Thursday, September 15, 2016

A pride of Lions tackle a busy, busy, business session

Despite a last-minute change of location, and the fact that it was the first meeting for a new season, it was a good turnout last night (9/14/16) for the Belle Fourche Lions Club at Grap's Burgers and Brews. The agenda was full with lots of updates and reports, and Lion President Joyce Drabek had to keep the session moving right along in order to take care of all items.

An updated membership list was passed around for corrections and updates, and a new listing of committee assignments was distributed to members.  We'll have those assignments posted online in the next day or two.

Lots of upcoming activities, ranging from installation of officers -- now set for Tuesday, September 27 -- to student eye exams and a slough of other items. Click on our Lions club CALENDAR OF EVENTS tab in the right-hand column for a listing.  Oh, yes, one note worthy of mention about this meeting was the fine form of Tail Twister Lion Rick Walton, whose prowess and cunning ways generated some healthy revenue for the club.  

Well, we could recount everything for you here, but that's why we're blessed with a crack club secretary, Lion Del Neumeister.  Check out his minutes of the session by simply clicking on the MINUTES tab at the top of the page.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for our September 27th meeting.  We'll have our installation of officers at The Stadium.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vinyard and Drabek tapped as Lions Scholarship recipients

Emily Vinyard (left) and Ayden Drabek, seniors at Belle Fourche High School, have been selected as Lions Scholarship recipients for 2016.  Emily is the daughter of Dave and Karrie Vinyard.  Ayden is the son of Scott and Annie Drabek.  Emily and Ayden were selected for their outstanding records of service to their school and the community.  Each was awarded  a $500 scholarship to continue educational pursuits.  Lions Scholarship Chairman Del Neumeister noted, "Every year it gets more difficult to narrow it down to just two recipients.  I am so proud to live in a community where the students are most certainly going to bring up the GPA at whatever college they attend."  

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.