“Duffle’s for Dignity”
As partners-in-service of the 2015-16 Illinois Lions Service Project
Council of District Governors,
We assist whenever and wherever we can with our spouses’ activities in their year as Governor. In keeping with the Lions Club motto of “We Serve”, the District Governor’s spouses recently met with Lion Gail Anton, wife and partner-in-service for Council Chair Steve Anton, during the Council of Governor’s meeting in Morton, IL.
We brainstormed on all sorts of ideas as to what we wanted to do for the year and ended up with an excellent service project – “Duffle’s for Dignity” collecting duffle bags for foster care
children, which are durable and even more important they are collapsible and can be stored in
a drawer or small space on arrival. Many of these kids have very few possessions and end up carrying their belongings in paper or plastic trash bags.
We intend to work with foster care caseworkers throughout the state and court system in order to give them the duffle bags as the child travels through foster care homes. Our initial goal is 50 duffle bags. We will kick this off at our 2 nd Council meeting December 5 and will focus on District M and expand to other Districts from there. As August 30th – September 5th is Children’s Dignity Week for Lions Club International, it is a perfect\ project for our group to announce and to hold a kick-off for this project for the 2015-16 year.
We will be looking for ways to accept and distribute donations of duffle bags, but we also want to place some items inside, such as a stuffed animal and other special items. We have been advised that the best size is probably 32” for smaller children and 36” for older. To help fund the cost of this project, the partners-in-service will be putting together Christmas and all-occasion greeting card 10 packs for sale at Lions events. Watch for more on this exciting fundraising endeavor.
We will be featuring our project, along with other information, through this special section of the State Magazine. We will be featuring our progress to date, how many we have been able to help, and what you as fellow Lions can do to assist us. Watch for further information from your District, particularly from your District Governor’s spouse/partner-in-service.
Let’s see how we can contribute to the dignity of a foster child by providing him/her with a safe place in which to story their special treasures.
So who are the 2015-2016 Spouses? They are a group of wonderful caring people who want to reach out and help those in need. It is pleasure to introduce this great group of caring people: 1-A Lion Sue Zarada, 1-CN Lion Luanne Ragland, 1-CS Lion Jerry Luter, 1-D Lion Marcia Meyers, 1-F Lion Mary Reading, 1-G Lion Marsha Hamilton, 1-H Janet Breckon, 1-J Lion Pam Fowler, and 1-M PDG Lion Jani Mendenhall.
Have questions email Lion Gail Anton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact any of the spouses in your Districts. Stay tuned for more info from us! We are just getting started……….