Meeting – October 7th

October 7, 2021
Welcome and Call to Order by Club President Harrison
Members Present:  James Harrison, John Corsi, Wayne Carpenter, Danny Dossman, Gene Ellis, Mike Matthews, Patti Powell, David Leigh, Sam Listi, Kevin Cook, Frank Hernandez, Todd Schiller, Veronica Logan, David Tuma, Rob Potts, Mac Hickerson
Guests: Sam Murphy (guest of John Corsi); Sharon Ellis (guest of Gene Ellis); Lt. Daniel Aguirre, Sgt. Daniel Ontiveros, Jennifer Gibson (guest Speaker and guests)
Song let by Lion Corsi
Pledge led by Lion Schiller
Prayer by Lion Carpenter
Exercise Program: Lose lbs.!
Joke: Grandpa; a Frog; Six Flags … Plate Spin: Lion Hickerson
  – Lion Shaw will be out until the end of this Month – tending to family.
  – Happy Birthday to Lion Rob Potts (10/3)
  –  Lion Corsi will officiate the October 14th meeting / Lion Listi will introduce the Guest Speaker Stephanie O’Banion.
  – The next Zone Meeting will be on October 28th @ the Sammons Community Center
  – The Club will be participating in the HOCTIL October 23rd Drive Thru Fall Festival.. Everyone/Anyone is welcome to join – donations of candy requested by October 21st.
    Also, the Club will, again, be preparing 5-6 Thanksgiving Food Baskets for HOCTiL families.
    The Club is looking at 2022 dates for our STAMPEDE Bike Ride – President Harrison is looking at the last weekend in April; and will get with Lion Shaw.
    Belton Lions Christmas Party, December 16th (evening) at The GIN
President’s Announcement:
  President Harrison announced that his wife will be retiring soon; and that they are taking time off to travel.
Lion Vice-President John Corsi has agreed to move up to the Presidency for the remainder of the Club year.  President Harrison has agreed to move to the 2nd Vice President position.  We wish them the BEST for their well deserved traveling vacations; and we THANK President Harrison for his dedication to and rebuilding of the Belton Lions Club.
Program:  Lion Ellis invited Jennifer Gibson, Belton PD Crime Victim Liaison to talk with us about their programs and efforts to assist crime victims.  Ms. Gibson outlined her role as Crime Victim Coordinator for the Belton Police Department. She began her job on 7/27/21, in what is a grant-funded position, through the Central Texas Council of Governments. The grant is funded on an annual basis, so effective performance of crime victim services will be important to secure additional years of funding. Some of her key tasks include:
Communicating with victims of crime in person, in writing, over the phone
Assisting crime victims in applying for available assistance
Keeping victims aware of the status of investigations
Maintaining a strong working relationship with regional victim assistance and advocacy groups to facilitate service delivery
Working closely with PD investigators by contacting crime witnesses and victims
Training agency personnel on crisis intervention and victim services
Thank You!
Future Program Assignments:
    October 14 – James Harrison (Sam Listi) – Stephanie O’Banion, HOT United Way
    October 21 – Jon Fontenot – Mother Neff State Park
    October 28 – David Leigh
    November 4 – David Tuma
    November 11 – Mary Shockley – Veteran’s Day – retired Lt. Colonel Bonnie Wilson
    November 18 – Karen Stagner / HOCTIL Thanksgiving Food Baskets / Susie Marek
    November 25 – No Meeting – Thanksgiving
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