Monday, April 30, 2012

Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County

Thurston animal-rescue group's budget is uncomfortable lean

(click the image to be taken to The Olympian article)
(image courtesy of the Olympian)

Report Animal Neglect to Save Lives: 

Thank you for your recent article on the latest case of animal cruelty with the horses that were found starved in Yelm. It is heart wrenching to read about these cases of severe animal neglect that result in extreme suffering to the point of death. Thankfully a neighbor reported the case before more animals died.

We are so fortunate to have Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County that will assist with the rehabilitation and foster care of these horses. They are in dire need of our donations to continue the work they do to care for the animals in their care.

It is tragic that this case was not reported sooner before these horses reached the point of starving to death. No animal should be left to suffer as these beautiful horses were.

I would like to encourage anyone who observes a case of neglect or abuse to call Thurston County Animals Services to report the case. They have trained humane officers who will investigate and assess the situation. Their number is 360-352-2510 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 360-352-2510 end_of_the_skype_highlighting .

Another number to call is Thurston County Crime Stoppers to leave an anonymous tip on animal abuse or neglect – their number is 360-493-2222 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 360-493-2222 end_of_the_skype_highlighting .

Please report any problem early before more animals are left to suffer and die.

Read more here:

We're Friends with Lions Clubs in Turkey

Peki siz neden Leo / Lions olmak isterdiniz ??
So how do you become Leo/Lions? why? (Translated by Bing)
Dernekler kanunu şartlarına uygun 18 ile 30 yaş arası gençler üye olabilirler. Üyelikten önce bir süre "Aday üye" statüsünde toplantılara devam edilir. Bu sürede Aday üye Kulübü, devam ettiği kulüp ise Aday üyeyi tanıma fırsatı bulur.
Between the ages of 18 and 30 in accordance with the terms of the Associations Act, adolescents may be a member. Membership as a "Candidate Member" for a period of time before meetings. This time the candidate is Nominated Member of the Club Member Club, continued recognition finds opportunity. (Translated by Bing)

Kulüp üyeleri başka insanların hayat şartlarını iyileştirmenin yanı sıra, benzer hedef ve idealleri paylaşan kişilerle uzun yıllar ürecek sağlam dostluk bağları kurarak kendi hayatlarına da değerli bir katkı yaparlar. “Hizmet Yoluyla Dostluk”

To improve the terms of other people's life, as well as Club members, who share similar goals and ideals of establishing strong bonds of friendship with the people in their lives for many years ürecek also make a valuable contribution. "Service Through Friendship" (Translated by Bing)
Kulüplerimizde toplumsal, uluslararası ve mesleki gelişime yönelik hizmetlerin geliştirilmesi bireysel ve takım çalışmaları yoluyla teşvik edilirken gençlerin kişisel ve liderlik konularında gelişimleri sağlanır.
Kulüplerimizde social, international and professional development through the development of services for individual and team work and leadership of young people while promoting personal development issues. (Translated by Bing)


Saturday, 16 June 2012

30 only seats, so sign up early

8 AM to 5 PM
Fire Station #41
7600 Old Military Road NE 360-447-3550
Bremerton, WA


Presentation Skills
Improving Club Meetings
Working Effectively with People
Recruitment, Retention, Renewal
Club Assessment

You’re invited to explore and experience the tools and resources for our future club, zone, and district leaders. It’s an all-day session to prepare our Lions for the Northwest Lions Leadership Institute or positions of leadership. The course is facilitated by senior Lions from neighboring districts.

Cost: $35 per person. Make checks out to “Lions Zone MD 19C-4”.
Includes all course materials, lunch, and coffee/tea.

Contact PZC Al Hedstrom: or 360.830.4327

OR ZC Mike Peterson: or 360.698.0369

Spring Conference Contest Winners!

Hi, all –

Here it is. Long awaited but finally done.

