Saturday, February 11, 2017

An award, a project preview, and a busy meeting!

Perfect Attendance pin for Lion Bob Drabek!
A busy spring is shaping up for Belle Fourche Lions. Projects were outlined at our meeting this week (2/9/17) at Grap's Burgers & Brews.

Among the first of several coming events is our Lions Pancake Breakfast, slated for Sunday, March 26th at the Moose Lodge.  There's always need for Lion workers, so members are encouraged to contact Lion Robert Schnaible, who is chairman.  This is a key fundraising effort for Lions and helps support many of our community service projects.

After Easter, Lions will conduct a Vision Screening for Belle Fourche Kindergarten children.  It's an all-day event scheduled for Tuesday, April 18.  Again, volunteers are needed, so review your schedule and consider adding your name to the list!

Fast on the heels of the vision screening comes our Lions Dodgeball Tournament on Saturday, April 22 at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center.  Mark your calendars!

With sights on things to come,  Lions also took care of a bit of business at this meeting.

Lion Robert Drabek was presented with a perfect attendance pin from club president Lion Joyce Drabek (photo above).  Congratulations Lion Drabek!

Belle Fourche Lions supported the Middle School Science Fair held last week (2/7/17) and we're pleased to share the names of the two students who were recipients of $50 each for their winning projects.  Dylan Tanninen was recognized for his "Effects of Ashes on Plant Growth" project, while Reese McKenna received her award for her "Electrolyte Challenge."  Congratulations to both of these young people.

Our Lions "Peace Poster" competition is also being rolled out.  You'll likely be hearing more about that from Chairman Lion Nary.

Lions should be alert for a forthcoming survey regarding our meeting location/dates, and that topic will likely top the agenda for our next meeting, Tuesday, February 28.  See you at Grap's!

Thanks to Lion SecretaryDel Neumeister for his timely Minutes, which you can review in detail on our Minutes Page.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Lions receive grant from Greater Belle Fourche Foundation


Eight members of Belle Fourche Lions Club joined president Joyce Drabek in receiving a $650 grant last week (1/26/17) from the Greater Belle Fourche Foundation.  The funds will be used to support the many civic initiatives undertaken by the club.  Shown (left-to-right) are Lions Kellen Willert, Joyce Drabek, Rich Drabek, Del Neumeister, Melodey Zupan, Sue Neumeister, John Cooper, Dwight Gubbrud, and Charles Livingston.  First Interstate's Mike Tyndall (at right) made the presentation. 

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, appointed by the South Dakota Lions Foundation to serve as Vision Coordinator for 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.