The Price of a Bike
It seemed like a simple request from our new District Governor: “Will you gather some Richardson Host and Midday Lions and come put a bike together after our Cabinet Meeting this week?” Now, what else is there to say to the esteemed DG Bill Smotherman except for, “Of course, that sounds easy enough”. So, Lions Huby, John, Harry, and myself arrived with tools in hand and an hour to spare on a Saturday afternoon. Three hours later, the box containing about a billion bike pieces was finally empty and I had a little fun testing out the new wheels! As I was about to leave, DG Bill mentioned that I was to deliver the bike to the deserving youngster in Richardson. Well, this did not seem to be unreasonable, although I was already late for a family dinner by now, and the bike barely fit into my car. I drove straight to the families apartment, but there was no sign of anyone living there, nor would anyone answer the phone. I left my name at the apartment complex office, but was very skeptical that I would every hear from anyone. However, at 9:30 that evening, a very excited mother called me to say that they had been out of town and could I please bring the bike by as soon as possible. We arranged a meeting at 7:30 the next morning. Upon arriving at the apartment, the 8 year old that greeted me at the door excitedly pushed his way past me and made his way on his crutches toward the parking lot. Jaden could hardly wait for his mom and I to find a neighbor to help us unload the bike. We struggled to get the bike out of the car because the basket kept getting stuck, but all he could talk about was how he could put his toys and iPad in the basket! His mother helped him on the bike and he figured out the hand crank within seconds. My granddaughter was with me and she had a turn on the bike, with her new friend encouraging her to pedal harder up the hill. As the mom and I talked about our similar jobs, the two kids played happily together in the early Sunday morning sun.
As I drove away that morning, I realized that the price of a Rock and Roll Cycle is not just measured in dollars, manpower and time. Its value is in the look of absolute joy on an 8 year old’s face, the words of appreciation from a parent, and the reminder of why I’m a Lion. — Christy Householter, Richardson Midday Lions Club.
PDG Carolyn Dorman Awarded Ambassador of Goodwill Award
Heart-felt congratulations are in order for one of our most beloved and active District 2-X1 Lions! PDG Carolyn Dorman (DG 2006-2007) was awarded the Lions Club International (LCI) Ambassador of Goodwill Award at the recent gathering of the Texas Council of Governors on February 6, 2016 in Kerrville, TX. The award represents the highest honor that is bestowed by the International association based in Chicago, Il.
On hand for the celebration were District Governors, First Vice-District Governors and Second Vice-District Governors from all 16 districts in the state of Texas, along with members, council representatives and International Dignitaries. The award was presented to PDG Dorman by Past International President Everett J. “Ebb” Grindstaff.
The award is well-deserved, honoring PDG Carolyn’s history of her year’s of service at the local, district and state level. She was the driving force in the organization and compositing of District 2-X1’s leadership in training of new Lions. She helped create and perpetuate District 2-X1s Lions University, a yearly even that trains over 150 Lions every year and is a model all over the world for excellence in training. She was head of the GLT for the District for five years during that period of service, then moved into a State MD-2 role for coordination of the Centennial Celebration. She also serves as the current Chair of the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee for MD-2.
“Lion Carolyn has been an inspiration for Lions everywhere, especially Texas Lions, unselfishly giving of her time and strength to further Lion’s service to the community and to the world. This honor recognizes a dedicated effort for the Lions of this District, this State and the world,” said District 2-X1 First Vice District Governor Bill Smothermon.
Her partner in service is Lion Carlton who has been a tireless worker in District 2-X1 also.
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District News Highlights
Club Events and News
- District Lions Aid Amazing Grace Food Pantry After Fire
- Plano Early Joins With Boys and Girls Club for Recycle for Sight
- Irving Noon Day Hosts Low-Vision Clinic for IIRC
Important Upcoming Events
- Dallas Founder Lions Club 100th anniversary on September 10th
- Sports Extravaganza on October 28th and 29th at Nimitz High School
- Mid-winter Conference on January 14, 2017 at Region 10
- District Convention on April 28-29, 2017 at Courtyard Marriott 1201 Raiford Road in Carrollton.