Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cupertino Host Lions Club 60th Charter Anniversary – Get Your Tickets Now

 Cupertino Host 60th-Reserve Now    Use this to get your tickets now.

Cupertino Host Lions Club’s 60th Charter Anniversary will be held on February 25 at the Flames Eatery & Bar.              (88 South Fourth Street, downtownSan Jose; across from the Martin Luther King Library). 

Cupertino Host Lions contacts:

    Aris Harutyunyan   408 666-4379, Chairman

    Howard Jensen   408 255-9463

   Wayne Nishiura   408 996-3765

   Jim Isaacson   408-278-7077

    Chuck Hart   408-371-1272

Meet and Greet 2012-13 2VDG Candidate Karen Fillmore

Karen FillmoreFeb. 4th Sat., 2 to 5pm

A Pre SuperBowl Party to Meet and Greet the Candidate
Lion Karen Fillmore, is a candidate for 2nd Vice District Governor for our 4-C6 District for the 2012-13 Lions year. Come have some food and fun and enjoy seeing some of your Lions from other clubs in our District. Hosted by the San Jose Scales of Justice Lions and the San Jose Willow Glen Lions Clubs.

Location: YWCA, 4343 Leigh Ave., San Jose, (between Hillsdale and Branham Ave).

In Memoriam – Lorraine Irving, wife of Lion Mike Irving

Lorraine Irving, devoted wife of 52 years of long-time Lion, Mike Irving, Scales of Justice Lions Club, died this past Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Stanford Hospital after an extended illness.  While not a Lion herself, she worked tirelessly behind the scenes, supporting Lions to accomplish important work for various charities and she will be sorely missed.  Lorraine’s life will be celebrated at a mass on Mon., 1/30/12 at 1pm at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church with a burial to follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Click here to sign a guest book and share your thoughts and memories of Lorraine.  If you wish to make a charitable donation in Lorraine’s memory, the family has requested a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

District outing to Canine Companion graduation

Another post has provided updated information.

We are having a District outing to the LPCCI (Canine Companion) graduation in Santa Rosa on Friday, Feb. 17 and will be carpooling from Applebees Restaurant on 555 Saratoga ave. San Jose ( near hwy 280) back parking area at 9:00am 9:30am. It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours and we plan to stop for lunch in Santa Rosa prior to graduation which starts at 1:45pm.  We have many people who have indicated an interest in attending a Canine Companion Graduation and this should be a special one.

For more information Contact Karen Fillmore, District 4-C6 LPCCI Trustee for more information and carpool arrangements. Click here for flyer.

San Jose Host Prez Submits Blog #3


I hope you clicked on last week’s link to learn more about Helen Keller.  If ever you’re in a tough situation, think about what she had to overcome…might help keep things in perspective.

Under the leadership of the founder, Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs grew rapidly and, in 1920, the first club in Canada opened making us an international organization.  Mexico opened their first club in 1927.  International growth increased greatly during the 1950’s and 60’s with openings in Europe, Asia and Africa.  Now, there are more than 1.2 million members in more than two hundred countries and geographic areas including Vatican City!  More than 46,000 clubs serve their communities.

San Jose Host was founded in 1920 and is the second oldest club west of the Mississippi.  Our club accepted Helen Keller’s challenge and enthusiastically supports international sight preservation projects as well as local projects.  For many years, our club provided white canes to the blind in our area.  Additionally, we’ve collected thousand of pairs of used eyeglasses to be refurbished and provided at no cost to those in need.  For almost ten years, along with the Santa Clara County Optometric Society, we’ve provided vision screening for kindergartners in eleven schools within the San Jose Unified School District.  In 2011, we screened 1045 kids revealing that almost 20% were in need of corrective eyeglasses!  We also receive adult referrals from various organizations, including the Salvation Army, and through an agreement with LensCrafters, we issue vouchers to these persons for a free screening and pair of glasses.  No one who cannot afford glasses should be denied the ability to see clearly.

Next week; more on sight preservation, Lions projects and how you may wish to get involved.

To learn more about Lions visit www.lionsclub.organd if you would like to attend a local meeting, or speak with a San Jose Host Lion, please contact Gayle Kludt  at

Joe Adamson

(This story can be found on our website and also our facebook page. Search San Jose Host for these locations).


Silicon Valley Lions of Mtn View 2nd Annual Poker Tournament 21Jan2012

Join us Saturday January 21st, 2012. Doors open at 6pm; first hand is at 6:30pm.

Location: Hope Services, 460 East Middlefield Road Mountain View, CA 94043

Tournament Grand Prize is a 50″ HDTV. Final Table will win prizes. Buy-in is $30 and rebuys at $15 for those ambitious players who get out a little too early.

We will be providing Free Snacks. We will have a Cash bar serving Wine, Beer and Cocktails.  All you can drink APs (being served by our Hope Services Branch club) and a slice of Pizza for $5! We look forward to seeing you at this years event!

Tickets can be purchased online at


Scales of Justice Lions holds
One Warm Coat drive

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” This Monday, January 16th, Dr. King’s legacy of service is being celebrated during a national Day of Service.

Scales of Justice Lions Club is holding a One Warm Coat drive from Monday, January 16 to January 31. We invite you to serve with Scales of Justice Lions by donating a usable, clean, warm coat!  Coats for men, women and children will be donated to Sacred Heart Community Service and InnVision for distribution to those in need.  Won’t you join us on MLK Day and serve your community by making it warmer…one coat at a time?

Call Lion Linda or PDG Joe Pugliese or e-mail for pickup.  A drop off bin is located in the lobby at Community Towers, 111 N. Market St. (across from courthouse), San Jose.  Click here for map.

Clean out your closet and help us help others.  Tax receipts available.  Scales of Justice Lions Club members have donated 20 coats so far.

San Jose Host President Issues Blog #2


Last week I noted how Lions Clubs were founded in 1917 by a Chicago businessman named Melvin Jones.  As promised, here’s how Helen Keller became forever linked to Lions.  For those who don’t recognize the name (those younger than 50 perhaps?), she was born in 1880 and was stricken with scarlet fever at 19 months old.  It left her deaf and blind.  After 8 years of silence and darkness, the Perkins Institute provided her with a teacher, Annie Sullivan, who refused to give up on Helen.  Helen’s eventual triumph, over seemingly insurmountable obstacles, is an inspiration to this day.  You can learn more about her at; or through Google.

Ms. Keller’s accomplishments were amazing and, in 1925, the Lions invited her to be keynote speaker at their annual convention.  During her speech, she challenged Lions to become “Knights of the Blind” and to direct their efforts toward aiding the blind.  Since then, Lions have worked tirelessly toward the prevention of blindness and to aid the blind and visually impaired.  Countless people who couldn’t afford them have been provided with eye examinations and glasses.  Our club, San Jose Host Lions, provides vision screening for San Jose Unified School District first graders and a pair of glasses for each student whose family cannot afford them.

Lions provide surgeries to correct vision problems and to restore sight.  We conduct projects to eradicate health conditions that contribute to blindness and have built facilities to serve the blind including one right here in San Jose; the Silicon Valley Blind Center.  Every day, in over 90 countries throughout the world, Lions are helping blind and vision impaired people.

Next week; Lions become “International” and more on sight preservation.

To learn more about Lions visit and if you would like to attend a local meeting, or speak to a San Jose Host Lion, please contact Gayle Kludt at

Joe Adamson

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