Join the fun! Find out how WG Lions make a difference in our community!

Now that it’s a new year, perhaps you’ve been thinking about how you could enrich your life and/or possibly make a difference in your community.

Every fall some of our WG Lions goes to help out at Walk to School Day, and then in spring to Bike to School Day.
Every fall some of our WG Lions goes to help out at Walk to School Day, and then in spring to Bike to School Day.

For every time you are saddened by the hunger and need in our community, there is a Willow Glen Lions project to stand up for the people who need help. We build our projects based on need. We only wish we could do more, but our club is still young and growing.

Among our projects this past year, we held a Burrito Breakfast at the Cruise for a Cause, raising money to help our charities, including Second Harvest Food Bank. We ran a Wine Tasting at Joseph George Fine wines to help raise funds for Services for Brain Injury. We also joined forces with Cupertino Host Lions Club and measured eyesight and hearing in an entire elementary school to help them find those that needed glasses or hearing aids. We ran a Student Speaker competition to find the best orators and debaters among our high school students, and walked kids and families across busy Lincoln Avenue for the Halloween on the Avenue. We participated in trash pick ups and helped at Walk to School Days. And much more.

So THIS IS THE YEAR you can become someone who makes a difference in Willow Glen and the bay area: by becoming a member of Willow Glen Lions!  Membership does not involve door-to-door soliciting. It does not mean you have to work alone on projects. It does not mean you pay a fortune in dues, or are expected to chip in money on projects.

Even when there's work to be done, the WG Lions have loads of fun while making a difference. Left to right: Jeff Senigaglia, Lucy Asfour and Steve Jackson.
Even when there’s work to be done, the WG Lions have loads of fun while making a difference. Left to right: Jeff Senigaglia, Lucy Asfour and Steve Jackson.!

Willow Glen Lions brings together enthusiastic members who want to improve the quality of life for people in our community. We listen to each other’s projects and volunteer to help fellow Lions to make the projects successful. It’s powerful. It’s friendly. And it is really, really fun!

This year we donated hundreds of dollars that we earned through WG Lions projects, to Second Harvest food bank, Santa Maria Urban Ministry for at-risk families and kids, Canine Companions for Independence to help them raise dogs that are miraculous for people with disabilities. And much more

Willow Glen Lions is for you who are busy as well as those who have less going on in their lives. Members of WG Lions have a high number of still-working members, as well as some retired folks.

george and Karen for emerging lion IMG_3062Our still-employed membership includes real estate professionals, financial consultants, Yoga Center owners, the owner of a company that installs glass enclosures for showers, copywriters and photographers, travel professionals and members of the workforce in the city of San Jose… and more! Our member ages range from 20’s to 90’s! And every member is a stand-up for each other and our community!

Willow Glen Lions' Helen Tindall chaired the Peace Poster effort this year. To the right of the poster, Medy Malate, District Peace Poster Chairperson helps Helen hold the winning poster, by Mary Jo Mendoza.
Willow Glen Lions’ Helen Tindall chaired the Peace Poster effort this year. To the right of the poster, Medy Malate, District Peace Poster Chairperson helps Helen hold the winning poster, by Mary Jo Mendoza.

Our mission at Willow Glen Lions is simple and straightforward.

Willow Glen Lions Club members share their creativity, commitment and compassion, for the benefit of the people of Willow Glen and the greater community.

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Create the best year of your life – ask about becoming a Willow Glen Lion!  Cheers!

Willow Glen Lions Club raffle leads to mini-Mardi-Gras!

Left to right: Lions Michelle, Mary and Rick model their raffle prizes!
Left to right: Lions Michelle, Mary and Rick model their raffle prizes!

One of the fun items on our agenda with every Willow Glen Lions meeting is our end-of-the-evening raffle, in which our own members bring gifts of various sorts, and we purchase tickets to try to win something. It’s a first-come, first-served whereas the first winner gets to choose from any gift on the lineup, and each winner thereafter chooses something from what’s left. The gifts vary from bottles of wine (always a favorite!) to previously-and-gently used merchandise such as CDs.

Our first meeting of the New Year started off with great attendance and some cool raffle prizes for all who participated. The raffle selection included everything from a huge bottle of Scotch (won by one of our guests!) to a box of exotic teas… but the prizes that got everyone’s attention were three authentic Mardi Gras feathered masks from New Orleans. With three winners in our midst, the cameras had to capture photos of our wacky and wonderful WGLions posing with the masks.

