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Lions Club hosts wide variety of speakers

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

— Helen Keller

The Lake Oswego Lions Club is known for having terrific speakers at our meetings, and the month of February was no exception.

Early in the month, Rob Benton and Tim Brown from Mountain Wave Emergency Services brought their two German Shepard search-and-rescue dogs for us to fuss over and admire. Not only are they beautiful and super friendly, but these dogs are the ones called on to find lost people by scent. We learned that these dogs are trained by their owners at their own expense, which means extensive training and no hazard pay when they have to leave their jobs to do a search.

We also hosted Mindy Eaves and her daughter Emerson from Storybook Stables, an animal-assisted counseling and learning services business with 70 animals, which is based in Forest Grove. Mindy and Emerson brought a few of their healing animals, including a service dog, a service cat, two service bunnies and a 3-week-old baby goat. Mindy told of the healing powers of animals and told us of some of their success stories with therapy patients.

The speakers are not all animal related. We also had Shyla Bare, from Servas-Holidays Abroad, an agency that fosters cultural understanding by arranging home visits for people in countries around the world. We learned we could also sign up to be hosts for people who travel here from other countries and share our beautiful area with them.

There are some interesting and informative speakers coming up for March as well. On the 11th, we’ll host Pete Wall and Patt Bilow from Tools4Troups, an initiative to get tools into the hands of returning veterans. And on the 18th, we’ll welcome Larz Stewart, director of Adventures Without Limits, who will tell us how he brings people together who might not ordinarily be able to travel, for exciting adventures.

The best part is that you don’t have to be a Lion to attend the meetings. They are open to the public and we invite you to come. We meet at the Heritage House at 10th Street and A Avenue, every Wednesday at noon.

Hope to see you there!

Denise Gordon is a past president of the Lake Oswego Lions Club.

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