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#LionsRelief: Where Donations Are Going
The LCIF disaster relief fund allows Lions to instantly respond whenever disaster strikes. One hundred percent of funds designated for Typhoon Haiyan Relief will go to the relief efforts in the Philippines. These funds are distributed to local Lions in the Philippines. There are nine districts, 380 clubs and more than 12,000 Lions ready to serve their fellow countrymen and rebuild their communities.
You can make an online donation to the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines by going to the LCIF Disaster Relief Donation page and, in the Special Instructions Box, noting you’d like your donation to go to Typhoon Haiyan funds.
If you are filling out the LCIF Donation Recognition Programs form (PDF), be sure to note where you would like your funds to go under Special Instructions.

lionsclubs:

#LionsRelief: Where Donations Are Going

The LCIF disaster relief fund allows Lions to instantly respond whenever disaster strikes. One hundred percent of funds designated for Typhoon Haiyan Relief will go to the relief efforts in the Philippines. These funds are distributed to local Lions in the Philippines. There are nine districts, 380 clubs and more than 12,000 Lions ready to serve their fellow countrymen and rebuild their communities.

You can make an online donation to the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines by going to the LCIF Disaster Relief Donation page and, in the Special Instructions Box, noting you’d like your donation to go to Typhoon Haiyan funds.

If you are filling out the LCIF Donation Recognition Programs form (PDF), be sure to note where you would like your funds to go under Special Instructions.

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Unloading supplies today is Amy Eilts, (pictured), Program Manager of the USO at San Francisco International Airport.
On November 6, 2013, $1100 worth of supplies were bought and delivered by Lions Veterans Charities to the USO at SFO.  The supplies consists of paper items: 2100 plates, 3400 cups, 810 bowls, and napkins; 1400 servings of coffee, 2000 packets of sugar, and 2800 servings of cream; this supply will only last 60 days and the USO will again request Lions for resupply.  During the holiday season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, the Lions will be asked to increase this resupply every 30 days due to the large number of troops and families traveling to and away from SFO.  The labor and funds for this supply is provided by our local Lions and donations by Lions Clubs and individuals throughout the District, from San Francisco to Palo Alto, as well as by the “USO Night” fundraiser each year.
Reported by PDG Lion Roger Chinn, Lions Veterans Charities, Inc. Executive Director

Unloading supplies today is Amy Eilts, (pictured), Program Manager of the USO at San Francisco International Airport.

On November 6, 2013, $1100 worth of supplies were bought and delivered by Lions Veterans Charities to the USO at SFO.  The supplies consists of paper items: 2100 plates, 3400 cups, 810 bowls, and napkins; 1400 servings of coffee, 2000 packets of sugar, and 2800 servings of cream; this supply will only last 60 days and the USO will again request Lions for resupply.  During the holiday season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, the Lions will be asked to increase this resupply every 30 days due to the large number of troops and families traveling to and away from SFO.  The labor and funds for this supply is provided by our local Lions and donations by Lions Clubs and individuals throughout the District, from San Francisco to Palo Alto, as well as by the “USO Night” fundraiser each year.

Reported by PDG Lion Roger Chinn, Lions Veterans Charities, Inc. Executive Director

Proclamation by City of Foster City to honor Vietnam War Veterans on November 16, 2013 at District 4-C4 Lions Veterans Charities, Inc.’s “USO Night”.
For tickets to the event, featuring dinner and dancing with 2 live bands, and honoring of veterans from the Vietnam War, please contact PDG Lion Roger Chinn at roger@chinnassociates.com

Proclamation by City of Foster City to honor Vietnam War Veterans on November 16, 2013 at District 4-C4 Lions Veterans Charities, Inc.’s “USO Night”.

For tickets to the event, featuring dinner and dancing with 2 live bands, and honoring of veterans from the Vietnam War, please contact PDG Lion Roger Chinn at roger@chinnassociates.com

South San Francisco Host Lions Ravioli Bingo Feed Raises $2170 for Student Scholarships - October 5

6 tables of Members, visiting Lions, and guests filled the room at The Scavengers, overlooking the bay and Airport near Oyster Point in South San Francisco for a Ravioli Bingo Feed to support student scholarships. $2170 was raised for the 2 students winning scholarships. One student was going to Stanford for a degree in Bio Engineering. The annual fundraiser served ravioli with marinara sauce, bread, & salad. Snack mix was served in conference room for attendees to socialize while consuming spirits and soft drinks before dinner. The venue provided gorgeous views of the bay and airport. One free bingo card was included in the $25 admission with additional games available at $10 for a book of 10 cards. A 50/50 raffle of $5 per card was offered to raise $130 both to the raffle winner and scholarship fund.

