Wayland Lions Club prepares for World Diabetes Day

The Wayland Lions Club was asked to schedule a program of service to acknowledge World Diabetes day on Nov. 14. During their October meeting, Brian Pattyson mentioned that the World Week of Service for Diabetes is from Nov. 13 to 19.

Pattyson said there are 422 million people worldwide with diabetes and the disease is expected to reach 642 million by 2040.

During the meeting, Marianne Pattyson discussed Southeast Iowa Bus (Seibus) and its service from Wayland to Mt. Pleasant. Marianne noted that this service may be helpful to Parkview residents, since it is equipped for wheelchair use and could transport to Mt. Pleasant area activities.

A potential Hay Ride event was discussed among other ideas to replace the Annual Fruit Sale event because of the death of the vendor, who supplied the fruit for 25 years. Stan Meyer was acknowledged for coordinating the annual fruit sale for all those years. All members were asked to bring their ideas of an event to replace the Annual Fruit Sale event at the next meeting.

First vice president Bill Grimm asked Pattyson for an update on the possibility of the Warrior Trap Club becoming a Leo Club. Pattyson said a letter was sent to Andy Eichelberger describing the advantages of considering a Leo Club relationship and he would speak to him before the November meeting to see if there is interest.

Guest speakers included Rev. Nancy Love. Love is a member of the Crawfordsville Lions and District 9SE Zone Chair and Trustee for the Iowa Lions Foundation. She spoke about how the Iowa Lions Foundation is responsible for many sight and hearing programs across the state, including Iowa Cochlear Implants; Iowa Eye Bank for transport of tissue to the Coralville location; KidSight Program for testing children from three months to six years old; Lions Eye Bank; Lions Hearing Aid Bank; School for the Deaf; Leader dogs for the Blind; and Camp Courageous, which serves 6,000 attendees annually.

There were 15 members present during this meeting and one guest. When the meeting was called to order, Roger Roth asked for a minute of silence for the members to reflect on the passing of Royce Roth, a Wayland Lions Club member since Oct. 1, 2012.

The next Wayland Lions Club meeting will be Nov. 21, at the Wayland Community Center.