First thanks for all that has been contributed until this point in the year. Many Clubs have worked very hard at their fundraisers and are continuing to do so. Many communities have benefited from funds contributed to worthy causes in their area. We must also however help support NCLF and their various entities.
The Humanitarian White Cane is the most important source of funds for the services and programs provided by the Lions of North Carolina. It provides funds for the following: Camp Dogwood (excluding maintenance), Matching Funds, Support and Mobility Canes, Educational Grants, Vision Van, Special Grants such as VIP Fishing tournament and Governor Morehead School, Organ and Tissue Procurement, and Public Information and Education.
The report sent out on March 31 indicates that the White Cane Funds given by our District and all Districts in the State is below previous years. Our District stands at 60.4% of our goal with 19 Clubs at 0. Let’s work at getting all those 0’s from our District’s report! We have until June 30 to do so, but there is an urgency to do so earlier if possible. All of the Club’s have received the updates on the shortage of funds for Matching Funds and hopefully have reported such at Club meetings. I am sure this shortage in funds ($86,606 behind last year at this point statewide) is being felt in all areas covered by White Cane funds.
All Clubs have priorities for their money but all Clubs should also attempt to do their share! After all, this is the core program that we support as Lions. Take a look at how your Club stacks up, set some reasonable goals, and together lets raise the monies needed to get to 100% by June 30 to provide for those less fortunate whom WE SERVE. A LOT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE AND QUICKLY! Please encourage your Club to contribute in the push to the end.
Thank you for all you do,
Lion Diane Westerbeek
District 31F White Cane Chair