The Coppell Lions Club was awarded top honors as the 2012-2013 Lions Club of the Year at the recent District Convention held in Dallas on May 10-11 at the Wyndham Park Central Hotel. The award is given each year by the District Governor, and represents that club that best exemplifies the high ideals and mission of Lions Clubs International.
Lions District 2-X1 is comprised of 69 Lions Clubs ranging from as far north as Allen and as far south as Ennis and Waxahachie. On hand at the Saturday night banquet was District Governor Ken Gleason, Governor Elect Darla Wisdom, as well as several past District Governors and International Director Marvin Chambers. Coppell Lions President Bill Smothermon accepted the prestigious award on behalf of the club, flanked by several members.
“This is a great honor to bring back to our community,” said Smothermon. “We have a excellent group of Lions in Coppell that give of their time freely to make their community and the world in general a better place. It’s a great testimony to their belief in what Lions stand for.”
In citing the Coppell Lions for their achievement, District Governor Gleason noted that members of the clubs have “tirelessly served on the Global Leadership Team, Lions 2-X1 Charities, Lions University, and Zone leadership positions serving the North Texas area.” Lions Bill Smothermon, Fred Conger, Tom Garriss and Korky Kathman were singled out for their individual contributions to the district for the 2012-2013 year. Moments before, Lion Conger was awarded District Lion of The Year for his work with District events, charities and fundraisers.
It has been an especially successful year for the Coppell Lions. In September, members gave both time and monetary contributions to build the new Kid Country, then followed that will additional work on the Coppell Nature Park. In early November, the Club helped 27 underprivileged students get free eye exams and glasses. Later that month, members worked the local Sports Extravaganza, an event for the blind and visually impaired. In December the club received one of three Lions Club Excellence Awards handed out in the North Texas Area, then collected and distributed food and toys to families in need over the Christmas Holidays. In January, they were instrumental in organizing the first ever Coppell Community Summit of volunteer organizations, spearheading focused effort to help struggling families. In February, the club members helped with the collection over 3000 books to be distributed to school libraries in the area. This month, the Lions assisted with the 5k run to help with suicide prevention. The local club has been a 100% participant in The Texas Lions Camp program, and sponsored three disabled students to the upcoming summer camps. Members have logged well over 2000 hours of community service in the past year. Through it’s fund raisers it has supported the Lions Eye and Tissue Foundation and given over $100,000 in scholarships to Coppell High School Students over the years.
Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world, composed of over 46,000 clubs worldwide and 1.35 million members.