Friday, August 29, 2014

Low Vision Center

Just wanted to remind everyone of some of the health services that available to low income families through the Lions


This center is basically for legally blind people

Olympia Host Lions Club – Low Vision Resource Center

Organizations and individuals in our community have donated the low vision devices in the center. The center loans or gives these aids to guests. The center can provide guests with free eye examinations and glasses, if qualified. Open by appointment only.
Corbin Low Vision Resource Center
4313 6th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-790-8667

Farms Forever Speaker

Marcie Cleaver will be our guest speaker at our next Rainier Lions Club meeting on October 13th. She will be talking about the South of the Sound Community Farmland Trust program called “Farms Forever.”  Please feel free to invite your family and friends.  We serve dinner at 6:30 PM in the kitchen of the Rainier Chapel.  Our meeting starts promptly at 7 PM.

If you are planning to attend, just let me know.  If you're planning on coming early for dinner, let us know how many people will be in your party, so we will plan for enough food to serve everyone.

George Johnson
Secretary, Rainier Lions Club
(360) 292-5363

Olympia Union Gospel Mission Vision & Dental Clinic Information:

Eyeglasses and exams are available through Olympia Union Gospel Mission .Qualified parties need to let them know the Lions sent them in

Vision Clinic Hours

The clinic operates every Monday and Tuesday evening from 5pm – 8pm
Qualified individuals receive an eye health exam and glasses. The clinic is staffed by volunteer professional optometrists. The Olympia Host Lions, along with area Lions Clubs, pay for the lenses in the glasses. The frames are donated by frame companies and local optometrist offices.
For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact Violet Hofman at (360) 709-9725 during business hours Mon. – Fri. 9am – 4pm.
Dental is also available to low income households

ince 2003, the Olympia Union Gospel Mission No-Fee Dental Clinic has been staffed by volunteer dental professionals. Now serving over 2,000 patients a year, the clinic provides emergency services to Thurston County residents living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level who have no dental insurance or alternate means to pay for care.
To make an appointment, call the Dental Line at 360-943-6400 | M – F 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (No Hablamos EspaƱol)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rainier Round-Up Days Parade Videos

For a real, good "hometown" feel, come to Rainier.  We're a small community.  Our downtown area is small, but we have the best homemade cookies in the state - freshly baked at "Main Street Cookies" right in downtown Rainier!  Across the street - you can shop at "Ginger Street" for great gifts and collectibles.  

Almost 50 groups participated in the Rainier Round-Up Days Parade.  The parade goes along Highway 507 for about 1/2 a mile.  It's perfect!  Almost everyone in town is either in the parade, or they're watching the parade from the sidewalks.  

For an honest mechanic, check out Turner Automotive - in the gray building in the parade videos.  You'll be pleasantly surprised!

You can see our downtown area in Wally Brown's parade videos below:

Rainier Roundup Parade Part 2

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler Announced a Limited Special Healthcare Enrollment Period

Starting August 27, 2014: 

In case you or someone you know can use this information.

Chris Beck Insurance
(360)458-4545 office
(360)458-3777 fax

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Subject: WA Insurance Commissioner Announcement for WAOIC #229321 Kreidler announces limited special enrollment period for people struggling with health coverage


Kreidler announces limited special enrollment period for people struggling with 
health coverage

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced a limited 
special enrollment period – effective Aug. 27 – for people who have experienced 
difficulty enrolling in health coverage through Washington’s Exchange, 
Washington Healthplanfinder at or who have 
had billing or payment issues.  

The special enrollment period starts Aug. 27 and is scheduled to run through 
Nov. 14, 2014. Only people who attest to having enrollment, billing, or payment 
issues with an Exchange plan may change plans during this time. 

General open enrollment for 2015 individual and family coverage starts Nov. 15, 
2014 and ends Feb. 15, 2015. 

“The Exchange is making real progress in reconciling the cases of those 
consumers who’ve experienced ongoing claims and payment issues,” said Kreidler. 
“Today’s announcement should not take away from their efforts. It’s just one 
more option for consumers who still need coverage. It will not be the best 
option for everyone, but hopefully it’ll bring immediate relief to some.”

Consumers who choose to leave the Exchange and switch to a health plan sold 
outside of the Exchange will lose their premium and cost-sharing subsidies. 
Consumers may also lose any credit toward their cost-sharing deductible or 
out-of-pocket maximum. 

During this limited special enrollment period, if you have experienced 
difficulty getting or keeping health coverage through the Exchange, you can:

• Stay with your health insurer but switch to a plan sold outside of the 
Exchange (you will lose your subsidy) 
• Switch to a new health insurer outside of the Exchange (you will lose your 

If you decide to change your coverage – either inside or outside of the 
Exchange, you must select a plan with the same “metal level” that you have 
today. Metal level refers to the type of coverage and cost-sharing requirements. 

