Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lions Club Closes out the year with fun!

Let's face it 2011 was a very difficult year for many in the Vermilion community. Vermilion Lions Club has worked very hard to help those families that have struggled this year. We are proud to have raised funds for our eye-care mission in helping children and adults with vision care.

We also have worked to contribute financially in helping other worthy organizations from Grace's kitchen, to the Vermilion Food Pantry, Operation Christmas Joy and also helping students with contributions to the Athletic and Band boosters, plus much, much more.

Of course we couldn't have done any of this without our great volunteers and the overwhelming generous support of contributors who help other by purchasing French Fries and Perch at our Wagon during festivals and football games.

Just this past week we raised $1600 from our annual Christmas Party Mystery Gift Auction. Not to mention our volunteers took up stations at Salvation Army Bell Kettles.

We thank you Vermilion and hope to help even more in the New Year! Have a great 2012!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Salvation Army marches into Lions Club

The December 6th meeting of your Vermilion Lions Club featured the Christmas Spirit of giving as we hosted Tom Chmura, the regional field representative to the Salvation Army.
Tom expressed his gratitiude in thanking the Vermilion Lions Club for providing volunteer bell ringers helping to raise funds to assist those in need.

The club members were given updates on fund raising activities, and also on the increasing need for giving in these tough economic times. Tom informed us that the Vermilion Service unit of the Army had raised $44, 106 during the past year.

To hear great speakers like Tom, and for great fellowship in helping others contact us to see how you can join Lions!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sadly we say goodbye to a founding father of VermilionLionsClub

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of founding member Will Pretzer. Will was a founding member having served over 60 years in the community as part of Vermilion Lions Club.

The number of lives touched, as well as projects participated in from festivals, parades, fund-raisers, to helping improve Vermilion through projects like the Victory Park Gazebo and many others; Will definitively served others.

At the 40th Anniversary of the Vermilion Lions Club Will stated "I joined because of the motto 'we serve'. I was interested in what the club stood for, and I connected with what they do".
We will miss the man who meant so much to the club and to the community.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lions 'check' in with boosters, and Dr. Maz stops by.

At the Tuesday Nov. 15th meeting of your Vermilion Lions Club we were honored to have special guest Vermilion Chiropractor. Dr. Maziar Nejad. Dr. Maz explained to members the various treatment options at Vermilion's Health Source and also answered many health related questions.

We are very honored to have great guests like Dr. Maz stop in and share with us their professional experience.

Also, at the meeting the Vermilion Athletic and Band booster representatives were presented with a check for their share of the proceeds of our "Football and French Fries" chuckwagon, which was at every Sailor home game and garnered great support from the town. Half of the proceeds go to helping those less fortunate as Lions Club helps support many great causes in Vermilion, and the other half helps with kids in support of band and athletics. We are very proud to help as all the labor for Football and FrenchFries is volunteered.

Thank you Vermilion for your great support!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sailors come home to the warmth of French Fries!

Tonight the Sailors return to take on Rocky River, and so does the Lions Club with our delicious French Fries at the Sailor Stadium.
Did you know that all proceeds from the sale of Lions Club fries go to help programs in your community in aiding the disadvantaged. Plus a portion goes to both the Vermilion Athletic Boosters and the Vermilion Band Boosters. So help us and get a great tasting start to your cheering tonight!

Go Sailors!

Friday, September 2, 2011

More Fries for the faithfull

We are very grateful for the support of our community at the Sailor football game last week. Sales of fries were very good, proceeds of which goes to help so many in the community. So much so we are ready to do it again tonight. So get ready for more Football and Frenchfries at Sailor Stadium tonight!

We'll have the Chuckwagon ready, see you on the sidelines!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Football and Frenchfries returns this friday! It's Spudtacular!

The kids are heading back to school and that can only mean on thing, the moment we have been waiting for all summer arrives Friday!

That's right we are talking about the return of Football and Fries at Sailor Stadium this Friday night. Or as we like to call it "Taters n' Touchdowns".

