Dayton, Hardin and Liberty Lions fill Liberty Center for Governor Moorman visit
(Reprinted from The Vindicator)
Lions from the Dayton Noon Lions Club, the Hardin Lions Club and the Liberty Lions Club met at Liberty Center Monday evening, Aug. 25 for District 2-S2 Governor Chris Moorman's official visit.
Vice District Governor Noah Speer of the Huntsville Lions' Club visited Liberty Center as well.
Liberty Lion President Jim Kerr introduced Vice District Governor Speer who in turn introduced Governor Moorman to a packed house of over 60 Lions. A delicious, fried fish dinner was catered by Linda Durio. The Liberty Lions Club Sweetheart, Madison Brown, was introduced to guests.
Moorman joined the Liberty Lions Club in 2000 on the invitation of long-time Liberty Lion R. B. McDonald.
McDonald is now a member of the Bryan Lions Club.
Moorman has served in many capacities for Lions International including Lion Tamer, Chairman for the Texas Lions Camp, Membership Chair, Secretary, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice President.
He has received the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the Jack Weich Fellowship, the Eddie Munger Fellowship, District 2-S2 Past District Governors Distinguished Achievement Award, is a Texas Lions Camp Life Member and has been named Liberty Lions Club 'Lion of the Year'.
He has served as the Director of the Texas Lions Camp, which is an elected position and a liaison between the Texas Committee for the Camp.
His daughter, Katie, is the District Lions Sweetheart.
Governor Moorman reminded the Lions of the many things that happen, "Because you are a Lion".
Lions International facilitates the Lions Eye Bank, the Humanitarian Relief Fund, the Disaster Relief 100% Charity, 'SightFirst' relief in Latin America and South Africa fighting River Blindness.
Lions International reports that 'SightFirst' targets the major causes of blindness: low vision, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Moorman said because of the partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, "90 fewer children a day are dying from measles ... That is a significant number."
He emphasized that many local scholarships are awarded "Because you are a Lion." Moorman said, and eyeglasses for children across Liberty County are provided, "That's a powerful thing."
He reflected that Lions International President Joe Preston's message this year is to "Strengthen the Pride". Moorman said this can happen through service, leadership, training and rededication. He challenged the Lions to hold a unique service project on Melvin Jones' birthday Jan. 13 in 2015. Jones founded the Lions Clubs International in 1917.
With 1.35 million members, Lions International is the largest service club in the world.
Moorman closed by saying, "Your club's life is in your hands." He would like to see the local clubs of District 2-S2 go through the Club Excellence Process provided by Lions International.
The Liberty Lions Club is hosting a Clay Shoot fundraiser Sat., Sept. 20, 2014 at Clay Mound Sporting Center to raise funds for vision testing equipment.
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The Liberty Lions Club will meet again Mon., Sept. 8 at Liberty Center at 7 p.m.
A social will be held at 7 p.m. at Chili's in Liberty Mon., Sept. 22. 10% of meal purchases at any time of the day will be donated back to the club if guests mention the Liberty Lions Club.
Mon., Sept. 29 the club meets at Liberty Center again at 7 p.m. and prospective members are invited. Bring a guest and join the Liberty Lions.