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    Outgoing President Hector Herrera gives the gavel to the New President, Tami Pierce. Contributed
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    (L-R) Air Force Academy Graduate Hannah Schroeder speaks to the Rotary Club of Liberty as her mother, Kay Schroeder, Seabrook Rotarian, and Aggie smiles in agreement. The Vindicator | Bonita Davis
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    Liberty Lions 2021-2022 Officers took their oaths on June 21 with District 2-S2 Governor Bonita Davis. Quinton Chaney
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    2021-2022 Dayton Noon Lions Club Officers Norbet Westmoreland, Carolyn Reed, Alisha Dale, Mike George, Bobbie Bennett, David Beeler and Larry Harris. The Vindicator | Bonita Davis


Past President Hector Herrera passed the gavel to new President Tami Pierce this past week. The club enjoyed their annual Summer Social at the scenic The Hitchin’ Post Event Center. President Tami Pierce started her presidency with a business meeting. The club voted to continue meeting twice monthly during the Summer months. Then beginning in September, the Dayton Rotarians plan to return to weekly meetings. President Pierce invites anyone interested in becoming a service organization member, join on the first and third Thursday of the month at the Community Center during July and August. President Pierce says, “We eat lunch together starting at noon and then have a program. During the Pandemic, we would meet virtually. Then this Summer, we transitioned to face-toface meetings twice a month. At our next meeting, we are excited to be inducting several new members. Our club is looking forward to resuming our regular meeting.”


Dayton Noon Lions have returned to meeting at Kountry Kitchen in Dayton. President Mike George is ready for the new Lions year. The Lions year runs from July 1 through June 30. This brand new Dayton Noon President is enthusiastically engaging his club and planning networking activities. The group held their 2021-2022 Officer Installation on June 27 at The Hitching Post with Past District Governor Chris Moorman of Liberty officiating. To volunteer, contact any Dayton Noon Lion or President Mike George, 1st VP Alisha Dale, 2nd VP Shanna Lahti, Secretary Dr. Bobbie Bennett, Treasurer Joan Jones, Tail Twister Norbet Westmoreland, Lion Tamer Carolyn Reed, Membership Chair Betty Williamson, 2nd-year board members Dr. David Beeler, Morris DeFriend, or 1st-year board members Larry Harris and Johnny Parker.


Liberty Lions held their first in-person meeting since Covid-19 on Monday, June 21, at City Hall. The atmosphere was festive, and everyone present had a great time. The Liberty pride hosted Hardin and Dayton Noon Lions for their Governor’s Visit and Installation of Officers. This gathering has been a long-standing tradition, with the three South Liberty County Lions Clubs gathering for the District Governor’s visit. The meal was prepared and donated by Liberty’s Past President David Leonard and his lovely wife, Brenda. Flowers and gifts were provided by Lady Dede Moorman, wife of Liberty County’s only other Lion who has ever served as District Governor Chris Moorman. The 2021-2022 Liberty Lions Club Officers are President Larry Merritt, 1st VP Cody Abshier, 2nd VP Tim Allison, Secretary Chris Moorman, Treasurer Greg Turner, Lion Tamer Martin Trahan, Lion Tail Twister Leon Blackwelder, Membership Chairman Chris Moorman, Immediate Past President Lance Lawrence, Holdover Directors Kristen Regen, Janet Hughen, and Incoming Directors David Leonard and James Kevin Leonard. Phillip Friedichs is now the Flag Chairman.


The Commission has been busy. The most recent activity was a lovely ceremony on the grounds of Liberty Dayton Regional Hospital where Mrs. Linda Jamison and the committee members placed a historical marker commemorating Yettie Kersting Memorial Hospital and the lifetime contributions of the incredible woman who made Liberty her home.


The club is not meeting through the Summer months. But, the members keep aware of any bereaved families or needs the community may have.

