Thursday evening, following a potluck supper attended by family and friends, the Big Sandy Area Lions Club held their club installation meeting. Incoming Vice District Governor Chester “Chet” Garner from the Kilgore Lions Club conducted the installation of the following new officers: President Lois Triebenbach, Vice President and Marketing and Communications Chair Derrick Menefee, Secretary Debra Caughron, Treasurer Doug Strub, 2-year Director Liz Elkins, Service Chair Texanna Greene, Membership Committee Chair Pamela Griffin, Tail Twister Lupe Gonzalez, and Lion Tamer Jastin Baker.
Many other members were recognized for their outstanding service. Lion Texanna Greene was named “Lion of the Year” by President Rickey Caughron. Texanna worked tirelessly as the club Tail Twister, even stepping up to serve during a District meeting. Perfect attendance awards went to Texanna Green, Pamela Griffin, Doug Strub, Lois Triebenbach, Debra Caughron, and Rickey Caughron. Lions Museum Life Members recognized were Liz Elkins, Rickey and Debra Caughron, and Terry and Lois Triebenbach. Lion Lupe Gonzalez received the Centennial Membership Award in recognition for “recruiting and retaining new Lions and/or helping to organize a new Lions Club.”
Also recognized during the festivities were young men and women from our community who have volunteered at events – vision screenings, festivals, highway clean up days, and more: Jerron Fountain, Eric McFall, Devonte Menefee, Dakaras Menefee, Hakim Menefee, Hakoem Menefee, Hailey Hare, Jerricka Hare, Rebecca Strub, Journey Jones, Seth Williams, and Jordan Baker.
Outgoing Club President, Rickey Caughron, recapped his year serving as president and stated he was looking forward to serving on the district level as Cabinet Secretary and District Chaplain. The Big Sandy Area Lions Club is relatively young – beginning their third year – but has been extremely active in the community. They have participated in the Love Big Sandy Spring Fair and New Beginnings Christian Fellowship ‘Fun n Fall’ celebration, adopted a portion of Highway 80 for litter pickup, held vision screenings at the Back to School Bash and a garage sale during Hwy 80 days with proceeds to help purchase eye glasses for kids, helped with food and cleanup at the annual Big Sandy ISD Teachers’ Luncheon and the Honor Our Heroes (9/11) Supper. Also, the Club’s work during the clean up efforts after the tornado in Hawkins two years ago was featured in the Lions International Magazine. The Lion motto: WE SERVE is alive and thriving in the Big Sandy Area Lions Club!