Member Luncheon February 21, 2018

Evelyn Mason, Audio Describer from Gem Arts Center, was late to the
meeting because her car broke down and she had to take Uber and arrived
with 15 minutes to present her program. She did an artful presentation talking
about the new location at Vista and Overland. Third floor offers 22 art studio
spaces, middle floor is for classrooms, the main floor is 7000 sq. feet for
gallery displays. They will work with other groups in the community like the
Veterans Administration, local church & Little Theater. Short and sweet but
full of information.
(download Newsletter for more information)

Luncheon February 14, 2018

{208} 398-HELP {4357}. If you are feeling down, contemplating suicide that
is the number to call! Meg Roberts from the Idaho Suicide Prevention
Hotline presented a great program on a problem getting bigger and bigger.
The suicide rate per 100,000 is 20.8%. Some factors leading to suicide are
mental problems, bullying, feeling hopeless, feeling trapped in an unbearable
pain or the increasing use of alcohol and/or drugs. Since Idaho is such a rural
state firearms are easily accessed and used. Someone is available 24/7 to
answer phone calls and all have had qualified training. If someone you know
is in a crisis or emotional distress call the help line.  (download newsletter)

Luncheon February 8, 2018

Who are you and where did you come from? That was the topic that JuVanne Martin from the Idaho Genealogical Society tried to explain. Records of the events in the lives of our ancestors generally fall into three categories – those kept by government offices, by churches, and by individuals, businesses or organizations. Many of the key records essential for genealogical research were created by local county or city governments. County records include court, land and property  (download newsletter)


Lunch January 31, 2018

She drove a “Scam Chaser” Jeep to the meeting. She is Rebecca Barr, the community and outreach contact for the Better Business Bureau. BBB was formed in 1902 by a Coca Cola Distributor who first advertised the company under the name Advertiser Club of America but later changed it to BBB and checked on the standards of independently operated business to be fair and honest in dealing with the public. She named the 3 most used scams: No. 1 – Cell phones. Company One Plus reported 40,000 credit card breaches. No. 2 – Delis – Chain Jasons Deli had 2 million breaches on the Black Web for credit card pmts and No. 3 is job applications. Flag Ship (download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Membership Luncheon Jan 24, 2018

ABIGAIL'S HOPE is a non profit organization founded by Sarah Mahy. It's mission is to benefit families who experience pregnancy and infant loss, provide support and share hope. They
partner with hospitals and provide them with care items like handmade (for the rest of the story, please download the newsletter here)


Lunch Jan 17, 2018

TIP – Trauma Intervention Program – of the Treasure Valley. This was the
program presented by Rachyl Cadwallader. TIP was founded in 2015 as a
partnership between local officials, community leaders, residents and the
national office of TIP. The purpose is to provide immediate emotional and
practical support to survivors of tragedy. Local residents are trained to be
volunteers and they respond on a 24/7/365 day basis to requests for assistance
from police officers, firefighters, paramedics, deputy coroners and hospital
personnel. Volunteers respond to support survivors of all types of tragedy
including sudden deaths, suicides, auto accidents, drownings, fires and
sudden infant deaths. Volunteers also support travelers when tragedy occurs
in the Treasure Valley when they are far from home. Rachyl is a social
worker at St. Lukes. She tells volunteers don't cry harder or longer than the
people you are with!  (download Newsletter here)


Lunch Jan 10, 2018

Awards, Awards and an Eye Opening demonstration

ESIGHT a comfortable, wearable and hands free device, allowing legally
blind individuals to use their hands while they use it to see. They get instant
sight between short-range vision to mid-range vision, (seeing faces in a
room) to long-range vision (looking down a hallway) without any appreciable
lag time. Esight enable independence and choice as the legally blind engage
in virtually all activities of daily living. Students can view the board from
any seat in the classroom and move independently between buildings and
events .Average cost is $10,000. Luke Williams presented this “eye opening”
program to the Club.  download for the rest of the story



Lunch Jan 3, 2018

How to build a bunk bed! President Dan Frison and Patty demonstrated the building of bunk beds that the Club has been constructing and delivering for “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”.  A lot of times Dan has to drill new holes, cut slats to fit among
other things before putting the bed together. See photos of Dan, Patty, Curt Kelley, Tom Carperon and Warren Packard from the start to the finish. Dan says you get such a great feeling when the
kids see their bed for the first time. It is a very rewarding payment after the work is done.
Thirty three members were on hand to learn how to build a bed. Tedd Foote was not one of them and missed out on the attendance drawing. Card money stayed in the bag. Lorne Jackson from Saskatchewan. Canada was on his usual winter visit. Always good to see Lorne who has visited our club for at least the past 8 years. PDG Dennis Burks was also a visitor.
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Lunch Dec 20, 2017

Gayle Chaney was not one of the 32 members and she missed out on the attendance drawing {Her
name has been drawn 3 times in a row } The card money stayed home. Austin Kidd, Blas & Lucia Ortiz were guests and Michelle brought Lion Louie to join us. Great to see Lion Louie.
Happy Olsen presented Lidia and (download newsletter)

Lunch Dec 14, 2017

Madeline Donfro visited the Club to explain CATCH of Ada County {Charitable Assistance to Community's Homeless}. It was officially launched in January 2012 by founder and director, Greg Morris. He developed and implemented the original CATCH pilot program in 2006 while working for the City of Boise. Under his leadership from 2006-2011 the program grew and received national recognition. CATCH covers both the Ada and Canyon County Programs.(download newsletter)


