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North Shreveport Lions Club has been pretty busy the last couple of months! Congratulations to all the members who have volunteered their time, to the Bossier City Central Lions Club who graciously let us borrow their camera, and to the wonderful folks at Caddo Parish Head Start who allow us to come screen their children. Truly a team effort!


Northwest Louisiana Lions Break Ground

From left to right: Bud Byd (NSLC), Tom Pace (NSLC), Sherrie McMurray (Minden Evening), Henry Burns (Bossier), Jerry Madden (Minden), Mike Trainor (Minden Evening), Bob Martin (ARS President), Scott Harkey (NSLC), Steve Umling (NSLC) and Ward Bryant (project architect) PHOtO COURTESY OF TOM PACE
From staff reports
Shreveport Times
USA Today Network

The American Rose Society held two groundbreakings on April 5  Both are part of the Great Garden Restoration Project of the American Rose Center.  This is a five-year plan to completely renovate and design "America's Rose Garden," which will tell the story of the rose in America when complete.

The groundbreaking of the Great Garden Restoration Project and the "First Circle" is the beginning of a commitment of the American Rose Society National Board of Directors.

The groundbreaking was held as part of the board meeting and planning conference of the American Rose Society National Board of Directors.  The groundbreaking marks the beginning of the first garden work, as all other work to this point has been preparation for beginning construction of new gardens

Members of the local Lions Clubs also broke ground on their Ability Ramp, Lions Pavilion and Lions Gate which will improve access for people with disabilities to the gardens.  This area will feature a sensory garden with native plants, a seating area with information on the history of Lions CLub.

This is a Legacy Lions Club Porject in celebration of their centennial birthday.  This garden is significant to the American Rose Center as it adds both access from the Klima Rose Hall and the garden road into the gardens for those with disabilities,

[The Times included a photo of the American Rose Society officers and project staff, but for thispublication, the Lions photo is included.]


April 5, 2019 - District Governor Tony Simpson visited the North Shreveport club to present 2 awards.  Our club participated in the Club Excellence program in 2017-2018, and were selected as having successfully achieved Club Excellence.  Additionally, the president of that year, Terry Harkey, was presented with a 100% president pin.

Left to right:  Current President, Reed Ebarb; District Governor Tony Simpson; Immediate Past President, Terry Harkey (PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM PACE)

North Shreveport Lion Makes the Rounds

First Vice District Governor (a.k.a. District Governor Elect) Terry Harkey visited all 20 clubs in our district in a 2 month run in addition to traveling to Reno, Miami, Gonzales, Chicago, Rayne, West Monroe, and Baton Rouge and most of it with a broken wrist in a cast!  Her most recent visit was close to home in Bossier where she was presented with an invertible umbrella from the Bossier City Lions Club President, Henry Burns.  When asked about the intense schedule, Lion Terry said, "Well, I wanted to meet the Lions I will serve with next year and get a feel for each of the 20 clubs, which, as it turns out, are very diverse!" While these visits were completely unofficial and didn't require much speaking, they gave her a critically needed insight into each unique club in this district.  In a few weeks, she begins a 2nd round of unofficial visits where she will speak and present goals for 2019-2020.


Operation BBQ Relief National, Regional, State, and our own coordinator, Brian Ropollo, receiving $1000 check from North Shreveport Lions Club Vice President, Steve Umling.


Lots of events/activities going on right now in the district... For DISTRICT NEWS, check out the District e-house!



North Shreveport Lions Club was one of 10 clubs statewide that received the Club Excellence Award for Lion year 2017-2018.  Club Excellence is awarded to clubs in good standing that

  • executed 3 service projects (minimally)
  • donated to LCIF
  • end the year with positive growth (+1 minimum)
  • publicize service activities
  • fill all officer positions
  • participate in leadership training
  • submit reports in a timely manner

Congratulations to the other clubs in our state who achieved an "Excellent" year!


On the left, the winning art, with Teagan Spillane, Kaiya Bullock, and Marissa Evans, with Caddo Middle Magnet art teacher, Erin Sitton

It was an exciting run up to the Multiple District (state) Contest, and our District entry by Teagan Spillane, 8th grader at Caddo Middle Magnet, did well, but she did not take the top spot.  Back at home, Peace Poster Chairman for the District, Terry Harkey, presented Teagan with an Achievement Certificate, a "Kindness Matters" Lions pin, and a check for $100 from the North Shreveport Lions Club.  In all there were 21 students who participated from the school in this contest.  All of the students were recognized for their entries at the annual Peace Poster/Lions Day Pizza Party.  This year several parents were in attendance.  It was a wonderful time with some exceptional students.

PRESS RELEASE:  November 2, 2018

SHREVEPORT, LA – Teagan Spillane, an 8th grade student at Caddo Middle Magnet, has taken the first and second step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local and district competitions. She is sponsored by the North Shreveport Lions Club. 

