Club Report – March 8, 2016

Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club is celebrating the 32nd charter anniversary
on May 14, 2016. As a young club, we are proud to participate in LCI Centennial Service Challenge – a celebration of service in our community through Engaging Our Youth, Sharing the Vision, Relieving the Hunger and Protecting the Environment.

Engaging Our Youth –  Last October, we held our 14th Peace Poster Contest. Over
100 posters on the theme “Share Peace” were submitted by students from Glenside Middle School, Marquardt Middle School and St. Matthew Parochial School. Cash prizes and certificates of recognition were awarded to winners of the contest.

Walk To School Day is celebrated by Glen Hill Elementary School every year. The club provides breakfast and healthy snacks and juices to more than 140 kids who walk to school with their parents in celebration of “Walk To School” day.

Sharing the Vision – Last year, our club provided 14 free eye exams and prescription glasses to students, senior citizens and members of poor family through our partnership with LensCrafters OneSight Program. Besides vision care, our club provided hearing evaluation and one hearing aid to an 85-year old senior citizen.

Relieving the Hunger – Our club had volunteered three times at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Schaumburg and Naperville prepare healthy meals for the poor and the hungry of the world. In December, we helped the Girl Scouts of Glen Hill Elementary School in their annual food drive for the local food Pantry.

Protecting Our Environment – Our club has collected used eyeglasses, hearing aids, empty ink cartridges for recycling. In Spring, our club volunteers at the Adopt A Highway cleanup and Prairie Path Forest Preserve cleanup with the Bloomingdale Lions.

Activities, January 2015

14 GHBLC Lions and friends of the club spent 2 hours of volunteer work at Feed My Starving Children on January 10 at the Aurora, IL facility, hand-packing meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The meals are shipped in 70 countries around the world. The club donated $1,050 to LIF Camp Lions to sponsor two campers for a week of summer camp experience, fielded two teams at the annual District Bowling at the Brunswick XL Bowl in Naperville.

GHBLC 2014 Service Activities

Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club donated $2,000 for Philippine Typhoon Relief to aid the flood victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Central Philippines. The club donated $3,766 to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club received the 2nd Club Excellence Award presented at the Eastern Region meeting on Feb. 5, 2014. The club donated $250 to Diabetes Awareness, provided free eye exams and prescription glasses to two residents.

12 members participated in the District 1-J Convention held at the Hilton/Lisle on April 4 – 6. The club performed a choral number at the Talent Show, the club donated a Wine Basket worth $175 for the Public Auction. Lion Jess Galvez received two awards during the convention banquet – a Foundation Fellow from LIF Director Lion Van Stone and District 1-J Distinguished Service award from DG Lion Mario Gumino.

The club held the 30th Charter Anniversary celebration on May 17, 2014 at the Medinah Shriners Center with more than 130 guests in attendance. A 54-page souvenir program was printed, 4 Melvin Jones Fellow were honored. PDG Lion Nancy Rex graced the celebration as the guest speaker. More then $10,000 were raised from the souvenir program ads and party tickets.

8 Lions attended the 97th Lions Clubs International Convention in Toronto, Canada. The Lions participated in the International Parade of Nations marching with the Illinois MD1 delegation, two club officers voted in the election of the International Directors and the 2nd Vice President of Lions Clubs International, PID Robert “Corlew”. The Lions cheered the installation of the newly-minted 2014 – 2015 International President Joe Preston.

The club held the first Nursing Home Visitation at the West Suburban Nursing Home in Bloomingdale, IL. 9 volunteer Lions helped the more than 35 nursing home residents enjoy bingo games and win bingo prizes provided by the Lions.

The club held the Annual Candy Day in warm September weather with 9 Lions and 3 family members doing the street and store front campaign. The club raised $2,319 for LIF Candy Day.

The club participated in the the celebration of Walk To School Day at the Glen Hill Elementary School in Glendale Heights, IL. Walk To School Day is a global event celebrated by communities from over 40 countries as they walk and bike to school on a single day. The event celebrates the health, learning and community benefits of walking. The club prepared breakfast snacks and drinks for the more than 140 school kids who walked to school with their parents, enjoyed an hour of singing and dancing at the school gym in celebration of the event.

The club’s 13th Peace Poster Contest was held Nov. 1, at the high-tech Marquardt District 15 Administration Center on Glen Ellen Rd. More than 90 art posters were submitted by students from Glenside Middle School, Marquardt Middle School and St. Matthew School on LCI’s contest theme of “Peace, Love and Understanding”. Cash prizes were awarded to the best Peace Poster from each school. Distrct 1-J Gov. Lion Chris Halsey was the guest speaker. Refreshments were served after the program.

The club held the 6th Holiday Caroling fundraising during the two weeks of December. More than 20 Lions and volunteer carolers made up the caroling group. The club raised more than $2,830 caroling 3 family gatherings, 3 business parties, 4 senior citizens residences, a church group and a Dinner with Santa at a middle school.

Making A Difference in the Community and the World, 2013-2014

On February 16, 2014, the Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club (GHBLC) celebrated the 30th anniversary as a charter club of Lions Clubs International. As one of the younger clubs in District 1-J, GHBLC has thrived in the world of caring humanitarian service and community work and put a shine on District 1-J as the best District in the State. For two years in a row, GHBLC has been awarded Lions Clubs International prestigious Club Excellence Award for 2012 and 2013.

The club’s Christmas Caroling for 2 weeks in December 2013 raised more than $4,000 donated to LCIF’s disaster relief for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Central Philippines. Another $2,000 was donated to the Malolos Lions Club, District 301-D1 in the Philippines for a joint disaster relief program to provide needed food and shelter for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The club is twinning with the Malolos Lions Club to continue the disaster relief program in the Philippines and partner with the Malolos Lions in advancing literacy in the public schools by providing school supplies and reading materials to the poor students.

GHBLC is proud of the club’s service projects with the school community. In early November 2013, the club’s signature Peace Poster Contest was held with three area schools participating and submitting more than 140 beautiful peace posters. For the last three years, the club’s Peace Poster Contest has provided the winning Peace Poster entry on the District level.

Walk Your Child To School is a global event celebrated in early October by communities from over 40 countries as school children walk and bike to school on a single day. The club celebrated the event at Glen Hill Elementary School by providing breakfast snacks and drinks to the more than 130 students who walked to school with their parents. Dinner with Santa is a fundraiser sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association at the Glen Hill Elementary School. The club caroled the guests during dinner and helped raise funds for the school Parent-Teacher Association.

The club provides free eye exams and glasses to poor students of Glenbard West High School in Glendale Heights and senior citizens in need of help. Last year the club provided free eye exams and glasses to 3 students and 4 senior citizens.

The club participates in the community’s environmental projects. Twice a year, Spring and Fall, the club holds an Adopt-A-Highway clean-up at the Brandon St. and the sprawling Ollman Park in Glendale Heights Village. In early Spring the club participated with the Bloomingdale Lions and the Bloomingdale Leos in the clean-up of the Great Western Trail in West Chicago.

The club volunteers at the Village of Glendale Heights annual Recycling Depot, where they help collect obsolete computers and electronic equipment, broken TVs, holiday lights, household batteries and used eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Candy Day in Bright, Sunny September

     The Annual Candy Day came early to the Glendale Heights Barangay Lions. In place of the October 11-12 annual statewide Candy Day, the GHB Lions opted to hold Candy Day a month early — September 13-14, to soak up the warm, sunny September weather. 15 Lions and 3 family volunteers hawked Candy Day to suburban commuters and supermarket shoppers at the busy street crossing of Army Trail/Bloomingdale Rd, North Ave./Bloomingdale Rd and the store front of Valli Produce Market on North Ave, asking for generous donations for people with vision and hearing impairments and aid to people in need of free eye exam and glasses. The Lions handed out LifeSavers candy rolls as a token of appreciation for the generous donations. For two days, the volunteers decked in yellow jackets made people on the streets aware of what Lions Clubs are all about and the wonderful service they do to help others. The volunteer Lions and family workers raised more than $1,900 for Candy Day.

22nd Charity Golf Outing

     The club held the 22nd Charity Golf Outing at the Glendale Lakes GC in Glendale Heights, IL on 10 August 2013. 36 golfers participated in the charity golf on a sunny Saturday. 22 hole sponsors signed in with the charity golf. Golfers enjoyed a day of fun and camaraderie at the links. More than 15 volunteer Lions helped stage the golf outing. The fundraising raised more than $2.500.

Annual Picnic in the Park

The Glendale Heights Barangay Lions held their annual Picnic in the Park to fete family, friends, patrons and sponsor of the club’s varous humanitarian and community services held during the year. The fun and enjoyable gathering was held at the Hempe Park in Carol Stream, IL on a glorious Sunday, July 14. Tasty Filipino cooking, fun, games and warm camaraderie marked the annual gathering.

Feed My Starving Children, Recycling Used Eyeglasses

     The Glendale Heights Barangay Lions had a busy "We Serve" day on June 22, 2013. In the morning, 8 Lions volunteered at the "Feed My Starving Children" facility in Schaumburg, IL processing and packaging healthy meals for the poor children of the world.
     In the afternoon, the group sorted 4 bags of used eyeglasses collected in a strip mall collection station. The Lions sorted and counted 1,184 used eyeglasses, 4 cell phones and 2 hearing aids at the residence of a club officer. The recycled eyeglasses were donated to Lions of Illinois Foundation, the non-profit arm of Lions of Illinois for cleaning and recalibration and later shipped to the third world countries.

Volunteering at a Village Recyling Depot

     For the second time in a year, the Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club participated in Glendale Heights Village annual recycling campaign held last April 27 at the Village Public Works parking lot from 8:00 am – noon. The community-wide campaign attracted a good response from village residents and neighbors from outlaying areas unloading old computers, TV sets, household batteries, holiday lights, old bikes, cell phones, keys, used eyeglasses and hearing aids, retired US Flags, paper shredding. The club collected 59 used eyeglasses and received a donation of $10 from a Vietnam Vet. Lions Jun Fajardo, Susan Galvez, Freda Marzan and Jess Galvez joined the other volunteers helping with the recycling campaign. Janie LaGioia, Village Administrative Secretary and chair of the Green Team thanked the Lions for volunteering.

District 1-J Convention Talent Show 2013

     Glendale Heights Barangay Lion Club trotted out a classy Broadway Dance medley to the tune of "New York New York", "Hello Dolly" at the Convention Talent Show at the Oakbrook Hills Marriott Hotel on April 6. The dance was choreographed by Christine Tiojanco and participated by Freda Marzan, Lilia Narciso, Susan Galvez, Tita Stratas, Oscar Tiojanco, Edwin Cachola, Tom Rivera and Jess Galvez. The club registered 9 members at the 3-day convention and donated a wine basket worth $175 at the Theme Basket public auction. Proceeds from the auction would support the District administration expenses. A formal dinner and presentation of special recognition awards capped the three-day convention.