The Mount Vernon Lions Club recently earned the distinction from the International Association of Lions Clubs and its Foundation, of becoming a Model Club, one of only 7 in the state. By becoming a Model Club, the Mount Vernon Lions are leading the way in a global effort to empower more community service by raising funds to support the needs of Lions’ local communities.
“I am proud of all that our club does to help make Mount Vernon and Lisbon a better place to live and work,” says current Club President, Jim Erickson. “Throughout our nearly 100-year history, the Mount Vernon Lions Club has served the needs of our community, from buying and donating the land that established Davis Park, to awarding scholarships to deserving high school seniors, to vision screening in Mount Vernon and Lisbon schools. By becoming a Model Club through our commitment to raise $23,000, we are demonstrating that not only are we committed to serve our local communities, but also our broader global community,” says Erickson.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), is the primary funding source for larger Lions’ projects worldwide. By providing grants, LCIF has enabled Lions clubs to exponentially expand their service and carry out more life-altering missions globally.
Campaign 100: LCIF Empowering Service is a campaign to raise money to expand Lions’ ability to help those in need today and for the next 100 years. While the campaign’s financial goal is $300 million, the ultimate goal is Lions’ ability to serve hundreds of millions of people by: increasing Lions’ impact in vision, youth, disaster relief, and humanitarian efforts; fighting the global epidemic of diabetes; and expanding efforts in childhood cancer, hunger, and the environment.
In addition to the Mount Vernon Lions Club being a Model Club, it also has the distinction of being the home club of current District Governor Paul Fugate. As District Governor, Paul provides leadership to the 42 clubs in Linn, Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Jones, Muscatine and Scott counties. He is one of more than 750 Governors across the globe that lead the 1.4 million Lions members. Lions Clubs International is the largest volunteer service organization in the world.
“I, too, am proud of our Club making this commitment to our Lions International Foundation, which has been there to support us in our times of need,” says Fugate. “Just last year, LCIF provided the district with a $10,000 emergency grant following the derecho. Two thousand of that came directly to Mount Vernon. I am working with fellow Lions in our district to develop a plan for a substantial grant this year to help us do even more service. That is why we exist. To help those in need and serve our communities,” says Fugate. “We support our Foundation and our Foundation supports us.”
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Mount Vernon Lions Club and being a part of a dynamic local and global organization serving the needs of local and global communities, please contact Paul Fugate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lion Paul Fugate was installed as District Governor of District 9EC on July 1.
Paul was elected as District Governor for 2021-2022 Fiscal Year. Fugate has been an active member of the Mt. Vernon Lions Club for the past 5 years. Fugate became a Lion in 2009 and was previously a Leo in 2007. Fugate previously was a member of the Tipton and Stanwood Lions Club’s before moving to Mount Vernon.
“I am looking forward to leading our district this coming year and I’m excited to help all clubs in District 9EC thrive after this pandemic,” Fugate said.
Fugate will be the second Lion to be elected District Governor out of Mt. Vernon.
Since the club’s chartering in 1924, Mt. Vernon has had only one District Governor represent the club, Llyod C. Dean in 1935-1936. Fugate is also making history in the state as well, becoming the second youngest governor to serve in the state, as well as the first former Leo to ever become a District Governor in Iowa.
“I acknowledge that I’m making some history with the Lions of Iowa, but I really want our clubs in our district to be successful,” Fugate said. “I want to make my mark by being the best governor I can be, not the youngest.”
Fugate will be representing District 9EC, which is one of seven districts in the State of Iowa. 9EC comprises of Linn, Jones, Cedar, Jackson, Clinton, Scott and Muscatine counties. The district has 44 clubs with over 1,200 members.
The Mount Vernon Lions Club once again had our Bingo Tent at Heritage Days once again. Ever since Heritage Days started over 30 years ago, the Lions Club has always had their tent at the festival. This year with there only being activities being held on Saturday in uptown Mt. Vernon, the Lions Club was still able to raise over $1,000!
The Lions Club once again had a record breaking year in our 3rd annual Golf Tournament. The winning team was "The Hammers." 14 team participated in this years event.
Lions Katrina Stroud, Jan Moore and Paul Fugate help give out seedlings to Mt. Vernon Residents to help with replacing trees lost in the August Derecho. The seedlings were made possible by a grant from the State of Iowa DNR and with the help of the City of Mt. Vernon.
Lions Katrina Stroud and Jordan Clemsen shopped on Wednesday for food supplies for South East Linn Community Center. January is Hunger Awareness Month and the Mt. Vernon Lions Club was happy to help. The food will go to over 50 families in the area.
The Mt. Vernon Lions Club was recognized by Iowa Kidsight for being a screening team. The Mt. Vernon Lions Club took over for the Lions District Screening Team in 2017 and is proud to provide this service to the Mt. Vernon Community.
The Mt. Vernon Lions Club with Do Something Great Trivia raised over $500 to help Mt. Vernon Community School District Kids in Need Program. Brian Jaffe and Justin Pigeon of Do Something Great Trivia said. "It was an honor to partner with the Mount Vernon, Iowa Lions Club! We had a great time connecting with your community and providing opportunities for families and friends to come together, get smarter, and compete - and to donate over $500 to support the kids in your community! The money raised went to MVCSD Kids in Need. Kids in Need is a fund that is maintained by donations to help children and families of Mount Vernon. They help families with food, lunch money, housing, clothing, gas, Christmas gifts and much much more!
They also fund the Mustang Snack Pack. This is a program that gives in-need children a sack of non perishable items to take home over the weekend and on holiday breaks.
The Mt. Vernon Lions Club in Partnership with the Mt. Vernon Historical Preservation Commission now has the first five years worth of documents from the start of the club on the MVHPC website. You can check out the archives at:
Members of the Mt. Vernon Lions Club purchased much needed supplies for Southeast Linn Community Center from Gary's Foods to help them fill their shelves after The ￼￼Derecho that hit on August 10th. The money for these supplies came from an Emergency Disaster Grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation! Our motto is “We Serve, and we are always there when there is a need in our community!