Business Card

1.Olympia Capitol City

2. Silverdale Sunrise

3. Tacoma Southeast


1. Olympia Host

2. Silverdale Sunrise

Club Newsletter

1. Olympia Host

2. Lakewood First

3. Poulsbo Evening Pride Branch

Zone Newsletter

1. Zone C-5: Kevin McMains

2. Zone C-1: John Kirry

3. Zone C-4: Nancy Adams

Environmental Photo


1. Kevin Davenport, Lacey Sunrise

2. Sheila Pearce, Tacoma SE

3. John Kirry, Gig Harbor

Animal Life:

1. Jackie Hollingsworth, Eatonville Daybreak

2. Lyell Clark, Lacey Sunrise

3. Sheila Pearce, Tacoma SE

Plant Life:

1. Dottie Ridgeway, Poulsbo Evening Pride Branch

2. Sheila Pearce, Tacoma SE

3. Sandy Bradley, Gig Harbor

Protecting Our Future with Trees:

1. Kim Riley, Tacoma SE

2. Terry Storey, Lacey Sunrise

3. Jackie Hollingsworth, Eatonville Daybreak

Weather Phenomenon

1. Dottie Ridgeway, Poulsbo Evening Pride Branch

2. Jackie Hollingsworth, Eatonville Daybreak

3. Kim Riley, Tacoma SE


1. Mike Peterson, Bremerton Central

2. Karen Schrodt, Puyallup Valley


1. Lacey Sunrise

2. Poulsbo Evening Pride

Musical Comedy

1. Lacey Mid-Day

Uniform Delegation

1. Lacey Sunrise

2. Olympia Host

2. Lakewood Knights

Club Website

1. Gig Harbor

2. Olympia Host

3. Capitol City

Chili Cook-Off

1. Rosalie Lewis, Lakewood Knights

2. Bill Evans, Mineral Lake

Erika Risley, Poulsbo Evening Pride

Beat Bill Zidel’s Best Pie

1. Bill Zidel! (Sweet potato)

2. Sandy Bradley (Marion Berry)

3. Bill Zidel, Red Velvet

Congratulations to all. I will be visiting the winning clubs with certificates and patches!

Al Hedstrom

Past Zone Chairman

Silverdale Sunrise Lions

Service to others is the rent we pay for our time on this earth.

Tony Curtis

Lions Clubs International 95th Annual Convention 2012

Korea has over 1900 Lions Clubs.  Letter announcing the 2012 Annual Convention in Korea:

I take great pleasure in inviting you to the Lions Clubs International 95th Annual Convention in Busan, Korea, from June 22-26, 2012.

The magnificent port city of Busan, with its endless emerald sea, is a paradise for seafood lovers and an exciting destination where visitors can enjoy the vibrant Korean culture all in one spot. Among the must-see attractions are the marine sports beach of Haeundae, the movie district centered around Busan's International Film Festival Square, the 1300 year old Buddhist temple Beomeosa, and brilliant night views from Diamond Bridge.

Take time out and relax at the mineral spas located inside Busan Shinsegae Centum City, the world's largest department store, or enjoy unique activities such as a traditional Korean wedding ceremony or the making of kimchi, a well-loved Korean fermented cabbage dish.

LCI's convention offers a once-a-year opportunity to gather together to discuss the important topics of the day that will shape the future of our association, and to forge new friendships along the way.
I warmly invite each of you to the 95th Lions Clubs International Convention in Korea's cultural capital of Busan and look forward to seeing you there!

Joseph Wroblewski

PIP Joe WroblewskiJoseph L. Wroblewski
Past International President
Chairperson, Convention CommitteeQuestions? E-mail us at:


Lions day with the United Nations

Lions Clubs International

British Isles and Ireland 

Lions United Nations day

Lions Clubs International have a long standing relationship with the United Nations and to celebrate this a “United Nations Day” event was held at the Palace of Westminster, London on 13th March 2012.
The Patron of Lions Clubs in British Isles, Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex, attended together with our International President Dr Wing-Kun Tam.
Speakers were International President Tam, Maureen Maguire the Federation President of Soroptomist GB & Ireland and from UNICEF Jane Kellas, an expert in Child Survival. Lions donate towards the UNICEF “School in a Box” which is used to help continue child education in time of disasters.

History of Lions Clubs & UN:

The relationship between Lions Clubs International and the UN began after the end of World War II.

In San Francisco, California, USA, on October 24, 1945 (forever known as UN Day), U.S. President Harry Truman joined Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other world leaders in signing the UN charter.

In the same year, Lions founder Melvin Jones and Past International Presidents Fred W. Smith and D.A. Skeen were asked to help develop the non-governmental organization (NGO) charter for the new global organization. At the time, Lions Clubs International was already an established worldwide service organization.

