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Willow Glen Lions mourn the loss of Charter Member Joe McGrady

Joe McGrady portrait low rezWillow Glen Lions sadly reports the passing of Joe (Joseph) McGrady. Lion Joe was a Charter Member of Willow Glen Lions Club (August 2009). Joe became a Lion because of dedication to helping youth. The Student Speakers Contest was a natural for him. He had been active in student tutoring programs while working at General Electric. As chair of the Club’s Student Speakers Contest, he organized and conducted five years of Student Speakers Contests. While she was a District Governor, Karen Fillmore honored Lion Joe for his dedicated service to the program by having him awarded a Harry J. Asian Fellowship in Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation, Inc.

Lion Joe was very active in Willow Glen Lions from the inception and also helped on sight preservation (eyeglasses collection and eye examination/eyeglasses). Joe and wife Joanna are longtime Willow Glen residents. Joe enjoyed sharing produce from their community garden section.

Willow Glen Lions extends condolences to the McGrady family, wife Joanna, daughter Ashleigh and Ashleigh’s husband.

Below: Joe Grady raking leaves at the Willow Glen Lions adopted park, Roy Avenue Park. Joe was always ready to help and participate in Club projects.

 

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When you give blood you can save a life. Saturday June 6th 2015

Give blood today and help someone you don't know!

Give blood today and help someone you don’t know!

Give a pint, get a pint! courtesy of Baskin Robbins!

Our WG Lions Blood Drive, handled by Stanford Blood Center, is happening
this Saturday June 6th from 10 to 3 at Willow Glen Lions Community Blood Drive Bloodmobile, at
2306 Almaden Rd. San Jose, CA 95125

Appointments are highly recommended!

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Tickets selling out soon for the 4th annual WGLions Wine Tasting!

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

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!

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!)

 

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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.

Now, If you’re hoping to answer via this site, understand that we’re turning off the comments capability on this site because sadly, we are getting so inundated with junk that we can’t keep up. So we’re going to send you to the Willow Glen Lions Facebook page. When you log into Facebook, use WillowGlenLions in the search and you’ll easily find it.

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

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The Perfect eve before Valentine’s Day: WG Lions Wine Tasting

Our 4th annual Willow Glen Lions Club Wine Tasting is coming up just after t2015 wine tasting joseph georgehe New Year – but NOW is the time to get tickets for this ‘advance sales only’ fundraiser that is truly a FUN raiser.

Tickets are $30 each and make a PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT for anyone who loves wine and a great time. Takes place Friday February 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

To order your tickets contact Michelle Jackson at (408) 264-7310 or email her at sharkshocky@yahoo.com.

And be sure to bring a check or your credit card in case you find something you want to buy, or if you want to bid on our incredible silent auction GIFT BASKET which last year was a CHOCOLATE BASKET. The bidding was hot and heavy and it was a blast! We also have a drawing for an artist-signed and framed wine tasting poster!

Joseph George Fine Wines is hosting us again this year and we are so grateful.

Along with tasting some terrific wines in a wide range of price categories, we also have a table full of hors d’oeuvre that will satisfy every foodie in the room. Cheeses, baked savories, dips, gourmet crackers and tapenades, and even sweets for those with a sweet tooth. The Willow Glen Lions are known in the community for our delicious hors d’oeuvre and although we are few, we are mighty when it comes to this particular fundraiser, which is possibly the most important one of the year.

Those of you who love great wine probably know Joseph George Fine Wines in Willow Glen. Joseph George has a fabulous selection of the best of the best in EVERY category from inexpensive wines to, well the sky’s the limit. They also have wines that are branded by your favorite sports teams like the Sharks! What a fabulous gift for someone special on y0ur list.

Well, feel free to drop by their shop before the holidays — they’re located just north of Hamilton at 1559 Meridien Avenue in San Jose (Willow Glen).  To learn more about these generous people and their fine establishment visit http://www.josephgeorge.com/pages/about-us

Cheers!!

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Mark your calendar for Sept 7 for our Burrito Breakfast!

Mixing pleasure with even more pleasure, we Willow Glen Lions are having our third annual Burrito Breakfast at the Rompacoglioni Car Crew’s Cruise for a Cause – it’s a classic car show and food drive.WGLions burrito breakfast to post 2014

Our team of hard working and laughing Lions, lead by Ron and Linda Smestad, will be cookin’ up burritos from 6 am on through noon.

