The Oklahoma Lion Monthly publication of the
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The next Oklahoma Lion newspaper will be a combined July/August issue to be available on or about August 1, 2011.
Dr. Eugene S. Briggs Memorial Scholarship Deadly tornadoes strike
2011-2012 - Recipients Oklahoma communities
The Lions of Oklahoma established District 3-A: Hope McGehee by Virginia Rodriguez PCC –State Secretary
this memorial trust fund to perpetually (Garber), Okla. State Univ.-Pre-Vet;
memorialize and show appreciation to Brayden Nixon (Cherokee), Western As I write this article for our need of help from our Oklahoma
a fellow Oklahoma Lion, Dr. Eugene Okla. State-Agriculture Production; Oklahoma Lion, I know that our Lions. The following is information
S. Briggs. He was Past District Nicole Perez (Enid), Okla. State thoughts and prayers go out to all that for those in Oklahoma who wish to
Governor, Past Director and Past Univ.-Agriculture Production; alter- were affected by the recent storms. I give any assistance to that community.
President of Lions International. nate Jessica Gulick (Enid) do know that 3 of our 5 districts They can do so through the District
Because of Dr. Briggs' outstanding District 3-H: Nataly Barilas (Districts O, L, and H) received major Governor of Southwestern Missouri.
work and service to Oklahoma and (Moore), OKC Univ.-Music damage. District Governors Carl, Her name and address is: Dist. Gov.
International Lionism, this scholarship Education; Makenzie Fly (Edmond), Mark and Paul have applied to Lions Debbie A. Whittlesey, 635 Spiller,
fund was established in his honor. Belmont Univ.-Fine Arts; Stephanie Clubs International Foundation for Labanon MO 65536; Bus. phone 417-
Each year 3 recipients from each Schroeder (Norman), Univ. of Okla.- Emergency Grant assistance. We are 532-2151, residence 417-588-9840.
district are selected from applications Communications; no alternate fortunate to have LCIF where we can Governor Carl reported that he
received by the published deadline. The board for Dr. Eugene S. Briggs apply for emergency grants for assis- delivered a pick-up load of water and
Each recipient will receive the $500 Memorial Scholarship Foundation tance during this troubled time. diapers to this area. He stated, “The
scholarship, to assist with their educa- wishes to thank all of the Lion Clubs Governor Carl reported that devastation I witnessed was beyond
tional advancement. One alternate who participated and to all of those Delaware County residents received your imagination. It had to be your
from each district is also selected. who made application. major damage when the Joplin tornado worst nightmare.” PCC Gene Curtis
Those selected for next school year Remember that donations to this occurred and that LCIF has granted a reported that the Tulsa Downtown
(2011-2012) along with their home scholarship can be made through the $10,000 grant for this area. Lions Club donated $5,000 and the
town, college and subject area are as Oklahoma City Community Governors Mark and Paul requested Broken Arrow Evening Lions Club
follows: Foundation. Applications will be grants to assist in the areas that were sent $1,000.
District 3-O: Wesley Ball (Pryor), available for the 2012-2013 school affected in Districts L and H. They are One cannot image the total despair
Northeastern State Univ.-Pre-Law; year in Fall 2011 through your local sure that their requests will be that comes with this type of disaster.
Brittney Bynum (Pawnee), Univ. of Lions Club or any Briggs Board mem- approved. Again our Prayers go out to all that
Central Okla.-Pre-Med; Weston ber. The LCIF Emergency Grant have been affected by this major disas-
Powell (Bartlesville), Okla. State Program Objective is to provide ter. Should Lions Clubs wish to donate
Univ.-Mechanical Engineering; alter- immediate emergency relief assistance to Districts O, L and H here in
nate Mary Alysabeth Mtulewicz Final state board/council meet- to victims of natural disaster through Oklahoma please contact their respec-
(Broken Arrow) ings 2010-2011: Sat., June 11, the service work programs of tive Governors.
District 3-K: Allyson Jones 9am, at West Side Lions Town Hall, International Lions Clubs globally.
(Pocola), Okla. State Univ.-Apparel 4135 NW 10th St., OKC Oklahoma will more than likely
Merchandising; Kenneth Ramsey receive the minimum support from
(McAlester), Univ. of Central Okla.- 2011-2012 state board and council LCIF of $30,000. This is all the more Inside
Forensic Science; Alyssia Rush meetings: reason for Lions of Oklahoma to sup- OLSF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2
(Albion), Carl Albert Jr. College- port LCIF. We get back much more District O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3
Sat., Aug. 6 District K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4
Nursing; alternate Melissa Gaylor Sat., Oct. 22 (tentative) that is given to LCIF. Our Lions Clubs
from Atoka are noted for helping those who are in OK Lions Plaza Project . . . . . . . Page 4
Sat., Jan. 7, 2012 District L. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 5
District L: Carlos Aleman (Altus), State Convention-date to be final- need and Oklahomans who were District A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 6
Univ. of Okla.-Pre-Med; Kolton ized affected with this natural disaster are District H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 7
Burge (Duncan), Okla. State Univ.- Sat., Jun. 23, 2012 certainly in need. Council Chair Corner . . . . . . . . Page 8
Business; Christopher Stockton Meetings to be held at Westside The Joplin tornado left their com- OLBR: We Need You . . . . . . . . Page 8
(Duncan), Okla. State Univ.-Pre- Med; Lions Town Hall munity in total despair. Joplin has only Memorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8
alternate Ashley N. Smith (Cache) one Lions Club (Joplin Host) and is in OK Lions MHSU . . . . . . . . . . . Page 8
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White Cane...Your Club...Who Cares?
