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The Eugene Downtown Lions sponsor many events throughout the year to raise funds for various community projects.  They range from Pints For Dollars to annual events like the Raffle and Breakfast with Santa. 

Downtown Lions Install New Officers at Annual Awards and Installation Banquet 
 
The Eugene Downtown Lions Club’s annual Awards and Installation Banquet was held on June 26th, 2019 at the Shadow Hills Country Club. Lion Judith Grosenick was the “MC” for the evening and kept us laughing. She welcomed everyone then led the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was presented by Lion Teri Yerton.
 
Lion Judith addressed the members taking the opportunity to reflect on all of us in the club. She referred to the saying to “Do things that would make your Mother Proud.”
 
Next up was Doug Thompson, Director of the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. After relating a story about some animals at a waterhole he presented the “Norman Ross Award “ to Dr. Tim Arbow for all of his efforts over the years with the Sight and Hearing Committee.
 
Lion President Jim Origliosso then explained to the members how difficult it is to decide which Lions receive awards since they are all contributing to the success of the Club’s activities. He then went on to explain that there is one member who has given “Service Above and Beyond” and presented Dr. Tim Arbow with the Ralph Robinson Award (the Robbie) which is a unique Club award with a lengthy list of criteria that must be met to receive it.
 
Lion Jim presented the “Cub of the Year” award to Lion Carol Casciato. He announced that the “Lion of the Year” award, for the first time ever, goes to two Lions - Jim and Sharon Newton who were not able to attend.
“President’s Appreciation” awards were given to Lions Tim Chuey, Darlene Tomasec, Diane Gregoire, and Bill Sarnoff.
“Vision and Fellowship” awards were given to Lions Mary Fechtel, Norma Barbisan, Chuck Blanchard, Teri Yerton, and Karen Norton.
“Spirit of Service” awards were presented to Lions Joan Vaughn and Tom McCann.
The “Melvin Jones Fellowship” award was given to Lion Susan Pfanner (her second one). The Melvin Jones is the highest award in Lionism.
Lion Chuck Blanchard was presented with a “ Membership Advancement Key“.
 
The installation of Officers and Board of Directors was performed by Past District Governor Dale Bachman. The officers for the new Lions year 2019-2020 are Lions: President Mary Fechtel, 1st VP Susan Pfanner, Secretary Joan Vaughn, Treasurer Teri Yerton, Tail Twister Chuck Blanchard, Lion Tamer, and Immediate Past President Jim Origliosso. Directors for 2019-2020 are Lions: Carol Casciato, Tim Chuey, Craig Ford, Tom Mc Cann, Norma Barbisan, Karen Norton, Wes Reynolds, and Patty Starr.
 
Immediate Past President Lion Jim Origliosso said our club has been in a relay race of continuous service for 95 years. He said, “The secret is that service makes you happy.”
Newly elected President Mary Fechtel started off by thanking Lion Jim O’ for great work and dedication. The club and board gave Jim presents and he gave a present to Lion Mary. Lion President Mary said we’re not just a club. “We become friends who share humor and fun. We’re a team dedicated to serving others.” She said she was counting on all of us to be members of the team.
 
 
21 July 2019
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman 
Eugene Downtown
Lions Club
 

 
Eugene Downtown Lions Club Annual Raffle Comes To A Successful Close
 
Every year the Eugene Downtown Lions holds a fundraising raffle to support the many charitable projects and causes we work on all year. The raffle continued for 7 weeks with ticket sales at various locations in the area including 2 Bi-Mart stores, 3 Market of Choice stores, and one Albertsons store. Weather for the outside ticket sellers varied from sunny and warm to cloudy with light rain and drizzle which increased to moderate to heavy rain with gusty winds. Our dedicated ticket sellers did not let the weather get the best of them. The odds of being a winner in this raffle were better than most other raffles because of a limit of 4,000 tickets that can be sold.
 
One very important fact is that every cent collected goes right back to the people in the form of the various programs we offer from sight and hearing assistance, including vision screening for youngsters in area schools, to the new Heartfelt House being completed at Riverbend, to the annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much much more. This year’s Raffle was again a big success.

