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
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.
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. ...
We are excited to welcome President Jimmy Carter to our community next year as part of Habitat For Humanity and the Jimmy and Rossalyn Carter Work Project. As a member of Lions Clubs International for over 60 years and through the Carter Center's strategic partnership with the Lions Clubs International Foundation since 1999, he is our most prominent member.
Habitat for Humanity’s 2018 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project heading to Mishawaka and South Bend, Indiana Breadcrumb About Press Room ATLANTA (July 17, 2017) – Habitat for Humanity’s 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place next year in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Over five days...
As mentioned over the past couple weeks, "Do One Thing New" is my theme as club president this year. The changes are not intended to be a disruption, but a catalyst. Most of what we will be seeing over the next few weeks or months are merely tweaks to how we've always done something, or based on feedback generated from the member survey many of you submitted back in May.
Some of the new things we've experienced thus far are the slight changes to our meeting layout with drinks in the front and club supplies in the back. Another is the new podium and microphone setup to aid in a more fluid and equally enjoyed experience for all our members. We've also started online sign-ups for our volunteer and fundraising activities, and our board of directors will bring all expenses/contributions at or above $1,000 before the full club for a vote at regular meetings.
I hope these changes suit you and we see an overarching benefit to our membership. The goal is to make it easier and more enjoyable to be a Lion, while enhancing the experience equally between newly inducted members and long-standing bastions of the club. If you get an idea for something new or are irked by any of the changes, please let me or one of our board members know - as Lions, We Serve, but our club leadership is also here to Serve You.
July 20th Meeting Info: Program: Lion Eric Mims - Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library Updates Greeters: Marcia Wells & Barb Wesley Mary's Menu: Meatball parmesan casserole over noodles, garlic bread, summer vegetable salad, fresh fruit, and root beer floats for dessert (Yum!)
Upcoming Events: July 19th - Kamm Island Fest July 29th - District Banner Night
Our Club's success is heavily dependent on the participation and coordination of our committees. Below, you will find a list of our committees which you may select to join. These have been categorized into different sections dependent on their function within our club such as operations, service, fu...
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.
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.
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.
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
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. ...
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!" ...
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.