Sincerely Submitted By,

Iva Votaw, Reporter


Rotary International is the world’s first service organization, with more than 1.2 million members. The Rotary Club of Liberty met Tuesday at noon at El Burrito. It was a packed house with most of the usual members in attendance. Secretary Tracy Williams was the officiate. The guest speaker was quite refreshing and informative. Hannah Schroeder, a recent Air Force Graduate, was the speaker of the hour. Hannah hails from Seabrook and was accompanied by her lovely mother, Kay Schroeder, Seabrook Rotarian. The beautiful and equally intelligent Hannah is about to enter the Space program. She attended the Air Force Academy. Hannah majored in BioChemistry with a Minor in Russian. This young lady has prepared herself for greatness as well as service. While in high school, Hannah completed three years each of Spanish and French. She has now had seven university courses in Russian topped off with a semester in Ukraine. “Space is amazing!” Says the youngster who is California bound in expectation of an internship. After attending college during the Pandemic, Schroeder has this advice, “Just because someone promises things will be a certain way doesn’t mean they will be.” She spoke about five milestones she faced which included 1) BCT Basic Cadet Training, 2) Recognition during Freshman Year, 3) Sophomore Year and commitment 4) Junior Year and becoming an Upperclassman responsible for others, and 5) Graduation “walking across that stage.”


Hardin Lions are so happy to announce their first KOPE Cyber Lions Youth Chat Group The name of the group is the Lone Star Boot Crew. The adult mentors have already attended KOPE Cyber Lions Virtual Orientation and Training. The mission is to raise the next generation to make sound choices and lead healthy, drug-free lives. The program is built around Social and Emotional Learning and partners with DEA, SAMSHA, CADCA, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct #3 Constable Mark Davison, and a wealth of other mental health agencies. Hardin Lone Star Boot Crew is primarily concerned and actively engaged in Suicide Prevention. Hardin Lions, Chance Ardoin, Savannah Ardoin, Quinton Chaney, and IPDG Bonita Davis have become QPR Gatekeeper Certified in Suicide Prevention. Anyone who wishes to become involved in Liberty County, please, contact President Savannah at 936-776-6427 or savannahardoin73@gmail. com. The next meeting of Hardin Lions is Tuesday, July 13 at 7 pm. Officers for Lions year 2021-2022 are President Savannah Ardoin, 1st VP Suzie Vestal, Secretary Linda Garcia, Treasurer IPDG Bonita Davis, Lion Tamer Chance Ardoin, Lion Tail Twister Quinton Chaney, Membership Chair Bonita Davis, Hold Over Directors Greg Arthur and Quinton Chaney and 1st-year Directors Danyelle Spencer Morris and Chance Ardoin.


The Fine Arts Society of Liberty Texas asks anyone interested in Fine Arts to join in on their mission. FASOLT awards scholarships to the dedicated Fine Arts students majoring in Fine Arts at a university. FASOLT meets on the fourth Monday each quarter.


For information or to RSVP, contact the Liberty County Extension Office at 936-334-3230 or email a Master Gardener


The Liberty Garden Club met on April 9 for a program “Lawns Lawns & More Lawns,” presented by Clayton Bracey with Precision Lawns. It was hosted at the home of Bessie Conn. Due to our (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime freezing spell, many trees and plants are still in the process of dying or surviving, and for some, it remains a wait-and-see situation. At this last meeting, Clayton Bracey of Precision Lawns presented an excellent program to the Liberty Garden Club. He indicated that many homes and landscaping businesses had been devastated and were just now reassessing their situations. On top of the damage done by the freeze, Clayton said that we were in for a rough period of weather with little rain. He suggested that it may be wise to clean and prepare our beds and lawns for planting in the fall. He also said that lawns with sprinkler systems would have a better chance of surviving these conditions. This leads me to our tree situation. One of the issues with our tree planting is would there be access to supplemental watering should there be a drought. We want our tree to have a good start and survive. Under these circumstances, I felt it would be best to postpone our Arbor Day tree planting until next year.

Gloria Stratton,

Tree Committee Chairman