District 9 x 9 Newsletter

February 2005

Bob (Doc) Holliday, District Governor

2004 - 2005



As we all know, learning is a continuing process.  It helps us to become more knowledgeable, more aware, and able to help others by sharing the information and experience we acquire through this learning process.  We realize that we all have special, and unique talents and experiences, and that when we share them with others, a formidable bond is formed.  Because we, as Lions, have clear-cut visions of who we are, what our purpose is, and know where we need to go from here, it is my distinct pleasure to bestow upon each and every Lion in District 9 x 9, within the power in me vested, the coveted degree of ‘Doctorate of Lionology.’  This mark of distinction not only acknowledges the importance, but the contributions now and in the future, of the recipient.  Each of you are empowered to reach greater heights, through individual and group efforts, spreading the word of our service organization wherever you go, while bringing non-lions into our fold.  Congratulations to you all!




This is a non-misser.  It’s close and it has a greater deal to offer.  Many exciting and informational seminars (you choose the ones you would like to attend).  This will be held in Peoria, Illinois, September 22-24th.  Pat Mason is your District Promotion Chairperson who will be getting out the details to you soon.  We plan on having an information table at our District Convention, March 11-12th at the Muscatine Holiday Inn.  When you receive your copy of The Iowa Lion, be sure to complete the District Convention Registration form and send it in right away. 


It’s handy – It’s meaningful!


There is a pocket size brochure that is available through Lions Clubs International which outlines not only the Lions Clubs International Purposes, but our Lions Code of Ethics, Mission Statement and History of Lions Clubs International.  Every Lion should have one or more of these.  Contact the International Headquarters and ask for Brochure No.

ME-33 6/04.


Thank You!


I’d like to express my appreciation for those clubs and individual lions who have made a donation to the tsunami relief fund.  If there is a light to this darkness, it is within the hearts of those who do what they can for those they do not know. 


Include this


As you collect used eyeglasses from boxes your club has placed throughout the community, don’t forget that the need for hearing aids is great too!  Have you considered placing a press release in your paper saying that your club is looking for both used eyeglasses & hearing aids?

Has your club considered this?


Awarding a Life Membership.  Any member of a club who has maintained Active membership as a Lion for twenty (20) or more years and has rendered outstanding service to his/her club, his/her community, or this Association; or any member of a club who has maintained such Active membership for fifteen (15) or more years and is at least seventy (70) years of age; or any member of a club who is critically ill may be granted Life Membership in the local club upon:  (1) recommendation of his/her club, (2) payment to the Association in the amount of $300.00 and (3) approved by the International Board of Directors.  This application for membership (Form CLM 5M 2/02) can be downloaded from the International Web Site. 


ILF Golf Tournament


Mark your calendars now, and tell your friends, neighbors and coworkers to mark theirs.  June 21, 2005 will be the date of the ILF Golf Tournament in Bettendorf.  This will take place at the Palmer Hills Golf Course, 2999 Middle Road.  Golfer Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and there will be a 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start.  Golfers, we need you.  If you are a non-golfer, we also need you!  There will be a steak dinner and awards ceremony held at 2:00 p.m.  Thanks to the Low Moor Lions Club for cooking the meal.  Support can be given in many ways:  1) Through Hole Sponsorship, 2) Special Events Sponsorship, 3) Course Sponsorship.  Talk with Tournament Chair, Andy Ploehn, and arrange yours and/or your company’s sponsorship today.  Contact Andy at:  (563) 344-9022.  Email: Andy@mainatlocust.com.  Show your support of this extremely worthy cause.  Attend, and have a great time.


Welcome New Members


Join me in welcoming these new Lions:


Robert Jacob (Bettendorf Lions Club) – Sponsor:  Ken Carnes

Wayne Piehl (Bettendorf Lions Club) – Sponsor:  Ken Fuhrman

Fred Goettsch (Bettendorf Lions Club) – Reinstated

David Rossate (Cedar Rapids Noon Lions Club) – Sponsor:  Richard McClain

Dean Ekstrom (Cedar Rapids Noon Lions Club) – Sponsor:  Allan Harms

Kent Ruppert (Delmar Lions Club) – Sponsor:  Kent Bennis

Roger Holdorf (Walcott Lions Club) – Sponsor:  Mike Sissel


Put these dates on your calendar!


Feb 5:              Chili Supper & Bake Sale, Cedar Rapids Noon Lions

Feb 10:            Bettendorf Lions Club Valentine Party, 6:00 p.m. (Social), 6:30 p.m.

                        (Dinner).  Thunder Bay Grille, Davenport.

Mar 8:              Walcott Lions Club, Annual Fish Fry

Mar 11-12:      District 9 x 9 Convention, Holiday Inn, Muscatine

Mar 19:            Eldridge Lions Club Easter Bunny Breakfast, Del’s Banquet Hall, Eldridge

Mar 20:            Delmar Lions Recreational Fund Pancake Breakfast

April 16:           Lions World-Wide Induction Day

June 30

& Jul 7:            Camp Hertko Hollow Lions Visitation Day




Great Plains Institute


Ask some of those who have attended:  Peter Anderson, Donna Schultz and John Taylor.  This is just one great and fun learning opportunity!!  It provides skills for job, community, church, club and personal development.  Some of the topics include:  Communications skills, time management, team building, delegation, management of change and leadership styles.  Any Lion, Lioness, Leo who has attained majority, and who has not yet served as District Governor as of the dates of the institute is eligible.  Iowa can send up to 25 interested Lions to attend.  This year, the Great Plains Lions Leadership Institute will be held on the Dakota State University Campus, Madison, South Dakota.  The cost of $100, per attendee, covers double occupancy accommodations, meals, course materials and registration.  If this interests you, please contact VDG Donna Schultz or DG Bob Holliday.  Applications will also be available at the District Convention in March.  Questions about the Institute may also be directed to:   PID Gary Fry, PO Box 606, Mitchellville, IA  50169.  Phone:  (515) 967-4645.  Email:  frygj35@msn.com.


Consider doing an Environmental Project in your Club


Your District Environmental Committee Chair, Marvin Klebe, will be putting something out soon, but here is a primer.  Every Lion can enter a photograph of his or her immediate surroundings into the club-level Lions Environment Photo Contest.  The purpose of the Lions Environment Photo Contest is to showcase the beauty of nature.  In 1972, Lions Clubs International made a commitment to protecting the environment.  For details about this opportunity, go to the Lions International Web site (www.lionsclubs.org) and click on “Cultural & Environmental.”  Also, don’t forget Arbor Day is coming up; time for tree planting.




A deserving Lion indeed is Alice Whitlatch, who was presented the International Leadership Award Medal by International Director, Bud Wahl, at the Mid-Winter Leadership Conference.  We’re proud of you Alice!


Warren Coleman Honorary Award


The Warren Coleman Honorary Award is presented to deserving Lions in honor of their dedication to service through their respective clubs.  A $1,000 donation to the Iowa Lions Foundation within a three year period qualifies for this prestigious award.  Each club has Lions who set themselves apart in supporting and promoting Lionism.  Truly, a recognition of this kind would be befitting.  Every dollar amount your club contributes makes a world of difference, whatever that dollar amount is.  For those clubs who have not yet contributed to the Iowa Lions Foundation this year, please consider sending in a check of any dollar amount as soon as possible.  It means a lot!  If you have questions regarding this award, please contact your Foundation Trustee, Dave Henecke, or your Region or Zone Chair, whose phone numbers and email addresses are in your District Directory.  Thank you.