Austin Founder Lions Club


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  • 27 Jun 2016 4:59 PM | Mark Hastings (Administrator)

    Austin Founder Lions  visited THE camp! That’s the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville on June 24 to experience a Friday night awards/graduation ceremony. Attendees report that it was a poignant experience which solidifies why you became a Lion. 

  • 12 May 2016 12:00 PM | Mark Hastings (Administrator)

    Lions Club Presents 2016 Sportsmanship Awards

    Coach David Dupont, left, and the Men’s Soccer Team at Crockett High School received the Austin Founder Lions’ 2016 Sportsmanship Award Boys’ Team trophy and a $500 contribution to their school’s athletic department. A.I.S.D. Athletic Director Leal Anderson attended the May 12 luncheon.

    The Travis High School girls’ basketball team, coached by Holly Tarter, left, received the 2016 Girls’ Team Sportsmanship Award and a $500 contribution to their school’s athletic department. A.I.S.D. Athletic Director Leal Anderson congratulated the two winning teams.

    On May 12, Austin Founder Lions Club recognized two Austin high school teams and their coaches. Sportsmanship Award trophies were presented to the Crockett High School Men’s Soccer Team which is coached by David Dupont and to the Travis High School girls’ basketball team coached by Holly Tarter. Lion Greg Harkrider presented the awards and introduced keynote speaker William Graham, a former Longhorn defense and six-season starter for the Detroit Lions.

    Graham gave a very inspirational talk about the importance of sportsmanship, which he said shows “character.” He stressed the importance of staying out of trouble in high school, and how character affects the ability to go to a good university and play sports at a higher level.

    He encouraged the young team members to go to college and seek people with similar values, backgrounds and upbringing. He also advised them to not bring shame, hurt or disrespect to the coaches, parents, high schools and communities. He shared his personal story, and the importance of being able to say “no” and make good decisions – from high school to college to his days in the National Football League.

    A.I.S.D. School Board trustees Julie Cowan and Lion Ann Teich and Athletic Director Leal Anderson, along with principals from Crockett and Travis High schools attended the event.

    For more than 50 years, the Austin Downtown Founders Lions Club annually has recognized local high school boys’ and girls’ athletic teams for their good sportsmanship. The awards are intended to encourage good sportsmanship and recognize those teams and their fans who demonstrate it consistently throughout the year.

    Only team sports are considered for the awards. For boys, the sports considered are football, basketball, baseball and soccer. For girls, volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer are considered. One boys and one girls team from among the four sports is honored, and recipients are selected only from Austin Independent School District schools.

    “The club asks various officials (referees, umpires, etc.) to vote on which teams demonstrate the best sportsmanship based on the behavior of players, coaches and fans,” explained Harkrider, chairman of the club’s Sportsmanship Awards Committee. “Each official picks the top three teams in the sport that he/she officiates during the year. A point/percentage system is used to compare the teams fairly,” he added.

    This marks the second time that the Crockett High School Men’s Soccer Team and Coach Dupont have received the Lions Club’s prestigious honor. Dupont’s team received the honor in 2010.

  • 01 May 2016 12:40 PM | Ann Ward (Administrator)

    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.  

  • 18 Jan 2016 11:12 AM | Mark Hastings (Administrator)

    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.

  • 22 Aug 2015 11:24 AM | Mark Hastings (Administrator)

    ADFLC Provides Vision Screening at El Mundo Back to School Fest

    Austin Downtown Founder Lions screened more than 303 children during El Mundo Newspaper's Back-to-School Fest on Aug. 22 at the Delco Center. Some 91 children -- or 30 percent -- were referred for complete eye exams, and a number received on-site exams and glasses from the Essilor Vision Foundation's mobile van that was on-site. The event attracted 6,209 participants!

    Lion Robert Watson uses the SPOT camera to check a young girl's eyes.

    Some 6,902 individuals crowded into the Delco Center on Aug. 22, 2015 for El Mundo Newspaper's Back to School Fest. To qualify for a free backpack, children had to obtain three health checks. ADFLC's vision screening was one of four health checks available.

    ADFLC members posed for a picture before the event started. Pictured left to right are: Gus Garcia, Glenda Summers, Ann Ward (seated), Beverly Weeks, Tommy Cowan, Ann Cowan, Robert Watson, Bob Walcott and Shirley Dillman, seated. Also serving but not pictured were Chaney Barton and Roberto Martinez. 

  • 21 Apr 2011 10:04 AM | Mark Hastings (Administrator)
    On April 20, 2011 the Austin Downtown Founders Lions Club was recognized by the Texas Senate for 95 years of service to the community. Senator Kirk Watson of Austin read a resolution on the floor of the Senate enumerating the many good works by the club during the close to a century of its existence and the gratitude of the Senate on behalf of all the citizens of Texas. The club was presented with a copy of the resolution and a Texas Flag which had flown over the State Capitol.

    Texas Flag certificate - click to view a larger image
  • 29 Jan 2011 3:39 PM | Deleted user
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    Did you know that our club is on Facebook and Twitter? It's the way everyone is staying connected these days and we'd love for you to join us. Just click on the links above and add to the conversation!

    Lion Mark Hastings, Owner of Hastings Communication Systems, manages our Facebook presence. You can see club meeting pictures there, communicate with other members, post your own thoughts and photos, and we'd love to have you there.

