In DG Randy’s article, he talked about the activities at the State Convention. However I would like to add a few comments. There were a number of first time members to the convention and I would like to thank you for your participation. Attendees had the opportunity to listen and visit with next year’s incoming President of the Lions Club International, Barry Palmer from Australia. He gave a very informative, humorous and interesting talk. Lion Barry is a very personable individual and the Lions are headed for a banner year under his leadership.
In preparation of the upcoming year with new officers, the District held a new officers training on Saturday, May 11 at the Lillington Baptist Church. We had a great turnout with 17 clubs participating. The secretaries were able to get unto the internet and to have hands on experience with the My LCI data base for entry of club data. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact any of your District officers.
Also mark your calendars for the next big event, the Awards and new District Officer Induction Banquet scheduled for July 27 at 6 pm at the Western Harnett Lions Club. Mr. Harvey Whitley, International Director will be doing the inducting official. More information will be coming out in the near future about the meal and registration. I will be outlining some of my goals and objectives for my upcoming year as District Governor. It would be great to see many of you at the Awards and Induction ceremony.
The next event coming up is the Brighter Visions Annual Fund Drive kickoff scheduled for Aug 14 at 10 am at the Lillington Baptist Church at 210 West Lofton St in Lillington. Brighter Visions is a new program that takes the place of the Humanitarian/White Cane program. The purpose of the name change is that the Brighten Visions does much more than provide White Canes as this aspect is a very small part of what the program is all about. The intent of the new program direction is to open up the fund drive to more than club members. All clubs are encouraged to send a representative to the kickoff meeting.

Vince Schimmoller,
District Governor Elect

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