Friday, January 26, 2018

Lions approve $1,200 to support three local projects

Lions belted out the Lion's Song, echoing through the halls of Grap's Burgers and Brews last night (1/25/18) perhaps inspiring members of the Belle Fourche Lions Club to get down to business during their final January meeting.  Of course, there was plenty of socializing before and during dinner, but we'd like to think that it was the melodious strains (and we're sure that's the right word) of the Lion's Song that motivated members to move swiftly through a full night of club business.

Guest Larry Shoemaker (left) with President Brian Kline
But not before welcoming Belle Fourche retiree Larry Shoemaker as a guest invited by Lion Frank Walton.  Larry's a retired trucker and a prospective member of Belle Fourche Lions, so we hope our singing doesn't scare him off.  You'll be hearing more about Larry.

On the business side of things, Lion Joyce Drabek reported on the latest vision screening at the Health Fair.  Twenty-six children were screened – with three referrals.  Members were reminded, too, that our annual Pancake Feed will be coming up on Sunday, March 25th.  Mark your calendars now!

True to the spirit of Lionism, members gave their approval for three projects in the community.  They include funds to support two $500 scholarships for Belle Fourche High School students; a $100 donation to Parents Who Care, an organization that – among others things – coordinates "After-Prom Activities"; and, finally, a $100 donation to the Middle School to fund two $50 awards for the Science Fair.

But wait, there's more!  Read about it in our award-winning Lions Minutes compiled by Lion Secretary Del Neumeister.  You can also enjoy archived photo "treasures" in our Lions Gallery.

Lion Rich Drabek is on the program agenda with a Lions Orientation at our meeting slated for Thursday, February 8th.  See you then!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Neither wind, nor snow, nor COLD...

Despite bitter cold weather, more than a dozen weather-resistant Lions congregated Thursday evening (1/11/18) at Grap's for the first meeting of the new calendar year.  Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2018.

Members were reminded of the State Lions Convention in Huron later this month – January 19 and 20, as well as the forthcoming Health Fair at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center next Saturday, January 13th.

Lions Brian Kline, Michael Floyd and Melodey Zupan.
A happy ending for the two Lions Christmas Families; after a bit of a cash card "issue" surrounding its activation, the problem was resolved, and Lion Kraft reported that both families received their cards and were able to use them during the holidays.s

Lion President Kline gave recognition to Lion Melodey Zupan for her sponsoring one of our newer members, Lion Michael Floyd.  They are shown – in that order – at left.  Thanks to Lion Neumeister for sharing this image.

Lions are looking for an ambitious Lion to take over the reins as Chairperson of the 2018 Dodgeball Tournament.  Filling this position is critical to the future of the tourney.  Contact Lion Kline for particulars.

Some other calendar items were discussed – and more.  Check out the details in Lion Neumeister's comprehensive minutes.  A link to all minutes from the last year can be found at the "Minutes" tab at the top of this page.  Check out all upcoming events on our Lions Calendar (at right).  Newest addition is our Lions Pancake Feed, set for Sunday, March 25th.  More information will be forthcoming.

Monday, December 18, 2017

District Governor Tim Brown highlights year-end meeting

With less than a fortnight until Christmas, the Belle Fourche Lions Club gathered Thursday (12/14/17) for its final meeting of 2017.  About two dozens Lions and guests arrived for the dinner meeting at Grap's Burgers and Brews in Spearfish.

We were delighted to host District Governor Tim Brown for this meeting.

"You have a great club," Brown opined in his opening remarks, reminding members that it was 100 years ago in Chicago, Illinois that Melvin Jones pioneered Lions clubs.  Now boasting some 1.4 million members worldwide, Lions, International is pursuing a goal that would increase global membership to 1.7 million members.  Importantly, Lions is working to reach out and touch the lives of 200 million people with our many service projects.

Brown noted that International President Naresh Aggarwal has focused the theme of his term on service – We Serve.  Lion Brown talked about two powerful initiatives that are underway for Lions International:  the campaigns to battle diabetes and pediatric cancer.  Both need our attention and continuing support.

We can, he said, accomplish great things through the "Power of WE."

Clubs need to ask themselves, what are we doing?   District Governor Brown is challenging each club in the district to bring in new members and start a new "legacy" project that will serve and endure.   When informed of the Belle Fourche Lions long and continuing commitment to building park shelters in our community, he said that such a project is a perfect response to the challenge!

Several other Lions were recognized by DG Brown.  Among those acknowledged for membership awards were:  Lion Monty Raber, 10 years; Lion Tom Nary, 20 years; Lion Floyd Wennberg, 40 years; and a posthumous award to Lion Cal Geis, 45 years.

The vision screening at South Park Elementary and the Middle School on December 12th was apparently quite successful with approximately 300 children screened.  The final report is not yet in, but several parents are being contacted so that their children can meet with an eye doctor.

Lion Melissa Kraft reported that gift certificates have been purchased for the "Christmas Family.  Members expressed appreciation for her leadership on this project.

The 50-50 drawing was won by Lion Willert, whose two sons Logan and Blake attended the meeting as guests.  A nice touch!

Members were reminded that the Belle Fourche Health Fair will take place at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Volunteers are asked mark that date on their calendars, since Lions will be conducting community vision screening.  Members wanting to volunteer will have a final opportunity to sign up at our next meeting, which will be Thursday, January 11th at Grap's. 

