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Club Officers and Directors
2018 - 2019

President Fred Vaught
Secretary Linda Salinas
Treasurer Amanda Vaught
1st Vice President Bob Jones
2nd Vice President  
1 Year Director Bob Nelson
1 Year Director Sandy Griffin
2 Year Director Janey Wawerna
2 Year Director Ozzie Trevino
Immediate Past President Nicholle Donovan
Lion Tamer Bob Nelson
Assistant Lion Tamer Vacant
Lion Greeter Vacant
Tail Twister Nicholle Donovan
Information Technology Nicholle Donovan
LCIF Coordinator PDG Hal Griffin

Updated June 30, 2016

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Lions Organizations Supported


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Sight Conservation Programs Supported


Building upon its long-standing tradition of aiding the blind and visually impaired in local communities, in 1990 Lions Clubs International established SightFirst, an aggressive global blindness prevention initiative.

The unprecedented program joins leading blindness prevention experts, blindness prevention organizations, governments and Lion volunteers in an effort to establish long-term solutions in eliminating preventable and reversible blindness. Worldwide, SightFirst projects, funded by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), are developed to fill the gaps between what is being done and what needs to be done by targeting the leading causes of blindness affecting large regional populations.

LCIF is funding Focus on Sight .  Today, in addition to their international SightFirst program, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts..

GiftSight EmblemGive the Gift of Sight Program with LensCrafters. Since 1988, Lions clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada have worked with LensCrafters stores to collect old, unwanted eyeglasses for distribution on optical missions in developing countries.
As a result of the early success of these programs, LensCrafters now offers several free and reduced-cost eye care programs in North America. When providing assistance to others, Lions are encouraged to utilize these resources:

  • Gift of Sight OnSite Vouchers:  Lions clubs and other groups may obtain a limited number of pairs of glasses for people in need free of charge. Eye exams not included.

  • Lions Special Price:  Once charitable vouchers are exhausted, Lions are able to purchase an unlimited number of pairs of glasses for needy individuals at a special price of $50 per pair.  Eye exams not included.

  • Hometown Day:  The first Wednesday in December each year is Hometown day.  LensCrafters along with the Lions Club and local Doctors come together to donate eye examinations and glasses to needy people in the Abilene and surrounding areas who are pre-selected by the Lions Club.

Eyeglasses for those in need - our club provides for free eye exams and glasses for qualified children from our community. The Abilene Independent School District School Nurses screen student's qualifications.  Eye glasses are purchased for needy adults (limited by funding).  Contact us for additional information or requests.

Used eyeglass collection - we have eyeglass collection boxes in various locations throughout our community.  Lions collect more than 3 million pairs of used eyeglasses each year for distribution in developing countries.

Eyeglass Collection Locations:

Dr Nicolina

Dr Russell Dressen

Van Cleave

Eye Masters

Eye Mart Express

Frenchmaxs Optical

Dyess Hospital Eye Clinc

Dyess AFB BX

3225 S. 27th Street

942 Hickory

222 Westwood

4150 Southwest Dr.

3473 Catclaw Dr.

710 Butternut





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Texas Lions Camp

The Texas Lions Camp at Kerrville, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing, without charge, a summer camp for children with physical disabilities and Type 1 diabetes from the state of Texas regardless of race, religion or national origin.

Since 1949 the Texas Lions Camp has served over 50,000 children with special medical conditions. Located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, the Camp is nested on 504 acres of wooded countryside. Modern facilities include a newly renovated dining hall, infirmary, junior Olympic sized swimming pool, fishing pond, high and low elements ropes course, gym, weight room, amphitheater, air-conditioned cabins and much more.

Children attending the Texas Lions Camp have opportunities to experience recreational and leisure activities. Swimming, water sports, horseback riding, nature trails, tennis courts, team courts, team sports, canoeing and sleeping under the stars are just a few of the activities available for campers. Children attending the Texas Lions Camp have many opportunities for positive social interaction, gaining self-confidence and developing a greater self-image.

Children with physical disabilities eligible to participate in summer camping programs at the Texas Lions Camp must be between the ages of  7 and 16. Children with Type 1 diabetes must be between the ages of 8 and 15.

The diabetic camping program at the Texas Lions Camp provides children with an opportunity to learn and expand their self-care skills. While attending the diabetic program campers participate in a wide range of educational programs in addition to the primary recreational activities offered each summer. A medical team joins the Texas Lions Camp to help children learn more about their condition. Each day children monitor blood sugar levels, make choices regarding nutrition, and learn about insulin procedures. Parents are offered a special day of instruction at the end of each camping session. The parent instruction provides detailed information about current diabetes care.

The Texas Lions Camp is funded primarily through the generosity of Lions Clubs throughout the state of Texas. Lions Clubs significantly support the activities of the Camp through gifts and volunteer resources. Each spring Lions Clubs help prepare the Camp for the children. On Work Weekends Lions Clubs provide volunteers who assist with painting, cutting firewood, cleaning brush, washing windows and much more. Lions Clubs support the Camp's efforts by recruiting and sponsoring campers from their communities. Some Clubs even provide transportation to and from camp! Lions Clubs also come to Camp throughout the summer to prepare meals and meet campers. Through the enthusiasm, talents and gifts provided by Texas Lions Clubs the Texas Lions Camp continues to offer exciting summer opportunities at no charge.

