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

Friday, March 18, 2011

Reverse Raffle This Saturday! Come out for a good time....

Vermilion Lions Club invites you to our Reverse Raffle with a chance to win $1500. Wouldn't that make your year!

Saturday, March 19, 2011
From 5:30pm-11pm
Germans Villa
330 Liberty Ave
Vermilion, Oh 44089

For your generous donation of $75 per couple, you get a steak dinner, Spirits, Dancing with DJ John Showalter of The Beat! What a great night out.

We will also have additional sideboards:
$3 paying $300
$5 paying $500
$10 paying $1000
Only 200 tickets will be sold, so get yours early for a chance to win the "early bird" drawing of $100, drawn on February 15th. All paid tickets will be in the drawing.
Join the fun with a very friendly crowd, causal attire, all for a great night out with a chance to win big. The best part is proceeds go toward helping those less fortunate in the community, so everyone wins when you participate.

See any Vermilion Lions Club member for tickets or call 440-967-6317 to get in on the fun!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vermilion Lions Club February Student of the Month...

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


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

Seans Honors:
- Strait A’s this grading period.
- Both National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.
- Dedicated to EHOVE Culinary Arts Program
- Community involvement includes, FCCLA, Amvets Post 22, St Mary’s Church,
- EHOVE Leo director, and member of the Leo Club Board.
- Volunteered at both the American Culinary Federation and Sandusky Bay Area Chef’s Association scholarship fundraisers.
- Winner SBACA scholarship.

Sean plans to attend Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford School.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Start off on the good foot... an evening with Dr. Dina

Part of being in Vermilion Lions Club is meeting on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Along with a chance at some great fellowship, we have a chance to listen to some very informative guest speakers. This past Tuesday was no different.

Dr. Dina Bauer joined Lions club for dinner and then a few words about her profession in podiatry. She had Lions members write questions then answered them one by one in great detail. Many topics were covered from bone spurs to cutting edge laser treatments for various nail ailments. Dr. Dina showed she was very adept at public speaking and had a great sense of humor.

We thank Dr. Dina for taking time from her busy schedule to meet with us and hope that if you have an interest in hearing great speakers like her, while volunteering your time in the community, that you consider joining us to see what we are all about!

To Contact Dr. Dina Bauer with foot or ankle questions you can reach her at

5435 Liberty Avenue
Vermilion, OH 44089-1333
(440) 967-7498

Also on Tuesday the Lions Club was treated to the award it received at the recent Vermilion Chamber Awards, for 60 years of service to the community.