If you’ve never had a chance to enjoy one of our meetings at Willow Glen Lions Club, mark a date on your calendar to visit us on either the second or fourth Wednesday evening of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Denny’s on Hillsdale just west of Almaden Expressway!

Coming soon: Willow Glen Lions’ 4th annual Wine Tasting

A framed copy of this handsome poster will be given away to one lucky ticket holder the night of the Wine  Tasting!
A framed copy of this handsome poster will be given away to one lucky ticket holder the night of the Wine Tasting!

We still have a few tickets left for the popular Willow Glen Lions Club Wine Tasting at Joseph George Fine Wines.

Taste wonderful wines and enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres at Joseph George Fine Wines, on Friday Feb. 13th … just in time for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to plan to purchase your favorites that evening and Willow Glen Lions Charities will receive additional funds, donated by the very generous folks at Joseph George.

We’re also going to have a silent auction or raffle for a giant Gift Basket! The winner will be all set for Valentine’s day! PLUS we’ll have a drawing for a limited edition print of our wine tasting poster, framed under glass and signed by the artist. These are not for sale, and can only be given as a prize for the lucky attendee.

We can sell only a limited number of tickets — fire code regs for our own safety!  If attending our wine tasting event sounds like fun — and it really is, folks! – RSVP now! Call 408-264-7310 and reserve with Lion Michelle.

Tickets are only $30 each and they are great gifts — or even better still, these gifted tickets can sometimes be designated as a tax-deductible business expenses if they’re given to clients as promotional gifts by your business. (Consult your tax accountant or tax attorney!)

 

Helen Keller called on Lions Club to become “Knights for the Blind”

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Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA, in 1880, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age that left her blind and deaf. With the help of an exceptional teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan of the Perkins School for the Blind, Helen Keller learned sign language and braille. A few years later, she learned to speak. As an adult she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.

In 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

The Lions accepted Ms. Keller’s challenge — and one of Lions Club’s most compelling missions has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.

Helen Keller’s Speech at 1925 International Convention, Cedar Point, Ohio, USA; June 30, 1925

Dear Lions and Ladies:

I suppose you have heard the legend that represents opportunity as a capricious lady, who knocks at every door but once, and if the door isn’t opened quickly, she passes on, never to return. And that is as it should be. Lovely, desirable ladies won’t wait. You have to go out and grab ’em.

I am your opportunity. I am knocking at your door. I want to be adopted. The legend doesn’t say what you are to do when several beautiful opportunities present themselves at the same door. I guess you have to choose the one you love best. I hope you will adopt me. I am the youngest here, and what I offer you is full of splendid opportunities for service.

The American Foundation for the Blind is only four years old. It grew out of the imperative needs of the blind, and was called into existence by the sightless themselves. It is national and international in scope and in importance. It represents the best and most enlightened thought on our subject that has been reached so far. Its object is to make the lives of the blind more worthwhile everywhere by increasing their economic value and giving them the joy of normal activity.

Try to imagine how you would feel if you were suddenly stricken blind today. Picture yourself stumbling and groping at noonday as in the night; your work, your independence, gone. In that dark world wouldn’t you be glad if a friend took you by the hand and said, “Come with me and I will teach you how to do some of the things you us

ed to do when you could see?” That is just the kind of friend the American Foundation is going to be to all the blind in this country if seeing people will give it the support it must have.

You have heard how through a little word dropped from the fingers of another, a ray of light from another soul touched the darkness of my mind and I found myself, found the world, found God. It is because my teacher learned about me and broke through the dark, silent imprisonment which held me that I am able to work for myself and for others. It is the caring we want more than money. The gift without the sympathy and interest of the giver i

s empty. If you care, if we can make the people of this great country care, the blind will indeed triumph over blindness.

The opportunity I bring to you, Lions, is this: To foster and sponsor the work of the American Foundation for the Blind. Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?

I thank you.

Walk to School Day a big success – and Willow Glen Lions helped!

On October 12, 2012, Students, parents, and teachers of San Jose’s River Glen Elementary and Willow Glen Elementary — as well as local non-profit and community organizations such as the Willow Glen Lions Club, Zanotto’s Market, Walgreen’s, and Willow Glen Business Association— participated in Walk to School Day.

Oversized characters greeted kids and did tricks for them! Posing for photos, local politicians smiled for the camera and talked to parents. Yellow balloons floated overhead, making it an even more beautiful and fun event!

The crowd of children, parents and volunteers bustled around among the yellow balloons, outrageous characters danced and played with the kids and generous businesses were on hand to participate in the festivities.