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September 2012 Volume 10

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Governor Dave Reach “Let Me Be Brave In The Attempt” Greetings 5M5 Lions, A few evenings ago we held the all zone meeting at David Fong’s restaurant in Bloomington. 103 Lions were in attendance! I was very pleased with the turnout and how well the zone chairs ran the meeting. A large number of new lion leaders were attending their first all zone meeting. A cabinet member overheard someone saying “I had no idea that we were going to get so much information”. Yes, your club officers should be coming to your next club meeting with lots of notes. I wanted to emphasize a couple of unique opportunities available in this district that was discussed at the all zone meeting. First, PDG Jack Hines announced the Rogers Lions Club is raising $35,000 to make improvements to Camp Courage Octagon Building, adding air conditioning units, and installing a handicap accessible fishing dock. A flyer is included in this issue of the Informer. Second, Youth Exchange Chairperson Lion Brenda Reeves made an excellent presentation about the students recently hosted by

an MD5M. District 5M5 hosted 7 students. Lion Brenda showed slides of their activities and gave an overview of the program. She reminds us to remember Youth Exchange during the Midwinter Convention Parade of Checks. Third, PCC Bob Jechorek announced the upcoming plans for the Midwinter Convention including hospitality rooms and hospitality book application forms. An emphasis will be made this year to recognize our “Everyday Heroes”. This year there will be no charge to the club for recognizing their Everyday Hero. Furthermore a discounted dinner ticket will be available for their Everyday Hero nominee. It is our hope that family and club members will share a memorable evening with their honorary. Lastly, Tom McKee from the Salvation Army announced a new kettle program beginning November 8. They are recruiting 108 sponsors forward for 108 kettles to be located throughout the metropolitan area. We are asking clubs to sponsor a kettle for $1,000 and man the kettle that day. I was greatly encouraged to see 8 clubs step up immediately to sponsor a kettle. Perhaps there are smaller clubs that would like to get together to sponsor a kettle? I continue to speak and promote International President Madden’s theme entitled “In a World of Service”. One of his key programs is the Reading Action Plan (RAP). Last week, Lion Ken Pengelly, PDG Roger Badenhop, and I met with representatives of the Hennepin County Library and their Foundation. They will be identifying ways for Lions to promote reading programs in our community library systems. Examples may be putting age appropriate books in the

hands of children, sponsoring book clubs for Middle and High School kids, or providing large print books and magazines for visually impaired folks. Other suggestions were reading to after school or daycare children. I’ve included a list of suggested activities in this issue of the Informer. I encourage the clubs individually to contact schools to find other ways to be supportive through reading, tutoring, book donations, or other assistance. This would also be in the spirit of the LCI Global Service Action Campaign of “Engaging Youth” in August. Please communicate your plans in your Activity Reports and to your zone chairs. Secretaries, report your activities in your monthly reports to LCI. A RAP club banner patch may be presented to you at the end of the year. In a world of service… District Governor Dave Reach

NEW DISTRICT WEBSITE INFORMATION GO TO DO IT RIGHT NOW!!! It is great! May 3/5, 2013—94th Annual Multiple District 5M Convention—Mayo Civic Center—Rochester, MN— hosted by the Rochester Lions

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4-Crystal Club Visit 5- Bloomington Club Visit 6 –Lyn Lake Club Visit 8—Orono Lions Carp Fishing Contest 8- Pin Trader Swap 9-MD5M Hearing Foundation Golf Tournament, Stillwater 11-Yellow Ribbon Program 13/15-USA Canada Forum, Tampa, FL 20-Mpls Southwest Club Visit 22-Brooklyn Pk Lions Waffle Breakfast 24-Robbinsdale Lions Spaghetti dinner 30-Bloomington Lions Spaghetti dinner

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4-New Hope Lions Club Visit 6 -World Service Day 10-Mpls Riverview 50th Anniversary 11-Thrivent/Hab for Hum Spag Dinner 17-Mnneapolis Lions Club Visit 17-Hiawatha Club Visit 18-20 Leo Forum Camp Friendship, Annandale Oct 20-Council of Governors, Mahnomen October 21-Maple Grove Lions Waffle Break Oct 23-St.Louis Park Lions Club Visit Oct 27-Thanksgiving for Vision Earle Brown Heritage Center Brooklyn Center Oct 28-Camp Courage Halloween Party Oct 28-Mpls Ft Snelling Lions Fall Festival Oct 29-5m5 Cabinet Mtg., Camp Edenwood Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov

1—Rogers Club Visit 2-Mpls Ft Snelling Lions Spaghetti Din 3-Brklyn Pk Lady Lions Style Show 10-Maple Grove Lions Craft Show 10-CanDoCanines-Fetching Ball Event 12-All Zone Meeting

Dec 8-Salvation Army Bell Ringing

This ‘n That…………….. The deadline to submit news for the Informer will be always the 20th of the current month for the following month’s issue. Deadline for October issue is September 20th, 2012. Send To:

Email changes: Julie is

our email person for the first half of the clubs A thru L for the Informer Newsletter– Email changes for clubs M thru Z send to

Eden Prairie Lions 52 years old…..10/17/60 Mpls Riverview Lions 50 years old…..10/17/62 Mpls Lyn Lake Lions 48 years old…..10/29/64 Hamel Lions 45 years old…..10/18/77 St. Bonifacius Lions 41 years old…..9/13/71

2013 Hamburg, Germany July 5-9 2014 Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 4-8 2015 Honolulu, Hawaii June 26-30 2016 Fukuoka, Japan June 24-28 2017 Chicago, Illinois June 30 - July 4

New Members and Sponsors: Submit to me the new member name, the sponsors name and of course your club name—it will be published!

