In 1983, Ronald Reagan was President. The Boom Box, Cabbage Patch Dolls, and the Rubik’s Cube were all the rage. Tom Peter’s In Search of Excellence was an overwhelming best seller, and the radio airwaves serenaded with the mellow sound of The Carpenters.
It was also the year that the Coppell Lions Club was chartered. Officially, the club came into existence on May 12, 1983, but the Charter Night Ceremony was held at then, Coppell Middle School, on June 11, 1983.
Coppell was very different in 1983.With a population of only around 3,500, there was no Coppell Chamber of Commerce, only a four-city Metrocrest Chamber. Belt Line Road, Sandy Lake Road and Denton Tap were all two-lane asphalt roads.There were no grocery stores, and only two places to eat in town: Dolly’s Cafe and Dairy Queen. Coppell High School was located in what is now Coppell Middle School West, and changed it’s mascot from the Lion to the Cowboy when the Dallas Cowboys moved into Valley Ranch.
Since that time, the club has met regularly, over 2,600 times plotting it’s course to help the community and especially the underprivileged. It has hosted 26 Pancake Breakfasts representing over 20,000 pancakes, collected over three tons of toys, distributed almost 2000 Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and provided over $100,000 in college scholarship money to High School students. Countless hours of service from Lions over the years were recognized on May 1, 2006 when the City of Coppell declared Lions Appreciation Day.
Today, Lions are still at work building on the past and planning for the future, especially in sight-related programs, food drives, scholarships and other programs supporting the community.