Who remembers the Mission of Lions Clubs International? Me neither...at least not by memory. But I've copied it below as a reminder for the very fundamentals of what we do and why we do it:

"To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs."

I think that is an incredible message, but let's focus on the word 'empower' right now. We have members with a tremendous amount of experience as Lions, and newer Lions who are looking for ways to contribute. I we can all 'Do One Thing New' by reaching out to fellow Lions for involvement in a committee, mentoring to become a future chair of an activity or fundraiser, and even meeting up over a cup of coffee to build stronger friendships.

Along those lines and per my email last week, we are starting to finalize our committees for this Lions year, and I've included another link below to the online sign-up. Please serve on whichever committee(s) you have a personal passion for, can benefit from, or that you think you have the ability to contribute to. Click the link and add your name to the committee(s) you are interested in if you haven't already done so at our recent meetings:

July 27th Meeting Info:
Program: Jeralyn Hines with Karman & Bunyon (Our club helped Karman receive Bunyon as a service dog)
Greeters: Lana Wilson & David Wolfe
Mary's Menu: Chicken Divan, stuffed egs with a maple bacon garnish, fresh pineapple and summer side options, and chocolate peanut butter bars for dessert

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, July 29 - District 25-G Banner Night
Tuesday, August 1 - MLC Board Meeting at Noon in the Eisen Room
Saturday, August 5 - Vision Screening at Living Stones Church, 10am-2pm

Committee Sign-Up:
goo.gl/forms/RAP5zHPoJp1uoNCH2

Vision Screening Service August 5th:
goo.gl/forms/zcTPfUfZAeK2KAff1

In fellowship,

Lion Bryan
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You'd be hard pressed to find a better organization for your charitable giving. Your local Lions Clubs, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation have been consistently rated 4 out of 4 stars by Charity Navigator and a 100% score on accountability for funds.

While an international organization, our community and broader region have benefited greatly through matching grants on projects and disaster relief funding such as the tornado damage in Nappanee several years ago and more recently in Kokomo.

Read more:

www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4005
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Tonight, a contingent of Mishawaka Lions visited the Dunlap Lions Club for their meeting. Good food, good fun, and good fellowship was had! We also enjoyed the presenter, Terry Mark, who discussed a variety of the attractions around Elkhart County such as the quilt gardens and Seward Johnson life size statues. ...

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The Mishawaka Lions Club made a $750 donation in 2017 to the Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing statewide project. The funds we provided will help support many excellent programs assisting fellow Hoosiers: hearing conservation efforts, speech assistance devices, camperships for deaf students, scholarships for students in audiology and speech pathology, free loaner hearing aids, and many more helpful programs.

Contributions like ours, and the positive impacts for those with hearing and speech difficulties in our community and around the state are only possible through those who serve in our Club and the Mishawaka community which consistently supports us through fundraisers and service projects.

Thank you so much.

Bryan Tanner
Mishawaka Lions Club President
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The Mishawaka Lions Club made a $750 donation to the Indiana Lions Cancer Control Fund this past year. Contributions such as ours supports the funding of equipment, research and education toward the treatment and benefit of cancer patients. This statewide project has aided thousands of individuals and has prolonged life, relieved pain, and provided hope for family, friends, and neighbors from all around Indiana.

We at the Mishawaka Lions Club thank our friends and neighbors for their continued support of our fundraisers and service activities in the Mishawaka community. We truly appreciate you.

In fellowship,

Bryan Tanner
Mishawaka Lions Club President
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The Mishawaka Lions Club made a $750 donation this past year for VisionFirst - Indiana Lions Eye Bank. Contributions such as this are primarily used to fund the Ocular Surgery Assistance Program, which started in 2006 and provides up to $4,000 in assistance for eye related surgery and treatments for low-income residents of Indiana whose total loss of vision is eminent. Additionally, a portion of our contribution may be used to support Operation KidSight, which last year screened more than 19,600 children ages 1-5 years old in the state of Indiana.

We are proud of our long history of donating to the Indiana Lions Eye Bank, and foresee the continuance of these donations for years to come. Of course, helping kids receive the vision care they need and preventing vision loss through critical surgery are great causes. We depend on the dedication of our Mishawaka Lions and the support of our community for this to be a possibility.

Thanks for your continued service to our club, our community, and our statewide project.

Bryan Tanner
Mishawaka Lions Club President
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MLC Weekly Update:

Club Secretary Dick Currey submitted our application to District 25-G leadership for the "Top 5 Clubs" recognition. I've attached to this post a summary of our impact in and around the community during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. We have numerous reasons to be proud Lions and I anticipate we are in good standing to receive this "Top 5 Clubs" acknowledgement.

This year can be another exciting one for our club, building on what we accomplished last year as well as the accumulative legacy our club has established over 94 years of service. However, our success this year will be determined by the amount of purposeful effort we individually and collectively contribute, in whatever ways we are capable of serving.

I look forward to seeing you at our meeting on Thursday!

July 13th Meeting Info
Program: Ross Deal - Veterans Banner Program in Mishawaka
Greeters: Peg VanNevel & Pat Weaver
Mary's Menu: Orange Glazed Chicken, Peach Fruit Salad, Stuffed Cucumbers, Seasonal Sides, and Summer Lime Mousse for desert!

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, July 19th - Kamm Island Fest
Saturday, July 29th - District 25-G Banner Night

In fellowship,

Lion Bryan
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Mishawaka Lions in the news with our Twinning Club members from Shiojiri, Japan.

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A quick look at the wonderful time with members of our Twinning Club and Sister City in Shiojiri, Japan. Many gifts were exchanged and relationships strengthened. We will be sure to share stories and a number of photos taken throughout the day including a presentation from Mayor Dave Wood, touring the Shiojiri Room at the Mishawaka Library, as well as visiting our downtown parks and Shiojiri Garden. ...

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A tremendous group of Mishawaka Lions worked very well together to put on a great pancake breakfast at the Mishawaka Independence Festival. We served up over 150 people, raised funds for community causes, and built public awareness of what Lions do: "We Serve!" ...

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A lot of great events to enjoy this Saturday. Don't forget to fuel up at our pancake breakfast in Central Park! ...

Go to www.mishawaka.in.gov/parksandrecreation to learn more!!!

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Mishawaka Lions shared Mishawaka Parks and Rec Dept.'s post. ...

5 Days away from the Independence Day Celebration! Come check out the fun filled day on Saturday, July 1st. The day will kick off with the Mishawaka Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at 7:00AM and Car Show registration at 8:00AM. Attractions will start around 11:00AM. www.mishawaka.in.gov/parks/2017-independence-day-celebration

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