2-S4 District Governor 2008-2009
PDG Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 1, 1944 and his home club is the Texas City Noon Lions Club. He’s been a Lion since 1986, and has been elected President of his club 3 times and served in all other offices within his home club at least once.
PDG Howard was elected District Governor in 2008, having served as Vice District Governor, Region Chair, Zone Chair (2 terms) and Top 5% Campaign Sight First Coordinator. He was installed as President of Lions Eye Bank of Texas (2013-2014), serves as an Executive Board Member of Lions Foundation for Sight, an Advisory Board Member of Central Texas Lions KidSight Vision Foundation, and also serves as long-term Secretary/Treasurer for his home club. For his year as District Governor, PDG Howard was honored with the International President’s Leadership Award (3rd highest award in Lionism), the International President’s District Family Growth Award and the International President’s District Governor Extension Award. He had previously been given a Melvin Jones Fellowship award. State and District awards and honors include the Texas Lions Camp Progressive Jack Wiech, as well as long-term membership in the TLC Century Club. PDG Howard has a Texas Lions Camp Endowment Brick and a Gold Leaf. He joined the 5-year TLC Endowment Fund program, and serves on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee for the Camp. He is a Texas Lions Foundation Fellow, was awarded the Texas Lions Foundation Ed Flood award, and is a multiple-hole Harry Wickersham Golf sponsor. His life memberships include Texas Lions Camp, Lions Eye Bank of Texas and Leader Dogs for the Blind. He has also been awarded an Eye Bank Angel award from the Lions Eye Bank of Texas. He was trained as a Certified Guiding Lion, and served on the Lions Leadership training committee for three years. He was awarded the Hurricane Ike Hero Medal (one of 17 awarded worldwide) for service above and beyond during Hurricane Ike in 2008.
PDG Howard enlisted and served on active duty in the US Navy from June 1963 through November 1971 and was awarded two honorable discharges after multiple tours in the combat zone in Vietnam waters aboard 4 separate ships. Prior to deployments, he graduated from the USN Great Lakes Training Center as Machinist’s Mate Fireman Apprentice and then was assigned to the Navy Nuclear Power School at Mare Island, Vallejo, California where he graduated from the Augmented engineering course. He was then assigned to the US National Reactor Testing Station in Scoville, Idaho for surface ship nuclear prototype training, and graduated there with a license from the AEC (now known as NRC) as a nuclear power plant operator. Between overseas deployments he was trained at the USN Air Conditioning and Refrigeration school where he graduated as honor man of his class. He attained the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer (E-6) during his second enlistment. He married while on active military duty, and returned to civilian life to work his way through college with the assistance of GI Bill benefits, obtaining an AS degree from Seminole (Oklahoma) Junior College and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He then worked for Amoco Corporation at the Texas City Refinery until retirement as a Senior Process Hazards Management Engineer.
PDG Howard is widowed from his wife of 36 years, Lion Bonnie Clayton, and has 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In retirement, he has been very active in his local church (Aldersgate United Methodist) where he served 5 years as Parish Council Chair. He currently teaches Sunday School to the senior age parishioners and serves in various other capacities as needed by the church.
A Lion for over 14 years, Billie Rae upholds the principles of Lionism, is a Melvin Jones Fellow, Jack Weich Fellow, Texas Lions Camp Life Member, and Texas Eye Bank Life Member. Billie Rae has also received a Lions International President’s Medal.
Lion Gillas joined the Girdwood –Turnagain Arm Lions club in District 49A (Alaska) and during her 4 years with the club served as director, treasurer; and as Co-Chair for the Forest Fair Beer Garden fundraiser.
After a break to begin raising a family, and a move across the country, Lion Gillas joined the Galveston Lions Club in 2005; has served her local club by instituting a website, been honored by the club as Lion of the year and served as Co-Chair of the Oyster Roast fundraiser. Lion Gillas has also served the Galveston club on its board of directors continuously since 2006, as Tail Twister, Treasurer, 1st and 2nd Vice President as well as President.
