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.