Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lion Harry Haivala takes his Lions work on the road

Lion Haivala with his collection box
at Apache Wells Resort in Mesa, Arizona
When long-time Lion Harry Haivala took on the duties of chairing the Eyeglass Drop-Box Committee two years ago, he didn't waste any time.  Despite escaping the frigid climes of South Dakota for a few months of warmth in Arizona, he took his work with him!

Harry and his wife, Irene, have been going south for 18 winters.  But when he took on the task of coordinating the collecting of used eyeglasses for the Belle Fourche Lions Club, he decided to "expand" the collection area.

While at his park model home in north Mesa, Arizona, he decided to set up a "South Dakota" collection point for used eyeglasses in the office of their park, Apache Wells RV Resort.

"I knew that in a 55+ resort, there would be quite a few new glasses, and no place to go with the old ones, except Walmart."  Last season, he collected about 30 pairs of glasses.

A retired Game Warden with the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks department, Harry Haivala was based in Belle Fourche for 27 years.  During those years, he appeared as a guest speaker at Belle Fourche Lions.

"I decided after I retired to join one civic organization and determined that Lions was the best," Haivala said.  Since 1994, Lion Haivala has been an active member of the Belle Fourche Lions Club. He is also chairman of the Christmas Family Committee and continues to provide leadership for the Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up.  Thanks for your good work, Lion Harry Haivala! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lion Neumeister honored for "opening door" for new members

Lion Del Neumeister (left), Belle Fourche Lions Club Secretary, received a Membership Pin for "successfully opening the door of Lionism to at least two individuals."  The pin was presented during the May 24, 2016 meeting of the club at The Stadium by president Leo Orme.  Congratulations and "Well Done, Lion Neumeister!"

Monday, May 23, 2016

High quality "Doodling" discovered following Lions meeting

Following an April meeting of the Lions Club, we discovered a bit of pencil-on-paper artwork (shown above at left)  lying on one of the tables at The Stadium.  We were intrigued by it and added a bit of "Lions colors" to it, as shown at right.  We suspect that most Lions already know that the talented artist is Frank Walton.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lions conduct vision screening for 93 incoming Kindergarteners

Belle Fourche Lions Club members Melodey Zupan and Joyce Drabek prepare to screen one of 93 youngsters who'll be entering Kindergarten.  The screening took place Tuesday, March 29th at North Park School.  Thanks to Lion Rich Drabek, also involved in the screening, for sharing this photo. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

They went like hotcakes......and they were!

Lions Pancake Breakfast raises $1,655 in sales
Thanks to $860 in ticket sales at the door last Sunday morning (3/13/16), the Belle Fourche Lions Club raised some $1,655 during its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Moose Lodge.

"The weather was really nice, and we didn't get the 'after church' crowd like we normally do," said event chairman Lion Ron Ensz, but it was still "about $100 better than we did last year."

The breakfast always attracts a pretty large group of hungry citizens, and it's a very important tool for the Lions Club.  After expenses for the event are paid, the net proceeds help Belle Fourche Lions in a wide range of community projects ranging from youth scholarships and eyeglasses for needy citizens to lending support to a "Christmas Family" and construction of numerous shelters for city parks.  

That's long-time "Advisor" and pancake chef Lion Bob Schnaible pictured above.  We've posted a few other pancake breakfast pictures in our Lions Gallery (with thanks to Lions Joyce Drabek and Ron Ensz for sharing photos).

Thanks to all the Lions who turned out to work at this important event!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Another day of vision screening for Belle Fourche Lions!

Lions John Cooper and Lee Voyles (both seated) make final adjustments before vision screening got underway this week (December 9) at the Belle Fourche Middle School.  Gentleman standing is not identified.  Some 70 middle school students were screened.  We're also told by Lion Melodey Zupan that Lions screened another 20 children or so at a Belle Fourche day care facility.  A tip of the hat to the several Lions members who have assisted in these screenings.  They go directly to the roots and purpose of Lionism:  We Serve!
(Thanks to Lion Melodey Zupan for the photo and information!)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

150 students get their vision screened — more are scheduled!

The smiling faces of five South Park Elementary School students brighten up this happy photograph.  It was snapped early Thursday (November 12) as a team of Belle Fourche Lions visited the school to conduct a vision screening.  Some 150 students were screened.  Among those working at the screening were (behind the table, left-to-right):  Lions Melodey Zupan, Joyce Drabek, John Cooper, Rich Drabek, and Frank Walton.  School principal Jennifer Roberts is in the back at  right.  Thanks to these Lions for a job well done!  Another screening is set for  December 9th at the Middle School. (Thanks to school nurse Brandy Van Sickle for snapping this photo!)

During its November 24th meeting, Belle Fourche Lions also heard reports about the Christmas family project, the January Wellness Fair, and eyeglass collections.  Check out the Meeting Minutes prepared by Lion Secretary Del Neumeister!