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​      Ridge​Lions Club web site

Since 1917, Lions Clubs have offered people the opportunity to give something back to their communities. The Garden Ridge Lions Club began its commitment to service over 40 years ago in 1973 and continues today by seeking out all forms of community need and developing ways to serve and satisfy those needs. We have the continued focus of meeting the commitment of all Lions adhering to the motto : “WE SERVE”.
The Garden Ridge Lions Charities, Inc. directly supports individual children and families in need with our Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and toys at Christmas for children. We also work hand-in-hand with agencies and other non profit organizations. These include Lone Star Lions Eye Bank, Boy's State & Girl's State, Texas Lions Camp Counselor Scholarships, Texas Lions Camp, Hope Hospice, Resources For Women and many others. 100% of all funds raised are donated to charitable organizations.
​Come and join us....
The Garden Ridge Lions Club is always looking to recruit good men and women with serving hearts and a special passion to help those in need. ​​The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, at 7:00 PM at The Club at Garden Ridge, 21320 Water Wood, Garden Ridge, Texas, 78266. (except the Nov and Dec; meeting held the 2nd Wednesday only).  Our next Garden Ridge Lions meeting is Wednesday, July 26th.  


President: Jon Mitzel

Membership is key! ​  Invite a friend, relative or neighbor to join our club!​​​

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Garden Ridge Lions Charities, Inc. is the charitable arm (501c3 Charity) of the Garden Ridge Lions Club.  Charter - Donations


" Over 40 Years of Community Service " 
Bat Cave road clean-up: Date to be announced. Meet at Paul Davis Park at 8:00 am. and be sure to wear light colored clothes, sturdy shoes and don’t forget to wear gloves. contact David Heier by email: David.Heier@va.gov or by phone 210-651-4255Click here for additional information.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:​​
​          “Where there is a need, there is a Lion”
Lion of the Quarter
Oct - Dec 2016
Ray Pitzen
Lion of the Quarter
Jan - March 2016
John Mitzel
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Lion of the Year
2015 - 2016
Carmen McCaw
What's Happening:
Lion of the Quarter
July - Sept  2016
Larry Smedley

​Listen to Lion Mark Frye on Military Radio USA every Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. on KLUP 930 AM The Answer Featuring mission and organization focused shows, you will receive Garden Ridge Lion event info. Click here for the website

                             HOW WE SERVE
Year In Review                                                 2016 - 2017 
Click here for the full report​

Donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses; sorry no contact lenses), place them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection box found at the Garden Ridge Library (9400 Municipal Pkwy, Garden Ridge TX 78266).  Click here for additional information

                    Connect with friends,                              family and other                                    people you may know                            on the Garden Ridge                            Lions Facebook page
Congratulations to Paul Sullivan. One of Garden Ridge Lion's newest members.
​Larry Smedley is the sponsor and Jay Feibelman presenter. Paul's wife Dale is standing next to Paul.Congratulations

Texas Lions Camp Work Days: On Saturday, May 6, 9 Lions, Lion spouses and friends of Lions from Garden Ridge attended the third Work-Day at the children's camp. We painted a ranch style home at the camp with the help of several Lions from Schertz-Cibolo Lions club. The following Lions, spouses and friends of Lions participated: Mark Meyers, Jim Newbold,Mark Delaney, Frank Rios, Chuck and Barbara Elia, Randy andTerry Maschek and Kerry Ledford.  ​ Click here to see photos
The 2017 District 2-S3 Convention District 2-S3 Convention: Lion President Carmen McCaw, Secretary Jim Newbold, Lions Ray Pitzen and John McCaw attended District 2-S3 Convention in Manor, Texas on May 13th. The Garden Ridge Lions Club presented the District 2-S3 2016-2017 Memorial Service
Girls and Boys State: Lions John Mitzel and John McCaw attended the presentation ceremony for Boys State, Wed, May 10th. We are supporting 4 High School Seniors to attend this year’s Boys State at the University of Texas, in Austin. It takes $295 to support each boy attending; our total donation is $1,180. The presentation ceremony for Girls State was held, Monday, May 8th. We are supporting 3 High School Seniors to attend this year’s Girls State in Seguin. It takes $425 to support each girl attending; our total donation is $1,275.  ​​Boys and Girl State is intended to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship.

Scholarships: Twelve scholarships were presented to seniors from local area high schools at our regular membership meeting on April 26th; each scholarship was for $750.00, for
a total donation of $9,000.00. Receiving scholarships were Jordan Douglas, Dustin Helton, Taylor Hencshel, Anna Long, Sarah Moberley, Alessandro Preda, Claire Therese Rosales,
Sydney Marie Rubey, Shelby Marie Steinbach, Caitlyn Strickland, Jacob Sturman and Christopher Toudouze. Click here to see photos.

Used Eyeglasses Collected:
The Garden Ridge Lions Club collected 780 pair of used eyeglasses. We turned them over to Past District Governor Mike Smith at the District 2-S3 Annual Convention in Manor, Texas. The ultimate destination is TLERC in Midland, Texas; and then, onto needy recipients in 3rd world countries.
Texas Lions Camp Graduation: On Friday, June 30, sixteen GR Lions hosted the Texas Lion's Camp Graduation event.  We did more than just hand out $4,500.00 in scholarships; we also welcomed all of the attendees, counselors and kids to the festivities as they entered the amphitheater.  Thanks to all who participated. Click here to see photos of the event
Garden Ridge Lions Fish Fry/BBQ & Auction Saturday, October 7.  It's not too early to sign-up to volunteer for one of the many job openings that help make our largest fund raiser of the year a success. Please contact Carman McCaw 210-872-0160 or John Mitzel 210-632-9394.
Donor cards are now available for those wishing to donate items to the silent or live action at the Garden Ridge Lions Fish Fry/BBQ & Auction Saturday, October 7.  Get your donor cards by contacting Jim Morgan 210-860-9616 or Mark DuBois 309-397-7072
Lion's on the River: Everyone enjoyed the 2 hour guided kayak tour thru the King William district on the San Antonio River on June 17th. Thanks to Mark Meyers for setting up the event.
Service Project: Painting the interior of the Garden Ridge Library:
Preparation: Thursday, July 27th and Friday, July 28th.
Painting: Saturday, July 29th, Clean-up: Sunday, July 30th
​ACTION: This project can use the help of many volunteers. I am asking all of our Lions to consider participating one or more days on the project. Spouse/significant others are welcome. Please let me know your plans to support this activity. Contact Dick by email: rehhardwood@earthlink.net or phone (210-651-7431).

Congratulations to Mike Goettsch. Garden Ridge Lion's newest member. Mark DuBois the sponsor and Gil Burrell presenter. Mike's wife Amanda and their 3 children Carson. Mason and Tyson watch on. Congratulations Mike!
Congratulations to Harvey Bell.  Harvey is the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. Harvey's wife Nancy is standing next to Harvey. Gil Burrell is the presenter.
Congratulations to Nancy Bell.  Nancy was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Garden Ridge Lions by Jay Feibelman. Harvey Bell and Gil Burrell are looking on as Jim Newbold presents flowers to Nancy.
Congratulations to the incoming Garden Ridge Lions Officers 2017 - 2018 that were inducted at the June 28th general meeting.