Get there early and get in on this spudtacular event! Everyone is a winner when you purchase Vermilion Lions Club French Fries, all proceeds benefit the Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters and all the various community service groups that Lions Club supports. So eat up, it's for a worthy cause.

Judge Zack Dolyk stops by for tips on Will power...

At the Vermilion Lions Club meeting of Tuesday the the 16th our special guest and speaker was Vermilion Municipal Court Judge Zack Dolyk.

Judge Dolyk spoke to the Lions briefly about some of the trends in crimes seen before his court, and then at length about preparing your estate to be passed on to family.

Several examples were given from living wills, to power of attorney and various methods of estate planning followed by a lengthy question and answer period as Lions Members had many questions on the topic.

We are grateful to the judge for taking time to share with our club his wisdom and experience.
If you are interested in hearing great guest speakers like Judge Dolyk while pitching in to help your community, contact us on how you can be a member.

We are here to serve!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lions get information to remember about memory Loss..

At the August 2nd meeting of the Vermilion Lions Club the guest speaker was Terri Williams from Lake Point Health Care Center.
For those of you unfamiliar with Lake Point Health Care, the center is a comprehensive health and rehabilitation point providing intermediate and skilled care, as well as specialized care for Alzheimer’s Dementia and Behavioral Health.
The topic for the evening centered on Mental Health and more specifically the memory loss. Terri outlined for the Lions Club the symptoms and various treatment options when loved ones start to show signs of reduced mental capacity and forgetfulness.

We are very grateful to Ms. Williams for stopping by and providing our members with such useful information.
For more information on Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or other Memory related questions you can visit the Lake Point Health Care Center Website

Monday, July 25, 2011

A word from Lions International...We Serve Worldwide!

This year promises to be one of great success as we build upon our recent achievements. Last year, we witnessed our Lions' generous financial support, especially by giving more than US$18 million for Japan disaster relief. Overall, donations were up by 46 percent from the previous year!

This next year, your Foundation hopes to continue this generous support for our disaster relief efforts as well as supporting our undesignated fund in order to give hope to even more people worldwide. We will also focus on building our partnerships in new areas of service.

Judy and I are excited to work with all of you this year to further the efforts of our Lions Clubs International Foundation. During the last three years, we have seen first-hand the amazing impact we are having through our Foundation on countless lives worldwide.

Early last year, in Osaka, Japan, I saw how we are providing job training for the blind, and in Nebraska, USA, I witnessed young athletes benefiting from improved sight through our Opening Eyes partnership with Special Olympics. These are only two examples of the impact our Foundation is making.

You may recall that my theme last year was "Beacon of Hope." I can tell you that it is only through your generous donations that our Foundation is truly a Beacon of Hope, and with President Tam's theme of "I Believe," I do truly believe we can change even more lives this year. I look forward to providing you with an update on our disaster relief efforts in my next message. This week Judy and I will be traveling to Joplin, Missouri, USA, to see the needed assistance that is being given there.

Serving together,

Sid L. Scruggs, III

Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Lions get a Kick out of Vermilion Soccer Club.

Vermilion Soccer Club representative Adam Penton stopped by the Vermilion Lions Club meeting of Tuesday July 19th to share with the Lions all the exciting news about soccer club activities.

A brief presentation about what soccer club does and what it means to the youth of the area, as well as the health advantages of outdoor activity was given followed by a great Q & A about all things soccer.

Afterward Vermilion Lions Club president Steve Holovacs pledged financial support on behalf of Vermilion Lions in support of the youth of the community.

A big thanks to Adam Penton and the Vermilion Soccer Club for their ongoing effort in our town.

To learn more about Vermilion Lions Club and our support for many of Vermilion's service organizations. Or to join and help others in your town please feel free to contact us about membership.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Lions Welcome New Officers

The Vermilion Lions Club has elected its leaders for the 2011-2012 campaign. We are truly blessed and grateful to be led by such a talented group of volunteers.


1ST VICE PRES. Bill Hendricks
3RD VICE PRES. Dick Burger





Monday, June 20, 2011

Thank you Vermilion!

