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Comic Strip Artist's Gift Wows Banquet Audience
Guy Gilchrist, Gallatin resident and artist for the comic strip “Nancy,” held his audience at the Gallatin Lions Club’s 2013 banquet in laughter and stunned silence with his banter and quick sketches.
Then, to the surprise of all, he presented the club with a large drawing of its international emblem bordered on the left by a sketch of “Nancy” and on the right by her friend “Sluggo.”
Allen Parks, this year’s winner of the coveted “Lion of the Year” award, later had the gift framed for use at future club events.
In addition to the logo, Gilchrist made a number of signed sketches of his comic strip’s characters and presented them to various club members and to the club to auction off at future fundraisers.
Gilchrist’s “Nancy” drawings appear in more than 400 newspapers around the world. He was a former member of the Lions Club in his native Connecticut.
“It was an incredible evening and incredible gifts,” was echoed by a number of club members leaving the Gallatin Country Club on evening of October 29.
Nearly 80 members and guest attended.
Always a highlight of the evening is the presentation of the annual awards.
Parks was cited this year for his long service to the club in numerous capacities, including handling its relations with the local media.
Immediate Past President Chuck Gregory received the “Past President’s Award” for his leadership in 2012-2013. Rachel Tuttle and Dennis Wallace received “President’s Appreciation Awards.” Rachel was cited for her work in many Lions Club projects, especially her work with the annual walking horse show. Dennis, an at-large member, was recognized for his faithful work with the Lions Club eye screening program of young children in the school system.
Butch Veazey received the “Ottis Kemp Award” for his outstanding work with the Gallatin Lions Club Walking Horse show.
Juanita Gourley was also recognized for her work with the horse show. Long-time Horse Show Chairman Martin Spears decreed that the championship class here after will be named in her honor. Juanita is the wife of the club’s longest serving member, James Gourley.
Lions President Ed Reasonover created a new and very special award this year to be presented annually to a Lion for his or her work with the Gran Fondo, the Gallatin club’s new bike ride fundraiser. The race is now in its second year.
The new award is named the Durham-Snell Award in honor of Lion Rev. Felix Snell and in memory of the late Lion Walter Durham. Felix is faithful to open club meeting with a prayer and Walter was a long-time member and State Historian. This year’s recipient of the award is Keith Whitley, who instigated the fundraiser in 2012 and chaired the event in both 2012 and 2013.
President Reasonover presented the Durham-Snell Award to Pat Whitley, who accepted it on behalf of her son, Keith, who could not be at the banquet. Pat is also the wife of Lion Ray Whitley, Sumner County district attorney.
Charlie Appleton, program chairman, accepted Guy Gilchrist’s drawing of the Lions International emblem with Nancy and Sluggo on behalf of the club.
Lions’ Annual Bike Race
Horse Show Net $18,000
Last year heavy rain on Friday night and early Saturday threaten to force a cancellation of the Gallatin Lions Club’s annual Tennessee Walking Horse Show. But the clouds parted just in time for a beautiful evening of fun and competition.
Heavy rain Friday night and early Saturday threaten to force a cancellation of this year’s 2nd annual Gran Fondo bike race on Saturday, Sept. 21. But, Chairman Keith Whitley held firm to his schedule and the clouds parted on Saturday morning just as 120 to 140 hearty riders peddled out of the Square and onto the course in perfect weather.
This year’s total number of riders is about doubled 2012’s participation and bodes well for the future of the fundraiser.
“Fellow Lions,” long-time club member Allen Parks e-mailed, “we have us a fundraiser! I wish everyone of you could have been on the Gallatin Square Saturday morning to see all the bikers preparing for the race. It was fantastic!”
Figures are still being tallied, but Lion Treasurer Clyde Schroeder said he expected the combined proceeds from this year’s successful horse show in May and the Sept. 21 bike race to be about $18,000.
A huge slap on the back goes to Whitley and David Hardin, owner of Hendersonville’s Bikers Choice, our co-sponsor. They are already laying the groundwork for next year’s event on Sept. 20 and it promises to be even bigger and better.
This was truly a club project. There were over 32 Gallatin Lions Club members actively engaged in raising sponsorships, getting food ready for bikers and working on race day.
Some served to register bikers on race day. Other members helped get the participants parked in the lots beside City Hall and the Library and directed to the Square.
Still other members worked at points along the 31- and 62-mile routes, passing out water and nourishments. Again this year, the race included some the steepest hills, sharpest descents and winding roadways in Sumner County.
Some members “swept” the courses, offering directions and aid to bikers experiencing mechanical troubles.
Even Carolyn Reed had a hand in its success. Lions Lee Wiley obtained a mound of Rich’s barbeque which was delivered to Carolyn’s home on Friday afternoon. Our faithful caterer got up early on Saturday, warmed the barbeque and prepared about 100 sandwiches. Then she delivered them to the Square in time to feed the riders as they finished the race.
“Give yourselves a big pat on the back for a job well done,” a happy President Ed Reasonover told members that night.
Of course, kudos go out to members of the Gallatin Police Department and Sumner County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in providing safety for the riders again this year.
Lions Club’s 2013 Horse Show Nets $12,938
After a couple of years on life-support, the 56th annual Gallatin Lions Club Horse Show on May 11 was just what the doctor ordered.
Following a rainy Friday and Saturday morning, the skies cleared about noon and by 5 p.m. show time the weather was perfect.
Small horse trailers and giant gleaming ones arrived, first singularly and then in a steady stream. By show time, more than 160 horses were entered in the 28 classes of competition.
The grandstands were full of hungry people. Lions club members struggled to keep up with the steady demand for hamburgers, hotdogs, French fries, soft drinks and – especially – pieces of home-made pie.
“The banana-split pie was a big hit” said pie matron Rachel Tuttle. “The (Lion James) Gourley merengue pies are always a hit and so are fudge and fruit pies. People always seem to ask for Wade’s (Lion Wade Wakefield) caramel pie too. Everything seemed to be well rounded this year.”
Tuttle and fellow patron Lion Kathy Boland were slicing pies in a room under the grandstands and club members were hauling them to the concession tent on huge metal trays as fast as possible all evening. One woman bought two whole pies – piece by individual piece – plus two single pieces.
By 6:30, Lion Lee Wiley was forced to rush off in his pickup truck to secure additional hamburger buns, soft drinks and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. Profits from concession sales alone exceeded $3700 this year, according to club Treasurer Clyde Schroeder.
The Secretary’s Office netted another $10,630 from entry fees and $12,117 was collected from sponsors, parking fees and ads in the printed program. Total expenses exceeded $16,000.
Last year, a multi-vehicle wreck on State Route 109 in Wilson County blocked several trailers bringing entries from horse-rich south-central Tennessee to the show. As a result, the start was delayed for at least an hour. Government inspections for evidence of the “soring” of animals also contributed to the confusing situation.
In 2011, heavy rains left the show ring pocked with muddy puddles. Horse owners and the potential crowd, confused over whether the show would be held, stayed away. Lions club members on farm tractors spent part of the night just towing mired trucks out of the thick muck in the parking area.
By comparison, Lion Jerry McMillan had to pull only three trailers out of the mud this year.
While enjoying the glow left over from the May 14 show, club members led by Martin Spears and Wade Wakefield are already turning their eyes toward the 57th annual event.
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