Belton Lions’ Happenings!

Another GREAT Meeting yesterday, August 6th!
Thank you to Lion Tuma for a blast from the past … we’ve attached a picture of the Club Membership list from about twenty years ago – printed in the 57th Annual Belton Lions Club Show Belton Journal insert.
Prior to the recap of yesterday’s meeting, our next meeting will be Thursday, August 13th at The Gin.
Our speaker will be Bill Hecke, well-known Central Texas meteorologist. He will talk about his career and the changes he is seeing in our weather patterns, and what he expects during the hurricane season this year.
August 6th Meeting Recap:
Meeting was called to order by Club President Harrison.
Attendance: James Harrison, David Tuma, Jon Corsi, Mac Hickerson, Rob Potts, Danny Dossman, Gary Knight, Gene Ellis, Sam Listi, David Shaw, Karen Stagner
Song by Lion Knight / Pledge by Lion Corsi / Prayer by Lion Potts
Joke(s) by Lion Knight / Plate Spin by Lion Hickerson
Secretary/Treasurer had no new announcements
Vice President John Corsi was administered the Oath of Office by Lion Ellis – Welcome to the Board; and Thank you Chief.
Program: Thank You Chief Ellis for sharing an informative presentation and update for the Belton Police Department – Thank you for your dedicated Service and Leadership!  Mission / Vision / Values
Future Program Assignments:
August 13 – Lion Harrison
August 20 – Lion Corsi
August 27 – Lion Harrison
September 3 – Lion Dossman
Board Meeting:
Attendance: President Harrison, Vice-President Corsi, Secretary/Treasurer Stagner, Tail-Twister Dossman
  Heritage Park Pavilion Memorial Proposal
  Annual Bike Ride Fundraiser “Stampede on the Chisholm Trail”
  Creating a new Fundraiser in Heritage Park – maybe a day of events – car show – movie in the park …
  “Friends of” the Belton Lions Club – a trending new program
All Club members are encouraged to attend Board Meetings and offer suggestions to improve and grow the Club.
See you next week!
IMG_0014IMG_00361939 Belton Lions Charter

We’re BACK!

It was so good to see our fellow Belton Lions Thursday at The GIN!  What a GREAT meeting!  … and the food was delicious!  The GIN did a tremendous job enabling recommended social distancing.  To those of you who were unable to join us … WE MISSED YOU!  Here’s the Highlights …
  • Outgoing Remarks by President Knight – recapping the year and thanking everyone for support and a great year.
    Oath of Officers administered to the incoming 2020-2021 Officers by Lion Ellis – Thank You!
    Presentation of Appreciation Plaque by President Lion Harrison to Past President Gary Knight for his dedicated service to the Club.
    Introduction of Speaker Matt Bates (usual Lion Welcome) – Matt Bates provided a very informative update on Heritage Park improvements; as well as, overall improvements and changes during the past year; and upcoming plans for Belton Parks.  We even learned a new nickname for one of Belton’s Parks Department staff – you had to be there on this one.
    Following the Belton Parks update, Past President Knight presented our annual $5,000.00 support contribution for Heritage Park to Matt Bates for the City of Belton.
    Flag Program: Lion Shaw’s idea for our new program has been a tremendous success … we have added almost 100 new participants and many of them are personally purchasing lights for the flags to enable flying 24 hours.  We are continually adding new participants and are replacing old and worn USA flags.  We now have an inventory of 100 spare USA flags. Thank you to everyone who put the flags out earlier in the year; and to Lion Knight and Lion Shaw for continually maintaining the program.
    Coffee Mugs:  We have replaced our inventory with 144 logo personalized coffee cups to “Mug” our presenters at our weekly meetings.  Lion Knight will contact previous presenters to present belated “Thank You” mugs.
    Lion Holle Memorial concept:  Lion Shaw, coordinating with Matt Bates, presented a suggestion that when the city replaces the Scoreboard at the ball field (which they are planning to do), the current Belton Lions sponsorship sign (faded) could be replaced with a new sign to include a memorial statement to the memory of Lion Dennis Holle.
    There is a list of ALL of the Past Presidents of the Belton Lions Club that is now posted on the Belton Lions Club website.  Just a note … Lion Holle compiled this list for the Club in commemoration of our 75th Anniversary several years ago.
    Thank you to our members for Lionism – paying full dues for the 1st and 2nd quarter – enabling the Club to continue with our Heritage Park commitment and scholarships.
    Sickness and Distress: Member Tootie Wingo is out and recovering at home from back surgery.  She will be out for another 10 weeks.  President Harrison will bring a card to the next meeting for everyone to sign; donations/contributions for a gift and flowers will be welcome; and … we’ll deliver!
    Lion Smith updated the Club concerning Scholarships for 2020: with the current school situation, it is uncertain whether applications for the William Long or Hallie Cox Scholarships will be submitted for the 2020 year – due to the school limitations.  Lion Smith will keep us informed.
    We will meet again next week … let’s make this second half of 2020 monumental!  There is so much we can do … and WILL do … hope to see you ALL soon!
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Meetings at The GIN had been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
Our next tentatively scheduled meeting at The GIN will be
July 23rd, Noon – Installation of Officers & Annual Check Presentation for
Belton Heritage Park.

