Volume 4, Issue 1 Lions Club Newsletter Autumn 2003

President's Message: Where has the time gone? I have been president of Nevada Lions for three months and it seems like yesterday that I rang the bell for the first meeting. However, quite a bit has happened in the past quarter. New directories were handed out to all members and a big hug to Susan Radke for putting them together for us. We had a successful float in the July 4th parade and I found out that Lion Susan Radke was hiding in the lion suit!! We also had various fundraisers serving food at ISU for various summer outings. Then we tackled the Lincoln Highway Days parade float and the chicken dinner that we undertake for the event. Even with some snags with the chickens, we managed to have a successful fundraiser! The parade went off without a hitch and Lion Jim Perkins took over the lion suit and walked the entire parade route. (how hot was it in that suit, Jim?!) Lion Jean Bodensteiner was our chair person for the chicken dinner and did a very fine job. However, I think Lion Jean has had her fill of chickens for awhile!!! Our club currently is working at the ISU football games as a fundraiser for the fall. As you can see, Nevada Lions is a busy club and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my fellow Lion friends for the time they have spent helping out. You know who you are! YOU are the BEST!

Family Picnic
The Nevada Lions Club kicked off the 2003-2004 club year with a Family Night held at Oriole Ridge Lodge in Hickory Grove Park. Sixty-three Lions and guests enjoyed a picnic buffet catered by Margaret Crane of Colo. Special guests included widows and friends of deceased Lions: Doris Andresen (Bob), Nesjie Calvert (George), Jean Carman (Everett), Barb Cockshoot (Mort), Thelma Erickson (Rufus), and Adel Throckmorton (Margaret Maliet). Lion President Paul Malsom presented Past President Jim Perkins with a President's Plaque and thanked him for his year as president. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Double D's, Dean Stevens and Deb Malsom, with assistance from their daughters Eva Stevens and Heather Malsom. The evening concluded with drawings for door prizes.

Lions Chicken Dinner
The annual Lions Chicken Dinner held at Gates Hall on August 23rd was a success. It was decided to have Midwest Pack cook the chickens for us this year rather than having Lions cook on the hot grill outside. We served approximately 433 half-chickens between 11 am and 3 pm with 166 sold as carry-outs. There were 369 dinners sold at $6 and 64 half-chickens sold at $4. Fortunately, Lions and friends bought the leftover chickens, coleslaw, beans, and buns which added over $300 to the income. Over $400 of tickets were sold before the event with Lion Dean Howell selling the most. Gross income from the Chicken Dinner was $2857 and expenses are expected to total approximately $1800 giving us a net over $1000. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success.

ISU Football Games
Six or more Lions are taking tickets or ushering at each Iowa State football game this fall. Three games have been worked thus far with four more games in October and November. Contact Lion John Wheelock to volunteer to work. Last year we earned over $1500 working these games and it was fun to boot.

Perfect Attendance
Twelve Lions earned perfect attendance for the 2002-2003 Lions year: Paul Malsom and Jean Bodensteiner - 3 years, Dick Smith - 4 years, Duane Stansbury and LaNair Niblock - 5 years, Loren Heckathorne - 7 years, Susan Radke - 8 years, Jerry Radke - 12 years, Dean Howell and Don Williams - 20 years, Jack Argotsinger - 33 years, and Wes Ebert - 37 years. Congratulations to these dedicated Lions.

Welcome Lion Willy Morfitt
Lion Wilbur "Willy" Morfitt was welcomed into the club as a transfer member from the Richland Lions Club on September 10th. Lion Willy is a retired Methodist pastor and recently moved to Nevada from Richland, Iowa.

Upcoming Events

Kudos to Lion John Wheelock for his work with our parade float.

Invite a potential Lion to one of our regular dinner meetings. We need community minded people in our club. Men and women 18 and older are eligible. Explain what Lions Clubs do and explain the cost of membership. There is a one-time $25 initiation fee, $30 semi-annual dues, and $6.50 per meal charge paid quarterly in advance. Additional information can be found on the Nevada Lions Club web site at URL:

Lions Serve Lions work with sight, hearing, diabetes, youth, and many other programs in our community, state, nation, and world. Our motto is "We Serve".

Contact Susan Radke, Publicity Chair, for stories of interest.
Phone: 382-4102

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