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​​Garden Ridge Lions Club 20151-2016 Annual Activity Report July 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016

July Report
Road Clean-up: We just completed our first road clean-up of the new Lions Year. Eight Lions
showed up to pick-up trash on over 4 miles of roadway here in Garden Ridge. Led by Lion Dave
Heier were Lions Jim Newbold, Randy Maschek, Ted Lane, Mark DuBois, Harvey Bell, Russell
Bistline and John McCaw.

Hearing Testing: On July 3rd, eight Lions and Lion friends attended Elementary School hearing
testing training at the CIub of Garden Ridge. Headed by Chairman Dick Holloway, were Mike
Shands, Josie Brestle, Rose Delaney, Mariann Strafton, Terry Maschek, Evelyn Miller, and John
Trevino.

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.

Tree Cutting: A group of eleven Lions gathered on Saturday, July 11 to cut and split a fallen oak
tree into firewood to be sold at our annual fundraiser in October. Tree cutting chairman Todd
Arvidson and his crew of John Curtis, Russ Sanders, Larry Smedley, Mark Dubois, Randy
Maschek, Frank Rios, Jim Newbold, John McCaw, Larry Steele and almost a new Lion Larry
Browder dismantled the 60 foot oak tree in record time, despite the near 100 degree
temperatures.

Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker for July 22nd was San Antonio Councilman, Ron
Nierenberg, His presentation was on saving the environment around the Bracken bat cave. Ron
Nirenberg was first elected to San Antonio's City Council, representing District 8, on June 15,
2013. He is an experienced, independent voice for San Antonio families and believes in the
values of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency in government. During his tenure,
Councilman Nirenberg has focused on solutions to San Antonio's deepest challenges, which
include improving transportation infrastructure, securing our long term water supply, and creating
jobs.

Texas Lions Camp: Lions Jim Newbold, Harvey Bell and Nancy Bell attended the Texas Lions
Camp graduations on July 17, the graduation of the fifth Downs Syndrome Camp. 75 kids
graduated; Lion Harvey Bell sponsored a child from our local community. lt was a special sight to
see all the children celebrating their week at camp.

District Gabinet Meeting: Lion Jim Newbold and President Larry Steele attended the first District
2.S3 Cabinet Meeting, held in Manor, Texas on July 25.

August Report
Tree Cutting: August brings another tree down, and a few more loads of firewood to sale at our
Annual Fish Fry & Auction. We are going to have enough firewood to sale for a couple of years.
This giant oak came from one of our very own long time Lions.

Texas Lions Camp for children - Gounselor Scholarships: Counselors Zoe Wincent, and
Brittany Wharton each received $750.00 scholarships.

District 2-S3's 100% Charities: Texas Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, $91; 2-S3 Youth
Opportunities, $182; District 2-S3 Charities, $91; Leader Dogs, 182; World Services for the Blind,
$182; Texas Lions Foundation, $182; Lions Club lnternational Foundation, $91; Lone Star Lions
Eye Bank, $910; and Texas Lions Camp, $910

TLC - Semi-Annual Dues: We donated $955.50 to the Texas Lions Camp.
43rd Annual Fish Fry, BBQ & Auction: We are working real hard on the final preparations for
our signature fundraiser, the Garden Ridge Lions Charities, lnc. 43rd Annual Fish Fry, BBQ &
Auction, to be held Saturday, October 3,2015.

Road Glean-up: Fifteen Lions showed up on Saturday, August 29th to pick-up trash on over 4
miles of roadway here in Garden Ridge, Led by Lion Dave Heier were Lions Phil Andrews,
Russell Bistline, Mark Delaney, Mark DuBois, Jay Feibelman, Pat Hartley, Dick Holloway, Kerry
Ledford, John McCaw, Jim Newbold, Pat & Simon Ramirez, and Russ Sanders.

September Report
Hearing Testing: Chairman Dick Holloway has initiated a new schedule to perform hearing
testing of children attending Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD elementary schools.
Commencing on September 1st, 56 Lions and Lion Helpers completed hearing screenings for 14
Elementary Schools during September, screening over 3,500 children.

Texas Lions Gamp for children - Counselor Scholarships: Counselors Amanda Gaza-Lopez,
and Hayley Sanchez each received $750.00 scholarships.

43rd Annual Fish Fry, BBQ & Auction: We are working real hard on the final preparations for
our signature fundraiser, the Garden Ridge Lions Charities, lnc. 43rd Annual Fish Fry, BBQ &
Auction, to be held Saturday, October 3, 2015. We are selling Auction Book ads, raffle tickets and
bringing in Live and Silent Auction items to sell at our October fundraiser.