We would like to thank the many, many visitors to our booths this weekend. Vermilion Lions Club fresh cut fries and perch sandwiches were selling at a brisk pace, with the proceeds benefiting the community at large as we raise funds to help those in need. Our Leo Club also enjoyed great support with their grilling burgers.

We have been a part of the Fish Festival since it's inception which was started as a fish fry between Lions Club and Romp's Marina. We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come and are very grateful to our supportive patrons for making it happen.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lions Club welcomes new members.

Vermilion Lions Club is proud to welcome three new members into our ranks. On Tuesday June 7th, prospects Alex Chrjapin, Ron Kocan, Cliff German all joined the ranks of the Lions.

Vermilion Lions Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults in need with eye care support, as well as the community at large by supporting and funding a host of programs and events for the benefit of all.

We are certain our new additions will be at the forefront of these efforts. We are grateful for their participation.

If you are interested in making a difference in the Vermilion area Lions club is for you. We have a volunteer schedule that will fit any lifestyle. Help others at your pace.

Please contact us for more information.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

An evening of health with our friends from Kingston!

The Vermilion Lions Club had some great guest speakers stop in from Kingston of Vermilion to share with the club the importance of exercise and healthy living.

Speaking on behalf of Kingston were Heather Shirley and Jana Fehlan who outlined the benefits of therapy and rehabilitation programs going on at their state of the art facility.

Items of note included
  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • In and Out patient services
  • and Long Term Care
  • Plus many other services found here at
A very informative and fun night for the whole club.

For more information on how Kingston can help you click the line above.
If you are interested in helping others as well as great fellowship and learning from very interesting and informative guest speakers, contact us on how to be a Vermilion Lion. We have an opportunity for you to volunteer at a pace that meets any schedule.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lions Announce Student of the Month for April

In recognizing hard work, community involvement, and high academic standards Vermilion Lions Club is proud to announce its Student of the Month for April, Marisa Zemesarajs.

Of course no student would be where they are without great parents, it is our pleasure to also introduce and congratulate Marisa's parents John and Mara for their great effort.

Academic Honors: 
  • 3.98 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society (2 years)
  • National Spanish Honor Society (3 years)
  • Lamp of Learning
  • National Spanish Exam (Bronze Metal – Grade 11)
  • Mu Aplha Theta (2 years) 
Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Cheerleading ( 2 years )

  • Model UN ( 3 years ) 

  • Community Service:

    • Leo Club Activities
    Character Description:

    • Intelligent
    • Interesting
    • Active

    Thursday, May 12, 2011

    When Tragedy Strikes, Lions are there!

    Dear Community,
    The last few months have seen great destruction across our globe. But, like me, I am sure you are proud of how we Lions and our global Foundation have been quick to respond.  Now, in the case of the Southern United States disasters, we are giving a hand and giving hope to those in greatest need.  The Foundation has already provided US$160,000 in emergency grants for immediate relief across eight states since mid-April. We are mobilizing an additional US$250,000 for continued relief efforts.

    The destruction and death tolls continue to rise from the deadly tornados and storms throughout the U.S. during the month of April. I continue to be shocked and saddened by this news. It is the largest tornado outbreak in the history of the U.S., with at least 178 tornados killing more than 300 people. Thousands of people across several states have been left homeless.

    Lions have also been greatly impacted. But they are committed to meeting the urgent needs in their communities. In hard-hit Birmingham, Alabama, Lions have set up a warehouse staging area to collect and distribute donated goods, including emergency supplies such as water and food. Twenty-seven Lions clubs in District 12- O, Tennessee are providing 200 families with prepared food boxes, needed medical supplies and eyeglasses.

    "Lions from around the world have called me to hear how the local Lions are doing," said Lions International Director Yamandu Acosta, of Alabama. He has received calls from Australia, Spain and Peru, as well as others.  

    Lions, you know well that Lions Clubs greatest asset is our volunteers-you and 1.35 million Lions around the world. Wherever there is a need, there is a Lions club nearby, ready to respond with their hearts and hands. Your generosity in the case of disasters allows us to be the first to offer help.

