December 2015 marks the end of an era. Betty is retiring after co-managing the Wilderness Food Pantry for 9 years. She first served with Lion Janet, then Lion Jim and most recently Lion Dave. During this time the number of Pantry clients has grown from 50 to 300+. Working with the other co-managers, Betty ensured the Pantry was stocked as well as resources would allow by coordinating trips to the Fredericksburg Food Bank with volunteers and by personally shopping the best buys at local supermarkets. Betty’s compassion for the Pantry’s clients is always evident. She listens as they describe their circumstances and then suggests other avenues of support – the Free Clinic, Hot Soup and Sandwich at a local church, etc. She also offers to take ill clients to the ‘Doc in a Box.’ Undoubtedly, the Wilderness Food Pantry will continue to serve and have an impact on the less fortunate of our community. However, Betty’s absence will leave a void.
Lioness Book Room Re-opens February 27
The Lionesses who staff the Book Room are on hiatus until February 27. Located in the Ferris Building, the Book Room is open the last Saturday of each month – except December and January. As our most profitable fundraiser, the Lioness Book Sale is on track to exceed its budgeted receipts for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Thanks to the volunteers who operate the Book Room by collecting, sorting, shelving and selling books. Pictured are (seated) Linda and Sherri; (standing) Glennah, Caroline and Helene.
Thanks to the team co-chaired by Joyce and Julie, the Lake of the Woods Lioness Holiday House Tour was very successful with 184 tickets sold. The tour took place on December 12. Those who participated in the biennial event were treated to a visit at each of five homes here at the lake – seeing beautiful decor and seasonal trimmings. Michelle is pictured selling tickets at the Christkindlmarkt.
We measure our success by the way we made people feel! Delight of Lioness to clear out those beloved holiday decorations that no longer hold a place in our homes…Sparkle of Christkindlmarkt customers who found new holiday decorations at such affordable prices…Mouth watering moans of satisfaction from Bake Sale customers who reaped benefits from the talented LOW Lioness chefs.
Most of All, Our Success in Participation at Christkindlmarkt is Measured by How Those in Our Community and Those Supported by Lions (State and International) Benefit from Funds Raised by Lioness at This Event.
Christkindlmarkt is Saturday, December 5th at the Community Center. Caroline Caldwell is accepting Christmas items at her home, 428 Westover Parkway. She has a covered porch where you may leave your donations. Also, you may bring items on Friday, December 4th from 5 to 7 pm at the Community Center. Workers are also needed from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday…Call Caroline if you can help.
Baked goods should also be delivered Friday evening between 5 and 7 or Saturday morning to the Lioness Bake Sale booth at the Community Center. Monetary donations in lieu of baked goods will be accepted. Contact JoAnn Zwickl if you have questions.
Should be a fun day! Plan to attend.
The Lake of the Woods Lioness Club was formed in 1987 by 71 members with a purpose to provide community service opportunities and activities for our members, to unite our members in friendship, fellowship, and mutual understanding and to cooperate with the Lions Club of Lake of the Woods in carrying out its service programs and activities.
Barbara is the only one of the original members who is now an active Lioness – even though several charter members may continue to live at Lake of the Woods, In 1987, would those 71 women have imagined their organization would grow to over 115 members and be such a strong force in our community as we strive to meet the purpose in our constitution?