Dist. 31F Cabinet Meeting and Brighter Visions Kickoff Report

The 1st Cabinet meeting and the Brighter Visons Kickoff was held on Saturday, August 24 at the Lillington Baptist Church. We had a great turnout for the event. There were 24 clubs and 52 lions present. At the next Cabinet meeting I would like to see at lest 30 clubs represented.

Highlights of the meeting include:
1. I showed the video about Follow your Dream, the theme for International President Barry Plarmer for this year. I spoke about my dream of having each club to be a plus 1 in members by the end of June 2014. I would also like to see the number of woment in clubs throughout the District to increase from the preasent 26.6% to 30%. Remember I would like for you to send me your dream so that I can make a Dream Board that will be displayed at the District Convention. the Broadway Lions club have already compiled its own Dream Board and are working to make it happen.

2. Zone Chair Janice Boone then advised the attendees that District 31 F was going to have a membership contest from now to December 31, 2013. The club with the largest percentage membership gain will receive $100 from the District for their favorite service project. In addtion, all new members will be entered into a drawing and two of the new members will be invited to the District 31F mid-winter convention on Feb. 1 at no cost to them.

3. Lion Janice also mentioned that she and the Angiers Lions Club are promoting an outing for the clubs in Harnett County are other nearby clubs to attend a Campbell University Football game on Sept 7 at 6 pm. Tickets will either be $3 or $5. The Lions will also be collecting used glasses at the gates as you enter the stadium. It would be great if we had a good showing at the game. More info to follow on this.

4. Ron Kelly briefly talked about the redistricting. Lions Club International needs to approve our plan at their Oct. meeting and then it will be implemented beginning with July 2015. More details to come as then become known.

5.DG Vince told the group that the District Governors this year were intiatiing a State-wide service project called the Diabetes Awareness Peer Support program. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness for adults. The Lions have the support of three UNC doctors that want to make a difference in the rural areas of NC. As plans are finalized I will be keeping you informed. If anyone is interested in becoming involved with this program, let me know. There will be training for the Lion peer support leaders.

6. Rena Marshall talked about a Youth Services program and asked clubs to call her if they wanted a program.

7. Beth Musslewhite, Peace Poster chair mentioned that now is the time to order and get the Peace Poster kits to the Junior High Schools. Also in the kit are instructions for the blind student essay contest. Make sure that the school is aware of this also so that if they have blind students at their school they can compete. This is a very inexpesive service project for all clubs and is an excellent way of getting the Lions name out in the community.

8. Lion Donna Schimmoller advised everyone that the USA/Canada Forum-a fantastic way to learn more bout the Lions- was being held in Overland Park KS on Sept 19-21. If you are interested go to the website or give Donna a call.

9. The last hour of the meeting was devoted to the Brighter Visons campaign. Steve Walker, Executive Director of the NCLI talked about the highlights of last year’s drive. He presented an award to the Carthage Lions club for selling 14.2 books of Camp Dogwood tickets for each member in the club. The Sanford Lions Club received an award for donating in excess of $8,000 to the White Cane Program.

10. Lion George Suggs, Chair for the Camp Dogwood advised the group that the proceeds of the tickets sales for the Camp Dogwood tickets go to the maintenance of the Camp. Last year District 31 F sold in excess of $19,000.

11.Lion Gary Steele, Chair for the Brighter Visions (aka White Cane) made a presentation about the Brighter Vision program and advised the group where the money goes and that your community gets money back especially if they send blind or visually impaired folks to Camp Dogwood of the VIP Fishing Tournament. Six clubs presented checks to Gary to begin the Brighter Visions Fund Drive in the amount of $7,700.

12. Lion Dale Dupree, President of the North Carolina Lions, Inc. showed a video of the Brighter Visions Drive. I would encourage clubs to call the NCLI to get a copy of this to show to your club or call Lynn McCaskill to arrange a vist to show the DVD. It is a very good video. Lion Dale thanked Lion Paul Bledsoe, Lion Sandy Scarlett, and Lion Mike Elmore for their efforts in putting together this program.

I hope this summary peaks your interest and that we will see you at the next cabinet meeting on Saturday, Nov. 10. If you have any questins about any of the the information in this email, give me a call (919-498-9189) or send me an email.

DG Vince Schimmoller

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