Friday, November 17, 2017

A Special "Thank You" to All of our Veterans!

The Lions help may groups all around the world.  It's especially touching when we help people in our own country.  

Last Saturday, November 11th, was the annual Veteran's Day Parade in Auburn.  All the veteran's and Lions were invited.  Members of Lions Project New Hope NW, is a Lions group that assists veteran's and active duty soldiers and their families suffering from PTSD, were in the parade. had their trailer in the parade and passed out brochures..   

Thank you for your service, Chris

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The 2017 Rainier Bluegrass Pickin' Party Radio Broadcast

Today I found the audio of the 2017 Bluegrass Pickin' Party's 25th anniversary performances of several groups on "The Right Country" radio website.  If you missed this years celebration, or you want to listen to it again, in the comfort of your own home, you can!

You can listen to the following bands:

  • The Pine Top Pickers
  • Tried and Blue
  • Mostly Merle
  • The Grey Sky Ramblers
  • Rusty Hinges
  • The Lewis County Pickers
  • Roosevelt Road
  • Mile High Drive

This is made possible because of work that David Wuller and The Soundman Jackson did.

Remember to tune in to "The Right Country" radio to listen to your favorite country music. 

Bluegrass 2017 Audio:

Saturday, July 22, 2017


July 20, 2017

Tracine Farrow, of the Yelm Lions Club, received a call to help a person who needed a wheelchair ramp.  She called the Lacey Sunrise Lions for assistance. Reggie Christen, 976A Tipsoo Loop, Rainier, WA. had an infection that developed into gangrene. He was admitted into the hospital and his leg was amputated.  He was house bound without the use of a ramp.

On July 20th, members from the Rainier Lions, Yelm Lions, and Lacey Sunrise Lions worked together and constructed a 16 foot ramp.  The project was completed in three hours.

Lions Hours:
            Pat Bucknell             3 Hours         Lacey Sunrise
            John Christensen      3                                  “
            Randy Harris            3                                  “
            Bob Kelley               3                                  “
            Paul Martin              3                                  “
            Charles Cook           3                      Yelm Lions
            Angela Cook            3                                  “
            Christian Beck         2                      Rainier Lions
                        Total           23 Hours

            Bayview Lumber    $188.86
            Rolled Roofing           25.00
                        Total            $213.86

 The Yelm Lions Club donated a check for $213.86

Zone Chairman Chris Beck also donated sandwiches and chilled water for everyone.

It was a pleasure working with our neighboring Lions.

Reggie Christen was pleased to be able to exit his house for some fresh air and sunshine.   He thanked everyone many times.

Bob K.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

RLC Agenda July 10, 2017

Peaches, Pears & Nectarines 2017

Bluegrass Pickin' Party 25th Anniversary 2017

FREE Admission!  Come to the 25th Anniversary of the Rainier Bluegrass Pickin' Party August 24th - 27, 2017 in Wilkowski Park.   

The pickin' & grinnin' will go on all week, as the bluegrass performers practice in the park by their RV's.  It's fun for the whole family to wander through the park and watch the performers play informally, as they get ready for their free concerts.

Friday the Open Mic on the Bluegrass Stage starts at 3 PM and goes on through 7 PM. Please remember to bring chairs and blankets.

Saturday there are 2 concerts.  The first one goes from 2 - 5 PM.  The second one starts at 6 PM and runs through 10 PM.  

Pinewood Derby Community Races 2017

This year the Cub Scouts #307 will be having a “Pinewood Derby” after the Rainier Round-up Days Parade.  This race is open to the public & is for people of all ages.  

They’ll have a Rainier Round-up Days Vendor booth, where anyone can sign up to have their car in the Pinewood Derby.  The entry fee is $2.00 for the race.  All money raised from this event will go towards helping the pack buy a new race track for their derby races.

Thank you for supporting our Scouts!

Jim Bob's 5 Annual Show & Shine Car Show & Auction

We stopped in to see Lori Shine in their new "Shine Specialties" store front. It's amazing! They have a lot more room. It's open and spacious. Their grand opening will be on August 19th. She gave us a flyer for a fundraiser that she and her husband sponsor. It's "Jim Bob's 5th Annual Show & Shine Car Show & Auction" which helps our wounded heroes from JBLM. This fundraiser is near & dear to their hearts.

