Presidents January Message


Dear Fellow Lions:

It is my hope that each of you had an enjoyable Christmas this year.

Our Christmas Party/Ladies night was great with lots of good food and a very informative program with Lumberton Mayor Bruce Davis discussing the disaster caused by and the recovery underway from Hurricane Matthew.

Your sight committee was very busy in December with SPOT Vision Screenings.  You can read the results in the newsletter.  Your club gave 80 Lions hours of service in this project.

Now that we’ve had some time off, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  We can look forward to 2017, a new year maybe we can all get a new member into the club.

And don’t forget about the District 31-N Convention January 20 & 21 in Greenville. At this convention Lion David Cox will be nominated to serve our District N as 2nd Vice District Govenor.  At this time there are five Lumberton Lions to attend the Midwinter Convention.  There are workshops scheduled on Saturday afternoon.  International Director Sam H. Lindsey from Hilltop Lakes, Texas will be the keynote speaker.

The annual NC Lions Convention will be April 28 – 30 in Raleigh,  NC. Lion Secretary Jim has the information and application forms.

Our next big project is the annual Lions Charity Dinner April 1st. It will be our eighteenth.   Details are in the newsletter.  Everybody has a part in this project.

It has been a long time since the club was together in the den and I look forward to our first meeting of the year on Thursday, January 5th.

Presidents December Newsletter

Dear Fellow Lions:

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  We all have a lot to be thankful for even after the storm as individuals and as Lions.  Slowly we are beginning to rebuild.

Our club has done a lot for the community  Your club has accomplished many great things to aid the visually impaired in our community. We indirectly assisted the Lady Lions with the VIP party which was canceled in October.  The Lady Lions visited each VIP who was to attend the party.  The club gave each VIP a $50 WalMart gift certificate.  Only one VIPs was able to attend the VIP Fishing Tournament because of the Hurricane.  We have met our district goals, completed the birthday calendar sale and are selling Camp Dogwood Raffle Tickets. This month we will resume our SPOT Vision screenings in the Public Schools of Robeson County.

Our calendar sale had good sales again this year.  Thanks to Lion Jim Kirkland for getting the calendars back so soon.  Many of you have already delivered your calendars and turned in all your money.

Our annual Christmas dinner/ladies night is December 15th. We will begin at 7:00.  I look forward to seeing you at the party.

Thanks to Lion Jim for stepping up to the plate to temporarily coordinate the Broom and Flag sales project for the club.  This is a vital part of the ongoing fund raising efforts of the club which Lion Charles did on a regular basis.  If you have a customer who wishes to purchase flags or large quantities of brooms, please contact Lion Jim.  Leave a message.

The District 31- N&S Mid Winter Convention will be January 20 and 21 in Greenville.   The 2016 NC Lions State Convention will be April 28 – 30 in Raleigh.

The club will begin sales for the annual Charities Dinner. This year the Charities Dinner will be on April 2nd. Last year this was a great money maker for the club. We need to plan now how we can make it better than last year. All of us need to begin now to consider how we will sell a few extra tickets. Last year we did an outstanding job with 177 tickets sold, missing our goal of 200 by just 23 ticket sales.

See you in the den.

Yours in Lionism,

December SPOT Vision Screenings at 8 PSRC Schools

The club conducted SPOT Vision Screenings at eight (8) elementary schools in Robeson County. Lions David Cox, Sammy Cox, Channing Jones, Jim Kirkland, George Lawson and Luther Sanderson participated.

One thousand fifty nine (1,059) children were screened in Kindergarten and 2nd Grades. Fifty Eight staff members were screened. Of those screened, 116 were referred to an eye care specialist. Eighty Hours of Lions volunteer time was given.

Hurricane Matthew Clean Up Volunteers

Six Lions provided 275 volunteer hours for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in October. They were:  Lions Books Baxley, David Cox, Channing Jones, George Lawson, James Martin and Randall Patterson.


Now that November is here, everyone’s attention turns toward Matthew’s cleanup, then to Thanksgiving and then Christmas. After Hurricane Matthew we do have a lot to be thankful for. We are all truly blessed.

