Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lions screen vision during Health Fair at BFACC

It was a busy and productive day on Saturday, January 14th at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center "Health Fair."

Belle Fourche Lions conducted vision screenings for more than 60 people – resulting in 11 referrals, according to Lions Club president Joyce Drabek.

Pictured at left is Pinky Horner of Rapid City, associated with the Rushmore Lions Club.  We understand she's helping coordinate vision screening projects across District 5SW.

Lion president Joyce will likely have a more complete report on the screening at our next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 24th at Grap's Burgers & Brews.

Here are a couple of items for your calendar (just in case you don't routinely check the "Lions Calendar of Events" on this site.  There are two major Lions gatherings scheduled early this year: 

While it's too late for early registration, you could still make it to the Lions State Convention coming up January 27-28 in Fort Pierre.

This spring, Multiple District 5 (MD5) will be celebrating "100 Years of Lionism" during its convention May 17-20 at The Lodge at Deadwood.  There's still time to get registered early for this event, being held right in our own back yard!  MD5 Convention Registration Form

Where there's a need – there's a Lion!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Lions screen vision of more than 200 Belle Fourche students

School nurse Brandi Van Sickle (at left) shows off the SPOT device used by Lions to conduct vision screening at the Belle Fourche Middle School and South Park Elementary School on Tuesday, December 13.  In the middle photo, Lions Harry Haivala, Ken Gifford, and Rich Drabek take a break during what was a busy day!  Belle Fourche Lions Club president Joyce Drabek noted that without the help of Lion Gifford from Rapid City, who coordinates Lions vision screening in this area, "we would not have succeeded with our screenings all these years!"  At right, a 5th Grader at South Park School steadies herself for screening.  Some 212 young people were screened during the day-long event using a "Spot Vision Screener," a hand-held, portable device to quickly detect vision issues.  It screens both eyes at once from a non-threatening three-foot distance, ideal for quick screening of children.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

New member, awards, and World War II story highlight meeting

President Drabek with new member Michael Floyd.
Belle Fourche Lions welcomed a new member during our late November meeting on the 22nd.  Lion Michael Floyd joined our ranks.  Lion Floyd has attended a few previous meetings as a guest, and we're delighted to welcome him to Belle Fourche Lions Club.

There were also some awards presented during the gathering at Grap's Burgers and Brews, including a Presidential Service Award to Lion Rick Walton.  He and Lion Robert Schnaible were also recipients of perfect attendance awards, and Lion Osloond was recognized with a 10-Year pin.  You'll find photos of those presentations, along with others, in our Lions Gallery.

Members were reminded of the forthcoming vision screening slated for Tuesday, December 13th at the Middle School and South Park Elementary.  We'll have additional updated information at our scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 8th.

Additional details of this meeting can be found in the Minutes Tab above.

Lion Larry Miller presented the program about a World War II Marine killed at the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific, and whose remains were not recovered until last year.  

The Marine was Sergeant Fae Moore, whose parents ranched on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation not far from Wounded Knee, South Dakota.  His home was listed as Pine Ridge when he enlisted in the Corps in the summer of 1941, several months before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 

Sergeant Fae V. Moore, USMC
After boot camp in San Diego, Moore shipped out to American Samoa in the Pacific with the 2nd Marine Division.  While providing security for Pago Pago and the surrounding region, they also trained for amphibious assaults.  They put that training to use with the assault on the Solomon Islands and the battle at Guadalcanal in late 1942.

After that bloody battle, they proceeded to Wellington, New Zealand – again providing security for that region of the Pacific and continuing preparation for yet another major event.

That came on November 20,1943, when more than 10,000 U.S. personnel were involved in the massive invasion of Japanese-held Tarawa atoll in the Gilbert Islands.  After a fierce 76-hour battle – and the loss of more than 6,000 lives – Allied forces defeated the Japanese and took control of the strategic airfield on the island.  

Sergeant Moore was killed during the initial landing, along with more than 1,000 other U.S. Marines.  Unfortunately, the circumstances of war and time resulted in about half of the hastily-buried dead Marines never being found.  It was not until last summer that Fae Moore's remains were located on Tarawa by an organization called History Flight.  They were sent to Hawaii for identification.  After DNA confirmation of his identity by the Department of Defense, Moore's remains were returned to the continental United States -- 73 years after his death.

Moore's mother, Mary Moore of Chadron, Nebraska, went to her own grave in 1958, never to see her son — or his remains — return home for burial. Although too late for her, the discovery, identification, and repatriation of her Marine son has finally offered a bit of closure to Moore family.  Moore's siblings and his father have also since died.  Remaining descendants knew little about him, but about 50 of them recently joined together in celebrating his life and service to our country.

