Nov 20, CHARTER NIGHT We met at Rivers Edge restaurant on the Tumwater Golf Course. Intimate venue, good food, and wonderful fellowship. 37 people attending with 3 guests from MD19C: 1VP Lisa Ikeda – guest speaker, 2VP Bob Johnson, Marilynn Danby, Secretary. Lisa spoke about the redistricting program, Mike Ragan hosted the card game (which Linda Bucknell won), and our Silent Auction brought in $185. Sharon Sikes presented the Lion of the Year to Laurel Strong-Olson (in absentia…she was out with friends on her birthday); Kathy Cross-Reece presented Connie Short with Rookie of the Year 2021-22; Jim Perrou and Joel Graves received the Melvin Jones award.
HOLIDAY GIFT BOX FILLING On Saturday, Nov 5th at 9am, five of our members descended on the Thurston County Foodbank Warehouse and for four hours filled Holiday Gift Boxes with food and things for needy families. Special thanks to Maria Diaz, Lyell Clark, Bill Miller, Mike Ragan, and Laurel Strong-Olson.
OCT – NOV THIRD GRADERS DICTIONARY PROJECT In November, we gave out 406 dictionaries to 3rd graders at six local schools (Chambers Prairie, Horizons, Lakes, Pleasant Glade, Faith Lutheran, Holy Family). Thank you to Paul Conroy, who tirelessly chairs this project, and those of you who helped him distribute the dictionaries (Peggy Rogers, Frankie Sokso, Connie Short). More details in our Dec newsletter.
Saturday, Oct 8th 8:30-10:30am @ Applebee’s 525 Sleater-Kinney Road PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER included pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee $10 per Guest Thank you to John Christiansen for chairing this event. FLIER
Sept 29th, Thursday, District Governor Club Visit.
JJ Budzak – our new 2022-23 district governor – visited our club. He spoke at length about how to grow the club, cooperation with other organizations, making visitors and new members feel welcome, attracting younger members, and more.
SEPT 9th Friday 11-1pm FIRST RESPONDERS DAY
Fire District 3 headquarters — at Pacific Ave and 1231 Franz Street. In conjunction with Lacey Lamplighters Lions, we read the governor’s proclamation, shared a giant cake, and then put on a chili feed with cornbread.
July 30th, Sat, 9am Adopt-a-Road or Roadside Clean up. Parking Carpenter Road by Roolan care center then walk to Pacific Ave collecting trash. From left: John Christiansen, Randy Harris, Frankie Sokso, Mike Ragan, Judyann Bergvall, and Peggy Rogers behind lens.
June 25th Saturday In this photo, PKL Dave Noble reads to Peggy Rogers the duties of a King Lion. We had 24 in attendance, steak and salmon for dinner, and fun had by all. More photos in our newsletter.
THE START OF A NEW LION’S YEAR 2022-2023
I said “RAIN OR SHINE–bring a rain coat or umbrella,” but little did I know that Saturday would be wonderful and Monday just as sunny, but Sunday was a deluge.
8th Annual Lacey Sunrise Lions Charity Golf Tournament–Sunday, May 15, 2022. Despite that, we had a good time, and we can say this fundraiser was successful.
WHITE CANE DAYS Raising money to help sight impaired people in ur community. May 6-7th Fri-Sat – only two days at the Lacey Grocery Outlet (on Marvin Road). Than you, Laurel, for chairing this event. Marty and his dad, Ike, left, and Paul.
On April 14th, we had ten members at All Kids Win, filling bins with food and things for homeless kids in the greater Thurston County area. POC: Berta Fender. Mission Statement: To end the cycle of homelessness one student at a time.
Bob Kelley Wheelchair Ramp project January 29, 2022. For the Morningside DEE HOUSE. Remove old deck and ramp, install new 8×8 deck and 12 ft ramp. Photo: front left on ramp – Mike Ragan, then new member Chan Huynh kneeling, back left Kevin Davenport, Pat Bucknell, Laurel Strong, Dave Noble, and far right John Colvin. Randy Harris and Ilias Murr had to leave before photo taken. Debbie Browne of Morningside–also helped.
On Thurs Dec 16, 2021, we had a wonderful concert with club members Karen Taylor Good and Stowe Dailey. My favorite was the boom boom song. But I also liked the butter song…about their relationship.
After the StoweDailey Concert on Dec 16th, Lacey Sunrise Lions awarded a $150 check to Patty Sanderson, our Denny’s waitress, for appreciation and outstanding service.
Potluck & White Elephant Gift Exchange
Sat Dec 18th FUN had by all. Great food. During White Elephant gift exchange, there was a question about whether a stolen gift could be restolen. Some said no; some said yes. So some gifts were restolen, some not. Will need rules for next year.
