LaPorte Lions action, October 2018

Photo submitted Lion Barb Smeltzer is pictured with Crichfield Elementary School third graders after she, Lion Paul Marsh and Boss Lion Tom Ruda gave them all dictionaries.

Photo submitted LaPorte High School Leos are pictured on their float during the homecoming parade.

The LaPorte Lions met Oct. 9, 2018, at Best Western Inn. Boss Lion Tom Ruda led the Pledge of Allegiance and Sandra Provan offered prayer. Adam Buell was a guest. Provan read the minutes of the Sept. 11 meeting, Doug Buell proposed and Sandy Burkhart seconded a motion to approve, which carried.

Ruda said he, Paul Marsh and Barb Smeltzer distributed dictionaries to third graders in LaPorte Community Schools in September; there are 40 books left over for next year. Buell said four shifts of Candy Days at Kroger brought in just less than $190. Diane Spoljoric said two PNW students worked at WalMart’s Wellness Day. Marsh said LaPorte High School Leo Club’s float looked good at homecoming; he provided pizza and everyone had a good time. A $500 donation to the Deserving Children’s Fund has been made in the name of the late Lion Ralph E. Howes.

Newsletter items: The cabinet meeting is Oct. 14 in Kouts; District 25A Strides Walk for Diabetes Awareness is Nov. 3 in Kouts; an article about LaPorte Lions installing a lift for a Huntington’s patient was in the newsletter. The person who wanted a magnifier did not want the one we have. Burkhart said Lions Alert changes need to be e-mailed to her. John Spiggle gave an approximate financial report. He said Horizon Bank will still honor LaPorte Savings Bank checks, so we will not get new checks. He will give signed checks for the use of Lions Alert, then add John Straub and Burkhart as signers for that account. He will put $5,000 in a 1-year CD to be used if there’s a major problem with Lions Alert equipment. He will meet with Glenn Swanson from Maple City Lions about the Konowitz Fund. Marsh said the Meals on Wheels route is now taking longer. He will find out if the Salvation Army will accept grocery store gift cards for its Backpack Program.

Spoljoric asked if there was any information about the eyeglass trip to Mexico in 2019; Marsh said he’d find out. Tailtwister Spoljoric brought in $4.50.

The next meeting has been changed to Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at Best Western Inn, a joint meeting with Maple City Lions and District Gov. Dennis Brown.

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