During the ensuing years, the two organizations have cooperated on many humanitarian ventures. Lions have provided aid and manpower for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), WHO (World Health Organization), and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) projects.

From the beginning, the relationship between Lions Clubs International and the UN has been limited to humanitarian endeavors. In keeping with its stated Purposes, Lions Clubs International has no involvement in the political or security affairs of the UN.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

LEITR on LinkedIn

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc. Activity on LinkedIn

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc.
Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Top Five Senior Dinner Scheduled

Hi Lions --

The 'Top Five' Rainier High School Senior dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at the Mariache Alegre Mexican Restaurant, 717 E Yelm Ave, Yelm, sponsored by the Rainier Lions Club. Our Club buys dinner for 5 seniors, 2 parents or guardians per student, the RHS Registrar, Counselor and Principal.

The banquet room will be open 5:15 - 5:30 -- this gives time for the Counselor and Bonnie to set up for the video presentation, etc. and for all to arrive so dinner can be ordered by 6:00 PM.

I believe we talked about ordering off the menu, right?

Any questions or comments, please let me know.

Bonnie Zimmerman, Registrar, knows there may or may not be limo service to transport the students to the Mariache. Will stay in touch with Rod Mitchell about the limo.

Thank You. Have a great weekend!


P.S. Linda L -- would you see the new members get this info? Thanks.

Hadley Family Courses for the Blind Now on eReaders!

Lions Children First via The Hadley School for the Blind

Lions! This is an important resource for you to share!

Hadley School for the Blind
The Hadley School for the Blind now offers three courses in its Family Education Program in a new medium—eBook. Upon enrollment, students will receive a link to the download page, where they can select a format appropriate for their eBook reader. Hadley eBook courses are compatible with Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony Reader, iBooks app for iPhone/iPod/iPad, and any other eBook reader that accepts ePub or MobiPocket file formats.

For more information about Hadley’s Family Education Program, please visit

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research Testimonial

 Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research


After Lynda's son, Ryan, passed away, his family received a letter from the recipient of a badly needed cornea transplant. Because Ryan was a registered organ donor, a woman's vision was restored. Hear more from Lynda in this testimonial.



Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR) was founded by members of Tampa Bay area Lions Clubs in 1973. Since that time, it has provided the gift of sight to more than 55,000 men, women and children through cornea transplantation.


The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR)  strives to fulfill the pledge to Helen Keller “to be the Knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research is leading the fight against blinding eye diseases through the recovery, evaluation, and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research, and education.
Three distinct entities work together to accomplish
LEITR’s objectives:

• The Eye Bank, the largest in the world, provides eye tissue for research and transplantation
to ophthalmic specialists and surgeons nationwide.

• The Lions Eye Institute Foundation (LEIF) raises funds to support sight-related outreach, education, treatment and research.

• The Ocular Research Center (ORC), the first research center in the world to be directly combined with an eye bank, drives the development of new diagnostic tests
and treatments for delaying, arresting or preventing the progression of blinding eye diseases.

Contact Info


Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Lions Clubs International Mission Statement

"To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding through Lions clubs." 

Cited in Preface of Dr. William Glasser's  "The Quality School", Managing Students Without Coercion - Taken from the Apollo School:
  • A boss drives. A leader leads.
  • A boss relies on authority. A leader relies on cooperation.
  • A boss says "I." A leader says "We."
  • A boss creates fear. A leader creates confidence.
  • A boss knows how. A leader shows how.
  • A boss creates resentment. A leader breeds enthusiasm.
  • A boss fixes blame. A leader fixes mistakes.
  • A boss makes work drudgery. A leader makes work interesting.

