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On July 1, 2013, NCLI implemented the Brighter Visions Annual Fund Drive, a change in name and a big change in our fundraising philosophy. In order to maintain our current programs and then grow and expand our services it is necessary to look to additional fundraising areas to help supplement the monies that keep the programs and services alive for our VIPs.
Our kickoffs in August have successfully taken place in each District. District L came alive during its kickoff at the McCune Center in Black Mountain. Club after club presented big checks to start the Brighter Visions engine! A local VIP told her story about how Camp Dogwood impacted and changed her life by opening up her world to other VIPs with similar life stories. She found that she was not alone as she once thought. District Governor Max Bumgardner and District Chair Leon Pryor put together a thought-provoking kickoff program.
The resident tailtwister in District I, Lion Chris Beck, displayed the height of enthusiasm as he collected funds for a Brighter Visions Raffle. His efforts, along with the efforts of the co-chairs of the District’s Brighter Visions Fund Drive, were lively as their clubs and individuals in the District came forward with the greatest amount of kickoff funds ever received at one time by a district!
Now the work must begin, for we must share with our donors how their donation is being used and how their donation has made an impact on real people. If you do not know how these funds are being used, perhaps it is time for a refresher course to be given by your District Chair for Brighter Visions. Your District Chair is eagerly waiting for your phone call.
A banner patch and year tab will be presented to each Club that equals or exceeds the average per capita donation to the Brighter Vision Annual Fund Drive.
Lions, we must go ABOVE AND BEYOND what is asked. NCLI would like Brighter Visions to inspire and motivate our donors creating their ownership just as we are inspired and motivated as Lions!
Yours in Service,
Jana Peedin, State Chair
Charlotte SouthPark Lions are moving forward with a KidSight project as their PlusOptix screening system has arrived. PDGs Hunter Garbee and Dave Shimberg have template letters ready to invite preschools and day care centers to sponsor screenings. They also have Parental Consent forms, results forms, and general screening information.
The next steps are 1) Identify four to six club members to perform screenings; 2) Conduct Training via two-hour Skype session led by PlusOptix; 3) Identify a number of preschools and day care centers with which Lions already have relationships and offer initial screenings; 4) Identify an individual or team to manage the screening schedule; 5) Identify school nurses or other school contacts through whom to add screening locations; and finally 6) Conduct Screenings. PDG Dave has prepared a presentation on Lions KidSight to present to area Lions Clubs, soliciting their support with screenings. If you have been waiting for an opportunity to provide hands on service, not just raise money, step forward and join the SPLC Lions KidSight Program.
Contact PDG Dave at 704-597-1265 or 704-906- 1158 or email davealans@carolina .rr.com
State Council Report District 31-I North Carolina August 15, 2015 District I has Begin this new year with enthusiasm. The Lions have done an outstanding job in volunteering, Organization and participation. I must give credit to the Lions Clubs and the officers and committee Chairs for the smooth transition and the awesome accomplishments we have had in July for our new district. Thank everyone for our successes. Membership in District I for July as reported from LCI shows 1395 Members. There have been 14 new members and 18 dropped members. Membership now shows a minus of 4. The Governors team has set visitation and have divided up official visitations in the district and they are going very well. Our GLT Lion Tim Williams did an excellent job on the three officer trainings . Lion Tim also held an additional training for Zone and Region Chairs. Lion Tim has also designed a map of the district and working with our GMT Lion Gene Everett to identify areas for new club development. We have a possible new club in the workings now. District I Fall convention is Nov 12-14 at The Village Inn in Clemmons . !st VDG Butch Conrad and Co- Chair Teresia Matthews are doing an excellent job. There have been two planning sessions with fantastic district attendance. Our Speaker will Be ID Linda Tincher from Indiana. Reservations are available in District I newsletter. Brighter vision workshop will be held at Camp Dogwood Wed Aug 26 at 6:30 PM A meal is available for 12.50 per person. Reservations for meal is in newsletter or send to Cabinet Secretary Ron Staley . Special Thanks to Lion Carolyn Sprinkle and Bob, and Ron Staley for the wonderful Directory. Special Thanks to Caroyln Sprinkle and Theresa Matthews For the great work on our newsletter. Special Thanks to The Governor Leadership Team and the Lions of 31-I.
ALL HANDS ON DECK
Peace, Hope, Determination, Teamwork, and Uniting People through services are central elements of the 2015-2016 Lions International Presidential theme —
Empowering Youth to Serve
Invite Your Club to Join the Centennial Service Challenge
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, of Minokamo, Gifu, Japan, and a member of Minokamo Lions Club, is the 2015-2016 President of Lions Clubs International Every year, thousands of small cranes cross over the Himalayas at an altitude of 8000 meters for their seasonal migration. These demoiselle cranes are the smallest crane species, and their survival during this grueling migration depends upon the cooperation, teamwork, family structure,and harmony between every member of the flock.
In Japan, the crane has traditionally been a symbol of long life. In the Japanese art of origami, the crane is the most basic form that all children learn how to make. The custom of folding origami cranes is a meditative act that shows the heartfelt wishes of friends and family for the ill to become well again. The crane has also become known as a symbol of peace not only in Japan, but around the world. Peace, hope, determination, teamwork, and uniting people through service are central elements of the 2015- 2016 presidential theme Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.
From Lions Clubs International:
When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. In over 200 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges
that go beyond borders. We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. That’s why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks, and eyeglass recycling. Providing eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight, and raising donations through campaigns like SightFirst and SightFirst II.
We believe everyone deserves a healthy life. From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions
volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world. We empower the next generation. Whether it’s providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences in a Leo club or sharing a message of peace through our Peace Poster contest, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people. We serve local communities – and protect the planet. From performing hands-on community work and
service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environmental programs improve our communities — and protect the environment. When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. Our volunteer projects unite Lions around the world. And our work is unconditional. We aren’t limited by continents or restricted to certain causes. Lions help wherever, whenever, and however we