Vermillion Lions clown around Following a superb dinner prepared by the American Legion Auxiliary ladies, President Barbara Campbell opened the Feb. 2 Thursday night meeting. She first requested the introduction of the two Vermillion guests present, Maxine Johnson and Dick Stensaas (both plan to join the Vermillion Lions). Other announcement from Barbara were a Lions Zone Meeting at Elk Point on Feb. 21 (several Vermillion Lions plan to attend), the sale of Lions Cookbooks at the Nook 'n Cranny through Valentine's Day, the annual American Cancer Society Finish Line event at the USD Dakota Dome on Feb. 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (possible this year to register either as an individual or as a member of a team), the possible availability of the Lions Mobile Screening Unit for spring pancake days (April 13, 14), the next board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 9 rather than on Feb. 10, and District 5-SE Gov. Lyle Swenson as the speaker for the Feb. 17 meeting.
Lion Ron Thaden stated that a sufficient number of members have volunteered to prepare the pancakes for the Feb. 10 Member Appreciation Day at the Clay-Union facility. Ron asked if there were any additional names to add to the list of potential new members and indicated that a new information brochure is essentially ready for distribution.
An article in the February 2005 Lion points out that membership growth is of cardinal importance to club vitality and that new members serve to increase interest in the club.
Lion Gloria Christopherson introduced Lion Jacqueline Lonning, who has an avocational interest in clowning. Jackie, whose clowning name is Starburst, was first instructed in the art of clowning at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, IA. She is presently a registered clown at St. Luke's Hospital in Sioux City and volunteers her clowning services at the hospital one day each week.
There are different kinds of clowns (eg. entertainment clowns, character clowns, mimes) but she is essentially a caring clown and interacts with both children and adults at the hospital. Jackie demonstrated with Lion volunteers how a clown takes a patient's temperature, distributes so-called brownies (ask Lion Lyle Wagner for more information), uses puppets, teaches reading, does nose transplants, and, with the eager participation of Lion Mick Breske, applies facial makeup.
As pointed out by Jackie, the bottom line with care clowning is that it helps patients feel better and as a result possibly enhances recovery.