Lunch Dec 6, 2017

Stephanie Grover and Sam Murray
brought an interesting program from
Big Brothers, Big Sisters. The
organization has been in Boise for 30
years and has ten staff members and
at this time have 250 matches. In the
past two years they have been in the
top ten in the nation. They  (download newsletter here)


Lunch November 29, 2017

“Are you smarter than our club President”. President Dan Frison, V . P. Sarah Kohler
and New Member Tom Caperon surprised Lion Curt Kelley by answering his questions
correctly I was delighted to say the rest of the Club seemed to know the answers too.
We had 38 members and one guest this week. Stevie Packard won the attendance drawing and Patty Frison won the card money with a card she thought would never get picked. Guest Sammi Tucker presented a fund raising video to the members of the Board.  (download newsletter)

Lunch November 15, 2017

Director Matthew Clark, presented a “one act” program for the club. He
began producing theater in Boise in 1996 and performed in Lone Star by
James McLure in the basement of the Mode in Downtown Boise. When
Matthew saw there was an audience for professional contemporary theater in
Boise, BCT was born. (newsletter)


Member Lunch Nov 8, 2017

When Dr. Bruce Newcomb says “open wide” he was talking to his first
patient of the Zoo, a snow leopard, in need of a good dentist. The leopard
was sedated thank goodness. His other patients, 2 sloth bears, an ocelot,
lions, tigers and bears, all needed tooth repair such as root canals which is Dr.
Newcomb's specialty on humans. He says a tooth is a tooth is a tooth.
Multiple procedures are done on the animals  (download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Member Lunch November 1, 2017

Karen Ellis, with friend Brigid Kelly, reported on the past year of Sprouts at
the Boise Family Market. In May, 2018 will start the 5th summer for Sprouts.
The Market runs from May to October outside and from Nov. 1st will be
indoors at 8th and Fulton. The location is too small for activities. This year
they came up with a new mascot “Eggbert” and the kids had to find Eggbert
in a booth and then report on that particular booth.  (download newsletter for the rest of the story)

Luncheon Meeting October 25, 2017

COL. TIMOTHY DONNELLAN is the Commander of the 124th Fighter
Wing. He is a Combat Veteran A-10 “Thunderbolt II” pilot and Air Liaison
Officer who served the Idaho Air National Guard as Director of Staff during
2014 until assuming command of the 124th Fighter Wing in June 2015. Tim
commanded the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) in 2013-14.
He was born in Tampa, Florida and graduated from Purdue University in
1990 (but now supports Go Broncos). He had 5 combat deployments
covering Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan from 1998-2008. His program was
that of a very dedicated Airman who was so full of information about what
has and is happening at the Air National Guard and answered all the
questions thrown at him by the Club. WOW! WHAT A PROGRAM. download newsletter


Luncheon Meeting October 18, 2017

Mark Wheeler, Entrepreneur, Fitness and Professional Coach, Motivational
Speaker, Adventurer, Elite Endurance Racer, Husband and Father spoke to
the Club and left us all breathless and wondering what achievements we had
done in our lives. Download Newsletter


Member Lunch Oct. 11, 2017

Wednesdays guest speaker was Christine Hahn, MD, Idaho Division of Public Health & Welfare. She explained the differences between Opiates and Opioids and why the increase in consumption in America more than any other country.

Also this meeting we had a great turnout induction of 4 new members by C.C.Jay Lugo. – Linda Wright, Dave Chaney, Tom Caperon and Sharon LoSasso.


We had three visiting Lions – James Condon and Nikki Gerhard from Wood River Lions and Robin Gurrola from Lodi, CA. (download newsletter)

Member Lunch Oct 4, 2017

Guardian Spirit – that is the Nez Perce meaning for Wyakin. The Wyakin Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization. They raise funds solely for their program and the wounded veterans they serve. They are always seeking veterans in need of the services Wyakin provide.(download the newsletter for the rest of the story)

Member Lunch Sept. 27 ,2017

It isn't even Halloween and our program was “creepy” and “crawly” and a little bit “scary”! Ariel Agenbroad, from the U of I Area Extension Education Department, thrilled and chilled the club with the good, the bad and the ugly insects mostly from the vegetable garden.  There are 200 million
species of insects and most wear their bones on the outside. They multiply because they hide and live where others cannot live, fly and can migrate when (download newsletter)


Member Lunch Sept 20, 2017

Never has diet been so important for brain health and reducing the risk of
Alzheimer's. 5,4 million living in the US are suffering with AD. One in three
seniors die with the disease each year and it is the 5th leading cause of death
for the elderly. AD deaths have increased by 75% in the past decade and by
2050 projections are for a person to die every 33 seconds with AD. Foods that
nourish and protect your brain: 2c. Leafy greens, 2-3c vegetables/fruits, 1/2 c
legumes, 1 oz nuts/seeds, Protein-Fish 3-4 times week, 1/2 c fermented foods
and use herbs and spices daily. Further questions can be sent to Sue Linja,
RDN,LD at 208-861-3998 or Sue presented a
great program and was able to answer all questions thrown at her.(download newsletter)


Member Lunch Sept 13, 2017

Bill Manny, Community Engagement Editor for the Idaho Statesman spoke to the club about the future of a paper newspaper. When Bill started at the Statesman, 15 yrs ago, they had 90 reporters. They have less than 30 today. Fewer reporters have more to report.  â€‹(download newsletter)

Lunch Meeting 9/6/17

Thirty three lions and two guests enjoyed the program from Bryan Wewers of Idaho Power. His topics were right in line with the Club's interest – hunting, fishing, & camping. Bryan's topic was the sustainability report. Improving water quality is a primary goal of Idaho Power's Snake River Stewardship Program. read more here


Club Meeting Aug 30, 2017

Clint and Glenda Randall entertained the club with a video and personal information about their medical journey to Honduras with the Faith and Humanity Missions. (download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Lunch Meeting Aug. 16, 2017

Erin Anderson, Executive Director of IBG, but she sure did have her facts and figures about the Idaho Botanical Garden. 