Wood Cutting: On September'18th and 23rd, our Chairman, Lion Todd Arvidson, led a small
crew to cut and split more oak and hauled it to an area to season. This wood will be used to make
up 6 truck-loads of firewood to be sold at our annual fundraiser Fish Fry & Auction. On
September 26, Todd led a crew to Walter Brown's house to split and ready 4 truckloads of oak
and two truckloads of mesquite to be sold at the Auction fundraiser.

October Report
Annual Fish Fry, BBQ and Auction: We held our Annual Fish Fry, BBQ and Auction Fundraiser
on October 3rd at the Garden Ridge Community Center. We served over 600 meals, held live and
silent auctions, raffles and served deserts and beverages. We estimate a gross income of over
$58,454 and a net income of over $41,212; with the following breakout nets in most areas as
follows: Live Auction, $12,840; Silent Auction, $6,453; regular raffle, $18,512; super raffle,
$8,510; meals, $4,585; ads, $3,825; beverages, $646; deserts, $25t ; and
contributions/donations, $2,408.

Our charitable operating efficiency was approx. 71o/o. This means that it cost us $.29 to raise/take
in every dollar from donations.

National Night Out: Lions Dave Heier, Jim Kohl, Mark Frye, Al Haddad and Carmen McCaw set
up a Lions lnformation Booth in the City's Community Center to celebrate National Night Out,
October 6; they passed out Garden Ridge Lion information informing city residents of what we do
in the community and solicited new members. We served pop-corn to all 250 interested people
who approached our table.

Hope Hospice: We donated $2,000.00 to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, Texas Tree of Lights.
This organization provides quality, compassionate hospice care to adults and children facing the
advanced stages of any life-threatening illness.

Elementary School Nurses: We donated a $150 Wal-Mart gift card to each school nurse at
Morningside and Garden Ridge Elementary Schools. The card is used to purchase essential
needs for the children as the need arises.

Roy Maas Youth Alternatives: We donated $2,000.00 to Roy Maas Youth Alternatives. RMYA
creates brighter futures for children in crisis by promoting individual success and healthy
relationships in a safe, healing environment, giving children and families the tools to end the cycle
of abuse.

Texas Lions Camp for children - Counselor Scholarchips: Counselor Meghan Ontiveros
received $750.00 scholarship.

District Gabinet Meeting: Lion Jim Newbold attended the 2nd District 2-S3 Cabinet Meeting in
Taylor, Texas on October 17,2014. WE were presented with a Lions District 2-S3 "Plus" banner
patch for our positive membership groMh the prevrous year.

Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker, 28 October, 2015 was PDG Angie Nicholson. Her topic was
Lions Clubs lnternational Foundation.

Hearing Testing: The elementary school hearing testing continues throughout New Braunfels
and Comal County ISD's. Forty-four Lions and spouses from the Garden Ridge Lions Club have
conducted hearing testing at the following elementary schools: Carl Schurz, County Line,
Startzville, Morningside, Walnut Springs, M.H. Specht, Hoffman Lane, Cross Lutheran, Bracken
Christian, Bill Brown, lndian Springs, and Tree of Life.

New Members: Past District Governor DH "Dick" Alphin, Lions District2-A2, joined our club as
an associate member.

November Report
Texas Lions Gamp for children - Counselor Scholarships: Counselor Leah Zimmerman
received $750.00 scholarship.

Project Thanksgiving: We spent $781.00 to provide Thanksgiving food baskets for 19 needy families.
Thirty-one Lions and family members pulled together to deliver these food baskets on November 21,2015.

Message from 2nd VP John Mitzel, Chair: What a great turnout we had for the pickup, packaging, and
delivery of the food baskets for needy families on Saturday, 21 November, 2015. As usual your teamwork
was super and allowed us to finish up ahead of schedule! You were all extraordinary and I join with
Operation Thanksgiving Chairman.  On Saturday, November 21st, approximately 20 Garden Ridge Lion Club
​volunteers delivered a complete.  Thanksgiving dinner to 19 deserving families in the local area. Working
​through local elementary school nurses and local churches we accumulated the names of the families, their
​ addresses, phone numbers,number of children and other information to develop maps and routes to deliver the food.
A partial listing of food provided in two large boxes per family included: Yams, cut green beans, com,
cornbread mix, pies, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, a 5-pound bag of apples and also potatoes, gtdvy,
bread, dinner rolls, tortillas, and a Turkey, plus much more.
This year we were extremely fortunate to have three Garden Ridge residents volunteer to donate 20 frozen
turkeys to support of efforG. Special thanks to Garden Ridge Councilman and Lion Bryan Lan@,
Councilman Shelby Trial, and Garden Ridge resident Martin Rios for their contribution to the project. The
total cost for this project was approximately $725, or, about $38 per family; a fantastic "bang for the buck"
to serve our local community.

