Meetings of the Wimberley Lions Club
The Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held at the Wimberley Community Center on Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley starting at 5:45 p.m.
Past ProgramsJanuary 15th - 50th Anniversary Program - Celebration Video
August 21, 2018 - 2018 Wimberley Youth Exchange Students
Video produced by Gale Wiley and Linnea Bailey.
Each year, the Wimberley Lions interview dozens of qualifying high school juniors and seniors vying for the opportunity to be a part of the Lion's Youth Exchange Program. This program gives these kids a chance to go just about anywhere in the world to stay with Lion host families and visit Lions Youth camps for the summer. And, each year, 8 lucky kids come back from this adventure to share fond memories and learning experiences they gathered while abroad. YE Chair, Lion David Osborne and his wife, Julia, do a ton of paperwork to get this all arranged including contacting host families and arranging flights; the YE Committee interviews all of the kids that apply for this opportunity and have to make very difficult decisions to narrow it down to only 8; finally, Lion Gale Wiley interviews them upon their return, with the help of Lion Linnea, and puts together a fabulous video of their experiences. Every time these kids come home from their travels, they are so grateful for having had the life-changing experience of world travel, meeting other kids just like them from all over the world, and learning how connected we all really are... not to mention learning a lot about independence! This year's recipients were Kent Kenyon, who went to Germany; Anna Olmedo and India Ingari, who visited Italy; Krystal Morton, who went to Hong Kong; Olivia Gray, who visited Croatia; Alijah Amador, who went to Amsterdam; Claire Burke (in photo) visited Switzerland; and Evan Mayhew (also shown) went to Finland. Shown from left are Lion President Richard Newsum, Youth Exchange students Claire Burke and Evan Mayhew, and Youth Exchange Committee Chair Lion David Osborne in the back.
Lion Bob Pierce, who heads up the WHS LEOs, introduces the officers of the Wimberley High School LEOs Club (Leadership Experience Opportunites). This year, these kids have held 22 major projects and raised $3,000 for Camp Good Sam (Good Samaritan Community Services) whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for change, supporting youth, individuals and families by providing excellent community services to overcome economic poverty. What a great group of kids! Way to go LEOs! From left are LEOs Jillian Merritt, Kenneslee Shroyer, Julianne Crowley, Evan Mayhew, LEO President Colton Kilpatrick, and Lion Dr. Bob Pierce
Gale Wiley & Linnea Bailey
David & Julia Osborn
August 7, 2018 - Red Arena
The Wimberley Lions inducted 2 new members into the club at their August 7th meeting. Welcome to the pride Lions Scott See and Bryce Berta. Lion Scott is an auto technician who moved here 7 years ago from Ohio. He is engaged to Lion Teresa Shell, who joined the club in June. Lion Bryce, a graduate of Wimberley High (2010) who did his Eagle Scout project here in Wimberley, is Teresa's son. So you see, it's a family affair! We are glad to have the whole family in the club... Welcome Y'all! Shown from left are new Lion Scott See, Scott's sponsor Lion John Stark, new Lion Bryce Berta and his sponsor (and mom) Lion Teresa Shell (right), with Membership Chair Lion Tom Campbell and Lion President Richard Newsum behind them.
The program for the evening was presented by Jennifer Young, Executive Director for Red Arena, an equestrian therapy center in Dripping Springs. Their mission is to empower individuals with disabilities through horses. Jennifer, a native Texan, is a physical therapist with no previous experience with horses. However, as a physical therapist she realized how a horse's natural movement can help people with mobility, stretching, flexibility and tone. As a plus, she says that kids really find their power at the ranch. RED Arena was founded 2008 in Dripping Springs and operates on 20 acres in the Texas hill country. They started with just six children and one horse, and have grown to serve over 150 kids per week. They are in the process of taking over AWARE (Always Wanted A Riding Experience), so they'll have a second equine therapy ranch in San Marcos. To find out more, visit: REDarena.org. Lion President Richard Newsum presents Jennifer Young with a Certificate of Appreciation.
June 19, 2018 - Officer Installation & Awards
New Board 2018-19
Meet the newly elected Wimberley Lions Club Executive Board and Board of Directors!
