Paw Prints

October Opens Opportunities

Serving and Volunteering - Let’s Get Healthy

In last month’s PAWPRINTS article, I explored the top 5 health benefits of volunteering. I said that in this month’s issue we would finish up the remaining 5 benefits. So…here we go

6) Lower Mortality Rates Improved cardiovascular health is just one of the proven benefits of volunteering, as well as decreased mortality rates. One 2005 study found that those who gave social support to others had lower mortality rates than people who don’t volunteer, accounting for other factors like class and age. A longitudinal study confirmed that providing support to others led to a lower rate of mortality five years down the road.

7) Promotes Travel Volunteering strengthens your local community. Chances are you can find a great cause just down the street. But what if you want to save the whales, or provide medical assistance elsewhere? Global volunteer opportunities draw conscientious people from all over the world to help on a cause. You can celebrate anything that promotes travel. Why not volunteer where you can expand your horizons and see the world while helping others? Now that’s a worthy cause.

8) Makes You Happy Think of the last time you were undeniably happy! When you felt a radiating feeling of contentedness and positivity that could not be mistaken as anything else. Maybe you felt it right after a hard workout on a beautiful day, or over a holiday get-together with your family. What you felt is called the “happiness effect”. They claim that volunteering creates the “happiness effect”.

9) Teaches Caring When you care about others, it helps you re-evaluate how you care about yourself. Spend time in a positive environment working towards something, and you will prioritize self-care and love.

10) Learn New Skills Whether you are preparing meals at a food bank or building houses, chances are that your volunteer work will push you to learn new skills. Learning keeps your mind young and improves critical thinking. It can also help you in your career, which can give financial well-being to put your mind at ease.

So…let’s keep getting healthier as we volunteer and serve our fellow man!

Marla Reynolds

Global Service Team Coordinator

Marla Reynolds
marlar@lions2s2.org
Cut and Shoot Family

Global Service Team Coordinator

The Woodlands Lions Club provided a free vision screening at the Woodlands Children's Museum to celebrate World Sight Day on October 14th.

Houston Spring Branch Lions Club's visit to a Spring Branch Elementary School, for the newsletter. HSBLC Lions visited five schools that we sponsored dictionaries for the third grade students. Several hundred students were given their personal dictionary, sometimes it was the first book the student called their own.


Caption for Adults: Mrs. Golafshan, Mrs. deLeon, Mrs. Crane and Lion Syd Waldman

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Virtual Webinar

When: Oct 16, 2021 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrde2hqTovEtTbMqpHIWn-txc9GoGfR0bc


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In case you've been living under Pride Rock the whole summer, Lions of District 2-S2 will be gathering on January 21st and 22nd at Margaritaville Lake Resort up in Lake Conroe for our annual Mid-Winter Conference. Entertainment includes a beach themed party and live island music on Friday evening. If you've never been, there are seminars, classes, and an ambitious four service projects happening this weekend. You also don't want to miss dressing up for the fantastic Bob Dowden Dinner benefitting Texas Lions Camp on Saturday night.


Auction items are being collected for the Bob Dowden Dinner, please contact TLC Director Kevin Smith: bkevsmith@gmail.com. For more information regarding Bob Dowden sponsorship opportunities, please contact Bob Hollywood Martin: bob_martinjr@yahoo.com .

The Tomball Lions Club's 31st Annual Gold Tournament, "Strokes Helping Folks," will be held October 14th at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club. 37300 Golf Club Trail in Magnolia, Texas. This exceptional golf outing benefits the Tomball Lions Clubs' designated charities in the Tomball Community. If you're interested, find the Tomball Lions Club on Facebook or reach out to info@tomballlionsclub.org

Dandelion Award. Sponsor 2 new members by December 1. Perfect attendance. Bring a non-Lion to a Club Meeting. Register for Lions University and take 2 courses. Register for Mid Winter Conference by October 31. Attend 2 President and Secretary Council Meetings. Post why you became a lion on social media, tag Lions 2-S2, and 10 non-lion friends. Participate in 3 lions service projects. Visit another club's meeting. Be in good standing with dues on December 1. Club president to maintain and submit results to the DG.

Dandelion Award. Sponsor 2 new members by December 1. Perfect attendance. Bring a non-Lion to a Club Meeting. Register for Lions University and take 2 courses. Register for Mid Winter Conference by October 31. Attend 2 President and Secretary Council Meetings. Post why you became a lion on social media, tag Lions 2-S2, and 10 non-lion friends. Participate in 3 lions service projects. Visit another club's meeting. Be in good standing with dues on December 1. Club president to maintain and submit results to the DG.

The P&S Council Meeting is once again being held at China Bear Buffet next month on November 3rd.