     

The drawing took place in front of the Bi-Mart store at 18th and Chambers on Saturday, June 22nd. Lion President Jim Origliosso picked out the winning tickets. Here are the winners in the order of the prize they won. First prize, a $3,000 travel voucher from Eugene Tour and Travel was won by Sandy Henry. Second prize, a $1,600 Herman Miller “Aeron” office chair from Office World (Thanks to Lion Don Combs) was won by Kat Chinn. Third prize, an iPad and case valued at $515 (Thanks to Lions Tom McCann, Susan Pfanner, and Jim Mueller), was won by Katrina Coelho. Fourth Prize, Electra Townie bicycle valued at $540 from Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life, was won by Jesse Harris. Fifth prize Electra Townie bicycle valued at $540 from Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life, was won by Liz Edgar. (Bicycles thanks to Lions Ann & Wayne Musgrove), Sixth prize, a $500 gift certificate from Bi-Mart, was won by John Musgrove. Seventh prize, a $500 gift certificate from Bi-Mart, was won by David Vodvarka. 
 
The winners were invited to join the Lions for a free lunch at one of our meetings. The 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th place winners received the paperwork to claim their prize at the July 3rd meeting. The 3rd place winner attended the August 17th meeting, while the 2nd place winner was not able to attend a meeting so we had a quick get-together at her workplace so she could get the certificate to get her prize. 
 
The final report from our master raffle “Accountant” Lion Jim Mueller, says that total receipts, including ticket sales and donations, added up to just over $20,000. Thanks to our sponsors Bi-Mart, Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life, Jerry’s, Towers Marketing, Office World, and Eugene Tour and Travel. And, of course, thank you to all of the members of the Eugene Downtown Lions Club who donated money, sold tickets, collected and added up the money, and gave us the support to make this year’s raffle turn out so well.
22 July 2019
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman
Eugene Downtown
Lions Club
  
Lion Susan Pfanner selling tickets at Market of Choice at 29th & Willamette 
 
 
 Lion Bob Hixson trying to sell just one more ticket before the drawing.
 
 
                              
 
  
 Lion President Jim Origliosso picks the 7 winning tickets.
 
 
   Raffle winners attending July 3rd meeting, L to R: 1st-Sandy Henry, 4th-Jesse Harris, 5th-Liz Edgar, 6th-Lion Jeff Musgrove accepting for his son John and 7th-David Vodvarka.
 
    
John Musgrove {Summer job in California}
 
    
Second Prize winner Kat Chin gets prize certificate From Lion Dan French at her workplace.
 
  
  Lion Dan French presents Third Prize winner Katrina Coelho with her new iPad.
 

“Celebrating Mardi Gras”

Crab Feed and Auction

The Eugene Downtown Lions Club enjoyed another Crab Feed and Auction event with a silent auction, an oral auction and a wine raffle on Thursday evening April 25th. About 100 Lions, spouses and guests enjoyed the tasty crab, side dishes, and yummy desserts. Congratulations go to the Crabettes, as they call themselves, Lion Norma Barbisan and Lion Joan Vaughan for organizing such a great event and having everything go perfectly. Special thanks to Lion Sharon Newton for taking on the job this year of creating the detailed auction program that lists all of the wonderful items up for bid in the oral auction and the silent auction. Lion Ed Gear MC’d the evening and with Lion Jim “Newt” Newton picked the 13 wine raffle winners throughout the evening.

Lion Jeff Musgrove was our auctioneer encouraging bidders to vie against each other for the 10 oral auction items. He was the first to admit that he is auction math-challenged, but his assistants helped him keep up with the bidders. The first item up for bids was called “October on the Coast" and was a 3-night stay (17th-20) at The Embarcadero Resort and Marina in Newport. The winning bid came from Gene Norton. The second item,  “A Bird’s Eye View” was won by Bonnie Mueller. It’s a sightseeing trip in a private plane owned and piloted by Lion Jim Origliosso and includes lunch in Sun River, Salem, or Newport. Other items up for bid ranged from “Time To Golf,” a golf outing for 4 at Shadow Hills Country Club including the use of 2 golf carts and range balls to “A Three Rivers Casino and Convention Center Basket” full of Three Rivers swag, a 1-night stay in a deluxe room, and a choice of 2 rounds of golf or $40 in credit at their dining outlets.

