It may have started out as business as usual for Texas Lions attending the District 2 A2 convention in Del Rio in April, but two Lions left the convention as a married couple. San Antonio Windcrest Lions Ester Lopez and Don Doyle were married by Judge Pat Cole, a Del Rio Host Lion, in front of convention attendees. Other Lions helped celebrate the union. Stockdale Lion Janie Garza served as maid of honor, and Past District Governor Christopher Lloyd of the Kerrville Heart O’ the Hills Lions Club was best man. The pair, who’d been dating since 2013, celebrated their honeymoon in June with a trip to Florida. Doyle says he wasn’t nervous about saying his vows in front of the large audience, but adds, “I was trying not to get overexcited about marrying my beautiful and loving Ester.” Lion Amado Castillo, one of about 120 Lions who witnessed the wedding, recalls, “There were a lot of smiles that day.” Andrea Normand, a Brusly Lion since 1997, has received the Louisiana Nurses Foundation’s Nightingale Award as nurse of the year. The Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing also provides scholarships to local nursing students. Lion Cecilio Felix, the 2015-2016 president of the Sacramento Midtown Lions Club in California, is helping to develop a new cattle breeding program in his native Philippines. The Mindanao Cattle Research and Development project is expected to develop a new herd of cattle that is adaptable to the specific regional conditions. “It will give an opportunity to people in the countryside to raise one or two head of this small cattle type in a backyard setting and provide extra family income,” says Felix, who emigrated to the United States in 1962 and has practiced as a federal veterinarian in regulatory veterinary medicine.
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