Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Annual Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Annual Egg Hunt sponsored by the Manheim Township Lions Club will held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 at the Manheim Township Community Park located on Petersburg Road , Route 722, in Neffsville.  Members of the Manheim Township Leo Club will help to hide eggs and wear the Bunny costume.  There will be prize eggs for lucky hunters. Last year there were 200 to 300 hunters who gathered 6,000 eggs in just over one minute.

Food and drink will be available.  Bring your used eyeglasses to place in our collection box.

Click on the following link to view a Flyer for the Egg Hunt.

Click on the following link to view a slideshow of  our 2013 Egg Hunt.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BRAKES 2015 Update


In 2012 the Manheim Lions Club partnered with Doug Herbert’s BRAKES. foundation to train almost 300 teens and their parents on a defensive driving course. The Conoy, Marietta, East Petersburg and Manheim Township Lions Clubs have joined with the Manheim Lions by committing resources to help bring the driving school to even more teens in 2015.

The BRAKES Teen Pro-Active Driving School is a defensive driving program. The school is designed for teenagers (aged 15-19) who already have a learner’s permit or driver’s license and have at least thirty hours of driving experience. The school is designed to give young drivers the dynamic experience of handling a vehicle in adverse conditions and a controlled environment. Parents are required to attend and are invited to participate. Each session consists of a 30 minute ground school followed by 3.5 hours on the hands on driving course. The hands on driving course stations include accident avoidance, distraction, panic stop and the wet skid pad.

The next BRAKES. school is scheduled for August 1 and 2, 2015. It's already on the BRAKES website. If you know of anyone that has a teen driver you need to contact them ASAP and get them to register at the BRAKES website. The class will fill up fast!


Please Note:  Attendance to BRAKES is free to all, but a $99 deposit (plus processing fees) is required to secure your spot. This secures your registration to this school. If you do not show up on the day of the class, you forfeit your deposit to BRAKES as a financial gift.  If you pay by check, on the day of the event, you will have the option to have this $99 amount returned back to you, or you can choose to allow us to keep this as a gift to BRAKES. If you choose to pay by credit card, your deposit will not be refundable, and this will be considered a contribution to BRAKES. To pay by check, please click "Show other payment options" under the "Register" button and then "Pay Offline." In all scenarios, your contribution to BRAKES, a 501(c)(3) organization, is tax deductible. BRAKES will email you a receipt.

The Lions are no longer the host of the event. This is now a BRAKES North East school. We Lions are simply a sponsor of the event. This is great for us! Our financial obligation has been reduced from $10,000 per event to $1,500 per event! We are supplying the tent, table, chairs and the cone dogs. BRAKES is taking care of everything else, including the cars!

Click on the following link to view a slideshow of our last BRAKES event.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Manheim Township High School Mini-THON - February 27

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AND THE TOTAL IS ...

From 6;00 p.m. February 28 to 6:00 a.m. on March 1, 2015 the students of the Manheim Township High School held their Fifth Annual Mini-THON to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in the Fight to Conquer Childhood Cancer.  Donations to the Fund are used to provide emotional and financial support for families battling pediatric cancer and to fund cancer research.

More than 400 students attended the event.  Last year, $80,211 was raised. This year, $107,250 was raised! In excess of $292,699 has been raised over the past five years.

The Manheim Township Leo Club asked the Manheim Township Lions Club to serve a 6:00 a.m. pancake breakfast for those who attended.  We cheerfully did so arriving at 3:00 a.m.  It was well worth getting up early as the students seemed to enjoy the breakfast.

This link will take you to a slideshow of the breakfast.

Click to view a video of the THON.  See President Neil hit a ping pong ball over his sholder!

Manheim Township Leo Club at the Lititz Fire and Ice Chili Cook-Off - February 14, 2015

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The Manhem Township Leo Club teamed with the Isaac's Lititz location for the Chili Cook-Off at the Lititz Fire and Ice Festival.  Proceeds from their efforts wiere donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  They were awarded the Roaring Lion Trophy for there efforts.  Thanks to all that sampled their award winning chili.

This link will take you to a slideshow of this event.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Manheim Township Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program


Lions help to conserve sight by providing usable eyeglasses to children and adults throughout the world. The World Health Organization estimates that over 180 million people are visually disabled. Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions in undeveloped nations lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and continue to fight the problem with the Lions Recycle For Sight Program. Donated eyeglasses can help millions to experience corrected vision for the first time, enabling them to read, attend school, gain employment and take care of their families.

It is estimated that Lions Clubs collect more than 20 million glasses each year. Since the inception of its program through December 31, 2014, the Manheim Township Lions Club has collected 75,952 pairs of eyeglasses with an estimated value in excess of $1.5 million for recycling.

These figures do not include frames without lenses that are also recycled. Before glasses are sent to be recycled they are first sorted. Scratched lenses, broken or discolored frames are not sent. The glasses that do get sent are of high quality. The volume of glasses collected is much higher than the number sent to be recycled.

To donate used eyeglasses, place them in specially marked Lions Recycle For Sight collection boxes. Click on the following link to view or download a list of our collection locations.

