District 9 x 9 Newsletter

January 2005

Bob (Doc) Holliday, District Governor

2004 – 2005



Haven’t you heard the expression, “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.”  That doesn’t mean that only one individual is identified to pull the weight of the group.  What it should mean is that if each of us had that determined attitude and worked cohesively as a team that great things could and would happen.  Each individual effort coupled with the efforts of all others would turn a plan into a result.  Let us each adopt this philosophy and go for the gold the remaining six months of our Lions year. 


Welcome New Members!


District 9x9 is proud to announce the names of the following new Lions:


Bradford Benson (Long Grove Club) – Sponsor:  Eric Luett

Chris Hoeger (Long Grove Club) – Sponsor:  Kevin Cunningham

Michael Fraser (Davenport Breakfast Club) – Sponsor:  Jay Schweer

Nancy Goldsmith (Davenport Breakfast Club) – Sponsor:  Edward Schebler

Brenda Schmidt (Davenport Breakfast Club) – Sponsor:  Linda Grunder

Edward Duesing (DeWitt Noon) – Sponsor:  Jon Billhorn

Duane Orr (Mount Vernon Club) – Sponsor:  James Bellamy

James Pope (Iowa City UIHC Club) – Sponsor:  Russell Irvine

Robert French (Marion Noon Club)


Deadline Reminder!


Please do not miss out on the opportunity to recognize your club’s Lion of the Year and Leader of the Year.  January 31st is the deadline to submit their names, and supporting documentation, for consideration of District Lion of the Year and Leader of the Year.  Those Lions chosen as District Lion of the Year and Leader of the Year will be considered for the Klise and Whitten Award.  Nomination forms have previously been provided to all clubs.  Club nominations need to be submitted to VDG Donna Austin Schultz, 79 Ealing Drive, Iowa City, IA  52246.


Expand Your Communication


If your club doesn’t already have a website, now is the perfect time to arrange it.  It’s extremely effective, it informs, acknowledges and does so in a BIG way to a lot of people.  Your District Information Technology Chair, Ralph Binnie, can make it happen for you.  Contact Ralph today.  His email address is:  Ralphb@willinet.net.  You owe it to yourself, your club and your community!



Year-Round Growth Program


This program encourages all Lions to participate throughout the year to strengthen their club by sponsoring quality individuals to become members.  Certificates bearing the International President’s signature will be presented to Lions who sponsor one or more new members during a Lions year (July 1-June 30). 



Lions who sponsor three or more members during a Lions year will also have the honor of receiving the President’s Membership Excellence Pin.


For more information on the Year-Round Growth Membership Program, contact the Membership Operations Department at (630) 571-5466, x322 or by email:  yearroundgrowth@lionsclubs.org.


District Peace Poster Contest


Clara Cook, District Peace Poster Committee Chair, did another amazing job this year.  Thank you Clara!  There were fifteen (15) clubs who met the criteria for competition.  Clara and I want to say ‘thank you’ for participating.  Upon evaluation of all submissions, a District winning poster was selected and forwarded on for Multiple District Competition.  It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Analisa Peruoco from the Long Grove Lions Club, who was selected as the winner in the District 9x9 Peace Poster Contest.  Submissions were also received from:





Where’s District Governor Doc?


1/6:                  Parkview Lions Club  (OV)

1/19:                Princeton Lions Club  (OV)

1/20:                UIHC Lions Club  (OV)

1/25:                Stanwood Lions Club  (OV)

1/26:                Clinton Lions Club  (OV)   



District Training for New Club Officers


There will be training available in each Region for new club officers.  Each Region Chair will be coordinating and scheduling this training through Leadership Development Chair Jerry Inman.  Details regarding date, time and location will be made available through your Region and Zone Chairs and also through the Iowa Lion and District newsletter.  This training is open to ALL Lions.  New club officers will definitely want to take advantage of this training and will benefit from it.


Sponsor’s Responsibilities


Sponsoring a new member means helping the club maintain its vitality with new outlooks and a new enthusiasm.  Sponsorship of a new member also demands additional responsibilities, i.e., making certain that the new member:



Warren Coleman and Melvin Jones Fellow Awards


What a perfect way to honor that certain Lion, while at the same time, support our foundation which does so much to support others.  Please consider this for members of your club.


International Relations


There are many ways your club can get involved.  The first of the Lions Clubs International Objects says:  To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.  Excellent ways of doing just this include:  Club Twinning; International Youth Exchange Program and Stamp Collecting and exchanging to name just a few.  Explore the opportunities by visiting:  www.lionsclubs.org and click on “International Relations.”  You’ll be glad you did!


Hearing and Speech


Our clubs do an EXCELLENT job in collecting used eyeglasses – keep up this great work!  Other areas which you may have considered involving your club in, but not have done so already, would be HEARING and SPEECH.  PDG Judy Terry is our District’s Committee Chair in this very important area.  Such things as:  Hearing Ear Dogs; Sign Language; Collection of hearing aids and donation to the Hearing Aid Bank, fall into this area.  To receive guidance and find out how your club can get involved, contact Judy at:  3575 Hanks Drive, SE, Iowa City, IA  52240.  Phone:  (319) 337-3617.  Email:  bluecoat9x9@mchsi.com.  Judy is looking forward to giving a presentation to your club or zone meeting.  This is too important an area to pass by.


Mid-Winter Event


If your club hasn’t already done so, and would like to participate, it isn’t too late.  The Mid-Winter Leadership Conference will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Des Moines, January 14-16th.  A fun event that everyone always looks forward to is the Silent Bid Auction of Theme Baskets.  A minimum request of $5.00 per club to offset the cost of our district’s theme baskets would help.  Please make your check payable to:  Julie Holliday and mail it to:  2325 Elm Street, Davenport, Iowa  52803-2302.  Your participation would be greatly appreciated.


It works!


It’s easy to do, everybody can get involved, there’s no cost and the return is great.  If you don’t have this important start up supply item, ask your club officers or let me know and I’ll make sure you get one or more.  Take the Lions Membership Pocket Application Form No. ME6B give it to someone who is not now a Lion, and ask them to complete it and hand it back to you so that you can them involved right away.  See – it’s simple and highly effective … it works!