History

The Conroe Lions Club was originally chartered on August 22, 1932; however, the club was not successful and its charter was relinquished.

The club was chartered again on March 7, 1939 and has continued to grow in size, activities, and services. In 1986, the club changed its name and re-registered with Lions Clubs International as the Conroe Noon Lions Club (CNLC) to distinguish itself from the Conroe Evening Lions Club.

Rev. R. L. Sturgis, Jr., Pastor of the First Episcopal Church in Conroe served as the Charter President of CNLC. Other charter officer included B.B. Rice, Vice President; Dr. Paul Hicks, Secretary; and George Darden, Tail Twister.  The club originally met at the State Hotel which was located across the street from the Methodist Church.  The club later moved to the Birch Hotel which was located on Thompson Street at Phillips Street behind the Dr. Tom Falvey home.

In the 1950’s, the club moved its meetings to the First Methodist Church located on Phillips Street at Main. At this time, the Methodist Church had only one building, which was located in the center of the block.  The church’s Ladies Auxiliary served wonderful meals, and the club’s favorite was their Chicken ‘n Dumplings.

To help support the Conroe community’s new hotel, the club moved to the Hotel Conroe in 1961, where it met for about 20 years. Membership averaged 40 to 50 members until 1973-74 when Lion Frank Krauskopf was the CNLC President.  With Lion Gene Tannery as Membership Chairman, Frank set a goal to double the size of the club, and they did!  With this growth, the club had, and still remains the honor of being the largest club in District 2-S2 which encompasses the greater Houston area.

In 1965, a disagreement with the hotel management forced President John Browder to move the club to the Panorama Country Club for about a year. When the membership voted to return to the Hotel Conroe in 1966; and the 1st Vice President Carl Barton and Mayor of Conroe resigned, refusing to go back to the hotel.

During the 1970’s, the club built a storage building at the old VFW Hall in Candy Cane Park. The Conroe Service League used the building for the storage of hospital equipment.  Later the club purchased a lot on North 6th Street and moved the building to this location.  A second building was built for the storage of carnival equipment.  These buildings and lots were later sold, as they were no longer need by either organization.

In 1984, the club moved its meetings to the Holiday Inn located on Interstate 5. When the Holiday Inn changed management, the club moved again to the River Plantation County Club in November, 1987.  But, a dramatic increase in facility and meal costs forced the club to move back to the Holiday Inn in July 1997.

By this time the Holiday Inn had grown too small and in October 1999, the club began meeting at the Golden Corral with the anticipation of a new county facility in the works. Though the meals were ample and tasty with good deserts, the facility was still too small and not well-arranged for club meetings.

In January 2001, the Lone Star Convention Center opened and since then, the club has been meeting there each week.

District 2-S2 Governors

CNLC has had nine fine District Governors to serve District 2-S2. In 1948 came Reagan Smith, and then in 1959 E.H. Stephan.  Don Buckalew served as District Governor in 1963-64 while representing his home club of Humble at the time; later as a member of CNLC, he went on to become an International Director from 1974 through 1976.  John Burge served as District Governor in 1978-79; James M. Stewart served 1986-87; Pat H. Brennan served 1991-92 and was Counsel Chairman 1995-1996; Judge James E. Cates, DVM served 1996-97; Glen Starr served 2010-2011; N.E. ‘Eddie’ Risha served 2013-2014 and as 1st Vice District Governor Karl Johnson will serve in 2018-2019.

Sponsored Clubs
Conroe Noon Lions Clubs has sponsored the following clubs:

Humble Lions Clubs………………………………………………………………………….. February 28, 1946

Conroe Evening Lions Club…………………………………………………………………… January 28, 1956

Twin City Lions Club……………………………………………………………………………. August 23, 1965

South Montgomery County Lions Club………………………………………………………….. May 3, 1969

Panorama Lions Club……………………………………………………………………… November 20, 1972

Willis Lions Club……………………………………………………………………………….. October 28, 1975

Conroe Lioness Club……………………………………………………………………………. August 21, 1976

Conroe High School Leo Club………………………………………………………………….. 1980 thru 1990

……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Reorganized 1996

Woodlands Lions Club……………………………………………………………………. September 29, 1981

Oak Ridge Area Lions Club…………………………………………………………………….. March 10, 1992

Lake Conroe South Lions Club……………………………………………………………………. June 5, 1992

Grangerland Lions Club…………………………………………………………………… September 19, 1992

Houston Lone Star Lions Club………………………………………………………………… August 17, 1997

Spring Old Town Lions Club…………………………………………………………………… August 19, 1999

Caney Creek High School Leo Club………………………………………………………….. March 13, 2003

Montgomery County Hispanic Lions Club……………………………………………….. February 17, 2005

Southwest Montgomery County Lions Club……………………………………………. November 8, 2010

Charitable Activities

 TEXAS LIONS CAMP – The Texas Lions League for Crippled Children was formed in 1948-1949 and thus began the idea for a summer camp for handicapped children.  District Governor and CNLC’s own Reagan Smith with the Council of Governors pursued the idea of a camp for kids from all over Texas to be owned and operated by Texas Lions.  With Lion George Darden’s assistance, Governor Smith and the council secured 500 plus acres of Texas Hill Country land from the Veteran’s Administration.  Thus, the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas was born.  To support the camp, each Texas Lions Club was asked to give $10 per member per year.  Governor Reagan Smith insisted that the CNLC would be the first club to contribute to the camp and it was the only club to contribute in 1949.  CNLC became the first 100% contributor to the camp and has continuously made its 100% contributions since that time, contributing longer than any other club.

SIGHT CONSERVATION – Since its early days, Conroe Noon Lions Club has had a very active Sight Conservation program.  In cooperation with Conroe area ophthalmologists and optometrists, for many years the club’s Eyeglass program helped pay for eye exams and prescriptions glasses for needy school-aged children.

In 1996, the Montgomery County Hospital Foundation Trustees dissolved the Foundation and contributed $26,000 to CNLC to be exclusively used in its eye care assistance program for those in need in Montgomery County. With these funds, the club formed the Oliver Kneisley Foundation, so named for a past Lion who was a member of the Montgomery County Hospital Foundation, a true humanitarian and support of this club and our community.  The funds from the foundation have been invested so that their earnings continuously support the club’s Eyeglass program.

After many years of operation, the Texas Telecom Pioneer Recycling Center in Houston closed its doors in 2006. Prior to closing, several members of the Conroe Noon Lions Club worked with the Pioneers to continue the local eyeglass recycling effort, and the club’s board of directors established the Conroe Noon Recycling Center to continue the recycling program.  Club members and other community volunteers collect, sort, clean, repair, and categorize used eyeglasses which are collected from Lions clubs, other service groups, and the general public within District 2-S2.  On average the facility will process approximately 120,000 of donated eyeglasses each year.  Not only does the Recycle Center save glasses to be reused, it sends the scrap metal and plastic off for additional recycling.  This in turn provides funds for the center and saves materials from being dumped in landfills. Since its inception, the Conroe Noon Recycling Center has provided over 260,000 eyeglasses, sunglasses, and cases via mission trips through numerous other charitable organizations.  The distribution of these refurbished eyeglasses expands CNLC’s Sight Conservation Program by restoring sight to people around the world via many vision mission trips.

The Conroe Noon Lions Club Recycling Center provides an excellent back drop to initiate new members to the Lions signature service projects for sight conservation. Often the club uses the center for various meetings and events which further reinforces the size and scope of the club’s efforts.

In 2007, an eyeglass manufacturing facility became a reality for the club to provide more eyeglasses for more children. Area students are examined by participating ophthalmologist and optometrists; then prescriptions are forward to the CNLC eyeglass lab.  The lab is operated by Lion volunteers who have received special training to operate the digital machines that cut lenses to prescription accuracy.  Once the lenses are cut and checked for accuracy, they are mounted in new frames.  These new eyeglasses are then returned to the eye clinics for a final student fitting and accuracy testing under the supervision of licensed professionals.  Local school administrators, nursing staff, local ophthalmologists and optometrists work very closely with the club to achieve the program’s high degree of success.  On average CNLC assist 160 students each year with a new pair of eyeglasses.

The club also added Vision Screenings to its Sight Conservation efforts. In the beginning the club assisted District 2-S2 on a few screenings around the Houston area using borrowed equipment.  After purchasing an Auto-refactor for acuity and a tonometer to measure pressures for early signs of glaucoma, a new sight program was begun.  The club has done vision screenings at area clinics, churches, public events, and assisted other Lions clubs in the area.  To better serve children, the club purchased a PediaVision machine in 2010.  This piece of equipment has allowed the club to screen hundreds of school aged children for early signs of sight issues.  The efficiency and quickness of the camera gun provides a way to screen children in just a matter of seconds.   Club members join with the Conroe Service League each October to screen pre-school children for hearing and vision problems at some 20+ day care center in the Conroe area.

Additionally, in 2010 the Conroe Noon Lions Club began assisting the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition by providing vision related assistance. The club provides quarterly vision screenings, examinations, and glasses similar to that of the school program.

Through the Sight Conservation Committee, the club annually contributes to the Lighthouse of Houston, the Lions Eye Bank of Texas, Leader Dog, Benevolent Mission International and other eye care programs.

HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM – CNLC also supports a Hearing Conservation Program, which has assisted many of the area’s school-aged children with hearing examinations as well as the repair or replacement of hearing aids.

SCHOLARSHIPS – CNLC has a very active Scholarship Committee, which awards an annual total of $20,000 in scholarship funds. These scholarships are awarded based on academic performance; leadership and activities; the desire to pursue higher education; and financial need. Consideration is also given, but not limited, to those planning to attend a trade or vocational school. These scholarship funds are available to seniors at Conroe High School and seniors of a Stare-accredited private/parochial school in Conroe area.

YOUTH CONTESTS – Other scholarships funds are offered through the Outstanding Youth, Drug Awareness Speech, and the Diabetic Essay Contests. In each of these contests, the candidates from Conroe High School make application and go thought a judging process before a panel of membership. Each of the top three students in each contest receives a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward their college education. Furthermore, the First Place contestant is unable to attend the District contest, the Second Place contestant is given the same opportunity. The Third Place contestant would have the opportunity should the Second Place contestant be unable to participate in the District contest.

DRUG AWARENESS – In addition to the Drug Awareness Speech Contest, CNLC has been actively involved in the community and schools with Drug Awareness projects. For example, the Drug Awareness Committee has placed over 25 McGruff—Crime Dog puppets in area schools; presented special drug awareness programs; participated in Red Ribbon Week; and conducted poster contests.

LEO CLUB – CNLC also sponsors a Leo Club at Conroe High School. With the help of a School Advisor, these young people assist the CNLC with our service projects as well as developing their own project fundraisers and community service activities.

BLOOD DRIVE – CNLC has supported many blood drive efforts. Several members remember drives made through the Red Cross during the years of the 1940’s. In December of each year, CNLC sponsors a community Blood Drive out on by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to help build an available supply of blood for use during the crucial, accident-prone holiday season.

LIONS PARK – During his tenure, Past President Dale Hamby initiated and promoted an idea of a “Lions Park”; he had started in motion avenues of securing land with Moran Estate and the City of Conroe. Unfortunately, Dale and wife Billie met an untimely death in a place crash; however, his vision for a “Lions Park” continued. Through many years of change, persistence and working diligently with the City of Conroe, the sponsors of the Lions Park broke ground on June 17, 1997, and opened the park June 1999. The Lions Park is located off Loop 336 in the back of Robinwood Subdivision. Recent additions to the park include a runny track and covered pavilion.

Fundraising Activities
Fundraising activities for the club in the early years included broom and mop sales, light bulb sales, and selling various candies.

LIONS CLUB CARNIVAL – In the 1950’s, the club started the annual “Lions Club Carnival,” which was held downtown on Main Street each year in the fall. Some of the Carnival traditions included Lion George Darden at the BINGO tables. He always began with “Welcome to the Lions Club Bingo, under B- Number 12.” Cards were purchased for 10 cents each, but later the cost was raised to 25 cents. Also featured was the infamous CAKE WALK, for which each member was asked to bring two home-baked cakes. In the ‘70’s this booth was headed by Lion Jimmie Edwards, who was State Representative. Lions Myron Coleman and Russ Clanton operated the CANDY GAME for many years, where Myron would bring Whitman Chocolates from his Capital Drug Store for the prizes. Another crowd favorite was the OVER/UNDER BOARD, operated by Lion Russ Clanton and Fred Lamp. Though some may have considered it gambling, it always drew the biggest crowds. But in the 1960’0, Lion Eddie Stephans, then-Chief of Police brought thi9s game to an end.  One of the favorite booths for kids was the DUCK POND-“Win a duck- just ring the neck – 3 rings for a quarter.” All ‘rookie’ Lions were required to operate the Duck Pond, because it was wt, dirty, and nasty. This game was scrutinized by the SPCA, because winners were given live baby ducks with no food or care instructions. Always a crowd pleaser was the DUNKING TANK, as many tried to dunk the Sheriff, Chief of Police, football coaches, cheerleaders, and Golden Girls. The fiberglass tank, donated by Owen- Corning was about 12 feet in diameter. Although the members rigged it for heater water, it still got cold when the sun went down. The Carnival location changed several times from the parking lot of Weisinger-Buckalew Chevrolet at the corner of Frazier and Phillips Streets, to the North Hills (Woodcreek) Shopping Center, and to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. In the early years, weather was always a problem and many a hamburger was cooked under hastily constructed tarps and tents. As the Carnival moved to the Fairgrounds, the big question was, “Would the people bring their kids to the Fairgrounds?” And they did! The Carnival flourished on until the 1980’s.

