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Meeting – January 14, 2021

Sunday, January 17th, 2021
Meeting was called to order by Club President Harrison.
Attendance: James Harrison, Jon Fontenot, David Shaw, Mike Matthews, David Leigh, Karen Stagner, Quinn Arnaud, Danny Dossman, Mac Hickerson, Lou Griffin, Christa Strang, Gary Knight, Robb Potts, John Corsi
Guest: Buddy Hickerson
Song by Lion Knight – always glad to have you back – leading us in song!
Pledge by Lion Harrison
Prayer by Lion Griffin
Exercise Program:  Extended to four (4) stretches – working off some of those holiday treat lbs.
Joke – “Chip Monk” or “Fryer” / Plate Spin by Belton Lions Official Plate Spinner Lion Hickerson
Announcements –
 – Stampede Progress was discussed – Dossman Funeral Home is our first Chuck Wagon Stampede Sponsor! Sponsor level sheet was distributed and President Harrison urged all members to promote Sponsorships – there is a Level for everyone!
 – Secretary Stagner urged all members to visit the Belton Lions website and familiarize themselves with the wealth of information there about Stampede, Flag Program, Heritage Park, Meeting Minutes, etc., and to urge prospective Sponsors to visit our website to learn more about all of the good things that we do in the Community – and why we need their Support for our fundraising programs.
 – Secretary Stagner updated everyone on the 2021 Flag Program: Thank you to Lion Listi for assisting with drafting the 2021 Program introduction letter to be emailed and mailed out over the weekend.  Letter to also be emailed out to Club members for information.
 – Treasurer Stagner thanked everyone who paid their dues so promptly and urged others to get theirs paid. January is when the Club gets our LCI and District dues invoices for all members – Regular and At-Large members.
Program – Jim Hudson, Disc Golf (The Open), was invited by Lion Stagner to give the Club an update on exciting upcoming Disc Golf activities at Heritage Park.  Belton Lions assisted/partnered with the organization several years ago, as they held their first Disc Golf Tournament.  The Disc Golf Club will be hosting the Disc Golf Pro-Tour Silver Series Event, March 19-21 – bringing 400 pro players (17 of the top 20 men; and 12 of the top 20 women) to Belton; along with National Media to this Pro-Style Course in Heritage Park – endorsed by pro Brody Smith.  They have requested that our Club assist/partner again for this tournament; and our Club has an opportunity to operate a food vending service at Lions Pavilion during the event. We will invite Jim Hudson to come back and update us as their plans progress – closer to the March event. Just a note: There will be an additional announcement from the Disc Golf Club (besides the “Lions Eye” on Hole 5) – benefitting the Belton Lions Club – after the tournament – so stay tuned …
Upcoming Programs –
January 21 – Lion Harrison – Cynthia Hernandez, Belton Economic Development
January 28 – Lion Harrison – Matt Bates, Belton Parks and Recreation
February 4 – TBD
February 11 – Lion Arnaud – TBD
February 18 – Lion Corsi – TBD
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Board Meeting – January 7, 2021

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

BOARD MEETING
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Call to Order: Lion President Harrison at 1:00pm

Members Present: President Harrison, Secretary/Treasurer Stagner, Lion Tamer Hickerson, Tail Twister Danny Dossman, Vice-President Corsi, Past President Shaw

Guest: District Governor Randy Sepulvado

Order of Business:

Stampede Bike Ride

  1. Sponsors– President Harrison will start recruiting sponsors today; and reviewed the sponsor form. With the pandemic, large sponsor supporters may be difficult to find. President urged everyone to push for the Supporter and Friend categories.  It is highly recommended that sponsorship money accompany the application – we want to discourage “invoicing” for sponsorships unless absolutely necessary. District 2×3 pledged a $250 sponsorship for the Ride

$2,500                     PRESENTING SPONSOR
Flyers, Posters and Publications will list your Company   as “Presenting” the event. Your Company logo will be incorporated into the Stampede   Logo on the front of the t-shirts, posters and social media. Your Company can set up an outdoor sales/display booth. Major visibility in all publications, public services advertisements and print materials.* Four (4) complimentary entries into “Cycle for Sight” 

$1,000                     Trail Boss
Major visibility in all publications, public services advertisements and print materials.* Announcement of Sponsorship during Event Kick-off Large Company Logo on event t-shirt, Your Company can set up an outdoor sales/display booth. Four (4) complimentary entries into “Cycle for Sight”

