21-B Southern Arizona
Postcard from Hermosillo 2014
February 24 – 28, 2014
The Glasses you collect do help
For many years, optometrists from Arizona have been going to Sonora Mexico to provide optometric care on a large scale- taking large teams of optometrists, large quantities of glasses that were inventoried, partnered with the Lions Club to obtain the glasses.
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Hit the Trail to
Mesa for the 21-B Convention
It’s time for me to roundup my Lion doggies and hit the trail to Mesa for the District 21-B Convention April 4 & 5. We’ve jam packed the corral with two non-stop days of district business, officer elections, seminars and FUN. We’ll circle the wagons at the beautiful Arizona Golf Resort. This facility has lovely rooms and grounds, so many amenities, you might want to come early or stay over to enjoy golf, the pool and spa, and great food at Annabell’s Restaurant. And, of course, all our trail hands from Districts A & C are more than welcome to join us for sharing and fun! Just bring your western gear and a desire to kick up your heels! The Trail Boss, International Director Judy Hankom and her husband, Lion Ron, will be joining us for the entire weekend. Judy Hankom, from Hampton, Iowa, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 95th International Convention, held in Busan, Korea June 22-26, 2012. Director Hankom is a retired assistant business manager for the Hampton-Dumont Community School District. A member of the Hampton Lions Club since 2001, she has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chair, district governor, council chair, district and multiple district women’s membership chair, and district extension chair. She has also served as chair of the First Lions Women’s Symposium in Iowa, Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute faculty member, Club Excellence Process facilitator, Campaign SightFirst II Group coordinator, Iowa KidSight screening volunteer and Special Olympics Opening Eyes volunteer. In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards including the club Lion of the Year, Iowa Lions Foundation Warren Coleman Honorary Award, International President’s Award, International President’s Leadership Medal and five International President’s Certificates of Appreciation. She is also a Melvin Jones Fellow. In addition to her Lions activities, Director Hankom is active in numerous professional and community organizations, including former chair of the Trinity Lutheran parish board and past president of the Hampton Public Library board. Director Hankom and her husband, Ron, also a Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, have three children and two grandchildren. Be sure to check out the agenda and news on the seminars in this issue of the Canyon State Lion. You will also find a registration form so cut it out, fill it out, send it in and call the hotel for your hugely discounted room rates. Resort standard rooms are $89, huge deluxe suite rooms are $99 and one bedroom casitas are $109. There is something for everyone!
From Gold Canyon to Green Valley, Tombstone to Tucson – Lions make life in beautiful Arizona even better. Look around and you will find Lions providing new glasses so a dad can get back to work – or so a child can learn to read. You will learn about Lions helping senior citizens with hearing aids – or building a wheelchair ramp so they can stay in their home. You will discover the “Lion Power” behind community projects, in schools, and helping our children grow up strong.
Friends – on projects that reslly do make a difference you can see. Man or woman, young or a wee bit older – if you are looking for a place to volunteer a few hours of your time, your local Lions Club is the place to be. Contact a club today – we’ll help you get connected!