2018 May 26 Website Info
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2018 May 26 2018 Website News
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2018 Sep 4 Gordon Gill Recognition 1
On Sept. 4, Gordon was honored at the Prairie Vista Care Center, for his service record.
A huge congrats for protecting all the citizens of the USA.
2018 Sep 4 Gordon Gill photo 4
Presentation of the award to Gordon for his service record.
2018 Sep 4 Gordon Gill Recognition 2
The beautiful quilt presented to Gordon.
2018 Sep 4 Gordon Gill Recognition 3
Gordon and his son enjoying his quilt wrapped around his shoulders.
2018 Sep 4 Gordon service display
Just look at this young man. Bravely protecting all of us. What a wonderful record.
2018 Aug 19 Spinart Shift 1
TJ & Chris Guzzi& Chris, TJs sister-in-law Sherry Rudawski (not shown), Tjs son Sam, and niece Elise (not shown) and nephew Ethan and Joey Hayes from HyVee, a new Lions member. Welcome Joey to the Altoona Lions Club.
2018 Aug 18 Spinart shift 2
Bill Pollard, & ?
2018 Aug 16 Spinart photo 2 girls with blue jeans and black shirt and gray shirt
TTwo more beautiful spinart creations, and more happy customers. Photo sent by Polly Antonelli.
2018 Aug 16 Spinart photo
Another beautiful spinart card, and a happy customer.
2018 Aug 17 Bridger Miller
This is my cousin Robin's grandson, Bridger Miller. Looks like he is mighty proud of his spinart creation.
2018 Aug 16 Spinart Shift 3
Sorry, I do not know who this is. If you know them, please let me know. Thanks.
2018 Aug 14 Spinart Shift 3
Jim & Carolyn Wilkins, Fred & Hazel Fricke from the Mithellvile Lions CLub. Thanks to Fred and Hazel.
2018 Aug 14 Spinart Shift 1
Joan Nolin, Bill Good, Rick Layman
2018 Aug 14 Spinart shift 2
Larry & Joyce Louens, & Doni Auten
2018 Aug 13 Spinart shift 1
Karr Joannie Van Nordstrand, Deb and Ron Sinnwell, and Anne Wheeler
2018 Aug 13 Spinart Shift 2a
This is Mike and Joann Fry, and Shelly HJeimer, & ?. Dont know who that is, please let me know.
2018 Aug 13 Spinart 3 girls
Three more happy spinart su=custom,er. Thanks to polly antonelli for the photo.
2018 Aug 12 Spinart Shift 3
Steve & Ann Moyna & family
No photo yet.
2018 Aug 12 Shift 2
Jim & Carolyn Wilkins, TJ & Chris Guzzi
2018 Aug 12 SApinart shift1
Moe Gilkison & family.
2018 Aug 11 Spinart Shift 2
Barb Mcgrean, Jen Book, & Sue Faupel
2018 Aug 11 Spinart Shift 1
Mike Horton, Jay Rosenberger, & Jays granddaughter
2018 Aug 10 Spinart Shift 2
Maryann Vedder & ?
2018 Aug 10 Spinart Shift 1
Sally Duer & Youth Group
2018 Aug 9 Spinart Shift 1
Karr Nan Nordstrand & friends.
2018 Aug 9 Spinart Shift 2
Ken Stuart &^ Family
2018 Aug 9 Spinart Shift 3
Vern King, Perry Phillips, D & D Smith
2018 Aug 8 Spinart Setup 4
Next to put the strings of spinart pods together.
2018 Aug 8 Spinart Setup 5
Of course, we have to have Managers, directing everything that done.
2018 Aug 8 Spinart Setup 6
2018 Aug 8 Spinart Setup 3
Setup photo3. Each year, a lady with the booth next to our Spinart booth brings us refeshments. We always invite her to our State Fair Appreciation Diner after the fair is over.
We always enjoy her great food.
2018 Aug 8 Spinart Setup 2
2018 Aug 8 Spinart Setup 1
Photo 1 Each year we have to setup the Spinart booth at the Fairfrounds. These photos are from that setup. Hope you enjoy these photos.
2018 July 28 Lions Parade Float 2
This is the Lions team that put the float together.
Bill Pollard, Lance Hudson, Michelle Hudson, Doug White,
Al Heimer, Shelly Heimer.
Thanks for your help.
2018 July 28 Lions Parade Float 1
At the Altoona 150th anniversary parade, the Altoona Lions Club had a float, shown here.
In the photo are: Michele Hudson, (in the Lions costume, but without the head), Lance Hudson, Bill Pollard, Doug White.
Thanks, guys for preparing and "manning" the float.
The Lions float has seen many parades through the years. However, this is the first time I have seen the "Budlight" sponsor logo. But I have missed a few parades. For a few years, Gordon Gill and I manned the float, stored at Jay Rosendergers place. Looks like this is a new rig. Nice pickup.
2018 July 23 Minutes of Lions meeting
Altoona Lion’s Club
July 23, 2018
Carpenters Union Training Center
Thirty-two people, members and guest, were in attendance to learn about
this facility. The evening started with a general discussion lead by Jeff
Weeks, a 39 year carpenter instructor, and Felitia Hilton, the political
director for this six state area.
Enrollment in the four year apprentice program is currently 250-260
enrollees. It is a “earn as you learn program”. Starting wages are $16.80.
Some insurance and pension benefits apply, depending on the length of the
educational process. One must have a high school or GED education, be
willing to work, pass a drug screen test, pay the $60.00 initiation fee and
dues for acceptance in the program.
This facility is within the North Central States Regional Council of
Carpenters that includes the following states: Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska,
North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Iowa has four training
centers, Altoona, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, and Sioux City.
We toured class rooms and the training complex. What a huge building!!
Respectfully submitted, Helen J Phillips, Recorder
2018 July 25, 2018 Lions Oficers for 2018
It has been quite a while since our new officers were
inducted, but since my PC was messed up,
I am finally getting to post their photo and titles;
President - T. J. Guzzi (far left)
Vice-president - Barbara McGrean (sitting)
Secretary - Bill Pollard (standing behind Roger))
Treasurer - Roger Mahnke (sitting)
1 yr. Board Member - Joan Nolin (3rd from right)
1 yr. Board Member - Rick Layman (second from right)
2 yr. Board Member - Jerry Carr (not present)
2 yr. Board Member - Carolyn Wilkins (next to Jim)
Tail Twister - Lance Hudson
Membership Chair. - Lance Hudson (second from left)
Lion Tamer - Jim Wilkins (next to Carolyn)
Web master & Assist Treasurer - Kit McDowall (working on PC)
Ex-officio - Helen J Phillips, Recorder (3rd from left)
DG Judith Stone (far right)
2018 July 28 Gordon Gill on Altoona 150th Anniv
We thought you would like to see long time Altoona Lion Gordon Gill. He is at the Prairie View Village.
Gordon is the oldest living person in the City of Altoona. Please stop and see Gordon when you have a chance. There are 2 photos. This is the first one.
The photos were sent to me by:
Director of Marketing
(515) 967-8700 Office
2785 First Ave. South · Altoona, IA 50009
email@example.com · www.prairievistavillage.com
2018 July 28 Gordon Gill on Altoona 150th Anniv 2
This is the 2nd photo.
2018 July 23 Tour
For the Altoona Lions Club meeting on July 23, 2018, the Lions
took a tour of the Carpenters Training Center Building. The following hotos are from that tour.
2018 July 23 Tour 2
2018 July 23 Tour 3
2018 July 23 Tour 5
This photo is of Jeff Meeks, Membership & Training
Officer for Carpenter's Local Union, #106 in Altoona
2018 July 16 Long time Lions Bob Stuart Passes
As most of you know by now, Bob Stuart has passed.
Bob was a long time member of the Altoona Lions Club.
He was a model for all of us Lions. Bob held rearly
every office a Lion can hold, including Dictrict
At Bob visitation, June said while Bob was in
hospice, the 4 Mile Creek flooded, and they
had to take bob's body out in a boat. June
was not upset. She knew everyone would do
Use this photo to remember Bob Stuart.
2018 July 16, 2018 Long time Altoona Lion Bob Aalbers Passes
We lost a second long time member of our Altoona Lions Club.
Bob Stuart unexpectedly passed away. You can find Bob's
obituary by googling "Bob Aalbers Funeral".
Bob and I had become a personal friends at the pool table. We shot
pool a few times. I will really miss that.
Use this photo to remember Bob Aalbers.
2018 June 12 Margaret Gowin receives award
Lions Int’l began accepting women as members 30 years
ago. Margaret was 15th Iowan Woman, and a member of
Altoona Lions Club, to become a member. Some of you
may remember when we named the spouses of charter
members then living as honorary members of our club.
A few years ago Margaret was elected President of our
club. Picture here with Bob Aalbers, a long time
member, who has recently passed away.
2018 May 2018 Halls 60th anniversary
Bob and Wilma Hall recently had their 60th anniversary.
This photo is from the Altoona Herald.
2018 July 16 note from Carolyn Wilkins
I want to update the members on our fundraising activities and the volunteers to date for each of these activities.
Prairie Meadows Family Days: (Amount = $1,500) Prairie Meadows donates this amount to our club to provide our spin art.
May 6 (Jerry & Marla Carr) - Done
June 10 (Carolyn & Jim Wilkins) - Done
July 8 (Moe Gilkison & Shelly Hiemer) Done
August 5 (Joan Nolin & Family member)
September 2 (Barb & Bill McGrean)
Art Festival: (Amount = $2,000) - June 22-24 - Prairie Meadows sponsors our
club to provide spin art at this annual event. Listed below are the members that
volunteered for this event.
Polly Antonelli, Herb Phillips, Jerry Carr's wife (Marla and her friend), Shelly and Al
Hiemer, Bill Pollard, Carolyn and Jim Wilkins, Moe Gilkison, Diane Smith (our adopted member for the summer). Shelly Hiemer volunteered for two shifts. We had to hire two
people for two different shifts as we did not have enough members that volunteered again
Altoona's 150 Year Anniversary Celebration: July 26-29 - Our club has donated
a $1,500 sponsorship towards a stage. We will have a float in the parade.
Bill Pollard is coordinating our entry So if you want to be involved with it, please
contact him. We will also be providing our spin art (free of charge) which is being
held at the Sam Wise Complex on Saturday, the 28th from 1-5 p.m. Our volunteers for it
are TJ Guzzi (and friend or family member), Bill and Barb McGrean and Lance, Michelle and Paula Hudson.
Iowa State Fair: August 9-19 (Estimated amount could be $11,000-$13,000) Several members have contacted me of dates and times they can help in the spin art booth. A
schedule is attached with volunteer names to date. This fundraiser event requires many
volunteers and I hope to see a number of our members "step up to the plate and be a team
member" so we don't have to hire people. It takes all of us to do our part as a member.
On another note, we have just lost two of our old time members that have volunteered
throughout the years with the spin art activity. We also have a number of members that
are no longer able to help with it as they have in the past. That is the reason why I am
requesting the members that can help to even see if they have family members/friends that can help.
Roger Mahnke is still in charge of obtaining our fair admission tickets and coordinating
our supplies - cards, paint, spin art booth equipment, etc.
If anyone has questions or concerns, please contact me at 262-1246 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Right now I am on vacation in Utah (tonight) and won't be home until the 17th, so it
would be helpful if you could wait until after the weekend to contact me.
That will also give you time to research your availability as to when you can volunteer at
the fair (hopefully two different shifts).
2018 July 9 Minutes
Altoona Lions Club
July 9 2018
Lion’s Park Shelter House
The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance lead by President
T.J. Guzzi and followed by prayer offered by Rick Layman. There were 17
The meeting speaker was Dr. Dirk Halupnik Southeast Polk School district
Superintendent. Some of the items he shared:
1) the SEP district is the 14th largest in Iowa
2) the SEP graduation rate was 98.28 %, the highest in our school history;
Iowa’s state average is 90.8% and national average is 82.0%
3) our enrollment for 2017-2018 was 6,843; 40-50 new enrollees are
expected over the summer, thus the numbers will grow close to 7,000 for
the 2018-2019 year
4) over the next 5 years the anticipated growth is @ approximately 100
students a year
5) funding by the state government has been going down; the district has
retrofitted lighting throughout the district and annual savings is
approximately $500,000 as one of their major funding reduction actions
6) tax ratio on property has been reduced to $3.00/$1000 valuation for
7) the Chrome Book computer program is being expanded
8) a new 154 spaces parking lot is being developed on the north side of the
the high school building, (rainy weather has slowed progress)
9) in the big picture, the district has purchase 18 acres on Rising Sun Blvd
for a future school; this property was referred to as the Freel family farm;
the district is looking at the Spring Creek area as another possible
10)Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) will be on the next school
ballot, September 11, 2018, for renewal.
