DALLAS - The Ballinger Noon Lions Club was represented at the recent Lions Club Centennial Celebration held Oct. 5-7 in Dallas. The Centennial Celebration also commemorated the first Lions Club Convention held at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas in October of 1917.

DALLAS - The Ballinger Noon Lions Club was represented at the recent Lions Club Centennial Celebration held Oct. 5-7 in Dallas. The Centennial Celebration also commemorated the first Lions Club Convention held at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas in October of 1917.

That first convention was held with 40 men from 23 different clubs, 12 of which were from Texas.

Hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Lions Clubs, the three day event , offered opportunities galore for education, service and celebration. The Hyatt Regency North Dallas, in Richardson, Texas, will be the site of many of the events. However, to serve, we must get out into the community.

There were multiple opportunities for service, with members fanning out literally to all parts of the area to assist in free health check programs, free vision screening, construction, food distribution and a host of other service projects.

The finale celebration was at Eddie Deen’s Ranch in downtown Dallas culminated the three-day celebration with food, games, fun and dancing.

Past International President Ebb Grindstaff accompanied by his wife Jay were in attendance at the event, marking 100 years of Lionism.

Grindstaff said it was a treat to be at the event, where Lions Club members from all over the world were in attendance.

“It was impressive,” Grindstaff said.

Grindstaff’s contributions to Lions Club have been vast, and he said he was honored to be among his Lions Club friends and digniitaries during the celebration.

During the event, the Lions Club representatives stayed true to many of their most important causes, by offering eye exams to visitors.

Also in attendance was First Vice President Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir of Iceland, who will be named the first female International President in 2018.

Don Newbury, former Chancellor of Howard Payne University was the guest speaker for one of the events during the weekend.

And on Saturday night, the members were treated to a barbecue dinner at

Prior to the 100th Anniversary of Lions Club, Grindstaff compiled a second volume of history titled “Texas Lions: Celebrating 100 years.” The book took him 18 months to write and chronicled the second 50 years of Lions Clubs in Texas.

The book chronicles the accomplishments of the 16 districts in the state of Texas from 1967 to now.

This second book was made possible through the collaborations of Texas Lions across the state and give history and updates on some of the Lions’ Clubs most significant achievements.

The book, which took Grindstaff 18 months to compile, contains and in-depth study of all districts, foundations and the Texas Lions Camp which has provided 75,000 children to-date with camping experiences like no other at no expense to their families. It also contains interludes from all of the international officers.

Grindstaff echoed the mantra of those at the convention which is also part of his book, which is that he chronicled the last 50 years - “now we need to look to the future.”