Spillane’s poster was among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 31st annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.  Lions Club sponsor the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

The poster was selected by judges of the North Shreveport Lions Club and District 8L on Nov 17, 2018 at Louisiana Lions Children’s Camp in Anacoco, LA. It was chosen for originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme, “Kindness Matters.” About her art, the 13-year-old said, “Peace is like a drop of water, together we can move mountains.”

North Shreveport Lions Club President Reed Ebarb said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at Caddo Middle Magnet.  “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them.  I’m so proud that we were able to provide them with this opportunity to share their visions.”

This poster will advance to face stiff competition at state and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prizewinner. One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be elected.  The grand prize includes a cash award of US$5000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony.  The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of US$500.

“Our club is cheering for Teagan as her Poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world.” Ebarb said.

Locally Spillane and 21 other students will be honored for their participation by the North Shreveport Lions Club on December 5th at Caddo Middle Magnet.



The Chicken Char-broil and Chickens for Christian Service was an ENORMOUS success!!  Thank you to all the Lions who worked so hard and the friends, family and associates (even strangers!) who bought dinners.

I think everyone involved really can understand this!



l-r: Lions Dianna Smathers (Bossier City), Terry Harkey (North Shreveport), Tina Hickey (Red River), Jerry Madden (Minden), Bud Byrd (North Shreveport


Lions from Bossier City, Minden, North Shreveport, and Red River joined forces at the SIbley Bike Tour Rest Stop #2, benefitting Children's Miracle Network .  Stocked with lots of bananas and oranges, water and Gatorade, and helpful Lions to babysit very expensive bikes while riders grabbed snacks, the event only lasted 2 hours for our group which was exclusive to the 64 mile riders.  Great fun and fellowship and a good promotion for our organization!  


Bossier City Lions Hut 716 BearKat Drive, Bossier City  6:3

The focus of our first meeting is Service.
Discussion of Service Projects throughout our zones-Where can we work together?
How are we using social media/technology to promote our service projects within the zone?  How are we telling our story?
Is there a community need that should be discussed?
What is the next step to take back to our club members?

This is our opportunity to meet as clubs across our area, to share and help each in promoting Lions in our community.

Dianna Smathers & Debbie Schillings
Your Zone Chairs


District 8-L Technology and Social Media Conference
Friday September 14th & Saturday September 15th
Hilton Garden Inn Bossier City, LA
2015 Old Minden Road
Bossier City, LA 71111

$50 per person







Decorated from top to bottom, Las Vegas welcomed the International Family of Lions! Even buses and the monorail had our logos on them!  How appropriate to have it at the MGM, where the symbol is the lion! We have a new 3rd International Vice President, Bryan Sheehan! 



Installation Banquet 2018 

This year we had several surprises at the annual program.  The Banquet was held in the atrium of the Shreveport Aquarium (Barnwell's atrium for all those who remember.)  Several presentations were made prior to and following the actual business of installing the officers for the next Lion year.  The first presentation was from Lion President Terry who gave each board member a small replica of the 8x8 honorarium brick that she purchased for the American Rose Center Legacy Project accessibility nature path that included all the names of the board members.  

Knight of Sight Presentations 

Next up, Lion Past District Governor Chris Carlone, the executive director of the Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation in New Orleans, made presentations.

THREE - count 'em, folks!  THREE Knights of Sight!  They were presented to North Shreveport Lions Terry Harkey, Helen Mazier, and Chris Stewart for the work they did this year with the Cub Sight program.

Melvin Jones Fellowship  

Lion Terry became a Melvin Jones Fellow, a presentation made to outgoing Presidents, which is purchased by the club through Lions Club International Foundation.



                                                                                                                                               The Gavel is passed.

The installtion ended with the renewal of an older tradition of passing on the gavel.  Lion President Reed accepted this office and he closed the evening with his comments.  Well done, Lion President!!


North Shreveport Lions Rockin' the Vest at Caddo Parish Head Start Mass Registration


Lions at the United States Postal dedication for the Peace Rose Stamp

Get your bricks today!!  
Lions are preparing to build an landscaped accessibility entrance and ramp, pavilion with memorial pavers, and a screen (covering electrical equipment) that will tell the Lions story for our American Rose Center.  This project is HOT HOT HOT.  Memorial bricks either 4" x 8" ($100) or 8" x 8" ($200) are available NOW!!!  Please check out the architectural design and  order your bricks now!!

°  The single blue dot indicates the brick location
°°  Two blue dots shows the lions info sign location
°°° Three blue dots shows the Lions Gate entrance, and
°°°°  Four blue dots - the pavillion.