Hearing Testing: We have completed performing hearing testing on nearly 7000 students in 31 schools in
the Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts and selected private schools. My sincere thanks
to all those volunteers that participated in this effort; the testing was peformed by twenty eight Garden
Ridge Lions including a number of local volunteers. I wish to extend my sincere thanks to all of you
suppofting this effoft. I trust everyone had as much enjoyment in working with our young students as I did.
What a breath of fresh air to see what we have as our future generation. Past President Dick Holloway,
Hearing Testing Chairman.

December Report
Lions Road Clean-up: On December Sth, eleven Lions from the Garden Ridge Lions Club
cleaned-up trash and liter along five miles of city roadside as a community service project.

Lions Christmas Party: 122 people attended this year's Garden Ridge Lions Christmas Party
held at the Garden Ridge Community Center on Wednesday, December 9. A sixteen member
coral group from the New Braunfels Canyon High School Choir sang Christmas carols for our
entertainment. Doty once again delivered with a fantastic meal and the ladies went home with
poinsettias. We made a $300 donation to the Canyon High School Choir.

Operation Santa Claus: Each year, the Garden Ridge Lions' Club gathers the names of needy
families from school officials, church members, social services and others in preparation for the
Club's annual Operation Santa Claus program. This program is appreciated by the recipients
Lions' members and their spouses, sons, daughters, grandchildren and even in-laws help to sort
the food baskets and toys for the recipient families, and then personally deliver those much
needed food baskets and gifts to the less fortunate. This year, we delivered to 50 families with a
total of 144 children. We spent $2,164 on food and $1,506 on children's toys (a total of $3,670).
All of the kids' toys were festively wrapped, complete with bows. The final delivery was on
Saturday, December 19. Operation Santa Claus Chairman, 1st Vice President Carmen McCaw,
was congratulated by many for the fine job she did.

January Report
Guest Speaker, January 13, 2016: Representative Doug Miller Biography; Chairman Doug
Miller represents District 73 which is comprised of Comal, Gillespie, and Kendall Counties. He is
Chair of the House Committee On Special Purpose Districts and is a member of the Licensing &
Administrative Procedures Committee. He formerly served on the Appropriations and Calendars
committees. Miller holds the rank of Major in the Texas State Guard. He has been awarded the
Texas Outstanding Service Medal by Texas State Guar:d leadership and has been honored "State
Representative of the Year" by the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas.
The Texas Association of Counties has named him a "Friend of County Government" after each
legislative session that he has served. Miller is Vice Chairman of the Tourism Caucus, a member
of the Energy Caucus, Farm-To-Table Caucus, Sportsmen's Caucus, and Manufacturer's
Caucuses. He was also an appointee to the Texas House Republican Caucus Policy Committee.
As former Chairman of the Board of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, representing Comal and
Guadalupe counties, Rep. Miller worked with the legislature in 1993 to help write 581477, which
created the Edwards Aquifer Authority in statute. He was one of the original members of the EAA
Board and was its longest serving member. He also worked with Senator Buster Brown in the
writing of SB1, which created a new model for Texas water planning and was subsequently
appointed as a charter member of the Regional L Water Planning Group. Miller served as former
Councilman and Mayor of the City of New Braunfels. Chairman Miller is married to the former
Anne Mund and they have two children and two grandchildren. He is a licensed real estate
broker and risk manager and is on the board of directors of First Commercial Bank. He has been
in the insurance business for over 35 years and is President and founder of Miller & Miller
lnsurance Agency. He and Anne are members of Oakwood Baptist Church.

Mid-Winter Conference: Lions Larry Steele and Jim Newbold attended the District 2-S3 Mid-
Winter Conference. The Garden Ridge Lions Club received the Club Excellence award for Lion
Year 2014-2015 and a District Environmental award for our Road Clean-up projects this past
year.

Texas Lions Camp: Paid Semi-annual dues of $934.50 to the Texas Lions Camp.