The raffle game featured 52 cards in a deck, each player buys one card. The corner was cut off and placed in the jar. The winning corner picked from the jar scored the winner half the pot of $130. The other $130 was given to the scholarships. Other raffle tickets were sold for a collection of cool prizes, including Giants tickets, wine, gift baskets of nice prizes, and more. Past president Lion Terry White ran Bingo calling while past president Sandee Ige helped with prizes and verification of winners. District Bulletin Editor Lion John Gill and Sunshine Chair Lion Cindy Smith attended event from San Mateo Lions and San Carlos Lions Clubs, respectively. 

Reported by District Bulletin Editor, Lion John Gill.

BASO Lions Pack Boxes & Sort Cans of Food at Second Harvest Food Bank - October 19

A HUGE Thank you to Lions Sharon, Rose Marie, Tracy, Nancy, Deb Mateo, Kaitlin Mateo and Burlingame President Lion Kevin Kielty for you hard work yesterday at the Second Harvest Food Bank.   WE KICKED SOME (you know what) yesterday!!!  I hope you were all able to get out of bed this morning!  Our club together with individuals from other groups went to work sorting, packing and boxing.  BASO starting with filling boxes full of spaghetti squash.  Each box weighed approx. 25 lbs.  We helped to empty approx. 10 huge cardboard crates full of spaghetti squash.  These crates are so large that by the time you get to the bottom, you need to be careful not to fall in.  A couple of the teenagers actually climbed in and finished the final boxes from inside the crate.

Once we completed that assignment, we were given a reprieve and asked to box up loaves of bread.  6 loaves to a box.  Much lighter than the 25lb boxes of squash.  Again, we were to work through 8-10 crates full of bread.  By the time we got to the bottom of the crate the bread was really smashed.  We probably could have put 10 loaves of the smashed bread in the box, but we kept to the rules.  We were all hoping the bread would  inflate by the time it reaches its destination.  In our own homes we would have tossed this bread out, which is a strong indicator that we have never been as hungry as some of our less fortunate neighbors.

Our last assignment was to sort canned goods.  One group checked the cans for quality and expiration dates.  Another group sorted according to category, while another group delivered the cans to the corresponding crate.  Later these cans will be bagged up and distributed to individuals in need.

The Second Harvest Food bank in San Carlos and Santa Clara counties provide food for 250,000+ people each month.  This is a monthly statistic, and just around the holiday season.  I so proud of our club for helping out yesterday, and I for one would be interested in doing this on a more regular basis.  Please let me know if you are interested and I will be happy to schedule with the coordinator.

Reported by BASO Lion Secretary Debbie Kielty

 

District Governor Steve & Cabinet Visit Menlo Park Live Oak - October 28

Menlo Park Live Oak Club Visitation only had three members from the Club but the Cabinet Officers had a good understanding of the Live Oak Lions efforts. They reported just approving just under $30,000 in calendar year end donations to a number of community groups as well as their quarterly donation to LCI for $1,000. There was also a discussion on the sight assistance with Inn Vision Shelter Network Opportunity Center of which 27 needy have been helped since July 1, 2013. 1st VDG Jack Van Etten presented another no cost sight assistance program which will be considered in the near future to see if it fits the type of needy individuals we are dealing with who are generally in counseling for employment and other needs at the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto. At present Menlo Park Host and Menlo Park Live Oak Lions Clubs together fund $5,000 in annual sight assistance through the Inn Vision Program and local schools. VDG Jack also provided an LCI membership inquiry that MP Live Oak will follow up on which could lead to a possible new Lions member. VDG Macy Mak-Chan provided an update on Leadership Training available to Clubs. VDG Jack also provided encouragement on his Disaster Relief activities including signing up for San Mateo County alerts.