On November 3rd we will host the Zone 2 Meeting. Zone Chair Lion Jack Stephens will conduct the meeting and 1st Vice District Governor Don Eggert will speak about the Brighter Visions campaign.

The November 17th meeting will be held at Robeson Community College’s Law Enforcement Building at 6:00 PM. At this meeting we will honor former Lion James Sanderson with the dedication of the classroom in that building. Fellow Lions, you will be receiving a formal invitation from the Robeson Community College Foundation Office very soon. Please be present on the 17th

Reports from the VIP’s the club sponsored to the VIP Fishing Tournament is that they had a blast as always.

Mark your calendar for the Christmas Party/Ladies Night for December 15th. The Lady Lions are invited to this as well. The Lady Lions quilt drawings will be that night as well.

Fellow Lions on October 10th the club and Lions International lost a great member in the passing of Past President Lion Charles R. Ivey. Lion Charles was the go to guy for brooms, flags, Camp Dogwood Raffle ticket sales and special cooking duties. Lion Charles was just awarded his 40 year membership chevron.

I would like to say thanks to the members for all the projects we are doing as Lions.

Wishing for you all a very HAPPY and BLESSED THANKSGIVING!

See you in the den.


Lions thank you for all the work you did on our Birthday Calendars also thanks to Lion Jim. Maybe we can have our Christmas gifts back in time for Christmas delivery.

Our goal to sell Camp Dogwood ticket sales is 3 books per member or 84 books. Several members have already sold their quota. When you need more, see secretary Jim. Remember, Past President Charles Ivey always says “You Gotta Keep ’em in Your Pocket.” Works every time.

Our October 6th meeting will be District Governor Irwin Seiglewax official club visit. Please everybody be present and on time for this meeting. Lion Irwin will be driving from Calabash to make his visit.

On October 8th make yourself available to help bring the blind friends to the party for the Blind the ladies are giving.

October 15th our club will be participating in the 3rd annual Robeson County Diabetes Wellness Day at Robeson Community College I hope all of you will be able to represent our club. We will be doing SPOT Vision Screenings that day. Wear your Lions apparel

October 20th meeting will be held at Robeson Community College to recognize former Lion James Sanderson in the dedication of the James Sanderson BLE Classroom in the Law Enforcement building. Lion James was the long time head of the BLE program at RCC.

Hope to see you in the den on October 6th and all our other October events.

September Presidents Message

The month of September has always been a very busy month for the Lumberton Lions Club. We have either started or about to start several fundraisers The Annual Birthday Calendar sale has begun. We will also begin selling our quota of Camp Dogwood Raffle tickets this month. I hope everyone will put forth their best efforts to help our visually impaired friends by participating in these events.

As I mentioned, the Lions Annual Birthday calendar sale is underway. We need to have the listings ready to turn in on or before the September 15th meeting. Remember the calendar price is six dollars per family with up to 8 listings. Any listings over the eight listings is an additional 50 cents per listing. Fellow Lions, the Birthday Calendar makes an excellent Christmas stocking stuffier

The District 31-N Brighter Visions kickoff meeting was Saturday, August 6th. What does Brighter Visions mean to us locally in the past? Among other things, Brighter Visions provides matching fund dollars that we have used for eye exams and eyewear, Braille writers and the JAWS software for one of our VIP’s. Without the support of every Lions Club in NC, our ability to donate such items would be greatly inhibited. Your club voted to increase the Governor’s goal of $99 to $125 per member. We have already paid $3,500 to NCLI towards the 2016-2017 goal.

On October 15th your club will be particiapting in the 3rd Annual Robeson County Diabites Wellness Day to be held at Robeson Coummity College. Diabetes awareness is a Lions International Project. Please plan to participate. We will be doing SPOT Vision Screenings at the event.

As always, our club goal is for each member to sell three booklets of Camp Dogwood raffle tickets. Let’s get out and sell, sell, sell. Thanks to all those who have already sold Camp Dogwood Tickets. Lion Jim Kirkland has the books and will be distributing them to you. Be on the lookout. Like Lion Jim says, the only way to ask someone else to purchase tickets is to purchase yours first. Many members have already sold books and are selling more tickets. Lion Jim has plenty of books. As former president Lion Charles Ivey says, “You gotta keep ’em in your pock