Greetings fellow Lions, We are now underway with our 2012-2013 Lions year. As we look ahead and start to plan for the events that will take place in our clubs let us remember our International President’s theme for this year “IN A WORLD OF SERVICE”. I am giving you an overview month by month of the LCI calendar and perhaps some of the activities and events will help give your clubs ideas to work with for service projects and or fundraisers. I hope you will have the opportunity to incorporate some of the items listed below into your events for the year and invigorate your membership and strengthen your commitment to your community. AUGUST – Engaging our Youth Global Service Action Campaign SEPTEMBER – USA/Canada Forum; Emerging Lions Leadership Institute OCTOBER – Lions/Leo membership growth month; Peace poster kits; World Sight Day NOVEMBER – Diabetes awareness month DECEMBER - Relieving Hunger; International Leo Day JANUARY – Glaucoma awareness month; Melvin Jones’ Birthday FEBRUARY – Senior Leadership Institute MARCH - Eye Donor Awareness; Lions Day at the United Nations APRIL – Leo Club awareness; Earth Day MAY – Recycle for Sight; Deadline for International Convention registration; White Cane Week JUNE – Leo of the Year Award; Helen Keller Day; International Convention Yours in Service, Lion Sonjia First Vice District Governor

USA/Canada Forum The USA-Canada Forum is an outstanding training program to develop your club’s leadership. When I was elected Vice President of my club many years ago, the club encouraged me to attend by paying my registration fee. I paid my transportation, hotel, and incidentals. The Forum has so many good seminars to attend. The highlights are the four banquets and the nationally renowned motivational speakers. I’ve been to several Forum’s over the years and have not been disappointed once. If you would like additional information, please visit the following website. We will have a large delegation from 5M5 and the multiple district attending. You will not be travelling alone. You will be with thousands of the best people in the world. Please consider being part of the fun!

36th Annual USA/CANADA Lions Leadership Forum September 13-15, 2012 Tampa, Florida

The Peace Poster Contest is 25 years old this year and since 1987 more than 4 million children in over 100 countries have shared their vision of peace. Each year,Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This Contest encourages young people worldwide to artistically express their visions of peace. The theme of the 2012-2013 Peace Poster Contest is "Imagine Peace". Please help make this year the largest participation ever! Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists' life experiences and culture. Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world. Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district

and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners. Lions clubs interested in sponsoring the Lions International Peace Poster Contest can order a Peace Poster Contest kit (PPK-1) from the Club Supplies Sales Department at International Headquarters, or go to click on search ‘Peace Poster’ and you can check out information and past winners. The cost of the kit is $9.95 plus shipping, handling and applicable taxes. Lions clubs must purchase a kit for each contest sponsored. Kits are available from January 15th to October 1st, so order yours soon and take them to the schools as soon as you can so they can work this in to this year's curriculum.

If you have any questions contact any one of the Peace Poster Chairs, Sandy Becker, Ray Moonen or Kathy & Vern Teichroew.

Irma and Bruce Kelley receive Friend of Education Award Reading enthusiasts and volunteers extraordinaire Irma and Bruce Kelley of Long Lake were honored guests at Schumann Elementary for the kick-off to its Summer Reading Rocks program.

To Irma Kelley, reading with elementary students is all about adventure, imagination and pictures. But, as a retired teacher, she can’t help herself every now and then, and tries to sneak a phonics lesson in. But Orono Schumann Elementary students are pretty wise – even at their young age. One handsome young lad, in the politest of tones, once asked Kelley during a visit, “Are we done with this yet?” Make no mistake, however, about how beloved Kelley and her husband, Bruce, are in Orono Schools. The Long Lake couple was honored as the 2012 recipients of the Orono Education Association Friend of Education Award. The award was presented during the Orono Schools’ annual recognition breakfast June 8. The couple, with the help of the Orono Lions, created the R.E.D. (Read Every Day) Lions Challenge during February, which is I Love to Read Month. This year marked the 11th year of the program. Each first-grader who reads for 20 minutes every day during the month earns a $25 gift card to The Bookcase in Wayzata. The program has been so successful here that other Lions clubs throughout the nation have replicated it.

