Conroe Noon Lions prepping for Feb. 15 Legend of the Lion Dinner/Dance

Rich Sproba/ Conroe Noon Lions

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, keeps these Lions from the swift completion of their appointed service to the community.

Hoping no one had any issues with the rain and have located any missing watercraft on the lake by now.  This weather has put us to the test, which makes us even happier about our recent Service Saturday project at the Community Assistance Center.  The group of Lions on a freezing Saturday morning were there to help organize items for the Unique Resale Shop and clean out the gutters that were totally full and clogged with acorns.  We didn’t know how timely that was right before all the rain.  

The group was led by our Service Saturday leaders – Hannah Medley and Andrew Perry.  Special thanks to the entire Andrew Perry family who got out of bed early to help out on one of their rare free weekends without sporting events.  We also had some newer members jump right in with the help of Anne Marie McGrew and Brad Barghols.  Service Saturday projects are great opportunities to have some fun and volunteer.

Our largest event of the year is our Legend of the Lion – Dinner/Dance & Auction coming up on February 15th.  This works out great for all of those that don’t want to deal with the crowd on Valentine’s day.  The theme is ‘Lion O’clock Somewhere’. Jimmy Buffet impersonator and Past President Bobby Brennan spelled out all of the things needed to make this year’s event another success.  The palm trees are coming in and the Hawaiian shirts are on order but to participate in the fun you must RSVP or order tickets NOW a ticket is required to get in the door!!!  This project has committees for everyone so ask what you can do to get involved.

As for the Silent and Live Auctions, between Lion Sandy Apostolo and some committee members, we already have some great items and a fan favorite like the Booze Barrell and Wine Rack.  As for the Live Auction items, we have great fishing trips, Beach house weekends and the big Key West get-a-way with a house that sleeps 6 along with airfare.  You’ll want to get out your bid paddles for these!

Last week our Community Partners and friends at Chase Pest Control (Cary Wortham and Stephen Sweeten) and Thorton Financial Services with our own Past President Helen Thornton were in attendance.  We appreciate all of our Community Partners for helping support all of our events and projects!

Speaking of support, our Eye Glass screening team led by Lion Connie Engle held a vision screening recently at the Community Assistance Center.  The next screening is in March talk to Connie and see how to get involved.

The presentation last Wednesday was given by fellow Lion, Thomas Martin.  He came down from Dallas to talk to us about a project Lions assist with, Canine Companions.  The non-profit provides service dogs to adults and children.  These dogs are expertly trained and of the highest quality and given free of charge to people with hearing impairment, PTSD and a number of other circumstances. Thomas shared with us a touching story of a little girl with Spina bifida that received a service dog that changed her life.  Before having a dog, she was just a disabled kid that everyone ignored, but once she had the dog, people noticed her and came over to talk to her which changed her entire outlook and ability to connect.  When asked what she liked most about her service dog, the little girl simply said, “I exist”. If you are looking to get involved, this organization is always looking for puppy handlers with over 1000 puppies placed in homes annually to start their training.

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