Evening Lions welcome the Iowa KidSight program manager

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Iowa KidSight Director Lori Short along with husband Jim gave a program on KidSight to the Marshalltown Evening Lions Club.

The regular monthly meeting of the Marshalltown Evening Lions was last Wednesday evening at the Elmwood Country Club. At 6:30 p.m., President Leon Hiracheta called the meeting to order. After a welcome and a few quick announcements, 20 Evening Lions and guests said The Pledge of Allegiance, sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” gave a prayer of thanks and enjoyed a meal presented by the country club staff.

Following the presentation of a check of $475 by Dave and Tammy Barajas of Dave’s Cakes to Hiracheta for Evening Lion’s activities, such as Marshalltown High School Scholarships, Iowa KidSight Director Lori Short with her husband Jim, was the program for the meeting.

Lori gave a history of Iowa KidSight, where developing preschool and early school children are screened for potential vision problems using unique cameras and Lion member volunteers throughout Iowa. Since 2000, 13,113 young children have been screened in Marshall County for potential eye problems and 1,066, or 5.85 percent, of those children have been referred to optometrists for early treatment of possible vision and eye problems. The KidSight director and KidSight chairperson of the Marshalltown Evening Lions, Teresa Ingold, are in the process of training more Lions members to set up and screen children at future dates for potential eye problems.

Elaine Peterson, the club’s “Tailtwister,” had several Halloween contests, such as a pumpkin candy toss and a gummy bear tower-building activity and then had four tables of Evening Lions and guests test their knowledge of “Witch Trivia.”

Roger Drummer and Rick Peterson had “Happy Birthday” sung to them and Bob Johnson, Bill Peden, Dan Roberts and Deb Lang were charged to bring back the four Lion “mascots” for the next meeting. The president brought a door prize which was won by secretary Tim Fienup, and Rick Peterson was chosen to bring the Nov. 3 door prize.

Club members were reminded to attend the Board of Directors meeting next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Elmwood Country Club and to try and sign up to pop corn at Hy-Vee on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second Evening Lions regular meeting will be Oct. 31 at the Lion’s Park, west on old Highway 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where members are asked to bring potluck items and games to play. Anyone interested in visiting the Evening Lions on Oct. 31 or Nov. 3 can contact Hiracheta at hiracheta@gmail.com or Fienup at tfienup@gmail.com.


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