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April, 2019

Hello Jordan!

March has come and gone, April is here! Where did a whole month go?

The Jordaness Lions held their annual Fish Fry on March 15th. There was lots of great fish and tasty desserts. It was a huge success and the Jordaness Lions would like to Thank the Community for their wonderful support and invite you all back next year.

April 7th, Celebrate Jordan was held at the CERC. The Jordaness Lions held a Wellness Fair on the second level with multiple booths such as Diabetes Screening, Kidsight Vision Screening, a Taste of Cinco de Mayo, and many more.

On April 15th, the Jordaness Lions, friends and families will participate in a district wide service project at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. We will be packing thousands of nutritious, simple meals for children in underdeveloped countries.

In late April we will be handing out seedling trees to children in the Kindergarten classes at Jordan Elementary and St. John’s.  The kids love this project and they get to experience the wonder of nature by planting and nurturing a tree as it grows and beautifies our community.

On May 3rd, we will be hosting our annual “Bingo Night”. This year it will be held at Ridges of Sand Creek. Social hour from 6-7pm, games start at 7pm. There will be two 50/50 drawings, two meat raffles and AWESOME Bingo prizes. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. We invite you to come and join the fun!

May 17th & 18th the Jordaness Lions will be hosting the Annual City-wide garage sale. Flyers will be out and about with sign up information. You can also find the information on the Jordaness Lions Facebook page.

Interested in doing something for the community AND having lots of fun? Join the Jordaness Lions! Check us out on Facebook, come be our guest at a meeting, or contact any Jordaness Lion for more information.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the Jordan Fire Department. You can also contact Lions May Oldebgurg at: maryjoldenburg@gmail.com or Linnae Schansberg at: linnsch@comcast.net.

Have a glorious spring!

 

February, 2019

February is almost gone and we are waiting to see if March “comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” With Lent around the corner the Jordaness Lions are hosting a Fish Fry at St. Johns on March 15th.  The Spring and Summer bring many Jordaness Lions activities.  Our Bingo Fundraiser will be held on Friday May 3rd, watch for more information on that, it’s always a FUN time.

May brings the City-wide garage sales and The Kindergarten Tree Project. With June and August there is the Scott County Fair, the Baseball Tournament and the Corn Hole Fundraiser. I could go on, but there are so many things we are busy with to support our Community!

In January we held our Bowling Fundraiser at Shakopee Bowl. Even though the weather was not so hot, the turn out was great! There were so many wonderful raffle prizes. THANK YOU, to the local businesses and members of the community for their support. Also, a big shout out to all who participated! Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Jordan Food Shelf, the MN Diabetes Association and Community Projects.

Recently two of our Lions received the Diamond Centennial Pin for all their contributions and efforts to introduce new members to Lionism. Julie Beckius was born and raised in Jordan, married her high school sweetheart and made her home in Jordan. She does many wonderful things for the community. Julie knows a lot about being a Lion, she followed the footsteps of her mother Lion Colleen Eischens who is also a very active member of the Jordaness Lions. Julie loves all of our activities, especially those that involve the youngsters in our community.

Stacy Chalupsky has been a member for 5 years and has held various positions in our organization right from the start. She joined the Lions to meet more local women from different backgrounds and ages. She wanted to find an organization where she could contribute to causes in a structured way and still have fun. What Lion Stacy likes best about being a Jordaness Lion is leaving the world/community a better place than before. “I like the impact we make, the work we do and the club member interactions.”

Fifteen Jordaness Lions recently attend the 5M2 District Convention in Mankato. They had the opportunity to participate in district business, learn about service projects worldwide, meet Lions from all over the district and have fun! While there, Lion Jackie Leverson was presented with the Can Do Canines, Top Dog Award for all of her outstanding contributions to our annual Bingo event.

Congratulations to our award winners Julie, Stacy and Jackie! You make all of us proud to be Jordaness Lions.

