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Dear Fellow Bellville Lions
I pray all is well with your families as we come to Spring time, Good Friday, Easter, and bluebonnets. Since my last update, we have accomplished many tasks and events: the 75th Anniversary of our club, the annual Lions Family Christmas Party, another very successful DEN Banquet Fundraiser, the initiation of the “KidSight USA” program and purchase of a PlusOptix eye screener, support of other events such as golf tournaments, school functions, eye glasses requests, Opportunities For Youth competitions, etc. We also work closely with other local organizations such as the Economic Development Corporation and the re-energized Chamber of Commerce. I stress the pronoun “we”, because we (everyone is important) are a group of many men that not simply “want” to make a difference in our community, but we put in the necessary planning, money (sometimes our own money), time, and personal sacrifice to get results. As current president, I sincerely thank everyone and your families for continuing to make all what the Bellville Lions Club strives for become reality.
We have major events coming soon, MS-150 Bike Ride (April 16), Fruehling Saengerfest (April 24), State Convention (May 19-21), and Lions Camp trip (June 10). Let’s all keep involved and make these all they can be, and more!
I want to point out that we have an excellent Facebook page and website. Have you noticed that we always have good speakers at our Noon Meetings?
Last, but not least, the Welcome to Bellville sign is totally finished, complete with a Lions logo and a huge Brahma bull! I extend much appreciation to all that made this project happen. It is a classy addition to our town and nicely displays our Lion spirit!
I encourage you to reach out and ask someone to attend our meetings. I know they will not be disappointed. We are here, we get it done, WE SERVE!
Robert D. Herridge
Bellville Lions Club
Golf Course Signage- We are so excited to announce that the "Welcome to Bellville" sign is 99% complete! All that is left is to add the "BB" brand on the Brahmas backside and it is finished! Thank you to everyone who had a hand in the project- Many thanks to Mary Beth (Marek)Kirk for painting the Brahma Bull and Bluebonnets, to Jerry Olson for the design work, and to EGA Fabrication (Clint Bolinger of Sealy for the manufacturing and installation of the sign). Also, thank you to the very patient Bellville Lions Club Board of Directors and the Bellville Golf Course Board of Directors. The last two years have effort on this project was more than worth it! The Bellville Economic Development Corporation was also a big contributor and helped make this two year project a reality! Take a stroll on Hwy 36 to or from Brenham and check out the 5th Tee Box at the Golf Course, this will be a welcoming feature to citizens and visitors for many years to come!
Youth Vision Screen- 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 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.
We went out to the first annual Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt and Parade for Bellvilles' very own Super Bowl champ Emmanuel Sanders on March 25th for our first live testing with our vision screener. There was a good pool of children to screen and we were able to test 25 children. Out of those 25 tested, 2 of them were "referred" to an Optometrist. Hopefully it is nothing serious but either way we are glad we were able to play a role in helping one of our community children out! Major "atta boys" go out to Lion Wiley Barton and Lion Dale Male for putting this program together and heading up our first testing at the Easter egg hunt, thanks guys!
We are looking forward to getting in to the area schools and daycare's to help in any way we can.
2016 DEN Night- Our annual DEN Night fundraiser this year was a HUGE success! Many thanks to all of the community who came out and helped us with a RECORD BREAKING DEN Night fundraiser! We can't wait to pour the proceeds back in to the community!!!!
Citizen of the Year- Our very own Lion STEVE LACKEY was awarded 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Bellville Lions Club. We vote on it but the city of Bellville does the nominating. This year there were many good candidates but Lion Lackey was head and shoulders above them all and somehow this was his first COY award?!?! Give him an "atta boy" if you see him around town, the Bellville Lions are proud of Lion Lackey!
Facebook- The Bellville Lions Club now has a Facebook page! Please log in to your Facebook account and search "Bellville Lions Club". Or follow the link below in our "Links" section and set up a Facebook account.
Bellville Lions Club 75th Anniversary- We celebrated 75 years of serving this year and what a special thing to be a part of. The Bellville Lions Club has been looking forward to this momentous occasion for a while now and we had a fantastic turnout with many keynote Lion speakers. We packed Concordia Hall on November 19th, 2015 for a night of fun, fellowship, and Lionism.
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.
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!