"What people fight or resist is control; not education; not relationships.”
—Dr. William Glasser

Boss Manager vs Lead Manager



  1. Judges others
  2. Blames people for problems
  3. Says, “I am not as bad as a lot of other people”
  4. Controls
  5. Takes himself and other for granted
  6. Covers up mistakes
  7. Says, “I only work here”
  8. Demands
  9. Builds walls
  10. Drives his people
  11. Depends on authority
  12. Inspires fear
  13. Says “I”
  14. Gets there on time
  15. Fixes blame for the breakdown
  16. Knows how it is done
  17. Says “Go”
  18. Uses people
  19. Sees today
  20. Commands
  21. Never has enough time
  22. Is concerned with things
  23. Treats the symptoms
  24. Lets his people know where he stands
  25. Does things right
  26. Works hard to produce
  27. Creates fear
  28. Takes the credit
  29. Seeks first to be understood
  30. Has a win-lose approach to conflict resolution
  1. Accepts others
  2. Looks for solutions
  3. Says, “I am good but not as good as I can be”
  4. Leads
  5. Appreciates himself and others
  6. Admits mistakes
  7. Does more than his job
  8. Asks
  9. Builds communication
  10. Coaches his people
  11. Depends on cooperation
  12. Inspires enthusiasm
  13. Says, “We”
  14. Gets there ahead of time
  15. Fixes the Breakdown
  16. Shows how it is done
  17. Says, “Let’s go”
  18. Develops people
  19. Looks at today as well as the future
  20. Models
  21. Makes time for things that count
  22. Is concerned with people
  23. Identifies and treats the causes
  24. Lets his people know where they stand
  25. Does the right thing
  26. Works hard to get his people to produce
  27. Creates confidence in others
  28. Gives credit to others
  29. Seeks first to understand
  30. Has a win-win approach to solving problems.

Special Board Meeting Monday April 30, 2012

Evan Burnett has called for a special board meeting next Monday night at 6:30 PM at the Rainer Chapel.  Please plan on attending, as this is a very important meeting. 

George & Linda Johnson will provide jambalaya with shrimp and polish sausage for dinner; it will be mildly seasoned.  Extra seasoning will be on the side for those that want it spicy.  Salad will be provided as well.  If someone wants to bring dessert, that would be nice.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Rainier Lions Club Meeting 4/23/2012

Rainier Lions Club polo shirts have arrived.  They are very professional looking.  The members who attended tonights meeting got to pick up their shirts.  Please call King Lion, Evan Burnett, if you want to pick up your shirt before the next membership meeting.
Rod Mitchell and Linda Johnson will be doing a visition at Yelm Midday Lions Club meeting at noon tomorrow.  They will be talking about Peaches, Pears & Nectarine pre-sales and selling wooden nickles to Yelm members.

White Cane Days are coming!!!!  We are scheduled to serve at the Texaco and Rainier Hardware.  We need more members to sign up to work at the Texaco.  Call Bernice Beck 458-4545 to schedule your volunteer time, if you haven't already signed up.

There will be a special board meeting held next monday night at 6:30 PM.  George & Linda Johnson will be cooking dinner for the evening meal.  Please bring your appetite!

We have received an electronic copy of the Bluegrass logo for the 20th anniversary mugs.  We will be voting on mugs at the board meeting.

Thank you all for attending tonights meeting!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

10 Reasons to Buy Locally

Rainier Lions Club has received support from many local businesses in Rainier & Yelm. 

To our local business men & women:  THANK YOU!

      A Special Thank You: 

  • Rainier Hardware
  • Sonja's Restaurant
  • Suks Salon
  • Mirror Magic
  • Rainier Pizza
  • Mainstreet Cookie
  • Tim's Pharmacy
  • Sunbirds
  • Timberland Bank
  • Glenda's Espresso
  • Rainier Chapel
  • Nisqually Valley News
  • Yelm Cinemas

We couldn't serve our community without the help and support of all of our local businesses!


"Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one."
-- Goethe

RLC Meeting April 23, 2012 7:00 PM

This is a gentle reminder that the Rainier Lions Club membership meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on April 23, 2012 at the Rainier Chapel.  Let Linda Lazelle know if you have any items you want to have added to the adgenda.  See you there!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Peaches, Pears & Nectarines

Evan wants me to remind all members about Peaches, Pears & Nectarines. Presales will be starting soon.  We need to make arrangements for the fruit, sales price, trucking, advertisment, PR, visitations for presales, etc.. 

Last years delivery started right before the Bluegrass Festival, because the fruit ripened late.  We're having a late spring this year on this side of the mountains.  Please keep in mind that the fruit may ripen late again this year.

We need to contact all local Lions Clubs for visitations for presales.  Prices will be determined at a later date.  As I recall the prices have remained stable over the last couple of years.

