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!

WGLions sponsors Peace Poster and hosts a winner in District 4-C6!

This winning Peace Poster was designed by Mary Jo Mendoza, age 11, from Miller Middle School in San Jose.

Lions Clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups.

This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For 25 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.

The theme of the 2012-13 Peace Poster Contest is “Imagine Peace.” Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 were eligible to participate.

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Mary Jo Mendoza displays a congratulatory certificate she received from the Willow Glen Lions Club.

As with judging every year, each poster was judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. 10 posters were submitted at the District Cabinet meeting judging on November 10, 2012.

This year the winner with the best judged Peace Poster in District 4-C6 is Mary Jo Mendoza, age 11 from Miller Middle School in San Jose. She and her parents will meet the Willow Glen Lions during the November 28, 2012 evening meeting.

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.

Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.

The winning poster by Ms. Mendoza has been forwarded to MD4 for judging by December 15.  Then, the winning poster gets forwarded to the international stage, where the international winners will be notified on or before February 1, 2013.

Awards given for Peace Poster

Willow Glen Lions President George Jewett and Peace Poster chair Helen Tindall proudly show the winning posterPeace Poster Contest Awards
  • One international grand prize winner will receive US$5,000 and a trip to a special award ceremony with the sponsoring club president and two family members at Lions Day with the United Nations (subject to change).
  • Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of achievement.

You can learn more about the Peace Poster contest by visiting