From left are Market Day General Manager Lion Frank Williams, Lion Tamer Gary Welborn, Tail Twister Lion Brent Coen, Membership Chair Lion Tom Campbell, Secretary Lion Misty Moore, 3VP Lion Bobby Burris, Lion President Richard Newsum, 2VP Lion Eric Price, 1VP Lion Ron Steel, Marketing Director Lion Amy Cartee-Cox, Director Lion Judy Walker, Director Lion Allison Davis, Director Lion Cade Wright, Past President Lion Vic Forsyth, Treasurer Lion Brian Robinson front center, and at right kneeling is PDG Lion John Lyon, who presided over the installation of officers.
Lion of the Year: Amy Cartee-Cox
The Wimberley Lions awarded Lion Amy Cartee-Cox with the very special Lion of the Year Award for her service with the club. Lion Amy joined the Wimberley Lions Club in 2009 and serves as Lion Historian, 4th of July Parade Committee Chair, and Market Day Marketing Committee Chair, where she has created a map and directory of Market Day vendors, and has spearheaded special projects to promote the market. She also helps her husband, Lion Russell Cox, run Concession #4 at Market Days, not missing a day since she joined the club. As the club's song leader, she brings spirit to the meetings, and has been known to pen her own words to familiar folk songs. Lion Amy has served on the Program Committee as well, and is on a newly formed committee to plan the upcoming Wimberley Lions 50th Anniversary Celebration.
From left, Lion Terri Baccus, Lion of the Year 2017-18, presents the award to Lion Amy Cartee-Cox, with Lion President Vic Forsyth presiding.
Rebecca Stoian: Melvin P. Jones Fellow Award
The Wimberley Lions awarded Lion Rebecca Stoian with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow award for her tremendous service with the club. Lion Rebecca joined the Wimberley Lions club in 2008, receiving the Silver Spur award in her first year for her work generating the Lions database. She has continued her service being integral to Lions Market Days (the sole fundraising effort of the Wimberley Lions) by handling vendor leases and negotiations, volunteer staffing for Market Days, as well as distributing communications to the general club membership... with a club of 190 +/- members, that is no small feat! She also serves on the Scholarship and Youth Exchange committees and is part of the Market Day Management team.
From left, Lion Secretary (and former Melvin Jones Fellow) Lee Gibson present the award to Lion Rebecca Stoian accompanied by her daughter, Emily, Lion President Vic Forsyth presiding.
Lion Oda Lisa gets recognized
Lion Oda Lisa Roberts received an award from Lions District 2-S for her work with the Lions as District Chair for the World Services for the blind. Blind from a disease of the eye since she was 28 years old, Oda Lisa doesn't let it get her down. She joined the Lions in November of 2015 and is very active in the Wimberley Lions Club on the Marketing Team as publicist, publishing several articles a month getting the word out about what we do as the Lions Club of Wimberley.
From left, Lion PDG John Lyon and Lion President Vic Forsyth present the award to Lion Oda Lisa.
The Wimberley Lions welcomed two new members at their June 19 meeting: Lions Jeannie Beach and Greg Germer. Lion Jeannie has been volunteering at Market Day since 2002 so we are thrilled that her sponsor, Lion Rogers Holt, talked her into joining the club. Lion Greg Germer, sponsored by Lion Eric Price, is retired from the oil industry and we are very glad to have him on board... I suspect Lion Eric is already showing him the ropes in BBQ! Welcome to you both!
Shown from left are Lion Boss Vic Forsyth, Membership Chair Lion Misty Moore, sponsor Lion Rogers Holt, new Lion Jeannie Beach, new Lion Greg Germer and his sponsor Lion Eric Price.
An historic moment for the Lion Club archives: for the first time in the history of the Wimberley Lions Club, two very prestigious awards were presented to women by women that had previously been honored the same award. Melvin Jones Fellow, Lion Lee Gibson, presents the Melvin Jones Fellow award to Lion Rebecca Stoian; and former Lion of the Year, Lion Terri Baccus, presents the new Lion of the Year award to Lion Amy Cartee-Cox. Yay, Girl Power!
From left are Lion Terri Baccus, Lion of the Year Amy Cartee-Cox, Melvin Jones Fellow Lion Rebecca Stoian, and Lion Lee Gibson.
