Friday, March 8, 2019

Indoor Market event at Roosevelt for Saturday (3/9/19) canceled


Lion Secretary Del Neumeister has advised that Lions will NOT be serving Soup and Sandwiches tomorrow, March 9th. The Le Belle Marche (Belle Fourche Indoor Market) at the Roosevelt Events Center has been canceled due to the weather. A time in April is being considered to try again. If you have questions, please contact Lion Joyce Drabek at 892-4082.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

District Governor Gifford presents awards to local Lions

(Photo credit:  Thanks to Lion Del Neumeister)

District Governor Bea Gifford (left) was on hand this week (2/28/19) to present Belle Fourche Lions Club President Melodey Zupan with the Gold Centennial Membership Award.  The recognition is bestowed upon new member sponsors once the new member remains in good standing for two years and a day.  Lion Melodey sponsored Michael Floyd, who attended his first meeting as Lion Michael Floyd in November 2016.  Lions Kline and Gillette were awarded membership pins.  Lion Gillette for 55 years and Lion Kline for 25 years.  Congratulations to Lions Kline, Gillette, and Zupan!

DG Bea also congratulated the club on how busy we are and thanked us for all we do.  She spoke about Lions International and encouraged us to support them.  She specifically reminded us that youth are our future and spoke of Leo clubs.  She addressed Lion’s initiatives and stated that our number one priority is vision – but we are also committed to dealing with diabetes, youth cancer, environment and hunger.  She also noted that some changes are likely coming for annual and district meetings. 


Lions Joyce and Rich Drabek, Robert Drabek, and Del Neumeister were among the delegation of Lions from Belle Fourche who attended the South Dakota Lions Convention held last month (January 18-19) at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Spearfish.

It was noted by Lion Rich Drabek that a motion was submitted by 5SW to move the State Convention to the fall, and have district meetings possibly undergoing some changes in their look or eliminating them altogether.  This apparently will require a Constitutional change.

The Belle Fourche Health Fair was conducted on Saturday, February 16th at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center.  Lion Joyce Drabek reports that 36 screenings were conducted with three referrals.

Next month, just around the corner, Belle Fourche Lions will be providing soup, sandwiches, and treats for the Indoor Market at the Historic Roosevelt Events Center on Saturday, March 9th.  It's part of the monthly Chamber of Commerce market event when exhibitors set up to show their wares and services to the community.  The soup, sandwiches and treats will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (and maybe a bit beyond!) at the Chamber's Indoor Market.  See you there!

For additional details, check out minutes from our last couple of meetings, which you'll by clicking on the LIONS MINUTES tab at the top of this page.  Thanks to Lion Del Neumeister for his usual efficiency and providing minutes from our Lions meetings.

Circle your calendars now for our annual Lions Pancake Feed at the Moose Lodge.  It's set for Sunday, March 31st.

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!