Zone I-1 Report

  • The Zone lost 9 members during the month, all from Twin Cities Club.

  • Eight of 10 clubs meeting in person

  • Zone Goals for Fiscal Year finalized.

  • Created Zone Facebook Page

  • Held Zone Vision Screening training for 26 Sept.

  • Next Zone Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 26 October, and hosted by Cleveland Lions Club.

Crosby Club

  • No membership Changes

  • Arranging to distribute dictionaries to 3rd graders in ISD in November.

Hardin Club

  • No membership changes

  • Assisted Houston Unity Lions with providing assistance for Hurricane Ida victims.

Cleveland Club

  • No membership changes

  • Recent service events and fundraisers: collection for Hurricane victims LA; Donated Glasses at the P&S meetings in July and August 2019

  • Upcoming service events and fundraisers: Vision screening CISD, TISD, SISD; Planning food drive for food bank for the holidays; City-wide Treat Street Oct 29, 2021

  • Will host Zone Meeting on 26 October

  • Challenges: Limited resources, Limited mobility, need Growth in Membership and Openness to New Projects; Need to borrow SPOT machine for vision screening. Too many students for just one machine.

  • One member participating in the DandeLION challenge

  • One member registered for the Mid-Winter conference

  • DG visit to be held Oct 5

  • VA Chairperson visit Oct 5

  • VA Chairperson and President Raylene to speak at the Cleveland American Legion District Fall Conference on October 24, 2021: Lions Clubs helping Veterans will be our topic. Looking to start a VA Specialty Club in Cleveland.

Dayton Noon

  • No change in membership

  • DG visit planned for 20 Oct with 1VDG Paul Moore and 2VDG Neil Lander.

  • Chili supper fundraiser scheduled for 9 Nov and may include vision screening.

  • Three club members participated in Vision Screening training performed by 1VDG Paul on 26 Sept.

  • President Mike George attended District Cabinet meeting on 25 Sept.

  • Club will participate in “Trunk or Treat” activity for children to provide safe alternative on Halloween.

  • Have identified four, possibly five members who are participating in the DandeLION Contest.

Huffman Club

  • One new member (District transfer)

  • Making donation to local Food Bank for Thanksgiving baskets

  • Held Meet & Greet with Huffman-Hargrave School District

  • Donating $2500 to youth football

  • Donating $2000 to youth basketball

  • Fall Festival scheduled for 16 October

  • Huffman Fun Festival on 13 November

Humble Noon Club

  • No membership Changes

  • Held Vision Screening activity at Kingwood End of Summer Event on 5 September with Kingwood Club (tested 27 children)

  • Donated funds to Mosaic for new laminating machine.

  • Donated 820 pair of eyeglasses in Sept.

  • Purchased 120 blankets for Pages Blanket Drive

  • Magic Show fundraiser planned for 12 December.

  • PDG Chuck Martin scheduled to speak at meeting on 14 Oct.

  • Completed Club Goals for FY.

  • Reported service impact for 3 individuals from eye glass exams in September.

Liberty Club

  • No membership changes.

  • DG visit held on 30 August

  • Participated in Annual Fall Festival 10-12 September

  • Paid for scholarships to Liberty HS seniors from last FY as they began college.

  • Continuing to work at JHS and HS Concessions stands for fundraising.

Kingwood Club

  • No membership changes

  • Participated in End of Summer event with Humble Noon Lions Club on 5 Sept

Twin Cities Club

  • Nine membership drops in September. Zone Chair to do exit interviews.

  • Donated eyeglasses to Conroe Center in July.

Eyeglass Recycling Report:

The Conroe Noon Lions Club – Eyeglass Recycling Center is excited to report in the month of September we collected approximately #1,290 pairs of used eyeglasses. Thanks to the generosity of the following clubs:

  • The Woodlands

  • Panorama

  • South Montgomery County Lions

  • Hempstead

  • Waller

The Brookshire-Pattison Lions Club welcomed Texas Lions Camp Director Bob “Hollywood” Martin as our October 5th meeting speaker. He gave them an update on what’s going on at the camp. Katy, Hempstead, Prairie View A&M, Montgomery, and Magnolia clubs were all present at the Pattison Area Volunteer Fire Department for Midway BBQ and a fantastic evening.

District Governor Lisa is ready for Mid-Winter Conference at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe! Have you registered yet!? It’s so easy! Head to Lions2s2.org and save your spot!

Cy-Fair News

Lion Chuck received this cute picture drawn by a child for whom our Lions Club purchased eyeglasses. The mother had written to say that she could not afford to get the eye exam and glasses that she knew her child needed. This is what Lions do.