Of course, thanks go out to the donors of the oral auction items and the silent auction items. The silent auction tables were full and the bidding was competitive. A big “Thank You” goes out to Lion Jane Olbekson and all of those who helped serve crab and ham, everyone who came to the event, to Hop Valley for providing the beer, and especially to the folks at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for letting us once again utilize their gathering room and kitchen. The profits from the event will go into the Administrative Fund which pays for the operating expenses of the club.

 

Another Successful and Fun-filled Trivia Night

 

Over 70 Lions, guests, and others filled the tables Thursday, April 4th at Claim 52 Brewing to compete in a night of trivia for fun and some really nice prizes. Eleven teams competed for the fun and prizes. The following are the creative team names that were chosen this time.

  • No Brainers - Springfield Lions Club, Larry Barnett

  • Jan’s Jesters - Jan Sohlman REMAX/Integrity

  • The Sparklers - Mary Fechtel & other Downtown Lions, 4) I

  • Isaac Newtons - Jim Newton

  • Therapists - Adam Schulz

  • Summit Air - Jim O and other Downtown  Lions

  • Directors - Directors Mortgage

  • Knights of Columbus - K of C

  • Team Oberle - Mark Oberle

  • Article 15 - Veterans Legacy

  • Jelly Squidwards, (Name of a character in SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons), The UO Lions Club Team

 

The Event Sponsor for Trivia Night was Jan Sohlman with RE/MAX Integrity. Tables were sponsored (paid for) and in addition, each participant paid an entry fee.

 

There were 9 rounds with three questions per round. Lion Karen Norton was the MC and Trivia Master once again asking the questions and running the video screen. Special raffle tickets were given to each team member based on their team’s number of correct answers for each round. Multiple drawings took place to award prizes which included gift cards, potted plants,  and baskets loaded with goodies all of which were generously donated.

 

A food truck that was scheduled for the evening canceled so Lion Diane Gregoire took it upon herself to bring the ingredients for and to make  Chili, meatballs, and hot dogs, and don’t forget the Fritos. The food was given out for free just asking for a donation to cover the cost of the ingredients.

 

Congratulations to the big winner of the night, Veterans Legacy of Oregon.  Veterans Legacy is the recipient of the proceeds, a total of $2,356.25!

Thank you Lions and guests for making this fun event a success.

 

A table full of prizes to be raffled.

 Lion Karen Norton, MC and ticket master asking questions and giving out raffle tickets for round winners.

Claim 52 Brewing was packed with Trivia teams.

The first of our prize drawing winners, Luke Lonstron of The Therapists.

The “Isaac Newtons" won multiple prizes.

Veterans Legacy also had a team.

[The event was for the benefit of their organization.]


Santa and Mrs. Claus, the most gracious hosts again this year.

The Eugene Downtown Lions Club 11th annual Pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus fundraiser was once again a great event. The breakfast was held Saturday, December 8th from 8 AM until Noon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall and served many hungry guests. The Hall was bustling most of the time with Lions, their guests and other hungry patrons. This year’s menu was the usual pancakes with syrup, sausages, eggs, cocoa, and coffee. There were Holiday treats and baked goods available for sale from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen.

This was a wonderful family affair with Santa’s helpers assisting kids with putting frosting and decorative sprinkles on their own Christmas cookies. Members of the Downtown Lions Club flipped pancakes, rolled sausages, and scrambled eggs to prepare the meal. The servers were members of the North Eugene Key Club, the Junction City LEOs and Downtown Lions family members and they did a great job of keeping the guest's tables served with piping hot delicious food. Santa and Mrs. Claus were, as usual, a big hit with the youngsters and adults alike as they gave candy canes to the children.