A list of answers to questions about this temporary special enrollment is 
available on the insurance commissioner’s website at 

Consumers still have the option to keep their current health insurer and pay 
through the Exchange or pay their premium directly to their health insurer. Find 
out more at

Who’s eligible?
Anyone who has been unable to get or keep coverage in a plan through the 
Exchange because of an error in their enrollment, bill, or premium payment.

People with Washington Apple Health are not eligible for this temporary special 
enrollment period. 

How will this help?
This is an option for consumers who have experienced difficulties with their 
health coverage over the last several months. It will not be the best option for 

Approximately 85 percent of people enrolled in a plan through the Exchange 
receive premium or cost-sharing subsidies. If they move to a plan sold outside 
of the Exchange, they will not be able to keep their subsidy. 

Everyone must re-enroll or select a new plan for 2015 during the general open 
enrollment period, Nov. 15, 2014 – Feb. 15, 2015, even people who use the 
special enrollment to change plans now

“I’ve created this special enrollment period in direct response to consumer 
complaints I’ve heard over the last several months,” said Kreidler. “I continue 
to support the Exchange and the work it has done to successfully enroll over 90 
percent of the people who applied for coverage through Washington 
Healthplanfinder. They are dedicated to solving these technical issues and they 
are making progress. But as insurance commissioner, it’s my responsibility to do 
what I can to give consumers as many options as possible for getting coverage.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

Agenda August 8, 2014

Meeting August 11, 2014

Special Guests: 

MD-19 District Governor John Kirry

& Zone Chair Pat Bucknell

Pledge of Allegiance:
I Pledge Allegiance
To The Flag
Of The United States Of America
And To The Republic
For Which It Stands
One Nation
Under God,
With Liberty
And Jusrtice
For All.

My country 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountain side
Let freedom ring.

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills,
My heart with rapture fills
Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers' God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might
Great God, our King!

Our Prayer; Our Pledge; Our Song:

Where Lions meet be present Lord,
And fill our hearts with one accord.
To do thy will, Lord make us strong
To aid the weak and right the wrong.

Pat Bucknell introduces DG John Kirry

John Kirry, District Governor

George Johnson – Peaches, Pears, Nectarines update:

August 18:  Peaches Pears & Nectarines @ Rainier Chapel

Need to talk to Teddy Bear Hauling about using the fork lift and fork lift jack.

Evan Burnett – Bluegrass update:

Corn ordered from Lattin’s today.  Same price as last year.

August 18:  Bluegrass Fire Lanes, No Parking Signs, Trash & recycling barrels

August 18:  Zone Meeting 6 PM Hawks Prairie Restaurant

August 21:  Set up Burger Den

August 22, 23 & 24:  Bluegrass Festival

Tail Twister


Catering provided by the Chinese Wok in Yelm

Rainier Community Gardens 1st Tuesday RHS

Senior Center Lunch:  Mon & Wed at noon - $2.50 each

City Council meets 2nd & 4th Tues at 7 PM

Rainier Community Cares – 1st & 2nd Wed. @ Valley Heart Church

Sportsman’s Club – 1st Mon @ 7PM

City Council – 2nd & 4th Tues. @ 7 PM

Rainier Food Bank:  Wed & Sat 9 – 12 noon

Historical Soc. – 3rd Thurs. @ 6:30 PM

Valley Heart Breakfast – last Saturday of the month Sat 9 – 11 AM – Free – menu varies - great food!


August 15, 16 & 17:  Project New Hope

August 18:  Peaches Pears & Nectarines @ Rainier Chapel

August 18:  Bluegrass Fire Lanes, No Parking Signs, Trash & recycling barrels

August 18:  Zone Meeting 6 PM Hawks Prairie Restaurant

August 21:  Set up Burger Den

August 22, 23 & 24:  Bluegrass Festival

Support Our: Rainier Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts

Tenino Open House Dates for: Main Street 507 Project

POSTED on Facebook via Nisqually Valley News:
Tenino city officials are considering alternatives to enhance downtown Tenino for pedestrians, vehicles and businesses — and now’s the time for residents to weigh in.
Focal points of this planning effort include enhancing the beauty of downtown, creating additional space for pedestrians in the historic district, and improving key intersections along Sussex Avenue, such as the Old Highway 99 and Wichman Avenue intersections, for vehicles.
Over the past several months, the city has worked with business owners, residents, and the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop a variety of potential options for enhancing Sussex Avenue (state Route 507) to better balance the street’s role as a state highway and Tenino’s main street. Options considered to date include providing wider sidewalks in some locations, adding landscaping to the historic district and creating a series of gateways for individuals as they travel into the downtown area. Intersection improvements such as roundabouts, traffic signals, or alternative configurations are also being considered.
Residents and business owners are invited to provide their thoughts about the concepts at one of the open houses on the following dates:
Aug. 12, 15 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sandstone Cafe; and Aug. 20 and 25 from 5-8 p.m. at Tenino City Hall.

