Sign Up for Club’s Fund-Raising Sporting Events
AFLC has two sports-related fund-raisers coming up. A Top Golf tournament is scheduled Friday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the club’s KidSight vision screening activities. The registration fee -- $120 per person or $95 per person on teams of six – includes three hours of Top Golf fun, hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. Bay sponsorships also are available at $150 each. You may register on-line. For more information, contact Leonor Marques at 512/739-6670 or via email to Leonor Marques.
The club’s popular Sporting Clay Shoot-Out is scheduled for Friday, June 17 at Capitol City Trap and Skeet. Presented in partnership with the NFL Alumni – Austin Chapter, the event’s primary beneficiary is the Center for Child Protection. Save $100 on team registration if you sign-up by May 9. A variety of Sponsorship packages are available, ranging from Station Sponsors at $175 to the Premiere Title Sponsor at $8,000. You will find more details and registration information here. For more information, contact Jim Overton at 512/627-8092 or via email to Jim Overton.
Texas Lions Camp Featured on TV
Time Warner Cable News’ Stephanie Manisero’s story on the Texas Lions Camp is available online. The piece profiles Analysia Huerta, a 15-year-old camper sponsored by Lion Tommy Cowan from the Austin Founder Lions Club. Analysia has attended two camp sessions for children with Type 1 diabetes. In the piece, her mother, Maria Madrigal, talks about the positive changes she has seen as a result of the camp. AFLC Past President Rudy Munguia is quoted in the printed version of the story. Spread the word about the great work of Texas Lions Camp – and join AFLC for the June 24 bus trip to attend a Friday night awards/ graduation ceremony. For more information, contact Ann Ward at 512/338-1623 or via email to Ann Ward.
Mayor Proclaims Jan. 18 as Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club Day
Austin Mayor Steve Adler has proclaimed Jan. 18 at Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club Day in recognition of the club’s 100th anniversary. Adler announced the proclamation at the club’s Jan. 9 Centennial Gala at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, which kicked off a centennial year of activities.
In the proclamation, Adler notes the “great many improvements” the club has made in the “lives of all Austinites,” including:
* Opening of the Municipal Golf Course which became the first desegregated golf course in the South;
* Serving as “Knights of the Blind” by sponsoring and supporting many programs for the blind and visually impaired, such as Kidsight Vision Screening, the Lone Star Eye Bank and Leader Dogs for the Blind; and
* Providing scholarship for students attending the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
The club began Jan. 18, 1916, when 29 men came together in a "dingy, poorly lighted" meeting hall at 704 Congress, above Burt's Shoe Company, to sign a charter as The Austin Lions Club. A 30th charter member signed a few days later.
The Austin club actually pre-dates Lions Clubs International, which will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2017. During 1916-17, Dr. William P. Woods, a surgeon of Evansville, Indiana, founded the International Association of Lions Clubs and organized about 30 clubs, including the Austin group. These clubs – including the Austin club – and several other organizations were invited to a meeting in Chicago on June 7, 1917, to consider the establishment of a single international organization of service clubs. Melvin Jones’ Chicago Business Circle elected to become a Lions Club, and three years later, the International Association of Lions Clubs reorganized as Lions Clubs International. The Austin club is the oldest continuously operating Lions Club in the world.
With a roster of 103, the club’s members include men and women from all walks of life, including judges; legislators; Austin Independent School District officials and board members; Travis County elected officials, former mayors of Austin; architects; certified public accountants; bank presidents; insurance executives; communications professionals; ministers; volunteers; veterans and others. Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world, with 1.4 million members in more than 47,000 clubs serving communities in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.
With the motto, “Where There’s a Need, There’s a Lion,” service is the driving force for Austin Founder Lions and Lions all over the world. Austin Founder Lions serve in the areas of vision, the environment, youth and hunger.
ADFLC Sporting Clay Benefits Center for Child Protection
Tara Powdrill accepts a check for $7,800, for the Center for Child Protection, the primary benefactor of the ADFLC's 2015 Sporting Clay Shoot-out. Tommy Cowan, left, co-chairman, Chairman Jim Overton, and Larry Najvar, right, co-chairman, made the presentation. Due to the success of the event, the amount contributed to CFCP almost doubled from 2014.
The Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club held its Fifth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot-out on July 31 at Capitol City Trap & Skeet in Austin. ADFLC netted more than $13,000.00 from the event, which primarily benefits the Austin Center for Child Protection. Learn More...
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World Services for the Blind
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired