Lioness Club hears year end total of KidSight screenings in Marshall County

The Marshalltown Lioness met on Monday at the First United Church of Christ. The evening began with the Pledge of Allegiance following by the group singing “God Bless America.” A potluck supper furnished by club officers followed.

Dianne Maile, KidSight coordinator, reported on the year end totals of the local KidSight program, where young children had free eye screenings in daycare or preschool facilities by Lioness and Lions. Maile reported that 888 children had been screened locally during this school year, with 682 passing with no eye problems, and 93, or 10.5 percent, of the children needing to be referred to eye care professionals. As a result of these free eye screenings given through this valuable Lions program, many children are able to enter school with previously undetected eye problems found and corrected so they can have a better opportunity to succeed in school.

President Maile reported that the Game Night/Card Party on April 28 at the Fisher Community Center was well attended and a successful fundraiser.

The club voted to again participate as a vendor at the Linn Creek Art Festival on July 15 in the Fisher Community Center parking lot, and will have a booth selling home baked fruit pies again this year. Members committed to bake 30 pies fruit pies for this popular fundraiser.

The Lioness will again sell Colorado Peaches this summer, with the sales slips being made available at the June meeting. Peaches can be ordered through any Lioness for an anticipated late August delivery date.

A Pizza Ranch Tip Night fundraiser will be held from 5-8 p.m. on May 17, with 10 members each working 1.5-hour shifts delivering special order pizzas to the tables and cleaning up tables.

Maile, who will become the Lioness Club president for 2017-18, sent around various sign up sheets for the upcoming year, including volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels, and other activities during the new year. Maile will be installed, along with the other new officers, at the June meeting.

Tailtwister Bev Ruopp led the group in a fun inquiry about members’ spring and gardening activities with appropriate fines given, and honored those with May birthdays.

The meeting closed with the Lioness prayer. Guests are always welcome to the Lioness meetings.