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    To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.








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  • 2018-2019 CLUB PRESIDENT


    Greetings fellow Lions,

    My apologies for being extremely tardy with this initial update, but I am truly appreciative of the opportunity to serve as the Bellville Lions Club President for 2018-19.


    I congratulate Past President Reese Turner on his year of service, and I am grateful for the members of our club who are continuing to serve in officer roles, and to the newcomers who have volunteered their time and talents to also serve in leadership roles.

    My father was a member of the Lancaster (Texas) Lions Club for many years, and I recall how much he enjoyed being a member of such an active organization. When I joined the Bellville Lions Club about 18 years ago, I found myself in a similar situation – enjoyable fellowship while working together to make the Bellville community a better place, and that has not changed.

    There are so many members of our club from the past and present who have built the Bellville Lions to a high standard of service, and I am humbled by that.

    As I embark on my second journey as President, I greatly appreciate your commitment to Lionism. We all have different strengths and talents (I am still searching for mine), and none of us can do everything, but we all can do some things, and I truly want each of you to know, that all are needed. During the course of the year there will be numerous opportunities for each of us to contribute to this club’s success in many ways. We have several fund-raisers and service projects ahead. We will be looking for committee members and I will welcome your thoughts and fresh ideas, and participation.

    We are well into the second month of our new year, and our first fund-raiser is here. The football lottery tickets are out, and now all we have to do is sell them. I greatly appreciate all of those who are working hard to make this a success. This being the first fund-raiser it sets the tone for what happens next. If we can “max out” on our ticket sales, we will be off to a tremendous start in reaching our projected budget of more than $90,000, and remember, this is what we are giving back to charitable organizations and non-profits. Everyone should have their tickets by now, and the packet will include the name of your team captain. Please sell them as quickly as possible, and stay in touch with your team captain so he can have an accurate update on the sales. I thank you all in advance for your efforts in this endeavor.

    On Thursday, Aug. 16, I stood at the podium and looked out into the crowd of those in attendance, and watched you all interact, enjoying the camaraderie and great food, and I hated to break it up to call the meeting to order. I was pleased to see that so many of you take time out of your busy schedule to spend a couple of hours a month at our Lions Club meetings. But we have room for more. If you see an empty chair, try to remember who did not make it, and let’s take it upon ourselves to call and check on those who aren’t in attendance. If a Lion hasn’t been in a while, let’s invite him back and let him know he is missed.

    Also, bring a guest. Our noon meetings are a wonderful opportunity to introduce others to the Bellville Lions Club. While we are a strong club, we can be stronger, and I know there are still others out in the community who are willing to work and serve, and who would be a great Bellville Lion, but someone has to invite them join.

    Once again, I would like to thank each and every one of you who wears the Bellville Lions Club vest. I am blessed to serve as your president, and I'm looking forward to a wonderful year with lots of hustle...

    Lion Bruce




    2018-2019 Officers


    Bruce White - Club President


    Kenneth Stein- 1st VP/ Fundraising Chair


    Kyle Freitag- 2nd VP/ Program Chair


    Tony Causey - 3rd VP/Peace Poster Chair


    Newton Boriack - Secretary/ Treasurer


    Archie Seals- 1 Year Director


    Dale May- 1 Year Director/KidSight Chair


    Dennis Hansen- 2 Year Director


    Cameron Slater- 2 Year Director


    Ken Peters- Lion Tamer


    Terry Hoover - Tail Twister


    Reese Turner- Past President/ Membership Chair


    Steve Lackey - Lions Camp Director


    Garrett Dornon - Marketing Director


    Ernie Koy- LCIF Director







    April 18, 2019- Noon Meeting


    April 27, 2019- MS-150 Bike Ride

    Bellville, TX


    April 28, 2019- Fruehling Saengerfest

    German singing festival- Concordia Hall Bellville, TX

    (See the announcements section of our website for more detail!!!!)


    May 2, 2019- Noon Meeting


    May 16, 2019- Noon Meeting


    2019 Fruehling Saengerfest- Don't forget to come out and enjoy our German singing festival right here in Bellville, TX! We will have good German food, good German songs, and good cold bier! We are excited to have Hansi join us all the way from Germany. You will not be disappointed!! Below is an article from The Bellville Times with more details and history of the Fruehling Saengerfest!


    The Bellville Lions Club and the Bluebonnet Chapter of the Texas German Society invite you to their 17th Fruehling Saengerfest (spring songfest) on Sunday, April 28th at the Historic Concordia Hall in Bellville beginning with the opening ceremonies at 11 AM. There is no admission fee.