LIONS CLUB RODEO – In 1988, CNLC cautiously sponsored a PRCA Rodeo. After its first- year success, the rodeo was held annually in September. Unfortunately, with wanting attendance and accelerating costs, the Fundraising Advisory Committee recommended that the club discontinue the rode in 2005 and seek other forms if fundraising. The club sponsored the PRCA Rodeo for 17 years.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS– The innovative CNLC Community Partners Program was established in 2006. For a one-time contribution at one of three, specified dollar levels, an individual or business becomes a sponsor at all fundraising events and, more importantly, is recognized as put partner in the community all year long through all the club’s service projects. In keeping with the club’s sight conservation efforts, the partnership levels are named Knights of the Blind, Vision Ambassadors and Sight Savers.

LEGEND OF THE LIONDinner/Dance & Auction – With the establishment of the CNLC Community Partners Program the club was looking for ways to expand its annual Kick-off Dance & Auction which was held each year before the rodeo. In 2006, the club held its first ‘Legend of the Lion’ – Dinner/Dance & Auction where patrons enjoyed a wonderful steak & shrimp meal, a live and silent auction and an evening of dancing. The huge success of the first dance at Haven’s Landing caused the event to be loved the Lone star Convention Center because of the need for space to host approximately 700 guests. Each year the Dinner/Dance & Auction has become a highly anticipated event of the entire community and continues its success year after year.

Other major fundraisers include the Lucky Derby truck raffle, which takes place in November. In March, the annual CNLC Clay Shoot is held on the first weekend, and the club mans the Concession Stands at the Montgomery County Fair during the last week of March each year. Typically in late April or early May, the club sponsors its annual Golf Tournament at one of the many golf courses in the area. Occasionally the club will conduct roadblocks, White Cane Days, and other fundraising projects as needed. These activities allow the club to make its charitable contributions throughout the years, mainly benefiting the Conroe area.

Honors and Awards
J.O. Sehon Award – In 1946, J.O. Sehon sponsored a trophy that was to be given to the “Lion of the Year” for outstanding achievement in citizenship and Lionism. Lion Sehon owned and operated the Conroe Shoe Shop after retiring from Humble Oil and Refining Company. Because he was very active in Lionism and wanted to recognize other Lions for their work in Lionism, he instituted the J.O. Sehon Award. Recipients of this award have been:

*W.B Weisinger                              1946                                  *E.A. Stephans                                1957
*E.I. Conroe                                     1947                                  *Paul P. Hickes                                1958
*W.A. Moon                                    1948                                    D.L. Oglesby                                   1959
Wallace M. McCudy                      1949                                    James E. Gibson                             1960
J.D. Clayton                                    1950                                    *Larry Evans                                    1961
*Reagan Smith                               1951                                     John D. Browder                              1962
*Bob T. Shaw                                   1952                                    *Aaron Duskin                                  1963
J.W. Rose                                          1952                                    *W.P. Terrell                                    1964
Chester Oliver                                  1953                                    *Myron Coleman                              1965
W. Miller                                           1954                                    *E.I. “Tubby” Stephan                     1966
*Jack W. Lowrance                         1955                                    (Award discontinued)                      1967
Morris Bateman                              1956                                                                                     (*deceased)