Update on April 16, 2012 Board Meeting Correction/Updates

Correction:  The scholorship winner(s) will be announced by Bev Jolley & Linda Lazelle, per Lion King Evan Burnett.

Zone Meeting has been confirmed for May 10, 2012 at the Rainier Chapel.  The evening dinner meeting will be held at 7:00 PM.  This is a no host dinner.  Cost of dinner is $12.00 per person.  All members need to RSVP.  This meeting will be held on a Thursday, which will take place of the usual Monday Rainier Lions Meeting.  Those attending need to arrive early to help set up the tables, chairs and raffle/silent auction items.

Please call Linda Lazelle and let her know:

If you plan on attending. 
What time you will be arriving to help.
What raffle/silent auction items you are donating.

All proceeds from the dinner & raffle/silent auction will be going to our Administrative Funds. 

Earth Day 2012

 Thank You, Lions Around The World

The Rainier Lions Club cleaned up Highway 507 on April 21, 2012 in celebration of Earth Day.

 April 22 is the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day.  Many consider Earth Day to be the birth of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970.  Twenty Million people took to the streets on the first Earth Day. 

Today the goalis a of A Billion Acts of Green®, which launched an international, 1-million tree planting initiative with Avatar director James Cameron and tripled its online base to over 900,000 community members.

Lions Clubs International:  2011-2012 International President Wing-Kun Tam is challenging Lions around the world to plant one million trees this year to demonstrate the strength of our global network. The map below provides an at-a-glance update on how close Lions from various parts of the world have come to reaching this goal so far.

Trees Planted by LCI: 8,262,335

Find an Event Here


"I do not want the peace which passeth understanding,
I want the understanding which bringeth peace."

Helen Keller at Radcliff College

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Best Restaurants for Any Meal!

I received this from Jim Fortner, via Facebook.  Since many of us Lions go out to eat for meetings, or get togethers, I thought I'd post this to let you know about some of the places to eat with food recommended by someone who is health minded.  He gives a break down on fat content, sodium, etc.

By:  Jim Fortner

#1: Best Place for a Sit-Down Breakfast: Denny's

Denny’s Heart Scrambler—Heartland Scramble, I mean—contains about a day’s worth of sodium and saturated fat. This entrée represents the old model for breakfast diners: Take a healthy food like scrambled eggs and stuff it with so much fat- and sodium-loaded junk that patrons feel like they’re getting a bargain. In reality, you're just getting an excuse to buy new pants—bigger ones.
Thankfully, Denny’s is making changes. This Grand Slam is part of the chain’s Better For You Menu, which provides 250 meal combinations all under 550 calories. If you plan on crafting your own Better For You Slam, here are a couple of points to note: One, choose egg whites over whole eggs. It’s not that whole eggs are bad for you, but Denny’s cooks them with so much butter that each two-egg order ends up with 21 grams of fat and 260 calories. And two, choose regular bacon over turkey bacon. Both options provide 70 calories per serving, but the regular stuff saves you 100 milligrams of sodium over turkey bacon.
Eat This!
Build Your Own Grand Slam with Egg Whites, Bacon, English Muffin, and Fruit

320 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 567 mg sodium

#2: Best Place for an On-the-Go Breakfast: Starbucks

Have you seen Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? The scene where Violet Beauregard bloats up like a giant blueberry? That’s basically what scones do to your body—even “healthy” blueberry scones like this one. Muffins, scones, or danishes—they’re all just pastries, which means they’re made from little more than fast-digesting carbohydrates. Eat these things for breakfast and they’ll spike your blood sugar and insulin levels and force your body to store glucose as fat. Starbucks' Wrap invokes the opposite response. The combination of spinach and protein-rich eggs provide a nice nutritional balance, but the real accomplishment is the fiber. It’s rare to find a grab-and-go breakfast with more than a couple grams, and this wrap has an astonishing 6! That’s enough to keep your hunger stifled, your body energized, and your belly flat.
Eat This!
Egg White, Spinach & Feta Wrap and a Venti Nonfat Cappuccino

390 calories, 10 g fat (3.5 saturated), 18 g sugars

#3: Best Place for a Fast-Food Lunch: Carl's Jr.

