Meetings

FUNDRAISERS:

April Service Project:  Please consider donating $10 gift cards (Amazon, Target, Meijer) for Ozone House Graduation. Lion Debbie Link will be making Graduation Greeting Cards for us to put the gift cards in.  This is the 2nd year that we’ve done this project.  Cards and Gift Cards will be given to Ozone House residents who are graduating from high school in May.

Terri Lynn Nuts Online Ordering:  This is an ongoing fundraiser. You can reorder at any time. This online account makes ordering easy for members, and your friends and family, .  The Ann Arbor Host earns a 30% 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. https://annarborhostlions.terrilynncares.com/

Our Mission

As a part of Lions International, the world's largest voluntary service organization, we provide services to those in need. Our particular focus is in the areas of vision and hearing assistance.

April Newsletter- President Amy Shepherd

Greetings, Ann Arbor Host Lions and friends!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Semi-Annual March Membership Business Meeting.  We shared committee reports and gave updates on upcoming projects and were able to get a lot accomplished. We  also collected Toilet Paper & Toiletry Items (small size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, soaps), which were donated to the Northside Food Pantry, which is operated by Catholic Social Services.  Thank you to everyone for their donations! The Northside Food Pantry staff was thrilled as this is the time of year when they tend to run out of those essential items.

Membership Business Meeting & Board Meeting:

April Membership Meeting: Wednesday, April 3, 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. Membership Meeting Agenda is attached.

April Board Meeting: Wednesday, April 3,  1:30-2:30pm at the Quarter Bistro. Our board meetings are always open to all members.  We welcome you to join us for all or any part of the meeting. 

Recap of Past Club Projects and Events

90th Anniversary Celebration- Pres Amy

Thank you to everyone who attended the 90th Anniversary Celebration Party.  It was a memorable day of friendship, laughter and storytelling as we recounted the clubs Past, Present and Future! Everyone who participated in the UofM Football Stadium tour had a fabulous time! I want to thank Lion Nicole. This event wouldn’t have been possible without her leadership, inspiration and hard work. Thank you, Nicole! Thank you also to Lion Doug for all of the work that he did helping Nicole find our venue and secure the stadium tour, which was truly a one of a kind Ann Arbor experience!  Finally, I want to thank Lion Linda  and Lion Carol for creating the history photo boards that decorated the room.  All in all, I felt like we did a fabulous job celebrating the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club 90 years of Past, Present and Future!

Link to Historical Photos and News Articles from Ann Arbor District Library-Thank You Lion Linda Evans! https://aadl.org/taxonomy/term/144897?page=0

Link to Photos on AA Evening Club Facebook Page- Thank You Lion Cathy Koning!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LionsWhoLiveInMichigan/permalink/2311380065588609/

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

2019 Nominations Committee

At the March Business Meeting the nominations committee presented the following slate of nominees for the 2019 Board of Directors. The slate of nominations will be voted on at the April membership meeting.  Thank you for your service!

Nominations for 2019/20 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

Charity Poker: 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 April 28-May 1, 2019 dates.  ACTION ITEM:  Contact Lora Durham if you wish to volunteer for Charity Poker. ldurham@emich.edu

Upcoming Club Projects and Events

2019 District 11B1 Convention

The District 11B1 Convention is scheduled for April 12-14, 2019 in Hillsdale, MI.  The club will pay for each members lunch. The following members are planning on attending the convention as our club delegates to vote in the Business meeting on Saturday afternoon. .  Amy Shepherd, John Krienke, LuAnne Bullington, Carol Downton, Rich Westbury (alternate: Bob Field)

Lions Learning Forums (Spring Leadership Trainings)

Join Lions, Lioness, and Leos throughout our district at TWO unique events! 

Share information, explore new ideas and participate in open discussions about how to serve others through Lionism.  This experience is not a traditional training event, but rather a time and space for Lions to connect with subject matter experts on relevant and timely topics of interest.   Each day will be divided into breakout sessions.  Leos attending the April 25th session will not need to pay the meal fee with will be paid for by the District Leo Committee.