Dr. Dirk Halupnik exceeded his 20 minute time frame, however, there was
a good Q&A session.
Secretary’s report of June 25, 2018, read by Helen J Phillips, Recorder.
Moved to accept by Lance Hudson, 2nd by Barb McGrean, with unanimous
Roger Mahnke’s treasurer’s report:
Activity Fund! ! 5679.59
Money Market! ! 3425.19
Admin. Fund! ! 3957.38
Moved for approval by Moe Gilkison, 2nd by Joan Nolin, with unanimous
1)The funeral bulletin for Bob Stuart was shared with those present; Roger
Mahnke also stated the club had sent $100.00 memorial to the family.
2)Inventory of our spin-art supplies was conducted by Don Townsend, Karr
VanNordstrand, and Roger Mahnke. They feel the supply is “adequate”
thus there is no work night scheduled; the paint is to be inventoried next;
also new switches are to be replaced on the tubs.
3)Discussion regarding loaning of spin-art tubs to other groups was
discussed. General thoughts were for the equipment to be used by our club
at the fair and art festivals.
4)Jim Roske, owner of East Polk Printers is retiring as of December 5,
2018. He has been doing our spin-art frames.
5)From the rumor mill:
a)Sugar Shack is moving west to Sweet Basil site (next to the
b)the Machine Shed is coming to Pleasant Hill, SE corner of the
intersection of Dewey Chevrolet and University.
6)Margaret Gowin reported she was not the winner of a new roof. She
thanked everyone for their support.
The 2018-2019 board will meeting July 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm at Prairie Vista
Next club meeting, July 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Carpenter’s Union
training center, southeast corner of 1st Avenue and I 80.
Respectfully submitted, Helen J Phillips, Recorder
2018 June 25 Meeting Minutes
Altoona Lions Club
June 25, 2018
Lions Park Shelter House
The club met with 23 members present. The pledge of allegiance was led
by President Lance Hudson and Rick Layman followed with prayer.
The program was installation of the 2018-2019 officers conducted by Judy
Stone, 9MC District Governor. The officers are:
President - T. J. Guzzi
Vice-president - Barbara McGrean
Secretary - Bill Pollard
Treasurer - Roger Mahnke
1 yr. Board Member - Joan Nolin
1 yr. Board Member - Rick Layman
2 yr. Board Member - Jerry Carr
2 yr. Board Member - Carolyn Wilkins
Tail Twister - Lance Hudson
Membership Chair. - Lance Hudson
Lion Tamer - Jim Wilkins
Web master & Assist Treasurer - Kit McDowell
Ex-officio - Helen J Phillips, Recorder
Treasurer Roger Mahnke’s report;
Activity Fund 5479.59
Money Mkt. 3423.19
Admin. Fund 3957.38
Moved to approve by Bill Good, 2nd by Rick Layman, with unanimous club
Secretary Bill Pollard’s minutes were read. Move for approval by Jim
Wilkins and seconded by Michelle Hudson, with unanimous club approval.
Carolyn Wilkins reported:
a) the volunteer slots for the Prairie Meadows summer spin art project are
b) the Art Festival is over, YEA, however, our club did need to hire two
people to fill a shift vacancy, boo-hoo.
Altoona’s 150th celebration is coming up July 26-28, 2018. Discussion was
held about having the spin-art booth on Saturday from 1:00 - 7:00 pm.
Many of those present expressed an interest in working a 2 hour shift. A
motion was made to do the float, and the spin art would be free. T. J. Guzzi
moved and it was 2nd by Margaret Gowin, with unanimous club approval.
Also Bill Pollard has made arrangement for a Lion statue/figurine to be
used on a float and discussion for banners to advertise our club was held.
Moved by Carolyn Wilkins and 2nd by T. J. Guzzi to proceed. There was
unanimous club approval.
It was reported Don Townsend has ordered paper and it is currently being
cut for spin-art frames. It will still need to be printed and assembled. Thus
there will a work night late July or early August.
Barbara McGrean asked about position descriptions for our newly installed
officers. Secretary Bill Pollard said this information can be found at
Respectfully submitted, Helen J Phillips, Recorder
Addendum: immediately following the meeting Margaret Gowin asked the
club members for their support in a competition of replacing her roof. This
competition is with the Bakeris Roofing Company, here in Altoona.
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