Willow Glen Lions Club Projects

Our projects in 2016-2017:

Speaker’s Contest for high school students

Valentine’s Wine tasting at Joseph George Fine Wines

Poinsettia sales

Comedy Sportz at Willow Glen Middle School

Walk-to-School Day for Willow Glen elementary school kids

Halloween street-crossing guides in downtown Willow Glen

Burrito Breakfast at Cruise for a Cause vintage car rally in downtown Willow Glen

Dancing on the Avenue, selling water at a big annual event in downtown Willow Glen

Founders Day Parade in downtown Willow Glen

AJ Robinson Health Screening, at Santa Maria Urban Ministry in San Jose

Peace Poster Contest for middle school students

Backpack loading and handout for school kids

Roy Park (our adopted park in Willow Glen) cleanup

Voter Registration

Voter ballot collection and delivery

Lion for a Day

Diabetic Youth Foundation

District W6 Leos Club

Santa Maria Urban Ministry Christmas gift collection and wrapping

One Warm Coat (W6 project)

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A modern Lions Club, making a 5-year plan. 

Willow Glen Lions finishing up the CEP course with Liz Crooke. Left to right: Lions Joe, Robert, Michelle, Lucy, former club president Steve, Irma, Dan, facilitator Liz Crooke, Craig (back) , President Sami Asfour (front), Carol, Tim and our first club president, Rick.

Willow Glen Lions finishing up the CEP course with Liz Crooke.
Left to right: Lions Joe, Robert, Michelle, Lucy, former club president Steve, Irma, Dan, facilitator Liz Crooke, Craig (back) , President Sami Asfour (front), Carol, Tim and our first club president, Rick.

In 2014, our club President, Sami Asfour, decided that it was time for our club – on our 5th year! – to go through the process called CEP — or, Club Excellence Process. It was a fun, interactive process that brought our members together to look at what our Willow Glen Lions Club is today and what is possible for it to be tomorrow.

Our workshop, called CEP Pro, had a trained facilitator, Liz Crooke, who led us through discussions about service, club effectiveness, and the membership experience. Liz is deeply experienced in the role Lions Club plays in communities and the world, as she was the District Governor from 2011 to 2012 for our 4-C6 district.

With Liz’s help, we developed a calendar to help us understand why some projects get more attention than others. An important point that Liz taught us over two days included how to develop project forms that help us to facilitate all the things we want to do, from fundraising to community awareness. We even discussed a five-year plan, which we’ll need to spend more time with! Liz gave us each a chance to voice what we wanted our club to become, what we would accomplish and so on.

The most important thing we learned was that our club, made up of members of all ages and from all walks of life, is surprisingly aligned with what we want our club to be for us, and for those whom we serve in the community and the world.

We’re deeply grateful to Liz Crooke and to our 2014-15 WG Lions President Sami Asfour, who encouraged us to take this step toward becoming the best Lions Club we can possibly be! ROAR!!!!

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…And May all kids’ Christmases be bright!

WG Lions wrapping holiday gifts at Santa Maria Urban Ministry. Left to right: Lions Dave, Rick, Steve, Michelle, Ken (back), Lucy (front), Ken's wife and Tim.

WG Lions wrapping holiday gifts at Santa Maria Urban Ministry. Left to right: Lions Dave, Rick, Steve, Michelle, Ken (back), Lucy (front), Ken’s wife and Tim.

That’s our mantra each year as we collect holiday gifts to benefit the many children who depend upon Santa Maria Urban Ministry — a favorite WGLions charity. Along with donating much-needed funds to the organization, which helps disadvantaged and at-risk families and children, the WG Lions takes on a extra-special mission to shop for kids from the ages of 10 to 15, which is an under-served group in the arena of holiday gifting.

As you can see, our gift wrapping each year is as much a party as it was the work of getting them all wrapped. We love these folks at Santa Maria, for their generosity and the great services and facilities they provide, including computer labs for students, wellness programs and much more.

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Eye testing children made more efficient and accurate with new testing equipment

On December 4th, 2014 Cupertino Host Lions Club, assisted by medical students from San Jose City College and Willow Glen Lions, tested sight and hearing for 247 children at Luther Burbank elementary school in San Jose. The project was a major success, in no small part because of the upgraded equipment the Lions were using to speed up the tests and make them more accurate.welch allyn

nurse using welch allyn vision screener IMG_4184Two Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener units (aka “Spot Cameras”) were used to measure sight. The vision screening took only a  few minutes per student and one unit was sufficient for screening 300 students in six hours. The entire project took only a day, whereas typically this would have been a two-day operation.

How eye tester works – live demonstration at Luther Burbank elementary school.

These Welch Allyn units are new to our Lions District (4-C6) and using them was both efficient and easy, even for a stark beginner. The Spot Camera is hand-held and very portable. It ‘images’ the eyes and provides optometric parameters which are compared to standards for an age group (resulting in ‘pass’ or ‘needs referral for a complete examination’).

Students needing professional examinations had the results printed (wireless from camera to printer) and that sheet was made available to the optometrist examining the student.

Many thanks to our Guiding Lion Jim Isaacson for arranging this project and inviting WG Lions to help!

Submitted by Lion Carol Worthington-Levy

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