George is making a bridge, with solar lights, to donate to this auction. You'll be able to see it soon at Shine Specialties. Go in and say "Hi" to Lori. Tell them George sent you!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

RHS Scholarship Night 2017

Last night, June 6, 2017,  was RHS scholarship night at 6 PM. This coming Friday is RHS graduation at 7 PM.

It was a 90 minute program and when it was over $202,000. was awarded to RHS Seniors Class of 2017. What an tremendous help to these fine young adults in furthering their education.

I was honored to be able to make the presentation on behalf of the Rainier Lions Club Becky Waldron Memorial Scholarship fund to both very deserving Jesse Nubbe and Devlyn Davis.

Jesse Nubbe, Valedictorian personally asked me if I received the invitation he sent to Bernice and myself. I told him I had and I planned to be there to see him get his well deserved diploma.

It was a real pleasure to have worked with both Jesse these past year and Devlyn this past two years. Devlyn received other awards and scholarships for his community service also; so he was very busy helping out other groups too. 

Some groups actually look at the overall community service a student does to make an award. Thurston County Rotary for example gave three (3) $1,0000. awards and (1) one $2,0000. award for a total of $5,000. to 4 RHS students; Devlyn and Jesse were 2 of the 4 and the two (2) others I believe were in the Top "6" of class which we honored along with their parents at our Clubs "Top 5" (this year 6) limo ride and dinner at Mount Tahoma Golf Club Restaurant last month; which is part of our total scholarships.

Hope you can join me in attendance to congratulate all the graduates and wish them the best in the next stage of their future, Today's youth is our community, nation and Lions future!

Chris Beck, Rainier Lions Club, President 2016-2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Project New Hope Flyer 2017

Agenda for General Meeting April 24, 2017

Agenda for General Meeting

April 24, 2017   
Rainier Chapel 6:30 – 8:00 PM


Rainier Community Gardens – 1st Tues RHS
Senior Center Lunch – Mon & Wed Noon $3.00 per person
City Council – 2nd & 4th Tues 7 PM
Rainier Community Cares – 2nd Thurs 5 – 7 Rainier Chapel
Sportsman’s Club – 1st Mon 7 PM
City Council – 2nd & 4th Tues 7 PM
Rainier Food Bank – Wed & Sat 9 – 12 Noon
Valley Heart Breakfast – Last Saturday of the month 9 – 11 AM Free


LERC – 2nd Monday 9-12
04/30/17 – Report of Officers to MD 19 submitted by Lion Linda
05/05-05/06/17- White Cane Days
05/10 – Top 5 Student Dinner-Tahoma Gulf Course
05/15 – Record officers by Lion Linda
 06/03/17- Lions Day at the Races Honoring Lion Patty Allen (MD 19 Social Event) 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

06/18/17- Give level of Legacy Project (1, 2, or 3)
06/17-18 Olympia Air Show ~ Olympia Host Lions Burger Den help?
07/01 – 07/05-Scatter Creek Coffee Stop
07/25-End of Year Report due by Lion Linda
08/12/17-Centennial Celebration-11-8, Clock Tower Park, Dupont, WA
08/24-27/17-Rainier Blue Grass Festival, Wilkowski Park, Rainier
09/21-09/23-USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, Portland, Oregon

New member Orientation Webinar (Go to Meeting) Hedstrom
(continuous) Third Monday of every month, 7 to 8 PM, webinar 

RLC Minutes April 10, 2017

Minutes 04/10/2017

Attendance:  KL Chris Beck, Evan Burnett,  Bernice Beck,  Pia Ballmes,  Dawn Kenney, Autumn Kenney, Linda Lazelle.  Guest:  Dave Wuller, BGF coordinator

KL Chris called meeting to order with pledge, song, and prayer

Tail Twisting – KL Chris gave a quiz—Mr. Spell, Miss Spell.  Pia won the prize, a purple pen.  Second meeting of month will have a birthday cake for April birthdays.

KL Chris asked for reports from Lion Linda, Bernice and himself concerning the Spring Conference held in Olympia at the RL.  Lion Linda said that there was a class Youth:  Building on Past Legacy.  A new Lion was speaking about the Lions being “Old peoples Club”.  This is a past stereo type.  Need to attract younger members by stressing that Lions is a plus on their resume for jobs.  Community Service shows that they care about more than just themselves and gives them a leadership role.  Can give back, serve, and network with potential employers.  Some clubs have real estate, insurance brokers, bankers, or other professionals in membership.  Hold each other responsible by calling and/or texting to get to meetings or projects.

