News for 1/15/2020

HOME Foundation 

The annual meeting of the Kensington HOME Foundation will be at 4:00 p.m., January 26th, at First St. John Lutheran Church in the parish hall.  All members of the community are welcome to attend this meeting and get involved with this community organization.  

The HOME Foundation was founded in 1997 with the goal of supporting community organizations.  The foundation currently has approximately $25,000 endowed in the greater Salina Community Foundation.  Generous donations along with interest off the endowment have enabled 26 grants totaling $12,000 since 2015.  The Foundation is seeking input on fundraising opportunities; all feedback is welcome.  

Back row: Mike Isom, Adam Synoground, Don Wiens, Jeff Nech, Gary Hainke, Sam Rice, Dave Wahl, Galen Larsen, Lisa and Tom James

Front row: President Greg Billings, District Governor Tom Baumann, Darold Grauerholz, Kenny Ratliff, Becky Isom, and Robin Billings

Lions Recognized Peace Poster Contestants 

The Kensington lions sponsored a local peace poster contest. Five junior high students participated in it, and each student entered an amazing poster. Participants were Brooklyn Stauffer, Gigi Horesdig, Jennifer Cochrun, PJ Van der Linden, and Rueben Steenkamp. Rueben won the local contest, and his poster was mailed to be entered in the district contest. The winner of the district contest was then entered into the international contest. Rueben's poster did not win at the district level, but he will be recognized at the district Lion's meeting in Hays this coming March with an honorable mention award. 

All the students who entered the local contest were recognized at the club’s January meeting. Parents and students were both invited to share a meal and be recognized. The club was excited to have five students interested in entering the contest. The Thunder Ridge art teacher, Patty Lowe, was very instrumental in getting the contest organized at the local level. A huge thank you to her for her help. The club was very proud of their local talent!!

After the students were honored with their award certificates, the club resumed their regular meeting and had the privilege of having our district governor speak to the club and their guests. He promoted upcoming events, including the district convention, and encouraged us all to invite new people to join our local club. Lions can only serve if they have enough able hands to do the service. Growing our membership is essential for the club to stay strong and active. Tom also told the group that the Lion's focus this year is specifically "We serve through diversity." Lions always strive to serve, but this year's focus is to be more diverse. 

Next, the club addressed local business at hand. They voted to make the Lion's Band Foundation the recipient of their tail twister money for the coming year. Last year, they donated their collected money to the Sight Foundation. The club received recognition for this and awarded two award pins to be given to two members who helped in the area of sight. One "Knight for Sight" pin was given to Mike Isom for his efforts in writing grant to the Smith County Foundation that resulted in a new screener for the county. The other pin went to Darold Grauerholz for his many years of service and efforts to increase and improve vision screenings and awareness. Darold has been dedicated to this cause and has served in many capacities.

In other business, the club voted to pay for part of a leadership registration fee for a student and to purchase a ping pong table for the Senior Center. The club's next meeting will be February 2nd, at 7:00 at the Kensington Senior Center. Please consider becoming a Lion!!