Friday, December 14, 2018

Belle Fourche Lions end 2018 with a roar!

On the cusp of the official first day of winter – and the Christmas holiday just around the corner – the Belle Fourche Lions Club took steps to help ensure that a couple of local families in need will have a little brighter Christmas.  During their final meeting of 2018, Lions embraced a motion to provide holiday gifts of $250 each for two families.  It's a continuation of an abiding effort by Lions to bring a bit of support and good cheer to families that have a demonstrated need for assistance.

District Governor Bea Gifford
Well, 2018 may be winding down, but Belle Fourche Lions were churning and burning on December 13th with a bevy of other items, too.   

After adopting a motion to raise annual dues by $5 beginning in January, Lion President Melodey Zupan shared a letter from District Governor Bea Gifford (shown at left),  who encouraged members to mark their calendars and plan to attend the South Dakota Lions Convention January 18-19 in Spearfish.  You can click on the Yellow box at right to access a Registration Form

President Zupan promoted the sale of raffle tickets to support the South Dakota Lions Foundation.  Winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday, January 19, during the state convention.  Importantly, the money raised through this raffle will go to support KIDSIGHT vision screening.   In a supportive move, Belle Fourche Lions approved a $200 donation to support Lions Sight and Service!

Lion Joyce Drabek gave a brief update on our local vision screening activity.  She reported that in the last round of screenings included 236 screenings in Belle Fourche – with 10 referrals.  A screening in Deadwood resulted in 156 screenings with 10 referrals.

Because of the holidays, Belle Fourche Lions will not meet again until January 9th.  

Merry Christmas!  ...and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Neither cold....nor snow....keeps us from our Lion's den!

Despite a changing weather pattern that brought bitterly cold temperatures and (shudder) a brief burst of snow flurries to the Belle Fourche area, Lions turned out in fine number for our November 8 meeting at Grap's Burgers and Brews.  We counted 16 souls who braved the nasty elements in order to attend!

After a brief discussion about prospects for a Dog Park in Belle Fourche, no action was taken.

But a bit of new business generated considerable interest. Acknowledging that "Splash Parks" have become popular around the area – including one in Spearfish – members discussed the possibility of such a park for Belle Fourche.  One Lion described it as a very popular recreational activity for young people – basically a throwback to the simple childhood joy of "running through a sprinkler" – but on a grander scale.  No decisions were made, but Lion Willert agreed to do some checking with the city – and the possibility of a grant from the Greater Belle Fourche Foundation also arose.

Lion Joyce Drabek passed around a sign-up sheet for the vision screenings scheduled for next week. A morning screening session is set for 9 o'clock at South Park School, and there'll be an afternoon screening at Emmanuel Baptist Church starting at 2 o'clock.

President Zupan noted that the club had received a congratulatory note from the South Dakota Lions Foundation recognizing the occurrence of our Lion's Club 82nd anniversary.  We're also recipients of a new "Membership Satisfaction" patch sent to us for Lions International.  It'll soon be added to our club banner.

Following the meal, Lion Secretary Neumeister (at right in the photo) joined Lion President Zupan in displaying the recently received plaque recognizing the Belle Fourche Lions Club for having the "Best Website" in Multiple-Districts 5, which includes the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.  Sites are judged for quality of content and design.  Our thanks to Lion Secretary Del Neumeister.  Without his timely and comprehensive minutes of our meetings, this website would be woefully barren!

Members were reminded that – due to the Thanksgiving holiday – our next meeting will be Thursday, December 13th.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Belle Fourche Lions are back into the fall schedule!

Between ushering at the Black Hills Roundup rodeo and providing burgers and refreshments at the All-Car Rally, the Belle Fourche Lions were a busy group this summer.  Among the familiar faces on task here setting up our club sign:  Lions Harry, Rich, Tom, Del and Chuck!  Thanks to Lion President Melodey Zupan for sharing this photo!  You can check all of our photos in our Lions Photo Gallery.  Of course, we're back to our fall schedule now, and our next meeting will be Thursday, October 11th!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Our new International President........a native of Iceland!

It's a long way from Reykjavic, Iceland to Belle Fourche, South Dakota – but Lions are bound together worldwide by a common bond to serve people everywhere.  Here's a brief biographical sketch of Lion Gudrun Yngvadadottir, our new President of Lions International.  She epitomizes  our Lions motto:

     We Serve! 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Lion Breanna Shaefer is newest member of Belle Fourche Lions

Breanna Shaefer (at left) is the newest member of the Belle Fourche Lions Club.  Her sponsor, Lion Melodey Zupan is at right, next to club President Brian Kline.  Lion Shaefer works in the Finance Office for the City of Belle Fourche.  Welcome to the club Lion Shaefer! (Photo courtesy of Lion Del Neumeister)