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Lillington Lions Host Dist. 31F Cabinet Meeting and Brighter Visions Kickoff

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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September 21st: Lillington Fall Festival

The annual fall fundraisers hosted by the Lillington Chamber of Commerce will begin with the Lillington Fall Festival on Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The event features vendors selling food, arts, crafts, jewelry and more along with music throughout the day and activities for children. The event is free for the public. To participate as a vendor, complete a vendor application and review the explanation of festival rules so you will know how to plan. You can also contact the Lillington Chamber of Commerce for more information at 910-893-3751 or by e-mail at

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Lions Celebrate Elimination of River Blindness in Colombia

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Chairperson Wayne Madden joined Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at a special ceremony to congratulate President Juan Manuel Santos and the people of Colombia for becoming the first of six countries in the Americas to eliminate river blindness. Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is a parasitic disease that can cause intense itching, eyesight damage, and irreversible blindness. “This is a momentous day for the people of Colombia, and it’s an honor to share in their celebration. Lions are committed to preserving sight and eliminating preventable blindness around the world. Colombia is proof that when compassionate, committed people work together, that goal is within our reach,” said LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden.

To advance the river blindness campaign in the Americas, LCIF donated over US$3 million to The Carter Center, which has led the campaign to wipe out the disease in Latin America. “Colombia’s achievement demonstrates that a future free from river blindness is possible for everyone in the Americas,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, founder of The Carter Center and a Lions club member.

In 1999, Lions joined The Carter Center in the fight against river blindness in Latin America, which targeted six countries in which the disease was endemic: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela. When the program was launched, an estimated 500,000 people in the Americas were at risk of river blindness in those six countries. As the result of the highly successful campaign, transmission of this once ‘neglected’ tropical disease has been broken in 96 percent of the region.

River blindness was eliminated by providing a community-wide administration of the medicine ivermectin (Mectizan®, donated by Merck) to all people in the afflicted area, followed by three years of post-treatment surveillance to determine if transmission would recur. The elimination of the disease in Colombia was verified on April 5, 2013 by the World Health Organization. Through LCIF’s SightFirst program, which funds high-quality, sustainable projects that address the major causes of blindness and vision impairment, Lions have contributed over US$42 million dollars to The Carter Center for onchocerciasis and trachoma projects in Latin America and Africa.

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David Hodges sings at the Erwin Lions Club.

If you walked a mile in my shoes.
(A Song About Homelessness)

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Dr Hernandez announced today that through Sedation Vacation she will be signing up and doing FREE DIABETES SCREENINGS on August 20th, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

Dr Hernandez has launched this program because of the increase in patients with Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes symptoms. “A dentists role is to help you keep your teeth, and these screenings are just one way…” says Dr Hernandez. Many people know the effects of diabetes on the eyes, legs, and other organs but little is mentioned about the impact on your smile. You can sign up through

Those already living with Diabetes know how their teeth may have started to shift or even fall out among other sad results. Estimates have 1 in 3 adults as undiagnosed and contributing to diabetes being the 6th most common cause of death for Americans. As Americans are living longer diabetes’ prevalence is only increasing.

The FREE DIABETES SCREENING includes oral cancer screening, tooth pocket depth analysis, blood glucose screening and a cholesterol check.

Office of Dr Zara Bartley-Hernandez DDS
Direct 910-893-5828
Fax 910-893-8107

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Johnston Lee Harnett Community Action speaks to the Lillington Lions Club


Lions Club guest speaker Kelly True with the Harnett County Community Action.

Johnston Lee Harnett Community Action Inc
745 Shawtown Road
Lillington, NC 27546
Phone:(910) 814-0360

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March is Eye Donor Awareness Month

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.

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Upcoming March Events

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 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 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.

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Upcoming Lillington Lions Club Programs for 2013

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

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2nd VDG Ken Smith Presents Jack Stickley Awards


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.

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Presenting the awards was 2nd VDG Rev. Ken Smith.
(L-R) Lion Kenny A. Cox, 2nd VDG Rev. Ken Smith and Lion David Conner.

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