El Paso Downtown Lions Club

Vicki  Drennan
7741 Lockheed
El Paso, Tx 79925

PDG Lion
Rod Davenport’s
Antiques &

7205 Doniphan
Canutillo, Tx

Quality Coin
Jewelry & Loan Co.

Charlie Haddad

Highest Prices Paid
for Gold & Silver

Past President
Lion Charlie &
Lion Pat Orndorff

L & M Bezemik Realty
Lud & Martha Bezemik
(915) 591-5106
1601 Mary Megan Ct.
El Paso, Texas 79935

"Happy Int'l Lions
Clubs Anniversary!"

Lion Duane Juvrud

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Volume 77 Issue 2  Reporter John Feighery  July 13, 2018

Our recycled Lion Boss Mike Hick started the meeting promptly at 12:15. Lion Mike
Batkin led us in prayer, Lion John Eger led the pledge and Past President David Zarazua
led in song as we asked God to bless America. A special welcome back was offered to
Lions Ernie Hernandez, Armando Medrano and Rick Schoen.  We were asked to keep
Lion Duane Juvrud in our prayers.
Immediate Past President Candy Schoen presented director awards to Lions David
Zarazua, Ernie Hernandez and Carlos Kaplan.  She presented a Tail Twister award to
Lion Pat Orndorff.
Past District Governor Jim Peak presented Past President David Zarazua with a plaque
honoring him as our club’s newest Texas Lions Foundation Fellow. Your reporter was
presented a LCI Silver Centennial Pin.
Past President Neil Siegel offered a history lesson about Dr. Mary Walker, the only
woman to have been awarded the Medal of Honor. This medal was later recalled, but she
would not release it. Dr. Walker died in 1919 at the age of 86. President Jimmy Carter
restored the medal to her posthumously in 1977.
Lion Annette Norch announced the cabinet meeting to be held at Fort Stockton on
7/28/18 with a social on the previous evening. The registration fee will be paid by our
club for active club members who attend.
Our guest speaker was Susie Byrd, a member of the El Paso Independent School District
Board of Trustees.  She told us she ran for this position to improve education in El Paso
which would translate to improved income. Another reason she ran for the position is to
make the district more accountable to the taxpayers. EPISD receives approximately half
the property taxes of people who support it and has a budget of approximately ½ billion
dollars. We have a declining enrollment and too many school buildings. Our buildings
are underutilized. Meetings with community members lead to better decisions about
school closings. The EPISD budget needs some real work. Byrd was recently asked to
approve spending $4 million to purchase something without being told specifically what
would be purchased and if the purchase was competitive.  She believes the district
should focus on transparency, accountability, and student outcome. Twenty five percent
of our students are Spanish speakers. She spoke of the dual language education program
which values Spanish and English equally and closes the achievement gap among
students. She did not cite any findings of improvement in either the native Spanish or
native English speakers as a result of this program, just that the gap was closed.
Winners in the drawing included Lions John Eger, Jim Peak, David Zarazua, Candy
Schoen, Susan Driscoll and Neil Siegel.
At the conclusion of his installation ceremony, Lion Boss Mike offered a traditional Irish
blessing. Please allow me to do the same thing here. “May the Good Lord take a liking to
you,…..but not too soon.”