By:  Nan McKenzie May 17, 2014


Motto:        “WE SERVE”


   Kari Klehm of the Evergreen Lions Club is an enthusiastic new member of this fine group of people.    The clubs in Evergreen, Kalispell and Columbia Falls, along with Flathead Electric Coop’s “Round Up for Safety”, recently bought a PlusOptix Vision Screener that is being used locally to screen school children.  The Screener can magically ‘read’ eight different vision problems and transfer the information to a computer.  Once the info is on the computer, a flash drive with this information is given to the school so that each child’s vision is permanently recorded, and if there are problems, they can be addressed right away.  As of today, over 5000 local children have been scanned in a fraction of the time it would have taken the school nurses.  If a person can’t afford glasses, the Lions find ways to help.  They partner with LensCrafters to supply folks with affordable vision correction.

The Lions Clubs collect your old glasses and sends them on to be reconditioned, and they are sent off again to where they can do some good.  People in other countries where they may not have access to glasses must be very grateful to receive these.

When the Flathead County Fair is running, you’ll find the Evergreen Lions near the grandstands, selling water, ice cream bars, pop and other things to raise funds for their club.

Last year, the Evergreen Lions gave $10,000 to Sabina Wisher for her special needs daughter, Mikayla, for the Mikayla’s Miracles and Blessings Foundation. This year the recipient of the Evergreen Lions Spaghetti Dinner and Auction was the ABS sports field in Kalispell for a sprinkler system, equipment, and a concession stand.  They have also given generously to a cancer survivor to help with medical bills.  They support the local Boys and Girls Club, too, and sponsor two local Boy Scout Troops.  Last Thanksgiving, they partnered with the Evergreen School, and made up baskets filled with good food for folks who might not have had a happy day of thanks without their help.

The Evergreen Lions Club meets twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at 6:30, during September to May.  The summers are off except for time at the Fair.  The last meeting for this spring is on May 20th.  They meet either at Meadow Manor Community Center on East Reserve, or the Evergreen Fire Hall, call Kari at 752-3473 for information.  The meetings each last about ninety minutes.  It’s easy to be a member, just find a Lion and ask them to sponsor you, and expect to happily pitch in, and make a difference in your community.  You’ll be glad you did! Kari says that being a Lion is a purely selfish thing for her—she does it because it makes her feel good!

By:  Nan McKenzie May 17, 2014




   The wonderful Whitefish Moose Lodge must be doing something right: it has 243 members, along with another 100 Women of the Moose.  If you want a great meal, Monday Night Football, a super Super Bowl Party, to play Bingo, or just to meet friends and talk over a drink, check out the Moose Lodge at 230 Tenth Street in Whitefish, just west of Baker Avenue.  Ask a member to bring you, or better yet, join up for a small yearly fee! 

   The Moose Lodge has been active in Whitefish for 100 years, and the kindness and generosity of its members is well-known.  You may find volunteers serving a Mother’s Day Breakfast, hosting the Merry-Maker Party for the Whitefish Winter Carnival, sponsoring a Little League Baseball Team, cleaning the town of Whitefishduring Clean the Fish Days, or bringing Santa Claus to town for a Moose Breakfast.  An increasingly popular gathering brings together anyone who graduated from Whitefish High School on the first Monday of each month, eating the great $3 hamburgers made by the volunteers.  The Women of the Moose will often host a reception after a funeral with no charge to the family.  Read More..


Findhorn Eco Village

–Bibi Farber

A Spiritual Vision For Sustainability


Inspiring Planetary Change

The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community and a center for holistic learning. Read More..


The Right Cooking Oil



Choosing the Right Cooking Oil

By Andrea Withey

 When you take a trip to your local health food store and find yourself in the cooking oil section, what enters your mind?  Are you looking for oil that will add flavor to your dish or one that is processed in a way that it retains its nutrients?  Each oil on the shelf varies in specific qualities and can fulfill different needs while they take you on your culinary adventures. There are some that are best used for high heat cooking, some that are used to add flavor to a dish and others with unique health benefits.  Let’s take a walk down that overwhelming isle and see if we can get a better sense of what the oils shine in these various qualities. Read More..