    The Fruehling Saengerfest is a German spring singing festival. Its roots are in the original Sängerfest that began May 26, 1860, at the Piney Concordia Hall. German immigrants organized to enjoy activities and sing familiar songs in German. The singing group was known as the Concordia Gesang Verein.


    After the 1900 storm destroyed the hall in Piney, it was rebuilt with its original wooden parts at the present location of 952 S. Tesch Street in Bellville. The Gesang Verein hosted annual festivals that showcased singing groups such as the Houston Liederkranz, Houston Saengerbund, Schulenburg Liederkrantz, Welcome Maennerchor, Lone Star Maennerchor, Schoenau Helvetia and many others. Many family members of these former singing groups still reside in the area.


    The original Sängerfest was discontinued in the 1980’s. In 1995 the Bellville Lions Club acquired the Concordia Hall. After 2 years or restoration the hall was ready for the Lions and the community to use and enjoy.


    In 2002, the Bellville Lions Club and the Bluebonnet Chapter of the Texas German Society joined efforts to bring back the historic Sängerfest. Singing groups from the area participated in the event now known as the Fruehling Saengerfest. The Concordia Gesang Verein was reorganized by Egon Schackmann and made its debut appearance at the 2011 Fruehling Saengerfest and has since become a tradition at the annual event.


    Activities for this year’s festival begins at 11:15 AM, when the Bellville Lions Club will begin serving their famous BBQ chicken and sausage with homemade kettle cooked pinto beans, delicious sauerkraut, potato salad along with sliced pickles, onions and BBQ sauce all for only $12 per plate. Then top it off with a slice of homemade cake and other goodies and Blue Bell Ice Cream. There will be a special area to pick up to-go-plates.


    Shuttle service will be available throughout the day from the designated parking areas.


    Enjoy a souvenir stein of ice cold Huffmeister beer brewed locally by the Huff Brewing Co or a good ol’ Shiner Bock from the outside biergarten. Sausage and sauerkraut, giant Pretzels, soft drinks will be available through out the day. Get a souvenir Saengerfest T-Shirt or RTIC 20 or 30 ounce tumblers at the concession booth.




    Beginning at 12:30 PM you can enjoy German Music and singing concerts by well known German singing groups in the air-conditioned Concordia Hall. Featuring Concordia Gesang Verein, O’Bryant-Concordia KinderChor, Winedale Der Froehliche Gesang Verein, Houston Liederkranz, Houston Saengerbund and the seafaring songs by Shanty Chor.


    There will be special activities for the youngsters such as a Bounce Haus and slide, or they can take a ride on the Little Red Train. Attendees can also take pictures at the head-in-a-hole board and look like they are dressed in traditional German clothes. They also can enjoy a bean bag toss and other activities while they listen to Outside music and entertainment by the Bellville High School Polka band, Enzian Buam, the Round Top Brass Band and the La Grange High School German Dance Group. Try your chance at winning a homemade cake, cookies or other goods at the famous ol’ fashion Cake Walk. There will be various craft vendors selling their products.


    Plans are being developed to have a couple of exciting Oktoberfest contests. One being the Strong-Arm competition. This is where a group of people hold a 32 oz stein filled with bier with their arm extended straight out, and the last one still holding the stein wins the contests. The other contest is a bier sipping contest. This is where a team of 6 compete with other teams to see which one can down a container of bier at the fastest time. There will be a small entry fee to participate in the contests.


    This year, Fruehling Saengerfest is excited to feature singer-songwriter Hansi Schitter from Germany. Hansi is an Austropop artist who performs original work combined with hits from across Europe, offering high-energy performances of a mix of international atmospheric music with rock, pop, swing and Alpine rock. He has been singing across Europe for the pat 15 years and is excited to perform at the Fruehling Saengerfest. The special Hansi concert will be held on the new outdoorstage.


    “Each year this event grows, and we strive to make it a family event,” said Robert Herridge, a Bellville Lions Club member.


    So, come relax and enjoy the music, traditions, children activities, cold refreshments and awesome food on Sunday, April 28th at Concordia Hall, 952 S. Tesch St. in Bellville.


    Bring the whole family for a day of fun, fellowship and entertainment.


    - The Bellville Times


    Kidsight USA Vision Program- The Bellville Lions Club is looking for some help from the current club members! Kidsight Chairmen Wiley Barton and Dale May have exceeded all expectations (no surprise there!) and need some help! There are currently a group of members who help with the screenings and 4 of them are state certified vision screeners. We need more folks to join this committee and help at the screenings. We also need a few more members to get state certified. If you or anyone you know may be interested, given Lion Wiley or Lion Dale a call!