April 25- Lions Learning Forum- 5:30-7:45pm-District Officers & Leo Training & New Member Orientation, Membership Recruiting, Zone Chair Training- Dinner will be served for $12. Location: Vandercook Lake HS 1000 E. Golf Ave. Jackson, MI 49203

May 4- Lions Learning Forum 9am-12:30pm-District  Training in Social Media,  Guiding Lion Certification, Club/District Committee Chair, Leo Training-Continental Breakfast and snacks will be available for a donation.  Location: Baker College (Jackson Campus), Building 100 (Flag Building) 2800 Springport Rd. Jackson, MI 49202

ACTION ITEM:  If you wish to attend both or either event please contact Amy Shepherd by April 8, 2019. amyshep4@gmail.com  Flyers Attached

Sensory Garden: Linda Evans

Spring will be here sooner than you think! It's that time of year to clean up The Sensory Garden once again. The Sensory Garden was created by the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues. The Ann Arbor Host Lions Club helps to maintain it as a service project We are looking for volunteers to join us at the A2 Blooms Day event on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-11a.m.  A2 Blooms Day is when the city has an army of volunteers go all over downtown and plant annuals. The Lions uses this day to clean up The Sensory Garden so we can borrow their tools. By registering for the event you will receive for free a T-shirt and pizza and something to drink.  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.   linnie231@hotmail.com  

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

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

Join us at the Classic Cup Cafe, 6:15pm!   Participants order off the menu at the start of the meeting and pay for their own meals.  The Council of Lions is comprised of three representatives from each of the clubs which have been chartered in the City of Ann Arbor. Currently these clubs are: Ann Arbor Host Lions, Ann Arbor Evening Lions, and Huron Valley Sunrise Lions.  The council’s main focus is on providing eye exams and eyeglasses as well as hearing exams and hearing aids to individuals who live in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.  Requests come to the council directly from social workers in the community who have clients in need.

Defense Against Diabetes (DAD) Grant from LCIF

Diabetes is the greatest cause of blindness in the United States. We are excited to announce that the Lions Club International Foundation has approved a District 11B1 grant application for the Michigan Defense Against Diabetes (DAD) program. For every dollar our district contributes to the Defense Against Diabetes program, we will receive an additional three dollars from the Foundation to perform diabetes screening, educational programs, assistance to uninsured and underinsured diabetics and other programs to prevent diabetes caused blindness. Every club will be enabled to have DAD related events. The District is raising $5,682 in order to receive a matching grant in the amount of $17,045 from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, giving our District a total of $22,727 to pay for Defense Against Diabetes Programs!  The Ann Arbor Host Lions Club voted at the March meeting to donate $500 to the Defense Against Diabetes Grant in honor of our past District Governor LuAnne Bullington!

Unified Special Olympics Basketball:

As part of the Special Olympics- Lions Clubs International “Mission: Inclusion” partnership, leadership” Leos have become a strong global partner in expanding and implementing Unified Sports together with Special Olympics. The Leos continue to amplify the voice of athletes, and embody the creed: Play Unified. Live Unified.  Former WISD Leo turned Ann Arbor Host Lion, Austin Shepherd, is a Peer Coach on his Kalamazoo College Unified Basketball Team. A few weekends ago dozens of teams from across the state competed in a Unified Basketball Tournament at Western Michigan University!

Braille & Tactile Story Box Project:

The District 11B1 Children's Services Committee (Amy Shepherd, LuAnne Bullington, Austin Shepherd, Roberta Sexton, Teresa Gest) have been working all year on a Braille & Tactile Story Box Project for Teachers for the Visually Impaired, to use with their preschool & early elementary aged students who are blind and visually impaired.  A story box is a way for young children with visual impairments to experience a story.  First you choose a story that is simple and tells about familiar objects and concepts. Then you collect corresponding items in a box or bag. As you read the story to your child, you provide lots of time to allow them to hold and explore the items.  This project will promote literacy among emerging young readers who use Braille.  A story box is a fun and interactive way for emerging readers to experience a story, understand concepts, and make connections to real world applications.  In all, 21 Braille and Tactile Story Boxes were created and delivered to Teachers for the Visually Impaired within our district.  Each beautiful Print/Braille book was purchased from Seedlings Braille Books.

