November 19th, 2013

Pin Collecting the LION's Club Way

Gainesville Lion, Herman Jones gave a great presentation on the art of pin collecting the LION's Club way. Herman also shared samples of his vast collection including pins from all over the United States as well as International pins and pins of unique designs.    Herman is a member of the Georgia Lion's Pin Collecting Club.

Thanks for sharing Lion Herman...we appreciated this very much. 

November 12th, 2014

November 12th, 2013 Noon Meeting of the Gainesville Lion's Club

Special Guest, Stephanie Caldwell (center) provided a very informative presentation on the realities of Human Trafficing in the country of India.  Ms Caldwell has spent time in the country working with victims and families in an ongoing effort to bring awareness to this cultural practice against humanity.  

Pictured above: Mike Hall, Gainesville LION's Club President (L), Stephanie Caldwell (C) and Cliff Rigby, LION's Club Chaplain and also Stephanie's Grandfather 

October 29th, 2013


Terri Pope, Georgia Department of Transportation (center) gave a great presentation and update on all the many road and highway projects in and around our county including updates on many of the bridges that serve us in this area.  

Pictured left to right: Mike Hall, Gainesville LION's Club President, Terri Pope G-DOT and John Evans Gainesville LION's Club and October Program Sponsor.

Happy Halloween!!

October 29th, 2013

Gainesville Lion's Club "Tail Twister", John Evans entertaining our members (Twisting the Tales and collecting fines) during this week's meeting.  10/29/2013

September 17th, 2013

"Keep The Camp Fires Burning" Tour comes to the Gainesville LION's Club meeting.  

Brian Donegan (Lawrenceville LION's Club 2nd Vice President pictured center) delivered a great presentation on how we LION's support the Georgia Camp For The Blind in Waycross, Georgia.

Pictured Left to Right:  Mike Hall, Gainesville LION's Club President, Brian Donegan and Pete Stamsen, Lawrenceville LION's Club President

September 10th, 2013

The Winder, GA NOON LION's Club visits our meeting.  Thanks for supporting us and sharing all the great things you have underway in your club.  We appreciate all of you very much.

September 9th, 2013

Perkins SMART Brailler presented to Myles Irwin

Myles Irwin (front / center) was presented with a Perkins SMART Brailler Machine purchased with donations honoring the late Gainesville LION, Marvin Orenstein during the monthly Board of Director's Meeting at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

Also pictured L to R:  Tenne Orenstein (daughter of the late Marvin Orenstein), Karen Whitaker (Myle's Grandmother), Shirley Whitaker, Aubrey Irwin (Myle's Mom) and Linda Orenstein (daughter of the late Marvin Orenstein)

Myles enjoying the new SMART Brailler

Pictured L to R during the SMART Brailler presentation is Mike Hall (Gainesville LION's Club President), Linda Orenstein, Tenne Orenstein, Aubrey Irwin, Karen Whitaker and Shirley Whitaker and of course Myles who is already working on his new machine.

 Myles receiving careful instructions from "Mom" (Aubrey Irwin) on how to use his new SMART Brailler.  Also pictured are Shirley Whitaker, Karen Whitaker and Gainesville LION, Carol Evans who made the presentation to Myles.

August 4th, 2013

Project CAMP Kudzu

Camp Kudzu is Georgia’s single largest resource, outside hospitals and clinics, for diabetes self-management education.  It’s a Georgia-based nonprofit.  Camp Kudzu offers summer camps, family weekends, teen retreats, adventure trips and more.  The focus is on fun, but the lessons learned are critical to long-term health.  Children who have access to quality diabetes management education at a young age can reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications and often display greater emotional resilience in coping with their diabetes.  Camp is a child-friendly atmosphere where healthy habits are reflected by adult role models living with diabetes as well. Diabetes camp also offers the same benefits of any other residential camp-games, new friends, and a lot of fun!


Members of the Gainesville LION's club volunteer their time and "trucks" each year to transport 300 plus campers & counselor's luggage to & from White County Middle School to summer camp.  It was a great day of service work and fellowship by the LION's.  Thanks LION Joe Jennings for coordinating this event.  

Gainesville LION's John Evans (L) and Barry Ladd (R) posing for the camera as they prepare to depart for Camp Kudzu with truck loads of luggage for the campers.  