Welcome our new Club Officers:

Our new Lion year began on July 1st … here are our new Officers for 2020-2021
(Installation is tentatively planned for Thursday, July 23rd)
President: James Harrison
Vice President: John Corsi
Secretary/Treasurer: Karen Stagner
Board Member at Large: Doc Weaver
Other Officers
Tail Twister: Danny Dossman
Lion Tamer: Tootie Wingo
Webmaster: Karen Stagner
Membership: James Harrison

2020 Belton Lions Club Stampede on the Chisholm Trail has been canceled. Unfortunately, we are announcing that the 2020 Stampede on the Chisholm Trail Bike Ride has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns for our members, our riders and our sponsors. We will, instead, concentrate on our 2021 Ride and hope to see you there!

Stampede Canceled

Call for Nominations

June 12, 2020

Mark Your Calendar! Thursday, June 25th, at The Gin! The ZOOM meetings were great; but it will be even greater to get back together again! We will NOT have a meeting on June 18th. We’re looking forward to June 25th – See you Soon!

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June 11, 2020

Belton Chamber President Randy Pittinger joined a few of us for lunch Thursday at Arusha’s and gave us an update on Chamber news and activities … including the plans for this year’s exciting and innovative VIDEO 4th of July Parade! Thank you Randy Pittinger and thank you Lion John Corsi for inviting him!

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NEW CHANGES in the USA Flag Program for 2020

Thank you for your past, present & future participation and support of the Belton Lions Club US Flag Program.  It is encouraging to see the participation of so many in our community, as we proudly fly the flag of the United States of America.

As we are living in uncertain times of shelter-in-place and social distancing, our Belton Lions Club members have decided to expand on the Flag Program with an idea to flood the Belton streets with American flags as a continuing collective statement of courage, unity and hope.

Here’s the plan:

Step 1: Belton Lions Club Members will place your Flag in your yard, prior to the first normal scheduled day, Memorial Day.

Step 2: The Belton Lions Club asks you to fly the Flag daily during these challenging times.  The flag will be entrusted to your care for the remainder of the year.  Since the flag should be illuminated if displayed at night, we ask you to take the Flag in each night at dusk, and replace it in the yard each morning at sunrise.

The Belton Lions Club will remind you by email the day before a recognized holiday to ensure the flags are displayed – on Memorial Day-May 25th, Flag Day-June 14th, Independence Day-July 4th, Patriot Day-September 11th, and Veterans Day-November 7th.

Step 3: We anticipate all flags will be picked up by the Belton Lions at dusk on November 7th, to secure flags for the Winter.

For current participants in the new 2020 Flag Program, we have reduced the annual program cost from $30 to $25.  We would appreciate payment by July 1, but we understand if you need longer.  Just let us know.

It is you who accomplish the extraordinary in our community. Together, we will fortify hope. Together, we will show our American pride of strength by displaying our flag.  Together, we will get through this.

If you are interested in joining the new 2020 Belton Lions Club USA Flag Program, click on the link for the application.

Click here to join: 2020 Flag Brochure – new customers

From Belton Lions and our families …
May God Bless you, Belton, Texas, and the United States of America!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to POSTPONE the ride. We will be contacting the Bike Shops to determine the best future date … please stay safe, smart and healthy …

Stampede 2020 Postponed
2020 Bicycle Ride Map
New Stampede Logo OPTIONS

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
Harris Community Center, 401 North Alexander Street, Belton, Texas 76513

The ride will begin 8:00am at Harris Community Center and will travel along the bike trails and roads of the Bell County countryside.  Distances will be: 12 Miles (1 rest stop), 30 Miles (3 rest stops), 50 Miles and 62 Miles (5 rest stops each).  All routes will finish along Belton’s Hike and Bike Trail beside Nolan Creek.  Hot Dog lunch will be served.  The event will be held rain or shine.  No refunds.

Register through  Online & Mail-in Registration opens: February 3rd.
Mail in registration forms will be available on this website and on facebook.
Registration: $40 pp Early Bird by March 30th / $45 pp advance / $50 pp on-site.
Register by March 30th and receive a free EVENT t-shirt.
Additional information will be available on our facebook page: Belton Lions Club


Thank you for your understanding as we re-create Activity posts from 2016-2019.  Posts in the Categories menu (right side bar) are not in order of occurrence.
Lions Meeting Event

During a July meeting, Matt Bates provided an update on the current and future plans for Heritage Park and our Club presented the City with our annual $5,000 contribution to support this Beautiful Park. Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to Serve our Belton Community! Also, during the meeting, we awarded a $1,000 check to Chandler Garrett for the William Long Scholarship and to Hannah O’Dell for the Hallie Cox Scholarship. Congratulations!


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