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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.
The Garden Ridge Lions presented a $500 check to the James Madison FFA Guide Dogs for the Blind. These dogs are being trained by volunteers to become working guides for blind or visually impaired. Lion Amanda Hagy presented the check. Click here for all the details
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.
Each year, the Garden Ridge Lions present scholarships to 12 deserving High School students. All scholarship applications should be returned to Laura Ochoa (email: or mail: 21329 Waterwood Dr. Garden Ridge, TX 78266) no later than March 15, 2019. Click here to download the 2019 Scholarship Application.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Executive Director Norma Blackwell accepts a $500 check from the Garden Ridge Lions Amanda Hagy. The mission of CASA is to recruit, train, and supervise court-appointed volunteer advocates who provide constancy for abused and neglected children and youth while advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes.
Garden Ridge Lions Ray Pitzen and Jim Newbold present a check for $7,200 for our annual 1,000% donation to Trish Wilson and the Texas Lions Camp. The total donated in 2019 is $8,000.00. The Garden Ridge Lions Club also presented the Texas Lions Camp with a $3,000.00 donation to their Endowment CAMPaign
The Garden Ridge Valentine's Dinner was held Wednesday, February 13, 2019. During the event, Victoria Speakmon was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by Amanda Hagy and Bill Swint for her work to provide hygiene kits during Operation Santa Claus.
The Garden Ridge Lions donated $500 to“Today’s Promise for Tomorrow’s Children” Annual Harry Wickersham Charity Golf Tournament sponsoring five holes of golf. Other monies donated were $500 to the Texas Lions Camp Golf Tourney, Lion Ray Pitzen presented a $1,000 check to the Lone Star Lions Eye Bank.
The Garden Ridge Lions presented a $500 check to Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) during the kickoff of the construction of a new custom home in Garden Ridge for injured veteran Army SGT Lisa Marie Wiley.

Plan to attend the Lions Clubs International 2019 District 2-S3 Convention Sat., May 18th at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5600 Ranch Road 620, Austin, TX 78734. The agenda begins with the Opening Ceremony at 8:45 a.m. You can choose from a selection of breakouts covering a variety of topics. During the luncheon, we will honor Clubs and members for their service: Mac Cormack, Harry Reasonover, Service to New Heights, Golden Spur, Silver Spur, and the District 2-S3 Service Hall of Honor. Please contact Mark DuBois 309-397-7072 or by April 25th if interested.
Garden Ride Lions make a $2000 donation to Hope Hospice. Jim Newbold presents a $2,000 check to Nickie Drummond, Executive Director and Laura Hargraves, Accounts Receivables with HOPE Hospice of New Braunfels, 1/29. Hope Hospice provides exemplary care, comfort and education to all affected by life-limiting illness, grief and loss.
Congratulations to the four new Garden Ridge Lion members (L to R) Ginger Ann Stiehler, Angela R. Shaner, Jennifer S. Weber and Marva Lynn Shelton. Lion Hunter Dave Heier presided over the October 24, 2018 induction event and Larry Thompson was the sponsor for all inductees.
The Garden Ridge Lions presented a $500 check to Rita Ambrosia for Circle of Cancer Care in support of their annual Rita’s 5K Run/Walk fundraiser Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Paul Davis Park. Circle of Cancer Care supports female cancer fighters living in Cibolo, Schertz, New Braunfels, Garden Ridge, and surrounding areas. Click here for all the details
Barbara Goldman of Team Ability accepts a donation from the Garden Ridge Lions in the amount of $1000.​ Both Noelle Czerniak and Bill Swint presented the check. Working in collaboration with communities and families, TEAMability gives children with complex disabilities opportunities to achieve their potential and experience the joy of success