New President Richard Newsum Lions' First Lady, Jean Newsum
Outgoing Secretary Lee Gibson Long time caterer, Beth Robertson
Outgoing President, Vic Forsyth
June 5, 2018 - Historical Terlingua
The Wimberley Lions were treated to a very interesting program on the history of Terlingua presented by Lion Lane Hartsock. As it turns out, Lion Lane is somewhat of a land baron in that area as he now owns over 700 acres, including the original site of Terlingua, Texas. He purchased the land in 1985 because it had old mine claims on it as well as the old ghost town including the Company Store, Post Office, a hotel, jail and a school... but no church!
He researched the history and found out that it was once a big mining operation, making Texas #2 after California in mercury commerce. It was quite the process back then to get the mercury from this remote area to the nearest railroad in Marfa, about 100 miles away. It took 7 days by covered wagon, being pulled by 12 mules, with approximately 2 tons of mercury aboard each wagon! They also had to haul water and feed for the mules on this trek and it was hard work.
Lion Lane's ranch is named Croesus, alluding to the saying "Rich as Croesus" meaning one who is rich, but foolish with his money. But we all know Lane is no fool!
Lion Boss Vic presents Lion Lane with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Support Person of the Year
The Wimberley Lions recognized the Support Person of the Year for WISD: Wimberley High School's Ruth Diamond. Ruth is Coach Doug Warren's secretary, as well as Facilities Coordinator, and handles ticket sales and workers for every home game day. A great asset to the Texan Athletic Department, Coach Warren says not only does she keep all the coaches in line, but also he couldn't do his job without her. Congratulations Ruth!
Shown from left are WHS Head Football Coach Doug Warren, Lion President Vic Forsyth, and WISD Support Person of the Year, Ruth Diamond.
The Wimberley Lions honored Lion Stephanie Gutierrez with the Outstanding Lion award for her wonderful work with the club. Since joining the Lions in 2016, Stephanie has been very active in the club both at meetings and at Market Days. She attends meetings regularly, has served as a greeter and on the scholarship committee for the last two years. She is also a tremendous help at Market Days, serving as an ambassador, and working Concession 4 with Lions Amy and Russell, who say she is reliable, always smiling, willing to do any job at #4, and truly outstanding! Congratulations Lion Stephanie... you deserve this!
Shown from left are Lion President Vic Forsyth, Outstanding Lion Stephanie Gutierrez, and 2VP Lion Ron Steel.
The Wimberley Lions inducted 2 new members into the club at their June 5 meeting. Welcome to the pride Lions Teresa Shell and Denise Robinson.
Lion Teresa, a commercial real estate developer, is actually a native of Wimberley, and moved back here 10 years ago. Lion Denise surprised her husband, Lion Treasurer Brian Robinson, by joining the club. Glad to have you both in the club... Welcome!
Shown from left are sponsor Lion Brian and his wife Denise, sponsor Lion John Stark, Lion Teresa Shell, Membership Chair Lion Misty, and Lion Boss Vic in back on the left.
August 15, 2017 - 2017 Wimberley Youth Exchange Students
Video produced by Gale Wiley.
March 21, 2017 - Grant Presentations & Lion Awards
March 7, 2017 - Student of the Month, Teacher of the Month, Grant Review, SPOT
August 16, 2016 - 2016 Wimberley Youth Exchange Students
Video produced by Gale Wiley.
June 21, 2016 - Officer Installation & Awards
Marty Jacobvitz receiving the Melvin P. Jones Fellow Award.
Craig Biggs receiving the Lion of the Year Award.
2016-2017 Board of Directors
March 15, 2016 - Awarding of Annual Grants to Organizations
October 20, 2015 - Blue Beer Bottle Blowers Band
October 6, 2015 - Bill and M.F. Johnson's Talk to Wimberley
2015 Wimberley Youth Exchange Students
August 4, 2015 - Wimberley: 60 Days After the Flood (A briefing by city officials)
2014 Wimberley Youth Exchange Students
Water Series - Conservationist Andy Sansom speaks to Wimberley, Texas Lions (October, 2014)
Surface Water & Water Quality (Talk #2) -- Wimberley Lions "Water" Series (2014-2015)
Introducing the Lions Global Service Framework!