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.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
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, July 28, 2010
- 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)
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
This last Market Day, an unusual request was received. Kathleen Buhanan faced with hospital expenses for one of her sons that she was unable to pay ask for a small spot to draw Caricatures. We had fun posing and helping her get some funds. Here you see our Lion Boss.
If you are looking for that unique gift for someone you can contact Kathleen at her website www.artisticgrip.com
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Larry retired in 1996 from a career in Real Estate Mortgage & Investing where he fulfilled the position of President/CEO of a Division of Henry S. Miller, Equity Management Corp, and Falcon Group. Larry and his wife of 45 years, Carol, have three grown children all with successful professions.
Larry has had tough time with his health. A stroke forced him into an early retirement and have plagued him since. He is recovering nicely from his last stroke and we are all looking forward to his regular attendance at meetings and work at Market Days.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Pat mentioned that while he has served on the Board of many organizations, his first experiences on a Board of Directors was with the Wimberley Lions Club. He learned from that experience.
Dr. Patrick Cox will be discussing his latest book Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics in Wimberley at WIC's May 10 lecture series. He is Associate Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin and a member of the Board of Directors of the Perdernales Electric Coop.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
One of the last Charter Members of the Wimberley Lioness Club passes away. Kaye worked on Lion projects with her husband, Lion James. when women were not permitted in Lions. Past District Governor Dave Slider presided over the Wimberley Lioness Club Charter Night during his term as District Governor in 1985. Kaye was one of its leaders. Lion Kaye continued her leadership role as the Lioness club merged with the Wimberley Lions Club. Kaye worked on the Donations Committee and wrote the club newsletter for many years. Kaye was recognized by her club by her Outstanding Lion Award, Life Membership of Texas Lions Camp, and being named a Melvin Jones Fellow.
Kaye did not restrict her volunteering to the Lions, she worked with the Crisis Bread Basket as a volunteer, a recruiter of volunteers, and as a member of their Board of Directors. Kaye was an active member of the Chapel of the Hills Church and served on its Benevolent Committee.