Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Busy Fall

As a reminder, we have a LOT coming up and going on in the next month or so. 

Vision screening is gearing up and we have our first big event on Thursday, September 19 at the Early Learning Fair at Harbor Elementary.  It's here where we also screen all the Head Start kids.  Thanks to Lion Chad for taking care of this screening event. 

At the same time that Lion Chad is performing vision screening, a couple of us will be in Kansas City at the USA/Canada Forum. I'm just guessing here, but this is probably an event all Lions should attend.  Here's just a part of the training matrix:  Public speaking skills, getting energized, club secretary, keeping your members, take the lead in growing your club, tail twisting, the Law, why are Lions leaving your club, how does your club serve, fundraising, how to be a leading lion, "I'm too busy," social media, ethics, preparing future leaders, treasurer, club president, developing visibility, protocol/respect, conflict resolution, and the list goes on.  The problem I see is selecting which classes to take! 

Our vision screener will also fly to Hoonah for a week to screen school kids at the Tots Clinic.  Thanks to Lion Joe for ensuring the vision screener gets to the right place at the right time. 

On October 1, we have the opportunity to congratulate Lion Bruce Wing for his 48 years of Lionism!  Wow.... 

In October, our vision screener is busy every weekend.  Although we've not  had any requests to screen elementary or pre-school children yet, I know a couple are working on dates. 

Many members are in travel status--hunting, traveling, visiting family. Another member is restricted from flying until the baby comes.  Boats are coming out of the water.  Fish is getting canned.  Plants have been dug up for the plant sale next year. We have a couple new projects on the agenda.  Fall is here. 

Keep up the good work, Lions! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Community Service Day

We participated in our first Community Service Day event this weekend.  All candidates and non-profits were invited to sell "their wares." 
We did everything right.  Had our vision screener set up.  The "Free Vision Screening" sign was strategically placed on the front side (or back...?) of the computer where all who walked by could see it. 

We had a brand new presentation board that displayed some of our more prominent activities. 

We had our club brochure, club factsheet, and other miscellaneous brochures strategically laid out on the table for easy access.  Our membership app was ready with pens standing by. 

But one can ever prepare for non-attendance.  Yep, the mall was pretty much lacking any participants in the event and the few people wandering through weren't interested in anything we had to share. 

Yes, it was a bit disappointing.  We had several Lions who took time out of their otherwise busy weekend to sit and share what we're all about.  It is disappointing when others don't see the same value in this wonderful organization that we do.