Tuesday, October 1, 2013

September in Review

September was a busy month with lots happening.  So much, in fact, that I could write a post every day of the month!  But I won't cause I know how you all feel about getting the emails!  I will write a brief recap of them though and if you want more information on any of them, just let us know. 

Most important during September was that Joey and Chad Ausel were medevac'd to Providence Hospital in Anchorage.  Evidently little Baby Alex decided she wanted to visit us early and that wasn't to be.  The Ausels will be in Anchorage for another six or seven weeks.  We wish them well and want them to know they're in our thoughts and prayers every single day. 

The vision screener was also busy with two events:  The Early Learning Fair screened  22 children with 2 referrals.  Thanks to Lions Chad, Neil, and Becky for helping out with this screening event.  Our screener also traveled to Hoonah for the Tots Clinic where they screened 19 school kids with 5 referrals. 

A couple of us went to the USA/Canada Forum in Kansas City and had a great time.  The training was great, we met some new Lion friends, and kept some old.  The motivational speakers were exceptional with each providing their own message.  Ed Hearn, author of Conquering Life's Curves--Baseball, Battles & Beyond, went through some horrific health challenges and lived to tell about them.

Dayna Steele was a spunky woman who teaches people how to succeed.  International President Barry Palmer graced us with his presence and shared his vision.  The Saturday night closing speaker was a young man by the name of Patrick Henry Hughes.  Born without eyes.... or the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, this young man is something more than incredible.  If ever I hear "I can't!" you'll hear from me!  Read his book, I am Potential, Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams, and see if it doesn't change your way of looking at life. 

The Joint Sight Committee met last night and elected new officers.  Lion Mike N. remains the chair and Lion Ted Burke (from the Juneau Club) volunteered to be the Secretary/Treasurer.  All members are invited to attend these meetings.  They're generally short meetings, not taking much more than 30-40 minutes at the most.  This is just one more area members can get involved. 

I believe members participated in the end of the season litter pick up.  We should be good until spring now.  Thanks for all who helped out. 

That's all I have for this post! 

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