Saturday, April 13, 2019

Lions provide Soup-Sandwiches-Brownie fare at La Belle Marché

The sun was out and the soup was on at the LeBelle Marché Indoor Market at the Historic Roosevelt Events Center Gym on Saturday, April 13th.  The Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce introduced the Indoor Market event last in February, but the weather has been less than cooperative.  The indoor market will be held monthly at the Roosevelt.  The schedule varies, so check with the chamber for market dates.  

A bevy of Belle Fourche Lions provided soup, sandwiches, and brownies as a fundraiser.  First tentative count finds we grossed $367.  Lion servers included (left-to-right) Tom Nary, Joyce Drabek, Larry Miller Sue Neumeister and Frank Walton.  Not shown: Lions Rich Drabek and Del Neumeister (our duty photographer!) 

A BIG shoutout to the good people who provided the sandwiches, soups, and brownies.  They include Kay Cooper, Melissa Kraft, Joyce Drabek, Sue Neumeister, Breanna Schaefer, Melodey Zupan and Allison's Pantry!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Winter storm lingers...April 11th meeting cancelled

The meeting for Thursday, April 11th was canceled.  The next meeting will be April 25th.  We will be serving soup and sandwiches at the Roosevelt event center on Saturday April 13th.  Serving will start at 11 a.m.  We need those helping to show up before that.  Please come and help us.  We will also be doing vision screening on the 23rd at North Park.  We will need help there too. If you are interested in helping, get in touch with Lion Joyce Drabek.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Almost like being there - Read our minutes!

Belle Fourche Lion’s Club meeting minutes for March 28, 2019
Meeting was called to order by President Zupan.  Our regular meeting was held at Grap’s Burgers and Brews with 12 members and 1 guest present.

Those present: Lion Cooper, Lion Robert Drabek, Lion Ensz, Lion Floyd, Lion Livingston, Lion Nary, Lion D. Neumeister, Lion S. Neumeister, Lion Shoemaker, Lion F. Walton, Lion R. Walton and Lion Zupan.
Guest: PDG and member of Rushmore Lions, Doug Scheller.
Lions joke was shared by Lion Scheller.
Pledge was led by Lion Shoemaker.   Lions song was led by Lion F. Walton
Motion to approve the minutes of the last meeting made by Lion R. Walton, with a 2nd by both Lions Ensz and Floyd; motion carried.  Motion to approve the financial report was made by Lion Cooper, with a 2nd by Lion Shoemaker; motion carried.
Correspondence: Thank you cards were read from DG Bea Gifford for her recent visit and from Morgan Mackaben for the Science Fair award she was given.  There will be a Spring Carnival May 3rd and we have an opportunity to have a booth for Vision Screening.

Old Business:
·      The Pancake Feed will be this Sunday, March 31st from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.  Lion Nary said there will be a need for volunteers as Lion’s F. Walton and Livingston have sold over $1500 worth of tickets!  A signup sheet was passed around.
·      The Soup and Pie, now called Soup and Sandwich, has been rescheduled due to weather.  It will be held at Roosevelt on April 13th from 11-2.  Volunteers are needed.
·      There was no update for the Fire and Iron meal.
·      There was no update on the 4th of July parade.  Deadline to enter is June 15th.
·      A Nominating Committee has been made to nominate people for Lions Director (2year) and 2nd Vice President.
·      Kindergarten roundup will be at North Park school on April 23rd.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the next meeting.
·      Bills were presented to the club to pay.  2 hearing aids: motion by Lion R. Walton to pay, 2nd by Lion Floyd; motion carried.  Chamber dues are due: motion to pay by Lion Ensz, 2nd by Lion R. Walton; motion carried.

Lion Cooper congratulated by President Zupan
for her Membership work. 

(Photo-Lion Del Neumeister)
PDG Scheller program on Campaign 100:
Lion Scheller stated that we are blessed to live in the United States as if we make $40,000 a year we are better off than 99% of the rest of the world’s population.  He then spoke about LCIF and its impact.  For every $1 donated $1.80 is received back.  LCIF provided a matching grant for the 2 KID’S SIGHT vans that are in South Dakota.  He then stated that 25,000 people die of preventable causes every day and that 17,000 are under the age of 6.  Lions Clubs International have reduced that number by the things we do.  

Lion Scheller observed that Lions provide support with clean water, we support cancer research, we support diabetes prevention and we have an objective to raise $300 million from clubs worldwide.  Lion Scheller challenged us to give a mere .27+ a day to LCIF to achieve this goal.  Break for meal with a blessing by Lion D. Neumeister.

In turn, Lion President Zupan receives recognition
for her membership work from PDG Scheller. 

(Photo-Lion Del Neumeister)

Awards were presented to Lions Cooper and Lion Zupan for bringing in new members.  Thank you Lions!

    Lion Nary stated that the All Car Rally would be held in Herrmann Park again this year.  It is scheduled for June 15th.  We are advised that we are “supposed” to be the only major food vendor for this event.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Lion Zupan.  She donated the winnings back to the club; thank you Lion Melody.

Lion R. Walton made a motion to adjourn the meeting, 2nd by Lion F. Walton; motion carried.  The next meeting will be April 11, 2019.

NOTE:  These draft minutes were created by Lion Del Neumeister for the March 28th meeting.  Since then, the annual Lions Pancake Feed has been conducted.  Treasurer Rich Drabek reports that our total income amounted to $2,827.   Our net can be determined after all expenses are paid.  
MANY THANKS to Lion members who participated in this important event!

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!