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Garden Ridge Lions hosted the Sunday, June 24th Texas Lion Camp picnic for the children attending the week’s camp in Kerrville, Texas: The Garden Ridge Lions hosted and served a picnic meal to about 275 campers and staff upon arrival at the camp. Pizza and ice cream was served. The time was special with the time meeting and getting to know the campers up close and personal
Garden Ridge Lions present 6 Texas Lions Camp scholarships at the graduation and award ceremony in Kerrville, Texas June 22nd: The Garden Ridge Lions presented six $1,000.00 college scholarships to deserving Texas Lions Camp counselors. A $2750 check was also presented at the camp for the Texas Lions Camp Endowment Campaign.
Congratulations to all who received recognition at the Awards & Installation Banquet
​• 100% Attendance – 45 members were awarded for attending at least 22 meetings during the past year, service activities count as a make-up.
• PDG Frank Kinald was presented the Texas Lions Foundation Fellow Honorarium, for acting as Installing Officer at our Annual Awards and Installation Banquet.
• President John Mitzel was presented the GR Lions Club, 2017-2018, Gavel and engraved stand by incoming President Mark DuBois
• Al Haddad was awarded the “Membership Key” (for bringing in two (or more) new members) and a Silver Centennial Membership pin for sponsoring one new member during Lions Centennial year
• Mark Delaney was awarded the Gold Centennial Membership pin, sponsoring two new members during Lions Centennial year
• Walter Brown was presented with a 20 year Chevron for completing 20 years as a member of the Garden Ridge Lions Club.
• Dave Heier was presented with a 15 year Chevron for completing 15 years as a member of the Garden Ridge Lions Club.
• Frank & Maureen Kinald were presented with a 50th wedding anniversary card, signed my members of the Garden Ridge Lions.

Congratulations to Dick Holloway who was presented the Lion of the Year award by President John Mitzel at the June 27th induction meeting. Dick also was awarded the Lion of the Quarter earlier this year.
Congratulations to Carmen McCaw. Carmen was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, by PDG Frank Kinald. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. Carmen's contributions to the Garden Ridge Lions Club have been recognized by all.
The Garden Ridge Lions Club teamed up with the Spring Branch-Bulverde Lions Club who held a benefit August 18th in support of the Estes family who lost their son Dru, a 20 year old college student. Dru Estes is 1 of 5 who lost their life in the San Marcos apartment fire Friday July 20, 2018. His family is devastated at the loss of their youngest son. He was an aspiring musician who loved the Lord with all his heart. The benefit was a success due to all who attended and contributed.
The Lions Club of Garden Ridge delivered over 4,000 pair of eyeglasses for the Texas Lions Recycling Center (TLERC). These eyeglasses will be delivered to Midland, TX for distribution to needy kids throughout Texas. The club also delivered twenty new electron microscopes to be used by children attending the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, TX.  Donate used glasses (including sunglasses & 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.
On Tuesday October 2 the City of Garden Ridge will be celebrating National Night Out at our Community Center from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Our Lions Club will be manning a table for this event. As in the past I will participate in this event along with Mark Frye, the Big Popper, manning our popcorn machine. We will be meeting and greeting our local citizens, handing out free stuff including our club brochures. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet new folks and try and recruit new members into our club. here to edit this text. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
Lions make a difference! Literacy, being one of Garden Ridge Lions service goals and a call to action 10 year plan was met this week with a generous donation to our local Garden Ridge elementary school. The teachers were very excited with a $3900 donation.
The Garden Ridge Lions Club attended the Garden Ridge Elementary Fall Festival giving away popcorn. The event is on Saturday November 3 from 10:30 to 3 pm at the school. This is a wonderful opportunity to expose our organization to a community of young parents and support our area community and it would be fun. 
12th Annual Lions Club Family Picnic Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Paul Davis Park 1:00–5:00 PM.  ​​Food served at 3:00 PM Hamburgers / Hot Dogs / Potato Salad / Coleslaw / Watermelon plus Beer, Wine, Sodas & Water provided.
Harvey Bell passed away peacefully at 3:03 PM November 2nd. I feel he is now resting comfortably. Thank you for all your love and support. Will you please share this news with our Lions family. Please keep Nancy in your prayers!

Sad news from Lion Steve and Beverly Gallets; their daughter, Katherine, passed away November 2nd at home.  Our prayers are with Steve, Beverly and their family.
The Garden Ridge Lions presented a check of $500 to Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) to Lions District Governor Linda Davis at the Sept 26 Membership Meeting. The monies will be used for Disaster Relief efforts. L-R Mark DuBois, Garden Ridge Lions President, Linda Davis and Bill Swint, Garden Ridge Lions 1st Vice President
Rose Delaney passed away Nov 20, 2018. The Garden Ridge Lions wish to convey our deepest condolences to Mark Delaney and his family. ​​​Rose C. Delaney, Born: July 5, 1937; Died: November 20, 2018.
The Garden Ridge Lions Club 46th annual Fish Fry-BBQ & Auction was fantastic! Thank you everyone that attended, Business that donated and Lions members that worked so hard.
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The Garden Ridge Lions presented a check of $500 to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas. This matching donation will fund efforts to respond and recover from Hurricane Florence. L-R Mark Meyers (Treasure) and Mark DuBois (President) of the Garden Ridge Lions, Melissa Salinas, Scott Rodgers and Alex Carter of the Walmart at FM3009 in Schertz, TX.
Peace Poster Contest: On October 26 Lion Dave and wife Linda Heier presented a check for $100.00 on behalf of the Garden Ridge Lions Club to Jeanette Cook. Jeanette, a seventh grade student at Randolph Middle School, was selected as the local winner of the Lions Club International Peace Poster contest. Her entry was judged by a panel of art teachers from the Randolph Field ISD. Ms Cook’s entry was forwarded for competition at District level.
Lions Amanda Hagy and Ray Pitzen presented the $465 check to the Garden Ridge Parks Committee on Nov. 13th. The city will purchase 200 ornaments for $465. We will ask for a $5 donation for each ornament. All proceeds will be contributed directly to the Comal County Crisis Center. Last year we purchased 100 ornaments for $235 (asking for a donation of $10 for each) and our net proceeds were $1200.
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Garden Ridge Lions - Hearing Testing: Thirty One Garden Ridge Lions and volunteers participated in the hearing testing of over 6000 students in 30 schools in the Comel County and New Braunfels Independent School Districts. My sincere thanks to everyone involved in support of this effort to identify and correct any childhood hearing problems. I hope each of you enjoyed working with our young future leaders as much as I did. I look forward to working with all of you again next year. Dick Holloway
Garden Ridge Lions Annual Operation Thanksgiving. Thanks to the efforts of all the volunteers, this years event was another success. Boxes filled with everything to need for a Thanksgiving feast were delivered to more than 25 families in need within Garden Ridge and the surrounding areas. Again, THANK YOU. Amanda Hagy event coordinator.