September Newsletter- President Amy Shepherd

Greetings, Ann Arbor Host Lions!

September is our semi-annual Membership Business Meeting, so this newsletter will be a bit longer than usual in order to give our membership a full overview of the club projects being planned for the next six months.

Membership & Board Meeting:

September Membership BUSINESS Meeting: Wednesday, September 4, noon-1:30pm at the Quarter Bistro.   Because this is a semi-annual Membership Business Meeting, there will be no guest presentation.  Instead we will receive reports from active committees and projects.

Membership BUSINESS Meeting Agenda is attached.  Membership Business Meeting Minutes from March 2019 are attached. 

September Board Meeting: Wednesday, September 4, 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.  

TOUR of the NEW EVERSIGHT Facility for all AA Host Members!  

Lions Clubs throughout the state have contributed above and beyond to support the new community space and board room to be named in honor of Michigan Lions Clubs at Eversight’s new office building in Ann Arbor.  Our members at Eversight are so excited to recognize the generous support that Lions have provided since our founding and through this campaign. As a token of the long lasting relationship between the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club and Eversight our members have been invited for a “first look” tour of their new building.  Date and details are still being finalized and an invitation will be sent to all members the first week in September!  

September Club Project:

Ann Arbor/Dexter JDRF One Walk for Diabetes:  Join "TEAM ANN ARBOR AREA LIONS.”  Event date is September 15, 2019. Ann Arbor Host is once again putting together a team of Lions family & friends to raise money for the JDRF 2019 One Walk! Ann Arbor Host invites our other Ann Arbor Area Lions Club members to join us for our September Club project!  

Last year we raised about $500, this year let's double that.... $1,000!

Register for the Team Ann Arbor Area Lions 

Virtual Team Member: No need to walk, sign-up as a "Virtual Team member", then get your friends, family, co-workers, etc to sponsor you with a pledge.

Walkers: Want to walk? No problem, lace up those shoes and show up! Location: Hudson Mills MetroPark 8801 N. Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130 Time: Check In - 8:30 am (tell them you are walking for "Team Ann Arbor Area Lions") Start - 9:30am

Contact Linda Evans if you have questions or need help getting registered or

donating: | 734-276-2767

Written Committee Reports

Committees are open to all members. Most of our committees operate with co-chair persons who share in the planning and organizing responsibilities.  We are always looking for members who wish to take on a leadership role by chairing a committee. If you would like to know more about volunteering on a committee please contact the committee chair listed next to the committee name. 

Advance Planning Meetings: Chair: 1VP Rich Westbury

Current Members: Pres Amy Shepherd, 2VP Linda Evans, PP Carol Downton, Lion Nicole Nessler-Stuhec, Lion Mark Hymes.  The Advance Planning Meeting Committee meets once a month to review past events, plan upcoming events and brainstorm ways for our club to continue to grow and serve the needs of our community.   We welcome any members, and their new ideas, to our monthly meetings. We currently meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11am at the Denny’s on Washtenaw. Our next APM meeting will be on Sep. 20th.  

Council of Lions:  Chair: PDG LuAnne Bullington

Secretary: PP Carol Downton, Treasurer: Treas John Krienke

The Council of Lions is comprised of three voting 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.   The Council of Lions meets every other month at the Traverse City Pie Company on Zeeb Rd. Participants order off the menu at the start of the meeting and pay for their own meals. All members are welcome to attend council of Lions Meetings.   

Public Relations: Co-Chair: Pres Amy Shepherd Co-Chair: Mark Hymes

If you are reading this you know that the club has been putting out a membership newsletter every month.  The newsletter highlights meeting information, projects, events and community collaborations. The email is sent out one week prior to the monthly membership meeting.  2VP Linda Evans also makes copies and mails them to our members who do not use email. Our club also has a Facebook page where information about events and news is posted on a regular basis.  We have been working hard to keep our website up to date with important information for both Lions members and community members who are interested in what our organization is doing. I would love to have another Chair person to help me with these tasks. If you are interested please let me know!  

Membership: Chair: 1VP Rich Westbury

The Membership Committee reports that the AA Host Lions Club has 56 members, with a good possibility of adding three new members in the next month or two (two of the individuals maybe coming from Eversight). That would be great! Thank you, Lion Alex! We will be off to super good start for 2019-20! The committee is in need of some new, fresh ideas for the coming year. The committee chair, Lion Rich will be stepping down at the end of this Lions year, so somebody needs to step forward!

