Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours is welcomed into the greatest of all service Club organizations

Staff members of Captain Bubby’s IsLAND Tours recently were inducted into the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club. Bubby Howell and Paula Schuttera took the oath “to serve” the community as a Lion on Thursday, September 10, 2015.

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To become a member of a Lion’s club, an individual is brought into the organization upon approval of the club’s board of directors and on the recommendation of a very important Lion . . . the sponsor. Lions Fran Peters and Shelby Peters sponsored Bubby and Paula for membership. Both Fran and her daughter Shelby are legacy members having followed Lion Pete McCagg into membership. Lion Pete is Fran’s father and Shelby’s BaPop. Lion Pete McCagg, a past president and past district governor, is the longest-standing living member from the Beach club and has served four terms as Beach Lions president, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the distinguished Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. These sponsors have had the foresight to see the qualities of a Lion in these promising new members. It may be outstanding leadership ability, a sincere commitment to serve others or maybe a special skill. Their sponsors saw potential for these new Lions to do something truly great and to use their skills for the most important mission of all . . . to help others.

The Induction Ceremony is the symbolic beginning to a member’s service as a Lion. The ceremony highlights that new Lions fill a very important role. . . they hold the key to the future. Part of the induction ceremony includes the words: “We must teach them well for they will be the leaders that will move us forward to serve the next generation. As we share our traditions and ask them to carry on the legacy of Lions. . . we should also look to them for new ideas and inspiration so that we may learn from them as they learn from us.”

Lions Clubs International is a secular, non-political service organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. Lions clubs are made up of men and women who want to improve their communities and are committed to the work that will make that happen. As of April 2015, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around world and is considered to be the world’s largest service club organization.

The Shrimp Festival is the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club’s major fundraiser for the year. With over 90 arts & craft vendors and 18 food booths, the Lions Shrimp Festival Expo is an exciting, diverse, fun-filled destination held the 2nd weekend of March, on Ft. Myers Beach. The main attraction at the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, as it has been since 1959, are huge boiling pots of Gulf pink shrimp, which members of the Lions Club cook and serve. Crowds at the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival line up for shrimp dinners. This isn’t frozen shrimp or imported shrimp or farmed shrimp. If you have any doubts, visit Shrimp Boat Lane in Fort Myers Beach and you will see the fleet that supplies it. 

Each year the Lions have used 100% of the proceeds of the Shrimp Festival to support Fort Myers Beach Lions Charities, all of it donated to support charities like Scholarships, Little League, Beach School, Large print and audio books for the Beach Library, eye exams and glasses, Youth Soccer, Harry Chapin Food Bank, guide dogs, hearing aids, Lee County CERT, Immokalee Child Care Center, Cypress Lake High School, Lions Club International Foundation, Lions Foundation for the Blind and Conklin Center for the Blind.

Join the Lions -The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club is composed of fun-loving, community-minded members who meet in the Parish Hall of St. Raphael’s Church, 5601 Williams Drive on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Social hour begins at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm with a short program following dinner. They welcome anyone who may want to attend a meeting to see if they’d want to join this group. Members are invited to participate in activities as their schedule allows and they especially welcome busy people, because we all know that the best way to get anything done is to ask a busy person. Snowbird Lions are also invited to attend meetings while in the area. To learn more about the Lions: http://www.fmblions.com or http://fortmyersbeachfl.lionwap.org

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