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Thank you to Oklahoma Lions Clubs!

 January 2017, OLSF Newsletter
The Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation would like to thank the Oklahoma Lions Clubs for their continued charitable gifts! These gifts help Lions State Projects succeed. It was just announced that the Ok Lions Eye Bank matching grant from LCIF was approved for 75K. Thanks to Oklahoma Lions, all the funds have been raised except for 10K. Since White Cane is coming soon, would your club consider raising funds for this much-needed project?
In addition, the OLSF board of directors voted to bring Kid’s Sight under the umbrella of the service foundation! We are excited to be a part of this wonderful sight saving program.
Thank you to the Lions Clubs who donated more than $200 FY 2016:
Okmulgee Lions Club 
Seminole Lions Club
Ponca City Noon Lions Club
Midwest City Lions Club
Lawton Noon Lions Club
Sallisaw Lions Club
Altus Lions Club
Prague Lions Club
Miami Noon Lions Club
Wewoka Lions Club
Pryor Lions Club
Pocola 40488 Lions Club 
Ardmore Noon Lions Club
Stillwater Lions Club
Chelsea Lions club
Kingfisher Lions Club
Newkirk Lions Club
Okarche Lions Club
McAlester Lions Club
Broken Bow Lions Club
Davenport Lions Club
Edmond Lions Club
Muskogee Noon Lions Club
Lomega Lions Club
OKC Northwest Lions Club
Wilburton Lions Club
Junior Livestock Show Lions Club
The top charitable clubs this year was Okmulgee, Seminole, and the Ponca City Lions Club. Many of these clubs continue to give year after year and work hard raising funds to help save lives! I want to give a special thanks to the OKC Northwest Lions Club who gives a memorial and speaking tribute gifts on a regular basis. This last month I spoke at the club and they presented OLSF with a check for $2000.00! This is so needed and much appreciated!
I also want to give special thanks to the Edmond Lions Club for the first donation to the Kid’s Sight Program. I visited there this month to hand out their Cowboy Cadillac awards and they gave me back their awards check to go to Kid’s Sight! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Edmond Lions Club also celebrates Lions Clubs International Centennial Celebration with a special charter member, Gifford Parkhurst! Gifford turned 100 years old on January 13th, 2017. It was an honor to meet Gifford and be present as they sang him the birthday song. 
There are so many Lions Clubs who are dedicated to raising funds for Oklahoma State Projects. On behalf of OLSF, the Eye Bank, and the Meadows of Hope we thank you! YOU are the difference in the many lives we serve!
Marie Burns
News Letter November 2016
Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation Fundraisers
COWBOY CADILLAC
Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation’s annual Cowboy Cadillac Drawing for a free 2016 Ford F150 is soon approaching. The drawing will be December 10th, 2016 at 1:00 PM at WIlmes Ford, 108 North Veterans Drive Altus, OK 73521. We are excited to have Altus Lions Club Hosting the event! Thank you Altus!
 Wilmes Ford has graciously honored us as the main Grand Prize sponsor. In addition, OLSF will be giving away prizes in each district. Please Mark this date on your calendar for the big drawing!
WHITE CANE
Throughout the world, the long White Cane is used by people who are blind or visually impaired as a tool for safe and reliable navigation. The white cane is a symbol of the user’s skills and talents, mobility and independence. It also allows the sighted person to recognize that the user is visually impaired.
International White Cane Safety Day (October 15th) gives Lions an opportunity to increase awareness of the white cane and safety for the blind. Oklahoma Lions have traditionally observed White Cane in April.
Recently, the Lawton Noon, Leo’s and Patriots clubs received publicity in cooperation with the Lawton Council for the Blind for their work in public awareness. As a result, they have received donations and eye glasses for recycling. The Lawton Leo's made and handed out small canes & information for public distribution. These are also extended to YOUR CLUBS to support OLSF and the Lawton Leos. These young Lions need to raise money to attend the Centenniel Celebration in Chicago Ill..
The Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation strives to bring awareness to fellow Oklahomans regarding the issues visually impaired individuals face as well as raise funds to support Oklahoma Lions vision programs. This year we are raising funds for the new equipment needed by the OK Lions Eye Bank for the DSEK process. Please consider supporting your Lions State projects and assisting these young Leos with a vision for increasing Lions across Oklahoma! This is our Oklahoma’s Future!
Marie Burns
October 2016
The Mission Statement says a lot about an organization. Just like the motto: “We Serve” tells the public what Lions do, the mission states why we exist.
In 2015 the Board got together and decided to amend the mission to include other charitable services such as, to aid local Lions Clubs projects and the Mobile Health Screening Unit. The mission was to be broad enough to expand and help even more communities. The current mission statement is:
“The Foundation's mission is to provide support and services for Lions Clubs of Oklahoma charitable and benevolent services."
OLSF is still searching and applying for funds to support the Mobile Health Screening unit however, we are needing funds immediately to continue through this year. For those clubs that sponsor the unit and are able to help so many in the community, the unit is a stable part of their outreach every year.
Plea! Please consider supporting at least one individual for testing through the unit. The cost for testing one person in 8 critical indicator tests, is only $30 per person. The unit is such a valuable program that travels throughout the state of Oklahoma. We know it saves lives each time it goes on the road. Please consider the possibility of saving one life with a $30 donation to support this valuable program.
You can hit the DONATE NOW button on our webpage www.oklionsfoundation.org. We are excited that Oklahoma Lions are taking advantage of this online giving benefit!
While OLSF is continually raising funds for Lions Charitable Services this also includes the Meadows of Hope and the Ok Lions Eye Bank. So, we are working tirelessly on the Cowboy Cadillac Campaign. Thank you to the clubs who are sending in money early! These clubs are also requesting additional tickets, so if you need additional tickets please send your previously sold ticket stubs in with the monies collected, so we can issue more tickets to you. This is great news but we are running low on tickets.
cowboy Cadillac
OKC Lions Club. Bob Burke
JUST REMEMBER we have set aside a certain number of tickets to be purchased online on the website.
These will generate a ticket number and print them off at the state office for the drawing.
Finally, it was an honor to attend the 100 celebration birthday of the Downtown OKC Lions Club. Bob Burke, attorney, writer, and historian was the key note speaker. You could have heard a pin drop in the room. The information was not only encouraging but also a reminder of the passion of Ok Lions.
The history of OKC Downtown Lions was impressive as they spearheaded the establishment of the Trust for OLBR and was the home of an International President Judge Edgar Vaught, for whom OLSF has named the top award. The Lions History is one of giving, caring, and serving.

Please continue this long legacy of Lionism in Oklahoma!

So Proud to be a LION!
Marie Burns
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