    Lions, I ask for your help in making the hope for a brighter tomorrow a reality for the people in these devastated areas.The most effective and immediate way to help is through a designated donation to LCIF  for Southern United States relief.

    I have seen some of the recent destruction first-hand in New Zealand, and next month Margit and I will be in Japan and Haiti to visit with Lions and view our relief efforts there. Lions, we can take great pride in our long history of providing relief for as long as it takes.  

    I hope I can count on you to once again give your full support to give help and hope in the Southern United States.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Lions Get A Visit From The Summer Lunch Bunch

    Kathie McBride of Vermilion's Summer Lunch Bunch was the guest speaker at the May 3rd meeting of the Vermilion Lions Club. Kathie shared with us the opportunity for kids throughout our community to join the fun at the Summer Lunch Bunch Program.

    The Summer Lunch Bunch program was created by the Salvation Army and the USDA to provide the children of Vermilion with a place for supervised summer activities and most importantly a healthy FREE LUNCH.

    The Lunch Bunch program operates June 6th through Aug 26, Monday through Friday 11:00am to 2:00pm at First Assembly of God Church on 4931 Southview (Vermilion).

    We are sure grateful to Kathie and the entire Summer Lunch Bunch staff for creating a great safe haven for kids, and for sharing the information with us.

    For more information call 967-5446

    If you are intersted in hearing about what's going on in your community while you serve others please consider joining Lions Club. We are your neighbors and friends helping others in their time of need.

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    District Govenor Dana Zody stops by for a visit..

    At the April 19th meeting of the Vermilion Lions Club we were honored to have District Governor Dana Zody and his wife Julianne stop and share some of the Lions District 13B happenings with the club. They had many great stories to share about their trip to Australia and of other Lions community efforts such as those to aid Japan.

    On a fun note Govenor Dana is also a well known portrayer of Santa during the Holiday Season.

     If you enjoy an evening out with a great group of community minded folks as well as very informative speakers, give Vermilion Lions Club a try. You won't be disappointed, we have a way to serve your community that meets any schedule. Partcipate as much or as little are you are able.

    We serve, and so can you!

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Give the gift of life April 18th!

    Vermilion Lions Club needs you! On April 18th Lions Club in cooperation with the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Vermilion Ritter Public Library.

    We all know that every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation. 
    When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.
    Please join us in our mission to help others and maintain a safe and stable blood supply by making your donation on April 18th. We hope to see you there!

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Lions are electrified by City's plans for aggregation

    The April 5th meeting of Vermilion Lions club was home to some very important visitors as Mayor Eileen Bulan brought along a guest speaker on an upcoming ballot issue. Collete Appolito, representing First Energy Solutions provided Lions Club with information about the City's proposed ballot issue on Energy Savings.

    The presentation featured information showing the citizens of Vermilion saving a substantial amount over the 10 year contract period. A forecast saving of up to 6% on what is currently offered as the lowest rate. Also noted was the city itself was able to receive a grant totaling over $120,000 to aid in these tough financial times. Several questions were fielded from the audience, one which revealed that the majority of cities and townships around Vermilion have already passed this initiative.

    We would like to thank Mayor Bulan and Collette Appolito of First Energy Solutions for taking the time to inform us on important issues affecting our community.

    For more information on Electrical Aggregation contact the Mayor's office at 440-204-2402

    We're hoping you see red..... April 18th Blood Drive...We need your help!

    Vermilion Lions Club needs you! On April 18th Lions Club in cooperation with the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Vermilion Ritter Public Library.

    We all know that every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation. 
    When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood.
    Please join us in our mission to help others and maintain a safe and stable blood supply by making your donation on April 18th. We hope to see you there!

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Lions Club Student of the Month for March

    In recognizing hard work, community involvement, and high academic standards Vermilion Lions Club is proud to announce its Student of the Month for March, Keith Powers

    Of course no student would be where they are without great parents, it is our pleasure to also introduce and congratulate Keith's parents Keith and Trina for their great effort.


