Meeting – December 10th

Hello fellow Belton Lions – December 10th Lunch Meeting Review
Meeting was called to order by Club President Harrison.
Attendance: James Harrison, Gary Knight, Mac Hickerson, Christa Strang, Todd Shiller, Lou Griffin, Frank Hernandez, Gene Ellis, David Shaw, Quinn Arnaud, Mike Matthews, Sam Listi, Rob Potts, Karen Stagner, Danny Dossman
Guest: Cynthia Hernandez, Belton EDC; Judy Garrett, Belton Development and Tourism – Guests of Sam Listi
             Paul Strang – Guest of Christa Strang
Song by Lion Knight
Pledge by Lion Listi
Prayer by Lion President Harrison
Exercise Program:  Thanks to Lion Listi’s reminder – our guests really experienced a “workout”
Joke – a bit of Cajun Humor – something about a 12’7″ ‘Clarence’ / Plate Spin by Lion Hickerson
Announcements –
  – Christmas Dinner on December 17th:  5:30pm Social / 6pm Dinner. Cost for the meal will be $30 per person.  Member meal cost will be absorbed by the Club; spouses/guests can be invoiced to the member for the cost.

Dinner Menu:
Entree: Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast, Chicken Fried Steak, Blackened Catfish
Sides: Home-Style Green Beans, Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes
Note: Blacken Catfish is served on a Bed of Rice, not Mashed Potatoes 

District Governor Randy Sepulvado will present 25 year chevrons to Lion Tuma and Lion Dossman and a 10 year chevron to Lion Reyes.
Dress Casual: Lion Dossman provided the Google definition of Smart Casual – Smart Casual is an ambiguously defined Western dress code that is generally considered casual wear, but with smart (in the sense of “well dressed”) components of a proper lounge suit from traditional informal wear.  This interpretation typically includes dress shirt, necktie, trousers and dress shoes, but worn with an odd-coloured blazer or a sports coat instead.  Lion Ellis made an unofficial motion to not observe the provided definition as our Dress for the evening.
 – Board Meeting Review: Future Heritage Park ideas; Wall of Honor at Heritage Park/Special Fundraiser; Credit Card Machines; the proposal to Partner with Rotary and the GIN for upgrading IT; and Membership.
 – Christmas Baskets for Downs But Not Out families – Reminder to bring food donations by next Thursday/the Christmas Party. Most all of the item are “adopted” As a reminder, the List is attached to this email.  Return items by December 17th.  Assembly & Delivery: Friday, December 18th.
 – B.I.S.D. HEARTBEAT Angel Project – Club members adopted Six (6) angel’s Christmas tags (all live under the same roof) Thank you, each, for your caring generosity.  Packages to be delivered to B.I.S.D. immediately after lunch.
 – Belton Lion Ball Caps are in – $20 each and can be invoiced with Dues in January.
Program: Lion President Harrison invited Mayor Marion Grayson (R) to speak with our Club – recapping her time as Belton Mayor.
Grayson served 16½ years on the Belton City Council, … as the city’s first female mayor.
Belton City Manager Sam Listi said Grayson’s legacy will be more than just her breaking the gender barrier for the office. “Mayor Grayson’s time of service to Belton presented important and challenging issues for action and she addressed each one with vision, passion, humor, and grace,” Listi said. “Her legacy will live on for decades to come, and provides an excellent example for us to follow.” ~ Temple Telegram (11/9/2020)

Mayor Grayson took us on a storyboard walk down memory lane … reminiscing the growth and expansion of Parks, Parades, Schools, Businesses, Community … Thank you Marion Grayson!  
(Comments from Mayor Grayson and our guests are attached to this email)

Future Program Assignments:
December 17 – EVENING meeting – Belton Lions Club Christmas Party – DG Sepulvada chevron presentations
December 24 – NO MEETING – Christmas Eve
December 31 – NO MEETING – New Years Eve
January 7 – Gary Knight
January 14 – Doc Weaver
January 21 – James Harrison – Matt Bates
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