February Newsletter- President Amy Shepherd

Greetings, Ann Arbor Host Lions and friends! Thank you to everyone who attended our January Membership Meeting at Paseanos Restaurant.  We had an incredible productive meeting sharing all of the great upcoming events and projects that we are involved in as a club.   We were thrilled to have new members in attendance as well as two new guests!    We think we have finally come up with a membership meeting location and lunch option that will work for our membership needs.  We are happy to announce that in February we will be meeting at Eversight. Please keep reading for more details! 


February Club Meetings:

Board Meeting:  Tuesday, February 4, 2020 4:00PM- 5:30PM at Eversight   3985 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.  Board meetings are always open to all members.

Zoom Conference Call:

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Membership Meeting: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:00PM-1:00PM at   Eversight 3985 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. 

Presentation:  Thom Bales Haiti Nursing Project

Lunch:  Boxed Lunches from Potbellys will be provided for $12. Vegetarian options will be available.  You are also welcome to bring your own lunch. ACTION ITEM:  please contact Carol Downton if you have dietary restrictions

Meeting Agenda Attached

January Meeting Minutes Attached

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February Club Service Project:

District 11B1 Yarn Project: District 11B1 has been collecting skeins of yarn to create pediatric cancer caps  as part of the District Childhood Cancer Committee.  ACTION ITEM:  If you wish to participate please bring  new or partially used yarn of any color or material to our Feb. 5th Membership Meeting.  We ask that the yarn is from pet-free & smoke-free environments as they will be used in a hospital setting and we want to ensure the materials are allergen-free and hygienic.

Advanced Planning Meeting: Tuesday Feb. 18th, 2020 @ Eversight 4:00PM-5:00PM. Did you know that our leadership team meets monthly, on the 3rd Tuesday, to discuss past projects and programming as well as to brainstorm, plan and organize upcoming events?  If you are interested in becoming more involved, have ideas on what direction you would like our club to moving in, or ideas on new community collaborations please consider joining us!  These monthly meetings are open to all members!  ACTION ITEM:  For more information contact Pres Amy Shepherd

Zoom Conference Call:

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Recap of January Projects and Events

January Service Project: Socks & Scarves for Homeless Warming Shelters:   Sec. Carol

The Socks n' Scarves project for January was a huge success!  Our club had some socks and underwear saved back from our last distribution of Walmart "opened packages" given to our club by Lion Pat Kohmescher.  We also had approximately 30 fleece scarves and fleece remnants to make more scarves donated to our club by a friend of Lion Lora Durham.  Our club sent her a hearty thank-you.  Our club was able to donate 24 scarves and 24+ pairs of new socks to the night time overflow from Delonis Center housed at the First Presbyterian Church from January 5-19.  We not only have enough socks and scarves to donate to the daytime warming shelters held at First Congregational Church and First Baptist Church during the month of February, but also have enough socks and scarves (and underwear) to donate to Chaplain Lion Daniel Johnson for the inmates at the Washtenaw Correctional Facility.  With the donations given at the January 8 general meeting, I was able to buy 5 yards of fleece, 7 skeins of yarn (project for February), and 24 toboggan hats (for the inmates at WCF).  Thank you for all the generous donations from Lion members and friends!

2020 Nominating Committee: Treas John

The 2020 Nominating Committee has been formed.  Lion Treasurer John Krienke will be the committee chair.  Lions Harold Link, Amy Shepherd, LuAnne Bullington, and Maryam Mahmood have all volunteered to be committee members. The committee will solicit nominations for the 2020 Board of Directors and will present their slate of nominations at the March Business Meeting. The slate of nominations will be voted on at the April membership meeting.  Thank you for your service!

Euchre Party:  2VP Linda

The AA Host annual Euchre Party took place on Sunday, January 26th, at the Walden Hills Community Club House.  The 5th annual Euchre party was another success. There were approximately 18 people and everyone had a lot of fun.  The "Eversight team" won the trophy this year! The food, by the way, was superb and the white elephant game was somewhat active. Thank you to everyone who brought something for both! There is a possibility there may be another Euchre party in July. Stay tuned.

Combined Zone Meeting: (all 3 zones) 1VP Rich

The combined Zone Meeting took place on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the Eversight Headquarters. We had representatives from at least nine clubs! Participants enjoyed a tour of the new Eversight facility as well as an informative presentation from Lion Collin Ross, Eversight’s Vice President of Global Development.  We also enjoyed updates from District Governor Michael Scott and Past District Governor Roberta Sexton.  We are grateful to the Ann Arbor Evening Lions Club who generously hosted this event!

WIHI Leo Club: Leo Advisor Nicole Nessler-Stuhec

 1. VA gifting project ($625 donation)

In December, the WIHI LEOs hosted a Bingo at the VA Hospital. They donated $100 in cash prices and also handed out holiday gift packs, mittens and socks during the bingo. Since not every veteran can leave the bed/room to attend the bingo, they walked through rooms to gift and honor more veterans after the bingo event. The total donation was valued at $525 by the VA project administrator. The presents for the VA project were assembled in a separate service project with the AA Host Lions during the annual potluck, hosted by the WIHI LEOs in 2019.  Additionally, in a December club meeting, the WIHI LEOs wrote cards that were added to the gifts. The total VA gifting activity was a multi project effort and provided many opportunities to contribute.

2. $400 donation to feed the hungry

At the beginning of December, the WIHI LEOs donated $200 to the Food Gatherers Rock’in Hungry fundraiser. The matching donation made this a $400 contribution feeding the hungry in Washtenaw County.

3. Ronald McDonald Xmas Eve gifting ($1600 donation total at RMH in 2019)

On Christmas Eve, the WIHI LEOs went to the Ronald McDonald house in Ann Arbor  to drop off boxes of gifts for families. The total donation value to the Ronald McDonald House in 2019 was valued at $1600 by the administration.