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The Blind...The Bruised...The Broken...
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Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation
by Lion John Been, Executive Director
Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation
The softminded person always emotion. I realized that the more fre-
wants to freeze the moment and hold quently I read one, the greater the pos-
life in the gripping yoke of sameness. itive effect on my attitude for han-
Martin Luther King, Jr. "A Tough dling every situation better.
Mind and a Tender Heart" Here are a few quotes with a little
commentary. Maybe they will give
Softminded. Sameness. Are these you boost or at least something to
words even remotely something you think about.
want to be a part of or something you Anonymous said, "You will draw
want to inspire? Of course not, but it's to yourself that which you most per-
easy to slip, isn't it? sistently think about." Apply this to
Encouraging people to stay some people you know and then apply
engaged in club activities is very chal- it to yourself. Do you persistently find
lenging. It's essential for us to ask our- the problems or do you persistently
selves what's happening in our meet- find the solutions?
ings that influence people to be excit- Anonymous also said, "Don't be
ed about being a Lion? Keeping mem- the type of person that brightens up
bers engaged and excited help our the room when you leave." This one
members stay accountable for what is a bit negative and I actually don't
they are doing or not doing. I catch like negative quotes. They are gener-
myself slipping into that soft-minded ally used to poke fun at someone or
(softaction) state more often than I something. As Lions we should never
like to admit. (pathetic, huh?) say this about one of our own. But on
We must always be alert so that we the other hand we should never be the
can counter soft mindedness with the one about which this could be said.
right response, especially during our Robert Anthony said, "If you don't
fundraising activities. When soft
mindedness occurs in our marriages,
change your beliefs, your life will be
like this forever." Good News? I
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G’Day, Mates! District 3-O May 8. Special Olympic athletes during the
Muskogee Noon: Donated annual State Special Olympics
$500 to OK Lions Boys Opening Eyes Program. Served "Pigs
by Governor Carl Schonborg Ranch and awarded three in a Blanket" to children and their par-
Congratulations to Miami Noon $500 scholarships. ents at the annual Wright Elementary
Lions Club on your 90th anniversary of Governor Carl Schonborg Sapulpa: Paid $500 to have Fun Days event on May 14.
serving. 1318 Oakdale Dr. Mural painted on side of con- Tulsa Metro-McCullough: Collected
By the time you receive this issue of Bartlesville 74006-4505 cession stand. Donated $100 72 pairs of used eyeglasses, 34 eye-
(H) 918-333-0094 to a Track Team member to go glass cases, 6 used printer cartridges, 5
the Oklahoma Lion, all your officers email@example.com
should be elected, your PU-101 turned to Australia and $150 for a used cell phones and aluminum cans
in and, hopefully, there is excitement couple to go to the Pilot Dog for recycling. Six members attended
in your club for the new year. 15. Alumni Convention. Entered the Catoosa Route 66 Lions Charter
I suggest that you set up a planning Bartlesville Tuxedo: Collected and a team in OK Lions Boys Ranch Golf night and 7 members attended the OK
meeting where you can set your goals delivered over 700 pairs of used eye- Tournament and entered a team in Lions State Convention. Club is sell-
for the year and lay out a plan to glasses to the state Lions office in Kiwanis Golf Tournament. Awarded 4 ing beautiful handmade wooden birds
achieve them. Hopefully you will set OKC. Donated $200 to OK Lions scholarships of $1,000 each. Working as a fundraiser.
one goal to increase your membership Service Foundation for the White Cane concession stand for Relay for Life Wann: Working on scholarship pro-
and another goal to reduce the loss of Drive. and will donate all proceeds to them. grams for Copan and Oklahoma Union
your existing members. This can be Chelsea: Sponsoring a Special Tulsa Brookside: Three members par- Schools; having a Salad Supper on
accomplished by interesting programs, Olympics Athlete for a year. Collected ticipated in providing eye exams to June 21 at 6:30pm.
