Saturday, September 27, 2014

Club President welcomes father as newest Lions member

Frank Walton (left) is the newest member of the Belle Fourche Lions Club.  He already knows many of the members, so it should be an easy task getting acclimated.  Especially since his son, Rick Walton (right) is the Lions President.   The younger Walton has been a Lion for some 14 years and is in his second stint as President.  Welcome, Lion Frank!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Long-time Lion Al Shaw wins DAR Award

Al Shaw of Belle Fourche (second from the left) was among four area residents presented with awards from the Catherine Thybo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) last weekend (9/20/14).  They were recognized for their work in historic preservation and community service.  Shaw, a long-time businessman and member of the Belle Fourche Lions Club, was given a DAR Community Service Award for his many contributions to the community, including his extensive work with veterans, racking up thousands of miles ferrying military veterans to VA facilities in Sturgis and Rapid City in a Disabled Americans Van.  Himself a veteran with service in World War II as a turret gunner on a B-17, Shaw was also a long-time member of the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department

Others citizens given awards were (l-r) Hank Frawley of Spearfish given the prestigious National Historic Preservation Medal; Shaw; Mary Gallup-Livingston of Whitewood, Community Service Award; and Lynn Namminga of Deadwood, Historic Preservation Recognition Award.

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.