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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, Elementary School Pantry program, Texas Lions Camp Counselor Scholarships, Texas Lions Camp, Animal Rescue - Feral Cat program, Greater Randolph Area Support Services, Hope Hospice, Resources For Women, Options 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, June 28th.  This will be the Installation of new officers banquet meeting.  All members and their significant other are welcome.  No vest required for the evening.  Social starts at 6:30 pm with dinner/meeting to start at 7:00 pm.  Please RSVP to Ray Pitzen 210-315-2210.


President: Carmen McCaw

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. CST on KLUP (930 AM The Answer).  In addition to mission and organization focused shows, you will receive Garden Ridge Lion event information. Click here for the website

                             HOW WE SERVE
Year In Review                                      2015 - 2016 

Garden Ridge Lions Club Activity Report. ​​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

Congratulations to Chuck Elia who received a 35 year Longevity Chevron from Lions District Governor Mike Smith 
                    Connect with friends,                              family and other                                    people you may know                            on the Garden Ridge                            Lions Facebook page
Hearing Schedule Volunteer needed:  ​Dick Holloway is looking for a volunteer to work with him on the development of the hearing schedule for the 2017. If interested, contact Dick by email: rehhardwood@earthlink.net] or phone (210-651-7431).  In 2016, 47 Lions and spouses conducted hearing testing at 32 schools within New Braunfels/Comal County ISD’s.                                        

Congratulations to Paul Sullivan. Garden Ridge Lion's newest member.  Larry Smedley is the sponsor and Jay Feibelman presenter. Paul's wife Dale is standing next to Paul.  Congratulations Paul!
Garden Ridge (GR) Lions donate to Hope Hospice: From L to R: Randy Maschek, Past President, GR Lions Club; Kathleen Krueger, Development & Communications Coordinator, HOPE Hospice; and Jim Newbold, GR Lions.

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.

Hearing Aids: We donated $250.00 to Aileen Mojica for loaner hearing aids.
Click here to see photos taken at the Melvin Jones Lions International Memorial at Fort Thomas, Arizona....plus read some of the history associated with Melvin Jones’ Birthplace. Photos taken by Lions Robert Balch and Nadine Knaus, Garden Ridge Lions Club.
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.
Over 7000 students were tested. Those new volunteers interested to becoming a hearing tester are requested to contact Dick Holloway and advise of your interest to participate. Spouses and friends are welcome to participate so consider them in your response.
Texas Lions Camp Graduation: Friday, June 30.  If you would like to attend the graduation event, please contact Harvey Bell at 210-451-7088, email: hbbell@aol.com.  Everyone is to meet at 
July 4th Meet and Greet: Volunteers needed to man the Garden Ridge Lions area in the pavilion between the hours of 9:00am and noon to hand out popcorn and to meet/greet individuals that might be interested in joining the Garden Ridge Lions Club. If interested, contact Dick Holoway by email: rehhardwood@earthlink.net or phone (210-651-7431).
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
the Garden Ridge Community Center to car pool by 4:00 pm.
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. The 1st expedition of the Garden Ridge Lions Adventurers Club achieved overwhelming success. Come join us on our next adventure.