On Tuesday, June 25, the De Queen Lions Club had their annual awards and new officer installation banquet. Bryan Blackwood was installed as the new president for 2019-2020, replacing outgoing President Jeff Brown.
The following officers were installed: Scott Simmons, First Vice President; Helga Buenrostro, Second Vice President; Ben Refrow, Third Vice President; Noel Bard, Secretary/Treasurer; Teri Hart, Membership Chairperson; Eduardo Abril, Lion Tamer; Jeff Holcombe, Tail Twister; Bryan Blackwood, Service Chairperson; and Paul Lewis, Marketing Chairperson. The following board members were also installed: Paul Lewis, Eduardo Abril, Heather Brown, and Lee Hammond.
Since the club’s chartering in 1950, its members have worked on and donated to a variety of projects in the community. This year alone we have funded college scholarships, bought eyeglasses and elementary school supplies, sponsored youth baseball teams and Take a Kid Fishing Derby, donated to Sevier County Cancer Survivors, Sevier County Senior Citizens Center, De Queen Leopard and Lady Leopard baseball and softball, and the Imagination Library.
The De Queen Lions Club has 37 members and meets at noon on Tuesdays at Tres Agaves. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service throughout the world.