Also at the Menlo Park Live Oak Lions it was discussed that the Club will receive about $11,000 from a deceased member’s Family Trust in February 2014 and the new Trust arrangement will provide these annual gifts for at least five years. The Club has already received these funds in February for the last ten years. So Menlo Park Live Oak Lions community giving is over $40,000 per year and includes the net from the year round Club Farmers Market each Sunday in downtown Menlo Park. The $11,000 is given out during the last six months of fiscal 2014 ending June 30, 2014.

Cabinet Members in attendance were DG Steve Picchi, 1st VDG Jack Van Etten, 2nd VDG Macy Mak Chan, Region 4 Zone 3 Chair Jim Bigelow, Executive Director Rich Picchi, and Bulletin Editor John Gill, whom was visiting the club off uniform for the Long Tail Contest. The Long Tail challenges a Lion to visit the club meetings of all 42 clubs in the District between April 1 and March 31. Per contest rules, A District officer can only count a District Governor Visitation as a Long Tail visit if not wearing District uniform. Menlo Park Live Oak Lions Club was Lion John’s 20th club visited since contest began. 

Reporters:  Jim Bigelow, Menlo Park Host Lions Club Secretary/Treasurer & Region Four Zone Three Chair & John Gill, District Bulletin Editor

San Bruno Lions Club Bingo / Spaghetti Feed on October 26, 2013, to raise money to support Lions Veteran’s Charities. Lightly attended by 20 Lions and guests on the weekend before Halloween, 5 fellow Lions clubs had members in attendance enjoying a night of fellowship and game with San Bruno Lions to support  a worthy cause.
Reported by District Bulletin Editor, Lion John Gill. Photo taken by Lion John, too. 

San Bruno Lions Club Bingo / Spaghetti Feed on October 26, 2013, to raise money to support Lions Veteran’s Charities. Lightly attended by 20 Lions and guests on the weekend before Halloween, 5 fellow Lions clubs had members in attendance enjoying a night of fellowship and game with San Bruno Lions to support  a worthy cause.

Reported by District Bulletin Editor, Lion John Gill. Photo taken by Lion John, too. 

San Bruno Lions Club Bingo / Pasta Feed for Veterans Charities - October 26

San Bruno Lions Club held a Bingo / Spaghetti Feed fundraiser for Lions Veterans Charities at San Bruno Senior Center on October 26, 2013. Lightly attended on the last weekend before Halloween, about 20 Lions and friends came to play Bingo and enjoy  a night of fellowship and game for a good cause. Included In attendance were visiting Lions Region 4 Zone 1 Chair, Martha Sandy, Region 3 Zone 2 Chair Verdie Thompson, District Sunshine Chair Cindy Smith, District Bulletin Editor and Peninsula Council of Lions (PCL)  Secretary John Gill, PCL 2nd VP Scot Marsters, Lions Veterans Charities (LVC) Executive Director PDG Roger Chinn, and LVC USO Night Co-Chair and Peninsula Veterans Lions Club Guiding Lion, Sandee Ige, and BASO Lion Nancy Verna. Foster City Lions, BA Special Olympics Lions, San Mateo Lions, SSF Host Lions, San Carlos Lions, and SSF Golden Gate Lions all had members in attendance. 

San Bruno Lions in attendance included District Global Leadership Team Chair PDG Ken Ibarra, Greg Pierce, President Alan Hafter, Treasurer Mario Benavente, Tail Twister Frank Rescino, Region 3 Chair Larry Verna, Immediate Past President Rick Dimitroff, Charles Smith, Dora, and other San Bruno Lions not known by this writer. 

Bingo winners were treated to prizes of beer, SF Giants glasses, peanuts, and taffy, while raffle prize winners got to select prizes like wine, fishing trip on The Lovely Martha, puzzles, backpacks for Leo or kid winners, bracelets and gift certificates to Millbrae Jewelers & Window Cleaning Services. Leos named Natalie and TJ were among raffle winners, while the Benavente family of Mario and his daughter won multiple games of Bingo. PDG Ken Ibarra and Scot Marsters also won Bingo. Mario’s daughter also won a big basket of wine and cheese in the raffle. 

Delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce, salad, and bread, Club sold envelopes of 4 tickets for $5 to be used to buy wine or soft drinks. 

Reported by District Bulletin Editor, Lion John Gill.