Pictured L to R, Gainesville LION's Bill Stephens, Lorin Smith, Joe Jennings & Camp Kudzu Executive Director, Alex Allen

LION Herman Jones (L) and his personal assistant trying to "size up" the loading situation for the big RED TRUCK  

Gainesville LION John Evans (Tail Twister) taking a much needed break from the heat during Sunday's Project Camp Kudzu 

LION Joe Jennings (L) (Camp Kudzu Project Manager) and Camp Kudzu Executive Director, Alex Allen (R)


July 30th, 2013

Lunch meeting at The Guest House in Gainesville, Georgia

Gainesville LION's Club Presisdent, Mike Hall (L) presenting a donation to Guest House Executive Director, Dana Chapman (R).  

Gainesville LION Director, Joe Jennings (L) and Lion Tamer, Charlie Farr (R) enjoying a great lunch prepared by the Guest House staff.

Gainesville LION, Sam Blount posing for the photographer during Tuesday's lunch meeting at the Guest House

LION's John Roslak (L) and Bill Stephens (R) discussing "what's for desert" at the Guest House

Gainesville LION, Carol Evans (L) and Guest House, Executive Director, Dana Chapman (R) talking about the wonderful facilities and services offered at the Guest House.

LION, Robin Hubbard (White Cane) wondering why there wasn't a raffle drawing this week at the Guest House!

Tail Twister, John Evans trying to figure out how he can levy fines on his fellow LION's during Tuesday's lunch meeting at the Guest House in Gainesville, GA   


July 16th, 2013

Gainesville Fire Department visits Lion's Club noon meeting

Thanks to our friends at the City of Gainesville Fire Department for presenting our July 16th noon program.  Pictured L to R: Division Chief, Scott Stowers, Gainesville Lion's Club President, Mike Hall and Special Operations Captain, Keith Smith

Gainesville Times Article and Photos

April 24, 2012

The Gainesville Lions Club is partnering with the Gainesville Gateway Garden Club in an effort to help beautify a local art center and to fulfill an international tree planting initiative. On Tuesday April 24, Lions Club members will plant a Redbud tree at the Quinlan Art Center. This effort is part of an ongoing  project of the garden club to improve the landscape of the art center.  The particular Redbud variety that is being planted is called Ace of Hearts.  This tree was recommended as a part of the landscaping plan for Quinlan. 

The Gainesville Lions Club became interested in tree planting when they heard Lions Clubs International President Wing-Kun tam speak last November in Athens.  Doctor Tam, who is from Hong Kong is encouraging each Lions Club in the world to plant a tree during this current Lions year, which runs from July 1st, 2011 to June 30 2012.  “It’s just another way that we can serve as Lions and make our community a better place to live,” said Mike Hall, Gainesville Lions Club President. “When you consider the benefits of trees, you know it’s a good thing to be a part of this worldwide effort by Lions.: 

The goal of the international Lions campaign was to have Lions Clubs around the globe to plant a million trees.  That goal has already been surpassed.  According to Lions Clubs International’s web site,, 8,262,335 trees have been planted worldwide. 

Once the Gainesville Lions Club decided to plant a tree, they  needed to find the right tree and a place to plant it.  A Lions Club member whose wife is a member of the Gateway Garden club helped to bring the two organizations together.  When the club approached her, she said that the garden club would like  a nice Redbud and they could use some manpower in planting it.  

The Gainesville Gateway Garden Club began it’s landscaping project at Quinlan in 2006.  Since 1934, the Gainesville Lions Club has been serving the Gainesville area.     

July 23rd, 2013

Annual Awards Presentation

Mike Hall (L), President of the Gainesville Lion's Club presenting the 2013 John Thomas Broom Award to the late Lion Marvin Orenstein received by Marvin's Daughter, Linda Orenstein (R) during the club's annual awards meeting on July 23rd, 2013.

Carol Evans (R), receipient of the 2013 Hiram Thompson Service Award 

Presented by Gainesville Lion's Club President, Mike Hall (L)

John Evans (R), receipient of the 2013 George Hayman Sight Award

Presented by Gainesville Lion's Club President, Mike Hall (L)

Lamar Jowers (R), receipient of the 2013 Bill Bank's ROOKIE of the YEAR AWARD

Presented by Gainesville Lion's Club President, Mike Hall (L)

Herman Jones, GLC Vice President (R), 2013 President's Token of Appreciation Award

Presented by Gainesville Lion's Club President, Mike Hall (L) 

Joe Jennings, GLC Director (R), 2013 President's Token of Appreciation Award

Presented by Gainesville Lion's Club President, Mike Hall

Charlie Farr, GLC "Lion Tamer", 2013 President's Token of Appreciation Award

Presented by Gainesville Lion's Club President, Mike Hall

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