Clay Shoot Puts the "Fun" in Fundraising for State Projects

On March 10, 2018, over 70 shooters along with family, friends and fans, gathered at the Flying  Q Sporting Clay Event Center for a great morning of fun, fellowship and lots of shooting!  The men had a tie for first place and an exciting Shoot Off for the winner of the men's trophy took place, followed by lunch from Jack's BBQ and awards.  The winning ticket for the shotgun, a Beretta A400 Excel 12 gauge sporting shotgun donated by Yoken Toyota, was drawn and the Mayor of Blanchard was the lucky man!  Many thanks to the individuals and businesses who supported this fundraiser by buying raffle tickets, sign ads, sponsoring 4-H teams, and sponsoring corporate teams which helped us help others.  We support two state projects.  The Louisiana Lions Children's Camp in Anacoco, Louisiana, is a very special camp for children with a variety of conditions. This camp allows them to experience a great summer camp absolutely free.  If you know of a youth who could benefit from this experience, please contact any Louisiana Lions Club for more information or look for Louisiana Lions Children's Camp on the internet.  Louisiana Lions Eye Foundation in New Orleans has improved and even salavaged the sight of thousands of individuals by supporting research, screening children's vision, and providing services and glasses for those who cannot afford this care.  If you have a child 6 years or younger, make sure their schools are providing the highest level of screening for them.  Let them know that Lions Clubs will screen schools and daycares absolutely free with state of the art equipment.

Finally, please look for The North Shreveport Lions Club Facebook page - find that here: 
If that link doesn't work, search for the The North Shreveport Lions Club then go to photos and find the album "Clay Shoot 2018."  All the photos from this event were taken courtesy of Tom Pace, a member of the North Shreveport Lions Club, and he has graciously given permission for them to be copied or downloaded and printed for personal use by all those at the event.  

Thank you all for your support of this event!  Hope to see you NEXT YEAR!! Bring friends!

Lions Create Ability Access at the American Rose Center

As a long time resident of Shreveport, Lion Past District Governor Scott Harkey feels ownership in the American Rose Center and with that ownership, he feels a great deal of responsibility to help where he can.  Since 2017-2018 marked the 100 years of Lions, Scott was looking for a good Legacy project and discovered a need at the American Rose Center. Since this Center is THE NATIONAL American Rose Center, it would be a great project not just for Shreveport and Bossier, but for all Lions everywhere!  Since the beautiful new building was complleted at the Rose Center, there has been no real easy way for anyone with limited ability to traverse the stairs from the building to the reflection pool.  It really was quite a trek.  Lion Scott worked with folks from the Rose Center and many local businesses to put a plan together to create an ability path from the parking lot to the reflection pool and then a path (the width of two wheelchairs) up into the facility itself.  There will be a pavillion which will be paved with memorial bricks.  The "Buy a Brick" project will raise the additional funds that will be needed to complete this vision.  If you would like to honor or memorialize someone with a brick, please contact any North Shrevepot Lion, or the American Rose Center.  Brick prices are $100 for a 4"x8", and $200 for an 8"x8."  Custom logo laser engraving is available for $50 for corporate sponsors.

Lions Scott and Terry took the proposed drawings to the first Horicultural Symposium held here at the new facility.  It was very well received.  Don't wait.  Get your bricks now!!

Lions Present Peace Poster Award at Caddo Middle Magnet
Lion Gale presents John Hunter Berry with a $100 check for his winning entry in the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest.  If your middle school has an art program, please have them participate in this program.  It is a wonderful experience for the students.


Go here for a story on the sad loss of Pedee the Pelican (Children's Camp Mascot)


Second vice president of Lions Clubs International Jung-Yul Choi and his wife Seung-Bok visited Natchitoches as part of 38 day tour of the US. The Natchitoches Lion’s Club held a reception Jan. 23 at the First United Methodist Church to welcome the couple. Lion’s members from surrounding areas including Shreveport, Bossier, Alexandria, Baton Rouge and more were in attendance to meet Choi.Choi said he chose to visit Louisiana because he wanted to experience the heart of Lionism that can be found among members in the south.

“You people have heart,” he said. “I like that. Each Lion must have heart so we can serve.”

Choi, of Pusan, Republic of Korea, was elected to serve as second vice president of Lions Clubs International at its 100th International Convention in Chicago June 30-July 4, 2017. He will officially be installed as President of the organization in 2020 during a ceremony in Milan, Italy.
(credit of photos from Corey Poole from the Natchitoches Parish Journal)



Lion Bryan Roppolo accepts the $1000 check from North Shreveport Lions to OBR for their contributions to our community, our state, and our nation.


SHREVEPORT - BOSSIER LIONS JOIN FOR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION                                (for more pictures, see newsletters)

Ugly/Beautiful Christmas Sweater Competitors




With 4 heaping shopping carts full, the Purchasing Team has totally amused the clerk at Dollar Tree

Harmony House Christmas Project Transportation Team with 3 loaded SUVs and a truck


From all of us at North Shreveport Lions Club to our fellow Lions and families!


Downtown and North Shreveport Lions Screened Children's Vision at the 2017 Louisiana State Fair October 26th and November 1st





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