Slate of Officers 2O16-17: A proposed slate of officers for next year was presented by 1st VP
Carmen McCaw to and approved by the Board of Directors. lt will next be presented to the
general membership. We willvote on this slate in February.

Homeless Veteran: We donated $100 to help a homeless veteran.

February Report
Valentine's Dinner: Lion Dick Vogt and Carmen McCaw Co-chaired a Valentines party for
members and guests February 10, at the Garden Ridge Community Center, Over 750 Lions &
guests attended; roses were given to all the ladies attending, and a fantastic meal was served by
honorary Lion Doty Bittenger. Lions Mark and Julie DuBois presented a program on The Friends
of the Children of Haiti.

Friends of the Children of Haiti: A donation of $500 was given to support this worthy cause.
Lions Road Clean-up: On February 27, 2016, the Garden Ridge Lions Club cleaned-up trash
and liter along five miles of city roadside as a community service project.

2016-2017 Club Elections: The general membership elected the new slate of officers for 2016-
2017; President, Carmen McCaw; l"tVice Pres., John Mitzel; 2nd Vice Pres., Mark DuBois; 3'd
Vice Pres., Bill Swint; Treasurer, Mark Meyers; Secretary, Jim Newbold; Lion Hunter, Bill Foote;
Tailtwister, Ray Pitzen; Lion Tamer, Larry Smedley; 2 year Directors, Jim Morgan and John
McCaw; 1 year Directors, Peter Partington and Jim Young; Program Director, Mark Frye; and
lmmediate Past President, Larry Steele.

Boys State: We are supporting 4 High School Seniors to attend this year's Boys State at the
University of Texas, in Austin. lt takes $295 to support each boy attending; our total donation is
$1,180. Boys State is intended to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and
responsibilities of American citizenship; give future citizens, in a realistic manner, an
opportunity to learn the problems of government by performing the same duties as real offlce
holders in the everyday world; inform them of the rights and privileges of American
citizenship; and instil a deep sense of the personal responsibilities and obligations which this
citizenship entails.

Girls State: We are supporting 3 High School Seniors to attend this yeais Girls State in Seguin.
It takes $375 to support each girl attending; our total donation is $1 ,125. Girls State is intended
to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of American citizenship;
give future citizens, in a realistic manner, an opportunity to learn the problems of government
by performing the same duties as real office holders in the everyday world; inform them of
the rights and privileges of American citizenship; and instil a deep sense of the personal
responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship entails.

TLC Harry Wickersham Golf Tourney: The Garden Ridge Lions Club is donation $100 to
sponsor a single hole at the Annual Harry Wickersham Golf Tournament, in support of the Texas
Lions Camp.

Texas Lions Camp 1000 Percent Donation: Earlier in the year, we donated $910 to the Texas
Lions Camp, our 100% contribution towards our District Governor's 100% Program. This
additional 900% donation of $8,190 completes our continued commitment to support the Texas
Lions Camp with an annual donation of 1000%.

Garden Ridge Library, Lone Star Books: We donated $254 to the Garden Ridge Library to
purchase the Lone Star Books for their Children's Program.

March Report
TLC Work Day, March 5,2016: Nearly 20 Lions and Lion spouses participated March 5th at this
year's first Lions Camp Work Day. Our task was to paint the interior of the Administrative and
Museum building. Through much hard work, fun, and team work, we completed painting the
interior before lunch. We welcome volunteers for the upcoming April and May Work Days.

Guest Speakers: On March 23, Scott Woodard was our guest speaker. Scott C. Woodard is an
Historian in the Office of Medical History at the US Army Medical Department Center of History
and Heritage having previously served in the US Army for over 22 years. He holds a bachelor's
in History from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and a master's in Military
Medical History from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. "Woody" is a
certified Military Historian from the US Army Center of Military History. He also serves as an
Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 90 of the Boy Scouts of America in San Antonio. His
presentation was on battlefield medicine during the CivilWar.

Project Graduation: We contributed $100 in support of Canyon High School's graduation
"Project Co-op."