Thanks to Lion Secretary Del Neumeister for his timely and comprehensive draft minutes for the meeting, which provided most of the substance for this story.  For a few photos from this meeting, the vision screening on December 12th, and other Lions activities, visit our Lions Gallery!

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lions Del Neumeister and Brian Kline teamed up last night (11/10/17) to present a powerful program on the alarming growth of diabetes in this country – and around the world.   It was a small but engaged group of Lions that gathered to hear the presentation during our regular Lion's meeting at Grap's in Belle Fourche.

The impact on the disease is staggering:  422 million people around the world have diabetes, and it's estimated that by the year 2040, that figure will climb to 642 million.   Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in women.  Every seven seconds, a person dies from diabetes.  It's astounding to realize that half the people with the disease don't even know they have it.

The program gave Belle Fourche Lions a head start on the "Worldwide Week of Service on Diabetes" (November 13-19) initiated by Lions, International, which is urging Lions Clubs such as ours to support those affected by diabetes in our local communities.  Worldwide, Lions hopes to serve as many as 200 million people per year by 2021.

Awareness comes first, and Lions Del and Brian helped us take the first step in understanding just how pervasive and threatening diabetes is.

Each member talked about how diabetes has touched him or her.  Some of our members have the disease.  Others are borderline.  The disease has claimed the lives relatives and friends – and the projections are sobering, especially in a society where obesity is running rampant and diabetes is not far behind.  We CAN do something in Belle Fourche.

Members discussed a variety of possible awareness programs (this program being a start!)   We discussed way that Lions could help expand screening and testing for the disease.

"Some very good ideas came forth," according to Lion Neumeister.  Your ideas are needed, too!

We trust all Belle Fourche Lions – even those who are inactive – will join us in this effort to raise awareness, and to seek prevention, detection, and control of this disease.

We serve!

Please take the time to explore online information from Lions, International about diabetes!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dale Gillette recognized for 50 years as a Lion

Long-time Belle Fourche resident Dale Gillette (right) is congratulated by Lions Club president Brian Kline for his 50 years membership in Lions.  The recognition was a highlight of last week's meeting (10/12/17) of the Belle Fourche Lions Club.  (Thanks to Lion Del Neumeister for sharing this photo!) The following day, a group of stalwart Lions went to work on a new shelter adjacent to the Belle Fourche Area Community Center – nearly completing the structure over the past weekend.  Check out photos of their work in the Lions Photo Gallery!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Awards and hurricane relief highlight first fall meeting

Nearly two dozen Lions and their guests were on hand for the first fall meeting of the Belle Fourche Lions Club Thursday (9/14/17) at Grap's Burgers and Brews.  It was a busy time as the club honored several members and also conducted a considerable amount of business.

Leading the awards list were three Lions named recipients of the Melvin Jones Award.  They included Lions Rick Walton, Joyce Drabek, and Del Neumeister.  The award – named for the 1917 founder of Lions, International, Chicago businessman Melvin Jones – is one of the most prestigious given by Lions, which now has more than 1.5 million members in more that 200 countries.  

All three recipients have been active in a wide range of club programs.  Drabek and Walton are past presidents of the Belle Fourche club, and Neumeister has served as secretary for several years.  A quick perusal of the "Committees" tab at the top of this page will reveal the diversity and depth of club involvement by these three Lions.   Each received a plaque and pin, and a heartfelt round of applause for their good work.  Family members were on hand to celebrate their achievements, too. Check out our Lions Gallery for some snapshots of the event.

Acknowledging the achievements of other Lions was on the agenda as well.  Lion Frank Walton (pictured at right) was presented with the Lion of the Year award for 2016-17 by immediate past-president Joyce Drabek. 

Lions Robert Drabek (left) and Chuck Livingston
have each completed over 50 years as Lions! Past
president Joyce Drabek acknowledged their service.
And Lions Chuck Livingston and Robert Drabek were recognized for a total of more than 100 years of service in Lions.  

Elsewhere on this website, you'll see a short video profile of Lion Livingston, whose 50 years of service has been entirely with the Belle Fourche Lions Club – and marked by a perfect attendance record!

Perfect attendance pins for the past year  (2016-17) were presented to several Lions: Melodey Zupan, John Cooper, Joyce Drabek, Rich Drabek, Robert Drabek, Del Neumeister, Sue Neumeister, Frank Walton, Rick Walton, Deb Elliot, and Tom Nary.

Past President Joyce Drabek presented Excellence Awards to Lions Tom Nary and Larry Miller.

There was considerable discussion about ways the club might assist the many people adversely affected by hurricanes along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.  The club approved donating some $500 in two separate gifts to aid in relief operations.  Also approved was $150 to each eye clinic in Belle Fourche to support their work on behalf of Lions.

There was more, of course, and we invite you to scan through the draft minutes from our September 14th meeting to learn more.  The next meeting for the Belle Fourche Lions Club is scheduled for Grap's on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

A profile of Lion Chuck Livingston – A Half-Century of Service

The Belle Fourche Lions Club has been fortunate to have several long-time, dedicated members.  Earlier this year, one of those veteran members – Lion Chuck Livingston – was recognized for perfect attendance over a 50-year period.

That's no small accomplishment, and it's among many achievements that this low-key Lion leader has chalked up over the years.  Not just in Lions, but also within the community.

We've assembled a short video profile of "Lion Chuck," providing a bit more information about his involvement in Lions – and the community.