Fraser River Valley Lions Club Committees
FRVLC raises money from the hard work and efforts of the many dedicated Lions volunteers who comprise our committees, this is how we serve and give back to our community. The work we do is coordinated by our various committees such as the 9Health Family Health Fair, the Charity Golf Tournament, the Festival of Trees, Campgrounds, Pancake Trailer, Powder Partners and the other committees listed below. The hard work, dedication and efforts from the members on these committees and the many Lions volunteers have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars which go back to our communities through our Grant Program and Scholarship Awards Program.
All Lions are encouraged to find one or more specific committees which interest them. New Lions in particular are encouraged to find at least one committee they would like join. Contact the committee chair listed below, talk with them about their committee and pick the ones you want to be involved with.
Please note that contact information is available in the roster under the LIONS MEMBERS tab. You must be a Lion and log in to access the LIONS MEMBERS tab.
Committees as of January, 2017
9 Health Fair – Susan Odneal, Chairperson
Kim Birdseye (non lion) RN, Medical Director
The Lions-9HealthFair is held on the first Saturday in October. The Fraser River Valley Lions Club has been providing this service since the 1980’s. The Committee works to organize the day’s events, gather volunteers, find funding to support the effort, primarily focused on marketing and announcements to gain awareness for the event in the greater Grand County area. Volunteers are needed during the event from 7am-11am in various screening stations, hosting and greeting our participants and providing associated tasks. This is a non-profit event for the greater Grand County community. Blood testing (our most popular screening) is provided at a reduced cost from the 9HealthFair organization, with blood drawing handled by nurses, EMS personnel and other experienced phlebotomists from the area. There are typically 15 additional screening stations and local professionals provide the screenings that require specific medical/dental skills. We welcome any and all Lions to come join in this annual community service event! Sign up begins in late August for volunteer opportunities. To participate in the health screenings, particularly the blood testing, please log on to 9HealthFair.org after September 1. The Fraser Fair is typically one of the first listings, as our fair is early in the Fall Season for the 9HealthFair organization. Any questions? Contact Susan Odneal: firstname.lastname@example.org or cellphone 816.210.4792.
Scholarship – Bob Boynton, Chairperson
The Lions Scholarship Committee meets annually one time in the spring to review requests from local Middle Park High School seniors for consideration to be granted one of our six scholarships, totaling $14,300. Members of the committee should have an interest in spending a few hours reading and discussing the merits of each scholar applicant, and making the tough vote on who our choices will be. It is helpful, but not required, that committee members be familiar with the community. Two members of the committee will also attend the Middle Park High School awards ceremony in the spring to announce our selection and present the letters of acceptance. This requires several minutes on stage to make the presentations.
Campgrounds – Kent Hughes, Chairperson
The FRVLC manages three Fraser Valley Campgrounds; Robbers Roost, Midland and Idlewild, all under contract with the USFS.
The Campground Committee is responsible for negotiating the yearly contract and communicating with the USFS. The committee is also responsible for the hiring of hosts, collecting camping fees and annual maintenance for all campgrounds. In addition, the FRVLC sells firewood to campers and our work committees are responsible for supplying this wood.
Finance – Dawn Schoen, Chairperson
Lions Board of Directors
Foundation Board of Directors
Powder Partners – Jackie Ossian, Chairperson
Powder Partners provides Lions’ volunteers for designated alpine downhill races at the Winter Park ski area. Volunteers are either skiers who need to be in positions on the hill or a few non-skiing inside or grounded outdoor positions. Volunteers make $50.00 per race for the Lions Club and also earn a ski pass for every 5 hours worked. Lunches and hot coffee are provided! Volunteers are able to sign up via a SignupGenius website which gives you the dates and positions available and provides you with an email reminder in advance. Great fun!
