Lion Mike introduced our speaker, Tomball Police Department Captain Ricky Doerre. Lion Mike welcomed new member Ed De Lany. Lions & guest pictured left-right: Lion Joe Sykora, Tomball Police Department Captain Ricky Doerre, New Lion member Tomball EMT Ed De Lany and Secretary Paul Hancock.
Highlights from the meeting are as follows:
  • Is a fifth generation family from the Tomball area;
  • Has 26 years of service with the Tomball Police Department;
  • Funds donated by our Lions Club (and other organizations) used for “Shop With A Cop” program each Christmas season—20 to 25 needy kids, shop at local Walmart and each gets about $200 to spend;
  • Project handled by off-duty police force and support staff;
  • Explorer Post sponsored for high school teens interested in a law enforcement career;
  • Our funds go toward both of the above projects; if desired we can designate which project we want to help with.
  • Discussed police force in general — have 47 sworn in policemen and policewomen, plus their support staff, plus volunteers.
  • Crime rate in the Tomball general area is not as heavy as in areas closer to Houston, mostly thefts/break-ins;
  • Spoke of some hot spots where thefts occur (parking lots at Tomball Hospital, Lowes, other areas near 249 Expressway for quick escape;
  • Spoke of Safety Team of 4 volunteers at Salem Lutheran Church, help with crowd control, medical issues and security.