Community Press Release – Buchanan-Galien Lions Monthly Dinner

Buchanan-Galien Lions monthly dinner, Photo submitted by Alice Kring

Buchanan-Galien Lions Monthly Dinner Happenings

Write-up and photos submitted by Alice Kring, Treasurer

The Buchanan-Galien Lions held their clubs monthly dinner meeting on January 13th.

Lion President Lewis Lambert presided and gave an update of club happenings.

Buchanan-Galien Lions monthly dinner, Photo submitted by Alice Kring

The guest speaker was Elvin Gonzalez who currently serves as the Family Division Administrator of the Berrien County Trial Court – Family Division in Michigan. He has oversight over all juvenile justice programs and services in Berrien County including the Intake Unit, Court Services Division, Juvenile Detention Center with Secure Detention and Residential Treatment and Tether Programs. Additionally, he oversees the Probate Unit of the Family Division. He has over 34 years of experience in the juvenile justice field including working in detention facilities, residential treatment, intensive probation program, and management of Probation and Court Services Departments in Illinois and Michigan. Through the influence of his leadership, out of home placements of delinquent youth in Berrien County has declined by approximately 80% in the last fifteen years resulting in significant financial savings and reinvestment of the savings in community/family based models of intervention. 

Lion Alice Kring presents Lion Sarah Gault with a parting gift, Photo submitted by Alice Kring

Lion Alice Kring also presented a parting gift from the club to our good friend Lion Sarah Gault who will be moving to the Knoxville, TN area in pursuit of her life-long dream of working within the Make A Wish Foundation. You can read all about by following this link to the article “A Farewell”.
Congratulations and Best Wishes Lion Sarah on your new venture!

The Lions will be hosting their Second Annual Virtual Trivia Night on Feb 26th (see flier with details below)

Buchanan-Galien Lions 2nd Annual Virtual Trivia Night Flyer

Two Buchanan-Galien Leo’s were crowned at the Miss Buchanan contest on January 15th! You can read all about it by following this link to the article “Miss Buchanan 2022”.

Congratulations to these two wonderful young women!
1st Runner up Hayden Bauer – (pictured in grey)
Miss Congeniality Joy Kaltenbach – (pictured in green)

Hayden Bauer, Photo submitted by Alice Kring
Joy Kaltenbach, Photo submitted by Alice Kring

“We Serve” is our motto – 87+ years strong – and proud to serve in the 2020 Nicest City in America – Buchanan, MI!

About Buchanan-Galien Lions Club: Buchanan-Galien Lion’s Club has been serving the community for more than 75 years. We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Buchanan American Legion Hall – to learn more about becoming a Lion, contact us. Buchanan-Galien Lion’s Club is a part of Lion’s Club International, the world’s largest service club organization with 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs in 192 countries and geographical areas. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Lions extend their commitment beyond sight conservation through countless local efforts that include youth outreach programs, improving the environment, building homes for the disabled, and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.

Contact: Jerry Flenar,, 269-695-3000

Buchanan-Galien Lions Club Facebook Here.

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