The Harker Heights Lions Club may be small in number with a membership of 19, but the organization assists in giving sight to the blind, sponsors food and toy giveaways to the needy during Thanksgiving and Christmas, provides repair work at the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, keeps Harker Heights beautiful along Indian Trail, funds the purchase of flags for the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery and assists in the Flying Vikings program.
Glen Gallenstein, president of the Heights Lions Club, and deputy chief of the Harker Heights Fire Department said, “We look for other organizations who are doing great things for the community and lend help through the donation of funds.
“This year, we decided to donate $1,000 to the Vision XXI 2016 Leadership Class in their project to replace wreaths at the Veterans Cemetery,” Gallenstein said. It helped put them further over their goal that they had already exceeded. It was an exciting day for us.”
Additional projects adopted by the Heights Lions are the Killeen ISD H.A.R.P. program that assists the homeless and contributes to the Killeen Free Clinic.
In 2017, the club will be working on recruiting new members. Gallenstein said, “The more people we have in the club, the more people we can help.”
Gallenstein told the Herald that the Harker Heights Lions Club is unique in that they are relatively new as a club and the membership is a mix of young professionals and retired residents.
The members participate in the Memorial Day parade but prefer to spend their energy doing projects that directly impact people.
“We love to serve and that’s what we’ve done in the past by helping individuals who’ve lost everything in a house fire and others who are in the midst of struggling their way through a family tragedy,” Gallenstein said.
The club is not about ceremony but is considered to be more about the people they serve.
Members hope to purchase a machine that will be used to provide eye exams for children. Several Lions clubs already have this machine that delivers enough information that parents can use in making decisions about pursuing additional exams from a trained eye doctor.
The club meets at the Taqueria Mexico 3 on Farm-to-Market 2410 on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at noon.