Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First March meeting a busy one for Belle Fourche Lions

The Lions meeting last week (3/13/14) was a busy one -- as the entire month of March will be for Belle Fourche Lions as they get ready to host their annual Pancake Breakfast at the end of the month.

 Cubmaster Allan Schreier
The evening meeting at The Stadium included distribution of posters to members for display throughout the community.  The Pancake Breakfast is set for Sunday, March 30 at the Belle Fourche Moose Lodge. Chairman Ron Ensz says the event is an important fundraiser for the club.  Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and remain open until 1:00 p.m.  Tickets prices will remain the same as in the past:  $5.00 per person, and children under 5 years of age are free.

A new twist this year will be assistance from the Cub Scouts of Pack 19 in Belle Fourche.  After hearing from Cubmaster  Allan Schreier, Lions voted unanimously in favor of allowing the young scouts to assist by helping bus tables for the event.

"It's a great way for these youngsters to learn the importance of public service," said Schreier.  "They can see first-hand how adults, like the Lions, give back to their community in a variety of ways."

Lion Tom Grimmond from Tea, South Dakota, was a guest, too.   A member of the Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Club since 1995, Grimmond served as its President in 2004.  He's also a Past Council Chairman and a Past District Governor.

Two past District Governors on either side of Belle Fourche Lions Club President Rik Bartels.
At left is club member Robert Drabek; guest Tom Grimmond from Sioux Falls is at right.

This year, Lion Grimmond is seeking to represent Lions Multiple District 5 on the Lions International Board of Directors.  He outlined the process for election of International Directors.  He then asked for support of the Belle Fourche Lions Club at the MD5 convention in Watertown.

Lion Tom Nary (left) receives a
Perfect Attendance Award.
There were several other items on the agenda, too.

Among other business conducted:

 Long-time Lions member Tom Nary was presented with a pin for perfect attendance for 2012-13;

 The club made a decision to award two $300 college scholarships this year;

 And Northern Lights Lion's member Joyce Drabek reminded all that their Annual Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 29th, and that their club is still looking for teams........and volunteers!