The Garden is a non profit 501C-3 garden located on 50 acres at 2355 N. Old Penitentiary, Boise, ID. Only 15 acres are developed at this time. It was established in 1984 to do tours, education and events. A botanical garden is a garden dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labeled with their botanical names. It may contain specialist plant collections such as cacti and other succulent plants, herbs, and plants from particular parts of the world and IBG has 10 different gardens. (Read more here)


Newsletter August 9, 2017

Thirty two members and guests listened to Lion Gayle Chaney,who was an Audiologist at the Gooding School for the Deaf and Blind, explain the systems of hearing loss in children and adults. Hearing problems are serious and if you think a loved one has a hearing problem see a doctor who
specializes in the ear, nose, and throat, or an audiologist . We all had our “listening ears” on to this very informative presentation​   (download newsletter for the rest of the story)



Newsletter Aug. 2, 2017

Truth 208 – Straight talk about medicine abuse. What is medicine abuse? It is taking medicine that is not yours or taking your own prescribed medication in a way that is not what your doctor prescribed. (Read more here)


Newsletter July 26, 2017

West Nile Virus found in Ada County. When the Ada County Mosquito
Abatement has a positive result like this, they address it immediately. They
constantly stay on top of the county's mosquito population and continue to
keep a close eye on these positive locations, in addition to their regular
treatment efforts throughout all of Ada County. West Nile Virus is a
potentially deadly virus. Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn
and residents should take measures to protect themselves and their families
and pets from mosquitoes that could carry it. Remember the D's.....DRAIN
any standing water on your property that may produce mosquitoes. DRESS
appropriately by wearing light colored, loose long sleeves and pants when
outdoors. DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by covering up exposed
skin and apply DEET or another EPA -approved insect repellent. The
program was presented by Sam Holt, a 6 year employee who is the program
education process Download Newsletter for the rest of the story


Newsletter July 19, 2017

Doug Hardman, Director of the Ada County Emergency Management gave a great program that was filled with so much information and humor at the same time that everyone was fully involved.(download newsletter for the rest of the story)

Newsletter July 12, 2017

Josh White, Cindy Do, Jaelahna Coursey and Janelle Gilson presented a very informative program of their trip to National History Day national competition at College Park, Maryland. They provided an 11 minute video of various sites they visited. 14 students from Renaissance High School visited the Holocaust Museum, The National Galllery of Art, the Newseum, African American Museum as well as several other museums in the mall. They visited Congressman Labrador at the Capitol. They took a bike ride to tour the Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Seven of the 14 students were first generation Americans. Josh received the best Idaho
entry award for the State of Idaho.  (download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter July 5, 2017

Past President Larry Locklear couldn't wait to pass the gavel to President Dan
Frison. It is the end of “CHAOS” and the beginning of a new direction –
Fund Raising – so we can continue on the path - “Where there is a need, there
is a Lion”.
We had Chris Volmer, Disaster Director for the American Red Cross and Jess
Gowman presenting facts about the flooding on Eagle Island and how
21families stayed with the 18 inches of water and how several organizations
stepped up to assist those families. The Human Society kept family pets at
no cost and the Idaho Food Bank provided food. This was just 2 of many
along with the American Red Cross.
(download newsletter)

Newsletter June 28, 2017

This was a really fishy program! Joni Sullivan and Nathan Hall from the Boise
Aquarium gave a great program. The Aquarium has exotic fish, sharks and an
array of sea creatures, plus kid friendly touch ponds. Established in 2011 it is
now located at 64 N. Cole Road in Boise, It is a 501c non-profit aquarium.
(download newsletter)


Newsletter June 21, 2017

Kathleen Griffin explained to the Club about the Brain Injury Alliance of Boise, (BIAID).  It promotes awareness, understanding and prevention of brain injury through support, advocacy and education based on the expressed needs of persons affected by brain injury.  Every 19 seconds someone in the US sustains a traumatic brain injury {TBI}. That adds up to 1.7 million brain injuries each year.  Injuries range from mild to moderate to severe.  Every brain injury is different, but when your brain is injured, it can affect everything – your ability to speak, focus, remember, and relate to others. (click here to download newsletter)

Newsletter June 14, 2017

Captain Roy Boehm, Boise Fire Department, talked about the flooding, the
reservoirs, why water was and was not released and it was so complicated I
could not type fast enough. It was very interesting and the club asked
numerous questions that were answered completely.  download newsletter here



Newsletter June 7, 2017

Alex McNish, Volunteer Coordinator for the Senior Corps, Retired & Senior
Volunteer and Foster Grandparent Program {RSVP} was our program. RSVP was established in 1971 and now is one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation. It engages more than 296,000 people age 55 and older in a diverse range of volunteer activities. (download newsletter)


Newsletter May 31, 2017

great way to end the month of programs with Lions Information Day
program from Gary Spackman, Director of the Idaho Department of Water
Resources. He was concerned that the public was more concerned about
getting on the greenbelt or floating the river than realizing the severity of the
high, fast waters. Flood control is a federal control, pre empted from the
State. Gary explained so many factors about the rivers, the reservoirs, and
answered questions by the Club that I could never get it all in this newsletter.
You had to be here to enjoy this program fully and 30 Bench Lions did just
that. (download newsletter)


