May Newsletter- President Amy Shepherd

Greetings, Ann Arbor Host Lions and friends!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April membership meeting.  We were thrilled to have Lion Dr. Donna Wicker share her experiences on this years Global Mission Vision trip to Mexico and Jamaica.  Six Optometrists, including Donna, attended the trip. Globally the leading causes of visual impairment are refractive errors and cataracts. 2,150 people were checked in four days.  Patients get an internal eye exam and retinoscopy to look inside the eye and determine the need and prescription for glasses. Approximately 6,000 pairs of prescription glasses, 2000 readers and a few hundred sunglasses were shipped to local Lions before the trip.  All leftover glasses were left with the local community for future needs..

April Service Projects:

Ozone House Donation- As a club we collected Graduation Cards and $10 Meijer Gift Cards which were donated to the Education Project, which is a collaborative project operated by the Ozone House and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.  Thank you to everyone for their donations! I especially want to thank Lion Debbie Link for making the graduation cards! They were incredible creative and will make a special gift to the graduates who receive them!

90th Anniversary Tree Project- Linda Evans

One of our long-standing club members, Lion Ellie Rogers, has been giving away trees since 1968. This year, in honor of her 90th birthday, she set her sights on reaching a cumulative lifetime goal of donating 90,000 trees! Our club, in honor of our own 90th anniversary, wanted to help her with her donations by giving away 90 trees. Ellie believes that she has reached her personal goal and our club was able to give away 100 trees! The River Birch trees that our club donated will bring beauty to Summit View Condominiums, a couple of residential homes of our members, they will be passed out at a county event, and the WISD Leos will be planting them around the Manchester Community.  How fabulous is that! Thank you Lion Ellie Rogers for your environmental awareness and generosity!

Membership Meeting & Board Meeting:

May Membership Meeting: Wednesday, May 1, Noon-1:15pm at the Quarter Bistro.  The cost of lunch is $12 per person. A limited menu will be provided.  Orders will be taken at the start of the meeting (noon) so please arrive a few minutes early to get settled. 

May Project:  LEO CLUB CHANGE WAR! The WISD Leo Club has been leading a  school wide fundraiser these past few weeks where students bring in loose change. A portion of the funds raised will go toward providing the class that raises the most money a pizza party!  The rest of the funds will go to the WISD Leo Club. This gave me an idea! To support both of our Leo Clubs fundraising efforts,  I am challenging club members to bring in loose change to our May membership meeting! Funds collected will be divided among both Leo Club accounts.  Check under your car seats, clean out the bottom of your purse, empty that penny jar…..I’ve got a bag of coins ready to go!  

April Board Meeting: Wednesday, May 8,  Noon-1:15pm at the Downton home. Our board meetings are always open to all members.  We welcome you to join us for all or any part of the meeting.  Please contact Carol Downton if you wish to attend and need directions to her home.

SAVE THE DATE June Potluck:  Wednesday June 5th 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!

Recap of Past Club Projects and Events

District 11B1 & State Leo of the Year Award!- Pres Amy

Congratulations to WISD Leo Lillian Diuble for receiving not only the District 11B1 Leo of the Year Award but the MI State award as well!  Lilly is an extraordinary high school student who has been breaking down barriers and stereotypes about what it means to live with both vision and hearing impairments. As you know, the name LEO stands for Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity. Lilly exemplifies both the LEO name as well as the Lions motto, which is “We Serve.” In addition to her involvement with the WISD Leo Club, Lilly is one of the leading, fundraisers for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Her fundraising group, “Lilly’s Friends” has raised thousands of dollars over the past seven years for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, whose mission is to fund research to find a cure for blindness. Lilly’s grace and determination to overcome her challenges and raise awareness of vision saving research makes her the kind of young person worthy of receiving such a prestigious award.

Terri Lynn Nuts Online Ordering:  his 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.

April. 16- Ann Arbor Council of Lions Meeting: PDG LuAnne

The Ann Arbor Council of Lions met on April 16th. The Council of Lions is made up of members from the Ann Arbor Host Lions, Ann Arbor Evening Lions, and Huron Valley Sunrise Lions.  The council approved $300 to send an Ann Arbor ten year old boy to Camp Midicha! Camp Midicha is a specialized camp for young people who have Diabetes. Cost to attend camp is $750. The District 11B1 Diabetes committee paid $450.  What a great collaboration!  

