Wimberley Lions Club

One of the means of communications for the Wimberley Lions Club. This club has about 172 members. The Wimberley Lions Club generates annual donations budget between $118,000 and $170,000 through its Market Days the first Saturday of the month, March - December. In addition to this blog please go to shopmarketdays.com and visitwimberley.com. These community oriented Websites provide essential information for the Lions Market Days and the latest club news.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Description of Communications Committees

The operation and actions of the Wimberley Lions organizations is by committee.  As someone coined it is committee-centric.  Most Lions that stay in the Wimberley Lions Club more than a year or two are active in at least a couple of the committees.  This is where your voice is heard, you make friends and you demonstrate your talent so you are sought for leadership positions.
I plan to describe each committee and what it performs.  The hope is to identify to you which committees you would like to participate and enhance your Lion experience.
The Wimberley Lions Club officers include three Vice Presidents that typically progress from 3rd Vice President up through President.   Each of the three club VP’s are assigned oversight of specific committees.  By the Vice President to participate in those committees they are assigned, they gain knowledge and appreciation for the complete breadth of the club’s activities.  This education provides an informed President when they are sworn in at the beginning of the Lion Year.
The 3rd Vice President is assigned committees in four areas: Communications, Health Programs, Texas Lions Camp & youth programs, and Programs for Meetings.  Lion Dan Williams coordinates the Communications Committees: Historian, Lion Information & Newsletter, Member Committee List, Public Relations, and Market Day Publicity.
HISTORIAN.  The Wimberley Lions Club has a rich and interesting history.  The creation of one of the oldest and largest outdoor markets and achieving the $3,000,000 in donations .  Frances Jones  leads this committee in capturing the pictures, documents, and multimedia that archives these events.  Work can be done to standardize the collection process and to the collection of the data to complete past data.  There is always work to collect current data and ephemeral for the collection.
INFORMATION & NEWSLETTER.  The primary focus is communication to the club members: both active and Members At Large, to Lions in District 2-S3, and secondarily to the public.  This is to keep interest in existing members to promote participation and retention.  Dan Williams leads this committee in publishing a Newsletter.  Currently a Facebook presence and blog are in use.  Other internet venues need to be evaluated.  The Newsletter is currently being distributed email and trough the District Website.  It also needs to be distributed by mail to those without access to e-mail.
MEMBER COMMITTEE LIST.  They sort out who is on what committee.  Lee Gibson heads this committee to develop the list of members for each committee each year and distribute that information to the club members.  This requires getting the members’ wishes and coordinating with the committee chair and the approval of the Board.
PUBLIC RELATIONS.  The primary focus is communications to the public with secondary focus on commuting to the members.  This is a major recruiting tool to show the community what all of the good the Lions are performing while having a lot of fun doing so.  Frances Jones leads this committee with the placement in photos and articles in publications.  Respond to District programs for publicity.
MARKET DAY PUBLICITY.  This committee lead by Madonna Kimball is part of the Market Day Management Team.  It promotes Market Days through all areas of media, prepares the Monthly Vendor Newsletter, works with web master of Shopmarketdays.com, administers Field Account Advertising Budget, and must coordinate all activities with Market Day General Manager.

Friday, January 21, 2011

We all teared at the Mid-Winter Conference

Districts 2-S3 and 2-S5 had a combined Mid Winter Conference 1/15/2011 in Manor Texas.  The most memorable portion for most of us was comments by the Ramirez Family.  You could tell how proud the whole family was with the Father, mother, older brother and Camper all proud of the camper's accomplishment.  Mom did most of the talking, telling how she had been bugged by a Lion to let her son attend Texas Lions Camp.  She said she could not consider it because he would be away from her and he could not survive in such an environment.  After all he was only nine years old and required frequent visits to the hospital.  This harassment continued until her son decided he wanted to go and started a campaign to get permission.  With much foot dragging by Mom, the camper gets to go to the camp.  He did fine at the week of camp.  During the awards ceremony, Mom takes pictures of the various campers getting their awards.  When the ceremony is about to end with only the Outstanding Camper award to be presented, she packs up her camera and returns to her seat.  Big Brother asked her to wait in case little brother gets the top award.  She says no, he is only 9 and could not get such an honor.  His name is called for the award.  What really got to me was when his mom was asked questions.  He was asked what was his favorite activity?  He responded "Swimming".  He was asked if the counselors helped him with the swimming?  He responded, "The FIRST day"

