MD-19 Youth Exchange

Dear Lions & friends,

The MD-19 Lions Youth Exchange Program is urgently in need of host families for young people coming from Europe and Japan in July and August.  If you know if anyone who may be interested in hosting, please have them contact me or your district’s Youth Exchange Chairperson ASAP!!!   The following youths still need Host Families

Child’s Info: 1st Hosting Period                    2nd Hosting Period 

Lukas (M) Age 16 Germany    July 14-July 28  (2 wks)              July 28 – Aug 11 (2 wks)

Victoria (F) Age 16 Ger.           July 7 – July 21 (2 wks)              FILLED           

Christian (M) Age 17 Ger.       July 28 – Aug 11 (2 wks)            FILLED                       

Elli (F) Age 17 Finland             FILLED                                     July 21 – Aug 4 (2 wks)

Giacomo (M) Age 17 Italy       July 7 – July 21 (2 wks)              FILLED                

Narumi (F) Age 18 Japan       FILLED                                     Aug 11 – Aug 27 (2 wks)

Yumi (F) Age 20 Japan            FILLED                                     Aug 15 – Aug 27 (2 wks)

Shohei (M) Age 16 Japan        FILLED                                     Aug 15 – Aug 27 (2 wks)


This is a cultural homestay, so there does need to be an adult or older responsible teenager at home most of the time.  We do not have organized activities for these young people.  The only expectation is that they attend a Lions Club meeting during their visit.  Otherwise, they are here to experience your family and the culture of our country.  More information about the program is available on our website.

It is possible to take them for more than one hosting period.  Just let us know!  Host Family applications are available on the website.  Please go to the Lions Youth Exchange website Hosting Page at to view the list of incoming Youths.

Please feel free to forward this information on to others you feel may be interested.

Meeting Notes – May 16, 2012

Meeting was held with President Bill McDonald Absent (Excused) – 1st Vice President/President Elect Penny Coffey handled meeting.

Rainier Club (Rainier WA) sent Lions Rodney Mitchell and Linda Johnson to us to talk about upcoming projects with their club. They provide a home-grown fruit service. We can sell the fruit and get a cut from the proceeds. Delivery Deadline Aug 5, sales going on now.

They are also hosting a bluegrass festival, August 23-26. Flyer is here.

July 4th plans are still good to go.  There will be a volunteer meeting and BBQ Weds. June 27, 6PM at the community center (Old city hall – 303 Barksdale Ave). We got confirmation that the Red White and Blue Alley will happen like last year. There may be a parade entry for us – Jake Smith offered the use of his classic car – walk behind and hand out candy, etc.

For those of us that volunteered at Cherrydale during the year, they are doing a volunteer event. 4:00pm  to 4:30pm on May 23 at the school – in the multipurpose room. Flyer here.

Dupont Trail Day and Safety Fair was talked about – We are working the safety fair – June 2 10 am to 2 pm.

Memorial Day event – Ross Plaza – May 28, 3PM.

It was noticed that Ross Plaza needs major clean up. City has asked JBLM for assistance, and they will be working on May 24. It was mentioned they would likely need some help.

Ron Goodpaster and the DuPont Police department was acknowledged for their efforts towards the city receiving a “safest city” award. Ron says the citizens of the city are responsible for the award as they report anything suspicious.

Meeting Notes – May 2, 2012

Meeting held May 2, 2012.

Preliminary Budget was discussed for the 2012-2013 Fiscal year. Details will be worked out in board meetings.

For the July 4th celebration @ Clocktower park – there was discussion based on meetings elsewhere to have a prize wheel for the kids rather than balloon based prizes – due to effort required. Want to get Youth Council and key club involved. Red White and Blue Alley like last year has been approved. Volunteers were written down, so we know how many people are going to help.

Historic Orchard cleanup went well – “really good turnout” – some cleaning was done (more needed) fence installed and new trees planted from cuttings off original trees. More rescue of older trees are needed – possible future project for the lions.

Fun Run – Jake Smith & Bill McDonald were the attendees from the DuPont Lions. Fun Run organizers expressed thanks and gratitude. Was well attended by partiticpants.

Wrap up on Arbor Day tree planting – see news item here for details.

Chiefs Ron Goodpaster and Greg Hull mentioned that Roy Coffey was to receive an award from the city at council. Lions should attend. May 8 meeting. 7PM meeting time.

Roy reported that the Govenor’s volunteer event went well – was enjoyable for all. 40 volunteers received awards.

Leo club discussion taking place – as age group is high school, meetings and orginizational will likely take place in Steilacoom.

Upcoming events:

May 11 – Parks & Rec dinner/auction. – Tickets available still $15.00 @ city hall

Food Drive – Flyers and some bags received. June 2, drop off – June 9 Pickup and drop at fire dept.

Next Meeting May 16.

It was mentioned that Lions Jorge Ferrer and Bill Miller have been ill. Jorge hurt himself playing basketball, and Bill Miller has had complications during surgery.

The lions club would like to extend good wishes and get well soon to Lions Jorge Ferrer and Bill Miller.