2019 Nominations Committee

Congratulations to the 2019/2020 Club Officers and Directors!

President Amy Shepherd
1st VP Richard Westbury
2nd VP Linda Evans
Secretary Carol Downton
Treasurer John Krienke
1yr Director Lora Durham
1yr Director Nicole Nessler-Stuhec
1yr Director Bob Field
2yr Director Harold Link
2yr Director LuAnne Bullington
Lion Tamer David Downton
Tail Twister Appointed as Needed
Immediate Past Pres. Carol Downton

Kellogg Low Vision Support Group

Lion Linda was the guest speaker this month at the Kellogg Eye Center Low Vision Support Group.  She was happy to share her own experiences, answer questions, and provide resources to others. Her topics covered volunteering for the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Disability Awareness Workshops, her leadership role on the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues, her experience producing the Community Television Network monthly show Ann Arbor Inclusive, and her other volunteer roles within our Lions club as well as the Kiwanis Club and Moose Lodge.  The Kellogg Eye Center Low Vision Support Group meets once a month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm. Lion LuAnne and Lion Lora are regular members of this group, which is open to anyone experiencing vision loss and looking for support.

Upcoming Club Projects and Events

Sensory Garden- Lion Linda

Spring is inching its way into Michigan! That means it's time to give The Sensory Garden some attention. On May 18th the city has an event called A2 Downtown Blooms Day. This is an event where we participate with the city to get the garden cleaned out. We volunteer our services but Lions members and our guests only take care of The Sensory Garden. The rest of the volunteers grab up shovels, trolls, gloves and such and go around downtown planting fresh annuals. The city provides the tools for all volunteers. For those who don't know the location the garden is located at the corner of Liberty and Division. This is where the Blooms Day volunteer sign-in tables and tools are located. Very handy for us to grab some tools and whatever we need for the garden!  To participate there is no need to know anything about gardening. The only thing you will have to do is register as a volunteer with the city and notify me that you will be attending. For more information about the A2 Downtown Blooms Day you can go to the following link:

I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces there this year! We always have a lot of fun! ACTION ITEM:  Contact Linda Evans if you wish to help with the A2 Blooms Day event on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-11a.m.  or 734-276-2767.

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. We will secure solicitation sites, where we will collect dollars and change, at the Bushes grocery store on Green Road and on Main St. Lion Rich will send out sign-up lists at our April meeting.

  • May 3- White Cane Days at Bushes on Main Street.

  • May 31 & June 1st-White Cane Days at Bushes on Green Road

“LuAnne Bullington Scholarship”- Peace Neighborhood Center

The Ann Arbor Host Lions Club $1000 donation for a trade school scholarship in the 2018-2019 school year was used in the following way:  Peace Neighborhood Center has supported Ed in pursuing a career in the automotive field by assisting him to attend Washtenaw Community College’s automotive program.  He has been accepted into the program and will begin his education this coming fall in August of 2019. Over the course of the past few years, Ed has regularly attended Peace’s College and Career Prep Club.  During this time, Peace staff members have helped prepare for his ACTs and SATs and taken Ed on several visits to various universities and trade schools to explore possible career paths. Having settled on the program at WCC, Peace helped Ed with registration and applying for his financial aid.  We look forward to seeing him succeed in his chosen field. In addition to Ed, Peace is currently working with over 30 high school students to prepare for success after high school graduation.

Lions Youth Exchange Program

For the 2nd year in a row, Lion Nicole Nessler-Stuhec and her family, will be hosting an exchange student through the International Lions Youth Exchange Program.  What a wonderful opportunity for all!

Articles & Community Partners

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

CTN Ann Arbor Inclusive Show:

Guest: Dr. Sherry Day from the  Kellogg Eye Center Low Vision Support Group. Produced by Lion Linda Evans.

Peace Neighborhood Center Annual Report

Included in the report is a very nice “Thank You” to their community partners including the AA Host Lions for the “LuAnne Bullington Scholarship!”


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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