To learn more about the Texas Lions Camp visit our website at On our website you can take Camp tour, download a camper of staff application and discover other opportunities for being involved at the Texas Lions Camp.


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Civic Organizations Supported

Abilene Food Bank NOAH Project
Meals on Wheels Girl Scout Troop 180
Boy Scouts of America Reading is Fundamental
Abilene State School Project Graduation
Dyess Chiefs Group (VA Hospital) Medical Mission
Hope Haven Salvation Army
Boys and Girls Club Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Key City Little League Woodson Bell Choir


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Lions in the News






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August 5 Business meeting.
August 12

Rene Hicks - Buffalo Gap Rehab.

August 19

Linda Cheatham - Volunteering.

August 26  


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Youth Outreach Contests - Cactus Lions





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Board Meeting Minutes 2009-2010

July 2009
August 2009
September 2009
October 2009
November 2009
December 2009
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010


Board Meeting Minutes 2008-2009

July 2008
August 2008
September 2008



January 2009
April 2009
May 2009
June 2009




Lions Tale ( Club News Letter )

January 2005 issue
February 2005 issue




Star Spangled Banner  August 1, 2007

Cactus Lions Downloads

Personal Computer Security


  Posted January 24, 2007


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Dates to Remember (Calendar)


July 4:    Cactus Lions Flag Project Day
July 23:   First District Cabinet Meeting Registration - PDF, Agenda - PDF. - Vernon.

Aug 4 - 6:  First Council of Governors Meeting,  PDG  Banquet Application - PDF, Agenda - PDF, Schedule - PDF,  Hotels - Kerrville

September 11:       Cactus Lions Flag Project Day - (911)
September 15 - 17:    2016 USA/CANADA Lions Leadership Forum Registration Form - Omaha, Nebraska.
September :         Region 6/Combined Zone Meeting,  - Abilene. 

October 10:
 Cactus Lions Flag Project Day
(Columbus Day)
October 15  :  Second District Cabinet Meeting, Registration - First United Methodist Church, 419 West Walker Street, Breckenridge, TX.
Oct 28 - 29:   Second Council of Governors Meeting - Waco, Texas.
Nov :       
Second Zone Meeting - All 12 District 2-E1 Zones.
November 11:  Cactus Lions Flag Project Day (Veterans Day)
November:  Region 6/Combined Zone Meeting, Abilene, TX

December  :  Light Up a Life Tree in the Mall of Abilene, 12-2pm and 4-6 pm.
December 20:  
Cactus Lions Christmas Party, Beehive Restrauant, 442 Cedar St, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.


January 20 :  Mid-Winter Conference,  - Registration Form, Agenda,  Flyer - Jacksboro, TX.

Feb 2 - 4:
Third Council of Governors Meeting - Kerrville, Agenda/Schedule - PDF, Hotels
February :   Cactus Lions Spaghetti Supper,   4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
February 20:  
Flag Day - Monday, Presidents Day.
February : District 2-E1, Region 6 Meeting,

March :
Annual Texas Lions Leadership Forum, Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 New Airport Drive, Austin, Texas, (Application) - PDF.
March : 
First Work Day – Texas Lions Camp.
March :
White Cane Day, 9:00am. - 5:00 pm.  Flyer -PDF
March :
Region 6/Combined Zone Meeting.

April 21-22:  District 2-E1 Lions Convention/Golf  Tournament, Wichita Falls, Texas -  (Convention Registration Package - PDF, Flyer - PDF), (Request and Payment must be received no later than February, for Pre-Registration Package Discount), Convention Schedule - PDF, Golf Application - PDF,  Hotel Application - PDF, Reservation Cutoff date: March .
April : -
White Cane Day.
May :  
Third (And Last) Work Day – Texas Lions Camp.
May : 
Nurses' Appreciation Breakfast - Abilene Country Club, 6:30 a.m.
May  20 -
Flag Day, Armed Forces Day.
May 18 - 21-
MD-2 Lions State ConventionOnLine Registration Form - PDF Registration Form - PDF,  San Antonio, TX
May  - Project Graduation
May 29 -
Flag Day, Memorial Day.

June  - Cactus Lion's Installation Banquet -
June 14 - Flag Day.

June  - Training Session.

June 30 - July 4: 
98th International Convention, Registration Form, On-Line Registration - Chicago, Illinois.

 September 21 - 23:    2016 USA/CANADA Lions Leadership Forum Registration Form - Portland, Oregon.


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   41th Annual Cactus Lions Club Fund Raiser
and John Massey Memorial


   (With Famous Secret Sauce)
   Handicapped Children
702 S. Judge Ely
   Saturday, February 17, 2018
   4:00 PM  To   8:00 PM  
   $8.00 Adults        $5.00 Children under 10
    All You Can Eat

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Conducted By

Abilene Cactus Lions Club

Flag placed in customers yard on eight "Flag Days"  for a year.

2018   2019  
July 4 Independence Day Feb. 18 Presidents Day
Sept 11 Patriot Day May 18 Armed Forces Day
Oct 8 Columbus Day May 27 Memorial Day
Nov 11 Veterans Day Jun 14 Flag Day


Flags placed in the morning and removed the same day in the evening.

Flags are 3' X 5', high quality, and pole mounted.

All for a donation of $40 annually.

All proceeds will be used for Abilene Cactus Lions Club Community Projects, Lions International programs locally and throughout the State of Texas.

Flag Contract.

For more information Contact Us.


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Updated: Friday June 22, 2018