Raffle tickets were sold for three kids bicycles which were graciously donated by Lion Walt “Babe” Curtis and the Musgroves. Lion Karen Norton and Lion Bob Hixson picked out the winning tickets. The bicycles were won by Jackson Kelly, Krista Swanson, and Phoebe Gerome (who gave the bike she won to Ruby Villanueva - a young girl in attendance). A gift basket donated by Ann Musgrove was won by Sheila Snyder.

Special thanks go to Lions Karen Norton and Jim Origliosso for their great effort in organizing this event and to St. Thomas Episcopal Church for allowing us to use their facilities again this year. Special thanks to All Eugene Downtown Lions, especially the Santa Committee, Kat Chinn & Family and Friends, Dairy Mart, Ye Old Pancake House, Original Pancake House, North Eugene Key Club, Junction City Leos, Klea Ford, Vet’s Club of Eugene, Lions Tom McCann, Jim Origliosso, Norma Barbisan, Babe Curtis, all of the Great Lions Elves, Our wonderful volunteers, all of the Lions who worked so hard setting up, cooking, selling tickets and baked goods, and cleaning up afterward, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. A job well done!

 Lions (L to R ): Teri Yerton & Jim Mueller at the ticket table 
 
Servers taking plates from the kitchen to the guests.
 
Youngsters making their own Christmas cookies. 
 
Lion Diane Gregoire ( foreground) and Lion Norma Barbisan (background right) enjoying their work as folks enjoyed the food.
 
Santa and Mrs. Claus posed for family pictures. 
 
 

6 January 2019

Tim Chuey

Publicity Chairman

Eugene Downtown

Lions Club

 
 

 

 The Eugene Downtown Lions Club Annual Summer Picnic Was Better Late Than Never
 
The Eugene Downtown Lions Club annual picnic was held Wednesday, September 12th at Lion Judith Grosenick’s home. The picnic that was scheduled for August 8th was postponed because of hot temperatures and bad air quality due to wildfires. Lion Judith’s backyard was the perfect spot again for the picnic. 
 
Lion Judith and I discussed at length the weather forecast for the 12th as we came closer to the chosen day. In my last forecast update I explained that there would be many clouds and a 50% chance of showers with a slight chance of a thunderstorm. The good news part of the forecast was that there seemed to be a pretty good chance of a break in the showers from 5 pm until 8 pm which was the timeframe for the picnic. There were a few sprinkles of drizzle early on, but the rest of the time was dry.
This was a particularly special event for Lion Judith because she was able to introduce the club members to her new “girls” Bling and Coco.
 
Club members provided side dishes and desserts and, as usual, fried chicken and corn-on-the-cob along with soft drinks were provided. Lion Dr. Craig Ford performed his magic preparing the corn. 
 
The food was excellent as usual and I sampled many of the deviled eggs (my favorites) that were set out. This picnic gives the members and guests the chance to get to know each other better and to share some relaxing time together.
 
Lion Judith gave special thanks to all of the Lions who helped with the setup and take down then returning the tables and chairs. Of course thanks to everyone who did anything to help out including bringing lots of delicious food to share and for everyone who attended. 
 
 
13 September 2018
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman
Eugene Downtown
Lions Club
 
As usual, the food looked and tasted great. 
Lion Past President Dr. Craig Ford cooked the corn to perfection.
The desserts the members provided were delicious.
Can you tell we’re enjoying ourselves? 
Lion Judith’s “Girls,” Bling & Coco, were the hit of the event, but wouldn’t stand still for a picture. 
 
 
 

 

 

Summer Wine and Song Event Was a Great Time For All

The gathering was held at Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company, located on Hwy 36 in Cheshire, on Saturday, July 29th.  It was definitely a Summer day with the temperature topping out at a sizzling 97 degrees.

