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!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Awards and diabetes program highlight November 10th meeting

It was an evening with many awards last night (11/10/15 as the Belle Fourche Lions Club recognized several members for their recruitment efforts, longevity and perfect attendance.  

And the club itself earned two significant awards, which will be displayed on the club flag.  They were the Service Challenge Award for two of the challenges and the 2014-2015 Year Round Growth Award.

Lion Rick Walton was presented the Excellence Pin for bringing in three new members.  And the two gents shown in this photo were also honored.  Lion Bob Schnaible (left) was recognized for 40 years of service, while Lion Lee Voyles (right) was honored for 35 years of service as a member of Lions.

Congratulations, and well done!

These are members who were honored for Perfect Attendance during the past year.  Shown left-to-right (seated):  Robert Drabek, Joyce Drabek, Ron Ensz and Rich Drabek; Honorees standing are: Chuck Livingston, Rick Walton, Brian Kline, Del Neumeister, Melodey Zupan, and Frank Walton. (Note:  You can get a close-up look at this photo -- and others -- in our Lions Gallery)

We were delighted to have the following guests from Newell with us: Lions Linda Vollmer, Neil Vollmer, Carol McCarthy, and Elaine Hewson.  Also, Lion Rick Walton introduced Rocky McGinnis, a potential new member. 

It was announced that volunteers are still needed for the Vision Screening at South Park Elementary School this Thursday (11/12/15).  Lion Zupan reported that she's purchased of $100 in hats and gloves for the screening.  

The club voted to submit an application to the Greater Belle Fourche Foundation for a grant to help build a shelter at the Recreation Center.

Lion Joyce Drabek reminded members to put January 9th on their calendars -- that's the date for the Wellness Fair at the Rec Center.

And  Lion Voyles encouraged members to pick up their raffle tickets to support the work of the South Dakota Lions Foundation.  They're $5 each, $20 for five, or $25 for ten tickets ( best deal!).

Lion Linda Vollmer from Newell presented an excellent program on diabetes.  The disease seems to be growing most rapidly among children -- but it's a disease that affects all ages.  Over 32 million people have diabetes, and it is #7 on the list of causes of death.

To learn more about Lion Vollmer's presentation -- and other meeting highlights -- we encourage you to read through the Minutes of the meeting.  They're always just a "click" away from the Minutes tab at the top of this page.

Our next Lions meeting will be Tuesday, November 24th.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Lions get update on new shelter — discuss a full agenda

Lions Tim Brown, Leo Orme, and Terry Peterson.
It was a busy evening Tuesday (October 13) for the Belle Fourche Lions Club.  The group gathered at The Stadium Sports Grill and welcomed Lion Terry Peterson, 1st Vice District Governor and Lion Tim Brown, 2nd Vice District Governor. 

Lion Peterson extended warm greetings from District Governor Edwards, who — due to health reasons — has asked him and Lion Brown to visit clubs within the district. Lion Peterson underscored District Governor Edwards' #1 goal, which is to have more women involved in our clubs.   He also reminded members of the goals set by Lions International President Yamada, stressing Dignity, Harmony, and Humanity

Lion Rich Drabek shared information about the Fall Rally.  He noted that Past International Director Bruce Schwartz is leading an effort that challenges clubs to pledge a total of $7,500 toward Leader Dogs for the Blind.  The gift basket put together by Lion Joyce Drabek (shown here at right) was auctioned off for $95, and there was a total of $1,000 raised for Leader Dogs.

Lions also received an update regarding the new shelter located near Herrmann Park.  The roof has been completed and the next step will be the pouring of the concrete deck by the City of Belle Fourche.  While forms have been constructed, there's no date set for the pouring to take place.  A Lions sign will be ordered for the shelter, and at some point, we should have an official "handing over" of the structure to the city.  

The newest Lions shelter is taking shape near Herrmann Park (Photo courtesy of Lion Joyce Drabek)

There was also considerable discussion about the 5SW Lions' Pride newsletter edited by Lion Terry Peterson.  Members overwhelmingly noted that they read the newsletter — and congratulated Lion Peterson on a job well done; however, printing and mailing costs have caused some concerns, and Lions will be exploring options.  These might include putting the newsletter online, creating PDF files and sending the newsletter to members via e-mail, or raising dues to help cover costs.  There was no consensus, but Lion Peterson said he could spell out options — perhaps as many as five — in a forthcoming edition of the newsletter.

Lion Rich Drabek expressed the view that we need more transparency regarding proceedings of District meetings and that minutes of those meeting should be shared with clubs.   Several  members supported that position, one noting that sharing such information will not only create greater transparency but also bolster awareness of the many great things that Lions are doing within the District. (Editor's note:  All Belle Fourche Lion Club minutes can be found under the "Minutes" tab at the top of this page).

"Three in a row" for Belle Fourche Lions
Lion Peterson (at left in this photo) presented the club with a plaque for the Web Site of the Year award within District MD5, which includes portions of Saskatchewan and the Dakotas.  Holding the plaque is webmaster Larry Miller.  Club president Leo Orme is at right.  This is the third year in a row that the club has been the recipient of this award.

By the way, if you'd like to get a closer look at photos on this page — or any of our archived photographs from earlier events — we invite you to visit our Lions Photo Gallery.

Lions Joyce Drabek and Melodey Zupan expressed their thanks to the club for supporting their attendance at Leadership School.  It was also reported that the vision screening tester is available and the tentative dates for testing in Belle Fourche are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 11-13. Testing will be conducted at the South Park Elementary School and the Middle School.

Members were reminded that Greater Belle Fourche Foundation grant applications will soon be due.  Among grant possibilities for Lions:  a pergola at the Rec Center; and a dog park.  Lion Young agreed to be the point of contact to address the Rec Center pergola at our next meeting.

We were also delighted to have Lion Bev Drabek from the Rapid City Evening Star Lions Club join us for this gathering.

The next club meeting is set for October 27th.  By the way, we'd like to again express our appreciation and admiration for Lion Secretary Del Neumeister for his great work in providing timely and detailed  minutes of our meetings.  Thank you Lion Del!