Happy Birthday to Lion Keith Blaies on Nov. 13, and to Lion Terry Peterson on Nov. 21. Happy Anniversary to Lions Keith and Julie Blaise on Nov. 27.

Eyeglasses recycled

Houston Cy-Fair Lions Club turned over fifteen boxes of used eyeglasses to the Conroe Noon Lions Club for recycling. The glasses will be repaired, cleaned, catalogued according to prescription, boxed, and sent around the world to help others see better who do not have access to personalized eye care.

We had another highly successful Kids Meals packing! Lions Bob and Merrell purchased all the items needed. Lion Merrell did a beautiful job of decorating the bags. Thanks to Lions Mazher, Paul Yackley, Brad, Chris, Becca, Sandy, and Chuck, and to Sandy, guest of Lion Brad, Tony, husband to President Becca, and PDG Melba, guest of Lion Chuck. Tables were set up in ten different stations, with all the supplies needed to complete 540 bags. The ten of us completed, with everything boxed and loaded, within an hour and 15 minutes. A great big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this a tremendous success.

Our Club needs someone to contact and schedule programs for our meetings. Programs are what bring us and the community together. The District has a list of various Lions related speakers, who love to tell about their special interests. Community leaders could be contacted to tell us about their organization. This job would only take a few minutes a month and could be done via phone or email. If you would like to assist your Club to continue to provide quality speakers and interests, please contact President Becca at 281-807-9318, or lionbeccafranco@gmail.com.

USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum

Lions Chuck and Sandy attended the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum in Des Moines, Iowa in Sept. This is a large gathering of Lions from all the United States and Canada. There were many wonderful learning presentations available to learn about ways Lions are caring for those in need. The main speaker on Friday evening was a woman born without arms, but that has never slowed her down. She demonstrated how she ties her shoes with her toes, then slips the shoes on her feet. She drives a car without any adaptive changes and has even learned to fly a plane. Her demonstration of how she figures out how to fasten the 5-point safety harness in the plane prior to her first lesson was amazing. International President Douglas Alexander spoke during lunch on Saturday. These USA/Canada forums are a wealth of information, and we strongly urge everyone to consider attending them. Next year it will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

PDG Melba Buado of the now disbanded Houston Midwest Lions Club, came to help pack Kids Meals. She is considering joining our Club, along with her husband, Lion Romito. PDG Melba has the honor of being the very first female District Governor of District 2-S2 in 2003-2004. Please welcome her into our Pride.

Elected Camp Director, Lion Kevin Smith, of the Montgomery Lions Club, spoke to us about the changes coming to our Texas Lions Camp. With COVID, entire families were permitted to attend Camp, as bunk houses were divided into sections, one per family. The families have loved this new arrangement. Hopefully, we can return to regular Camp next year. Since the Camp is nearing 75 years old, change is needed. Two bunk houses had to be removed due to storm damage last year. New construction of three distinct areas will allow the Camp to service four different camping situations at the same time, thus enlarging our impact to kids. The new campuses will be Eagle Trail, Inspiration, and Frontier Village. Construction has begun for the Eagle Trail campus. One Past District Governor from this District has funded a Bunk House, and Lion Kevin would like to see other Clubs step up to help furnish that bunkhouse. This Eagle Trail Camp is to be up and running in about 2 years. Then construction will begin on the Frontier Village Camp, followed by the Inspiration Camp. COVID has cost a lot in the increased cost of supplies, and decreased manpower available for construction. The areas for the new cabins are being prepared at the Texas Lions Camp.

After attending the vision screening sessions at the USA/Canada Forum and hearing how many children were NOT screened last year due to COVID restrictions, we decided to resume our vision screening program. Several day cares have scheduled for us to screen the children in their care. Others are needing to get permission from their corporate leadership prior to allowing others onto their campuses. We look forward to screening the vision of preschoolers within the Cy-Fair area and locating those children with previously unknown visual problems, so that corrective care can begin. If you would like to help with one of these vision screening, please let Lion Sandy know (281-550-2798 H). We need someone to write the results of each child’s screening, as well as printing their names on the coloring sheet that will go home with them to let their parents know of their screening results. You do not have to be a certified screener to do these jobs. Right now I know I will need someone to help me on Wed. Oct. 13 and Thurs. Oct. 14, both starting at 9:30AM for about 2 hours each. Please let me know if you can assist. Thanks.