4. Trip to LDUN 2020 (Lions Day at the United Nations)

The WIHI LEOs worked really hard since beginning of December trying to make it possible to attend another Lions Day at the United Nations in NYC. For weeks they were busy putting together an itinerary, getting travel and accommodation quotes, coordinating with school administration, promoting he trip among students with the goal to gain enough participants to keep it affordable and communicating with parents. At the moment, unfortunately it looks like they will end up cancelling. The bus capacity is 56 and the affordable individual trip price calculation is based on a full bus. 6 spots are still open and time runs out plus the administration demanded restrictions this year that additionally compromise the trip.  Too bad, but great job attracting over 40 students, 4 teachers and parent chaperones to go on the trip. Although in the end the trip might not come to realization, the leadership and organization skills acquired through this work intense project are tremendous.

5. “Ball 4 LEOs” fundraiser

Because of the intensity of the trip coordination, they rescheduled their annual “Ball 4 LEOs” fundraiser to February.

Upcoming Projects and Events

Kidsight:  1VP Rich

The 2020 Winter KidSight Screening are scheduled for February.  There are 9 dates scheduled, starting Feb. 3- Feb. 14, most of which will start at 9:00 am.  At this time all volunteer slots have been filled by Lions and UofM Delta Gammas!

Charity Poker:  Sun. Feb. 23-Wed. 26- Lion Lora

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.  The Michigan Charitable Gaming Association just shared in their January Newsletter (attached) that the Governor signed the HB 4173 bill, “which brought some long overdue changes to the Traxler-McCauley Bingo Act.”  One change that will affect our club directly is that we now only need two “bona fide” volunteer club members per shift.  In addition, “The definition of bona fide member has been updated to include spouses.” Lion Lora is in the process of securing volunteers for the Feb. 23-26, 2020 dates.  Shifts are 4pm-9:30pm and 9:30pm-2pm.   ACTION ITEM:  Contact Lora Durham if you wish to volunteer for Charity Poker. 

Lion & Leo of the Year Awards

Each year District 11B1 chooses a Lion of the Year and a Leo of the Year.  Recipients are presented their award at the District Convention in April.  ACTION ITEM:  If you would like to nominate a Lion from our club or a Leo from the WISD or WIHI Leo Clubs for this honor please contact Lion Amy Shepherd  All nominations must be submitted to Cabinet Secretary Amy Shepherd  by mail or email ...postmarked by February 28, 2020.  Application Attached

District 11B1 Convention:

April 3-5, 2020- Joint B1 & D1 District Convention- Grand Rapids, MI.  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Rapids Airport. 4747 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.  Registration Flyer Attached




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.


Articles & Community Partners:

CTN Ann Arbor Inclusive Show:  Producer Lion Linda Evans 

Kerah Ley a navigator specialist with the Autism Alliance of Michigan talks  of how the Alliance  works tirelessly to lead efforts to raise expectations and expand opportunities for people touched by autism across their lifespan.

Living the Guide Dog Life Blog:   EMU student, and AA Host Lion Katie Nicholson, has started her own Blog!  Living the Guide Dog life is full of great stories and resources.

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

Diuble Family Vision Foundation News:  WISD Leo Abigail Diuble has had her story of community service published in a book!  Abby is the Vice President for the WISD Leo Club and the Youth Chair and CoFounder of the Diuble Family Vision Foundation.

The book is called Young Divas that Care and is written by Candice Gish.  It can be purchased through Amazon!

Link to purchase book:


Upcoming Calendar Events:


Club Project:  Scholastic Books  & District Yarn Project

  • Feb. 2, 2020  District Cabinet Meeting 1-4pm @ Eversight in Ann Arbor (11-B1 Meeting #3)
  • Feb. 4, 2020- Board Meeting at Eversight - 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM
  • Feb. 5, 2020 - General Membership Meeting at Eversight- 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.

Conference call in available. Presentation: Thom Bales Hati Nursing Project

  • Feb. 7-9, 2020- District 11B1 Winter Camp for the Blind-Dowling, MI
  • Feb. 14, 2020- Lion & Leo of the Year Awards Due
  • Feb. 15, 2020 International Childhood Cancer Day
  • Feb. 22, 2020 Lions Michigan Forum, Holiday Inn Gateway Center, Flint, MI
  • Feb. 23-26, 2020 Charity Poker at American Legion in Ypsilanti



Club Project:  Toiletries, Toilet Paper for Northside Food Pantry

  • March. 3, 2020- Board Meeting at Eversight - 4:00 PM- 5:30 PM
  • March 4, 2020 - General Membership Meeting at Eversight- 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.

Conference call in available. Program Speaker:

  • March 7, 2020 LDUN Conference in New York- WIHI Leos
  •  March 22-25, 2020 Charity Poker at American Legion in Ypsilanti


April:  LCI Environmental Awareness Month & Family & Friends Month

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

  • March 31, 2020 Board Meeting at Eversight -4:00pPM-5:30PM
  • April 1, 2020 - General Membership/Program Meeting at Eversight  - 12:00PM-1:00PM.  Program Speaker:
  • April 3-5, 2020- B1& D1 District Convention- Grand Rapids, MI.  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Rapids Airport. 4747 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.  (616) 957-0100. Past International Director: Stacey W. Jones
  • April 23, 2020- Lions Learning Forum- 6pm Country Club of Jackson
  • April 22, 2020 Earth Day
  • April 23 & 24, 2020- MAER Convention in Livonia
  • April 25, 2020 Officer, Committees, Zone Chairs Leadership Training-Di Vinci building on the Baker College Campus, Jackson

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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