Lion Zoom Meeting Jan 12
Meeting:    Denver Lions Meeting
Date: Tuesday  January 12
Time:  11:45 to Noon - Fellowship
             Noon to 1 pm  - Meeting

Speaker Dr Van Voorhis on S.O.S.
Dr. Kathleen Van Voorhis is Director of Housing Justice for the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. In this role she helped orchestrate the first ever Safe-Outdoor-Spaces in the City and County of Denver. Dr. Van Voorhis will offer the Denver Lions’ Club background and insights to the S.O.S. at First Baptist Church as well as challenges housed and houseless neighbors face as we live side-by-side.
Kathleen holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. Kathleen has held leadership roles in emergency sheltering, service design, delivery, coordination, and coalition building. She has worked to design and implement innovative solutions to homelessness and food insecurity around the United States and abroad, including working with tribal entities in Alaska, and across the border in Juarez, MX. For ten years, both in government and non-profit sectors, she led advocacy efforts to create positive social change at the local, state, and federal levels around homelessness, housing, food insecurity, and migrant rights. Kathleen has extensive experience building local partnerships with faith communities, direct service providers, and elected officials to ensure equitable utilization of resources for the benefit of marginalized individuals.
Social Media Year End Results
Denver Lions has a very active social media program.  The goal of the program is to increase awareness of Lions and all the service we do.  The yearend data shows how successful it was in 2020.  Denver Lions plans to continue the program. 
Facebook and Instagram postings:
  • 283 postings for 2020
  • 92,120 people have viewed these postings
  • Of those users 8,208 people engaged the post by liking, commenting, or sharing
  • 925 viewed Denver Lions Facebook home page
  • 73 Liked the home page and were following us.
Denver Lions website results
  • 9,475 people viewed the website of which 9,404 were new users.
  • These people viewed 21,950 pages
  • The most popular pages were Eyeglass donation – 3,426 and Home Page – 2,595.
A Musical Thank You
When a desperate request came to us for help with piano lessons, at first it didn’t seem like a “fit” for social services.  Then we discovered the lessons were for an 8-year-old boy in Denver who not only loves piano, but the lessons were very helpful for him in many ways, including managing his auditory processing disorder.  He aspired to develop his love of music into the future, but his mother was no longer able to afford keeping him in the lessons he loved because of multiple effects of the pandemic on the family.    Enter Lions, both through our social services budget and thanks to a member who made a designated contribution to make the special piano program possible. 
This little boy wishes to thank the Club for supporting him and made a special recital to show his gratitude.  Because of his age and circumstances, you won’t see his face or name, but you’ll be thrilled as you listen to him speak to us and show his gratitude through his music. 
If anyone is interested in how we might continue to support this family with piano lessons, please contact Myrna Ann
CLICK HERE for musical thank you.
Thank You
Gratitude from Paris Elementary School, The School Our Community Deserves!
Myrna, good afternoon, and I hope this email finds you well.  I want to thank the Lions Club of Denver profusely for your incredible generosity in supporting our scholars to take their rightful place in the world as global leaders.
Your support of our scholars and families this year has been an undeniable bright spot, and our community so appreciates your advocacy.
We will continue to stay in touch, especially to share all of the empowering ways in which we are transforming our school over the next two years to become a STEM Leadership Academy.
Happy Holidays from our Paris Team and Family!
Much love,  Principal Vigil
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