$500                        Chuck Wagon
Visibility in all publications, public services advertisements and print materials.* Medium Logo on back of event t-shirt, Two (2) complimentary entries into “Cycle for Sight”

$250                        Pointman
3rd Tier logo on back of event t-shirt, acknowledgement on Social Media, Two (2) complimentary entries into “Cycle for Sight”

$150                        Wrangler
Company name listed on back of t-shirt, Acknowledgement on Social Media, One (1) complimentary entry into “Cycle for Sight”

$75                          Belton Lions Club Supporter
Acknowledgement on Social Media, One (1) complimentary entry into “Cycle for Sight”

$50                          Belton Lions Club Friend
Acknowledgement on Social Media & Grateful Appreciation

  1. Invoices from Paper Graphics: We have received invoices for the logo artwork.  President Harrison will pay personally if need be.  The Board decided that was not necessary, the Club will pay as an expense against the Stampede Bike Ride.
  2. District Governor Sepulvado recommended that we alter the brochure to more highlight the Belton Lions activities; and what we use “fundraised” money to support. Once the form is approved by the Board, Club Secretary will post on the Belton Lions website and will set-up the ride on the Active on-line registration website – should be done this weekend. District 2×3 will put the brochure in the District Newsletter – possibly spurring more sponsorships and, hopefully, registrations.
  1. President Harrison suggested that we have posters made this year … as we formerly did for the ride. Chad at the Bike Shop also feels that a poster would be good – per President Harrison. It would be great if we could get some of this printing free … or underwritten.
  1. Ride Refreshments: We normally have hot dogs available at the end of the ride. President Harrison brought up “in-kind” sponsorships for morning snacks and lunch. Lion Shaw highlighted that much of the supplies are already customarily donated – he will check back in his records. Lion Dossman questioned upgrading the lunch through in-kind – possibly sacrificing a cash sponsorship.  It was agreed that the riders like the hot dogs; and the grain bars, donuts and kolaches.  We will, again, seek out donations from Church’s, Shipley’s, H-E-B, WalMart, Sam’s Club and others. DG Sepulvado will provide contact names and companies that have grant money available. Club Secretary will pursue – including Extraco and Wilsonart.

Meeting Closed at 1:20PM

Meeting – January 7, 2021

Monday, January 11th, 2021
Meeting was called to order by Club President Harrison.
Attendance: James Harrison, Gene Ellis, David Shaw, Mike Matthews, Karen Stagner, Danny Dossman, Jon Fontenot, John Corsi, Mac Hickerson
Guest: DG Randy Sepulvado
Song by Lion Hickerson
Pledge by Lion Corsi
Prayer by DG Sepulvado
Exercise Program:  Initiated New Year! Invigorating!
Joke – Something about Mice on Roller Skates (you had to be there) / Plate Spin by Belton Lions Official Plate Spinner Lion Hickerson
Announcements –
 – Oct thru Dec 2020 Invoices distributed / new format to include credit charges from the quarter.
 – Congratulations to Lion Danny Dossman!  District Governor Randy Sepulvado presented Lion Dossman with his 25 year Chevron – Twenty-Five years of Lion SERVICE!
 – Belton Lion Ball Caps are available – $20 each and can be invoiced with Quarterly Dues.
 – President Harrison reviewed our Club’s 3 Annual Fundraisers:
    1. Flag Program
    2. Stampede – Lion Harrison/Sponsors; Lions Shaw & Corsi/Logistics; Lion Stagner/Publicity & Registration
    3. Heritage Park Event/Fundraiser
Program – USA Flag Program
 – Lion Stagner provided handouts for a proposed 2021 Program/Brochure/Newspaper Ad/Delivery Routes
    1. Saturday, January 23rd, 10am date & time were set to meet at the Belton Journal for count, review, replace and repair work on the flags & poles.
    2. Separation of Route 7 into Routes 7 & 8 were reviewed and approved.
    3. Lions Fontenot and Matthews “volunteered” to take responsibility for Route 8.
    4. Route Teams were reviewed and affirmed –
        Route 1/Lion Hickerson & DG Sepulveda – Thank you DG for volunteering to help.
        Route 2/Lions Harrison, Potts & Shaw
        Route 3/Lions Weaver, Stagner & Corsi
        Route 4/Lions Knight & Griffin
        Route 5/Lion Dossman
        Route 6/Lions Ellis & Listi
        Route 7/Lions Reyes, Shockley & (hopefully) Strang
        Route 8/Lions Matthews & Fontenot
    5. Proposed 2021 Program:
        a. Added NEW participant “one-time” charge for sleeve & cap.
        b. Increased normal rate back to $30.00 annually – with normal wear & tear maintenance.
        c. It was presented to offer an optional solar powered pole light – the decision was made to not invest in the solar lights; but to add wording to the brochure offering information assistance to participants for purchasing their own light. The top-mount pole lights are not conducive to our metal poles without a top cap & ball. President Harrison met with Ace Hardware regarding a $30.00 solar projection pole light that will work with our flag poles.
        d. It was agreed to change the program to “perpetual” – with Route Teams responsible for regular monitoring and maintenance.
        e. Wording has been added to the brochure – “The Club is not responsible for loss or damage replacement due to vandalism or theft.”
        f.  The importance of receiving a fully completed participant order form with payment – special focus on having a phone number AND email address for effective communication.
    6. Suggested Changes to the brochure to be addressed after the meeting and resent to President Harrison for approval.  Once approved, it will be posted on the Belton Lions Webpage and will be emailed out to 2020 participants (66 will be USPS mailed because we do not have email address).
    7. Roll-out date was discussed … it was noted via handout that there are many suggested dates for flying the USA flag year-round.  Projected time-line to have flag orders out, will be the last week of February.
    8. Discussed proposed design for 6×9 ad to be placed in the Belton Journal – approved with minor changes.
New Program Brochure and Ad Sample attached to this email.
Meeting was adjourned / Board Meeting Followed
Future Program Assignments
January 14 – Doc Weaver/Karen Stagner – Jim Hudson, Disk Golf (bringing visuals)
January 21 – James Harrison – Matt Bates, Belton Parks
January 28 – Todd Schiller
February 4 – Christa Strang
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2020 Belton Lions Club Christmas Awards Banquet

