Lions Club guest speaker Kelly True with the Harnett County Community Action.
Johnston Lee Harnett Community Action Inc
745 Shawtown Road
Lillington, NC 27546
The month of March is a special time to honor eye donors and their families for giving the gift of sight. Eye donations are crucial for research and education, as well as corneal transplants that can help restore the sight of children and adults.
Lions Eye Banks recover, evaluate, store and distribute human eye tissue for sight-saving procedures. Lions support more than 60 eye banks in nine countries. Recognize Eye Donor Awareness Month by contacting your local eye bank to raise awareness in your community about the importance of eye donations.
March 15th-16th: Sandhills Antique Farm Show
This annual show is scheduled for March 15-16 at Sandhills Antique Farm Equipment Club park located at 200 Alexander Drive in Lillington. The event features antique farm equipment, demonstrations, horse activities, food vendors and more. Admission is $6.00 for both Friday and Saturday, $5.00 for Saturday and $4.00 for military cardholders on Saturday. Children 10 and under get in free. Visit their website at http://www.safeclubinc.org to learn more about feature attractions.
March 16th: CFCA Hosts Corn Hole Tournament
Cape Fear Christian Academy will host a Corn Hole Tournament on this date from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Registration is $30.00 and concessions are available all day including homemade BBQ! Cash prizes and door prizes throughout the day! Contact Sarah Bowman to register 910-897-5423 and as always visit http://www.capefearchristianacademy.org for more information.
March 23rd: Lillington Easter Egg Hunt
This event, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday, March 23rd from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the Lillington Park and will include special activities and attractions for children. The Egg Hunt will be hosted by the Lillington Parks and Recreation Department, the Chamber, and other local agencies. For more information, contact Angel Rollins at the Lillington Parks and Recreation Department at 910-893-2864, ext. 21. Watch for more details in coming weeks about the specific activities.
January 28th Cape Fear Christian Academy
February 11th – Hand of Hope Pregnancy Clinic
February 25th – Valentine’s Banquet
March 11th – Johnston Lee Harnett Community Action
March 25th – NC Lions 31F VDG Vince Schimmuller
April 8th – Lillington Fire Dept.
April 22nd – Law office of Jason Wunsch
May 13th – Spouse Night
May 27th – American Legion Post 28
On December 20th the Lumberton Lions Club presented two Jack Stickley Fellowships Awards. Since 1989, the Lumberton Lions Club has given 34 Jack Stickley Fellowship Awards.
Presenting the awards was 2nd VDG Rev. Ken Smith.
(L-R) Lion Kenny A. Cox, 2nd VDG Rev. Ken Smith and Lion David Conner.
It is hard to believe that half of this Lions Year is over. District Governor Randy, 1st VDG Vince, and 2nd VDG Ken have been working hard for all the Lions in 31F and across the state. As a District, we have continued to live up to our motto, “WE SERVE.” We are looking forward to the rest of the year.
As Nominations Chair, I am proud to announce that we have a full slate of officers for 2013-2014.
1st VDG Vince Schimmoller is our nominee for District Governor
2nd VDG Ken Smith is our nominee for 1st VDG
Lion R. Lynn McCaskill of the Ellerbe Lions Club is the nominee as 2nd VDG
Lion Lynn has been a member of the Ellerbe Lions Club for close to 40 years. He served as District Secretary and Treasurer for PDG GB Lamm and has served his Club in a number of positions. He is a great Lion and will be an asset for the District. Lion Lynn is owner and pharmacist at Ellerbe Pharmacy.
According to 31-F Constitution and By-Laws if the current 1st VDG is nominated for office of DG and the current 2nd VDG is nominated for office of 1st VDG, no other nomination will be accepted.
All candidates for the office of 2nd VDG must file their intention at least one day prior to the 31-F convention. Only those qualified candidates’ names will be placed in nomination.
Each Club can have one (1) voting delegate per each ten (10) members based on the December 31, 2012 membership.
PDG Jerry Lee Thomas
News media are reporting that the President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are seriously considering imposing new limits on the charitable giving incentive as part of a package to avert the “fiscal cliff.” Unless they hear a huge groundswell of opposition immediately, the ability of charitable nonprofits – everything from churches and synagogues to local food banks, cultural groups, Girl Scouts, and United Ways – to raise the funds they need to serve others may be sharply curbed for many years to come. The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University estimates that this proposal would take away $2.43 billion a year from nonprofits.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Call the White House (202-456-1111) and the Speaker (202-225-0600) RIGHT NOW and give the operator this message:
The 28% limit on charitable deductions hurts front-line charities serving people in need. Don’t hurt the helpers. Don’t limit charitable deductions!
Give your name, city, and state, and tell what the charitable deduction means to the work you do or the services you rely on.
Also send Tweets to @WhiteHouse and @SpeakerBoehner telling them not to limit charitable deductions. Consider this sample Tweet: @WhiteHouse @SpeakerBoehner – Capping charitable deductions hurts communities. Say no to 28% limit! #protectgiving
THE NEXT MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO:
Send this information to everyone you know who cares about the work of your nonprofit, the services you provide, and the people you serve. That means all of your co-workers, board members, volunteers, clients, people served, and colleagues with other nonprofits in your community. The White House Comment Line operates from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Call now and forward this message. If the lines are busy, please keep trying. Go to http://www.ncnonprofits.org or http://www.GiveVoice.org for more information about the threat to the charitable giving incentive and what you can do.
On Friday, December 14th, 2012 tragedy struck the quiet city of Newtown, CT. At approximately 9:30am, school children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School were just starting their day. Students were studying math, others their social studies, and perhaps the younger children were learning their alphabet or visiting the school library. It was, in every way, an ordinary day. And then – the unthinkable happened. A gunman broke into the school, murdering twenty-six people, including 20 children, none older than 7, their principal and several teachers. The perpetrator then turned a gun on himself, ending the nightmare which had unfolded only moments before, and ending too a life of promise for so many.
As former teachers, and as parents and grandparents, Linda and I are struggling to come to grips with such an event, and I know all of you are as well. And like you, our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones, and the community that is left to wonder “why?”
We may never know why this happened, and the community of Newtown is left to pick up the pieces and try to put their lives back together and make sense of a senseless act.
There are 46,000 Lions clubs all over the world – many in communities no larger than Newtown, CT. Each and every Lions club is part of the fabric of their respective community. Neighbor helping neighbor. A shoulder to cry on when grief strikes. A helping hand in time of need.
In the immediate aftermath of the shootings, as Newtown and the world was just learning of the tragedy, as sirens were wailing with police and ambulances rushing to the scene, the Newtown Lions club wanted to help. They quickly set up coffee and refreshments for first responders so they could in turn concentrate on their jobs. Trivial in an atmosphere of unspeakable grief, yet a perfect example of an unselfish act of kindness and concern, and the very definition of our motto “We Serve.”
Thank you to the members of the Newtown Lions club. Please know that Lions around the world are with you in heart and spirit, and that we will do what we can in the immediate future to provide you what assistance you may need.
Lion Wayne Madden