mentoring new members and getting eyeglasses for recycling. Making plans
them involved in your service projects. for White Cane Day. Purchased one Joplin Host Lions Club building as photographed by Gov. Carl in a recent
I cannot over emphasize the impor- pair of eyeglasses and exam. visit to deliver supplies for disaster assistance. Northeastern Oklahoma
tance of getting actively involved in Coweta: Purchased eyeglasses for stu- (District 3-O)
needed projects in your community. dent. was also impact-
Include projects for and with the youth Drumright: Gave a $250 scholarship ed by this storm.
in you community! The youth are our to senior Andrew Davis. Donated $200 (See article,
future and they want to get out and to the Drumright FBLA. page 1.)
serve, and that's what we are all about. Fairland: Donated $100 to OLSF
White Cane Drive. Recognized The hospital in
In closing I thank all the District 3- Joplin took a
0 clubs for all that you do in your com- Matthew Wood as Student of the
Month. Donated $300 to Fairland direct hit from
munities. I am impressed with the the tornado,
amount of time and effort you give. Little League to sponsor a team and
$100 to Wyandotte Lions as sponsor in which tore the
Nobody does it better, and I mean small city in
nobody! I would be remiss if I don't annual Football Fundraiser program.
Awarded Business of the Month- half, leaving
thank my advisors, secretary, treasurer, more than 130
zone and committee chairs. Without Hometown Pride Award to Cooper-
Althouse Funeral Home of Fairland In persons dead.
you we would not have had the suc- Injured were
cessful year that we had. April held annual Fairland Lions Club
"Dr. Bill Goodman Memorial" Golf transported to
God Bless. Integris hospital
Tournament at Peoria Ridge Golf
3-O Club Activities Course with 68 players and 75 spon- in Miami among
sors. other nearby
Barnsdall Community: Did park facilities.
playground cleanup project on May Jenks: Had a city-wide garage sale on
Courtney Summers, Fairland HS Senior, was recognized as "Student of the
Month for March 2011” by the Fairland Lions Club during their regular Mar.
28 meeting. Courtney is pictured being presented with a Certificate of
Recognition for her academic excellence, outstanding leadership abilities, and
integrity of character by 3-0 Governor Carl Shonborg (left) and Fairland Lions Submitted by Pres. Nancy Calhoun, Muskogee Noon Lions Club: photograph
President David Davis. of some new members.
page 4 June 2011
A Strong Finish District 3-K
Alumni Pancake Breakfast
and netted $516.75.
by Governor Daryl Pults Governor Daryl Pults 3-K CABINET 5th Annual
This year is rapidly coming to a
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close. It has been an interesting
(H) 580-436-1345 District Governor Elect
Ada Lions Club’s
year, and I have enjoyed visiting firstname.lastname@example.org Cloye Thompson has set
the clubs in our district. The Lions Sat., July 30 as the date for Pigs Can Fly
I have met on those visits are the our first cabinet meeting of
cream of the crop in their commu- the new Lions year. This State Championship
nities. They are hard at work show- 3-K CLUB ACTIVITIES meeting will be held at the BBQ Cookoff
ing that We Serve. First United Methodist Church in
My wife was with me on most of Ada: Recently collected 130 pairs of Atoka. The meeting will also have
my visits, and she wants to thank used eyeglasses, and they are now training sessions for our club offi-
in conjunction with the
each club for their great hospitality. preparing for their major fundraiser cers. Ada Air Expo
This year has been a growing process which is their annual BBQ Contest I urge all our clubs to send your www.adaairexpo.com
and has helped me to better under- on Sat., June 25. new officers to this meeting as they
stand the value of Lionism. I hope Ardmore: Sponsored a water station will receive information that will
that I helped our clubs gain more for the recent A2A Marathon. They June 24-25, 2011
show them how to do a good job for
knowledge about our state and inter- held a fundraising garage sale in their clubs.
national projects. April. They also partnered with $8,000 prize money
This year has been like running a Ardmore Little Theatre in selling
tickets to the Miracle Worker per- As I close this article I thank all the
race. We started the year with goals, Lions who helped me this year. There Contact Mary Gallup by
and as we continued through this formance.
year, we attained many of these goals Blanchard: Sponsored 2 boys to are too many for me to try to name you e-mail at
Boys State. They continue to raise all, but they include those in the state MGallup@vvrh.com.
on our way to the finish line. We are office, those in my cabinet, those in
now close to the finish line, but we money for their projects by selling our clubs, and my wife. Thank you for
still have time to reach additional aluminum cans. a great year!
goals. The main goal we still need to Idabel: A local Boy Scout Troop
achieve is a growth in membership. I worked in conjunction with the
urge each club member to invite Lions to raise $600 for eyeglasses. Oklahoma Lions State Office: Plaza Project
someone to our meetings this month. The club recently raised $3,400 from
Let us end this year with a STRONG
Madill: Provided dictionaries to UPDATE
school children. They presented a
OK Lions State Convention life membership to Lion Dale
We had a great State Convention. I Waymire.
thank PDG Larry Bailey and the Marietta: They sponsor a Lions
Convention committee for a job well League Baseball/Softball program
done. The convention went off like and enrolled 320 players for this
clock work, and we had a great time. year. They purchased 50 new batting
There were many awards given, and helmets and a pitching machine for
in our district DGE Cloye Thompson this season. They are also working
received the District 3-K Lion of the the Pioneer Breakfast on June 4.
Year award. DGE Cloye also Pocola: Participated in the annual
received an International award, as city wide trash pickup day. They sell
did PDG Tony Dowell. aluminum cans as a fundraiser.
Talihina: Donated $260 to LCI
3-K SCHEDULED EVENTS Japan Relief. They recently placed
June 4: Pioneer Breakfast at Madill eyeglass donation boxes throughout
Frontier Days - Madill Lions the city.
Tishomingo: Gave $500 scholar-
June 20: Annual Kids Free Fishing ships to 2 boys to attend Boys State. On Sat., May 21, a group of Past
Derby - Talihina Lions Wanette: Bought a pair of eyeglass- District Governors and other vol-
es for a local resident and donated unteers started the immense job
June 11: OK Lions State meetings in of preparing the front of the state
OKC. $10 to the Wanette FFA for helping
the Lions clean up along Highway office for the engraved paving
June 25: Ada Lions BBQ contest 102. bricks that will help complete the
sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Wilburton: Donated $150 to help new Plaza. Lion Richard Schiver
Association. This event is in con- with Japan relief, $250 to Jr./Sr. High (OKC West Side) tills while Boy
junction to the Ada Air Expo. Scout Michael Wall and PDG
School Art Contest and $250 to Franny Rodriguez assist. Also
June 30: DG Daryl Pults term ends. Relay for Life. They purchased 2 pictured: PDG Travis Cummins,
pairs of eyeglasses. At their recent Joe Wall, PDG Eldon
July 1: DG Cloye Thompson's term annual Banquet they presented the
begins. Let's give her our support. Hugaboom, and PDG Doug
Lion of the Year Award to Don Garren (still recovering from
McClain. They recently held an
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June 2011 page 5
Fare Thee Well District 3-L
which I believe was suc-
sion stand sales. Awarded LCI
Lifetime Membership to Lion Jim
by Governor Mark Gibson cessful. Sheerer at a special luncheon on
Governor Mark Gibson What about the March 19.
Isn't it funny how time passes? 402 W. Chickasha Ave. future? To start with, we El Reno: Sponsored the OK Lions
I'm not sure who asked me if I Ste. 100,Chickasha 73018 need to be quicker to try Mobile Health Screening Unit for
wanted to be Second Vice District (H) 405-224-2817
(W) 405-224-3937 and fix problems in our health fair at Redlands Community
Governor, but I said I would. Now, (C) 405-361-0961 Association instead of College.
my time as DG is almost over. It Gibson_10455@msn.com ignoring them, and hop- Hobart: In April, donated $1,000
has been a learning experience, and ing that things get better to Kiowa County Museum, $500 to
I'm glad I said "yes." I now have training, for club and district lead- on their own. Not happening! Cub Scout Pack 241, $250 to Youth
some insight into Lions that I ership, with computers that had Denial is not just a river in Egypt. I Assoc., $200 to Relay for Life,
would have never had if I hadn't Internet access, for the first time. It honestly believe that online clubs $100 to Kiowa County Children’s
served as a District Governor. I was fun and informative. I encour- are the future. It would be great if Fun Fair, $100 to Chamber of
won't pretend that I know every- aged clubs to develop brochures to LCI recognized this and promoted Commerce Easter Egg Hunt, $100
thing now, but I have gained a little use in recruiting new members. it with massive advertising. Lions to High School After Prom Party
wisdom. So, I wanted to summarize With help from Lions in the Tulsa are cutting edge, when it comes to and $100 to Junior Main Street Big
my year and what I have learned. area (3-O), we had an information e-communication, and ready to Bang Project. Provided eyeglasses
There were several ideas I felt booth during the OK Assoc. of embrace the future of service for for 2 people. Served hotdogs at
strongly about when I started. Optometric Physicians fall conven- the world. I could star in the com- Children’s Fun Fair. Will provide
Doing the same thing over and tion. Lion Fred Campbell was able mercial! scholarships to high school seniors.
over, with the same result, but to procure eye exam equipment for Most of all, it is up to all Lions to Served pancake breakfast in con-
expecting a different outcome, is a local free vision clinic at no cost recruit new members. We must find junction with Memorial Day week-
the definition of insanity. I decided through the contacts he made while a way to bring new blood into our end’s Celebration of Freedom.
some things needed to be done dif- there. We held a combined clubs. Our new mantra should be- Lawton Noon: Celebrated their
ferently. We held workshops, not (Districts 3-K, 3-L and 3-H) mid- JUST ASK! 70th Club Anniversary on April 11.