Monday, December 21st, 2020
Merry Christmas Belton Lions! Thursday evening at the GIN, President Harrison arranged our 2020 Belton Lions Club Christmas Awards Banquet. Wonderful entertainment by piano man, LaRon Tubb! We were joined by District Governor Randy Sepulvado and District Governor-Elect Angela Cases. Good Food and Good Friends … and GREAT Dessert – Birthday Cake for Lion Listi!
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Lion(s) Dossman and Reyes SERVE

Monday, December 21st, 2020
Years of Lion Service: Congratulations and Thank You Lion Danny Dossman for 25 years; and to Lion Michael Reyes for 10 years! District Governor Randy Sepulvado presented each with their Chevron. Thank you for your continuing service!
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FRIENDS of BELTON LIONS CLUB

Monday, December 21st, 2020
FRIENDS of BELTON LIONS CLUB – During our Club Christmas Awards Banquet Thursday evening, Lion President Harrison presented District Governor Randy Sepulvado with a Club Plaque and designation as an official Friend of the Belton Lions Club. Thank you DG Sepulvado for your Support to our Club!
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2020 Lion of the Year

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Congratulations to Lion David Shaw – Belton Lions Club Lion of the Year! … for outstanding dedication and service to the Club and to the Belton Community. Lion Shaw was unanimously selected by past Lions of the Year: Danny Dossman, James Harrison and Karen Stagner! Congratulations David!

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Meeting – December 10th

Sunday, December 13th, 2020
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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Board Meeting – December 3, 2020

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

BOARD MEETING

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Call to Order: Lion President Harrison at 1:00pm

Members Present: President Harrison, Past President Knight, Secretary/Treasurer Stagner, Lion Tamer Hickerson, Tail Twister Danny Dossman

Order of Business:

  1. Fundraisers: Stampede, Flag Program, Heritage Park Event. Starting with the Heritage Park Event – we don’t know yet what this event is going to be – looking at the fall of 2021 – Dossman had an idea about a Duck Race in the River – Matt Bates advised that the City does not have oversight on the Leon River, it is Brazos River Authority and Corps of Engineers, and does not flow through Heritage Park. We may look at “other” options for “Ducks”- maybe 500 ducks in the back of a concrete truck – first duck to hit the ground wins … also, maybe a 5K in the Fall … a Golf Ball Drop (from a crane) … or a Yard Sale at Heritage Park – selling “spaces” to others – also set up and sell hot dogs. Possibly get H-E-B involved. Flag Program: maybe consider not picking them up; every quarter letting them know to let us know if the flag needs to be replaced, to let us know.  Raise price to include flag replacement?  Raise price to include a flag pole light so that the flags can be left out all day and night?  President Harrison will check into the pricing for the pole light – possibly charge $50 per year and leave the flags with the participants year round – delivering in January of 2021.  We need to have a meeting to generate a letter to participants about the renewed program – send out in January – basically starting from scratch on our flag list.  The current list is confusing due to the pandemic participation and non-participation.  We can send out email reminders to participants prior to ALL fly your flag days – reminding them that they need to let us know if their flag needs attention.
  2. Wall of Honor at Heritage Park: President Harrison presented pricing for the heavy bronze plaques – 24”X36” ($2,300) and 18”x 24” ($1,100) from artisticbronze.net. Discussion about Lions members to be honored. Lion Dossman suggested that the one central long narrow plaque would be the “title plaque”; then other plaques (8 ½”x11”) below honoring individual members. We need to have a special fundraiser to raise about $4,000 to complete this project.  This company deals with Lions Clubs all over the World.
  3. Credit Card Machines: A Clover account through First Data – $169.00 start-up/equipment; $4.95 per month; 2.5% Swipe charge; 3.5% keyed charge. Lion President feels that having the ability to charge could possibly help with delinquent dues.  Lion Stagner cautioned that we would need to charge an additional processing fee. Lion Dossman questioned how often we would be using the credit card accessibility.  We have many members who have their dues paid by their employers.  It would be convenient for the bike ride, luncheon guest meals or weekly fundraiser contributions.  The Board made the decision to table the decision – … remaining to keep invoicing items with dues billing.
  4. Split Cost of IT for sound and projection at The GIN: The Rotary Club, the Lions Club and The GIN.

The Board is concerned about investing in a purchase for The GIN.  Rather, it may be in the best interest of the Club to purchase (or borrow from Lion Knight or other members) the equipment for the limited times that we would need for our meetings – possibly purchasing our own laptop; and portable sound system for when we really need it.

  1. Membership: Reviewing the spreadsheet, most of the At Large members do not attend lunch meetings. The Club is pretty much up to date … we will reach out to members, especially “at-large” members.

Meeting Closed at 1:35PM

Meeting – December 3rd

Monday, December 7th, 2020

December 3rd Lunch Meeting Review

Meeting was called to order by Club President Harrison.
Attendance: James Harrison, David Shaw, Jon Fontenot, Gene Ellis, Mike Matthews, Karen Stagner, Danny Dossman, Rob Potts, Mac Hickerson, Gary Knight, Christa Strang
Guest: DG Randy Sepulvada, Camp Director Dick Chapin
Song by Lion Knight
Pledge by Lion Strang
Prayer by DG Randy Sepulvada
Exercise Program:  Strenuous Workout!
Joke by Lion Dossman “Clock’d” / Plate Spin by Lion Hickerson
Announcements –
 – Reminder that the Board is meeting immediately following today’s program.
 – Christmas Dinner on December 17th:  As the seating will be limited to 40 people total, sign up sheet was passed again. Cost for the meal will be $30 per person.  Member meal cost will be absorbed by the Club; spouses/guests can be invoiced for the cost.  District Governor Randy Sepulvado will present 25 year chevrons to Lion Tuma and Lion Dossman and a 10 year chevron to Lion Reyes.  All three (3) recipients will be attending.
Dress Casual.
 – Christmas Baskets for Downs But Not Out families – Sign-up sheet passed for food contributions – we still have a few items to be donated – List is attached to this email.  Return items: Thursday, December 10th or December 17th.  Assembly & Delivery: Friday, December 18th.
 – B.I.S.D. HEARTBEAT Angel Project – Six (6) angel’s Christmas tags (all live under the same roof) are available for member adoption – by the end of the lunch meeting, all of the kiddos were adopted.  Wrapped and packaged/bundled gifts are due back by Thursday, December 10th. It was agreed to spend roughly $50 each.
 – Belton Lion Ball Caps are in – $20 each and can be invoiced with Dues in January.
Program –
President Harrison invited District Governor Randy Sepulvado to address the members with a matter of Texas Lions return funding from dues paid for a transferred Texas program (Lone Star Lions Eyebank); the Club voted in favor of the Governor’s Option 1.Texas Lions Camp Director Dick Chapin updated the members on the rebuilding/repair to the bunkhouse at Texas Lions Camp that was destroyed during a storm in March.  Lion President Harrison and Lion Hickerson made the formal presentation of the $1,000 giant check from the President’s Challenge – to DG Sepulvado and Director Chapin.  Great Job Belton Lions!
 
Future Program Assignments:
December 10 – Lion Harrison – Retired Mayor Marion Grayson
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
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