Budget Committee: Chair:  Treas John Krienke

Representative: Pres Amy Shepherd,  Lion Dave Downton, Lion Harold Link, Lion Mark Hymes.  The 2019/2020 budget committee has been formed. Thank you to all who volunteered to serve. The committee will be meeting after the first Charity Poker Event (Sep. 8-11) and before the October Board meeting where the budget will be presented. 

If you are not on the list and wish to join the committee please contact Treas John Krienke. 

Nominating: Chair:  Treas John Krienke

The Nominations Committee is typically formed by member volunteers in February.  The 2019 Nominations Committee consisted of Lion Treasurer John Krienke as committee chair.  Lions Harold Link, Bill Brogan, Carol Downton and Amy Shepherd all volunteered to be committee members. The committee solicited nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors and presented their slate of nominations at the March Semi-Annual Membership Business Meeting. The slate of nominations were voted on at the April membership meeting.  Thank you for your service! 

WISD Leo Club: Advisor: Pres Amy Shepherd 

The WISD Leo’s Club continues to meet at 2:50pm on the third Thursday of the month at Manchester High School.  The WSID Leo Club had their last meeting in May and are preparing to meet in September! Our very own WISD Leo Lilly Diuble will be presented with the INTERNATIONAL LEO OF THE YEAR award at the Celebration of Lions Appreciation Event For IPDG Roger Spriggs on Sep. 28th.   You don't want to miss it.  Come out and celebrate this important event.

Project Kidsight:  Co-Chair:  1VP Rich Westbury Co-Chair: Mark Hymes

For many years, the Ann Arbor Area Lions clubs have provided free vision screening for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti preschoolers.  Project Kidsight aims to prevent vision loss one child at a time. The goal of the KidSight program is to: Identify children who have vision disorders that may hinder their ability to succeed in school and develop independence. Prevent permanent vision loss through early detection and treatment of vision disorders in children. Three volunteers are needed at each vision screening to do the following tasks:

Operate the Kidsight Camera.  Input data into the computer program.  Organize paperwork. The 2019 Fall KidSight Screening are 6 locations scheduled during September and October.  An email will be sent out to all membership calling for volunteers to fill the upcoming spots. Sep. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 2, Oct. 3, Oct, 23, Oct. 24. Each location varies slightly in time but most run from approximately 9am-11am. Rich Westbury 734-368-2261 or email at

Charity Poker:  Co-Chair: Lion Lora Durham Co-Chair: Lion David Downton

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 Oct. 27-30 dates. ACTION ITEM:  Contact Lora Durham if you wish to volunteer for Charity Poker. 

Recycled Eyeglasses/Hearing Aids Locations:  Co-Chair: 2VP Linda Evans Co-Chair:  PP Carol Downton

This continues to be one of our biggest service programs. We have over 25 locations throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.  If you are picking up eyeglasses at a location please check your locations on a regular basis. Carol and David Downton are collection the glasses.  You can contact them to arrange delivery.  ACTION ITEM:  If you would like to be in charge of picking up from a location or have one in mind to pu a drop off box please contact Linda Evans  

Hearing Support: Co-Chair Lion Bob Field Co-Chair PP Carol Downton

The hearing support committee has been working closely with Dr. Gabriel Corfas from the Kresge Hearing Institute on applying for a Lions Club International grant. Dr. Corfas was the guest on this month's Ann Arbor Inclusive Television Show.  Click on the link at the bottom of this newsletter to learn more about his important work in the field of Hearing Loss prevention. In addition, District 11B1 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

Fundraising: Co-Chair: Lion Dave Downton Co-Chair: Treas John Krienke

Koeze Nut Sales:

Watch for the opportunity to order Koeze products for your enjoyment or as Holiday gifts.  In early November, more information on how to order these delicious products and when they will be delivered will be announced at the November Club meeting and through our Newsletter.  In October you can see the products at the website with the prices we will charge (Koeze gives non-profits a discount for ordering through the non-profit). So be prepared to give Lion John Krienke your order in November, and he will arrange for delivery in the first couple of weeks of December.  Remember, to make sure that the Club’s Activities Account receives the benefit of these orders DO NOT ORDER DIRECTLY ON THE KOEZE WEBSITE, but give your orders to Lion John in November.

