BALLINGER – On the heals of the 100th Anniversary of Lions Club, Past International President Ebb Grindstaff has compiled a second volume of history titled “Texas Lions: Celebrating 100 years.”

BALLINGER – On the heals of the 100th Anniversary of Lions Club, Past International President Ebb Grindstaff has compiled a second volume of history titled “Texas Lions: Celebrating 100 years.”

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 70,000 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.

In addition to the historical information, there are several pages of photos of Grindstaff with VIP’s like President George H.W. Bush, a letter from President Ronald Reagan regarding a Lions Club War on Drugs campaign in 1982.

In the acknowledgement at the front of the book, Grindstaff thanks the Past District Governor Carolyn Dorman who with the Long Range Planning Committee’s Strategic Volunteers, helped make a book of the second 50 years of Lionism in Texas possible. He also thanked his father E.C. “Judge” Grindstaff and his mother Atha.

“They inspired me from the beginning to serve and speak and lighted the pathway to Lionism,” he wrote.

Grindstaff graduated from Baylor University in 1954 with BBA and LLB degrees. He would serve for two years from 1954-56 in the U.S, Army as part of the Counter Intelligence Corps, and serving in Japan during the Korean Conflict. He would return home to Ballinger to become a partner in his father’s law firm of Grindstaff & Grindstaff.

Grindstaff has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work on behalf of Lionism including the Distinguished Service Award of the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 1983 Humanitarian Award, the Dr. Charles Best Award from the American Diabetes Association in 1984 and the President’s Volunteer Action Award from President Ronald Reagan.

A total of 500 copies of the book were delivered to Grindstaff’s office two weeks ago. He is charged with autographing every copy as well. He will be taking some of the books to the International Convention to be held in Chicago June 29-July 4.