Monday, July 6, 2015

Shaggy Tales - Volume 13 Issue 12

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The July 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 messages from President Linda and IPP Judy, our June Mystery Member – Lion Susan Fisher, articles about former Leos Ajay Sellam and Will Vazquez forming a Lions Club at Temple University, our 2015 Graduation Awards, and photos from our Chicken Bar-B-Que and installation of officers.

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





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dates to Remember


July & August - No Regular Meetings.

August 1 & 2 - BRAKES Teen Pro-Active Driving School - Manheim Auto Auction.

August 24 - Family Picnic - Manheim Township Community Park.

September 7 - Labor Day.

September 14 - Regular Meeting.

September 19 - Car Show Fundraiser - Manheim Twownship Community Park.

September 28 - District Governor's Official Visit & Board Meeting.

July Birthdays

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We wish Happy Birthday to the following Lion: Dwight Rager - July 23.

Thursday, June 18, 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.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Annual Chicken Bar-B-Que - June 13, 2015

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Thanks for your support of our June 13th Chicken Bar-B-Que. Profits will be used for sight-related and community projects.

Look for us next June.

Click on the following link to view a slideshow of our Chicken Bar-B-Que.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Graduation Awards

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The recipient of the Manheim Township Lions Club's 2015 Community Service Award was Marie Belitsky of Lancaster Catholic High School. Manheim Township High School senior Jessica Yaun was presented with the Club's Arthur J. Wetzler First Scholastic Honors Award. This award is presented in honor of a deceased member of the Manheim Township Lions Club. The annual Leo Award for Distinguished Leadership and Community Service was presented earlier to Manheim Township Leo President Neil Leisenring. These awards of $500 each are presented annually to deserving graduating seniors from each high school.

Congratulations to Marie, Jessica and Neil!

Congratulations also go out to the following Manheim Township Leo Club graduating seniors: Leo Bryce, Leo Carson, Leo Jonathan, Leo Josh, Leo Secretary Kaelin, Leo Vice President Monica, Leo President Neil, Leo Nick and Leo William.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Leo Lair by Members of the Manheim Township Leo Club - May & June 2015

The 2014-2015 Leo year is over!  We all cannot believe how fast it went, and we’re sad to see it end.  However, it’s a great time to reflect on the accomplishments and service we carried out throughout the year.  A lot of Leos really stepped it up this year in terms of their service and participation and they have a lot to be proud of in that; the club truly could not have operated without them.  It was a successful year in which we were presented with awesome opportunities of how to help; from the Harlem Ambassadors game to showing support for one of our teachers, and his daughter through supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Specifically in regards to the month of May, we managed to get a lot packed into a relatively small window of opportunity.  We only had one club meeting, our last, which included a fun end-of-year party with lots of food and good times!  Outside of club, we had a successful and fun dinner meeting with the Lions Club.  I know I had a blast and it truly seemed like both the Leos and the Lions were having fun mingling and chatting.  Giving the presentation was a lot of fun for us officers as well and we hope you all enjoyed!  Thanks again for having us! 

Also, outside of club, we participated in a service event that culminated what we have been doing all year, supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  This event was the Great Strides Walk for CF which took place at Garden Spot High School this year.  We offered a big help in staffing the event by registering walkers, greeting walkers, and organizing paperwork and donations.  All of us that were there had a blast and I think those Leos will want to do it again next year.
We finished two collections this past month that had been going on for a while before May.  The first being the eyeglasses collection which has been going on for over half the year!  This collection went extremely well this year and even managed to top last year’s handsome total.  We couldn’t have done that however without support from two large donors outside the club, a MTHS faculty member and a student of Mr. Kantz’ who took the initiative to help out.  The other collection was the spring food drive.  We filled up one large box with food drive items and Water Street was happy to receive the donation.  I hope Leo Ross continues this new collection next year and that it grows to be as big as the turkey basket food drive!

To talk on a personal note, with the end of the 2014-2015 Leo Year comes the end of my tenure as president and as a Leo in general, and I cannot describe how sad I am to leave the club behind which I love so much.  I have worked so hard for it and grown it so much; but I did not grow the club as much as it grew me.  I have become a better leader, a better volunteer, a better citizen, and a better person as a result of my experiences.  I have learned so many skills that will help me in college and beyond and I will be forever grateful, and never forgetful, of what I owe the club and the people I worked with for shaping these skills.  Not only am I better leader than I was two years ago, but I am a better communicator, public speaker, organizer, planner, and even writer, as a result of my time as president; and I have all of you Lions largely to thank for that.  If it was not for the hard work, determination, and dedication of the Lions’ YOC, The Lion officers, Lions Paul, Lion Ron, and Mr. Kantz, I would never have been able to do anything close to what I’ve been able to accomplish these past couple years.  I’m so lucky to have had those people to work with and it has been a blast working with and getting to know all the Lions throughout all the different events.  You guys are a truly hospitable and kind group that has showed me how to make community service fun, and I will be forever thankful for that
It truly has been a lot of fun, some of the most fun of my life actually, and I will cherish so many memories from my experiences as a Leo.  And as sad as I am to leave, I am proud to be able to look back at my accomplishments and think about all the people in our community whom I have helped and will have helped by leading this club into what I like to think is a new tradition of passionate community service; that is a legacy I am more than content to leave behind. Also, there is no one I’d rather pass the reigns onto than Leo Ross because I am confident he will do incredible things for the community next year!

