This project was adopted by Bryan Noon Lions to help stimulate patriotism in the Community and to serve as a fundraising project. On five patriotic holidays, this year 850 American Flags were displayed at homes and businesses that support this project. The days flags are displayed include: Flag Day in June, Independence Day in July, Veterans Day in November, Presidents Day in February and Memorial Day In May. A high percentage of BNL members are a part of the teams, which service a particular area of the Community. Each year over 800 volunteer hours are devoted to servicing the program and actually displaying the flags and returning them to the flag barn. Of particular interest is that fact that student organizations at Bryan High School decided on patriotism as their theme for this year. Bryan Noon Lions were contacted and we arranged to display 36 American Flags around the Bryan High School Campus on the above named holidays. This project is our signature effort. It grosses between approximately $20,000 per year income to the Club which goes to support local pubic charities that we support with annual gifts.
Since 2007, Bryan Noon Lions has provided support for the Grape Stomp event held each year in conjunction with the Texas Reds Festival held in downtown Bryan. The Festival celebrates the Beef and Wine Industries history in the Brazos Valley. This event allowed BNL to demonstrate their ability to organize and conduct projects. For more information about Texas Reds and the Grape Stomp, see www.TexasRedsFestival.com.
BNL members gather on Saturday mornings about once a quarter to volunteer at the Brazos Valley Food Bank. The tasks usually involve making up bags of specific types of food for either the Food Bank’s backpack program, geared toward school children, or senior bags for the senior outreach program.
The Apache Foundation in Houston sponsors a program, which had as its objective to plant 1,000,000 trees over a 3-year period. Apache Foundation accepts grant proposals from non-profit and civic type organizations who have a plan to effectively use the trees which Apache provides. Bryan Noon Lions has for the last several years received 100 of the five gallon container sized trees, which would be planted in City Parks or elsewhere around the community. This year, the Club partnered with Habitat for Humanity locally to put trees in at Habitat houses around the area.
- Scholarships for youth – Each year our Club provides three ($1500) scholarships to graduating seniors at Bryan High School. One of the scholarships is partially paid for with receipts from a scholarship fund investment. This fund was established by a former member and the scholarship is named the Omar Smith Scholarship in his honor. The remainder of the funds for all the scholarship comes from Club activity funds.
- Coats for kids – Our club provides coats for about 100 kids at 3 elementary schools in Bryan. The children are selected by school counselors and teachers who have knowledge of their students needs, and BNL provides coats based on sizes/preferences provided by the chosen students.
- Radio MASH – Each year, around the 1st weekend of December, Brazos Valley Communications puts on a toy drive at Post Oak Mall to receive donated toys for local needy children. Our Club has participated in this event for many years.
- Career and Technical Education Student of the Month – Each month, the Club gives a student of the month award to a student enrolled in those activities in Bryan ISD recommended by one of the CTE teachers. The student, along with his or her teacher and parents receives recognition at one of our monthly meetings, and then is also entered into a drawing for the student of the year award.
- Eye exams and glasses – Each year our Club budgets funds to provide eye exams and glasses for needy students and a few adults with extreme needs. Referrals from school nurses in BISD. Other children and adults referred from agencies are analyzed on an individual basis.