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Lions of MD19 raise more than $92,000 for Lions Health Screening Unit trailer. 

It started with a $20,000 gift from the former Queen Anne/Magnolia Lions Club. Every district within the U.S. boundaries of MD19 responded. In all, 82 Clubs contributed almost $72,000 to the LHSU Trailer Capital Campaign, with pledges for another $4,500. More than 175 individual Lions and Lions supporters weighed in with gifts that raised another $15,500 plus.

The roll continued when LCI informed us that it has approved our Northwest Lions Foundation grant request for $60,000 in matching funds. This spikes the grand total to more than $152,000 available for purchase of a new trailer.

 ... and there's more.

The capper came when Lion Red and Beverly Bingham stepped forward with a completely unexpected gift of $145,000 to buy a new Kenworth tractor to pull the trailer (see story below at right). This fantastic surprise eliminates need for another capital campaign in the near future to buy a new one.

Starting late this summer or early fall, a new LHSU tractor and trailer will deliver the ultimate in mobile sight and hearing care to both school children and adults in MD19 communities.


Meet TJ

Intern TJ Breitenfeldt of Yakima, WA, has been a big help to the Northwest Lions Foundation and SightLife Lions eye bank this summer.

TJ is 16 years old and already an exceptional young man. He was born with a sight condition called retinitis pegmentosa that leads to incurable blindness.

During his 5-weeks here, TJ has performed admirably in a variety of administrative tasks that reduced workloads and helped us all meet deadlines.

This fall he starts 10th grade at the Washington School
 for the Blind in Vancouver, WA. For fun, TJ plays guitar in a rock bank at his school. His sports activities include power lifting and goal ball. He has participated at national meets in both of these sports.

Thank you TJ for your help. Good luck in all your future endeavors. You are a bright young man who learns fast and works hard. You will do well, and we will be proud.

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"You Could Have Called Us"
Foundation Chairman responds to MD19 Council's restructuring committee report
by PID Roger R. Richert, chairman, Northwest Lions Foundation  
Dear Fellow Lions,
On May 14th, the MD19 Council received a report from an ad-hoc subcommittee that reviewed the restructuring process the Northwest Lions Foundation Board of Trustees completed in 2008. Because of time circumstances, the Foundation Board was asked to defer its rebuttal until July 30th. The following explains our reaction to this ad-hoc committee report:
For over four years, several former Foundation Trustees have objected to the changes occurring at the Northwest Lions Eye Bank, now known as SightLife. Despite our Board's exhaustive efforts to address the concerns raised by these critical ex-Trustees, they have refused to accept that the changes were necessary to both survive and grow in the very difficult and changing environment in which eye banks operate.

We disagree with many of the ad-hoc committee's findings. We are especially surprised and disappointed that not a single one of our Board members was contacted by the Committee BEFORE it made its report at the Annual Meeting. This omission of basic responsibility occurred despite our open invitation to the committee to contact any or all of us to determine why the changes were made, or to simply get the other side of the story. The predictable result is a report that was so one-sided and overly critical as to lack any sense of balance or fairness.

Throughout 2007 and 2008, we discussed the need for change with the Council, its Chairpersons, and dozens of Clubs throughout the Multiple District. For over two years, detailed reports and videos have been and continue to be available at our website (www.nlfoundation.org), addressing questions as they have been raised during this period. Over the years, Lions Members in all districts have visited this site, reviewed the material, and supported their elected Foundation Trustees to vote for these changes. The final vote for change was taken by Foundation Trustees at an open meeting. The vote was unanimous.

The ad-hoc committee made several points which deserve discussion.

The Northwest Lions Foundation is in violation of LCI trademark policies because it is not an independent corporate entity. Therefore, the ad-hoc committee concluded, from an LCI email, that we cannot use the Lions logo.

But LCI has never said we cannot use the Lions logo. It simply said it MAY be in violation of the trademark policy, which is determined by the LCI Board. LCI recognizes the Northwest Lions Foundation (NLF). It recognizes SightLife as one of its eye banks.
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Red & Beverly Bingham

Headline: a Lions Legacy that Rumbles 

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in the May/June issue of the Border Crossing. We re-run it here on the theory that a good story about great people bears repeating.
The letter asked Red Bingham if he wanted a Lions Legacy that roars, but as usual, Red had his own idea. What if it rumbled instead? And what if that rumble came from a Kenworth diesel tractor with more than enough power to pull the Lions Health Screening Unit from one end of Multiple District 19 to the other for years to come, serving the Lions sight and hearing mission at each stop along the way?
To Red it fit - the right tool for the right job courtesy of "Mr. Fix-It," his nickname to many Lions around MD19. Several steps remained before he and wife Beverly turned the key on a $145,000 legacy gift that adds a giant exclamation point to the District's recent successful capital campaign to raise money for a new trailer. "When I read that the tractor would have to be replaced next, I knew what I wanted to do," he says.
Step one. Clear it with "the general superintendent." After all, it was Beverly's idea 48 years ago to buy the couple's first five shares in PACCAR (Pacific Car and Foundry), the company that manufactures Kenworth and Peterbuilt tractors. Back then, those shares cost slightly more than $300 total. A couple of purchases later - not to mention a few passing decades and more than a few dividends converted to shares - their investment had appreciated in value to where Red and Beverly had the means to make this generous gift. Or as Red puts it, "PACCAR really paid for this tractor, not us."
Step two. Call PDG Mike Parker, LHSU Operations Manager, to make sure he was willing to drive a Kenworth. The call went well. Or as Red remembers it, "I thought Mike was going to come through the telephone to me." 
Why Red Binham loves Kenworth tractors 
It's a good thing PDG Mike Parker shares Red's affection for Kenworths. Otherwise the deal was off. "I'm a bullheaded old goat and I don't care who knows it," says Red. "It was a Kenworth or nothing." The declaration comes with a big Red Bingham smile, which invites the listener to join Red in having a laugh at himself. The smile helps Red get away with always doing it his way, but a proven track record for knowing what he's talking about on all things mechanical helps, too. 
 The love affair with Kenworth started on old Highway 99. In their early years of marriage, Red and Beverly lived in an apartment located alongside a stretch of the highway near the Duwamish River. PACCAR's manufacturing plant was close by, and the company used this same stretch of highway to test drive its Kenworth tractors.
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Who's the smiling baseball player in the Sights & Sounds masthead at the top?  That's Blaine Frisbee of Montana, who received new hearing aids through the Lions Patient Care Program at 4 years old. "The Lions who have helped us need to know what a wonderful difference these
aids have made for our whole family," says Blaine's mother Val.