Lions members and others are invited to read more about the remarkable recovery of the remains of Sergeant Fae Moore and his Return to Beaver Valley.

Please note: the next Belle Fourche Lions meeting will be a short business meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 at Grap's.

Friday, November 25, 2016

From Bill Gates: A message for the Belle Fourche Lions Club (and – of course – for Lions clubs all around the world!)

Every day, about 400 children around the world die from a disease that is preventable: Measles. During this year, the Chairman of Lions Clubs International Foundation, Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada is asking clubs around the globe – including Belle Fourche Lions – to help raise the necessary funds to fight this deadly disease. 

For about $1, a simple vaccine provides immunity against measles. Lions worldwide goal is to raise $30 million this year to help battle this disease. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom's Department of International Development are partners and will match our efforts. We encourage you to take a moment to listen to this important message from Bill Gates.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

District Governor Terry Peterson visits club -- outlines goals

Lions 5SW District Governor Terry Peterson visited the Belle Fourche Lions Club on Tuesday, November 8, presenting several members with a variety of awards.  Among them were two Presidential Service Awards -- one going to Lion Rick Walton, and they other presented to Lion Del Neumeister.  

District Governor (DG) Peterson also used the occasion to review his goals for the district as his term winds down. (Photo at left)

A member of the Rapid City Lions Club, Lion Peterson is a retired teacher, and he demonstrated his communications skills as he shared stories about his time as a classroom teacher --  and some of his experiences while visiting Lions clubs around the district during his term as District Governor.  By the time his term ends, he will have traveled over 23,000 miles!

This was a very busy meeting with lots of information and discussion -- and some action, too!  Among them was approval of a motion to change meeting days to the second Thursday and the fourth Tuesday of each month.  And there were other awards, too!  We urge you to check out details of activity from this meeting in the comprehensive minutes so diligently prepared by Lion Secretary Del Neumeister.  Just click on the "Minutes" tab at the top of this page.

You'll also find additional photos and information from the meeting in our Lions Gallery.

These Lions were honored for perfect attendance during the past year.  Seated (L-R) are Lions Rich Drabek, Joyce Drabek and Chuck Livingston.  Standing are Lions Del Neumeister, Melodey Zupan, Sue Neumeister, Leo Orme and Frank Walton.  Congratulations fellow Lions....and Well Done!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Belle Fourche Lions celebrate 80 years of service!

Let them eat cake!  And so we did!

Nearly three dozen members and guests celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Belle Fourche Lions Club Tuesday night (10/11/16) at Grap's Burgers and Brews.  Lion President Joyce Drabek spearheaded the event, which included an excellent display of historical Lion artifacts, including our original 1936 charter.

The spacious meeting room behind Grap's accommodated the nice turnout of regular attendees -- and even lured a Lion or two we haven't seen for a while.  We were also graced by the presence of Lions members from the Evening Star and Downtown Rapid City Lions clubs, including Past District Governor Ken Gifford and Vice District Governor Bea Gifford.

Long-time club member Lion Chuck Livingston won the 50-50 drawing and true to form after 50 years membership in Lions -- with perfect attendance, we might add -- he donated his winnings back to the club.  Thank you, Lion Livingston!  Also recognized for their long service to Lions were members Robert Drabek (50 years) and Lion Swede Wennberg (40 years).

President Joyce Drabek then recounted highlights of the 80 years of service provided to our community by the Belle Fourche Lions Club.

Following the 80th anniversary celebration, Lions Teresa Schanzenbach and and Lion President
Joyce Drabek posed with our guest speakers Cherry and Gordon Bieber, standing at right.

Guests Cherry and Gordon Bieber gave a short program regarding their daughter, Tin Entz, who is in late stage Neurological Lyme disease.  She was bitten in 2004 and has struggled with bouts of severe and sometimes life-threatening illness ever since.  She and her family have gone through years of exasperation.  She showed symptoms of various things, and the doctors were "baffled."  Treatments were sporadic, and she has accumulated more than $200,000 in doctors' bills. Tina is now seeing a Lyme disease specialist, who himself had Lyme disease and was misdiagnosed with ALS.

The Biebers noted that Lyme disease can manifest itself in a variety of ways and can easily be misdiagnosed.  Last month, the Bieber's organized a "garage sale" benefit and raffle in an effort to help raise money for Tina's continuing treatments.  Following their presentation, the Biebers answered several questions about Lyme disease and the many frustrations surrounding its diagnosis and cost of treatment.

Dessert followed the program.  The next Lions Club meeting is set for Tuesday, October 25.

Take a tour of our Lions Gallery for an array of these and other photographs taken during our celebration of October 11th.