August Newsletter- President Amy Shepherd

Greetings, Ann Arbor Host Lions!

The Summer of 2019 is flying by and the Lions are already busy with fun events and supporting the community with various projects.  The entire board is ready for the new year and you’ll see by our newsletter that we have a ton of great upcoming events and projects! 

Membership & Board Meeting:

August Membership Meeting: Wednesday, August 7, noon-1pm at the Quarter Bistro.   

Presentation: Sara Carolin JDRF Walk

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.

August Membership Service Project:  

School Backpacks for Peace Neighborhood:

Our traditional August project is the Back to School Supplies for Peace Neighborhood.  This year Peace Neighborhood Center has expressed a need for high quality school backpacks.  The Board voted to allocate $300 toward this project; many backpacks have already been purchased, but more are needed.  ACTION ITEM:  If you wish to help with this project please bring a high quality back to our August Membership meeting.  You may also bring art supplies such as Glue Sticks, Markers, or Scissors. We will take everything we’ve collected to Peace Neighborhood toward the end of August.

August Board Meeting: Wednesday, August 7, 1-2:30pm at the Quarter Bistro. Our board meetings are always open to all members and we hope that this new setup will give people an opportunity to join us, for all or part, more often.  

2019/2020 Budget Committee Formation:  

Treasurer John Krienke will be chairing the 2019/2020 Budget Committee.  Committee will be meeting during the month of August. Committee members currently include John Krienke (chair), Dave Downtown.  Amy Shepherd, Mark Hymes, and Harold Link.

Recap of Past Club Projects and Events

AACIL Summer Celebration honoring the ADA:  Lion Mark Hymes

Ann Arbor Host Lions Celebrates 29 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) alongside the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL).  The AACIL hosts a grand summer picnic every year on July 26 to commemorate the signing of the ADA. At the Picnic the AACIL had some all-inclusive games such as life-sized Checkers and Chess, Corn-hole, Basketball, Karaoke, a DJ playing music with a dance floor, a raffle, 3 different food trucks, which had amazing food, there was a hydration station with a dog water bowl for the service animals in attendance, and even some vendors with information tables.  Each year the center plants a tree in honor of someone, this year they memorialized John Dingell for his contributions in supporting the disability community during his years of service in Congress. Debbie Dingell gave a very emotional speech in his memory. There were leaders from the community in attendance, including Kathy Griswold from the City Council and even the Mayor. 275 people sent official RSVPs for the picnic, but I am sure there were many more in attendance.  The Ann Arbor Host Lions Club was well represented at this event with Mark Hymes & Leader Dog Bogey, Linda Evans & Leader Dog Lola, Carol & David Downton, and LuAnne Bullington. This year the AA Host Lions donated $250 to the AACIL for this event. We all enjoyed ourselves at the picnic and are looking forward to the 30th anniversary next year in 2020!

Upcoming Club Projects and Events 

Eversight’s Bowling for a Brighter Tomorrow

Everisight’s annual bowling fundraiser is scheduled for Aug. 10, 2019 at Woodland Lanes in Livonia.  The Ann Arbor Host Board has voted to be a $250 sponsor for this event, which includes the cost of 5 bowlers.   As of this time, we have filled our team of 5 bowlers, and we have three members attending, who will not be bowling.   The following members will be attending. Dave & Carol Downton, Mark Hymes, Lora Durham, LuAnne Bullington, Linda Evans, Will and Theresa Willis.  ACTION ITEM:  At this time, if you are not on the list but would like to join us, you will need to register as an individual.  If you are bowling just make a note on the registration that you would like to bowl with our lane. The cost is $40 to bowl and eat.  $20 to eat and hang out with the rest of our crew! 

Charity Poker: Lion Lora Durham

Charity Poker is our biggest fundraiser during the year and it is really a lot of fun!  We typically volunteer for four poker events a year at the American Legion in Ypsilanti.  Each event is four days, Sunday-Wednesday. We need three volunteer club members per shift. Shifts are 4pm-9:30pm and 9:30pm-2pm.  Lora is in the process of securing volunteers for the September 8-11, 2019 and October 27-30, 2019 dates. ACTION ITEM:  Contact Lora Durham if you wish to volunteer for Charity Poker.  

District 11B1 Deaf Blind Picnic:  Lion Bob Field

Our District is holding the annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Picnic on September 14, 2019 from 10am-3pm. Join us for games, lunch, and social time.   Lions Bob Field and LuAnne Bullington from our club will be attending. ACTION ITEM:  If you wish to attend contact Bob Field at 734-905-7969

Leaderdog Tour- AA 3 Area Club Event:  Mark Hymes

SAVE THE DATE! “The Ann Arbor Host Lions Club visits Leader Dog for the Blind on September 29! Since Leader Dogs are a big part of the blind and visually impaired community and have connections to the Lions Clubs all over the world, we wanted to tour the facility.  There has been some improvements since some of our members have trained there last. Our event will kick off with a carpool caravan leaving Ann Arbor at 10:30am. We will arrive for a catered lunch from Antonio’s Town Square Pizza at noon. After lunch we will tour the Leader Dog training facility, get to meet a puppy raiser, have a blindfolded walk with a trained Leader Dog and if there is time we may be able to purchase some gifts at the gift shop.”  Registration Form Link

JDRF One Walk for  Diabetes, Ann Arbor/Dexter: 2VP Linda

Sep. 15, 2019  Hudson Mills Metro Park 8801 N. Territorial Road Dexter, MI 48130. This year "Team Ann Arbor Area Lions" will be a virtual team consist of our three Ann Arbor area Lions Clubs. You do not need to walk in order to be a participant. However if you want the exercise feel free to show up  and register with our team name. Check-in is at 8:30am, the walk begins at 9:30am. Lion Linda Evans is the team captain. Once you are a team member ask your friends and families to sponsor you. Please join "Team Ann Arbor Area Lions"! This is the September project for the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club and could use your help to  support juvenile diabetes research. See the flyer to find out how to join the team and to add sponsors and donations.  If you have questions or any problems registering or want me to register for you, contact team captain Linda Evans- 734-276-2767 / . Registration Form Link

Articles & Community Partners

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

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living:

CTN Ann Arbor Inclusive Show:  Guest John Waterman Founder of Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC).  Produced by Lion Linda Evans

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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