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Lions honor their own

It was a night to honor members as the Ennis Noon Lions Club met for their annual steak supper at Baylor Baptist Church Monday night.

Lions Club members’ families caught a glimpse of what the service organization is all about as the group poked fun at one another and awarded members with various, well-deserved honors.
Following the honored routine of singing “America” and an invocation, members ate a steak dinner catered by perennial favorite Bubba’s Barbecue. It was then back to the usual schedule with President Kevin Six introducing guests and Tail Twister Brandi Anthony collecting fines. Anthony received her own fine related to a false Lions bank used to collect members’ fines. Veering from the usual routine of a Lions Club meeting, the award presentations followed.
Past President David Howard received the first honor of the evening with a pin, plaque and scrapbook of the year’s events during the time he led the club.
“I couldn’t have had such a great year without you,” Howard said to fellow club members. “It was a blessing to serve.”
Those who attended 90 percent or more of the regular meetings received attendance awards. This group included Jack Armstrong, Bill Blackmon, Raymond Fallen, Les Harris, Gary Hayden, Charlie Honza, Jodie Honza, David Howard, Ross Lewis, Becky Lucas, Harold Rice, Wallace Roberts, Jerry Smith, Miles Strunc and Bob Taylor. Hayden and Rice were absent from this particular meeting.
Those who sponsored a new member from July 2006 to June 2007 received awards. This group included Cathy Morales, Bob Taylor, Gary Hayden, Patsy Grider, who sponsored four new members, Steve Howerton, Bob Irish, Wallace Roberts, Miles Strunc, Evelyn Herndon, Charlie Honza, Becky Lucas, Bill Lewis, Rick Hoffman, Pete Harris, Amy Womack and Raymond Fallen. Morales, Hayden, Howerton, Herndon, Harris and Womack were absent from the meeting.
The club presented Johnathan Cromwell with a Texas Lions Camp Life Membership with his name recorded in the Book of Golden Deeds. The book is a directory that documents life members since 1951 at the camp in Kerrville, Texas.
The program for the evening was presented by Wallace Roberts who is the District Governor for District 2-X1.
“The best part of being a district governor is honoring people,” Roberts said.
Roberts presented all active past presidents and the current president with a Melvin Jones Fellow plaque personalized for each member and a pin that went with it. There are 20 past presidents still active in the Ennis Noon Lions Club. They are David Howard, Becky Lucas, Brian Holley, Russell Thomas, Brian Prachyl, Van Morse, Bill Cox, Bill Smith, Bob Irish, Tom Abram, Larry Treadaway, Steve Howerton, Al Scoggins, Bob Taylor, Toby Mash, Wallace Roberts, Jerry McCarty, Jerry Smith, Raymond Fallen and Charles Gentry. Howerton and McCarty were absent from the event.
Fallen not only received the plaque and pin, but for being the longest acting member, having joined the Lions Club in 1945, he also received a special medal from Lions International – the Helen Keller Circle of Hope award for being a Knight of Leadership and outstanding service to Lionism for 62 years.
“It’s hard to describe how I feel,” Fallen said. “It makes you feel good.”
The first president of the Ennis Host (Noon) Lions was N.J. Reynolds. He served as president in 1921-1922.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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