Look as hard as you like, but you won’t find a burger at this size with less fat. That’s because this burger uses lean turkey instead of fatty beef, and still packs plenty of flavor thanks to a light jacket of teriyaki sauce. Besides, look at the alternatives. Not one burger in Carl’s line of Six Dollar Burgers—save for the bun-less, low-carb version—contains fewer than 900 calories. If you begin your order with a Guacamole Six Dollar Burger and finish it off with medium fries and a 20-ounce soda, you’re facing 1,630 flab-making calories. (Note: The Teriyaki Turkey Burger will be available at Carl's Jr. on March 23.)
Eat This!
Eat This, Not That! Teriyaki Turkey Burger

470 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated), 1,120 mg sodium, 32 g protein

#4: Best Place for a Sit-Down Lunch: Romano's Macaroni Grill

Romano's was once among the unhealthiest restaurants in America. But its menu underwent an overhaul in 2009 and is now one of the most nutritionally sound you’ll find outside of your own kitchen. But there are still few holdovers from the days of excess. Spaghetti and meatballs with more than 1,200 calories? Fuggedaboutit! This thing is big enough to feed an entire family of hungry Italians. Go with the Pollo Caprese instead and you’ll earn 46 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and loads of vitamins and minerals—all for just 550 calories.
Eat This!
Pollo Caprese (pasta and chicken), with a side of broccoli

550 calories, 20 g fat (5 g saturated), 1,660 mg sodium

#5: Best Place for a Sit-Down Dinner: Red Lobster

Take a second look. This is an entire lobster dinner for only 300 calories. What’s the secret? We swapped out the usual melted-butter dipping sauce for cocktail sauce. That one substitution saves you 310 calories and an astonishing 38 grams of fat. Now get this, if you eat this lobster over the fat-infested Garlic Crab-and-Shrimp Pasta, you’ll add 1,240 calories to your day’s caloric savings. Make a swap like that just three times a week and you stand to drop more than 55 pounds this year!
Eat This!
Live Maine Lobster with cocktail sauce, Garden Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Fresh Broccoli

300 calories, 9.5 g fat (1 g saturated), 1,325 mg sodium

NOTE:  Let's see if who's reading our blog! 

Melaleuca for Non-Profits

I  received a phone call today from Charlene Sandifer (253) 222-3517 about Melaleuca.  Melaleuca Inc. has a program where non-profit organizations can join for free, have no minimum monthly order and still make commissions on the products they and their downline sell.  She is going to a meeting tonight and I asked for information on this Melaleuca program, so it could be discussed at one of our meetings.

If you think our group should get involved with Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil) products, please let me know.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Benefits of being a Chamber Member

Benefits of being a Chamber Member
You'd be surprised at the array of services available to you by joining the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce, and these services are FREE. Here is a list of some of the services provided:
  • Free listing on the Chamber website
  • Recognition in Chamber newsletter and at monthly forum for new or renewing membership
  • Live link from website to your home page
  • Window cling
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony with photo
  • After hours business mixers for networking
  • Networking and self-promotions at monthly forum meetings
  • M2M business discount program
  • Economic development advocacy
  • Area history and demographic information
  • Visitor information services
  • Advertising opportunities in the annual Member Directory and Community Map Guide
  • Display of business cards in Chamber Lobby
  • Direct referrals from Chamber office
  • Please give us a call or email if you have any further questions.
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Use the image to the left on your website to show your membership

Rainier Lions Club Joins Chamber of Commerce

The Rainier Lions Club joined the Yelm Chamber of Commerce in February:

The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce proudly serves parts of Thurston & Pierce County. They are located just 17 miles east of Olympia and 25 miles south of Tacoma.
The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce supports our local businesses inYelm-Rainier-McKenna-Roy and surrounding area.
Mission: The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce supports our local businesses by promoting economic development, community involvement and government connectivity.
Address: 106 Prairie Park Street, Suite 138
Yelm, Wa 98597

Phone: (360) 458-6608

The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New Members:

