June Newsletter- President Amy Shepherd

Greetings, Ann Arbor Host Lions and friends!

Membership Meeting & Board Meeting:

June Membership Meeting: Wednesday, June 5, Noon-1:15pm at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.  This is our end of the year Membership Potluck!  We will be meeting at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. 3941 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.  We will be inducting our new officers and new members.  We will also have a short presentation from Karen Meints who runs the AACIL Disability Awareness Workshop.  After the presentation participants will have an opportunity to experience some of the hands on activities that are used in the workshop.  This is a POTLUCK so please bring a dish to pass!  As always, friends and family are welcome to join us!

Membership Meeting Agenda is attached.

June Board Meeting: Wednesday, June 5, Noon-1:30pm at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.  Our board meetings are always open to all members.  We welcome you to join us for all or any part of the meeting. 

June Service Projects

White Cane Drive:  1VP Rich

The Lions White Cane Week is a grassroots effort to educate people about how the White Cane can provide Independence, Mobility and Safety to people who are Blind and visually impaired. It is also a time to educate community members about the Michigan White Cane Law, which emphasizes the legal right of way for “blind pedestrians carrying a white cane using a walker or a guide dog.” Advocacy of the Michigan White Cane Law has become even more important for pedestrian safety due to implementation of bike lanes, varying crosswalks, pedestrian signals and roundabouts.   The White Cane Week is also a fundraiser for our club.  Volunteers will collect dollars and change, at the Bushes grocery stores on Green Road and on Main St.  Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan White Cane Proclamation is attached!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: May 31 & June 1st-White Cane Days at Bushes.  There are still open volunteer slots!  Use the link to view the open slots and to sign up to volunteer!

Sensory Garden:  Lion Linda

Spring is inching its way into Michigan! That means it's time to give the Sensory Garden some attention.  I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces at the Garden this year! You do not need to know how to do any gardening. We will show you how to do a simple job and teach you as you go. The location is at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor. At the corner of East Liberty and South Division. The garden is on the lower level of the Plaza. Recently we've cleaned up the garden and replaced and added new plants. The city once again supplied us with some mulch and volunteers to help with  the work! We always have a lot of fun, come join us! Watch for my update emails to find out when we will next be working at The Sensory Garden.  ACTION ITEM:  Contact Linda Evans if you wish to help with the sensory garden!  or 734-276-2767.

Recap of Past Club Projects and Events

Terri Lynn Nuts Online Ordering:  This is an ongoing fundraiser. You can reorder at any time. This online account makes ordering easy for members, and your friends and family, .  The Ann Arbor Host earns a $3 profit on every item you order.  Orders from Terri Lynn Nuts are mailed directly to you and you can place orders all year around!  Use the link to place your order today.

Kidsight Vision Screenings: 1VP Rich

Our Spring KidSight Vision Screenings at local preschools were a big success.  We did screenings at 7 locations and screened 156 preschoolers, 6 of whom were referred to their eye doctor.   Thank you to all of the Ann Arbor Host, Ann Arbor Evening, and Huron Valley Sunrise Lions who volunteered! 

WISD Leo Club: Pres Lilly Diuble

The WISD Leo’s Club has been very busy since the District Convention! We have gone to and participated in a Officer Training Session that the Lions have put on. We have also held a “Change Battle” at school to raise money for our club. We are continuing to sell car wash tickets to benefit our club (see Lion Amy if you are interested in purchasing, we still have some left!). We had a very successful VisonWalk and some of our Leos in attendance. The night of the VisionWalk, we went to the State Lions Convention where one of our very own, Lillian Diuble received the State Leo of the Year award! She is even in the running for the International Leo of the Year! We are very proud of her accomplishments and are looking forward for the results of the award soon!

Upcoming Club Projects and Events

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Gala:

The Ann Arbor Host Lions Club has once again donated $500 to the AACIL Gala to host a table of 8 people.   Event is June 14th from 6:30pm-10:30pm.  We are grateful for our community collaborations with the AACIL and this is a fabulous event that we have supported many times.  Dinner, dessert, live music, live auction, enhanced raffles. ACTION ITEM:  Email Pres Amy at if you wish to attend the Gala and sit at our AA Host Lions Club Table.

Eversight Golf Classic: 1VP Rich

$145 per Golfer. To Register online visit:

Thank you to all three local Lions Clubs (AA Host, AA Evening, HVSL) for their club donations for the annual Golf Classic. With the deadline, June 1st fast approaching Eversight is looking for an additional 3 or 4 teams. The Lions Clubs currently have 3 teams (2 from AA Host and 1 from Royal Oak) registered for the Saturday, June 15th outing.. Volunteers needed throughout the day, starting at 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ACTION ITEM:  To volunteer call Lion Alex Teska at 734-780-2675.

Eyeglass Delivery:  PP Carol Downtown

Summer is coming and Bill Ferrand will pick up all of our boxes in June or July!

We now have 18 full boxes of approx. 300 eyeglasses--approx. 5,400 eyeglasses to go to Grand Rapids this summer!  ACTION ITEM: Please check you pick-up locations and deliver your eyeglasses to Carol Downton.

WISD VI Fun Day- Lion Amy

Join WISD staff, & students with visual impairments and their families for a fun afternoon enjoying nature and learning about birds & animals. Sunday, June 2, 4-6pm. Enjoy a live demonstration about birds of prey, and afterward take a hike & identify birds by their songs and sounds. Pizza, Salad & Dessert served promptly at 4, with demo to start at 4:20.  Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, 48105. ACTION ITEM:  If you wish to attend please RSVP to Lion Amy  Flyer attached

Articles & Community Partners

Ann Arbor District Library-Link to AA Host Lions Club Historical Photos

CTN Ann Arbor Inclusive Show:

Guest: AA Host Lion Carroll Jackson shares his life stories. Carroll is succeeding life in spite of blindness!

Diuble Family Vision Foundation

Did you know...You can join the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club on Facebook for the most current projects, events and workshops. 

Did you know...Last school year Ann Arbor area Lions and their friends provided vision screenings for 516 Ann Arbor area pre-school children. This year we would like to screen 550 pre-school children.  If you know a pre-school program that would like to have the Ann Arbor Host Lions screen their children, please contact us.

Did you know...Last year the Ann Arbor area Lions purchased 84 pairs of eyeglasses for adults and 10 pairs of eyeglasses for children.  The Ann Arbor area Lions Clubs also provided a pair of hearing aides to a senior citizen.

Did you know...Last year the Ann Arbor area clubs collected and sent to be reused at two centers that sanitized, repair eyeglasses, reading glasses and sun glasses.

Did you know...Last year the Ann Arbor Host Lions collect 24 pairs of used hearing aids that were sent to be dismantled, sanitized, rebuilt and made available to those in need.

Did you know...You can, even, put broken eyeglasses of any kind into the Lions recycle boxes along with hearing aids.

Did you know...You can find locations to drop off your eyeglasses and hearing aids by choosing the Recycling Eyeglasses and Hearing Aid Drop Off Locations from the menu at the left.




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