    Academic Honors: 
    • 4.11 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society
    • Science- Social Studies- English Department Student of the Year as a Junior
    • "Excellent student- one of the best in Social Studies I have ever had" (Paul Ward)
    Extra Curricular Activities:
    • Speech and Debate: Captain; Debate Letter; State Qualifier
    • Mock Trial
    • Model UN
    • Student Council- Co-Chair of Service Committee
    • Academic Challenge:

    • National Honor Society Food Drives
    • Christmas Decorating Downtown Vermilion

    Congratulations Keith!

    Friday, March 25, 2011

    Lions International Lends a Helping Hand in Japan...

    My Dear Fellow Lions and Leos,

    I am deeply humbled by the generous outpouring of support from Lions worldwide to my call last week to donate funds to the Foundation's Japan Relief Fund. Already, LCIF has received donations or commitments exceeding US$6 million, including US$3 million that the Lions of Japan are working to raise themselves during their own crisis. Again, it's so very humbling to see such compassion by the network of caring Lions and Leosworldwide. I thank all who have already donated from the bottom of my heart.

    With the expected death toll now exceeding 18,000 and rising, the devastation is clearly greater than anyone could have imagined. And more than 400,000 people are still in shelters, in the cold, often going without a hot meal for days on end.

    Now that the roads have re-opened, Lions from all over Japan are sending relief aid from every corner of the country -- 30 tons of rice is being sent from Sapporo, US$50,000 worth of baby formula from Hokkaido, and women's health products from the southern area of Shikoku - all through the Lions network in Japan. Within a day of the disaster, many courageous clubs distributed 20 tons of food, water and emergency supplies, despite great risks and challenges to themselves. Even our Lions blue-colored Lions relief tents are being delivered to give shelter for Lions volunteers and other relief workers in the hardest-hit areas.

    To distribute the aid effectively, the Lions of Japan quickly set up four Lions relief aid warehouses in affected areas. Lions are coordinating relief aid distribution with local government officials and with the Japanese Red Cross. As a result, Lions are helping coordinate blood donation campaigns within Japan.

    As you know, we have 31 Lions clubs in Sendai - the largest city affected by the quake - and nearly a club in every town up and down the coastline. Whether it's clothes and food today, or shelter next week, or a wheel chair the week after, Lions will be there to give dignity to those who have suffered such unimaginable pain and suffering.

    While many of you have already generously donated, for which I am very thankful, please encourage your fellow Lions, Leos and friends to also donate. Please know that every donation will be put to careful use, and 100 percent will go to the cause. Also, donations received between March 11 and June 30, 2011 will be eligible for Melvin Jones Fellowships.

    I am again humbled by your generosity to date. The Lions of Japan have always been there for the rest of us in times of need. So I am proud of you, and never prouder to be a Lion, when we come to their aid in the wake of this historic, awful tragedy.

    With my cordial regards,

    Eberhard J. Wirfs

    Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    A BIG 'Thank you' to our beloved Vermilion Community!

    The last two weeks have been very busy ones for your local Vermilion Lions Club.
    On Saturday March 12th we had our 60th anniversary celebration with many visiting guests and dignitarys joining the fun. Some VIPs of note attending the 60th Anniversary were District Governor Dana Zody joined by his wife Julianne, and guest speaker Past International Director Steve Sherer and his wife Mary Ellen along with the son of founding member Will Pretzer, Don Pretzer who was on hand to pick up an award recognizing his fathers 60 years of outstanding service to the community.

    Steve Sherer
    Then on Saturday the 19th the Vermilion Lions Club held its annual Reverse Raffle to raise funds that benefit the community. We are extremely grateful to all who attended this great event and for the communities ongoing support of the club. We are proud to service such a caring community.  
    Tom and Janet Ruh with the Lions Centerpiece
    Lions Setup Crew

    Dana Zody presents Don Pretzer accepts an award for founder Will Pretzer
    Double Docs keep things strait at the Reverse Raffle
    VLC President Joe McDonald with Dana & Julianne Zody