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Bishop Dunne Students Senior Houston Little, sophomores Lola Rodriguez and Jonathon James, and seniors Geraud Sanders and Joshua Drayden meet Robert Thomas, former Dallas attorney and recipient of the Oak Cliff Lions Club Bill Melton Humanitarian of the Year Award. Robert Thomas and his wife, Gail, were the first married couple to receive the award since it began in 1978 with legendary Cowboys Coach Tom Landry as the first recipient. Seniors Little, Sanders and Drayden will all attend college this fall and play football. Geraud Sanders will attend the Air Force Academy on a full scholarship and Joshua Drayden is headed to Cal-Berkeley on a full scholarship.

Bishop Dunne Students Encouraged to Serve Their Community, Make A Difference In The World

Robert and Gail Thomas are the recipients of the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by "The Voice of the Cowboys," Bill Melton, and the Oak Cliff Lions Club.

Two dozen attendees of the luncheon represented Bishop Dunne Catholic School, the largest group at the sold-out event.

In accepting the award on April 13, 2016, at the annual luncheon, Mrs. Thomas looked directly at the 22 Bishop Dunne students in the audience and advised them that living as an individual doesn't work. One must live in community.

She then quoted T.S. Eliot: "What life have you if you have not life together? There is no life that is not in community."


The Oak Cliff Lions Club Bill Melton Humanitarian Award is presented each year to recognize and honor a person (or persons) whose activities, contributions and service to the community, best symbolize the ideals of Lionism. The Award is usually given to non-Lions who have demonstrated dedication to community, profession, God and mankind, that exemplifies the motto of Lions Clubs International, "We Serve". The Award was re-named by the Club Board of Directors in April 2010, to Honor the Founding President of the Award, Past District Governor and former Dallas County Treasurer Bill Melton.

Recipients of the award include: 

Tom Landry* 1978

Coach, Dallas Cowboys; Super Bowl VI and XII Championship Teams;

NFL Hall of Fame; Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leader; Horatio Alger Award
Bill Hunter 1979 President, Dallas School Board; Community Leader; Attorney
H. Ross Perot 1980 Founder, Electronic Data Systems; United States Presidential Candidate; Dallas’ Perot Museum of Nature and Science; Horatio Alger Award; Linz Award
John Criswell 1981 News Anchor, WFAA Television; "Wednesday's Child" Leader 
Ben Lipshy* 1982

Founder/President, Zales Corporation; Chief Executive, University Medical Center, Inc.; Dallas Civic and Charitable Leader

Buddy Minyard* 1983 Chairman/CEO, Minyard Food Stores; President, Dallas Retail Grocers; Leader, Dallas’ Scottish Rite Masonic Order; Community and Charitable Leader 
Harold Schackman* 1985 Zales Oak Cliff Manager; Head of Zales’ Employees Retirement Program; “Tireless” Community Worker – known as “Mr. Oak Cliff”; Oak Cliff Lion
Dr. J.L. LaManna 1990 Chairman, Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Inc.; Providing Millions of Dollars to some 150 non-profits in Oak Cliff; Dallas Baptist University Good Samaritan Award
Lillian Bradshaw* 1991 Director, Dallas Public Library; President, American and Texas Library Associations; First Married and Female Dallas Library Director 
Dr. Charles Baxter* 1992 Chairman, Parkland Hospital Burn Center; Founder, Skin-Graft Center at Parkland; JFK Parkland Emergency Room Notable, November 22,1963 
Roger Staubach 1993  Former Dallas Cowboy; MVP, Super Bowl VI; NFL Hall of Fame; 1963 Heisman Trophy at Navy; Developer, Community Leader; Horatio Alger Award
Birdie Jackson* 1994 Foster Care Mother; Well known Community Worker; Birdie Jackson Foundation
Dan Eddy* 1994 Dallas Salvation Army Fund Raiser; Oak Cliff Justice of the Peace; Oak Cliff Lion 
Dr. Charles Sprague* 1995 Chairman/CEO, Southwestern Medical Foundation; Considered “Legend in Medicine”; three Endowment Chairs established in his Honor; Dallas Civic Leader
Rodger Meier* 1996 Chairman/CEO, Rodger Meier Cadillac; Civic Leader; Chair, Dallas Chamber; 1979 Dallas “Father of the Year”; Linz Award 
Ebby Halliday Acers* 1997 Ebby Halliday Real Estate Founder; Philanthropic Leader; Texas Women’s Hall of Fame; President, North Dallas Chamber; Horatio Alger Award; Linz Award
Raymond Nasher* 1998 Philanthropist; Developer of NorthPark Center; World Renowned Art Collector; Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center; Linz Award
Robert S. Folsom 1999 Mayor of Dallas; President, Dallas School Board; Chair, Methodist Hospital Board; Developer; Dallas Civic Leader; Only Four Sport Letterman in SMU History
Nancy Brinker 2000 Founder, Susan G. Komen Foundation; United States Ambassador to Hungary
Ruth Sharp Altshuler 2001 National, Texas, and Dallas Philanthropic Leader; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Awarded by Smithsonian Institute; Linz Award
Suzanne Duvall 2001 Nationally Recognized Master Mediator; First Recipient, American Arbitration’s Annual Steve Brutche Award; First Recipient, Tom Eisner Mediator of the Year
Martha Gilmore* 2001 Minister; Educator; Pioneer for Women’s Ministerial Rights; Served on Children’s, Inc., Girl’s Foundation of Dallas and Crossroads Community Services Boards 
Canon Stephen Swann 2001 Founder, Episcopal School of Dallas; Community Leader; Stephen B. Swann Athletic Center dedicated to Physical Fitness, one of Finest in United States 
Liz Minyard 2002 President, Minyard Food Stores; Civic Leader; Chair, Dallas Chamber; Chair, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; Helped Found North Texas Food Bank
J. McDonald Williams 2003 President and CEO, Trammel Crow Companies; Developer; Dallas Community Leader; Board Member, A. H. Belo Corporation; Linz Award
Chris Victor Semos* 2004 Texas State Representative; Dallas County Commissioner; Civic Leader; Chair, Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration; Owner, Torch Restaurant; Oak Cliff Lion
Lamar Hunt* 2005 Founder, American Football League, MLS, NASL and WCT; Owner, Kansas City Chiefs – Super Bowl IV Champions; Named Super Bowl; NFL Hall of Fame
Paul M. Bass, Jr.* 2006 Investment Banker; Medical Advocate; Parkland Hospital Chair; Linz Award
Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr. 2007 Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District; Former President, Dallas’ Bishop College; Chair, Dallas’ African American Museum Board
Peter Pauls Stewart 2008 Founder, Dallas’ Thanks Giving Square; Leader in Dallas Multi-Religion Community; Dallas Civic Leader; Linz Award
T. Boone Pickens 2009 Oil and Energy Entrepreneur; Civic Philanthropist – Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Meals on Wheels, Oklahoma State University; Horatio Alger Award
Lindalyn B. Adams 2010 Leader behind Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum, Old Red Courthouse Restoration, Dallas County Historical Landmark Program and Old City Park; Linz Award
Ruben Esquivel 2011 Chair, State Fair of Texas, Parkland Hospital Board of Managers, Dallas County Historical Foundation, Dallas Opera, YMCA of Metro Dallas, Oak Cliff Lion
Michael A. Jenkins 2012 President/Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals; President/Founder, LARC Entertainment Group; Co-Founder, Six Flags Parks; Winner, six Tony Awards
Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper 2013 Author, “Aerobics”; Founder/President, Cooper Aerobics Center; created training for US Astronauts; trained 1970 Brazil Soccer Team to World Cup Championship
Dr. Jody Grant 2014 "Father" of Dallas' Klyde Warren Park; Nationally Known Banker/Economist; Dallas Civic Leader; All America Swimmer at SMU; Horatio Alger Award; Linz Award
Kay Bailey Hutchison  2015  United States Senator; Texas State Treasurer; Texas State Representative; Vice Chair, National Transportation Safety Board; Helped Repeal Wright Amendment
Gail and Robert Thomas  2016 Gail – President & CEO, The Trinity Trust; raised funding for Margaret Hunt Hill and Margaret McDermott Bridges; Co-Founder, Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture; dedicated life to improvement of cities; Psychotherapist; author/lecturer

Robert – Past President, Dallas Bar Association; acquired property for Belo Mansion Dallas Bar Headquarters; Lead Counsel for DISD in Dallas Desegregation Case; Board of Trustees, Southern Methodist University; President, SMU Alumni Association


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Oak Cliff's Got Talent Extravaganza is scheduled for May 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Bishop Dunne Auditorium - 3900 Rugged Drive, Dallas, 75224

Join the Oak Cliff Lions Club for the Annual Extravaganza Fundraising Event. This will be a live talent show featuring Oak Cliff High School students and all of the wonderful talent they have to offer. Celebrity Judges will be on hand to select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

SHOW Tickets are $10 each and available at

A drawing will also be held this evening for a $2,500 gift card GRAND PRIZE.

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