An interesting presentation was made showing a variety of ideas for inducting the new officers of a club.  They all emphasized how the leadership team requires a set of different types of team members with different roles to make an effective team.  PDG Charles Villeneuve used a cooking metaphor to show how the various ingredients were needed.

PDG Angie Nicholson used the parts of a hamburger to emphasis the synergistic importance of  the parts to contribute to the total leadership team.

PDG Gil Burrell used hats to depict the different roles.  He sure did have funny looking models.

There was a Tail Twister Contest where various Tail Twisters came forward and attempted to entertain us and part us from out bounty.  We were at a disadvantage because Wimberley's own Tail Twister Kathy Gould was not there to show off her New Year's diaper along with her challenging games.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Best Year of Market Days for Wimberley Lions

December 4th, the Wimberley Lions Club had their sixth record month of 2010.  The market day operation took in $31,100, breaking the previous record for a December market by $10,000.

Wimberley Lions' Treasurer, Scott Brown says "2010 was remarkable year, never were so many records set.  Everyone deserves a pat on the back for all their hard work this year.  We made and served 15,000 meals, poured 61,000 drinks, parked 6,600 cars, day leased 493 booths, hauled 880 loads for shoppers and handled 469 annual booth holders.  Whew!!!"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

LEOs Learn Lionism at Their State Convention

The Leos Club officers of Wimberley’s  Katherine Ann Porter School attended all three days of theMD2 State Leo Conference.    This was the 3rd annual statewide Leos Conference.  Fifty attended the first, one hundred attended the second and around two hundred attended the November 12-14, 2010 conference in Austin.

The attendees from KAPS Leos were  Chaley Eseness, President; Franklin Demaree, Treasurer; Bonnie Gibson, Secretary, and Nick Richards, alternate Vice President.   Also attending the conference all day Saturday were nine Wimberley High School Leos and their advisor, Lion John Stark.
The Lions club advisors were ‘firmly’ advised by State Leo Chairperson Daisy Taylor to step back and allow the Leo’s Clubs to create their own visions. By the end of the conference, many advisors were awed and amazed by the creativity, energy, and boundless optimism of the Leos Clubs as they embraced their own variety of fellowship in community service.

Lion Daisy reminded Leos and Lions advisors  that fun must be a prime component in a Leos Club.  The opening night activities included pizza and swimming at the Embassy Suites Pool.  The Saturday sessions began with after opening with breakout  50 minute sessions of leadership training, plus charities round table.
Keynote speaker and Texas Leo of the Year, Aaron Beaman, explained how all Leos shared the qualities of Leo of the Year if encouraged to ‘go beyond their limits’.  The rest of the afternoon was a blend of cheerleading by individual Leo’s clubs as they boastfully shared stories about their service projects.  The cheering was interspersed by ticket drawings and tossing of Leos Frisbees and Chocolate Eyeballs.  Saturday evening included dinner at Dave and Busters plus $10 in tickets for the giant video game extravaganza.  The final event of the evening was a black light teen dance at the Embassy Suites ballroom.  All meals and activities were covered in the $50 conference admission fee.