So, my final thoughts are these. Guest speaker was PID Pat Shurley.
Piedmont-Surrey Hills, El Reno and Chickasha We are blessed to live in the U.S.A. Lion President Bill Vaughn organ-
areas hit hard by May 24 tornadoes. and blessed to serve. We can do ized "Hungry Lions" luncheon and
amazing things when we decide we invited prospective members to
want to, and it is worth the sacri- inform them of the goals of Lions,
fice. Don't be deterred or discour- and the activities of the club.
aged. We miss 100% of the shots Donated to the Griener School for
we don't take, so keep shooting. the Handicapped.
Thanks for all your support and Lawton NE: Held annual breakfast
encouragement. And most of all, to honor Past District Governors in
thanks for being my Lion family. Feb. Helped online branch club
with pizza party at MacArthur high
3-L Club Activities school. Collected paper products
Altus: Celebrated their 70th Club for the OK Lions Boys Ranch.
Anniversary on April 15. Guest Lawton NE Online Branch: Held
speaker was PID George White Cane fundraiser at Wal-Mart
Hazelbaker. Club recycled used cell on April 16. Planted a red bud tree
phones and printer cartridges, and on campus of Cameron University
donated $50 to OLSF. Donated on Earth Day, April 22. Club con-
$150 to Habitat for Humanity to gratulates Lion President Al
buy door and $100 to Great Plains Granger for being the 3-L Lion of
Literacy Council. the Year!
Kelly Gibson took this photograph of the tornado as it went past Chickasha Binger: Provided funds to buy eye- Okeene: Sponsored the OK Lions
and was not very far from their home. glasses for 3 people. Held Golf for MHSU downtown on May 6, the
Are you ready for the next tornado or flooding (natural disaster) event? Do Sight tournament on May 14. Friday before Rattlesnake
you have the supplies you need (bottled water, flashlights, extra batteries, Awarded scholarships. Roundup. Sold Lions Linens to
weather radio properly programmed, canned food)? Is your home’s basement Cache: Treated Special Olympics raise funds for club and OLSF that
or storm shelter registered with local authorities so rescuers know where to participants with visit to Braum's. same day.
look should the worst occur?
Does your Lions Club have an action plan and a disaster relief committee Funded eye screenings for students Pocasset: Held trash pickup on
prepared to help immediately following a natural disaster in your area? Does through Prevent Blindness of April 16 and held Ladies Night on
your Lions district also have such a plan/committee and are all District Oklahoma. Members donated May 5. Awarded 4 scholarships to
Governors trained in how to apply for Lions Club International Foundation’s blood to Oklahoma Blood high school seniors.
emergency grants for disaster relief and distribute that relief? Institute. Surrey Hills: Held successful pan-
Does your community have a public shelter? (Newcastle does-and the Chickasha: Held successful cake breakfast at First Baptist
Lions Club meets there.) Collectibles Show at fairgrounds Church, March 26.
For more information on preparing ahead for natural disasters, go to the last weekend in March, includ- Velma-Alma: Donated $200 to
www.ok.gov/reddirtready. ing Indian Taco dinner and conces- local food bank.
page 6 June 2011
Donahoo. Held officers
District election, planning installa- Annual District 3-A Leadership Training
3-A tion picnic. Selected
Pioneer High School stu-
Governor Chris Perkins dent to receive $600 schol- July 30, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.
211 S Sunset Ln, Guymon 73942-5057 arship. Collected food
(H) 580-338-5119 donations for Horn of New Garber Emergency Medical Service Building
(C) 580-651-5466 Plenty. Eight members
worked for White Cane Main Street-Garber
Day in conjunction with Lunch - Donation
3-A Club Activities Lions Clubs of Garfield Training Breakout Sessions for Club Officers
County. Worked at the Norce
Medford: Awarded a $700 scholar- Cemetery for cleanup. Approved
ship to Sara Zeman. At the officer applicant for eyeglasses. Will be Special Sessions include
installation, a Thunderchild crab helping with Wall of Honor Community Service Round Table Discussion
apple tree, donated by DGE Arlene Memorial Day Celebration.
