OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
EYEGLASS PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS
EYEGLASS RECYCLING PROGRAM
TxDOT HIGHWAY CLEAN UP
MS 150 BIKE RIDE
PEACE POSTER CONTEST
CAMP SANDER & SCOUTING
TEXAS LIONS CAMP
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH CONTEST
"WELCOME TO BELLVILLE" SIGNAGE
COMMUNITY WIDE GARAGE SALE
KIDSIGHT USA VISION SCREENING
2019-2020 CLUB PRESIDENT
pRESIDENT Kenneth Stein
It is with great pleasure and appreciation that I am privileged to serve as President of the Bellville Lions Club for 2019-2020.
I am most appreciative for the guidance and encouragement Past President Lion Bruce White gave me during his presidency of the Bellville Lions Club. His help and suggestions as to how to be an effective President were invaluable. I, also, couldn't ask for a better group of officers to work with this coming year!
When I was asked to join the Bellville Lions Club by Lion John Conley ten years ago, I had no idea at the time how much good the Lions deliver to the public or how enjoyable and fun the fellowship working together can be.
I appreciate all of the Lions who helped me make it through my first Bellville Lions Club Board of Director's Meeting, as well as, my first noon meeting. After making it through these two milestones, I am ready to move forward and work through our usual projects and then move onto some new ideas that will be a benefit to these groups that need our help.
The first project that will require our attention is the Football Lotto. I ask that each and every one of you sell the tickets given out to be sold. There will be three new ticket captains this year, as well as, someone to oversee the Football Lotto process as a moneymaker.
The two service projects that need our immediate attention are the restoration of Camp Sander for Cub Scout Pack 116 and the restoration of the Bellville Junior High Outdoor Science Center. Plans are underway to see that these projects reach completion. More information will follow as the need arises.
If I looked at ROAR as an acronym, I would see it as Reaching Out and Relevant. That is how I see what we do as Lions. We reach out to others and make it relevant to those we help.
Let's make this year a year of fun and approach everything with a ROAR!
Working with you,
Lion President Kenneth Stein
Kenneth Stein - Club President
Kyle Freitag- 1st VP/ Fundraising Chair
Cameron Slater- 2nd VP/ Program Chair
Michael Coopersmith- 3rd VP/Peace Poster Chair
Newton Boriack - Secretary/ Treasurer
Archie Seals- 1 Year Director
Dennis Hansen- 1 Year Director
Ric Flores- 2 Year Director
Shane Gordon- 2 Year Director
Dale May- KidSight Chair
Ken Peters- Lion Tamer
Terry Hoover - Tail Twister
Bruce White- Past President/ Membership Chair
Steve Lackey - Lions Camp Director
Garrett Dornon - Marketing Director
Ernie Koy- LCIF Director
NOTE: The club meets on the 1st & 3rd Thursday's at Noon for our club meeting at Concordia Hall!
January 30, 2020- 5th Thursday Family Gathering
Concordia Hall @ 6:00 PM
March 7, 2020- Lions Club DEN Night!!!
Austin County Fair Expo
April 18, 2020- District 2-S5 Convention
La Grange, TX
April 26, 2020- Fruehling Saengerfest
German Festival- Concordia Hall
May 2, 2020- MS 150 Bike Ride
June 14, 2020- Texas Lions Camp Club Trip
2020 Lions Club DEN Night- March 7th is around the corner and the Bellville Lions Club are making preparations for "A Night Under the Desert Stars". Local boy David Lewis will be rocking the stage and the night is full of entertainment to compliment the band. We will have a steak and shrimp dinner, beer, wine, margaritas and a desert bar! There will be plenty of opportunities to support our mission through the Live Auction, the Silent Auction, and the Raffle! Contact a Lion you know to get you tickets for the can't miss event. As always, 100% of the NET proceeds from this fundraiser go straight back to the organizations we donate to! See you at the DEN!!!!
Opportunities for Youth- THE BELLVILLE LIONS CLUB HAS DISTRIBUTED $12,500 IN OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS AND $7,250 IN DISTRICT 2-S5 SCHOLARSHIPS THIS YEAR FOR A TOTAL OF $19,750.00!!! THESE SCHOLARSHIPS WERE AWARDED TO THE FOLLOWING BHS STUDENTS:
ABIGAIL BURNS - $4000 BELLVILLE LIONS & $3500 DISTRICT 2-S5
JACIE QUINNEY - $2500 BELLVILLE LIONS & $1000 DISTRICT 2-S5
KAYLA DURHAM - $2500 BELLVILLE LIONS & $750 DISTRICT 2-S5
REED CESSNA - $1000 BELLVILLE LIONS
JOHN HENDRIX - $2500 BELLVILLE LIONS & $2000 DISTRICT 2-S5 & $2000 THAT JOHN RECEIVED AT THE TEXAS LIONS STATE CONTESTS
YES INDEED, BELLVILLE LIONS DO SERVE!!!!
2019 Grant Social- On June 20th, the Bellville Lions Club hosted their annual Grant Social and distributed $90,000 to worthy organizations throughout our community. This is your money spent at our fundraisers hard at work! Not a single penny from our fundraisers goes into our club operating fund, it goes straight back into your community. Thank you so much for your support all these years. Fun Fact- The Bellville Lions Club has distributed $479,000 in grants over the last 5 years, THAT is making a difference!, WE SERVE!
Bellville Medical Center Grant- The Bellville Lions Club Board of Directors recently voted to award a $10,000 commitment to the Bellville Medical Center! We are fortunate to have such a vibrant rural hospital and the club felt it was extremely important to play a small role. Watching our citizens rally around this cause has been a beautiful thing. The Bellville Medical Center Serves (and so do we)!!!
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 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!
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!
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.
BY MAIL: Bellville Lions Club, P.O. Box 1011, Bellville, Texas, 77418
BY PHONE: Newton Boriack- Secretary- 979-885-8601
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