Concept that can be used is to have project fit in for younger members to give them something immediately where they can be seen in community as active Lions.  Go into High School and establishing career in 30’s.  Annual Earth Day Project, Care Projects such as back packs.  Approach and get engaged!

Ron Smirich said there is a Your Club, Your Way concept that offers younger members their own meeting schedule, set up own projects (not so much traditional).  Maple Valley meets once month on Saturday.  Still members in main club but branch meets at different time.  Communicate using Face Book, private page members only. 

Lion Linda attended a class on Ethics.  Go over Ethics once a year.  Part of induction.  Can we do better?  Build up and not destroy.  Go to Zone Chair, District Governor.  Mediation, find out about.  Vet you transfer members with club coming from.  Either accept or reject with a letter (don’t  say why if rejecting.)  Transferring secretary from previous club has to drop, then vet incoming with Board no time limit. 

CARE in Peru this year helping girls to go to school.  Raised $40,000 this year.  MD 19 send donations.  Salina Peru 2 year period for funds.

Change to sight screening in school.  Will be required to check near vision plus far.  Lions screeners get training like school nurses. 

Lion Bernice Code purple resuscitating vol. priceless.  1 new Lion changes 70 lives.  Breakfast at Sallys Book by luncheon speaker.

KL Chris moderated class and evaluated feedback.  What Worked?  Clubs that have grown immensely, Mineral.  New fire truck, run lake resort in summer.  Lions own 20 acre piece of property, 40 new members.  Good example for us and the kitchen concession stand—let people know it’s there because of Lions.  Dupont 4 years ago has business and professional members.  Poulsbo is also successful club. 

A third reading of officers was given:  Lion Evan Burnett, President, Lion Jill Wilkinson, Vice President, Lion Linda Lazelle, Secretary, Lion Evan Burnett, Treasurer, Lion Bernice Beck Lion Tamer, Lion Dawn Kenney, Tail Twister, and Lion Jill Wilkinson, Membership Chair.  Next meeting on April 24th will be the election of officers.   Lion Linda will email Al Hedstrom orientation to Lion Pia.

KL Chris Beck requested a report by committee chairs:  White Care Days, will set schedule locations.  (Lion Dawn) Legacy Project (kitchen/concession stand) Health Department permit getting (Lion Evan), Scatter Creek Coffee—work with Lacey Mid-Day, part of week.  Got coffee use Lacey’s pot for coffee, hot chocolate, tea bags.  Cookies furnished.  Will divide after providing volunteers only.  Make a roster to do shifts (2 people at once)(time date name cell #) (KL Chris), Centennial Celebration  Sponsors for on BG form, May 15th get sponsors (Lion Bernice, PPN (no chair) will likely have Lacey Lamplighters be in charge of distributing fruit to hub clubs, Blue Grass Festival --Website up, usual prepare, spread word August 21-27.  Have everything but stage. (Lion Evan and Dave Wuller), Top 5 Dinner—2nd Wednesday of May, Limo and go to Tahoma Golf Course restaurant (Lion Evan).

KL Chris said that Olympia Air Show is in June.  We can help.  Father’s Day Weekend.  Requirement if Rainier Lions are to use Burger Den in August.  We get free pass to air show, if volunteer.  4-6 hour shifts. 

Keep asking about membership using club brochure and membership application.

Ad in District Roster for Blue Grass Festival and Peaches Pears and Nectarines.  Motion was first and seconded to have ad placed.  Motion carried.

We will need a dinner count for the next meeting.  Chicken was suggested as main course.

Meeting adjourned.  

April 24th next meeting.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Earth Day 2017 in Rainier

Left to Right:  Jesse Nubbe, Autumn Kenney, Chris Beck, Dawn Kenney.  Picture taken by Teri Rendahl

Today on Earth Day and my birthday Dawn, Terry, Autumn, Jesse Nubbe and myself planted flowers at the Rainier Veteran's Memorial and the flower bed by the Welcome to Rainier Sign North end of Rainier. Terry took some pics and will post them to the RLC blog.

It took a whole hour with 5 of us and we were done before the rain came and then all went to Valley Heart for breakfast with Runyon's.

Thanks to all who helped, Chris Beck, RLC, KL

Left to Right:  Jesse Nubbe, Autumn Kenney, Chris Beck, Dawn Kenney.  Picture taken by Teri Rendahl

Left to Right:  Dawn Kenney, Chris Beck, Autumn Kenney, Jesse Nubbe.  Picture taken by Teri Rendahl