At the winery, we had a choice of wines to drink and there was a great food cart called Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ. The event offered Silent Auction items including gift baskets and gift cards for which guests bought tickets and placed them in bags by the prizes they wanted to win. Lion Karen Norton, with the assistance of her friend, Victoria Kirchoff, picked out the winning tickets from the various bags and presented the prizes to the winners. The music was provided by great local musical duo Jackie Jae & Jason Cowsill. If the last name Cowsill sounds familiar it should. Jason’s father was one of the members of the Cowsill’s Family of musicians and singers who rose to fame many years ago (the late 60s). The television series “The Partridge Family” was modeled after the Cowsills.

It was a lot of fun listening to great music, drinking some great wine, eating great food, and talking with some great people. That’s a lot of “greats” but I think it was worth every one of them.

Special thanks go to Lion Karen Norton, our Mistress of Ceremonies, local businesses, and individuals who donated prizes, Adam Schulz for donating the money to pay the musicians, all of those who attended, and of course the members of the Fundraising/Membership committee who spent many hours planning and organizing this charity event. And an extra special thank you to Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company for the use of their wonderful venue.

The goal was to raise money for the Center for Community Counseling and all of the profits from the event are going to that worthy organization. Jackie Jae & Jason Cowsill were kind enough to donate the proceeds of their tip jar and any CD sales at the event to the Center for Community Counseling. 

31 July 2018

Tim Chuey

Publicity Chairman

Eugene Downtown

Lions Club

Lion Karen Norton picked the winners with her assistant Victoria Kirchoff.

Lots of Raffle Prizes to choose from.

Carol Cassciato was the first gift basket winner - a Patriotic basket. 

Janet McClennen also won a gift basket. 

Jackie Jae and Jason Cowsill entertained us with great music. 

Great food from Vinnie’s Smokin’ BBQ. 

 


 
 

Another Successful Trivia Night 

Over 70 Lions, guests, and others filled the tables at The Springs at Greer Gardens to compete in a night of trivia for fun and some really nice prizes. We just have to tell you the creative team names that were chosen.  

  • Gear Shifters
  • Trivial Pursewers
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • Hell Fighters
  • The Down Under Wonders
  • Power Team
  • High Voltage
  • One Armed Bandits
  • Saggy Springs
  • I Thought This Was Speed Dating

There were 9 rounds with three questions per round. Lion Adam was the Master of Ceremonies and Trivia Master once again asking the questions and running the video screen. Special raffle tickets were given to each team based on their number of correct answers for each round. Multiple drawings took place to award prizes which included gift cards and many baskets loaded with goodies all of which were generously donated.  

Just a short list of some of the winners. The “Down Unders" team won multiple baskets including one full of wine. Klea Ford, Lion President Craig’s wife and member of the “High Voltage” won a bucket full of flowers and candy while Mike Clark and his “I Thought This Was Speed Dating” team won multiple prizes.

Tables were sponsored and each participant paid an entry fee. The Sammitch food truck sold food for the evening.

The final tally is in and our second Trivia Night earned over $2,300 that will go to the new Heartfelt House at Riverbend. When completed the Heartfelt House will provide a home away from home for families with loved ones hospitalized at Riverbend.

laughThanks to our Event Sponsors Directors Mortgage and Musgrove Mortuaries and Cemeteries and Round Sponsors: Jane M. Olbekson, CWS, Investment Consultant, first allied, Member FINRA/SIPC; Dr. Craig Ford, Audiology Professionals, Inc.; Adam R. Schulz, Attorney & Counselor at Law, LLC; Precision Capital; Karen Norton, Reverse Mortgage Specialist, Directors Mortgage; Jyoti & Aaron Burns, Aaron Michael Burns Insurance Services.

29 May 2018

Tim Chuey

Publicity Chairman

Eugene Downtown 

Lions Club

Lion Adam Schulz, MC and ticket master.

A look at some of the teams.

Mike Clark and his team won multiple prizes as Lion Karen (R) points out.

The “Down Unders" won multiple prizes, too.

 

Klea Ford, Lion President Craig’s wife won a flower and candy basket.

