screened.  This is a project that we do so well in MD 36.  We need to let the world know of our success!

The second Council of Governors meeting will be held on Saturday, November 15th in Springfield at the Justice Center.  While this meeting is share reports and ideas of the Governors and Multiple District Committee Chairs, all Council meetings are open to all Lions.  If you are in the area and want to drop in for a visit, please do so.  We start at 1:30 pm.

From The Anderson’s:  Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving! 

 

Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?
— Helen Keller's Speech at 1925 International Convention Cedar Point, Ohio, USA June 30, 1925