Shore, was planted; DGE Arlene Seiling: Donated $100 to the Trail of Guiding Lions Certification Training
installed the officers. Dreams County project. Awarded
Pioneer-Pleasant Vale: Held a very college scholarships totaling $300 to
successful pancake supper and auc- 2 local graduating high school sen-
Cabinet Meeting - 2:30 p.m.
tion. Donated $130 to Blue Star iors. The club has collected $1,745
Mothers for postage for overseas toward the local July Fourth fire-
military packages. Donated $50 to works. OK Lions State Office Plaza Project, continued from page 4
OLSF in memory of PDG Don
EMTs and EMRs (Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency
from recent heart surgery and liver transplant. Michael Wall is the Boy Scout
who completed his Eagle project removing the old trees and shrubs, and plant-
ing the new landscape materials last November. Warren Jones has the paving
company who will supply the bricks and who volunteered his time and labor
Medical Responders) were honored for their collective 54 years of serv- on this project also. He will help complete the project. There is still time to
ice to the community of Garber.at a recent banquet by the Garber Lions purchase paving bricks engraved with your club’s past district governor(s):
Club. contact PCC Yolanda Middleton, 580-233-1771 or e-mail email@example.com.
Medford’s newest Member is Lion Kevin Owens Fairview Lions Club Class Night May 17
(left), pictured with incoming President Lion Steve
Wilson (right). Scholarships were awarded to
June 2011 page 7
When They Call District 3-H
customer and member of the
Surrey Hills Lions Club, sold 3-H Cabinet Meeting
him pancake tickets, and at and Leadership Workshops
Your Number that event he was introduced
to Lion Bob Lee. Marvin told
Sat., June 18: 9:30 am
OKC West Side Lions Town Hall
by Governor Paul Anderson them that if pancakes were 4123 NW 10th St., OKC
Governor Paul Anderson
part of the deal they could
He was the great grandson of an early count him in. He joined the Gov. Paul’s final cabinet meeting
2523 N. Husband St.
Okla. U.S. Senator. He stood 6’4,” Stillwater 74075-2610 Lions because he liked pan- will be followed by sessions for
weighed 245 and could fly like a sprint- (H) 405-372-9583 (W) 405-377-0923 cakes and because Lion Bob 2011-2012 club presidents, secre-
er. And man, could he ever zing the (F) 405-377-8169 (C) 405-762-1314 Lee asked him to join. taries, treasurers, membership
football on line. He could flat out "bring firstname.lastname@example.org He was a member of the chairs and cabinet zone chairs.
it." He had all the impressive stats of a OKC Downtown Lions Club A light lunch will be provided by
modern day quarterback. But this was the sort of clipping you want to show for almost 20 years, serving in every the West Side Lions.
1962, and he would later become known your grandchildren. office at the club level except secretary
as the greatest athlete to ever come out "The Blond Bomber," aka my friend or treasurer. In January 2010 he trans- to ride the horse that brought us this far.
of Lawton High School. For many years, Bill Thomas, went on to enjoy a won- ferred to the OKC West Side Lions Club. I am confident we can not only succeed,
he held the state high school record for derful family and a successful career in He is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow but we can continue to grow in each of
high hurdles. He was a member of the real estate, and later, until his retirement, and winner of the International our communities.
heralded 1962 Lawton HS Track Team in teaching and coaching. I was stunned President's Leadership Medal. Well, I will just close by saying I was
who that year won the state champi- to learn that the "Blond Bomber" died in Marvin is now retired from 45 years honored to represent District 3-H. I look
onships. Lawton's 1962 track team was Sun Lakes, AZ, on April 22 of this year in the moving and storage business. His forward to serving you as your incoming
named the 44th best high school athletic after a long bout with bone cancer. wife Mary has joined him as a Lion Council Chair. Until then, and because
team of the past 100 years by the Daily Those of us who remembered his quiet member as they travel spreading the we are Lions…………….! -30-
Oklahoman in 2007. He led Lawton to but powerful leadership were saddened word of Lionism, Pancakes, and
its only state high school basketball by his passing. Community Service. "Marvelous Marv" A few 3-H Club Activities
championship in 1962, beating the top I cannot explain why, but I thought brings great leadership and vision to Midwest City: Donated 375 pairs of
rated team Tulsa Central led by a 26- back to my high school days wondering District 3-H. used eyeglasses, 39 used printer car-
year-old coach, in his first high school if anybody would ever "call my number" I hope each of you sent in your PU- tridges and 2 used cell phones. Also,
basketball season, named Eddie Sutton. to get in the game. How times have 101's listing the names and contact num-
That young man was the Daily provided eyeglasses and exams for 2
changed. What seemed so important bers of your club officers for 2011-2012. people. MWC Lions appreciated the
Oklahoman 1962 Football Player of the then has been surpassed by other things We need accurate records and the suc-
Year filling the sports page with a full 3- of greater importance. opportunity to “serve” as Hospitality
cess/accuracy of the new OK Lions Suite Host Club at the OK State Lions
column photo under the caption, "The A week after Bill’s death, on April 29 directory depends on it. I would be
Blond Bomber." He was starting quarter- of this year, my number was called, but remiss if I did not opine for one last time Convention in April.
back in the 1962 All-State football game, for a different reason. On that day, I was that we must as an organization keep OKC West Side: Will sponsor the OK
and later quarterbacked Oklahoma to a deeply honored to be elected as looking for ways to serve others in the Lions MHSU on June 3. Donated $100
victory over Texas in the 1962 Oil Bowl Chairperson for the incoming 2011-2012 community. As PIP McCullough in memory of former Lion Sue Muller
Game. He had over 41 offers to Div. I Council of Governors. I look forward to reminded us, our motto is not "we sell," to the OK Lions Eye Bank.
schools, but chose Okla. Univ. He was a year of leading and facilitating the but rather "we serve." We must continue
the scheduled starter for his first season vision and goals of your in-coming
at OU until knee injuries sidelined him Governors. I have leadership examples
for a year of rehab. He came back the of CC Frank, PCC Charles and many
Guthrie Lions Sponsor "89er Heath Screening"
next season as the starting deep safety other very active Past Council Chairs The Guthrie Lions Club
and held that position for the next 3 upon which to draw for advice and sponsored the OK Lions
years. He intercepted 2 passes in direction whenever necessary. If I can Mobile Health Screening
Oklahoma's victory in the 1964 Gator just explain to my 2 OK State Univ. Unit during the annual 89er
Bowl. In 1965, he won the low hurdles graduate sons about that new red jacket Celebration, April 30. The
event in the Big 8 Track and Field in the closet, things will be great. They MHSU joined other Lions
Championships. He was drafted by the just can't seem to recall those ancient Club entries and our club
Oakland Raiders. periods in history when mom and dad mascot in the 89er Parade,
There was another player who was a graduated from the Univ. of Oklahoma. the largest parade in the
member of Lawton's 1962 basketball I thought the State Convention was a state, and then set up right
squad. He was at the other end of the huge success. I really enjoyed the hotel across from the carnival to
skill set and rarely played unless several facility; food was very good, and the
of the regulars were severely injured, rooms were accommodating. Thanks
missing, or if we had a comfortable dou- again to our State Convention team for
ble digit lead that began with a 3. It was making the event such a success.
one of those opportunities to sit, reflect I hope everyone caught the term offer free health screening for the rest
and be ready if your number was called. "Oklahoma's transition Lion districts" in of the day. Over 500 flyers were pre-
They never called my number during several comments by our PID guest Ed pared/distributed throughout Guthrie
those days of "pine therapy." Probably McCormick. That emphasizes how and along the parade route. In addi-
just as well under the circumstances. imperative it is to we increase the num- tion to volunteers from the club, 10
Better to ride the bench and let people ber of clubs and Lions in every District student nurses from Langston Univ.
wonder about your shooting skills than to shake off the "transition" label. I helped screen 39 of Logan County
take the court and confirm what most know we can do this. We have strong responded to our call of "Come Visit
suspucioned by an absence of significant leadership in our Global Leadership and Stay Healthy." Pictured above
playing time. I remember our bb coach Chair PCC Delbert King and our Global registering participants are Lions
(who fancied himself an amateur come- Membership Chair PCC Charles Randy Kellogg (L), Bill Wagoner
dian) telling a local Lions Club that Michaels. (M), and Gary Weeks (R). A glimpse
"Anderson is not particularly fast, but I Your new District Governor Elect is inside the MHSU reflects that the
did see some interesting foot speed when Marvin Ainsworth. DGE Marvin's jour- activities associated with the 6
he got off the team bus for the pre-game ney in Lionism began due to his love of screening stations went smoothly.
meal at a buffet in Chickasha." That's not pancakes. In 1990 Lion Ray Fischer, a
page 8 June 2011
Council Chairperson’s Corner
The Omega and the Alpha
by Colleen Fowler, OK Lions Boys Ranch House Parent FRANKLY
Yes, I know it sounds strange; just about the grades, it's about fol- by CC Frank Davis
usually you hear the phrase, "Alpha lowing through. Read the work, do
and Omega," the beginning and the the work, turn in the work! Move on WE SERVE. Our motto has nity for service.
end. We are preparing for our to the next chapter and again, read many meanings and takes many Most politicians
Alpha-beginning of vacations and the work, do the work, turn in the forms. whom I have
family adventures! Here at the work. It is a process like anything Not that I have served more than known approached their jobs with
Cedars we are going on 2 trips plus else. others or as much as many, but service to others as their primary
summer camp. We are excited about Our boys know it is important to looking back at my life experiences motivation.
