Remembering Lion John Vinson

Reprinted from The Vindicator

John Vinson passed away peacefully at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Thurs., July 9, 2015 surrounded by his family.

John gave a beautiful gift as his final act by donating his body to science as a whole body donor.

This is not surprising since John was a very giving person.

He always wore a smile, always tried to inspire others and gave of himself in many ways including the Liberty Lions Club.

He spoke to recent Liberty Lions Club scholarship recipients June 29 about his own experience receiving a Lions Club $500 scholarship many years ago as he entered Rice University.

He was a hard worker and a true giver.

He will be missed by many.

There will be no visitation or memorial service, but if you would like to post your comments about John Vinson as you remember him, please do online at or on facebook.

Rest in peace, Lion John.


Dianne Miller, first woman Liberty Lions Club President

Reprinted from The Vindicator

By Robert Schaadt, Feature Writer & Archivist

In the 2013-2014 Lions Club year, Dianne Miller was elected the 2nd Vice President of the Liberty Lions Club. Monday evening, June 29, 2015, she was honored by being named the first woman president of the Liberty Lions Club. She was recognized for her many years of community service.

In addition to serving in the Liberty Lions Club, Lion Dianne Miller was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (a CASA volunteer). She is a Master Gardener, a member of the local chapter Daughters of The Republic of Texas (DRT), a genealogy enthusiast, and she allowed her children to keep just about any pet at home that the law allowed.

She was, for many years, an independent sales consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, and owned a specialty cake baking business.

While working at Allison Funeral Service, she ran the Alzheimer's Support Group.

If Lion Dianne ever wanted to know more about something, she would spend hours at the Liberty Municipal Library checking out books, or she would locate a class in which she could enroll.

Lion Dianne and her husband, Lion Brooks Miller are lifelong members of First Baptist Church. She served on a committee that organized and provided meals at the church to bereaved families after funerals. Lion Dianne was also in The Lost Arts Knitting Club.

Her daughter, Amy Waller, said, "Mom and Dad had a flag route and would help others who needed help with their routes. My brother, Craig, and I, as well as my three girls, helped put out flags with them. They helped at the football concession stand too."

Lion Dianne had to curtail her activities to health issues and therefore served as Honorary Lion President for one day.

This extraordinary honor was given in recognition of her devoted Lionism and extensive service to the community.

Lion District Governor Chris Moorman and Lion President Jim Kerr provided congratulations and their best wishes to fellow Lion Dianne.

She attended the meeting with her daughter, Amy and fellow Lion and Past President Brooks.

The Millers are the only couple who now have the distinction of both having served as Past Presidents in the Liberty Lions Club. Congratulations Lion Dianne!


Lions White Cane Day March 28

Lions International and local Lions Clubs will be observing White Cane Day March 28 and raising funds for education, sight restoration and conservation projects.

If you see a Lions White Cane Day donation can in a local business, please take a moment to consider donating.

Throughout the world, the long white cane is used by people who are blind or visually impaired as a tool for safe and reliable navigation.  The white cane is a symbol of the user's skills and talents, mobility and independence.  It also allows the sighted person to recognize that the user is visually impaired.

The white cane was initially developed and put into use as a measure of safety, especially in traffic situations.  Sufficient training with an Orientation and Mobility specialist can aid in successful cane use, technique and safety.   Several countries have traffic laws designed to protect the person using the white cane.   The "VisionAware" section of the American Foundation for the Blind's website illustrates several types of white canes that are internationally recognized.  Sometimes the white cane has a red band or strip for the purpose of contrast.

White Cane Day, March 28, gives Lions an opportunity to increase awareness of the white cane traffic safety laws.  According to the World Blind Union, which is a global organization representing the 285 million blind or partially sighted people worldwide, "White Cane Day is observed worldwide to recognize the movement of blind people from dependency to full participation in society."

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To learn more about White Cane Days, stop by The Vindicator's Jubilee table March 27-28 on the downtown square in Liberty.


Campisi on ‘Relay for Life’ in support of her good friend Sherry Mettlen

Bonnie Campisi, of Texas Fish & Wildlife, spoke to the Liberty Lions Mon., March 2 about her favorite community service program, The American Cancer Society's 'Relay for Life'. Both her parents are cancer survivors. Her mother has had cancer twice. Bonnie can be seen organizing Relay with her teammates every year. She is everywhere.

Bonnie told the Lions one of of every two people will either have cancer or be affected by it in your lifetime.

Bonnie spoke in support of her good friend, Sherry Mettlen, who is currently battling cancer.

Bonnie said she and Sherry have been working on Relay for four years. Bonnie helped run 'Relay' in Chambers County for a few years. She was quickly recruited to help with 'Relay' in Liberty County on the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Relay team.

She cried as she told the Lions about receiving the call from Sherry that she had cancer. She said, "It was one of the hardest things that I ever heard." She told Sherry, "What can I do?" She explained to the Lions, "Cancer doesn't know race; it doesn't know color; it doesn't know age. Sherry had cancer when she was walking around the Relay for Life track last year supporting others."

Bonnie drove Sherry to her treatment appointments. She helped raise Sherry's spirit along the way. Bonnie said, "There was no way I was going to let her think about cancer. We laughed and cut up. .. I think she is one of the strongest person I know. She keeps going and doesn't let it get her down."

Bonnie said, "Relay for Life is April 10. Be there to support the survivors. Give if you can, but be there. 7 p.m. is the survivors' lap. 10 p.m. is the Luminary eremony in honor of those who have survivied and in memory of those who have not. We support them all."


Lions Supporters, San Jacinto High Rollers named Motorcycle Club of the Year

The San Jacinto High Rollers Hardin Chapter's Doug Ford visited the Liberty Lions Club Mon., March 2 and told the Lions, "The American Motorcycle Association has over 1200 clubs and in 2014 the San Jacinto High Rollers were named the Motorcycle Club of the Year."

The Hardin Chapter is selling raffle tickets for an AR 15 223 caliber rifle, at $10 each, a total of 440 tickets. There are 15 chapters in the club and each chapter raises funds for the Texas Lions Camp.

Doug Ford of the San Jacinto High Rollers visited the Liberty Lions Club recently to tell them about the current fundraising event to raise money for the Texas Lions Camp.

Last year they presented $32,000 to the Lions for the camp.

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