Woodward, Madrid Lions Clubs review busy year

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, right, was welcomed to the January meeting of the Woodward Lions Club by Lions Club President Paul Thompson, left, and Secretary Dale Schoening.

Paul C. Thompson of Woodward, interim district governor for District 9NW of the Iowa Lions Clubs, recently delivered an annual report to the membership, outlining the busy year for the Woodward Lions.

During the 2015 Halloween season, the Woodward Lions fed free hot dogs, cider and hot chocolate to about 100 people, including families with goblins and other trick-or-treat critters. The Woodward Lions also gave each child a book of their choice to take home and keep, as donated by Half Price Books.

In connection with lighting the community’s Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa Claus, the Woodward Lions served free hot dogs, chips, and drinks to community members and gave free children’s books to children in attendance.

Three members were trained in 2016 to do vision screenings of preschool aged children through the Lions of Iowa KidSight program.

In January 2016 the Lions hosted a town hall meeting for U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley. The event was attended both by Lions and others in the community.

The Lions donated $150 to a Lion in the community to cover transportation costs in taking a young man to kidney dialysis treatments. Woodward Lions also donated to Leader Dog Kennel Project and an additional $50 each to Iowa Lions Foundation, Lions Club International Foundation, Iowa Lions Eye Health Program Kids Sight, Camp Courageous, LCIF Disaster Relief, Leader Dog Puppy Program, Diabetes Research and Iowa Youth Foreign Exchange.

In cooperation with Woodward Public Library, an Easter Egg Hunt was held, and each child participating received a free book to take home.

Partnering with Woodward Academy youth, the Woodward Lions trimmed branches and cleared trash along the Iowa Highway 210 at the southern entrance to Woodward.

“Partnering with youth inspires the youth to lead a lifetime of service to¬†others,” Interim District Governor Thompson said.

In internal Lions Club affairs, three Woodward Lions attended District, Council and State Conventions, and two Lions accepted offices in the district: Zone Chairman Dale Schoening and Vice District Governor Paul Thompson appoint IDG promised to serve diligently.

As district governor, Thompson also oversaw Lions Club activities in Madrid and in the northwest Iowa towns of Akron, Merrill and Hartley. The Madrid Lions held a chicken barbecue in Edgewood park, serving more than 1,500 chicken halves to the community in their annual fundraiser.

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