 

 


The Crabby Ladies did it again!
A great Crab Feed and Auction!
 
The Eugene Downtown Lions Club enjoyed another Crab Feed and Auction event with a silent auction, an oral auction and a wine raffle on April 26th. Lions, spouses, and guests enjoyed the tasty crab, potluck side dishes, and yummy desserts. Congratulations go to the Crabby Ladies, as they call themselves, Lion Sharon Newton, Lion Norma Barbisan, and Lion Joan Vaughan for organizing such a great event and having everything go perfectly. Special thanks to Lion Judith Grosenick for her stellar job creating the detailed auction program that lists all of the wonderful items up for bid in the oral auction and the silent auction. Lion Ed Gear MC’d the evening and picked the wine raffle winners throughout the evening.  
 
Lion Adam Schulz was at his usual best as our auctioneer encouraging bidders to vie against each other for the more than a dozen auction items. The first item up for bids was called “Perfectly Precious" and as Lion Judith described it, a handcrafted cherry jewel box with two drawers which was made and donated by Lion Tom McCann. A perfect gift for the lady in your life. The winning bid came from Lion Jim Orgliosso. 
Other items up for bid ranged from “Par for the course?,” a golf outing for 4 at Shadow Hills Country Club including the use of 2 golf carts and range balls to “A Very Special Getaway” a very special vacation via The World of Vacation Internationale which includes a two-week stay at one of many worldwide locations donated by generously by Lion Ralph Robinson. The winning bid for this wonderful vacation came from Klea Ford, wife of Lion President Dr. Craig Ford. Klea’s singing quartet, Diamond Dames, gave an impromptu performance singing for the crowd and announced they were auctioning off a half hour personal performance. 
 
Thanks go out to the donors of the oral auction items and the silent auction items. The silent auction tables were full and the bidding was competitive. A big “Thank You” goes out to Lion Ralph Robinson and all of those who helped serve the delicious food, everyone who came to the event, to Hop Valley for providing the beer, and especially to the folks at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for letting us once again utilize their gathering room and kitchen. The profits from the event will go into the Administrative Fund which pays for the actual operating expenses of the club.
 
10 May 2018
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman
Eugene Downtown
Lions Club
Lion President Craig serving crab from the kitchen. 
 
So many great desserts.

 Look at all that wonderful potluck food.

Lion Ed Gear (L) presents bags of wine to raffle winners.

Lion Wes Reynolds checks out the Silent Auction tables.

The Diamond Dames demonstrate how they will sing for a half hour for a winning bid.

Lion Adam Schulz, the auctioneer, needs no microphone as the bidders raise their hands. 

Winners of the Very Special Getaway, Klea and Lion Dr. Craig Ford. 

 Lions and guests enjoyed great meal and conversation.

 


 

Pancakes and Sausage and Eggs, Oh My!
 