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. Order Terri Lynn Nuts

Upcoming Club Projects 

Oct. Sensory Garden: Co-Chair: 2VP Linda Evans Co-Chair: PP Carol Downton

The Sensory Garden is looking beautiful!  We will be asking for volunteers early in October for our final round this year of weeding and fall cleanup. Date to be determined.  ACTION ITEM:  Contact Linda Evans if you wish to help with the Sensory Garden October Clean-up. Date TBD.   

Nov. Feast for Families:  OPEN Co-Chair Positions

In the past, our club has partnered with Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools to collect canned goods to make up all the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal along with a $20 gift card for the families to purchase a turkey.  This project is in the process of changing. We are looking for new ideas and one or two members to Chair this project. ACTION ITEM:  If you wish to take the lead on organizing this project please contact Pres Amy 

Nov. Peace Poster:  Co-Chair: PDG LuAnne Co-Chair: PP Carol Downton

The Ann Arbor Host Lions Club will once again sponsor participants from the Peace Neighborhood Center to participate in our District wide Peace Poster Contest.  The theme for 2019-2020 is “Journey of Peace.” Students, ages 11, 12, or 13 as of November 15 are eligible to participate.  

Dec. Christmas Kits for Veterans:  OPEN Co-Chair Positions

Our December service project will once again be working with the VA Health Care System to donated needed items to local Veterans.  Last year we created "Snack Bags."  

ACTION ITEM:  We are looking for a member to Chair this project.  If you wish to take the lead on organizing this project please contact Pres Amy 

Jan. Sox n’ Scarves:  Co-Chair: PP Carol Downton Co-Chair: Lion Lora Durham

The Ann Arbor Host Lions Club has declared the months of January and February as "Sox N' Scarves" Project months.  We donate socks and warm scarves to 3-4 winter warming/overflow nighttime shelters for the homeless that downtown churches house either during the day or at night for a warm safe place to sleep.   The scarves are made from 12" of fleece and fringe-cut on the ends. Several of our members make the scarves that are donated. By servicing 4-5 overflow shelter-churches during January and February, we hope to reach the maximum number of homeless people with warm dry socks and warm scarves.  Carol Downtown  

Feb. Toiletries & Toilet Paper-: Co-Chair: Pres Amy Shepherd Co-Chair: OPEN

We will  be collecting and donating toiletry items and toilet paper to the Northside Food Pantry. 

Upcoming Events 

Leader Dog for the Blind Tours:

We have planned an exciting tour of the NEW Leader Dogs For The Blind Canine Center with catered lunch!  Please save the date of Sunday, September 29th.  

Remember to RSVP by September 18.  Feel free to bring a guest.  This event will cost $10 per person.  You can pay the day of the event or at our general meeting in September.  

Please use the Registration Form link below or contact Linda Evans 734-276-2767 or linnie231@hotmail.comDetailed Flyer Attached 

Registration Form Link

USA/Canada Forum:

The USA/Canada Forum will be in Spokane, WA September 19-21, 2019.   Eversight is one of the major sponsors for this event. Registration and info about the event can be found at USA/Canada Registration

2019 Lions Leadership Institute Nov. 8-10, Higgins Lake, MI 

Deadline to register is Oct. 7th. Through training, individual Lions can grow personally and professionally, expand their knowledge and skill base, and develop leadership and organizational skills. Plus, training provides an avenue for individual Lions to network with other Lions and learn from each other. Lions are innovative, resourceful and determined people who have knowledge to share, when given the opportunity. Lions build better communities, but training builds better Lions. Please be sure to submit your applications in as soon as possible.   

ACTION ITEM:  If you wish to attend the 2018 Lions Leadership Institute you must register.  Registration Brochures are Attached

Articles & Community Partners:

CTN Ann Arbor Inclusive Show:  The guest is Dr. Gabriel Corfas from the Kresge Hearing Institute. Produced by 2VP Linda Evans.   

Ann Arbor Inclusive- Kresge Hearing Institute

Lions District 11B1 Newsletter

District 11B1 August Newsletter

Lions Club International Lions Magazine

LION Magazine-2019 September Issue 


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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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