The Alvin Noon Lions Club presented donations to several local organizations at their annual awards dinner June 16 at Joe’s Banquet Center.

“Tonight, we are honored to have representatives from the organizations that our club contributes to each year. Last year, we were unable to have this event due to covid, so we are happy that we can have you here tonight to receive our donation,” said President Carl Gerjes.

The club contributed earlier this year to the Alvin Community College Foundation

and the Alvin ISD Education Foundation. Both organizations support a quality education students of all ages.

The Alvin Police Officers Association is represented by Shawn Gilcrease, who leads the associations shop with a cop program. The club donates each December to this program where officers accompany youth to shop for Christmas gifts.

Close Up is another program in which the club provides support. Mary Stimson is the advisor for the program that provides students the opportunity to visit Washington, DC to see our government in action.

The following organizations were also present to receive a donation from the club:

Brazoria County Association for Children with Handicaps (BACH) which was  represented by executive director Leigh Ann Fry. The mission of the BACH Early Childhood Intervention program is to promote positive child development programs for children with special needs and empower families to be lifelong advocates for their children.

Brazoria County Alliance for Children (BCAC) was represented by Multi-disciplinary Team Liaison Jerry Lyons. The BCAC provides services to help meet the needs of abused and neglected children by partnering with law enforcement and other social service providers within Brazoria County.

Junior Achievement (JA) was represented by executive director Kim Effenberger

JA programs help develop the skills young people need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.

Meals on Wheels was represented by board member Andy Tacquard.

Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable our local senior citizens to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.

The Arc of the Gulf Coast was represented by executive director Melisa McNiel.

The Arc of the Gulf Coast supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in their quest for self-determination, ensuring that they have meaningful lives in the communities where they live, learn, work, play and worship.

Upward Bound was represented by director Yolanda Warren and assistant Maribel Beasley. The ACC Upward Bound Program provides academic tutoring, advising, assistance in obtaining financial aid, on-campus summer camp, local and out-of-town field trips, and ACT/SAT preparation for eligible students to improve academic skills, gain high self-esteem, experience cultural opportunities, and have enthusiasm for the learning process so they can succeed at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

The club also supports other programs throughout the year including the

Sight Conservation Program which is chaired by Lion Ann Brotherton.

The Alvin Noon Lions Club, in partnership with the Alvin ISD, pays for the membership of the Alvin ISD school nurses which enables them to take advantage of free glasses for students in need. The program also provides glasses for students who do not have a social security number and for adults in need who submit an application. The lead nurse for Alvin ISD, who is the liaison for the program, Katrina Weber and nurse assistant Michelle Zacharias represented the nurses at the dinner.

The club also contributes to the Texas Lions Camp. Lion Shirley Brothers is the local liaison and works to recruit campers. Texas Lions Camp is a free camp for children with physical disabilities, type 1 diabetes, cancer and Downs Syndrome.

In addition, the club awards two scholarships every year to Alvin High School students who demonstrate outstanding volunteerism and civic involvement.

This year the scholarship were awarded virtually in May Recipients this year are Blakeli Duckworth, who will be attending Texas A & M University and majoring in Biomedical Science and Stephanie Limon who will major in Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University.

 The club made a special presentation to the wife of Bonnie Howard. “ Bonnie never hesitated when Lion Charles Stagg asked him to help provide eyeglasses for children. We’ve lost count of the amount of money that he donated over the years but what we do know is that his support helped literally hundreds of children in Alvin receive the eyeglasses they needed,” said Gerjes. Mr. Howard passed away earlier this year. “Tonight, we are honored to have his wife, Janice, with us so to present her a plaque in honor of Mr. Howard and in recognition of his generous support over the years,” Gerjes added.

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