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|Volume 76 Issue 24 Reporter Zenaida Olivas December 8, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 PM by Lion Boss Candy Schoen. Lion PP Mike
Hicks led the invocation, the pledge was led by Lion Marc Almkolv and song by Past
President David Zarazua. District Governor John Feighery’s guest was his wife Jean.
PDG Jim Peak’s guests were his wife Julia and daughters Cindy and Kathy. Lions Adriana
and Armando Martinez’s guest was their daughter. Lion Jack Bristol’s guest was his wife
and University Lion Lil.
Lion Neil Seigel, talked about the history of the first recorded celebration of Christmas in
the oldest town in the State of Texas, Presidio. He informed us that 330 years ago, two
groups of people joined together and held the first Christmas celebration in Texas at La
Junta de los Rios, which is where the Rio Concho, the Rio Grande, the Rio Bravo all meet
with the Cibolo Creek. Back in 1683, Spanish explorers stopped there because of the
water and celebrated with all the Indians and the Native Americans that were there the
very first Christmas mass ever.
Former Past President David Zarazua informed us that the El Paso Downtown Lion’s
Club donated some much needed items to the Opportunity Center for the Homeless. He
also informed us that he was going to deliver these items to the Opportunity Center
immediately after the meeting and asked if anyone would like to accompany him.
Immediate PP Armando Medrano reminded us of the upcoming Salvation Army Red
Kettle fundraising event. He reminded everyone of their scheduled Red Kettle volunteer
time to go and ring the bell at the Sam’s Club! Please remember the next time you hear
that familiar ringing bell, count your blessings and then drop a little spare change in the
kettle. Thank you everyone for your time, generosity, and commitment. We Serve!
Lion Roger Nichols introduced Alesia Griswald, Viena Payan, Jeanette Surface and Karen
Whitfield who are the members of the Desert Diamonds Quartet and also our program
for the day. These beautiful ladies delighted us with Christmas carols and songs. They
took us on a journey to Christmas and created an unforgettable listening experience.
IT IS GREAT TO BE AN El PASO DOWNTOWN LION!