The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed additional new members during the month of February. New: Hometown Property Management, Rainier Lions Club, AFLAC/Henshey, Tags Awards & Specialties, Gary Alexander, Renewals were: Lake Lawrence Community Club, Edward Jones/Brent Conklin, Prairie Lanes, J & I Power Equipment, InterCity Transit, Yelm LawnMower & Saw Shop, Inc., Crossroads Community Conve...nant Church, Fairway Real Estate, Sunrise Homes, Inc., Flory Cabinets, LLC, Yelm Lions Club, Terry Kaminski, Yelm Food Co-Op, Yelm Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Yelm Dollars for Scholars, Scott Mills/Realtor for Keller Williams, New Life Christian Center/Eagle View School, America's Credit Union, Funeral Alternatives of WA, The Rants Group, Harlequin Productions, Air Solutions Heating & Cooling, Prairie Business Park LLC, Timberland Bank, Jason's Greenhouse, Inc, Strawberry Patch Preschool, Yelm Laundry Center, Edward Jones/Embrey, Windermere Real Estate, Lucky Eagle Casino, Hwy 507 Young Life, Snickerdoos Catering, ABC Academy, Morningside, Tad Stillwell Insurance Agency, City of Rainier, Yelm Real Estate, Aquatic Company, Rainier Education Foundation, Gee Gee's Hobby Crafts & Gifts, and Living Well Chiropractic, Inc. PC. Month after month the members continue to renew and we are fortunate enough to continue to have new members join the business team. Yelm-Rainier-McKenna-Roy and surrounding area are working together building stronger communities!

Upcoming The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Events:

Check out The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce website and keep updated on what will be happening and who is coming. The schedule and vendor list is up. Kellie Petersen from Gordon's Garden Supply will be their featured speaker on Saturday, April 28 at Noon and on Sunday, April 29 at 1pm we welcome Cisco back. There is still time to get your booth space --- BUT hurry they are going fast!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Enthusiasm of Women in Your Lions Family

By:  Wing-Kun Tam
International President
Lions Clubs International

We all know that maintaining the positive membership momentum that Lions Clubs International has achieved over the past few years will require bringing more women into our Lions clubs. But doubling the number of women in your club this year - is that possible?

 Yes, it is and in the latest edition of Family and Women's News, First Vice District Governor Karen Sell, District 21 B, Tucson, Arizona, USA, offers no fewer than 50 dynamic and effective strategies for doing just that. Number one on her list may be the simplest and most effective:

"Ask every woman to bring in one more woman. They already know women - sisters, friends, neighbors, co-workers, daughters - who would be great Lions."

Doubling the number of women in your club is not only possible, it is desirable. The women of your club bring a level of talent, dedication and compassion available from no other source. Adding to their numbers can propel your club toward a new level of service toward your community and the world - and that is what a Lions club is all about.

Letter from Kenya:

"I am strongly encouraged by the infusion of female talent and enthusiasm that women Lions of District 411A, Nairobi, Kenya, are bringing to bear on the needs of their communities. At a ceremony in October, 2011, it was my privilege to personally accept the charter applications from two new Lions clubs to be made up entirely of women and to formally induct 15 new women members into existing Lions clubs, for a total of 65 new, dynamic women members joining our family."

Increasing the number of women in our clubs is a part of the larger My Club, My Family effort. When members invite spouses, sons and daughters living in the same household to join their Lions club, those family members will pay no entrance fee and pay only half of the international dues. Clubs can get the youngest family members involved and develop future Lion leaders by sponsoring a Lions Family Cub Program or Leo club.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Conference

Linda Lazelle and I went to the Lions MD-19 Spring Conference on Friday, April 13, 2012 for training as incoming Treasurer & Secretary.  The training I attended was very informative.  I will print up the MD-19 manual, as it has many useful tools in it.  We both received CD training disks, which will help us serve our club and Lion community.

Later that evening, George came and we visited the information booths in the LaQuinta Conference entry way.  We stayed for dinner and the beginning of the fun activities.  All Zone Chairmen made short speaches about their clubs.  One memorable speach was made like a Dr. Seuss rhyme.  It was delightful.  Our Zone Chairman, Bill Miller's speach was my favorite, as he said that 150 activities were done by clubs collectively. Considering many of our clubs are small, that's remarkable. 

Bernice & Chris Beck joined us, as we watched the crowing of the King Lion and Lioness.  We left when the dancing started, as we had an early day planned on Saturday.  Bernice and Chris stayed for the dancing and returned the next day for more activities.  I hope they will share what they learned at our next membership meeting.