On Dec 9th ten volunteers bought gifts for the families, wrapped them, and gave them to Frankie Sokso. She delivered them to the Fire Dept–Firedog and club member Kevin Davenport. Then on Dec 12, the Lacey Fire District 3 Charity–Santa Firehouse gave the gifts to the families they had identified.
Sat Dec 11th BRUNCH WITH SANTA
supporting Lacey Parks and Recreation, serving food and drinks to families in need. At left Kathy and Connie.
Wed Dec 15 & 22 Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Fred Meyer, 700 Sleater Kinney Rd SE. Money raised here changes lives. Five 2-hour shifts: 10-12pm, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6pm each day.
AT LEFT Dec 15th noon shift change: Frankie Sokso, Ed Taylor, Judy Ann Bergvall, Jody Taylor, Jan Goebel, Paul Conroy.
DECEMBER 2020 :: JERRY’S KIDS
Jan Goebel’s husband–Jerry–was a teacher at Pleasant Glade Elementary School. He started a program to help famlies over the holidays. She kept it going after he passed and calls it Jerry’s Kids. We budget $1,000 but also take donations over the holidays. In 2020 we gave them over $2,000. This year we gave a little more than before.
CHARTER NIGHT – 46th Anniversary Celebration, Awards Dinner & Silent Auction Sat Nov 20th We started visiting at 3:30pm and then the program started at 4:10pm. KL Kathy was awarded the Melvin Jones honor. We used over-sized playing cards for the raffle and Mike Ragan (Queen of Spades) won. The silent auction items were a hit and raised a lot of money.
November :: Dictionaries for 3rd Graders
Thanks to Paul Conroy, 360 dictionaries were delivered to 3rd Graders around the area. To be involved next year, be sure to fill out the volunteer application on the home page.
APPLES ARRIVED SATURDAY OCT 23
A successful and delicious fundraiser.
We sold 89 boxes for a new club record!
Way to go Lions!
FLAG REPAIR PARTY Sat Oct 23rd 9am at the Lacey City Police storage building–6204 Ruddell Road. Seven people showed up and in one hour they processed the 650 flags. Many hands make light the work. Thank you to Mike, Laurel, Peggy, Lyell, Frankie, John and Pat. Now, the dirty flags need to be washed and remounted on the flag poles. Yes, and we’ll put out another call for he
On Sat Oct 9th we took down the 16 foot ramp in less than an hour (see photos below). These people bought the house, which already had the ramp. With the price of lumber now, I am glad they called us to take it away. Within a year, we will probably find someone who needs a 16-foot long ramp.
IN PHOTO: John Colvin, Laurel Strong, Pat Bucknell, Bill Miller, Mike Ragan (Joel took photo).
OCT 9 SPAGHETTI DINNER & BINGO Saturday, 4pm at the Lacey Senior Center — was a fun and successful event. We raised over $700.
OCT 2 Roadside Clean Up Sat 9-10am. With nine people, the roadside cleanup took only 25 minutes. But there was a lot of trash and it needed to be done–as you can see by the pile. Carpenter Road at RooLan Care Center (see cars parked in triangle of turn). We walk down the road to Pacific Ave, picking up trash, chatting with friends, and we are usually done in less than an hour. Easy. Time well spent.
SEPT 30 MD19C District Governor Luis Montes-Gonzalez visit. We had our best turnout yet…22 people at Dennys and 13 people on Zoom (post-pandemic). Gil sold raffle tickets, it was pleasantly noisy, with fun had by all. Luis spoke about clubs working together and honoring those who have been Lions for many years.
INSTALLATION BANQUET June 19th
We said goodbye to last year’s officers and welcomed the new crew. (Jul 2021-Jun 2022) – see everyone on the About webpage.. Great meal, introduced new members, silent auction, and great fellowhip. Pictured here: King Lion Dave pinning President’s pin on new King Lion Kathy Cross Reece. BELOW: Dave waxing eloquent, Elijah helping Dave, and our newest members: Juanita Johnston, Darrell McVea, Maria Diaz and Anna Bazil. On left: Dennis Reed leading induction. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE pictures on our Facebook page.
At the JULY 17th DISTRICT 19C PICNIC & BANNER PASSING Joel (at left with immediate Past District Governor Donna Murr) was recognized as the 19C District Lion of the Year. First he won the Zone C6 Lion of the year, then the six Zone winners were evaluated, and he was selected as the winner of 19C. Our club won first place for the Newsletter and Brochure, and first place for the Scrapbook (thank you Judy Ann and Carol); second place for the Sunrise website.
Think of Banner Passing as passing the baton from the old team to the new team. We started with a memorial service for members who passed in the last two years (remember, we didn’t have a Banner Passing last year), then passed out awards for the items above (yes, Sunrise did well), and District Governors spoke and passed out personal awards. Two hours well spent. Plan to attend next year.
THE START OF A NEW LION’S YEAR 2021-2022 — The Second Pandemic Year