Fall baseball has started. We continue to have the Double Header League, which has games every other Sunday at our fields. Tournaments will be scheduled as available. Plus, regular League baseball has games scheduled on our fields Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs. evenings. This means that we need LOTS of Lions to work the concession stand as our community service to the families who bring their children here. It would be great if a couple of Lions could commit to working one of the weekday shifts every week. Lions Chuck and Sandy have scheduled to work every Thursday evening. We are looking for an outside organization to work on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month, during our regular Lions Club meetings, so that all Lions will be available to attend the meetings. Please step up and volunteer by contacting President Becca or Lion Ted. Remember, this is our biggest fund raiser, which allows us to do the Christmas Cheer Baskets, Kids Meals, purchase eyeglasses for children in the Cy-Fair schools, etc.

Cy-Fair Upcoming Events

Tues. Oct. 26, 7 PM, regular Lions Club meeting.

Wed. Nov. 3, 7 PN, PSC meeting at China Bear Restaurant

Tues. Nov. 9, 7 PM, regular Lions Club meeting

Tues. Nov. 23, 7 PM, regular Lions Club meeting. We will again be packaging five hundred healthy meals for Kids Meals.

Wed. Dec. 1, 7 PM, PSC meeting at China Bear Restaurant.

Tues. Dec. 14, 7 PM, annual District Governor’s Christmas Dinner. District Governor Lisa Free-Martin and others will be our special guests. Please wear your Christmas attire.

Sat. Dec. 18, Christmas Cheer Basket delivery. Details to follow later.

Oct 15 President Lion Carol Barnett and Leo Advisor Lion Nancy Chesbro each took 15+ courses provided by the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, earning their Bachelors Degrees from Lions University.

The Lions University program is all about making sure that our Lions have the skills and resources to build strong communities through volunteer service. Lions Leaders enhance their knowledge and skills through Lions University to better serve the community.

For more information about Lions University, check out https://lionsuniversity.org/ and congratulations Lions Carol and Nancy!

Oct 10 The Lions Clubs International color for diabetes is blue. Each month, we serve to promote a friendly, positive, and active Katy community. Working with Lions Strides, we're powerfully focused and committed to diabetes prevention and control. Strides incorporated enjoyable physical activity through community walks, runs, bicycle rides, dances, and other healthy exercises.

Diabetes is increasing worldwide. Over 360 million people have diabetes. By 2030, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that over 550 million worldwide will have the disease. It is deadly and debilitating; every 8 seconds, someone in the world dies from the complications of diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness.

Check out the Texas Lions Camp to learn more about our state's top camp specializing in giving diabetic and special needs children an amazing, self-fulfilling, camp experience.

Oct 13 We would like to remind every young person in Katy aged 11, 12, and 13 with any artistic inclination to submit your entry for the Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest, sponsored locally by the Katy Lions Club. The deadline for your entry to be postmarked is October 15, so you have just a couple days to get it in the mail. Learn more at https://www.katylions.org/weserve/peaceposter

Oct 6 Tomorrow at 6pm, join us on Zoom or in-person to hear from the amazing 2-S2 Lions District Governor Lisa Free-Martin! You definitely don't want to miss what promises to be a truly inspirational guest speaker that Katy Hosts!

Sep 27 Please join us in welcoming the newest Lion to the largest worldwide association of humanitarian service angels. Lion Tawana Goodwin joins us with an earth-shattering amount of service to the Katy, and Greater Houston Area. Working with foster children, running a summer camp, and being a youth minister just isn't enough for this exceptional woman, so, she took it up about 20 more notches and joined the Katy Lions! Give her a hand, y'all!

Oct 11 Introducing the newest addition to the Katy Lions Club: Lion Sheila! Sheila joins us with decades of experience working with adult learners in the classroom, teaching CPR, and also helping nurture our next generation as a registered foster parent. Originally from Milwaukee, she's rolled up her sleeves to bring her unique awesomeness to serve our Katy community. Welcome to the international family, Lion Sheila!

Oct 5 Today is World Teacher's Day, which makes it such an appropriate time to -also- wish our Lion Umesh a happy and amazing 5th Lionsversary! Lion Umesh has been an ardent supporter of the Katy Lions and our mission to serve our community. He's stepped up to the plate on a wide variety of different service areas, and one of these days, we'll convince him to take on the big chair. Until then, we're very happy to have you. Happy 5th Lionsversary, Umesh!

Sep 20 Happy 3rd Lionsversary to the incredible Lion Lezine! As one of the club's hardest workers, Lezine clocks over a thousand miles every month in travel. We love you, and we want a hundred more just like you!

The October 2021 issue of the Paw Prints Newsletter, the long-running source for District news in 2-S2, was collated by Katy Lion David Greene and Cut & Shoot Family Lion Kayla Argueta. Every month, we collect articles from the District via email and on Facebook. If you'd like to see your club featured in the newsletter next month, please make sure to email newsletter@lions2s2.org on or before November 10th. That's the deadline for the November 15th issue of the newsletter.