I encourage everyone in the Rainier Lions Club to attend our conferences.  The actual cost of the conference is minimal.  There is so much to learn and do at the conference, that the experience is worth much more then the cost.  I don't know how they do it! 

The "Splish Splash Skit" was worth the drive to Tacoma!  Traffic and all!  Thank you Splish Splashers!

Board Meeting April 16, 2012

The Rainier Lions Club met at the Chineese Wok at 6:30 PM for our monthly board meeting.  Bernice & Chris Beck, Linda Lazelle, Evan Burnett, Larry Warrner, Victoria Fanton, Rodney Mitchell, Bev Jolley, George & Linda Johnson all attended the RLC board dinner meeting.

We discussed:

Blue Grass:  Menu items; preselling wooden coins for $5.00 each for a meal at Bluegrass; design and price of 20th anniversary coffee mugs ($10.00) - which all RLC members will able to presell; strawberry shortcake.

Road Clean-up:  Road clean-up will be next Saturday April 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM.  RLC will meet at the Rainier Chapel.  The board has pinchers to pick up the debris.

Scholorship:  The criteria for the scholorship was discussed and rules were read.  The RLC board has decided upon the amount and winner(s) of the scholorship, which will be announced at the next membership meeting on April 23, 2012 at the Rainier Chapel. 

The Rainier Lions Club has been asked to host the next Zone meeting.  It is tenatively scheduled for May 10, 2012 at the Rainier Chapel.  RLC have to confirm with Bill Miller and the Rainier Chapel.  The Chineese Wok has agreed to prepare the food for our meeting.  The cost will be $12.00 and there will be aproximately 50 guests.

The results of the Kite Flying - Family Fun Day:  We used 46 of the 48 hot dogs.  We had 20 children attend with their parents & grandparents.  This was a record breaking year for our kite building and flying event.  Everyone had a good time.  Linda Lazelle and Linda Johnson took pictures, as well as some of the guests.  I will post my pictures in another posting.

White Cane Days are coming up.   There will be 2 - 3 hour shifts each day over that weekend from 10 AM - 4 PM.  Bernice Beck will bring the sign-up sheet to the next meeting.

RLC official Lions shirts will be ready for pick-up this coming Thursday.  We will need to pay Evan for the shirts we ordered at the next meeting.  We will have them just in time for the Zone meeting and White Cane Days!!!

YEARLY MEMBERSHIP DUES:  Please pay your $60.00 dues.  Checks can be brought to the next membership meeting, or checks can be mailed to: 
Rainier Lions Club,  PO BOX 1033, Rainier, WA 98576.

RLC Board members voted to donated $200.00 to the group that made a presentation by Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County. 

RLC Board members voted to pay the Rainier Chapel $600.00 for use of the building through June of 2012.  We will then pay for the last half of the year in July.

Thank you all RLC members for attending the Board Meeting on April 16, 2012.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Fox 13 and the 2012 Race for Sight

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 11th Annual Race for Sight! Here is a quick clip from Fox 13 that talks about the day's festivities.

LCIF Blog Information

LCIF has launched a blog to keep Lions up-to-date on Foundation activities. This will include information on the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative, other LCIF-related Lions' stories, interesting photos and messages from LCIF and the Chairperson.

You can visit the blog at:

Other Lions Clubs International Links:         

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Leo's Online

The Rainier Lions Club has been planning on sponsoring a "Leo's" Club for teens in the Raininer Area. for school age teens.  We will start our club online in a closed Facebook page, for memebers only, with Victoria Fanton overseeing the group, as our adult supervisor. 

The Rainier Lions Club offers a scholorship to students graduating from Rainier High School.  Leo Club members will also be eligible to apply for a scholorship given by the Lions Club International. 

The Leo Club memebers will be able to work along Rainier Lions Club members to complete their community service hours in fun, public service activities.  Some of our activities are:

Rainier Family Fun Day - Kite Building & Flying

Packing Apples  

Blue Grass Festival 

Caroling for food donations for the less fortunate

LERC eyeglass cleaning & collection

White Cane Days

We invite all teenagers interested in belonging to Rainier Leos Club to contact Victoria Fanton (203) 507-4996 or Bernice Beck (360) 458-4545. 

LQ:  Lions Quarterly April 2012