Lion Mike Halbach introduced guest speaker, PDG Eddie Risha, District 2-S2 LCI Foundation Coordinator from the Conroe Noon Lions Club. Pictured left-right are: Lion Vice President Bubba Hardee, PDG Eddie Risha, and PDG Danny Zee. Photo provided by Lion Al Gerhardt.
PDG Risha gave a very informative presentation on the various ways the Foundation helps communities locally, nationally and internationally in time of need, after manmade and natural disasters (9/11 aid to workers, flood relief to Harris/Montgomery Counties, etc.). Current emphasis is on measles vaccinations with a “$1 for 1 shot” program to help reduce the approximate 300 children who die each day around the world due to this virus. District 2-S2 raised a total of $33,000 in 2016 aided by matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since its founding in 1968, LCIF has awarded more than 13,000 grants totaling over US$1 billion. PDG Risha described the LCIF Multiple Donor Contributing Member Program whereby a Club can donate $20 per member to obtain Contributing Member status and receive Contributing Member pins for each member. PDG Lion Danny Zitterich made a motion, seconded by Lion Reyna Sirias and unanimously passed by members to contribute $20 x 41 members (= $820.00) to this fund. Note: Lion Halbach will complete the Contributing Member form and have it sent along with a check for $820.00 made out to “Lions District 2-S2” and forwarded to PDG Eddie Risha.