Newsletter May 24, 2017

Mike Van Hise, Assistant General Manager of the Boise Hawks presented a
great program to 34 lions and guests Mike came from New Jersey, came in
June, 27 days from opening of 70 home games. This is the Hawks 30th
season and they have had a 31% increase in attendance since 2014. The
season will start June 20th. They have spent $250,000 updating the field,
including a 600 sq. ft. LED Video. They also have added more netting for
foul balls. He informed us tomorrow will be ground breaking for the new 1st
bye sport facility on 11 acres at Shoreline (download newsletter here for the rest of the story)


Newsletter May 17, 2017

Jennifer Claassen from the Miss Amazing Pageant opened the Club's eyes to
an organization many of us had never heard of before today. It was started in
2007 by a 13 yr. old. They have had participants from 5 to 105. Miss
Amazing provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to
build confidence in a supportive environment. They are a cultural force that
dispels stereotypes and shapes the world into one that values and invests in
the abilities of women and people with disabilities. 19% of the world's girls
and women have a physical or intellectual
disability. 2000 volunteers have (download newsletter here)


Newsletter May 10, 2017

The Boise Rescue Mission Ministries is so much more than we thought it
was! Kelsey Verbanac, Event Coordinator,gave a very passionate program
and opened our eyes as to the various services offered by the BRM. They
have a New Life Recovery Program, Veteran's Ministry, Emergency Services,
Little Lights program for (download here for the rest of the story)


The news you need to know  May 3, 2017

Eagle Lion Shane Bauges, graduated from BSU, is a veteran and has taken on the task of Camp River Run.  The camp provides a medically supervised summer camp experience for children with life threatening or ongoing medical conditions.  They invite children from 7 – 17 years.   All camp counselors are CRP/First Aid certified and have passed a recent background check. The camp was started (download for the full story and other great information)

Newsletter April 26, 2017

A permanent home of a growing collection of contemporary realism, modern and contemporary ceramics is what you will find at the Boise Art Museum located at 670 Julia Davis Drive in Boise.  It opened in 1937 as the Boise Gallery of Art which was a partnership between the Boise Art Association, the City of Boise and the Federal Works Progress Administration.  (download for the full story)


Newletter April 19, 2017

Expand your vision of “Life after 50” and continue your lifestyle your way---here's how! That was the message Brossy Reina conveyed to 33 members and guests. (Read more here)

Newsletter April 12, 2017

Thirty One members came to listen to Colonel Ralph Powell, Superintendent of the Idaho State Police, who presented another great program.  I am just going to provide some of the statistics because there were so many from the 18 different positions and programs of ISP.  They work patrol, commercial vehicle safety inspections, training – for 16 wks, capitol mall security, legislature security, liquor licenses, sex offender registries, vehicle inspections.  Here are some statistics from 2016 – collisions  6148, fatalities (download newsletter here)

Newsletter April 5, 2017

When you have a good program, they will come.  Forty members and guests came to listen to Dennis McLane, V.P. Of Friends of Idaho State Parks.  (download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter March 29, 2017

Lion Chris Randall, AmeriCorp Volunteer, from the Sight and Hearing Foundation gave a presentation on using the PlusOptix.  (download the newsletter for the full story)


Newsletter March 15, 2017

Karen Morrison, founder and director of Aquability, along with Halleh McCullough, presented a program that touches many lives, including the Gooding School for the Blind.  They serve people with Amputation, Cerebral Palsy, Aspergers, Autism, Spinal cord injury, paralysis and stroke to name a few.  Founded in 2010 it is a chapter of Disabled Sports, USA and a Paralympic Sport Club.

(download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter March 8, 2017

What an informative, but scary, program!  Lindsay Meloy explained in great detail the effects of Alzheimer's (download newsletter here)

Newsletter March 1, 2017

BSU Wrestling Coach Mike Mendoza came with his two assistant coaches, Riley Orozco, from Bakersfield, CA., and Levi Jones.  He was supported by members of the BSU Wrestling Lions Club – Tom Dilulo, John and Deseree Dewey and Kim Gonzales.   (download newsletter here)


Newsletter Feb 22, 2017

Get up, get out, go beyond!  The motto of Limbitless which was born out of a desire to assist individuals with limb loss, paralysis and other physical adaptations, to take an active role in gaining a more positive and proactive approach to life through the exploration of sports and physical activity.  Their vision is to create a community where people find resources, recommendations, feedback and friendship with others who share their unique perspective. The program was presented (download newsletter for the whole story)


Newsletter Feb 15, 2017

Terraces of Boise is a bit of a senior living trailblazer.  It has 161 residential living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments,  24 memory care suites and 48 skilled nursing suites. It is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community nestled in the midst of 12 acres of what was once a 2000 acre ranch owned by Dallas Harris. (download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter Feb 8, 2017

Now it's your call...anytime, anywhere with Idaho Relay Service. Emilie Banasiak, Regional Outreach Coordinator for Idaho and Montana, from Hamilton Relay, provided the club with a very educational and informative program. The service makes telephone conversations possible for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking on the phone.  It is free, and available 24-hours a day, every day. Emilie can be reached at 208643-2633 or (download newsletter)


Newsletter Feb 1, 2017

CHAOS - Lion President Larry Locklear's Motto Caring, Helpful, Active, Outreach and Service to others

We had 37 lions and guests to witness a terrific program from 16 year old Josh White, with the assistance of his teacher, Janelle Gilson.  The subject was about a local resident, Ray O. Coffey, who served in WWII as a combat engineer in the 2nd Infantry.  He was 39 years old at the time of his death. Josh and Janelle traveled to Normandy to observe the actual location where Ray Coffey died, visited his grave and gave a eulogy for him.  In researching Ray Coffey they discovered no photos were had anywhere.  He had to drop out of school as a Junior, so no Senior photos. When asked some of the family members for photos they said they didn't have the time. Ray grew up near the fairgrounds, (download newsletter)