    Twitter is the latest addition to our online outreach, and will be managed by me, Lion Vicki Flaugher. Follow us there and we'll follow you back.

    Help us reach out to the next generation of Lions the way they are used to meeting - online! It's a lot of fun and keeps you connected.

  • 30 Jan 2010 9:00 AM | Mark Hastings (Administrator)

    The Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club in collaboration with the Registered Opticians of Texas conducted a free Early Childhood Vision Screening on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hyde Park Christian Church (Rev. (and fellow Lion) Jacqueline Baker, Senior Pastor).  Children, ages from 6 months to 4 years old were the targeted population for the screening, which aims to detect Lazy eye, eye turns, myopia, near and farsightedness, astigmatism, cataracts and differences in strength between the two eyes.

    Thirty children were screened, three were referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for further testing and four more were told that their children may need more screening as they grow older.  Other findings that came to our attention during the period of preparation and doing the actual screening are that 50% of children who have difficulty learning can attribute it to some kind of vision problem and that 50 students attending Pearce Middle School in Northeast Austin currently need glasses.  Lion J. P. Kirksey provided us with information for getting glasses for those students.

    The Club thanks the Austin Travis County Health Department (Carole Barash, PIO officer), Any Baby Can (Marcela Lizcano, children's health intervention and screening officer) and Lion Sam Johnson and his assistants who conducted the screening on behalf of the Registered Opticians Association of Texas for their assistance in making the screening a success.  All of them were magnificent.  And last, but certainly not least, a tip of the hat to the fellow Lions who CONTINUE TO GIVE new meaning to the Lion's motto "WE SERVE".

  • 27 Jul 2009 4:05 PM | Mark Hastings (Administrator)

    The Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club had a fantastic treat and honor. From July 13th to the 16th we hosted the Julien C. Hyer Campers from 18 foreign counties. The camp, which is based in the Dallas area, invites and hosts the campers for over one month in the great state of Texas. This Lions club initiative happens every summer and has for 35 years. First organized in 1973 and begun in 1974, this camp is a great opportunity for the Lions to bring over from Europe, Asia and Africa (and sometimes Australia) students 17 to 20 years old, and show them what a great country the United States is. Of course, Texas is the best place to stage that experience. They start out in Dallas and become familiar with their host families there and then go and spend close to a week at Lake Texoma at the home camp.  From there they came to stay with us until the 16th of July, and then returned to Dallas….from there they spent a week in Lubbock, so they were able to experience much of the TEXAS experience during their visit.

    After being “dormant” for several years, the camp directors called a few years ago and asked if our club would like to host the camp in Austin for one day. We agreed and Lions Bill Campbell and Rudy Munguia helped guide the campers through a tour of the State Capital which they enjoyed immensely. The following year after the camp directors called and asked for a little more time in the Austin Area, Lions Sam Buford and Allan Chase agreed to co-chair the planning of their visit and one day became two which became three and this year it became four days. Next year it may become all week!  It is a great opportunity to mold the impressions of the future leaders of many other countries. It is an opportunity and a responsibility.


    For the past two years, our generous  club has agreed to pay their expenses to come down to Austin for the four days, and that includes the bus, the bus driver, and incidental expenses during the trip. 


    The campers arrived by bus at Barton Springs Pool on Monday the 13th where they spent the day. Lion Sam Buford had arranged and matched the host families to the campers. The hosts met the campers they were matched with for the first time that afternoon and took them to their homes.  The next morning the hosts dropped off the campers at the State Capital for a tour arranged by Lions Scott Hendrix and Rudy Munguia followed by lunch at the annex cafeteria. From there the campers went to the Bullock State History Museum for a tour and a movie.  The hosts picked them up in the afternoon. On Wednesday morning the hosts delivered their campers to Barton Springs Pool (used as a staging area).  The bus then took them to San Marcos where they spent the day tubing and relaxing on the San Marcos River. The bus delivered them back to Barton Springs Pool where their hosts picked them up. That evening several hosts families spent time with their campers eating Mexican food or swimming in Lake Austin or country & western dancing.  On the last day the campers were taken by their hosts to the UT campus for a tour arranged by Lion Alan Ford. From there they came to our weekly luncheon where they became the program. The highlight of the lunch was when each camper introduced themselves and told us the best part of the week. They then left us to return to Dallas but not before stopping in Waco and touring the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. where they spent the day tubing and relaxing on the


    Many Lions, too numerous to mention, helped out this year, and it is hoped that we have even MORE involvement next year. The generous hosts that opened their homes and wallets to these campers should be commended….looking forward to July 2010!

  • 07 May 2009 12:00 PM | Mark Hastings (Administrator)
    The Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club presented its 2009 Sportsmanship Awards to Lanier boys basketball team and the McCallum girls volleyball team.

    The awards were presented at the club's weekly meeting today. In attendance were the team members and their coaches. A traveling trophy was presented to each team and the athletic departments of each school received a $500 check from the club.

    These awards recognize local school athletic teams and their coaches for their sportsmanship and fair play. Local umpires and referees vote for the recipients of the awards. It is open to all sports and is presented to one boys team and one girls team. This club is proud to have presented this award for many years.

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