Conroe Noon Lions: Club members prep for upcoming Montgomery County Fair concession stand

Connie McNabb/ Conroe Noon Lions

Our last meeting in March 2024 brought recognition for a number of our terrific Lions, coordination for several of our major upcoming community service projects and a dynamic speaker Larry Foerster of the Montgomery County Historical Commission.

Lion and Past President Charlie Irvine emphasized the need for EVERY member of Conroe Noon Lions to work a minimum of one shift at the upcoming Food Concessions at the Montgomery County Fair. (April 11 to the 18) Members who have not signed up at previous meetings or online need to check the current schedule to see when they have been assigned to help.  All Lions need to review the schedule and check with the Day Chair to confirm or coordinate for a different day/shift if the assignment cannot be fulfilled.  This is a MAJOR activity for everyone in the club and a fantastic SERVICE PROJECT for our community. 

1VP Bryan Rennell presented the opportunity to all Lions to contribute to the CNLC Members Fair Buyers Group to purchase items from the various auctions, Sunshine Kids show, Non-Livestock and Livestock auctions.  Funds donated to this Fair Buyers group are separate from any other funding line and strictly donations from Club members.  Non-livestock purchases are subsequently sold at our various fund-raising events to support the Club’s charitable causes.

2 VP Tracy Irvine invited club members to come to Conroe High School last Wednesday to listen to the finalists in the Pete Brasher Memorial Speech Contest.  From over 350 junior class students in honors English the field was narrowed down to 7 finalists.  Winners included 3rd place Jacob Harper, 2nd place Gentry Matthews, and 1st place Brandon Maples.  These three will come to the Club meeting on May 29th to present their winning speeches to the club membership. 

President Jason Miller encouraged Lions to help at “Recess Rewards at Reaves” event to pass out special treats to students who have worked extra hard over the last nine weeks.  The chair for that and other REAVES events is Past President Helen Thornton. 

Lion Connie Engle asked for help to support the Cut-n-Shoot Lions club in their upcoming Health Fair at Caney Creek Feeder Zone on April 6th from 10:00 to 2:00 at Moorhead Junior High School.  Connie asked for help doing Vision Screening of children and also adult screening along with dispensing “readers” to adults needing them. 

Past President Warner Phelps introduced the distinguished Montgomery County Historian and Lawyer, Mr. Larry Foerster.  Mr. Foerster has also been a long-time neighbor to the Phelps Family and a great influence and mentor to Warner.  Mr. Foerster, aka the “Mayor of Historyville” has done extensive research on the rich history of Montgomery County and has authored two definitive books for all to explore the rich heritage of our community.  He is Chairman of the Montgomery County Historical Commission and also reports to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court.  He leads a team of 38 volunteers to research and promote the history of Montgomery County.  All monies from the sale of his books go directly to the Historical Commission to help preserve the historic buildings and landmarks in the county. 

A Lawyer of 50 years, he organized his books as timelines consistent with his legal process and background as a former United States Air Force JAG, Lawyer for the Montgomery County District Attorney Office, County Lawyer and later in private practice.  Both volumes of the timeline have countless images, maps diagrams and descriptions of the leaders and notable events in the development of our county from the 1830s to today.  His presentation was a wealth of pictures of historic buildings and the sometimes-humorous history of our most prestigious municipal and county structures.  Books may be purchased at the Montgomery County Historical Commission, The Heritage Museum, Mimi’s on Main, Gullo Auto Group or from Mr. Foerster for $70 for the set.  Any other businesses interested in selling the books on consignment are welcome to contact him.

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