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3rd Annual GLC Bike Race Set For September 20th
The 3rd annual Gallatin Lions Club bike race will be held on September 20, its traditional “Third Saturday in September”.
The Gran Fondo is expected to attract more than 200 hard-core biking enthusiasts to the Gallatin Square for an early-morning start. Notice of the competition has been sent to biking clubs throughout Middle Tennessee and many of them are expected to send members, according to Keith Whitley, the Gallatin Lions Club’s race coordinator.
Last year’s sprint attracted 120-140 bikers, about double the number of competitors in the race’s initial year. However, the number might have been higher had it not rained all Friday night and up until just minutes before the starting time on Saturday morning.
This year, as in the past, bikers will have their choice of racing courses – one 31 miles long and the other a grueling 62 miles long. Before the hearty competitors end up at Triple Creek Park, they will have peddled up, down and around some of Sumner County’s steepest and curviest terrain.
“With the added notice and the growing tradition of the Gallatin Lions Club’s bike race as both a fun and testing competition, we’re expecting a bigger turnout this September,” said Whitley, a biker himself.
David Hardin and Biker’s Choice in Hendersonville will help coordinate the event as they have done in the past. The race and the club’s annual Tennessee Walking Horse Show in May help raise money to fund the club’s vision screenings program for young children in Gallatin and the recycling and distribution of used eyeglasses around the world.
A new element is being added to this year’s race. A 4-wheel “Luxury Bike” manufactured in nearby Hendersonville by Rhoades Car will be on display. Earlier this year Prince Harry was pictured peddling one of them around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
It is hoped that Mayor JoAnn Graves or County Executive Andy Holt - or both – can be coaxed into peddling the bike around the Gallatin Square before the race in “pace car” fashion.
Members of the Gallatin Lions Club enjoy getting together to serve their club and the larger community. Some club members will assist with parking racing participants. Others will help with registering competitors at the starting line, as lookouts along the routes, or with passing out energy-stuffed goodies to exhausted riders as they peddle pass various check points and, of course, at the finish line.
It is a timed race with prizes and gift certificates to be awarded.
The Gallatin Police Department, Sumner County Sheriff’s Department and local EMS workers also provide generous support each year. Sheriff Sonny Weatherford is a member of the Gallatin Lions Club.
The race was initiated three years ago after a tornado demolished the theater at Volunteer State Community where the club had held its annual minstrel show fundraiser.
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 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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