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Welcome Lions to the 2013-2014 Lions year! The International President for this year is Lion Barry J. Palmer of New South Wales, Australia and his theme is "Follow Your Dream," and his call to all of us is to dream big in our community service. President Palmer encourages all of us to be responsible in our approach to club service, to recognize the efforts of those Lions conspicuously displaying our International motto, and to reach out in every way we can, to make our communities better places to live.
The new District 2-S5 Governor is Lion Danny Stribling from the College Station noon Lions Club and he also encourages us to dream big in our club's service efforts. The District Governor's visit to the Bellville Lions Club is scheduled for Thursday, December 5th, 2013.
Our year started out with a bang as many of our Lions and their wives traveled to Kerrville, Texas to visit the Texas Lions Camp for graduation night on July 12th, 2013. Two Bellville students graduated that night and our club presented the camp with our second endowment installment of $10,000. It was the largest donation of the evening from any club. Overall, our club sponsored seven campers this summer and a big congratulations goes to Lion Wiley Barton for his efforts in coordinating camper participation.
Lion Robert Herridge has hit the ground running with outstanding club programs so far this year and we look forward to his continued success in doing so throughout the year.
So far this year we have fielded a competitive golf team for the Bellville Booster Club Golf Tournament and look forward to putting together another golf team for the Faith Academy Golf Tournament in late September.
Our club also entered two teams for the FFA Sporting Clays Tournament in early August.
Past President John Grube has once again led the effort to continue the reading appreciation program at the O'Bryant Primary that was so successful last year. It is a program that benefits our Lions club members as much as the students and is a fine example of how we serve our community.
The fall begins football season, and our first fundraiser of the year, the NFL Football Lotto is being well run by Lions Tommy Kowles, Keith Linseisen, Jess Koy, Garrett Dornon and others. The Lotto jump starts our fundraising each year and affords the opportunity for the whole club to participate.
Recently our Board of Directors authorized funds to be set aside for the improvements to the 5th tee box of the Bellville Golf Course. The purpose of this is to help provide the infrastructure to support a Bellville Lions Club sign visible from both sides of Highway 36. This will become a nice advertisement for our club on a daily basis for residents and visitors alike.
Looking out into the first half of our year we will have the opportunity to participate with the Bellville Chamber of Commerce in the community garage sale at Concordia Hall on Saturday, September 21st.
Our second fundraiser will be a bar-b-que drive through dinner on December 1st, 2013 and our Christmas party will be on December 19th. Let us dream big this year and make our presence felt as we go about our service to the community of Bellville and beyond.
Lion President Andy Couch
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.
The Bellville Lions Club is currently identifying children with physical disabilities, Type 1 Diabetes, and cancer to send to the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, TX. Please contact our Lions Camp Chair, Wiley Barton for more information!
The Bellville Lions Club just recently donated $1,000 to the Bellville Little League to be a team sponsor. Play Ball!
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!