Best of luck to the Lions and the Leos in their future endeavors in service!  Remember, there are always people in need, so the sky is the limit for what you can do to help and to serve.  I hope all have a fun, relaxing summer!  Let’s roar and Roar for more and more good weather!

Editors Note; To view older editions of the Leo Lair, click on the Leo Lair Archives link located on the sidebar under the Leo Club Links section.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Joint Meeting With The Manheim Township Leo Club - May 11, 2015

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On May 11, we had a joint meeting with the Manheim Township Leo Club. Eighteen Leos and their faculty advisor, Mr. Wayne Kantz joined us for a meal and meeting. The 2014-15 Leo officers presented a PowerPoint program about the club’s activities for the year. These young people were very active and busy as can be seen from the following list of their activities:

Labeling of Quest Books
Help the Lions at the Neffsville Car Show
Help with White Cane Days
Boscov Fund Raiser
Turkey Basket Project
Christmas Food and Clothing Distribution
Lititz Fire and Ice – Chili Cook-off
Isaac’s Cystic Fibrous Foundation (CFF) Fund Raiser
Used Eye Glass Collection
Pancake Mix Collection for the MTHS Mini-Thon Breakfast
Tropical Smoothie Café CFF Fund Raiser
Help at the Lion’s Egg Hunt
Help at the Harlem Ambassadors District Fund Raiser
Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrous Foundation
Presented the Lions Club with $300 Toward Purchase of Quest Books

The Lions congratulate the graduating Senior Leos and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. We also look forward to working with and continuing our relationship with the Leo Club.

Click on the following link to view an slideshow of this event.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Manheim Township Leo Club Awards & Recognition Meeting - April 24, 2015

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On April 24, 2015 representatives of the Manheim Township Lions Club attended the Manheim Township Leo Club meeting to present awards to the 2014-15 Leos.

Thirty three Leos were presented with Certificates of Appreciation with letters for performing service projects ranging in number from one to eight. Leo President Neil, Vice President Monica and Treasurer Ross completed the most projects – eight! The Certificate wording was “In recognition of and appreciation for contributing personal time and effort to be involved with and assist the members of the Manheim Township Lions Club with (number of) service projects.”

Twelve senior class Leos were presented with Lions Clubs International Leo Completion of Service Certificates in recognition of their years of service in the Leo Club.

Three Leos, President Neil, Vice President Monika and Treasurer Ross were presented with Community Service Recognition Certificates as members who provided the highest levels of community service. Donations were made to the Manheim Township Public Library in the names of these Leos.

In recognition of him being a distinguished Leo Senior who is not only a well-rounded student, but one that excels within and beyond the classroom in areas of leadership, personal integrity and community service President Neil was presented with a letter advising him that he will be receiving the annual Manheim Township Lions Cub’s Leo Distinguished Leadership and Community Service Award at the upcoming High School Senior Awards Ceremony.

Mr. Wayne Kantz, the Manheim Township High School Faculty Leo Club Advisor, was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his concern, time, effort and advice given to the officers and members of the Manheim Township Leo Club. The Certificate also expressed the appreciation of the Manheim Township Lions Club for his cooperative interaction with and support of the Manheim Township Lions Club in fulfilling its responsibilities as the Leo Club's sponsoring Lions Club.

Click on the following link to view a slideshow of this event.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Annual Egg Hunt - April 4, 2015

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The Annual Egg Hunt sponsored by the Manheim Township Lions Club was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Manheim Township Community Park located on Petersburg Road in Neffsville.  Members of the Manheim Township Leo Club helped to hide eggs and wear the Bunny costume.  There were prize eggs for lucky hunters.  It was a beautiful but cool and windy day. with 28 mph winds with gusts of 38 mph.  There were 200 to 300 hunters who gathered 6,000 eggs in just less two minutes.  Thanks to all who donated used eyeglasses and a special thanks to Lion Jerry for organizing this event

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

Sunday, March 29, 2015

300 Hours Of Community Service

During the month of March, Manheim Township Lions Club members and their partners in service performed 300 hours of service to the Neffsville Community Fire Company in support of their Spring Soup and Sub Sale. This is in addition to the 1,005 hours expended last summer in preparation for the Fall Soup Sale.

Click on the Following link to view a slideshow of the soup sale preparation by members of the Club.