Newsletter Jan 25, 2017

Greg Kaltenecker received his BS in Biology in 1989 and his MS in Raptor Biology in 1997, both from BSU.  He co-founded the Inter-mountain Bird Observatory {IBO} with his major professor, Dr. Marc Bechard.  It was created when he and his colleagues discovered that the Boise Ridge is a significant migration concentration point and they decided that a long-term study of bird migration was in order.  This brings  Heidi Ware, our program speaker, into the picture.  She is a 5th generation Idahoan, living in Boise her entire life.  She got “hooked” in 2008 when she visited Lucky Peak for the first time.  She has been an IBO addict ever since.  She conducts breeding season bird surveys all over the state, and banded (download newsletter)

Newsletter Jan 18, 2017

Have you seen any suspicious activities in your neighborhood? Two very fun & informative speakers from the BPD Neighborhood Watch/Home Security program filled the Club in on what to watch for. Speakers were Carrie Demirelli and Guy Bourgeau. Slow moving vehicles, going slow, without lights, appears aimless or repetitive. Vehicles being loaded with valuables – may be parked in front of a closed business  (download newsletter)


Newsletter Jan 11, 2017 (First newsletter of the year because we had a SNOW DAY last week)

We were visited by Tracy Wasden, COO of the Gibney Family Foundation,
who was filling in for Billy Henry of the NW Association for Blind Athletes
who was stuck in the snow in Washington. The association provides ongoing
programs, Paralympic Experiences, clinics and camps to individuals of
all ages and abilities with visual impairments in communities of all sizes
across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.(download the newsletter for the rest of the story)

Click on the link below for more information on the North West Association of Blind Athletes


Newsletter December 28, 2016

If you didn't come to the meeting you missed a fantastic program about the Idaho State Historical Museum complete with 10 minutes of videos of the renovating and expanding of the facility and developing world-class exhibitions that inspire learning and invite an engaged discussion of Idaho's
past and its impact today. Heidi Wiesner is the Education Specialist at the Museum who presented the program (download the newsletter for the whole story)


Newsletter December 21, 2016

SWEET ADELINES QUARTET entertained 38 Lions and guests with great songs of Christmas for about 20-25 minutes, {which was not nearly enough}. Everyone please thank Darlene Storck for getting us such a fun program.  (download the newsletter for even more news)  MERRY CHRISTMAS


Newsletter December 14, 2016

Seventeen point two million pounds of food are distributed every year. That
was the report from Julia Angelen Joy, Director of Strategic Gifts of the
Idaho Food Bank. The Food Bank was founded in 1984 by a Vista volunteer
and now have 3 warehouses – Boise, Pocatello and Lewiston. 60% of food
stays in the Treasure Valley, 30% goes to Pocatello and 10% goes to
Lewiston.  (download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter December 7, 2016

We all prefer Idaho but what is Idaho Preferred? Leah M. Clark is in the
Idaho Preferred division of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. Their
mission is to promote the quality, diversity and availability of Idaho food and
agriculture products and is funded through ISDA funds. They are in the 13th
year of promoting Idaho products. Here is the explanation of Idaho
Preferred: Must be 100% grown and raised in Idaho. Processed foods must
contain a minimum of 20% agricultural content that has been grown/raised in
Idaho and must be processed in Idaho. What is Buy Idaho: All items must
have “roots” in Idaho – must have some percentage of inputs that are
produced in Idaho. Some food companies can not qualify for Idaho Preferred
(coffee roasters, nut companies) but they (download newsletter)


Newsletter November 30, 2016

Lion Curt Kelley spent countless hours reworking the Bench Lions Web Site
and presented this to the Club for information day. Curt will be sending the pass word to the club members only along with some instructions on the use of the web site. Members having question are invited to contact Curt at 208-859-3642 or He also reported on several facets of the Sight & Hearing Foundation & the Vision Clinic.  for the rest of the story download the newsletter


Newsletter Nov 16, 2016

Do you have a mobility impairment? Can't handle stairs or slippery surfaces!  Do you use a wheelchair, crutches, or a walker and it is hard to get in or out of your home?Who're you gonna call? James Turner from LINC is your savior. LINC is living independence network corporation. Based in Boise, LINC has a number of no cost loan programs to promote greater
independence for people with disabilities and other functional needs. The Durable Medical Goods Loan Program provides things such as walkers, canes, shower chairs, bed wedges, transfer boards to name a new. Accessibility Ramp and Rail loan program provides portable modular aluminum ramps and rails for temporary use. Assistive Technology loan
program offers devices for the deaf and hard of hearing, blind and other
disabilities. LINC can help getting Medicaid for workers with disabilities.
(download newsletter for the full story)

Newsletter Nov 9, 2016

GO BRONCOS! Dusty Clements came to BSU in December 2014 from University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Wyoming College. He handles external areas such as fund raising, & marketing. I will hit some of his report in this newsletter. Season tickets are down this year, but headway was made selling mini packages. In cross country the men won first ever championship and the women finished third. In volley ball this year they are 20/6 and in the conference 11/2 tied with Colorado State (that has always won in the past).Gymnastics team
won the conference and have a 3.8 GPA average. Academically, which (download the newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter Nov 2, 2016

This week we went looking for Salmon with Greg Stahl from Idaho Rivers
United. Greg has been with Idaho Rivers United for 8 years and is now the
communications director. He explained the results from closing various
dams. The Club posed many questions, as most are veteran fishermen, and Greg could answer them in an informative manner. I could not keep up with him, so you had to be at the meeting to enjoy the program, as did 33 members.
(Download Newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter October 26, 2016

You are the perfect target for a scam. We update our phone and
computer software on a regular basis. However, the human brain
has never had a software update. Scam artists know it and know
how to use your brain against you. Those were the opening words
of Dale Dixon from the Better Business Bureau. Scam artists use
psychology and technology to rip us off.  (download newsletter)


Newsletter October 19, 2016

Lion Jill Wagers, with her husband Dave, presented a program of videos on their journey to Guatemala where they worked with Habitat for Humanity to build and reconstruct
homes. They arrived in Chichicastenango and worked with Founder of Pray America Ron Morin.
His ministry is called Monte Flor (Flower Mountain). They stayed in an (download newsletter)


Newsletter Oct 12, 2016

K-9 Dog Rook brought his handler, Deputy Morgan Case of the Ada County
Sheriff's Office, to show off his skills in drug detection. As usual the Club
enjoyed all of the demonstrations from Rook. At the end of the program the
Club was allowed (download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter Oct 5, 2016

CASA: Guardians ad Litem are volunteers appointed by the court to work for
the best interest of abused or neglected children involved in the child
protection system. We were happy to be visited by an old friend, Nicole
Hanson, who is the Advocate Coordinator of Family Advocates. She
explained in great detail the workings of CASA and showed videos of some
successful recipients of their work. (download newsletter)


Newsletter Sept. 28, 2016

We don't do boring!  That was the message that Sharon Prosch stressed during her program of Teen Renovation.  It is a 5 day training program designed to help teenagers  discover their true identity and significance in a culture that continually confuses both. Read the full story here

Newsletter Sept 21, 2016

It isn't even snowing yet and we have Kerry McClay from Winter Wildlands Alliance Snow School visit the club. Kerry is the National Snow School Director with 60 sites throughout the U.S. They teach 4th and 5th graders the art of snow shoeing and it is a program that is an unforgettable winter adventure that combines hands-on science education with snowshoe-powered outdoor exploration. (download newsletter)

Newsletter Sept 14, 2016

It is not Wishing Upon a Star, It is Wish Granters! Kelly Gibbons, the
Development Coordinator, spoke to the club about the working of the Wish
Granters. They grant wishes to adults with terminal illnesses. They are
similar to Make a Wish Foundation (download newsletter)

Newsletter Sept 7, 2016

If you are going through a divorce – who do you call – Troy Hooper from
Passage. He was a pastor for 20 years and was divorced himself about 5
years ago. He and his new, divorced wife want to help those in a divorce that
do not know where to turn by being the (download newsletter)


Newsletter August 31, 2016

Our new dynamic District Governor, Dennis Burks, visited the Club with all of his projects for the upcoming year. Dennis informed the Club that the International President, Chancellor Bob Corlew, will be visiting Boise on the 6th of October and will arrive at 10am. He will be ushered around the area to the Sight and Hearing Foundation, & Centennial projects among other things and a dinner will follow in the evening.  More information will be available shortly from PDG Jay Lugo. (download newsletter)

Newsletter August 17, 2016

His mission is to be the guardian of the people who are silenced, to lift them up from despair, so they can live a normal, peaceful life.  He being Russell (Thor) Wade a large man that carries a big stick!  He is the founder of RADAR – Riders against domestic abuse & rape.  (download newsletter)

Newsletter August 10, 2016

Gil Maiuro the Industry Relations Manager from NW Lineman College gave
two powerful videos of the workings on the campus. NLC is an industry leading
institution that provides power-delivery educational services. It has revolutionized training methodology in the industry since its founding in 1993. It's purpose is to ensure graduates are highly qualified for initial employment. There are 3 campus at present - Idaho, California & Texas and soon to be in Florida.   (download newsletter)


Newsletter August 3, 2016

Caring, Helpful, Active, Outreach and Service to others
CHAOS - Lion President Larry Locklear's Motto
Winner - Lion Robert Storm

Rosemary Reinhardt explained to the Club the OSHER Institute is a lifelong
learning institute at BSU. It is a membership-based, lifelong learning
program that offers a wide variety of college-level, non-credit lectures, short
courses, and special events for intellectually curious adults over age 50   (download newsletter)


Newsletter July 27, 2016


There is not one word that could describe JUMP Boise. Kathy O'neill had the full attention of the Club with her program. JUMP is a place for doers and makers, givers and artists. It is a "postcard" from the past and a doorway to the future. There is a feeling of community, of rising up, of possibilities. This was an idea that turned download the newsletter for the rest of the story


Newsletter july 20, 2016

Beds, Beds and More Beds

Jordan Allen came to explain Sleep in Heavenly Peace Beds - building
childrens beds for families in need, because every child deserves a safe place
to sleep. They are a registered non-profit, volunteer-driven organization
serving families in Southern Idaho, based in Kimberly, Idaho. Jordan comes
from Kimberly, ID, has been married for 15 years and has 4 children. Jordan
and a college student friend started this project (download newsletter)


Newsletter July 13, 2016

Kari Peak came from NIFC - National Interagency Fire Center - to give a break down on
what, where and when the Center does its thing. It consists of 9 agencies - U.S.Fire
Administration, National Weather Service,(download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter July 6, 2016

Steve Woodworth has worked for the Idaho Youth Ranch for 20 years, being
the CEO for the past 8 years. Steve was joined by Stacey Moody -
Representative to the Business Communities who
negotiates non type donations. (download newsletter for the rest of the story)

Newsletter June 29, 2016

Karla Churchill, accompanied by her Mother Helen, did a program showing how she, a cardiac
nurse, had a stroke that changed her life forever.(download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter June 22, 2016

There were 30 Lions and 2 prospective members at our orientation presented by chairman Lavon Shelton. One of the 5 weeks of any one month will be "Lions Information Day".  (download newsletter)


Newsletter June 15, 2016

What a great meeting! It ended with speaker Toni Wood, Senior Loan Officer
of Movement Mortgage explaining the facts of a reverse mortgage.
We started off with several guests visiting the club (download newsletter)


Newsletter June 8, 2016

The speaker Jim VanDinter discussed the Employer Support for the National
Guard and Reserves. Very informational.