    KidSight USA


    The Bellville Lions Club has received our Plusoptix Vision Screening equipment! Daniel Berry from the Plusoptix company and Lion Mike Wilson our district 2-S5 Lions Kidsight USA chair came to train and certify the following Lions to operate the equipment: Lions Wiley Barton, Tony Stewart, Doug Lottridge, Paul Martinez, Ken Peters, Dale May, Garret Dornon, Kyle Freitag, Reese Turner, Newton Boriack, and Jess Koy.


    Lions KidSight USA is a nationwide program to safeguard the vision of children aged 6 months through 6 years. According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual. So if a child can’t see well, he can’t learn well. Yet most young children don’t get their vision screened until they have problems learning or paying attention in school. By then, it may already be too late. Unless vision problems are detected early and corrected, they risk becoming permanent by age 7.


    Lions in the USA already screen over a million kids per year through state-wide and local programs often known as “KidSight.” Lions KidSight USA is a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen preschool and school age kids, concentrating on children from 6 months to 6 years of age in order create a coordinated national program.


    Our mission is to ensure eye screening and follow-up care is given to all kids because every child deserves to learn and see the world clearly. To do this, we will work with Lions to increase the number of screening programs around the country in order to reach more children when it is possible and where it is needed.






    Below is the authorization form needed before your child's vision can be screened. Our server does not allow a "print" selection, but you can get it printed in one of the following ways: 1) Right click, Open image in new tab, then print that page OR 2) Save the image to your computer, then print it. We will accept any format you have printed it in, as long as it is completely filled out and signed!

  •         YOUTH

    Red Ribbon Campaign

    • Kidsight USA-Youth Vision Screening
    • The Red Ribbon Campaign
    • Opportunities for Youth Contests
    • Peace Poster Contest


    KIDSIGHT USA- We are in to our 3rd year now with this project and have been actively involved in a community service program to screen our area youth for vision problems. We screen children from the ages of 8 months to 6 years old at no cost to the parents. If a problem is detected, the machine will recognize it and print the necessary information on a slip to take to an Optometrist for evaluation. We have gone to all of the area schools and day cares, the Austin County Fair, the County Wide Health Fair, and many other places in need.


    RED RIBBONS- Each year, the Bellville Lions Club purchases 1550 Red Ribbons that are distributed to the students at O'Bryant Primary School, O'Bryant Immediate School and Bellville Junior High School. The Red Ribbon Campaign is designed to encourage healthy, drug-free and violence-free lifestyles among our youth.


    OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH- Each year students compete in a local, district, and state wide competition in one or more of the following categories: 1) Diabetes Awareness Speech 2) Drug Awareness Speech 3) Outstanding Youth Award. The contests are open to all high school Juniors and Seniors and scholarship money is awarded as they advance through each level of the competition.


    PEACE POSTERS- The Peace Poster Contest was created to give young people the opportunity to creatively express their feelings for world peace and to share their visions with the world. The Bellville Lions Club hosts an annual contest for the local youth and the winner can advance all the way to the International contest, earning prize money along the way!


    EYEGLASS PROGRAM- For years the Bellville Lions Club has been helping kids in need of eyeglasses. The school nurses usually send over an application for one of the children and the Board of Directors approves the cost of the doctor visit and first set of eyeglasses. Many teachers and parents have reported significant improvements in their child and the Bellville Lions Club is proud to help out!



  •       MEMBERSHIP


    The Bellville Lions Club is always on the lookout for potential members looking to get involved. If you are interested in giving back to our great community and would like to speak with someone about joining the club, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you already know a current member, feel free to ask them their thoughts on this great organization and if you could join us at one of our noon meetings!




  •         HALL RENTAL

    In 1996 the Bellville Lions Club purchased Concordia Hall and completed the restoration work in 1999. Today, it is home to meetings and other events of the Bellville Lions Club as well as a variety of other gatherings. The Bellville Lions Club offers Concordia Hall to the public to rent for all types of gatherings. The cost is $400 for four hours, and $30 per hour after that. Please contact Newton Boriack at 979-885-8601 to book the hall or for any questions. 

  •      CONTACT US


    BY MAIL: Bellville Lions Club, P.O. Box 1011, Bellville, Texas, 77418


    BY PHONE: Newton Boriack- Secretary- 979-885-8601


     BY E-MAIL: bellvillelionsclub@sbcglobal.net