spending this time with our guys us. We sit with them for at least 30 there have been many opportunities All this is to say that my 50 years
and bonding as a family. minutes after school every day and for service. in Lionism have given me opportu-
But I want to talk about our do geometry, social studies, biolo- Of course, the law, my chosen nities to serve which supplemented
Omega-end of the school year. We gy, etc. We conjugate Spanish verbs profession, is a service career. It is and enlarged upon those provided
worked very hard this year on edu- and build art projects. It is a joint said that lawyers are disliked by by other service organizations with
cational issues. We challenged and effort of teachers, tutors, parents
tutored and set up programs that and students that makes it work. everyone, unless they are unfortu- which I have been involved. Lions
seemed impossible to achieve. The Today was the last day of school nate enough to wake up on the cold serve locally, statewide, nationally
great news is that we did it! Every and one of my Junior High guys concrete floor of a jail cell in west- and internationally. We serve
boy in our care improved their came running to the car saying, ern Oklahoma, but a law career Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus,
grades and in some cases made up "look at my grades! Look at my provides many other less dramatic Buddhists and atheists. We serve all
work from previous years. Our staff grades!" He passed everything and opportunities for service. races and nationalities. We serve
and public school teachers worked for the first time in a long time he My first service opportunity was young and old, rich and poor. We
together to help promote an attitude was proud of himself. as Postmaster. Before e-mail, serve in countries of all political
of achievement this year. For so It is hard work being a house- Facebook and Twitter, the United persuasion. We serve the blind, but
many of these boys, education was parent, but it's so worth it to see our States Postal Service was depended also the sick, the poor, the hungry
never important. No one made them young men reach milestones and upon for next day mail delivery and the disabled. We serve in the
go to school; no one praised them if achieve success in school and in from any Post Office in the state to aftermath of floods, fires, torna-
they did good or showed up for life. any other state office. This includ- does and other natural disasters. We
school functions. Thanks for all you do! ed everything from Social Security serve anyone who needs us.
Here at the Ranch, it is our focus Remember why we do this...they checks to baby chicks. Fellow Lions, be grateful to be a
and goal to help our boys become are worth it! Certainly my church and the var- part of such a wonderful organiza-
successful adults and you cannot do ious other churches are, among tion!
that without an education. Its not many other things, service organi- During the legislative sessions I
zations. They provide food for the wrote a weekly column called
hungry and healing for the sick, "FRANKLY." Last year as District
OK Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit (MHSU) Calendar following the example of Jesus Governor, I resurrected
Lions Clubs: to schedule the MHSU for your community, please call the OK Lions who said "I have come not to be "FRANKLY" for our Lions news-
state office at 405-947-6540 or e-mail email@example.com. served but to serve" (Matthew paper to provide news about
20:28). Lionism. My term as Council Chair
June 2011 As a Mason I take pride in the will soon end, so this is my last
Wed. 1: Madill LC for Marshall County, at Madill Community Bldg., 9am- benevolences Masons and their "FRANKLY" column. However, I
2pm, Sara West, 580-795-3563, firstname.lastname@example.org constituent organizations provide. said that when my legislative
Fri. 3: OKC West Side LC for On the Edge at Ridge View Apts, 6708 W. One example is the Shrine hospi- career ended, so who knows- - -.
Wilshire Blvd.-OKC, Guillermo Rivera, 706-662-9873, tals which give free medical treat-
email@example.com or Lion Dawn Miller 405-517-4550, ment and care for severely sick and
firstname.lastname@example.org disabled children.
Sat. 4: Sapulpa LC at 101 E. Dewey in Sapulpa, Lion Wayne Neal 918-695- Gideons participation is mean-
8175 ingful to me, because of distribu- Memorials
Tues. 7: Tulsa Shady Brook Retirement Community 4203 S 109th E Ave tion of Bibles not just in hotel
Tulsa, Tulsa DT Lions, Diana Ingram 918-622-4004 rooms but in schools, hospitals and OK Lions Boys Ranch
Fri 11: Latino Community Development Agency, Katalina Beltram 236-0701 many other locations throughout In memory of:
x 158, email@example.com
Sat. 18: Morris LC at Hilltop Church, Erich Welrenberg, 612-8043, erich.wel- the world. Verna Lee Elliott from the Elk
renberg.edu or Notie Lansford 405-612-0828 For many years I was City Lions; Lion Tony Benda
Wed 22: BC & BS, Newkirk, 12875 N. Hwy 77, Otoe-Missoura Development Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop, from Lions Harold and Marilyn
Authority, Sara Tillman, 580-448-3015 x 2234, Stillman@firstcouncilcasi- an outstanding youth service organ- Cooper; Lion Terry Templeton
no.net ization. from the Belle Isle Lions; Mary
Sat. 25: Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, 2701 W. And yes, I "served" as a member Davis from SS/PCC Virginia and
Hefner (May & Hefner), Rick Pierson, 820-8309, rpierson@okdrugcoun- of the Oklahoma House of PDG Franny Rodriguez; PDG
selors.org Representatives for 26 years. While Don Donahoo from Garber Lions,
Sun. 26: OKC Northwest LC at St Charles Church 1p-4p 50th & Grove, Lion Neal Bolenbaugh Insurance,
politicians, like lawyers, are often SS/PCC Virginia and PDG Franny
Gary Urnuh 405-495-9000 held in disdain, there are few Rodriguez
careers that provide better opportu-