Articles & Community Partners

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

https://aadl.org/taxonomy/term/144897?page=0

CTN Ann Arbor Inclusive Show: The guests are from the Brain InjuryAssociation.  Produced by Lion Linda Evans   https://youtu.be/LvTMVLQcXiw

In the News! Gift restores sight to Michigan  boy injured in fishing accident- Interview with Lion Diana Kern

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/gift-restores-sight-to-michigan-boy-injured-in-fishing-accident

Huron Valley Pace Grand Opening- Monday April 15th 4-6pm.  We have been invited to attend this grand opening!  Lion Carol & Lion Dave will be attending if anyone else wants to attend please reach out to Carol. . ACTION ITEM:  You also need to  RSVP by April 4th to Linda Boone 734-572-5777 ex. 248 Lboone@hvpace.org 

 


 

Upcoming Calendar Events:

April: Project: Membership &  Graduation Cards & Gift Cards to Ozone House

  • April 3 - General Membership/Program Meeting at Quarter Bistro - 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.  Program Speaker:  Donna Wicker Kellogg Eye Center Low Vision Specialist
  • April 3 Board Meeting at Quarter Bistro- 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
  • April 10th- Kellogg Low Vision Support Group 1-3pm-Lion Linda Evans will be the guest speaker.
  • April 16-Ann Arbor Council of Lions Meeting at The Classic Cup Cafe, 6:15PM
  • April 12-14- District 11 B1 Convention-Michindoh
  • April 15- Huron Valley Pace Grand Opening 4-6pm
  • April 25- Lions Learning Forum- 5:30-7:45pm-District Officers & Leo Training & New Member Orientation, Membership Recruiting, Zone Chair Training- Vandercook Lake HS 1000 E. Golf Ave. Jackson, MI 49203
  • April 28-May 1- Charity Poker
  • April 29, 1929- AA Host Club was Chartered! 90 Year Anniversary!
  • April 30, 2019- Region 1, Zone 1 & 2 Meeting- 6pm. Kellie's Restaurant 108 Adrian St., Manchester

May: Project:   MI White Cane Law Advocacy & Fundraising Drive

  • May 1 - General Membership/Program Meeting at Quarter Bistro - 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.  Program Speaker: Jason DeCamillis Washtenaw Intermediate School District Teacher for the Visually Impaired
  • May 1- Board Meeting at Quarter Bistro- 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
  • May 4- Lions Learning Forum 9am-12:30pm-District  Training in Social Media,  Guiding Lion Certification, Club/District Committee Chair, Leo Training- Baker College (Jackson Campus), Building 100 (Flag Building) 2800 Springport Rd. Jackson, MI 49202
  • May 16-18- Multiple District State Convention Center Point Marriot, Pontiac, MI
  • May 3- White Cane Days at Bushes on Main Street.
  • May 31 & June 1st-White Cane Days at Bushes on Green Road
  • May 18- A2 Blooms Day- Sensory Garden Spring Clean up 9am-11am

June: Project:   Sensory Garden

  • Jun 5 - Potluck, Eversight, MI (Avis Dr), Noon- 1 pM
  • Jun 5 - Board Meeting, Eversight, MI (Avis Dr), 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
  • Jun TBD - Eversight, MI Golf Outing.  Volunteer Lions needed to help with this event!
  • June 30- Governors Club and Personal Awards Due

“We Serve”!

Amy Shepherd

Ann Arbor Host Lions Club President

amyshep4@gmail.com

734-915-5138

 

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