The Kelleys also organized Orono Reads for second-grade students who need extra support in reading. They found adult volunteers to visit once a week to read with one or two students. In addition, Bruce comes in once a week to work with a small challenge math group. You don’t have to enter the school to see evidence of their volunteer efforts. Irma planted an A-Z hosta garden in front of Orono Schumann Elementary. Just prior to its major renovation, she took out all the plants and then replanted them once the renovation was complete. The Friend of Education Award is presented to an individual or organization that has dedicated time and talents to the district’s schools and its students. It was first presented in 1988. An Orono Education Association member must initiate or endorse a nomination. The OEA Executive Board reviews nominations and decides who

Friend of Education Award - Past Recipients 1988 1989 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001

Judy Soukup Marjorie Gasch Kitty Crosby Middy Bower Harriet Tourangeau Maple Plain Lions Orono Lions Dave McKown Pamela Henjum Julie Hawes Ministerial Alliance Kathy & Bob Gillum Dalah Smith Sue Bud Alliance for Education


2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Lori Allen Susan DeVine Jim Drew Susan Thomson Pat Swantek Dutch Fischer Megan Bennett Carol & Mark Engebretson Kathy Reis Margaret Buschbom Dick Kroeger Chrysanne Manoles Martha Lips Emil Moffa

Take a walk in her shoes, with a white cane

My name is Sara Bushland, and I am a junior at Eden Prairie High School. My little sister, Mary Rose, 6, was born with a genetic disease called Leber’s Congenital Amourosis or LCA for short. This genetic disease has caused this precious angel to become what doctors consider “extremely blind,” or in other words completely blind. When my family found out that she was blind at the age of 3 months, our hearts broke. How are we going to explain to a little girl why we feel joy at the sighting of a sunset or rainbow? How are we going to explain colors, art and beauty in terms that are void of visual objects? As an 11-year-old child at the time, my questions were endless and the answers were sparse. I would ask my parents and they would come out stumped as well. Foundation for Retinal Research (FRR) shone some light on the situation, and gave our family a way to attempt answering the questions that ran rapid in our heads. They told us about gene replacement therapy. With this therapy the genetic mutation that caused the lack of vision in my sister’s eyes could be replaced. The research was there; they were already doing trials and having success with one of the gene mutations of this disease. Suddenly instead of dreading the day we were going to have to explain my sister’s lack of sight to her, we were looking forward to the day that we got to see her explore her world through the joy of sight. Unfortunately they are not quite as advanced with our sister’s gene, CEP 290, as they are with the gene mentioned

above. They gave us a frame of 8 to 10 years that it would take to solve the mystery of this gene. The hope was still there though, burning just as bright. Five years passed and I decided to do something to speed up the process that it takes to bring a blind child sight. Last year, I decided to organize my own fundraiser for FRR. I wanted this to be different from other fundraisers though. The fundraiser turned into a completely student run event with no one over the age of 17 organizing it, but I still wanted it to represent so much more. I wanted it to not only raise funds that would bring my sister sight, but to also teach the community of Eden Prairie the difficulties my sister faces daily. I wanted them to understand how very strong she is. So I made the walk into a Walk in Her Shoes Experience. This allowed participants to walk around a course blindfolded, holding a white cane, and having the security of a trained, sighted guide with them. The fundraiser turned out better then my wildest dreams and rose over $12,000 that went toward research for the cure. The rain on the day of the event couldn’t even stop the smile from spreading over my face. This year we set out to do it again, but this year is even more special because my younger brother, Matt, decided to lend a hand and is organizing it with me. The team sat down and our ideas couldn’t be contained, so this year the event is bigger. We will not only have the walk and the Walk in Her Shoes Experience, but also are including a Brailing station and touch-and-feel station. The Mark Miller Band will be our entertainment for the second year in a row, and we couldn’t have asked for a more talented band. The walk is on April 28 at Staring Lake Park. We want more money to be raised, so that the research becomes that much closer to allowing my sister the opportunity of sight. That is why we are reaching out to you. Every single dollar donated or person who has an experience from the walk is allowing my sister to be one step closer to seeing the joy explode on the faces of loved ones when she says something funny or does something sweet. I hope that you will help us. Mary Rose is waiting patiently to see your face. Sara Bushland is a student at Eden Prairie High School and resident of Eden Prairie.

Contact: Lion Bill Moore @ 612-522-0784 or

Saturday Sept 8 Nelson Lakeside Park 1860 Symes Street Long Lake MN 55356

Fish from 7am to 1pm Registration Starts at 6:00am Shotgun starts at 7:00am Weigh-in by 2:00pm Awards and Drawings to follow Prizes Adult Division Largest Carp $200.00, 2nd Largest Carp $100.00 3rd Largest Carp $75.00, 4th Largest Carp $ 50.00 Smallest Carp $50.00 Adult & Youth Division Largest Carp $50.00 Youth Division

Rules: All Carp entered caught by hook and line. $20.00 admission for one adult or youth in adult division. $5.00 for children under 12 years of age in the youth division. Tournament shirt or towel with entry and a chance for many door prizes!

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