If you are interested in learning more about the Jordaness Lions, check us out on Facebook! We’d love to have you attend a membership meeting as our guest. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Jordan Fire Department at 6:30. For more information you can contact any Jordaness Lions Member or Lion Mary at maryjoldenburg@yahoo.com or Lion Linnae at linnsch@comcast.net.

January, 2019

The Christmas holiday is over and the 2019 New Year’s ball has dropped. The Jordaness Lions hope that your holiday was filled with the wonder of Jesus’ birth, family and fun. With this being almost the first full week of January, we hope you are holding true to your resolutions made on New Year’s!  Resolutions are inspiring and one of the Jordaness Lions is working on a leadership plan that is worth recognizing.

Christy Trutnau joined the Jordaness Lions on June 1, 2009. Her goal is to be the 5M-2 District Governor within the next four years!  Lion Christy jumped into the organization with both feet and has been full speed ahead ever since. To accomplish her goal, Trutnau was elected to 3rd vice-president for the 2010-2011 club year and continued this path to serve as club president. Since serving as president, Lion Christy then served as club secretary for 4 years and next year will she will hold the position of club treasurer. It is quite obvious that Lion Trutnau wishes to understand and experience all the major board roles within our club. Lion Christy is also working hard at the District level. She has served as the Write-Off district chairperson. In 2016, she was selected by District Governor to be the Zone 3 chairperson. In 2018, Lion Christy started serving as one of two chairpersons for the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation. Trutnau also made a commitment to her Lions education. She attended Train the Trainer classes, the Advanced Lions Leadership Institute in Denver, CO, the 2018 US/Canada Lions Forum in Ohio, the 2018 International Convention is Las Vegas, NV and several other training courses. Lion Christy has also been a session lead/speaker at forums. It is extremely inspiring to see Lion Christy’s enthusiasm and dedication to Lions. The Jordaness Lions club supports Lion Christy’s efforts 100% and is so very proud that she is a member of the Jordaness.

The club’s next big fundraiser is our annual Bowling Tournament. This event will be held at Louisville Lanes in Shakopee on January 26, 2019. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Jordan Area Food Shelf, the MN Diabetes Association and community needs. All participants are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the food shelf. In return, every food donor will receive a free raffle ticket. Prizes will be awarded for several bowling recognitions. There will be raffle items and door prizes. Check in is from 1-2p.m.; bowling is from 2-5 p.m. The registration fee is $25/bowler and includes, 3 games, bowling shoes and fun. Grab your family and friends and join for a great afternoon of fun! To register, please contact Linnae Schansberg at linnsch@comcast.net. Please plan on coming to support our causes and have a great afternoon of fun.

Activities in the next few months include our Hot Dog/Taco Feed at a girls and boys basketball games, our Mid-Winter convention in Mankato, our annual Fish Dinner and big plans for our participation at Celebrate Jordan. Look for more details in upcoming “Eye of the Lion” columns.

From the archives of the Jordaness Lions: In December 2011, the Jordan Lions and the Jordaness Lions held their joint Christmas meeting. Susan Youngberg and her Can Do Canine assistance dog, Bali, were the program presenters at this meeting. Ms. Youngberg has since passed. Bali has moved into retirement and is living a life of leisure and love with a family in Farmington, MN. 

Jordaness Lions meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For membership inquiries, please contact any Jordaness Lions member or Lion Mary at maryjoldenburg@yahoo.com.

 

December, 2018‚Äč

In November, Jordaness Lions Deb Barker, Diane Hesse, Deb Peluso-Ayres, Julie Beckius and Donna Will attended the “Thanksgiving for Vision” event, which was hosted by the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation. The event included a symposium of speakers from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences at the University of Minnesota, as well as representatives from the Lions Gift of Sight. The Symposium offered attendees the chance to learn about the importance of the Lions Gift of Sight, which is a non-profit organization that obtains, medically evaluates and distributes donated eyes to use in corneal transplantation, research and education. The Jordaness club is proud to donate to this important organization, and is grateful to the community for supporting these donations by attending Lions events, such as our annual Holiday Fashion Show. Thank you all for helping us provide the gift of sight to those in need.

