PRESIDENTS MAY MESSAGE

This Lions year is quickly coming to an end. The election of officers will be May 18th.

We are still a growing club as we have four new members to be installed on May 18th. Please make them feel welcome. They include Eric Chavis, Onita Cox, Kim Jean and Terry Stewart. We need to greet each one at our meetings.

Lions, thank you for the work you have been doing, it takes each one to do the jobs. We have helped a lot of friends and will be doing more. Our Lions years coming to a close very fast and there’s still lots to be done.

Plan on our trip to Boys and Girls Homes at Lake Waccamaw on May 4th at 7:00. We will have some good fried chicken and other food. The new Lions and their spouses are encouraged to attend and meet the boys we are helping.

We have checked 2,687 children’s eyes this school year with Lions David and George’s heading up the SPOT screenings. Thanks also to the other Lions that have helped also. More to come.

This year we are sending six blind friends to Camp Dogwood for their fun week. On June 11th the group will leave from Hardees on Roberts Avenue around 10:00 am. Come get a blessing that morning as they scurry about.

Our installation of officers and awards banquet will be June 15th. We will have some good food. This is a special time for our clubs. PDG Gary Green will be the installing officer.

Looking for you in the Den

I hope to see you at Boys and Girls Homes on Thursday, May 4th.

It’s Great to Be a Lion

Channing

Vision Screening Results for 2016-17 School Year!

During the 2016-17 school year in Robeson County, the Lumberton Lions Club SPOT Vision Screening team conducted 22 vision screenings in various schools in Robeson county — 14 were in the Public Schools System.  There were two thousand six hundred eight seven (2,687) persons screened.  Of these, over three hundred (304) were referred to an eye care specialist.  Screening concentration was on Kindergarten and Second Grade Students.

WHAT IS A LION?

He or she has achieved success who have lived well, laughed often and loved much; who have gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled their niche and accomplished their task; who has left the world better than they found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who has never lacked the appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best they have; whose life was an inspiration whose memory a benediction.

This Is A Lion!

SPOT VISION SCREENING IN FEBRUARY

In February your club performed SPOT Vision Screenings at the First Presbyterian Weekday School and Southeastern Charter Academy. 253 were screened, with 16 referred to an eye care specialist.

There are four more SPOT screenings scheduled for the current school year. Listed are the dates which have been established.

March 21 – East Robeson and Janie Hargrave
April 11 – Rosenwald School and W H Knuckles.

Please volunteer. There are several jobs which you can perform even if you feel uncomfortable operating the SPOT Vision Screener. Lions are needed to direct traffic, put on stickers, operate the printer or just be a go-for.

President’s March Newsletter

Fellow Lions, our annual Charities Dinner is moving along nicely. April 1st is right around the corner. All 200 tickets have been been to members of the club for selling Please see the story in your bulletin about this project. The event will be our major fund raiser for this Lions year. Lion Jim is putting together the ticket sales campaign. If each Lion sells just ten tickets, we will have a sold out event this year and our profits will be in excess of $8,500. This is a lot of help for our blind and visually handicapped friends and other local charities we support. EVERYBODY BODY SELLS. SELL, SELL, SELL!

April is election of officers month. Nominations for officers for 2017-2018 will be presented at the March 16th business meeting and published in the next newsletter. The election will be at the Business Meeting on April 20th. If you have a committee or position you would like to serve on for Lions Centennial year 2017-2018, please speak with me.

Our annual trip to Boys and Girls Homes will be May 4th this year Plan now to take your significant other with you. It’s always a good evening to be with the residents of the Lions Cottage.

Hats off to those Lions members who participated in the two SPOT Vision Screenings held in February. Two hundred fifty three were screened with sixteen being referred to an eye care specialist There are four more scheduled this school year.

Lion David and the Sight Committee are working with three children needing eye examinations and eyewear who were displaced because of Hurricane Matthew

Remember, we will have a special guest speaker — Dr. Kimberly Gold, President of RCCC — at the next meeting in the Den. See the story in your newsletter.

Fellow Lions the next two months will be really busy. Thank you for all your participation in the projects and events coming up. Remember, as busy as we are, or think we are, it’s still . . . . . .

GREAT TO BE A LION!

Channing

Presidents January Message

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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.
IT’S GREAT TO BE A LION!

Yours in Lionism,
Channing