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Lions’ Fundraiser, “Hot San Jose Nights” Car Show

From 7-11 am this morning, the Willow Glen Lions Club served 220 pancake breakfasts during the first half of its two-day charity fundraiser at the Hot San Jose Nights vintage and historical car event (Santa Clara Fairgrounds).  We gave away free helium balloons and made balloon lions for the little kids. All proceeds will go toward this summer’s camp scholarships for the Diabetes Society (in Willow Glen).  The Willow Glen Lions are also collecting eyeglasses to be recycled – given to needy people at no charge.

The car show features a huge variety of vehicles, including a historic Kenworth truck, sports cars from many eras, a red 1957 Chevrolet, a tank, and a huge motorcycle, the world’s largest, said to cost $300,000.

Here are some pictures from today:

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Images by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher, Copyright 2010

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Pancakes & San Jose Metblog Entries

I just posted a San Jose Metblog entry about the Willow Glen Lions Club preparing to serve up Pancakes for Charity, at “Hot San Jose Nights” this coming weekend at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

The Lions practiced cooking eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes at last night’s meeting – it was good!

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My other recent San Jose Metblog posts:

You can see the index to all 13 of my San Jose Metblogs postings on: Authors – Katy Dickinson.

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More San Jose Metblogs

I am enjoying creating blogs as part of the San Jose Metblogs group of authors. So far, I have posted four articles:

I find myself writing for a (hopefully) broader civic audience on San Jose Metblogs than the more particular-to-me topics I have been covering on Katysblog here on WordPress.

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Willow Glen Lions Speakers’ Contest

The newly-chartered Willow Glen Lions Club held its first annual high school speakers’ contest on Sunday, 21 February 2010. This contest is offered by many Lions clubs and at higher levels of competition offers some large scholarship prizes. Our club contest featured three talented young women from Presentation High School here in San Jose, California.

Joe McGrady and Kat Carpenter managed this Willow Glen Lions project. They very carefully followed the rules for the California Lions 73rd Annual Student Speakers Contest. I served as one of the timers. As a former Toastmasters Area Governor, I very much enjoyed being part of this event.

We were honored to have San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, plus Pam Foley of San Jose Unified School District, and Helen Vanderberg Area H5 Governor for Toastmasters as our judges. Our contest was held at the Willow Glen Branch Library and included a reception afterward.

Sara Cois was our club-level contest winner but she was given a good competition by Alisha Azevedo and Ashley Philip. Sara goes on to speak in the Lions Zone level of competition this Friday. We were particularly proud of Sara when we learned that she was asked to participate only a week or so before the contest.

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Dean Martin at Diabetes Lunch

Our Willow Glen Lions Club bought over a table-full of tickets to the Willow Glen Diabetes Society benefit lunch last weekend. The entertainment was a Dean Martin impersonator. I have never seen an impersonator show before but from the large number available it seems to be a popular entertainment.

I am old enough to remember watching Dean Martin’s Rat Pack movies on TV with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. But I am young enough that Dino’s stardom seems as distant as that of Cary Grant. Girls of my generation sighed over Robert Redford. It was odd watching some of the ladies at the Diabetes Society lunch snuggling up to the actor: clearly he rang bells for them. Matt Helm, the impersonator, sang, told jokes and seemed to have fun camping it up with the audience. I have no idea what the much younger audience members thought about all of this.

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Grange Hall

I was recently in a Lions Club
meeting at the Prunedale
Grange Hall
on California’s central coast. These halls are buildings
of The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, a fraternal
organization for American farmers, founded in 1867. The Grange is the oldest
surviving agricultural organization in America, important politically after the
Civil War.

Meeting in a Grange Hall felt a little like doing business in Boston’s
Faneuil Hall,
a building still in use but suffused with history. On the wall was
this Mission Statement:

      The Granges of California provide opportunities to enhance your
      communities today for the generations of tomorrow by promoting
      growth through family, community, and grassroots legislative action.

The dents in the wooden floor were testimony to heavy use of the
Prunedale Grange.

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Willow Glen Lions Charter Night

The new San Jose – Willow Glen Lions
held its Charter Night event last weekend. We sold 125 tickets
and had a fun party. Sami
lead the Charter Night event team. The
Sweet Adelines
women’s harmony chorus sang at the start of our celebration.
Our new community service club was sponsored by the
Almaden Super Lions.
Guiding Lions Karen Fillmore and Jim Issacson started and supported us.
The Willow Glen Lions club has 37 members. The youngest members are 19
and the oldest is 86.

My husband,
John Plocher, and I are
both club officers. We are enjoying meeting new folks in the

Willow Glen, California
community where we have lived for ten years.

Who Are Lions?

“Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. Our
more than 1.3 million members in 205 countries and geographic
areas are different in many ways, but we share a core belief
– community is what we make it.”
From Lions Clubs International

Following up on this story:


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