Welcome to the Garden
​      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 and many other 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. Our next Garden Ridge Lions meeting is Wed, Sept. 27th


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:  Mark your calendars for Sept 23 and  Dec 16.  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 - email: DRHeier@Gmail.com
​ or by phone 210-651-4255
Click here for additional information.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:​​
​          “Where there is a need, there is a Lion”
What's Happening:

​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

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.  After welcoming all of the attendees, counselors and kids to the festivities as they entered the amphitheater we handed presented $4,500 in scholarships. 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 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.  Receive and turn in your donor cards to 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.
Painting the interior of the Garden Ridge Library: July 27-30 The Garden Ridge Lions, library and city staff plus the local boy scout troop completed painting the Library.  My most sincere thanks to all that participated in this somewhat challenging project that at the conclusion looks professionally done. This was truly a group effort. It was my pleasure to work with each of you and complete this project. Lion Dick Holloway project lead.

Congratulations to Mike Goettsch. One of 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 during the presentation.
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 the incoming Garden Ridge Lions Officers 2017 - 2018 that were inducted at the June 28th general meeting.
Sarah Seates, McKensie Bush, and Robert Palomin attended the July 26th Lions meeting providing insite and gratitude from their experience attending Girls and Boys State.  Joan Helmke (right) & John Mitzel (left) presented certificates.
The Lone Star Lions Eye Bank held its annual meeting July 22nd, including the installation of the 2017-18 board, including Garden Ridge Lion Ray Pitzen as Secretary.
4th of July in the Park: Our Club provided popcorn at the City’s 4th of July celebration in the Park. Hundreds of local residents attended and enjoyed fun and food for all, celebrating
our country's birthday. This community service project also served as a new membership recruiting drive chaired by Dick Holloway; also helping were Mark Frye and Mark Meyers.
Congratulations to Dave Wilcox. Garden Ridge Lion's newest member. John Mitzel was the sponsor and Bill Foote presenter. 
Congratulations to Randy Maschek. Randy was presented the 'Two Member Key" by Bill Foote along with John Mitzel.  The "Two Member Key' is the first Key Award for bring in two new members; the second award is the Five Member Key. Each new member has to remain a member for more than a year. The higher level Key is a 25 Member Key is called the Senior Master Key.
A BIG THANK YOU to all the Garden Ridge Lion's who helped in the effort to gather relief supplies, manning the donation station for the victims/refugees of Hurricane Harvey.

Wood splitting/cutting events at Walter Browns (24183 Natural Bridge Caverns Road) Sept 23 from 8-11am.  The 23rd may be a backup day.  Please let me know if you help.  Todd Avidson 210-362-0904
Need your help to sell Raffle tickets at the Walmart.  We still have open slots to fill. Please call  Thanks, Larry Thompson 210-857-6201