Sunday, November 15, 2009

Peace Poster winners honored

The Belle Fourche Lions Club has long supported the Peace Poster competition in Belle Fourche schools. It was a delight to host the 2009 winners at our November 12th meeting at the Belle Fourche Country Club.

Lion President Leo Orme presented the First Place prize to Adrian Erb of the Belle Fourche Middle School, shown here on the left with Lion President Leo. In addition to her certificate, Adrian’s fine work was rewarded with a $50 prize awarded by the club. As with most of the photos in this website, you can click on the image to see a larger version, or you may wish to visit our Photo Gallery for a collection of all recent photographs.

The Second Place prize was awarded to Tristan Barden of the Middle School. He was awarded $25.
Shown here are the winners of the Peace Poster Contest and some of their family members.
At extreme left is Kathy Messner of the Belle Fourche Middle School, adviser to the winning artists – First Place winner Adrian Erb (third from the left) and Second Place winner Tristan Barden (front row left). You may click on the photograph to see a larger image. Mrs. Messner, the winners, and their families were all dinner guests of the Belle Fourche Lions Club.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Northern Lights shine brightly!

Some 22 Belle Fourche ladies have launched one of three new Lions Clubs in the Black Hills. Their application to charter the Northern Lights Lions Club was submitted November 7th, following an initial meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Country Club.

Rich Drabek of the sponsoring Belle Fourche Lions Club and Lions District Governor Doug Scheller of Rapid City joined charter members of the Northern Lights Lions Club at their organizational meeting last Tuesday (11/10/09) for this group photo. Shown (left-to-right) are Rich Drabek, Dallas Connor, Doug Scheller, Sandra Wright, Joyce Drabek, Tracy Schellhammer, Samantha Drabek, Bev Banks, Rhonda Schmautz, Geri Drabek, Marsha Osloond, Kelly Walton, Teresa Schanzenbach, and Robin Carlson. Thanks to Lion Bill Kunerth for his photography. Click on the photo to see a larger image.

Persons joining the Northern Lights Lions Club before January 16th will be considered charter members.

During their meeting last week, the group elected Bev Banks as President of the new club. Others newly-elected officers are Dallas Conner, Secretary; Joyce Drabek, Treasurer; and Gene Drabek, Membership Chair.

Other officers will be selected at their next meeting, which is slated for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17th at the AmericInn. Members will also determine club dues and future meeting locations.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Lions Club a Go!

A second Lions Club is on the horizon for Belle Fourche!

Fourteen ladies from the community gathered last Thursday (10/22) at the Belle Fourche Country Club to hear Lions District Governor Doug Scheller and Vice District Governor Larry Burkhead – both of Rapid City – discuss the Lions organization and the many services offered by Lions across South Dakota and around the world. You'll find a few photos from the informational meeting in our Lions Gallery.

At least 20 members are required to launch a new club, and Lion Rich Drabek of the existing Belle Fourche club says that there are now 20 ladies who’ve signed up, and there are others who’ve expressed a desire to join the community’s second Lions Club.

The lady Lions Club first meeting is slated for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3rd, at the Country Club. It’ll be an organizational session to elect officers, establish a meeting schedule, and set dues levels.

Belle Fourche is likely one of the smaller communities in the state to have two Lions clubs. Although the new club will be autonomous, Lion Rich Drabek – Treasurer for the men's club – told the assembled ladies that there will be numerous opportunities where the two clubs might cooperate on a variety of projects. The existing club is sponsoring the new club and will provide continuing guidance and support for about two years.

Lions work to meet the needs of communities all across South Dakota – and the world! There are more than 1.3 million members in 205 countries. They all share a common core belief: our community is what we make it!

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Lions Club being organized

The Belle Fourche Lions Club is hosting an informational meeting next Thursday (10/22) for the new Woman's Lions Club to be chartered in Belle Fourche.

The session is scheduled for 12 noon until 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22nd at the Belle Fourche Country Club. A free buffet lunch will be served to those in attendence.

District Governor Doug Scheller and 1st Vice District Governor Larry Burkhead have been invited and will outline the many benefits of belonging to the Lions organization and how Lions benefit the community. The new club is being sponsored by the Belle Fourche Lions Club.

The session will conclude before 1 o'clock, allowing attendees to return to work, if necessary.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Local Lions attend state convention

Belle Fourche Lions have been active in our community since 1936, helping make Belle Fourche an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

But our local organization is part of something bigger. We are one of more than 33,000 Lions Clubs around the world. We share the mission of our 1.3 million colleagues in more than 200 countries. The mission of Lions is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.

We take pride in our local accomplishments, while we join forces with fellow Lions to make our world a better place. These Belle Fourche Lions recently (okay, this is admittedly a photo from the archives!) attended the South Dakota Lions Convention. We'll begin posting more current pictures and information as it's made available.

Shown in this shot, left to right, are Lions Al Shaw, Bill Kunerth, Rich Drabek, Gerald Keil, and Bob Morris.

The Belle Fourche Lions Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Belle Fourche Country Club. While formal meetings are suspended during the summer months, mission-oriented projected continue.