The Jordaness Lions kicked off our holiday season with the 29th Annual Fashion Show on Nov. 17 at the Ridges at Sand Creek.

Fashions by Sassy Kat Boutique and Bluff Creek Boutique were the highlight of the show. The meal provided by Ridges of Sand Creek was especially delicious. The entertainment was riotous. The silent auction was filled with wonderful items. The raffle gifts were highly coveted.

Most of all, it is always our guests that are cherished the most at this event. Some of our guests have been patrons for each and every show. Our hearts are warmed by seeing old friends and ready to welcome first time attendees. We have many local businesses and individuals that support this event. Thank you for all the members!

At the Fashion Show, one very special individual was recognized for his constant support of the Jordaness Lions. Mark Ballard was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. This award was created in 1973 and takes its name from the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones. This honor was established as the Lions Club International Foundation’s highest form of recognition to acknowledge an individual’s dedication to humanitarian service.

The Jordaness Lions are so very fortunate to have Mark in our community. He is always willing to help us out by lending a hand, strumming a few tunes, donating mounds of paper and cartridges of ink and allowing us space for our many preparations. He does these things for us but it is his warm and giving attitude that we appreciate most. Thank you and congratulations, Mark Ballard.

From our Lions 101 meeting in October, the club welcomed new members Gretchen Naylor, Monica Sprecher and Diane Hessland. At our November membership meeting, we had a visit and presentation from past International Director Debra Wasserman. The presentation was about LCIF and how the foundation functions and grants funds throughout the world. The No. 1 message that is so important to remember about LCIF donations is that 100 percent of all monies donated to LCIF is granted back out to various causes. None of these monies is reserved for administrative expenses or other charges/fees. Please feel free to verify this information at LCIF is a wonderful place for end of year donations.

Congratulations to the Write Off Contest winners Anika Doheny and Tesia Smoczyk. The essays from these fine students will be submitted to the district level of this competition.

In December, the club will be busy with the Jordan Dazzle Parade, the joint meeting with the Jordan Lions and visit from our District Governor Lion Diana Kroells, the club’s “Toys”project and our Bingo Day at ValleyView Assisted Living Facility.

Post-Thanksgiving, we remember past loved ones and take inventory of our current blessings. This is a time to be grateful. However, as our community knows, this has recently been a time where several members of our Jordan community have died. Our club has particularly been affected by the passing of Melissa Whipps Allen. Missy’s husband, Jason, is our volunteer emcee and bingo caller for our Bingo fundraiser held every year in the spring. We pray for healing and strength for Jason and his family.

Jordaness Lions meet the second Wednesday of each month. For membership inquiries, please contact any Jordaness Lions member or Lion Mary at

Mary Oldenburg is second vice president of the Jordaness Lions.


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