Kids Fishing Derby – Charlie Teichman and Lynette Teichman, Chairperson(s)
Eyeglass Collection – Kathy Nelson, Chairperson
No committee members
Brochure – Jerry Nissen, Chairperson
Christmas Tree Festival – Bob & Jan Boynton, Co-chairs
The FRVLC has put on this event since 2004. It’s held at the Grand Park Recreation Center in Fraser. The Festival has become a key part of the Christmas season in Winter Park and Fraser, attracting over 900 locals from throughout the valley to a fun-filled evening with no admission charge. Held from 4 – 8 p.m. on a Friday night in early December, 25+ local non-profits decorate trees and wreaths that are sold at silent auction during the event. The goals of this event are to: provide an opportunity for the valley’s non-profit organizations to earn some money and publicize their organization’s goals and projects; provide a season kick-off holiday event for local families; demonstrate the Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s commitment to the Fraser Valley. All proceeds from tree and wreath sales go directly to the non-profit that decorated the tree or wreath. The Lions provide the “bare” trees and wreaths, tree stands, publicity, staffing during the event, set-up and clean-up for the event, and even deliver the trees to the winning bidders the morning following the event. Santa Claus makes an all-important visit to the delight of over 100 children. The event also includes a silent auction of desserts donated by local restaurants, a bar where beer, wine, soft drinks, cider, and hot chocolate can be had for a donation. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including: tree set-up, room set-up, bartending, host/hostess, food servers, tree delivery, and clean-up. All these volunteer activities occur in a 3-day period, Thursday p.m. – Saturday a.m. in early December. All FRVLC members are asked to contribute appetizers for guests to enjoy.
Kidsight Screenings – Debbie Buhayar, Chairperson
KidSight is a National Lions Club program which provides free vision screenings for children from the ages of 1 to 6 years old. Using advanced PlusOptix mobile screening equipment, trained volunteers can accurately test babies, toddlers, and young children for vision issues for which early intervention can make a positive difference in a child’s sight and cognitive development. Volunteers perform screenings one to two times a year at Grand County daycare centers preschools and schools. Results of the screenings are sent to the state Kidsight offices for interpretation and referral recommendations. Financial assistance for recommended care is also available via our Lion’s Club. FRVLC partners with Mountain Family Center for need-based follow-up services.
Christmas Tree Sales – Dennis Troutman, Chairperson
Golf Tournament – Gary Schoen, Chairperson
Lots and lots of volunteers!
The annual Lions Charity Golf Tournament is the number one single fundraising event for the Fraser River Valley Lions Club. This event generates over 50% of the clubs total revenue for the year. Every Lion is encouraged to help with and to participate in this important Lions event.
Pancake Trailer/Breakfast – Dave Walker, Chairperson
Again, lots of volunteers…some of whom can actually cook a darn good pancake!
Safety – Open Position
No committee members
Public Relations | Marketing | Webmaster – Gary Schoen
Committee handles Lions advertising, marketing and publicity for all events. Please don’t place an ad or publish any Lions information without going through this committee!
Lions Ponds – Alan Sommerfeld, Chairperson
Alan is our Sheriff and keeps the able-bodied adults from fishing in our ponds. Alan also arranges our cleanup event. Kirk Klancke handles stocking the ponds. Numerous Lions help at our cleanup days.
Kids Eyeglass Program – Florice Lietzke, Chairperson
Special Event Dinner Planning – Florice Lietzke, Chairperson
Safeway Gift Cards – Dolores Storer, Chairperson
The Gift Cards, which cost club members nothing to obtain, and which are available to friends and family members as well, make money for the Lions Club by the card holder purchasing their Safeway food and gas using the Gift Card. The more club members and friends we can sign up to start using the Gift Card means more money that can be made for the Lions Club. It’s a Win-Win situation.
Membership – Jill Childress, Chairperson
Lions Club Foundation Board – Bob Boynton, Foundation President
See our Foundation page (Click Here) for the list of Foundation board members. The Foundation is the Club’s “Charitable Giving Arm” and distributes the money we earn to local non-profits.
Cranmer Chapel Dinner– Jeff Browne, Chair