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|Volume 76 Issue 15 Reporter Carlos Kaplan October 6, 2017
Lion Boss Candy Schoen led our Friday meeting. Invocation was led by Lion Carlos
Kaplan, the Pledge of Allegiance by Lion Emma Caylor and “America the Beautiful” and
the “Lions Roar” by Lion David Zarazua.
Guests: Lion Zenaida Olivas had a guest, Della Moore. She is a prospective member. Lion
Marilu Beard was accompanied by her husband, David.
Announcements: Lion DG John Feighery is traveling. We discussed the upcoming White
Cane Day which is being sponsored by the Texas Workforce organization. There is an
upcoming event called “Sharefest”. 7-Eleven will be helping collect clothing and
household items at their stores and we will be assisting with organization and
distribution of all the donated items on Oct 28th.
Health and Welfare: Lion Bill Fields wife passed away on Sept. 27. On Sept 26, Lion Bill
Field was hospitalized. His daughter, Holly wrote, “he had a stroke plus double
pneumonia, plus his cancer in which he has had for a while. His left side of his body is
paralyzed, can't see out of his left eye, and he can't swallow. He has a feeding tube. He
was moved to the rehab floor at Sierra/ Providence, on Oct 7th. On Oct 8th, he was
moved back to Critical Care. He has been through so much. Thank you for asking. He
loves being a Downtown Lion.”
Upcoming Programs: Lion Mac Snodgrass spoke about the different programs coming
this month. The next program will be “Movies of Lions Floats” and interesting videos.
The following program will be about the Secondary School Teacher of the Year which
we will welcome. The last program of the month of October will be Bob Moore, former
editor of the El Paso Times. There is a possibility of additional guest newspaper
Program: Lion PP David Zarazua introduced our speakers and program. John Martin is
the Director of the Opportunity Center for the Homeless. Araceli Lazcano is the
Development and Media Director. They run an emergency shelter for the homeless. They
serve approximately 350 individuals per day.
There are four emergency shelters. There is one shelter for men, one for women, one for
families and one for seniors. There has been a drastic cutting of dollars for funding for
services such as medical, psychological and legal help. They run 42l apartments and
focus on the chronically homeless. They have a holistic approach to healing and dealing
with their clients. Ninety percent of the people they help are local. Excellent
presentation. Our club has helped serve meals, bought plates and donated turkeys to the
Opportunity House in the past.
IT’S GREAT BEING AN EL PASO DOWNTOWN LION!