After a huge, successful and fun Jordaness Fashion Show on November 17th, the club moved onto our December events. Members of the club had a great time walking the parade route for the Jordan Dazzle. What started as a sketchy winter storm in the afternoon played out as a beautiful evening with the freshly fallen snow. It was wonderful to see the kids of all ages enjoying the lights, music and candy of the parade.  Also in November, On December 9, members of the Jordaness Lions went out to Valley View Assisted Living Facility and spent the afternoon playing Bingo and visiting with the residents. Besides games of Bingo, there was plenty of sweet treats, prizes and a few Christmas carols.

The top 2 Peace Poster winners for 2018 from the Jordan area are Allison Olsted and Arely Cruz-Lopez. Congratulations to these fine artists and good luck as your entries go on for further competition in our district. Thanks to all the participants. All the drawings on “Kindness” sent strong messages on the impact of kindness.  

The Jordan Lions and the Jordaness Lions held their annual Christmas joint meeting. This meeting, which featured a visit from the 5M-2 District Governor, Diana Kroells, provides the perfect opportunity for the two clubs to reflect on the calendar year, and to celebrate the wonderful projects and events hosted throughout the year.  DG Kroells gave a talk about the importance of the clubs being the basis of Lions International. Lion Diana also presented many awards to members of both the Jordan and Jordaness clubs and inducted new members of the Jordaness Lions club. Welcome to new members Diane Hesslund, Gretchen Naylor, Angie Newton, Stina Moran and Monica Sprecher. Lions Andrea Oldenburg, Christy Trutnau and Martha Reger were presented awards for their years of service to Lions. Can Do Canines Chairpersons Lions Andrea and Tony Oldenburg and DG Kroells awarded Lion Connie Crimi with a Top Dog Award in recognition for her dedication, creativity and unending generosity to our organization. Two additional awards were presented at this meeting. The award is the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. This award is named for the founder of the Lions organization and is one of the highest forms of recognition in the organization. Congratulations to Lions Martha Reger and Diane Hesse in receiving this award and thank you for your exemplary service and dedication to Lions. Also, at this December meeting, the Jordaness vote on our nomination for Lion of the Year. This nomination will then be sent for further consideration as the Zone Lion of the Year. Our nomination for this year is Lion Sue Hovland. Lion Sue’s witty humor is unsurpassed, and her talent for writing skits and songs has produced many memorable events for our club. Lion Sue is always ready to lend a helping hand, show compassion and makes a corner of our world a better place to live. It was a BIG night!!

For several weeks during December, Lions Hedy Joachim, Pauline Callahan and Marie Busch are very busy coordinating our Toy Project. The club receives toys from friends of our club in Pennsylvania. The Lions committee then gets these toys distributed to many children and family related organizations and programs.

The club’s next big fundraiser is our annual Bowling Tournament. This event will be held at Louisville Lanes in Shakopee on January 26, 2019. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Jordan Area Food Shelf, the MN Diabetes Association and community needs. All participants are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the food shelf. In return, every food donor will receive a free raffle ticket. Prizes will be awarded for several bowling recognitions. There will be raffle items and door prizes. Check in is from 1-2p.m.; bowling is from 2-5 p.m. The registration fee is $25/bowler and includes, 3 games, bowling shoes and fun. Grab your family and friends and join for a great afternoon of fun! To register, please contact Linnae Schansberg at linnsch@comcast.net.

To you from the Jordaness Lions:

The exchange of gifts is a ritual among many of us at Christmas. The following is a gift that we can all give each other.

Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.

Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.

Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts

And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.

-Frank Bowman, Apollo 8 space mission-message relayed from space on Christmas Eve 1968.

Merry Christmas to all!

Jordaness Lions meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For membership inquiries, please contact any Jordaness Lions member or Lion Mary at maryjoldenburg@yahoo.com.

 

 

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