Stephan-Reagan Smith Memorial Award – Realizing the importance of recognizing the Lion of the Year, the Allied Conroe Bank instituted the E.A. Stephan-Reagan Smith Memorial Award in 1970. The award is given to the outstanding Lion of the Year, excluding the current President of the club, for “outstanding service in Lionism.” This award also commemorates the service of Lionism of two Past District Governors from Conroe- Lions Reagan Smith and E.A. Stephan. Recipients of this award have been:

Don A. Buckalew                         1971                                                        Larry Carnes                                   1994
Charles E. Walker                          1972                                                     Ron Buford                                     1995
John E. Burge                                 1973                                                     Mike Davis                                      1996
*O.E. “Gene” Tannery &                                                                            Pat McPherson                               1997
James M. Stewart                          1974                                                     Roy Morton                                    1998
*James E. Cates                             1975                                                     Reid Harmon                                  1999
Sam Lindsey Jr.                               1976                                                    Eddie Risha                                     2000
*Dale Hamby                                  1977                                                     Dick Giuffre                                     2001
James Dinkins                                 1978                                                     *Frank Krauskopf                          2002
Rolf Lippke                                      1979                                                     Charlie Irvine &
Bill Hanover                                    1980                                                     James M. Stewart                            2003
*Richard Grau                                1981                                                     Suzette Jones                                   2004
R.E. “Dick” Watson                         1982                                                   Holly Hudler                                      2005
Pat Brennan                                      1983                                                   Wes Carr                                           2006
*Jerry Cash                                       1984                                                   Tim Cox                                             2007
*Pete Brasher                                   1985                                                   Cara Canada-McCollum                 2008
*Hugh Hennessy                              1986                                                   Charlie Irvine                                    2009
Martin Green &                                                                                            Mike Hansen                                     2010
Randy Malouf                                   1987                                                   Bob Gunter                                       2011
Ted Langworthy                               1988                                                   Warner Phelps                                  2012
Bobby Cantrell                                 1989                                                   Warner Phelps                                  2013
Jim Schrock                                       1990                                                   Scott Perry                                        2014
Helmut Eindorf                                 1991                                                   Gail Cain                                            2015
*Charley VanMetre                          1992                                                    Ricky Morton                                   2016
*Wally Tuttle                                  1993                                                                                                        (*deceased)

“Rookie of the Year” Award- This award was instituted in 1978. It is given each year to the CNLC Lion who displays outstanding service during his first year of service. Recipients of the award have been:

Donnie Cates                                1978                                                      Wayne Mack                                    1998
David McCarty                             1979                                                      Matt Pursley                                     1999
*Richard Grau                              1980                                                      Suzette Jones                                   2000
*Jim Schrock                                   1981                                                      James Boyd &
Donnie Buckalew                         1982                                                      Dorothy Wenker                              2001
Arthur Drouin                               1983                                                      Cara Canada                                     2002
Ron Mittelstedt                               1984                                                   *Mel Lonon                                      2003
Ed Helm                                             1985                                                   Christie Sproba                                 2004
Collin Aldrich                                    1986                                                   Tim Cox                                             2005
Jay Adams                                         1987                                                   Mike Hansen                                     2006
John Mays                                         1988                                                   Judi Fetters                                       2007
Ricky Morton                                    1989                                                   Amber Jordan                                   2008
*Wally Tuttle                                   1990                                                   Warner Phelps                                  2009
Hap Wood                                         1991                                                   Emily Hamilton                                 2010
Irene Guajardo                                 1992                                                   Pete Martinez                                   2011
Steve Schneider                               1993                                                   Loren Zadowny                                2012
Taylor McGowan                             1994                                                   Josh Cummings                                2013
Melanie Curtsinger                          1995                                                   Nate Arrazate                                   2014
Joanne Tuttle                                   1996                                                   Delma Landaverde                          2015
Greg Smith                                        1997                                                   Rick Camp                                         2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (*deceased)

Melvin Jones Fellowship– The Lions Club International Foundation recognized the need to establish a special commendation for a particular dimension of service. As a result, the Melvin Jones Fellowship was created in 1973. It is LCIF’s highest honor, and was created as a tribute to the founder of the Lions Clubs International. CNLC historically considers for this honor only those individuals who have demonstrated the greatest of Lions values through dedication to service, generosity and, compassion for humanitarian service. The CNLC members honored as Melvin Jones Fellowship are as follows:

James M Stewart                        1987                                        *James E. “Doc” Cates                     1994
*George B. Darden                     1988                                        *Kenneth A. Albertson                  1994
*Dr. Paul P. Hicks                         1988                                        Morris Bateman                           1995
*Russ Clanton                              1989                                        *Frank Krauskopf                             1995
*Will Terrell                                  1989                                        *C.T. “Chuck” Stealey                    1998
Don A. Buckalew                         1992                                        *O.E. “Gene” Tannery                    1998
Pat H. Brennan                             1992                                        *W.M. “Bill” Vittrup                      1998
John E. Burge                               1993                                        *L.E. “Jimmie” Williams               1998
*Neil Mathena                             1993                                         *V.R. “Pete” Brasher                        2001
*Wm. M. “Billy Mack” Hill       2001                                          Paul Kleinpeter                            2004
Roy Morton                                  2004                                         Pat McPherson                             2004
Charley VanMetre                     2004
Joanne Tuttle                               2005                                        *Wally Tuttle                                      2005
Bobby Cantrell                              2008                                        *Neil Melms                                        2008
Dennis Watson                              2008                                     M. Ladoris Cates                              2008
Ricky Morton                                 2009                                     Charlie Irvine                                    2009
Donnie Buckalew                           2009                                    Donnie Buckalew                              2009
N.E. ‘Eddie’ Risha                         2009                                     C. Downey Price                                2009
R.A. ‘Dick’ Giuffre                         2010                                      Wayne Mack                                      2010
C. Pat Davis                                    2010
Glen Starr                                       2011
Irene Guajardo                              2012                                         George Portele                                 2012
F. Duayne Freeman                      2012                                         Almeta Albertson                            2012
Lowie K. Rice, DVM                     2012
Michael Stewart                             2013                                          Dan Grimes                                      2013
Greg Smith                                      2014                                          Mack Barnhill                                  2014
Bob Gunter                                      2014                                          Gerald Laake                                   2014
Tommie Brennan                           2016                                          Anne Hoffman                                 2016
Cara Canada-McCollum               2016                                           Christie Sproba                               2016
Bob Hataway                                   2017                                           Rolf Lippke, DVM                          2017
(* deceased)

District 2-S2 Distinguished Achievement Award –The Past District Governors of District 2-S2 joined together in 1997 to establish the District 2-S2 Distinguished Achievement Award. The purpose of the award is to “bestow honor upon those Lions in District 2-S2 who have shown outstanding leadership and service achievement to their Club, Community and District.” CNLC is proud to have had the following members honored with this award:

*Kenneth A. Albertson                1997                                                     Charlie Irvine                     2011
Roy Morton                                  2000                                                     Morris Bateman                 2012
N.E. “Eddie” Risha                       2003                                                    Wes Carr                            2014
Ladoris Cates                                 2004                                                    Tim Cox                              2015
R.A. “Dick” Giuffre                      2005                                                      Donnie Buckalew               2016
*V.R. “Pete” Brasher                   2007                                                      Scott Perry                         2016
Wayne Mack                                2008
Glen Starr                                      2009
Debi Harrell                                   2010                                                                                    (*deceased)

Traditions
Traditionally, CNLC hold its Annual Christmas Party in December to promote fellowship and fun for its members. The Annual Installation Banquet is held each year in June, at which new officers are installed and member are recognized for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. From 1996 – 2013, the Club held a Lions Family Picnic each October; where members fellowship with their families over a pot-luck meal, games, and activities for the whole family.

CNLC celebrated its 75th Anniversary on June 26, 2014 at Amber Springs – Stonebrook Hall, Montgomery, TX. The Anniversary was celebrated in a gala fashion with some 150 people in attendance, with several special guests from around the district and state. The program consisted of special recognitions from Lion Downey Price, MD for the clubs eyeglass recycling program, a Proclamation from the City of Conroe by Mayor Web Melder, and a special Anniversary recognition from club member and District 2S2 Governor Eddie Risha. The key-note speaker was PID Lion Joe Al Picone of Brenham, TX.  In recognition of the theme ‘Celebrating Lions Legacies to Come’, special Lion medallions were presented from club family members representing one generation and pass on Lion service to the next generation of Lions in the club.  The club’s Presidents lapel pen, which is believed to be the original, was handed from all those Past Presidents in attendance to the new in-coming President commemorating the traditions of the past to be handed over to the Lions of the future.