Joyce Schram took home the attendance money, but the card money is still safe.
We had two visiting guests - Tony & Delores Toupin . We will see them again in about 2
years.  The Club donated $500 to the YMCA for summer activities for kids whose parents cannot
afford to pay for the services.  On June 22nd Lion Lavon Shelton will chair Lion's information day which will include the orientation of the 3 new members.......Brian
Young, Richard Mwamba and also the induction of David Gerber. Lavon asks that
sponsors be present also. We would like as many members as possible to come and
refresh your memory on the workings of our Lions Club. On July 13th, then PDG Jay
Lugo, will install the new officers, so I would appreciate everyone marking your calendar to be available.

Terry Brady passed around a sign up sheet for those volunteering to make a basket for Hit the Jackpot Golf raffle. If you are planning to make a basket, and missed the sign up sheet, contact Lion Terry.  Once again we remind you to put the items included and the cost of said items on a note and if no food is included, get them to the Lions Foundation at your earliest convenience. If you have included food items, bring them closer to August 1st. (Note - Sam & Darlene Storck brought in the first basket). Terry also had golfer and sponsor sign up sheets available. The next HTJ Board meeting is June 29 - 6pm  (download newsletter)


Newsletter June 1, 2016

Preparing our community for times of emergency..........That was the topic for
today's program and it was presented in a very informational and precise way
by Myla Jeffries, Community Outreach Specialist. She explained how to
prepare for hazards in Ada County - Earthquakes, Floods and Flash Floods,
Thunderstorms & Lightning, Hazard Material Accidents and Wildfires. Idaho
is number 6 in order for earthquakes (download newsletter for the full story)


Newsletter May 25, 2016

Do you remember when...........That was the topic of Anna Webb, an Idaho native, who covers the community activities for the Idaho Statesman. She wrote a book on the 150 Boise Icons such as Artsmith's Diamond, Red Top Hat of the Cabana, White Horse of the Pioneer Tent and Awning on Sixth & Main, Manley's Cafe (download newsletter)


Newsletter May 18, 2016

Ariel L. Agenbroad, Extension Educator of Community Food Systems & Small Farms for the University of Idaho spoke to the club with lots of facts and enthusiasm for her job.  She did graduate from the U of I, but will also root for the Broncos.  She said the mission of the Extension system improves people's lives by providing reliable, non-formal education based on community issues and needs. (download newsletter)

Newsletter May 11, 2016

Earth is our only home.....It is 4.6 billion years old. 6-8 million years ago apes become humanoids. 2 million years ago ancestral line of modern man develops. 30,000 years ago homo sapiens - human history begins. Today is the biological era and mankind is altering the greenhouse atmosphere. 8000
years ago to 1750 atmospheric carbon  (download newsletter)


Newsletter May 4th, 2016   (star wars day)

A Zoo with a new view.........That was the topic for speaker Steve Burns,Director of Boise City Zoo. Steve has just been appointed Chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He has been at the Zoo for 19 years today and loves his job. The Zoo has 330,000 to 350,000 per year. He explained how many animals in the wild are becoming very few or extinct.  Examples 400,000 elephants, Lions 20,000, Tigers 3200, Pandas 1800, Rhinos 28,000. There are only 60 Amur Leopards in the wild with 75 in the zoos. He showed photos of the 3 wattled bellbird, the loudest call in the world that can knock the female off the branch and  (Download newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter April 27, 2016

The club went to the dogs for the day!!!

Three Ada County Sheriff Officers and two K9's kept the Club paying full attention and behaving! Brian Richardson and his Yellow Lab Allie, a narcotic dog, work in Eagle. Morgan Case and his erman Shepard work in Boise. Cliff Gann came for moral support.(Download Newsletter)


Newsletter April 20, 2016

Who are you going to call? CRIME STOPPERS.

Ted Arnold, Law Enforcement Program Coordinator was the speaker. He is a retired Law Enforcement officer with experience as a Military Police Officer, a Deputy with the Ada County Sheriff's Office, and a Patrol Officer, Detective, and School Resource Officer with the Boise Police Department. The Crime Stoppers Mission is to assist in the identification of criminal suspects and the apprehension of known felons who have evaded arrest for their crimes. They offer many options:

(Download Newsletter)

Newsletter April 13, 2016

Cooking and Life skills can't be beat.

Deonda Thompson is the Education Director of Life's Kitchen. She brought Will Haugen, a trainee to give his point of view also.  Life's Kitchen is a free 16 week job and life skills training program for young adults between 16 & 20 who have significant barriers to employment. Trainees gain the skills necessary to find and secure employment and to live a financially independent life. Trainees spend 5 days a week, 8 hours a day working in a commercial kitchen & classroom. (download the newsletter for the rest of the story)


Newsletter April 6, 2016

Natalie Comacho Mendoza is the director of the office of Police Oversight and has her hands in many programs and commissions. She has been an Attorney for 25 years, coming from Pocatello where her great grandparents worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1916. She works in immigration and Indian law, is an advocate for farmers and Latinos and for the criminal justice system and probation commission. She replaced the ombudsman only for the Boise City Police Department  (download newsletter)


Newsletter March 30, 2016

A picture is worth 20000 words.