For more information about the Main Street 507 project, visit:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rainier Lions Honored to Serve.....

By:  George Johnson
Last week I was asked by a friend if the Rainier Loin's Club might be able to help an elderly couple, George and Eleanor Burger, in Yelm move their porch gate.  George said he always wanted cement steps.  They were finally able to get it done last year.  George had the new concrete steps set on the front of his porch where he always wanted them, but  the old steps and gate were on the side. 

Ready to get to work!

Evan evaluating the side steps, after the gate is moved to the front of the porch.

The old lattice was cut out and the gate moved to the front of the porch.

Evan removing the side brace from the old gate.

Bracing the decking where the side steps used to be.

The old side steps going up to the porch.

George Johnson working on the side of the porch.

George Johnson working removing the side steps going into the porch.


George Burger overseeing Evan Burnett level the area where the side steps used to be.

The Burger household was established in 1950.

The lattice work moved from the side gate.

The gate opening to the front porch.

The gate installed in the front of the porch.

 George Burger, George Johnson & Evan Burnett

George said that he used to be a plumber and carpenter.  When they first moved to Yelm, he helped construct the Yelm Prairie Christian Church.  Now he is no longer able to swing a hammer.
Three Rainier Lions club member showed up on Saturday the 9th at George and Eleanor's at 1:30.   It was a simple job and only took an hour and a half.  During that time we were able to talk with George, between his trips to the garage, to get supplies.  He told us of his involvement in helping finish the construction of the church to it’s completion.  
He matter of fact mentioned his service as if it were a ballgame watched on TV last night.  George served in the Navy for 22 years.  He was 18 in 1943 when he was drafted.  George, his two brothers and one sister all served in WWII.  They all returned home after the war.  George served for 2 years in the South Pacific, on a repair ship called the Piedmont.  One of his brothers was a co-pilot on a B19, the other an Army Engineer and his sister was a nurse who served the US in England.
Well if that was not enough George then served in Korea and then Vietnam.  George talked about it as if it was a stroll in the park on a Sunday afternoon.
When Linda, Evan and I finished we thanked George for the opportunity to be able to serve him.  It was an honor to assist such a courageous, devoted man and his wife.  Thank you George and Eleanor Burger.  You are real hero's in my eyes.

George Burger, George Johnson & Evan Burnett

Evan told us, "I like doing these kinds of jobs.  This is the reason I became a Lion!"

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hands of Hope Update August 3, 2014

Dana Reynolds and Suzanne Gayda & several Spanapark Lions, visited our Club a few months ago on invitation to share Dana's Hands of Hope mission experiences.  The Rainier Lions gave a donation to Dana for her recent trip.  This is the email from Dana:

From: Dana Reynolds

Sent: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 6:48 pm
Subject: Hands of Hope update

Dear friends and patrons of Hands of Hope,

Amidst this ever-changing world, it warms my heart to know there is at least one constant: the innocence, curiosity and joy of the children in the small school community of Taucca. These children consistently inspire me to continue walking the path of service. 

Upon my first visit to the Taucca Primary School the children showered me with exuberant hellos, hugs, smiles, and longing to know more about the objects I arrived with. I brought a class set of foam geometric math manipulatives and a larger plastic set of geometric shapes for the teacher to use as models. Later when I asked the children what they would like, a chorus of children spontaneously erupted with "libros, libros, madrina" (books, books, god-mother). We had been enjoying the one large picture book about dinosaurs and it was apparent how thirsty these children are to learn. It confirmed my goal to fund raise for a Hands of Hope van (book mobile) - a traveling library to share with several communities. Children naturally want to learn more about their world and of course these children are no exception. As a result of that visit and thanks to your generosity, I went shopping and returned with many beautiful Spanish children's non-fiction hard cover picture books about various animal groups. I hoped that these would whet their appetites to continue seeking answers to the many questions that fill their minds. (The books were a big hit!!)

This year my teacher friend, Corinne, from Washington is here for 2 months and has joined me when visiting Taucca. I know the children have touched her heart as they have mine. She planned and practiced to share a few read-aloud Spanish books.

Since fruit is not easily accessible at this altitude, we planned a fruit fiesta to enjoy after the sharing of books. This time we arrived with watermelon, papaya, grapes and apples. These were a special treat since we typically arrive with a large supply of oranges and bananas. 

The children had also prepared little group presentations to share and then we played store - the children had small items that had price tags and they gave the mothers and myself pretend money to shop and they would give us change for our purchases. It was delightful to witness the joy and pride when they were correct.

Last August, Hands of Hope had a balance $13,100. towards our goal of $35000 for a HOH book mobile. In the spring we were at $15,600 and before I left in  July we had $20,056. I also have money to use here this summer to meet the needs of theTaucca school community at this time. I will keep you updated on our progress here.

Thank you all for your continued support and well-wishes for Hands of Hope. We are making a difference in the lives of theses children and their families.