3rd grade final report card

Why I Became a Lion

From the November 2023 District 12-S Newsletter (with updates now that I found the memory book my mom left for me)

I was what you would call a hellraiser as a kid. I passed 1st through 4th grade on trial and failed the 5th grade.

2nd grade letter
2nd-grade letter
3rd grade final report card
3rd grade final report card

I think they only let me out of 5th grade the second time because they wanted me out of there. I burned down a trailer in Roswell, NM. On Barksdale ir Force Base (BAFB), I helped destroy a couple of million dollars worth of construction equipment, which caused the delayed opening of new barracks and a new hospital by several months. I accomplished all this before my 13th birthday.

In the 6th grade, I stabbed a bully in the back and shoved another bully’s arm through a plate glass door, nearly severing his forearm. Yes, I had an angry and violent temper. Later in my life, my mom showed me a letter she kept from the BAFB Base Commander that stated that if my dad didn’t get control of his delinquent dependent, his dependent could be excluded from the base. My mom told me that meant my dad could be dishonorably discharged from the USAF.

BAFB Letter
BAFB Letter

What turned me from an out-of-control person to the pleasant, good-looking, and humble person you know today? A teacher who paid attention.

In the second semester of 9th grade, a teacher noticed I did well in some classes and very poorly in others. She sent a note home to my parents about getting my eyes checked. Yep, it turned out I was severely near-sighted AND color-blind. Being a Webster, from the 1st through both times in the 5th grade, I was always seated in the back row of the classroom. I couldn’t see anything the teacher was doing. A concerned teacher and glasses changed me.

All of this is the reason I am so passionate about vision screening. I want to help kids not have a miserable, angry, and possibly violent childhood because no one knows they can’t see what is happening in the classroom or life. Thank you, fellow Lions, for helping kids have a more normal childhood and successful school years through your vision screening service.

If we only change one child’s life, we have changed the world.

Remember, Life is for Service.


Lion Webster

12-S District Admin

July 1, 2023, a new Life of Service Begins

On June 30th, 2023, I said goodbye to many End User Computing (EUC) Community friends. On July 1st, I moved my volunteer service work from the world of Information Technology to Lions Clubs International.

In my IT career, I took over 500 certification exams and held over 100 certifications. I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Citrix, a Career Achievement Award from my peers at the EUC Masters Retreat, the Cup of the Holy Grail from my friends also at the EUC Masters Retreat, and the Citrix Users Group Community and Patrick Coble gave me The Nerdiest Tuba Player Award.

The scripts, files, and PDFs I provided to the EUC Community from my now-retired website CarlWebster.com had over 1,000,000 downloads from September 30, 2011, through June 30, 2023. My old website also handled over 3,500,000 visitors from November 8, 2008, through June 30, 2023.

I plan to bring the same passion and dedication for service to my local community, club, district, state, and the Lions Clubs International family.

At 00:00:01 on July 1, 2023, I become the 2nd Vice District Governor for District 12-S in the Great State of Tennessee.

Here is my election poster from our District 12-S Convention held on February 11, 2023. I think you may see just what a goober I am.

Thanks for reading my first post on my new LionWebster website.


Lion Carl Webster
THE Tullahoma Lions Club
Melvin Jones Fellow
District 12-S 2nd Vice District Governor and Admin
Webster@LionWebster.com 931-434-5577