The Sunday morning session, beginning at 9:00, was punctually attended by so many Leos Clubs and advisors that even though additional chairs were brought in, the back and sides of the room were filled with standing room only attendees.  Impromptu changes were required for this last session, but Lion Daisy made sure that the focus of the conference remained on the individual Leos Clubs and that each clubs attendees were called forward for pictures and recognition.
As adults we cannot teach this “fire of giving”, only open the pathway; but once the path is chosen freely it may be there for a lifetime.   Being an advisor at an event such as State Leo Conference is an opportunity to  open those pathways  and be inspired by the fountain of youth embodied in our Leos Club leaders.
Guest Contributor – Wimberley Lion Linnea Bailey 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Lion relies on her 3rd grade teaching skills to tame crowd

Wimberley Lions Field contains over 490 vendor booths leased to annual lease holders.  Usually, 10% to 15% of these Lease Holders have conflicts or are sick on a typical Market Day and are no shows.  The Wimberley Lions Club attempts to fill those vacancies with Day Renters.  Day Renters complete the market injecting new products and treasures.  Many become annual lease holders because of their day rental success.  This process is challenged during November and December.  Christmas is everyone's mind, the weather is pleasant, and the shoppers are plentiful.  The Wimberley High School Texan Cheer Leaders counted 10,500 shoppers and 1,000 vendors and volunteers on the field this last Saturday.

This November Market Day's inventory showed 38 empty booths and 105 vendors signed up online for day rental provided the challenge for Lion Rebecca  Stoian, Day Lease Manager.   This is where her 3rd grade school teaching experience comes in handy.  She gets the crowds attention.  She tells them they must fill out the rental form.  If they do not have their completed rental form and sales tax form in their hand, They go to the end of the line.  She makes them line up in the order the number they got off of the internet.  She gives each her undivided focus for a short amount of time and quickly dispatches them where they can set up their wares.  Because of the demand greater than the supply, Rebecca has information about locked booths with some room between the booth and street where someone can set up.  Even grassy knolls become vendor space.  She had labeled tables set up on the pavilion for vendors.

Rebecca is supported by both Lions and Volunteers. Pictured Lion Harold Hudnall and Volunteer Bill Brown of the Hill Country Community Band.  They are taking the rental fees, issuing passes, and giving the renters their parking and driving on the field instructions.  Volunteer Ann Rollings also helps in this area.  Booth inventory is accomplished by Lions Larry Thomas, Harold Hudnall, Frank Williams, Lane Hartsock, Dan Williams, Morris Haggerton, and Cris Criswell.  Most of the gate attendance is managed by Lions Linnea Bailey and Bob Pierce with their crew of great LEOs from Katherine Ann Porter School.  KAP LEOs are led by their President Chaley Esensee.  There is also the staffing of the late arrival call in phone from 5:45 until 7:30.  It all starts with Lion Annette Harrington staffing the Day Rental call in on Thursday.

Spending an average of  37 focused seconds for each of the 105 vendors, Lion Rebecca eliminated the crowd in slightly over an hour sending them out to have a wonderful day selling their wares and putting $4,505 into the Lion's coffers for field repair and donations.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wimberley Lions Serve the Diabetes Camp

Thanks to Lion John Lyon, we have a report about the Wimberley Lions serving its first Diabetes Camp at The Texas Lions Camp.  

The event started with a gathering at Lions Field at 1PM. All food, equipment and supplies were organized by Lion Frank Williams. Lion's John Stark and John Lyon help to organized some LEO's. Once loaded up, we journeyed to Kerrville thru the Texas Hill country.   Lions John Estepp , Gene Germain, and Annette Harrington started cooking while Lion Frank got us organized for serving

Lion Starks set up tables for serving

The first wave of campers coming through. 

The long line that soon developed.

When all the campers and staff were served we counted only 15 Hot Dogs remaining.

Lion Annette lost a ear ring and about 10 volunteers started to look including Lions Don Campbell,Scott Brown,& Fred Carney.

Lion Stan Luczkowski and Linda Germain serving diet drinks. 

