"We Serve"-est. 1940
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
EYEGLASS RECYCLING PROGRAM
TxDOT HIGHWAY CLEAN UP
MS 150 BIKE RIDE
PEACE POSTER CONTEST
TEXAS LIONS CAMP
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH CONTEST
WELCOME TO BELLVILLE SIGNAGE
COMMUNITY WIDE GARAGE SALE
YOUTH VISION SCREENING
PRESIDENT GARRETT DORNON
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
I wanted to start off by thanking you all for entrusting me to lead the club for the 2016-2017 Lions year. We have had many great men, and great leaders hold the President position over the years and I have made a promise to continue building on the great foundation they have all laid for us. Last year was extremely successful under Past President Robert Herridge and I expect nothing less than the same for us this year. Our club is one of the strongest clubs in Texas. I laid out a few of my goals at the installation meeting and intend on putting plans in place to reach every one of them. I won’t elaborate on all of them, but would like to touch on a few broad and specific goals. When addressing my broader goals, continuing to grow our membership has to be near the top of the list. We are only as strong as our weakest member and the goal of growing needs to be defined. “Careful growth” is the best I can come up with. We don’t just want warm bodies, we want members who will join and contribute. Expectations, both time AND financial, need to be clearly conveyed to the prospective new member. We want them to be aware of everything ahead of time so there are no surprises! We will also want to stay on the lookout for new service organizations that may put our donations to good use. There is usually a steady stream of new opportunities but we must continue to scrutinize each new organization that comes along, while keeping a close eye on how the current recipients of our donations are putting the money to good use. I would also like to see some of our members become more active in all of our service and fundraising projects. For the most part, we get a great turnout from the club and I hope that continues. There are some that are habitually non-participants and we will work to change that. Reengaging these members is vital to our success, we don’t want anyone lost in the shuffle.
More specifically, I will touch on a few things that I will try to focus on a bit more. The Kidsight USA Vision Screening program is up and running and we need to continue that. Supporting Lions Wiley Barton and Dale May needs to be at the forefront of our minds. They can’t bear all of the burden so anyone interested in this program, please reach out to Wiley or Dale to get involved! The Lions Camp endowment is over for us but that doesn’t mean we forget about them. Lion Steve Lackey graciously accepted the offer to be the Chairman so assisting him is something we will focus on. The Highway 159 trash cleanup has been neglected as of late but we are committed to re-energizing that project. With enough Lions, it can be done quickly with little effort as long as we have enough good help! I would also like to see some of the communication barriers broken when it comes to work lists, ticket sales, etc. The committee chairs and ticket captains put in a lot of effort to coordinate the responsibilities of their assigned members and it always amazes me how many members don’t have the courtesy to respond back. I understand we are extremely busy with the rest of our lives, I am too. If you can’t make an event, have enough respect for your fellow Lions to let them know. Identifying a new service project is on the radar since discontinuing the BBQ chicken fundraiser. I am not necessarily looking to add a fundraising project, more along the lines of something that will benefit the community, specifically our youth. The last and largest goal of mine will be discussed in private during our first Directors meeting in July. It has been a concern of mine for some time and our Board of Directors will be tasked with working towards a solution. It won’t be accomplished all in one year, but we will start in July!
Again, I am very excited about the upcoming year and I thank you all in advance for what will be another successful year! The Bellville Lions Club is a special organization and is held in high regards among Lions across the state. The effort of many before us, and those still with the club, has given us the opportunity to do great things over the years. I won't be held responsible for any decline in our club, so I will do everything possible to keep the ball rolling!
Bellville Lions Club President
Garrett Dornon - Club President
Reese Turner - 1st VP/ Fundraising Chair
Bruce White - 2nd VP/ Program Chair
Newton Boriack - Secretary/ Treasurer
Kyle Freitag - 1 Year Director
Keith Linseisen- 1 Year Director
Tony Causey - 2 Year Director
Ryan Huff - 2 Year Director
Ken Peters- Lion Tamer
Art Rodiek - Tail Twister
Robert Herridge - Past President/ Membership Chair
Steve Lackey - Lions Camp Director
Wiley Barton- KidSight USA Chair
Sept. 14th- BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Sept. 15th- NOON MEETING
Lions Club District Governor- Michael Smalley
Sept. 21st- COMMUNITY VISION SCREENING
3:OO PM-7:00 PM- Concordia Hall
Sept. 24th- COMMUNITY VISION SCREENING
10:00 AM-2:00 PM- Concordia Hall
Oct. 6th- NOON MEETING
Austin County Fair
Oct. 12th- BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Oct. 19th- NOON MEETING
Nov. 3rd- NOON MEETING
Nov. 9th- BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Nov. 17th- NOON MEETING
Dec. 15th- Lions Family Christmas Party!
Feb. 25th- DEN Night!
New Lions Year- For those that don't know, our new Lions Year began July 1st! Take a minute to reach out to the Directors that are rolling off the Board and say "thank you!" for a job well done. Those rolling off are Lion Linseisen, Lion Matthews, Lion Martinez, Lion Couch, and Past President Koy. Welcome the new Board members stepping up to serve: 1 Year Directors: Lions Ryan Huff and Tony Causey, Lions Camp Director: Steve Lackey, 3rd VP- Kenneth Stein, 2nd VP- Bruce White, and Tail Twister- Art Rodiek. Thank you to all who agreed to serve, this will be a great group of leaders!
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! Last but most definitely not least,The Bellville Economic Development Corporation was a large financial contributor ($5,000!!!) and helped us turn 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, Garrett Dornon, Kyle Freitag, Reese Turner, Newton Boriack, and Jess Koy.
The First Annual Community KidSight Vision Screening is set for September 21st and September 24th! See the "Upcoming Events" section of our website for more details! This event is FREE for the children of our great community and we hope to have a great turnout!
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!!!!
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.
KIDSIGHT USA PROJECT
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.
PARENTS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE BELOW LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION!!!!
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!
YVS- Using our recently purchased Plusoptix Vision Screening machine (see photo above), we will be formulating a community service program to screen our area youth for vision problems. We will be screening 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.
RRC- 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.
OFY- 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.
PPC- 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!
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!
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.
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