    The Eugene Downtown Lions Club 10th annual Pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus fundraiser was so much fun. This year's guests feasted on pancakes with syrup, sausages, eggs, cocoa, and coffee. The breakfast was held Saturday, December 9th from 8 AM until Noon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall and served many hungry guests. The Hall was quite full most of the time with Lions, their guests, and other hungry patrons. There were Holiday treats and baked goods available for sale from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. 
     This was a wonderful family affair with Santa’s helpers assisting kids with putting frosting and decorative sprinkles on their own Christmas cookies. Members of the Downtown Lions Club flipped pancakes, rolled sausages, and scrambled eggs to prepare the meal. The servers were  Lion's family and friends and Downtown Lions volunteers. They did a great job of keeping the guest tables served with piping hot delicious food.
     Santa and Mrs. Claus were, as usual, a big hit with the youngsters and adults alike as they gave candy canes to the children. Many kids gave Santa and Mrs. Claus one of the cookies they decorated at the Christmas Cookie decorating table.
     Raffle tickets were sold for two kids bicycles which were graciously donated by Lion Karen Norton. Lion Adam Schulz enthusiastically encouraged everyone to buy raffle tickets for the bikes. Lion Adam, with the assistance of Lion Karen Norton, picked the winning tickets. The first one belonged to him so he had another ticket drawn. The winner, Dorothy Bottomley, gave the bike to her granddaughter, Ava Gail Alexander, whom she told: “ I’ll win you a bike” when she bought tickets. The second winner was Lion Jim Newton who picked out a little boy in the crowd and presented him with a new bike. Jacob Silverman was beaming on his new bike. A third prize was also raffled off. A giant stuffed Lion, which looked more like a bear, was won by John Wilkinson. He and his family had just walked out the door when Lion Adam boomed out his name making him come back in to claim his prize. His wife and children were very pleased.     
      Special thanks go to Lions Karen Norton and Jim Origliosso for their great effort in organizing this event and to St. Thomas Episcopal Church for allowing us to use their facilities again this year, to all of the Lions who worked so hard setting up, cooking, selling tickets and baked goods, and cleaning up afterwards. A job well done! There are so many others to thank this year that it is necessary to list the rest of them for you. Ye Old Pancake House, Original Pancake House, Kat Chinn & Family and Friends, Junction City Leos, Klea Ford, Vet’s Club of Eugene, Lions Tom McCann, Origliosso, Norma Barbisan, Babe Curtis, all of the Great Lions Elves, Our wonderful volunteers, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. As a special added feature a television reporter/photographer interviewed Lion Karen Norton and Santa and Mrs. Claus for broadcast on KVAL and KMTR. 
29 December 2017
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman
Eugene Downtown Lions Club

 


Downtown Lions “Win/Wine" Event

The idea was to hold an event that was a lot of fun and at the same time would make some money to help out Gales Creek Camp, which is for children with Type-1 Diabetes.  The gathering was held from 2 pm until 6 pm at Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company on Saturday, October 14th.

Since Bennett is located on Hwy 36 in Cheshire, which is a fair distance from Eugene-Springfield, bus rides were provided from the parking lot at Valley River Center to Bennett’s and back allowing many of the participants time to socialize and “leave the driving to us” as the old commercial stated. There was some fun entertainment on the bus with travel bingo and prizes.

At the winery, we had a choice of wines to drink and there was a great food cart called Bacon Nation. Entertainment consisted of Silent Auction items for which guests bought tickets and placed them in bags by the prizes they wanted to win. Lion Adam Schulz, with the assistance of Lion Karen Norton, picked out a winning ticket from the various bags and presented the prizes to the winners. The music was provided by well-known local musicians Paul Biondi, Gus Russell, and Rich Markstrom.

Special thanks have to go to Lion Adam Schulz who was our event sponsor and Master of Ceremonies, local businesses who donated prizes, and of course the members of the Fundraising/Membership committee who spent many hours planning and organizing this charity event.

The goal was to be able to help Gales Creek in their efforts to give children with Type-1 Diabetes a great camping experience while meeting other kids going through the same journey with Diabetes. It looks like that goal was met, as the event raised about $875 for Gales Creek. Camp. The event was so well received that a future wine event is already being considered.

 


EDTL Night at PK Park

“Take me out to the ballgame” was the theme for the evening as the Eugene Downtown Lions Club, family, and friends held another “Lions night at PK Park.” The weather for the evening of July 6th was perfect for both baseball fans and the players. We all know how much fun the club members have at special events and this was no exception.

Lion President Craig Ford threw out the “First Pitch” for the club and thanks to his wife Klea we have a picture of him on the field. It’s too bad we can’t play a movie with this article, because Klea made a movie of his dynamic pitch. You’ll just have to use your imagination.

Again Lion Wes Reynolds, along with others, manned the Downtown Lions table to promote the club and to talk with people about Lionism.

A Lions International Video was played on the big screen along with showing the Lions Logo throughout the game. Oh, there was something called a baseball game that was played too. Sorry to say the Home Team EMS lost 4-2 to Boise. The team may have lost but the club was a winner because we earned a percentage of the ticket price for every ticket we sold. The event netted nearly $530.00 which is great for a planned night of fun and fellowship.