Thanks to our donors and our collection sites for supporting this program. Eyeglasses may also be given to any Lions Club member.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Shaggy Tales - Volume 13 Issue 8

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The March 2015 Edition of the club newsletter is available to view or download as a PDF file at this link. Click to view and/or download it to your computer. This latest edition contains a message from President Judy, the Leo Lair, our January and February Mystery members – Lions Leroy Boyer and Jim Propst, In Memoriam for PDG John F.McIntyre, Jr., a Sight and Hearing Committee report and a B.R.A.K.E.S. update.

If you missed an older edition of Shaggy Tales click the following links to view and/or download:
February

January

December

November

October


Dates to Remember


March 9 - Regular Meeting - Speaker TBD.

March 14 - Basket Bingo.

March 21 - Fourth Annual Roaring Rights Rivalry - Lions vs Leos - Hamilton Club.

March 23 - Regular Meeting & Board Meeting.

March Birthdays

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We wish Happy Birthday to the following Lion: Barb Beyer - March 24.

Leo Lair by Members of the Manheim Township Leo Club - February & March 2015


You know what they say, like January like February… well they might not say that, but either way it applies here because February went by just as fast as its predecessor!  We started off the month strong with our first step in raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF); we held a restaurant fundraiser at Isaac’s on Granite Run.  It was a success and we raised just what we expected, over $150!  It was great to see all the support we received that night from the Leos, their parents, the Lions, and the family of our trusted advisor, Mr. Wayne Kantz.
 
It’s funny what establishing connections can do for you.  I asked my fundraising contact at Isaac’s if they would be interested in partnering with us for the Chili Cook-Off at the Lititz Fire and Ice event.  She was unsure, but sent my inquiry over to the Lititz location.  A few days later, I was contacted by a jubilant general manager at Lititz Isaac’s, Heather Walmer, about how excited she was for this opportunity!  I could not have been more excited that things fell in place!  The Leos, Heather and Monika from Isaac’s, the Lions, and I (President Neil) all had a blast the whole day at the cook-off.  And as if things couldn’t have gotten any better, Isaac’s agreed to use the CFF as the charity for which we raised money at the cook-off!  On top of that, Lion Larry told the Hillshire Lions about what we were doing for the CFF and they immediately sent $105 out of their own pockets to help support our efforts. The fundraising doesn’t end there, however, we look forward to another restaurant fundraiser in March and to hearing the total we raised from the chili cook-off. 

The Leos also did a fantastic job this month of collecting pancake batter for the breakfast at Mini-THON which is served by a group of Lions!

We look forward next month to continuing our glasses collection and support for the CFF.  I can also say that all the Leos are very excited to face off with the best of the Lions in the annual duckpin bowling showdown!  Let’s try to roar louder than the wind this March!

Note: To view older articles, on the sidebar, click on the Leo Lair Archives Link under the Manheim Township Leo Club Links section.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Basket Bingo - March 14, 2015


The Manheim Township Lions Club will hold its ninth Basket Bingo on Saturday, March 14 at the Neff Elementary School, Valley Road, Neffsville, PA. Doors will open at 12:00 noon and bingo will start at 1:00 p.m. Donation is $17 in advance or $20 at the door. There will be 20 regular games plus special games and door prizes. Food will be provided by Boy Scout Troop 84. Seating is limited. For additional information, contact Tom at 569-3543 or Larry at 569-5086 or email us at manheimtwplions@gmail.com.

The school is located off of Valley Road in Neffsville. From the intersection of Route 501, Lititz Pike and Petersburg and Valley Roads, turn onto Valley Road. Proceed to the second driveway on the left and turn left into the parking area. This link will take you to a map of the area.

This link will take you to a slideshow of our 2014 Bingo.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lion Jim Fisher Receives A Melvin Jones Fellowship

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Lion Susan Fisher, Lion Jim's Daughter, Lion Jim Fisher and PDG Larry Miller

The highest honor given by Lions Clubs International Foundation LCIF), the Melvin Jones Fellowship, was presented to a pleasantly surprised Lion Jim Fisher at our Christmas Party held December 8, 2014. Lion Jim is the Chairman of the Club’s eyeglass collection program.

It is estimated that Lions Clubs collect more than 20 million glasses each year. Since the inception of its program through December 31, 2013, the Manheim Township Lions Club has collected 74,896 pairs of eyeglasses with an estimated value in excess of $1.5 million for recycling.

These figures do not include frames without lenses that are also recycled. Before glasses are sent to be recycled they are first sorted. Scratched lenses, broken or discolored frames are not sent. The glasses that do get sent are of high quality. The volume of glasses collected is much higher than the number sent to be recycled.

The Fellowship, named after the Founder of Lions International, represents qualities such as generosity, compassion and concern for the less fortunate. We are proud to have within our membership individuals that have received Melvin Jones Fellowships. They are as follows: Lions Don Bragg, Leroy Boyer, Alvin Brubaker, Charles Brubaker, Barry Caldwell, Jim Coleman, LeRoy Duke (Deceased), Donald Dull (Deceased), Judy Frantz, George Groff, Richard Groff (Deceased), Thomas Kenyon, John Kettering, Linda McIntyre, Sylvia Miller, Jim Propst, Paul Rager, Fred Wagner (Deceased) and Past District Governors John McIntyre (Deceased), Larry Miller and Ralph Miller, Jr.

Click on the following link to view a slideshow of our Christmas Party and Melvin Jones Award Presentation.