In this issue of the Roarings
  • Upcoming Lions Events
  • Service Tuesday 
  • Denver Rescue Mission 
  • Another Savio Sucess
  • Lions Camp Update
  • Holiday Party 
  • King Soopers Cards
  • Volunteers of America
 Upcoming Lions Events
12/4 – Service Tuesday at Savio
12/4 Colorado Gives Day
12/5 Denver Lions Board Meeting
12/11 Speaker Steve Brown – Fishing Foundation
12/18 Lions Holiday Party
1/8 Speaker  Kim Day  - CEO OF DIA
Service Tuesday Dec 4 at Savio

On Tuesday, December 4  will have our Service Tuesday.   This is an opportunity for Lions to do a service project and have lunch and fellowship with other Lions and guests.  It will be a hands-on project.   See below for location.

This service project will be assembling kids backpacks with medical supplies to go to kids in countries and communities in need.  The backpack has basic "medicine cabinet" items that are scarce in the developing world. If a child gets hurt, families might have to travel a long distance by bicycle, bus or even on foot to receive care at the nearest hospital or medical clinic.  

We are partnering with Project Cure for the backpacks.

Date:  Tuesday, December 4

Time: Noon to 1:30 pm

Location:  Savio at 1530 W 13th Ave, Denver, CO 60608 in Multi-Purpose Room.

Guests:  Bring a guest to show a Lions service project

Lunch:  Buffet lunch

RSVP:  Email   or leave a message at 303.504.6293

Parking:  There is FREE parking around the office.  

Denver Rescue Mission Eyeglasses  
A thank you from Kevin at the Denver Rescue Mission
Wow. What a couple of months for glasses.
There just seems to be more and more people suffering in both their vision and their ability to afford to take care of themselves.
There were some great stories about receiving new glasses in this group.
  • A woman with terminal cancer that was going to have to scrape to pay and we helped her
  • Two different men recently released from prison that couldn’t believe we could help him them out, one had been incarcerated for 30 years
  • Four men from our New Life Program that have zero funds, but are investing the next 12-15 months to rehabilitate their lives received glasses
  • A 10-year-old child of a working poor family that is buried underneath medical bills from when the entire family was severely injured from an auto accident. The child’s vision is damaged due to that accident.
The $400 donation in November  from the Denver Lions Club goes a long way in helping people
Thank You  Kevin
Savio Success Story

It was the Monday morning after the long Thanksgiving weekend, and Britton was just easing back into the work week. Her phone rang, and she glanced at her caller ID and saw it was her client Kristi reaching out unexpectedly. Britton had been working with Kristi since March as part of a voluntary program for parents and children who become involved with Jefferson County as the result of child maltreatment related to a parent’s use of drugs or alcohol.

“I caved,” Kristi announced shortly after Britton answered.

Britton couldn’t help but feel disappointed. Kristi has been progressing steadily in the program, and this was a notable setback. Kristi picked up on Britton’s reaction and continued, “the holiday proved to be too much,” she said sheepishly.

Britton wasn’t surprised by this. Her experience had taught her that it’s common for substance using parents to struggle at the holidays – the frequency of parties, additional financial stress and the typically complex family relationships of her clients make this time of year particularly challenging. Britton also knew from experience that this was an opportunity for a significant step forward for Kristi.

Britton thanked Kristi for self-reporting the incident rather than hiding it and pointed this as a sign of progress. She told Kristi that she’d need to report this to her full Family Integrated Treatment (FIT) Court team – a group of county caseworkers and attorneys assigned to her case to ensure her recovery progress and the safety of her children.

The FIT team determined to implement full supervision of Kristi anytime she was with her daughter to ensure the child’s safety. This aggravated Kristi “Why do you have to do this? It’s just one setback, and now I can’t be trusted around my own children?!”

Britton shifted the conversation from the decision to what needed to be done to remove the restriction. Kristi’s initial reaction faded, and Britton began discussing with her ways to prevent another relapse with the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday coming up. Kristi decided to attend an additional AA or group meeting until after the holidays to lean on her sober supports. Britton helped her identify transportation to ensure Kristi could meet the goal she set for herself. Kristi also began thinking about how to avoid triggering situations during the holiday season.

Though Thanksgiving holiday had brought a setback, Britton was encouraged by Kristi’s reaction. “A lot of times we see roadblocks or obstacles, and they start backsliding. But when they utilize the coping skills they’ve learned or lean on the comradery in the support groups, then these setbacks become real opportunities for growth.”

By the next summer, Britton’s assessment proved to be correct. Kristi had made it past the holidays and the next six months without another setback. Britton, and the FIT Court team had gathered for Kristi’s graduation from the program. She hadn’t relapsed since Thanksgiving, and she overcame many triggers that were dangerous to her sobriety by leaning on her coping skills and peers. During her graduation, Kristi reflected on her journey of more than 400 days that reunited her with her children, taught her to be a better parent and gave her back her sobriety. When she thanked Britton for her work, Britton was quick to remind her “you did all the work.”

Lion Camp Update
Colorado Lions Camp – Lion Jodi Franke, Executive Director
Thank you to the Lions Club members for your continued support of our CLC Programs. Please contact our office if your club is interested in having a camp representative present to your club.
Thank you to all of the clubs and individuals who have donated to our Maddox Hall Renovation project. We still have a number of rooms that have still not been sponsored. Please contact the camp office if you or your club would like more information.
We are excited to welcome our new Camp Director, Erin Newport, to the Colorado Lions Camp team! Erin is a Recreation and Sports Management professional with a 20-year career in the camping field serving individuals with varying abilities. She brings with her an elevated level of expertise in developing and managing camping programs for our target population. Erin’s passion and commitment to serving the special needs community align perfectly with our organization’s mission and long-term goals for expansion. We look forward to getting Erin on board in the next few weeks and she is looking forward to meeting all of you. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Erin and her family as they begin this new adventure at CLC!
The Colorado Lions Camp will be celebrating a great milestone in 2019 as we enter into the 50th year of operation! We are reaching out to our club members from around the state for input & ideas on how we can make this year a memorable celebration. Please contact the camp office if you are able to assist.
The Colorado Gives Day is right around the corner on December 4, 2018. Please consider donating to the Colorado Lions Camp to support our efforts as we continue to move forward with improvements to our facilities and the quality of services we provide to our campers and guests. We thank you in advance for your support!
Buy King Sooper Cards as a holiday gift. 
Using Lions Club King Sooper gift card helps support the Denver Lions.   When you make your purchase with this card a percentage goes to the Club.  The gift card can be reloaded at any time. In the past year, Lions using the cards have earned the Club almost $1630 
The holidays are coming and what a great time to buy cards as gifts.   When you buy a card it is charged to your club account.   See Lion Susy to buy cards
Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
Lion Michael James works with Volunteers of America.    As we approach the Holiday Season there are a number of volunteer opportunities.  CLICK HERE for all the events offered by VoA.
Thanks to Lion Michael for all the good work he does
Help support the Club buy King Soopers Cards,
A Call to Action
This weeks edition of A Call to Action is:
Sign up for a service project 
Upcoming Events
Bull and Bush
Nov 30, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Dec 01, 2018
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Greenlee Elementary - CTD
Dec 04, 2018
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Service Tuesday at Savio
Savio House
Dec 04, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Club Office at First Baptist Church
Dec 05, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Dec 05, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Dec 06, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Lions Club Meeting
Dec 11, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Dec 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lions Holiday Party
First Baptist Church
Dec 18, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Dec 11, 2018
Fishing for Change Foundation
Jan 08, 2019
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