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Speaker - Dan Williams - Director VOC
Dan is the Associate Director of Programs for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), Colorado’s leading outdoor stewardship non-profit group whose mission is to enable people in Colorado to become active stewards of the state’s natural resources. Dan provides leadership for VOC’s staff program team, manages and develops partnerships with government agencies and non-governmental groups in Colorado and raises funds for VOC programs. Dan oversees and coordinates the Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI) training program and other volunteer skill and capacity-building efforts for VOC partners statewide. Dan has over a decade of experience in planning and managing a variety of outdoor volunteer efforts and programs. He works closely with VOC colleagues and numerous partner groups and land managers around Colorado and the US to develop, plan and manage VOC’s annual training, projects, and other programmatic efforts.
 
After working on trail crews in Oregon and Maine, Dan first came to Colorado for a job with the Colorado 14ers Initiative in 2010. He spent two seasons working on mountains all over the state and led adult and youth volunteers in alpine trail and restoration work. Dan was first hired as a Seasonal Project Manager at VOC in 2013, then brought on as a full-time Youth and Families Coordinator in 2014. Since then, he has continued to advance his career at VOC, promoted to Associate Director in 2019. Dan attended the University of Oregon, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies.
 
An avid amateur flat-picker and secret foodie, when he’s not enjoying Colorado’s amazing outdoors on foot, bike, paddle board or a pair of cross-country skis, you’ll find Dan strumming his Mandolin or Guitar, spending time in his backyard garden or making a mess in the kitchen
Volunteers Needed July 17-23
The Move United Junior Nationals, July 17-23, 2021 in Thornton/Westminster, Colorado, is the largest, long-standing annual multi-sport event in the United States for youth with a physical disability and/or visual impairment.  Sports include archery, para triathlon, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, and track and field. A tennis clinic and a sitting volleyball clinic will take place as well as educational and social opportunities throughout the week. Join us in welcoming young athletes from across the US to our beautiful state!
 
Volunteers are critical to the success of the national championship event. Various roles exist to help out, including but not limited to sports timers, logistics set up and break down, check-in of athletes or volunteers, food and beverage support, Welcome ceremony, and more. I hope you will get involved and pass it on! 
 
To volunteer:  Contact   JrNationals@moveunitedsport.org or visit our website; our Event Page and click on the “Sign Up to Volunteer” button. That will take you to our SignUp Genius page.
Lions Peace Poster Winner
2020-21
"Peace Through Service"
 
Yue Zheng,, 13 years old, China
Sponsored by Dalian De Long Lions Club
Lion Kujawa
Established in 1979, Kujawa Construction remains a specialist in residential renovation and remodeling.  Coming into the profession from a monastic background, he brings a high degree of integrity with him which is reflected in his 3-year warranty on all projects.
If you have any residential projects in mind, Martin will collaborate with you to create the perfect outcome you desire.
Lion Martin Kujawa  303.324.6250
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RMLEI Foundation Update
Fellow Lions, Families and Friends, It was in 1925 at the Lions International Convention in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The guest speaker was a remarkable woman named Helen Keller, a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. The end of her presentation to the Lions in attendance was to challenge Lions Clubs International to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”.
 
The Lions accepted her challenge and the work began ever since to include sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.
 
What better example of fulfilling that challenge then the Rock Mountain Lions Eye Institute representing patient care of over 150,000 annual procedures, medical training for ophthalmologists world-wide with leading techniques and a research department devoted to critical areas to prevent blindness or even sight restoration.
 
This was our ‘challenge’, this is our goal at the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute and supporting the Institute is the mission of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation (RMLEIF).
 
To date, your Foundation has donated over $7,000,000 for the development and future of the Institute with the latest contribution just this year of $300,000 to equip the new expansion for patient care. In addition, RMLEIF has provided over $100,000 for pediatric eye services and travel assistance. This funding comes with the help of all Colorado and Wyoming Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation.
 
Going forward, the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation has formed various committees to investigate potential help to keep the Institute a world-class medical facility following our commitment to be “Knights of the Blind”. We are specifically continuing our consideration for equipment purchases for patient care and any possible help we can provide in the research area of the Institute.
 
As our new Lions year begins, we request any interested Lion to consider a position on the Board of Directors as each director is limited to a maximum of two, three-year terms. If interested to join this exciting Lions quest, please contact our Board President, Lion John Harper, to discuss the opportunities available and what positions are needed to fill. Your RMLEIF is always looking for Lions that may bring unique talents and ideas in keeping with our goal of supporting our Institute.
 
For more information or to discuss your interest in the Foundation, visit rmleif.org or contact Lion PID John Harper, (307) 631-8189, call or text.
Sincerely and Thank You for your support, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Board of Directors
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