Not shown are Lions  Beverley Nesmith and her husband Bryan, John Lyon, Jerry Mackin, & Frank Williams.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"A Beacon of Hope" - A Wimberley Baseline in Community Service

At the first Cabinet meeting District Governor Mike Smith, in Aussie Costume, described “A Beacon Of Hope” A program that I fully endorse and I am excited to share with the lions of the district. This program will shine the light on clubs that develop a signature local service project. The Club’s project must be meaningful for the community and the membership as well.

This made me start to think - Some may think thats a stretch and I open my mouth before engaging brain...
What are the projects that are meaningful to the community?
  • Market Days - This is the first thought.  But it is not just a glob of vendors out selling flea market goods.
    • It funds Lions Charities with the Lion Share going to support the Texas Lions Camp.  Completing the 100 percent obligation for everyone of our forty years.  This year we hope to give over $9,000 to these efforts.
    • In addition to Lion Charities Letters have gone out to 63 charity organizations to submit request for funds.  At least 75% will be funded at some level.  Some of this goes to school activities, river & creek water testing, other youth activities, historical preservation, four year scholarships, student exchange program, 
    • Our LEO's learn community service working at Market Days and earn funds.  They then go through a similar process of evaluating service organizations to donate their money.
    • Since it takes more people to run a Market Day than Lions, many of our funds recipients participate.  They become friends and some become Lions.
    • The community gains from the extra sales in the shops, Bed & Breakfast Inns, and restaurants from the Thursday before through the Monday after Market Day. 
  • Road Warriors - For a least ten years the Wimberley Lions have had two miles of adopt a Highway.  From just North of Woodcreek Entrance on Ranch Road 12 to South of the Exxon Station is cleaned the last Thursday of each month.  But, a little extra is done.  Depending on the number of Lions that show up,  extra roads are cleaned.
  • Wimberley Lions join with the award winning "Keep Wimberley Beautiful" group each year for a Saturday Cleanup.  We fill a truck trailer sized garbage container each year with cleanup of roads all around Wimberley.  I remember one year a guy stopped his truck and took all of our full bags of trash.  We said we were going to haul it back to Lions Field.  He said if we could pick up the trash on his road, he could at least dispose of it. He was very appreciative.
  • Wimberley has no large industry.  It has retired people, faculty from Texas State University, State & High tech commuters, construction contractors, shop owners & workers.  There is no traditional sources of donations. PEC and Brookeshire Brothers Grocery along with the banks are the biggest donors.  This void is filled by the Lions Club, the Civic Club, and the Wimberley Valley Art League.
  • Cookout for Texas Lions Camp.  Every year the Wimberley Lions serves a cookout meal.  This meal has a high reputation at Texas Lions Camp.  Camper, counselors, staff, and their family come for a total of as much as 700.  This meal is not made by novices.  These Lions serve multiple thousands of vendors and customers each month.  They know what they are doing.  This Sunday, August 1st, Wimberley Lions will be serving a meal for Diabetic kids.  As the number of disabled kids decrease by medical breakthroughs, Type I diabetes has increased.  Camps are interlaced between disabled and diabetes kids are scheduled.  These kids learn the physical signs they must watch and how to react including administering their own shots and medicine.
  • Finally, How does the community see the Wimberley Lions Club?  I can only say just after I became Club President, Lion John Lyon made me get up in the back of the that big Mobile Health Screening Truck to throw candy to the crowd with a couple of LEO's for the 4th of July Parade.  From the time the parade started to the very end, the crowd saw that big truck and trailer with the Lion Logo and us in our vest, the crowd got out of their chairs and applauded until we were out of site.  I have observed in parades since the same response for a Lions presence at the parade.  Similar reception is observed for the Mayor and Citizen of the year.  (They are often also Wimberley Lions)
We are a big and active organization.  Can we do more?  Should we do More?  If So what?  There is a section below this for you to add your comment on other things we do or should do.  Please add your comments.