April Report
TLC Work Day, April 2,2016= A record crowd of over 550 volunteers from across the state of
Texas reported to the Lions Camp on April 2, for lhe second Camp Work Day of 2016.
Garden Ridge Lions attending were John Mitzel, Jim Newbold, Dick Holloway, Dave Heier, Larry
Thompson, Randy Maschek, Al Haddad and Dick Vogt. Our task was to stain the wooden posts
and beams supporting the roof over the entryway to bunkhouses 1 through 5. With spray tanks in
hand we proceeded on our task with vigor occasionally spraying our fellow volunteers with a fine
mist of stain. ln the end we concluded that we were none the worse with the extra stain and the
sprayed wood gleamed with perfection.
My thanks to all that were present for the effort and I look forward to working with all those signed
up for the final work day on Saturday May 7th. Lion Chairman, Richard Holloway.

Scholarships: Twelve scholarships were presented to seniors from local area high schools at
our regular membership meeting on April 27th; each scholarship was for $750.00, for a total
donation of $9,000.00. Receiving scholarships were Ashleigh N. Shaw-Anders, Canyon High
School; Bailey Marie Brown, John Paul High School; Cady Calhoun, Memorial Early College;
Shona Hansen, John Paul High School; Hannah Henderson, SAC;Alyssa Leleux, Canyon High
School; Maike Lynn Morrison, Canyon High School; Abigail Newland, Canyon High School;
Hunter Pelech, Canyon High School; Matilda Rodriguez, Canyon High School (Vocational); Gus
Stephens, Canyon High School; and Sarah Vacek, Canyon High School.

Charitable Gontributions: Lone Star Lions Eye Bank, $1,000.00; and Resources for Women,
$500 00.

May Report
Texas Lions Camp Work Days: On Saturday, May 7,2016, eleven Lions, Lion spouses and
friends of Lions from Garden Ridge attended the third Work-Day at the children's camp. We
painted the hallways of the Real facility at the camp. We painted from 8-12, then had lunch and
headed for home. lt was a big job and all eleven of us kept busy and the place looked pretty
good when we were finished. The following Lions, spouses and friends of Lions participated:
Mark Meyers, Josie Brestle, Jim Newbold, Mark Delaney, Frank Rios, Dick Holloway, Chuck and
Barbara Elia, Randy Maschek, Gavin Flores and Larry Thompson.

Texas Lions Camp Endowment Campaign: We donated $3,000.00 to the Camp's "Todays
Promlse for Tomorrow's Children" Endowment Campaign. The check presentation took place at
the Texas Lions Camp on Saturday, May 7.

Guest Speaker: Our May 11 guest speaker is Kara Simpson. Kara is the Director of Therapy
Operations for New Braunfels Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Originally from lndiana, Kara is a
graduate from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri where she received her Master's in
Physical Therapy and has been a board certified therapist for 7 years. Kara's passion is treating
patients recovering from neurological deficits as a result of a stroke, brain injury, Parkinson
disease or other neurological diagnosis. Kara is trained in Neuro-IFRAH and recently led the
NBRRH's neuro team in receiving disease specific certification in stroke.

Boys State: We attended the presentation ceremony for Boys State, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at
the Walter M. Hoffman American Legion Post 179, New Braunfels, TX. We are supporting 4 High
School Seniors to attend this year's Boys State at the University of Texas, in Austin Boys State is
intended to educate our youth in the duties, privileges and responsibilities of American
citizenship; give future citizens, in a realistic manner, an opportunity to learn the problems of
government by performing the same duties as real office holders in the everyday world; inform
them of the rights and privileges of American citizenship; and instil a deep sense of the personal
responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship entails.

Girls State: We attended the presentation ceremony for Girls State, Monday, May 9, 2016, at
the New Braunfels Christian Church, 734 N Loop 337, New Braunfels, TX. We are supporting 3
High School Seniors to attend this yeads Girls State in Seguin. lt takes $375 to support each girl
attending; ourtotaldonationis$1,'125. GirlsStateisintendedtoeducateouryouthintheduties,
privlleges and responsibilities of American citizenship; give future citizens, in a realistic manner,
an opportunity to learn the problems of government by performing the same duties as real office
holders in the everyday world; inform them of the rights and privileges of American citizenship;
and instil a deep sense of the personal responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship
entails.

District 2-S3 Convention: Lion President Larry Steele, Secretary Jim Newbold, Lions Ray and
Pam Pitzen, Harvey Bell and Mark Meyers attended District 2-S3 Convention in Buda, Texas on
May 14,2016. President Larry Steele accepted a Garden Ridge Lions Club award for being one
of the most active Clubs in the District. Lion Jim Newbold received the lnternational President's
Certificate of Appreciation.

Road Clean-up: Lion Dave Heier led seven Lions to clean-up trash from 3.5 miles of Garden
Ridge roadways on May 21,2016.