Friday, September 5, 2014

Lion Al Shaw tapped to receive DAR award

Lion Al Shaw
Long-time Belle Fourche Lions member Al Shaw is among the four persons who've been selected to receive special awards later this month from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). We're told Al's Community Service Award relates to his significant and varied support for veterans organizations.

Others slated to receive awards include Henry J. (Hank) Frawley of Spearfish,  who will be presented with a National Historic Preservation Medal; Mary Gallup-Livingston of Whitewood, a Community Service Award; and Lynn Namminga of Deadwood, who will receive an Historic Preservation Recognition Award.

The DAR will be celebrating its 125th anniversary next year. Organized in 1890, it is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.  It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The Catherine Thybo DAR Chapter is based in Belle Fourche and is a fairly new chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Congratulations Lion Al!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dear Lions and Lionesses,

It is that time of year again for Howard Hanson Award and Robert Tyler Award.

These are awards will be given at The State Convention.  The nomination deadline is October 30th, 2014.  Attached are the guidelines for each award.

Howard Hanson –This award is given annually to a Lion or Lioness.  
The volunteer work provided by this person made significant
contributions, which have benefited the visually handicapped.

Robert Tyler – This award is also given annually to a Lion, Lioness or non-Lion. The volunteer work provided by this person made significant contributions, which have benefited the visually handicapped.

We look forward to receiving your nomination’s for these awards.
Thank you,

Tina Harris
South Dakota Lions Foundation
800 N. West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Congratulations Lion Schnaible -- 37 years of service as a Lion!

Lion Bob Schnaible (left) receives a pin for 37 years service as a Lion.  The award was presented by Belle Fourche Lions president Rik Bartels at our May 22nd meeting at The Stadium.  The session was the final regular meeting until September; nonetheless, two major projects will be pursued this summer: The Center of the Nation All Car Rally June 13-14 and the Black Hills Roundup July 3-6.  Click on the Calendar tab at the top of the page for more details.

Friday, May 9, 2014

SDLF Board Member John Daum visits Belle Fourche Lions

Spearfish Lion John Daum (left) is greeted by Belle Fourche Lion Harry Haivala.  Daum serves with the South Dakota Lions Foundation, which has spearheaded a variety of Lions services across the state, including vision screening for 350 Belle Fourche youngsters this year.   The foundation is seeking volunteers to help with the Mount Rushmore Bicycle Ride scheduled for June 28th in Rapid City. It's a 10-mile "casual ride." Volunteers are need to help with registration, serving lunch, kid's area and parking.  Three  members from the Northern Lights Lions Club have already come forth to volunteer -- and surely our club will do as well!  Please check your calendars and come to our next meeting (May 22)  prepared to add your name to the list of volunteers.  For more information, contact the SD Lions Foundation office!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cubs assist Lions for successful Pancake Breakfast!

Lion John Cooper assists some early patrons during the annual Lions Pancake Breakfast
Cub Scouts from Belle Fourche Pack 19 assisted members of the Lions Club for another successful Pancake Breakfast at the Moose Lodge on Sunday, March 27, 2014.

"The work of the Cub Scouts in busing tables and assisting our Lions members was very helpful.  We're pleased with the way things turned out," said Pancake Breakfast Co-Chairman Ron Ensz.

"Unofficially, we had gross sales of around $2,000 with $1,200 in advance ticket sales.  I would estimate that we fed around 250 people."

The breakfast is an annual affair for Lions, helping to support their many community activities, ranging from Sight and Sound projects that aid persons with vision and hearing problems to youth scholarships, and helping families at  Christmas time.

"While we engage in other fundraising activities, this is probably our best-known and most popular one," said Ensz. "I'd estimate that we served about 50 people every hour."

About a dozen Lions members worked the event.  Co-Chairman are Lions Robert Schnaible and Ron Ensz.

The 2014 breakfast was a bit different, since Lions were joined by a group of Cub Scouts from Belle Fourche Pack 19.  Cubmaster Allan Schreir had approached Lions about having Cub Scouts assisting Lions by busing tables and providing other assistance.

It was a good fit, giving Lions some help -- but also providing some good mentoring and giving the youngsters a chance to learn the value of public service, something the Lions know about!

For a few snapshots of the event and our Cub assistants, visit our Belle Fourche Lions Gallery! Thanks to Ron Ensz for providing several of these photographs.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First March meeting a busy one for Belle Fourche Lions

The Lions meeting last week (3/13/14) was a busy one -- as the entire month of March will be for Belle Fourche Lions as they get ready to host their annual Pancake Breakfast at the end of the month.

 Cubmaster Allan Schreier
The evening meeting at The Stadium included distribution of posters to members for display throughout the community.  The Pancake Breakfast is set for Sunday, March 30 at the Belle Fourche Moose Lodge. Chairman Ron Ensz says the event is an important fundraiser for the club.  Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and remain open until 1:00 p.m.  Tickets prices will remain the same as in the past:  $5.00 per person, and children under 5 years of age are free.

A new twist this year will be assistance from the Cub Scouts of Pack 19 in Belle Fourche.  After hearing from Cubmaster  Allan Schreier, Lions voted unanimously in favor of allowing the young scouts to assist by helping bus tables for the event.

"It's a great way for these youngsters to learn the importance of public service," said Schreier.  "They can see first-hand how adults, like the Lions, give back to their community in a variety of ways."

Lion Tom Grimmond from Tea, South Dakota, was a guest, too.   A member of the Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Club since 1995, Grimmond served as its President in 2004.  He's also a Past Council Chairman and a Past District Governor.

Two past District Governors on either side of Belle Fourche Lions Club President Rik Bartels.
At left is club member Robert Drabek; guest Tom Grimmond from Sioux Falls is at right.

This year, Lion Grimmond is seeking to represent Lions Multiple District 5 on the Lions International Board of Directors.  He outlined the process for election of International Directors.  He then asked for support of the Belle Fourche Lions Club at the MD5 convention in Watertown.

Lion Tom Nary (left) receives a
Perfect Attendance Award.
There were several other items on the agenda, too.

Among other business conducted:

 Long-time Lions member Tom Nary was presented with a pin for perfect attendance for 2012-13;

 The club made a decision to award two $300 college scholarships this year;

 And Northern Lights Lion's member Joyce Drabek reminded all that their Annual Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 29th, and that their club is still looking for teams........and volunteers!