Lion Gillas has received the 100% President award, served as Lions World Services for the Blind Chair East, Co-Editor of the Lion Tale newsletter, Zone One Chair– which encompassed 14 clubs by the end of 2012-2013, and as 2nd and 1st Vice District Governor.
From 2006 to present, Lion Gillas serves her community through the AARP/IRS TaxAide program as a certified, volunteer tax preparer. Nothing quite says Geek like doing taxes for fun.
Lion Gillas and her husband Lion Joe Gillas, also a Melvin Jones Fellow, have one son James – aka the Male Carbon Unit, a charter member and President of the Ball High School Leo Club.
Lion Malaki H. Gore is a charter member of Victoria Downtown Lions Club as of September 17, 2013. She has been a lion for 22 years previously as a charter member of Nederland Professional Lions Club in District 2S-1 for 21 years.
Lion Malaki H. Gore resides in Victoria, Texas suburb Goliad County and is blessed with partner-in-life, Johnny and with God’s gifts of three daughters; Mandie, Sabrina, and Jessica; one grandson and three granddaughters. She owns Professional Underwriters, Inc. and has been an insurance agent for 35 years.
Lion Malaki was a charter member (February 1992) in the Nederland Professional Lions Club; Nederland, TX and continues as an associate member. Served as Director, 2nd Vice-President, 1st Vice-President, and President three (3) years. Has served as Membership Director and Secretary three (3) terms. Chaired; Fund Raisers, Budget, Community Projects, Heritage Festival, Audit, Public Relations/Media, Sweetheart Committee, Eyeglass Recycling, White Cane, Programs, Nominations, Banquet & Socials, Contacts, Awards, Peace Poster, Membership, New Projects, and Constitution & By Laws. Chartered with Victoria Downtown Lions Club September 17, 2013, currently secretary. Active in community service. Pledges continuous participation and leadership.
Lion Malaki served 2S-1 as Zone 4-B Chair two (2) terms, District Convention Chair 2003 and 2008, Membership Training and Leadership Training.
Lion Malaki is recipient of Melvin Jones Fellowship 2000, Jack Weich Fellowship 2004, Texas Lions Camp Life Membership 2005, Texas Lions Camp Century Club Member 10 years, Lions Eye Bank of Texas-Eye Bank Angel 2007, Lions Eye Bank of Texas Life Member 2011, Texas Lions Foundation Fellowship 2003. Has an International 20 Year Monarch Chevron, has District 2S-1 100% Secretary’s Award and a 100% President’s Award. Has attended seventeen (17) District 2S-1 Conventions, One (1) District 2S-4 Convention, One (1) USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum 2003 and One (1) International Convention – Toronto 2014.
Ronnie W. Martin of Angleton, Texas is a member of the Freeport Host Lions Club. He has held many offices within his club, including President (two terms), 2nd VP, 1st VP, Co-Chairman of Fishin’ Fiesta for 2 years, and Chairman of Fishin’ Fiesta for 2 years. On the district level, he has served as Zone 4 chairman. Additionally, he has been a board member for the Brazoria County Fair Association, and is a past member of the board of directors for the Brazoria County Military Moms and Wives, and is the President of Hospice Care Team board of directors for Brazoria, Galveston, and southern Matagorda counties. He is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, a Jack Wiech Fellow, and is an Endowment Gold Leaf and Silver Leaf Holder, a lifetime member of the Texas Lions Camp, a Century Club member, has a brick at the Lions camp, awarded an Angel at the Texas Lions Eye bank in Houston, is a Certified Guiding Lion, has received the 100% President award, Lion of the Year 2009-2010 and he was also awarded an International President’s Medal, one of the highest honors bestowed upon association members, has five International Presidents Certificates of Appreciation, attended six District 2-S4 conventions and attended four US/Canadian forums. He has personally sponsored over 130 members and has been a part of starting fourteen new clubs in this district and three in other districts. Under his term as president of the Freeport Host Lions club, the club was recognized as the #1 growth club in all of North America and was awarded the Lions Clubs International Flag set, one of only twenty-one awarded worldwide.