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‘We Serve’—Lions celebrate 70 years here

By BILL COOKE
Reporter Staff Writer


Noon Lions Club officers for the club’s 70th year include (L-R) Allan Miller, past-president; Mike Pruett, director; John Warren, sight conservation chair; Ron Montgomery, tail-twister; Donald Thompson, bulletin editor; Dr. Howell Wright, third VP; Randy Fletcher, Lion tamer; Gloria Thrasher, president; Carrie Berry, second VP; Paul Dixon, first VP; Albert Jordan, treasurer. Not pictured: Kathy Cooke Martin, Denice Doss, directors; Randy Holly, secretary; Lewis Wynn, membership chair; Toby Johnson, community service chair. 
Reorter/Bill Cooke Noon Lions Club officers for the club’s 70th year include (L-R) Allan Miller, past-president; Mike Pruett, director; John Warren, sight conservation chair; Ron Montgomery, tail-twister; Donald Thompson, bulletin editor; Dr. Howell Wright, third VP; Randy Fletcher, Lion tamer; Gloria Thrasher, president; Carrie Berry, second VP; Paul Dixon, first VP; Albert Jordan, treasurer. Not pictured: Kathy Cooke Martin, Denice Doss, directors; Randy Holly, secretary; Lewis Wynn, membership chair; Toby Johnson, community service chair. Reorter/Bill Cooke Chartered in 1941, Rockdale Noon Lions Club members observed their 70th birthday Thursday night in the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Lions International mot to is “We Serve” and community service by the Noon Lions was an underlying theme of the celebration.

Service projects—Club President Gloria Thrasher emceed the program and reviewed the club’s service projects, including children’s free eye exams and eyeglasses for needy Rockdale ISD students, a food drive in support of Rockdale Christian Services’ food pantry, college scholarships for RHS graduates, used eyeglass recycling, a planned community children’s Easter egg hunt, and a Red Cross-certified baby sitter’s program.


From left, Jim Currey shared memories of his 55 years as a Lion; District Governor Michael Smith lauded the club’s record of service; Allan Miller, past-president, raised $370 for the club’s highway entrance signs project; Gloria Thrasher, club president, served as master of ceremonies. From left, Jim Currey shared memories of his 55 years as a Lion; District Governor Michael Smith lauded the club’s record of service; Allan Miller, past-president, raised $370 for the club’s highway entrance signs project; Gloria Thrasher, club president, served as master of ceremonies. Other area projects, she said, are the Personal Energy Transportation vehicle project (tricycle carts built and distributed to third-world countries, support for the Manor Lone Star Eye Bank and the Texas Lions’ Camp for physically disabled and diabetic children in Kerrville, and the Texas Lions Foundation.


Communities in Concert Band provided musical entertainment at Lions birthday banquet. Communities in Concert Band provided musical entertainment at Lions birthday banquet. “We also contribute to Lions International Foundation and the World Services for the Blind and Leader Dog programs,” she said.

“We are part of an international organization with 1.3 million members in 205 countries,” she said, “and each club is improving their community because ‘We Serve’,” she said.

District 2S3 Governor Michael Smith of New Braunfels lauded the club’s record of service, and urged “continued service and celebrating your service.”

Rockdale Noon Lions Club has produced four District 2S3 governors over the years: Lu Nan and Leo Ogea, and the late Harold Love and Tom Galbreath. “ That’s an incredible record,” Smith said. “Many clubs never produce one.”


Leo and Lu Nan Ogea are two of four Noon Lions who have served as district governors. The others are the late Harold Love and Tom Galbreath. Leo and Lu Nan Ogea are two of four Noon Lions who have served as district governors. The others are the late Harold Love and Tom Galbreath. A highlight of the evening was 55-year club member Jim Currey recalling his “special memories” of Lions events and experiences.

Officers— Club officers are Thrasher, president; Paul Dixon, first VP; Carrie Berry, second VP; Dr. Howell Wright, third VP; Albert Jordan, treasurer; Randy Holly, secretary; Ron Montgomery, tail twister; Randy Fletcher, Lion tamer; directors Mike Pruett, Denice Doss, Kathy Cooke Martin and Ron Montgomery; Don Thompson, bulletin editor; John Warren, sight conservation chair; Lewis Wynn, membership chair; Toby Johnson, community service chair; Allan Miller, immediate past-president.


Representing businesses honored were (L-R) Carrie Berry, Ron Montgomery, Peggy Cooke, Kerry and Denise Starnes, Tom and Karolyn Puccio, Cheryl and Wallace Jones and Mike Vance. 
Reporter/Bill Cooke Representing businesses honored were (L-R) Carrie Berry, Ron Montgomery, Peggy Cooke, Kerry and Denise Starnes, Tom and Karolyn Puccio, Cheryl and Wallace Jones and Mike Vance. Reporter/Bill Cooke Business supporters—Special recognition was given to the following businesses for outstanding support of the club’s projects and fund-raising:

Wallace and Cher yl Jones, Love’s Flowers & Gifts; Tom and Karolyn Puccio, T&K Enterprises; Kerry and Denise Starnes, Miller Starnes Chevrolet-Buick; Ron Montgomery, Rockdale Federal Credit Union; Carrie Berry, Classic Bank; Mike Vance, Citizens National Bank, Bill and Peggy Cooke, The Rockdale Reporter; Charles and Gaye Bland, Bland Construction; Tony Ramirez, Ram Optical; Dixie Equipment, Brookshire Bros. and Luminant.

Jon Flores and Rick Wilson, along with Terri Sandoval, were recognized for the design and construction of the Lions Club Christmas parade float.

The meal was catered by Terry Sandoval’s “A Touch of Elegance.”

The Communities in Concert Band, directed by Bailey McAnulty, provided music prior to the banquet program.


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