Look for us at 1292 Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen 95125 – and eat light the night before because this is ONE BIG BREAKFAST, no kidding!

We’ll be raising money to help our charities, including Second Harvest Food Bank, Services for Brain Injury, Santa Maria Urban Ministry, Canine Companions for Independence, and more. We concentrate on serving our local community!

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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!)

 

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Brews & Bites beer tasting: A barrelful of fun for October 19, 2013

A beer tasting to benefit Parents Helping Parents

When: October 19, 2013
Time: 3:30 to 7:00 pm
Where: Sobrato Nonprofit Building, 1400 Parkmoor Ave, SJ

Purchase tickets: online at https://squareup.com/market/willow-glen-lions/   or from any Willow Glen Lion’s Club member. You can even come to our FREE meeting and purchase tickets there: the second and fourth Wednesday evening at 6:00, at Denny’s, 1140 Hillsdale (near Almaden Expressway), San Jose CA

This Willow Glen Lions fundraiser is bound to be big fun for a crowd who loves trying beers, light eats and raffles. The Brews & Bites event takes place Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at the Sobrato Building for Nonprofits, on Meridian and Parkmoor.

Kick back and enjoy a wide variety of beers and micro-brews, hang with friends and partake of some delicious snacks as you help to support Parents Helping Parents and the Willow Glen Lions Club, both nonprofit organizations in the Silicon Valley dedicated to helping people in need and making this a better community.

Your admission ticket stub gives you your first Mini Gift Raffle entry for a chance to win any of a wide variety of gift baskets, including food gifts and jewelry. Must be present to win. Additional Gift Raffle Tickets are 5 for $20 – and you can put as many as you want in front of the gift you want to win!

… And don’t forget to buy one or more of our GRAND Opportunity Raffle Tickets for just $25, to win a fabulous prize: a week for up to 6 at a wonderful condo at Lake Tahoe. Winner does not need to be present to win, so even if you can’t make it to the Brews & Bites, you can help with this fundraiser and possibly win a prize. Details to come.

Admission is $25 in advance, or $35 at the door. Groups of 10 tickets for $225 are available in advance only. Ticket with admission and one Grand Raffle ticket is $50.

Don’t miss this first-time-ever event that will support Parents Helping Parents, an organization that provides desperately-needed services to many families with special-needs children, as well as a number of other charities for families in need. From newborns to young adults, Parents Helping Parents is an invaluable organization of volunteers who change lives for families with special needs.

PARKING: You can park in the lot at the rear of the building — but consider enjoying the freedom and safety of our Light Rail system, which stops right there at the Sobrato Building.
… Or come with a group and a designated driver, and then you can all go out to dinner afterwards!

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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.

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Annual Wine Tasting slated for February 8, 2013! Limited availability!

Willow Glen Wine Tasting poster

A colorful framed and signed poster for the 2013 Willow Glen Lions Wine Tasting will also be given to one lucky winner at the Wine Tasting. Must be present to win! For a pdf of this poster to send to friends, please contact webmaster.

SAVE THE DATE: coming to you just in time for Valentine’s Day is the second annual Willow Glen Lions Wine Tasting. Sponsored in part by Joseph George Fine Wines, located just north of Hamilton on Meridian in Willow Glen, this Wine Tasting is becoming a much-anticipated event for the fun and the exciting wine experience it provides.

The tasting is from 5 to 7 pm on Friday night, February 8th. Tickets are just $30 each, for a great selection of wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres. The ticket fee is 100% tax deductible, and the funds go entirely into Willow Glen Lions Charities. In addition, attendees of the event who find a wine they really enjoy can purchase it on the spot from Joseph George, who also gives Willow Glen Lions part of the proceeds.

With a generous partner like Joseph George, and the efforts of some of WGLions gourmet chefs, this event will be one you won’t want to miss!

ONLY 80 TICKETS are available for the event, and they’ll go fast. All tickets are sold in advance of the event. To reserve tickets, call (408) 978-7700. Call soon to participate in one of the Willow Glen Lions’ most successful and fun fundraisers!

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