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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”.
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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, March 22nd. The general membership will be voting on the new slate of officers Click here to see the list

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                             ​​March 22nd Guest Speaker will be Mr. Matt Scherer.
 Author and                                        professional speaker, SATech Radio partner and CEO for Scherer                                      Communications.  He serves as a communications engineer who                                      bridges the gap from traditional media concepts to the newer forms of                              telling a story. He is also an Air Force veteran.


GARDEN RIDGE LIONS CLUB
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

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" Over 40 Years of Community Service " 
Bat Cave road clean-up: Date to be determined. 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.THANKS to everyone who volunteered for the Jan 28th road clean-up!


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

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​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


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                             HOW WE SERVE
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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
Looking for a volunteer opportunity?  With the 2016 elementary school hearing test program concluded, ​Dick Holloway is looking for a volunteer to work with him on the development of the hearing schedule for the 2017. Contact Dick [rehhardwood@earthlink.net] if interested.  In 2016, 47 Lions and spouses conducted hearing testing at 32 schools within the New Braunfels and Comal County ISD’s.  Over 7000 students were tested.  


Congratulations to Mike and Tonya Heath. Garden Ridge Lion's newest members.  Bill Foote, Lion Hunter, presenting and Albert Haddad, sponsor.
 
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.

      Jim Kohl 
Texas Lions Camp enrollment began Jan. 3, 2017. It’s not to late for Lions to reach out in the community and make prospective campers and their parents aware that they can sign-up online at www.lionscamp.com. As you probably know, the sessions for children with Type 1 diabetes fill up fast, so it’s especially important to promote early registration.
                                                                 Annual Kerville Lions Camp work day(s)                                                                                volunteer opportunity to clean up the Camp from                                                                      winter and prepare it for summer operation. The                                                                        next work day events will be held on Saturday, April 1st, and Saturday, May 6th.  Each workday commences at 7:30 am with breakfast provided by a Lions Club. Work details on various projects commence at 8:00 am and last until 12:00 noon at which time lunch is served. ACTION: ​​I ask that you consider participating in this effort (e-mail: rehhardwood@earthlink.net or ph 210-651-7431). Thank you, Dick Holloway.



Mid-Winter Conference: Lions Carmen McCaw and John Mitzel attended the District 2-S3 Mid-Winter Conference in Wimberley.   ​Also attending were Ray and Pam Pitzen, representing the Lone Star Lions Eye Bank.
                              On Saturday, March 4th, the Garden Ridge Lions traveled to the                                      Texas Lion's Camp in Kerrville, Texas volunteering their time to help                                     the camp get ready for this year's camp season. These 14 volunteers                                     (listed below) painted the foot lockers in bunkrooms 5, 6, 7 and 8. Over                                  100 foot lockers were painted in the beautiful colors of beige and blue –                                   truly a work of art. Additionally, Harvey worked in the office packaging                                     brochures for mailing to lions. A sincere thanks for a job well done......
Harvey Bell, Josie Brestle, Dick Holloway, Randy Maschek, Terry Maschek, Carmen McCaw, John McCaw, John Mitzel, Jim Morgan, Jim Newbold, Ray Pitzen, Mike Shands
Larry Thompson (plus Gavin, a neighbor’s son)


The 2017 District 2-S3 Convention will be held in Manor, Texas on Saturday, May 13th. The convention kicks off at Manor High School starting at 7:30 am. Breakfast Tacos will be available. Scheduled activities begin with the Opening Ceremony at 8:25 am followed by a meaningful Memorial Service to recognize our departed Lions presented by the Garden Ridge Lions Club and then the Featured Speaker.  Please plan to attend.
Girls and Boys State: We are supporting 3 HS Seniors to attend this year’s Girls State in Seguin and 4 HS Seniors to attend this year’s Boys State at the University of Texas, in Austin. It takes $425 to support each girl and $295 for each boy. Girl and 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 instill a deep sense of the personal responsibilities and obligations which this citizenship entails. 
Lone Star Lions Eye Bank: The GR Lions is donating $100 to the LSLEB to help purchase a new Eye/Cornea refrigeration unit.

Leader Dogs: The GR Lions donated $400 to the Leader Dogs for the Blind Program.

"Where there is a need, there is a Lion" Local Tornado Damage: On Fri and Sat, Feb. 24-25; GR Lions, Todd Arvidson, Bill Swint, Dick Holloway, Jim Newbold, John McCaw and Dave Heier cut-up and hauled away downed trees from the storm helping our neighbors in need.