The photos were extraordinaire! From an older gentleman waiting at the airport for his grandson to return from overseas to a Morman Cricket looking for lunch......... In between there were photos of Ron Paul, Presidents Bush and Obama, windstorms, a USO show in Salmon, ID which was the first one in the USA, herding cattle, riding bulls hanging out of a Red Baron BiPlane to photograph a pilot. He even had a photo or two of Pinto Bennett. (download newsletter)


Newsletter March 23, 2016  We've got your back!

 Elizabeth Butler - membership coordinator of Air St.  Luke's was the very informative program. She advised Air St. Luke's has
provided advanced air medical care and rapid response to Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon for more than 13 years. Their highly trained flight teams are dedicated to providing specialized emergency care when needed, from heart  (download newsletter)


Newsletter March 16, 2016

Building more than houses! Building dignity & community............

That was the focus of Tom May, Executive Director of the Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity. It is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry building simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with those in need.  Individuals must live & work in Ada County over 6 months and need to take on a mortgage at no profit through interest-free mortgages. They are required to put in 500 hours in "sweat equity" helping construct (download newsletter)



Newsletter March 9, 2016

What is the Veterans History Project? That is what Stan Hobson from the Warhawk Museum came to explain to the Club.  The Library of Congress is endeavoring to record the personal history of as many of our veterans as possible.  The Warhawk Museum is assisting by conducting video interviews of veterans. (download newsletter)

Newsletter March 2, 2016   Lions, Lions and Happy Birthday

District Governor Jay Lugo made his official visit to the Club. Before his speech he presented a Master Key to PID Gary D'Orazio for bringing in 25 members. ROAR GARY!  The Governor spoke of retention and promotion, putting on a club survey, which can be done anonymously, to determine what direction the members may or may not want to go and marketing our services to the community. To look into the community needs he suggested contacting the Mayor or United Way as two examples. He suggested to get new members ask them to (download newsletter)

Newsletter Feb 24, 2016 Birds

SOUNDS LIKE SPRING HAS ARRIVED. Jim Lyon is a "birder" and brought the various sounds of birds that enjoy our area. Jim has been a "birder" since the 70's and he and his wife both enjoy the sport. Robins don't do a long migration as many think. He said some bird sounds say a "word" that you can tell them by. For instance, the California Quails song says "Chicago". (download newsletter)


Newsletter Feb 17, 2016  Cuba

A great slide show presented by Lt. Col.Charlene Ripke of her trip to Cuba shortly after the ban was lifted. She viewed many sites such as the Bay of Pigs Museum. Cuba has a population of 11 million with an average income of $200 a month. They are a friendly people and pleaded with her to lift the embargo. They can only withdraw $100 a day from the banks, so if you wish to pay for a large item, it takes many trips to get the required amount. They do have some cable, like CNN  (download newsletter)

Newsletter Feb 10, 2016  Computers for Kids

Molli & Chris Wingert and Tammy Gardner spoke to the Club about Computers for Kids which is a non-profit organization that takes donations of computers; refurbishes and licenses them by being a registered Microsoft refurbisher  (download newsletter)



Newsletter Feb 3, 2016    Blind Golfers

The Club was visited by George and Shirley Heil who explained the workings of the Blind Golf Tournament. George is a retired teacher, who five years ago, was declared legally blind. It  (download newsletter for the rest of the story)

Newsletter Jan 27, 2016   Campus Clubs

Council Chair Stevie Beehler visited the club to explain the new Campus Clubs. She said they are much more relaxed in their proceedings, attire etc. They don't wear vests - slacks, polo shirt and tennis shoes is the norm. There is no "Lion" name, just informal first names. They have no bell or gavel because they have no where to store them. They have free flowing meetings, their projects are easier - such as making PB&J sandwiches for the homeless.  They do not do the pledge of allegiance nor pray because of the different nationalities. She stated recruiting should continue in January and September because some are always graduating. A member of the sponsoring Club (download newsletter for the rest of the story)     more pictures on Facebook


Newsletter Jan 20, 2015

Emily Valla from the Better Business Bureau is the head story teller. She warned us about various scams, such as answering the phone to a "grandchild" that asks for money, from the "IRS" asking for immediate payment or stating you have overpaid and they want your info so they can deposit it in your account, using your debit card at the gas station that has a skimmer attached. Her main information for the Club is to be very careful using your phone cards, giving out your debit cards for payments, giving information out on the phone or email. Protect yourself by investigating first..... not after the horse has left the barn! Data can be breached at library computers at times. The local credit bureau spends about $226,000 fighting fraud on an annual basis.  (download newsletter)


January 13, 2016

Parks, Parks, Parks and more Parks

Tom Governale, Boise Parks Superintendent, presented a very interesting program on the workings of the Boise Parks System which is one of the country's leading programs. They cover 80 parks within the valley and maintain cemeteries also. He explained gas and diesel have been removed from their equipment and has been replaced with propane which is cleaner, and cheaper. They have installed 8 ft. trash receptacles (5 ft underground)  (download newsletter for the whole story)


January 6, 2016

"A Rocky start to 2016" - his name is Barker, our first program of 2016.  Rocky Barker is a  tatesman Columnist who, today, discussed the Oregon Occupation, being on hand at the Yellowstone Fire, at the Soda Springs Fire, and many other newsworthy incidents.  (download newsletter here)






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