Thank you to our photographers for the evening: Klea Ford, Wes Reynolds, Susan Pfanner and Karen Norton.

 

 


 




Women Helping Women To Survive And Thrive In Today’s World
 
The Second Annual Women’s Symposium “Opportunities for a Better Life”, Issues and Solutions For A Healthier You, was held on Saturday, April, 30th. The event was sponsored by Lions Clubs International, Lions District 36-R, and the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. The idea for the event came from Lion District Governor Judy Kaufman and her committee of Lions Patty Harrison, Cecilia Urbani and Carol Casciato. Local coordinators were Lions Mary Fechtel and Karen Norton from the Eugene Downtown Lions Club.  Throughout the day attendees were reminded how women are a big part of the Lions experience and how becoming a Lion benefits women and the community.

Lion Karen Norton, Symposium Chairperson, welcomed everyone and introduced the keynote speaker for the event Robert Killen who is a Story Advocate. Mr. Killen explained that everyone has a story and that your identity is fueled by your story. He described an incident that happened to him years ago in which he was driving in his car, which he named “Rusty,” and was feeling very drowsy. Instead of stopping to rest, like he should have, he realized he was just a few miles from his destination. He fell asleep and crashed his car over a cliff and into the water. He managed to get out, but the car sank to the bottom. He refused to drive for a couple of years after the accident blaming himself for the loss of “Rusty.” He discovered that he was reliving that story over and over again keeping himself in that well of blame and fear of driving. He finally realized that it was “just an accident’ and changed how he replayed the story so that it was a learning experience rather than a weight on his shoulders.
Killen said we all tell stories like that and that we need to turn them around in a positive direction so that the will help enrich our life instead of dragging it down. 

Sharon Rollins, Lions of Oregon Centennial Chairperson, presented the Centennial Celebration of Lions Clubs International video.

Afternoon speakers were Janet Baker, Executive Director for the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association, discussing “Vision for Heathy Families",  Sandra Jeffs, Author and Jewelry Designer, who discussed “Healing Through Acts of Kindness",  Sonia M. Miller, Women’s Empowerment Coach, who spoke about “The Invincible Professional Woman- Find Your Blind Spots, Reveal Your Power", and Joni Zander, Wellness Coach, whose topic was “What Healthy Feels Like".   Last, but certainly not least, was comedian Frank King whose “Chicken Soup for the Tortured Soul” talk used humor to make talking about depression an uplifting experience.

Throughout the day drawings were held for various prizes that were donated for the symposium.

The Event Planning Committee would like to thank all of those who participated and especially all of the vendors including those who provided many of the prizes.  The list includes Audiology Professionals - Dr. Craig Ford, Cecilia DeSantis Urbani - Xyngular, nutrition and weight loss systems, Directors Mortgage, Karen Norton - Reverse Mortgage Specialist sharing a table with South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, Edward Jones -Connie Fehlman Financial Advisor, Eugene Downtown Lions Club, Jan Sohlman - RE/MAX Integrity, Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, Sandra Jeffs - Finesse Jewelry, Seeds of Oregon - Judy Kaufman, Springfield Lions, and Woodburn Lions. The symposium was such a successful venture that the plan is for a Third Annual Women's Symposium in 2018!

4 June 2017                                                  
Tim Chuey
Publicity Chairman
Eugene Downtown Lions Club
                                                      

                                                         Lion Karen Norton welcomes everyone and

                                                         introduces the Keynote Speaker 

                     

Keynote Speaker, Robert Killen, weaves his story                  Sharon Rollins, Lions of Oregon Centennial                                                                                                                  Chairperson

                       

    Sandra Jeffs, Finesse Jewelry                                                   Lion Dr. Craig Ford of Audiology Associates

                       

South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, Gene                           Eugene Downtown Lions display table

Norton (seated) and Director's Mortgage,

Karen Norton

                                                   

         Lion Past District Governor Sunny Pulley won gift basket in the first of many drawings

 

 


 

    
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
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