Thanks for being a Lion

Thanks for all you have done over the past month. Thanks for being a Lion and for volunteering your time and talent. Lions do make a difference in their local communities and the world.

Believe it or not, we are already getting ready for next year. Here’s what your governors team is working on. We will be dividing up and scheduling club visits. Vince, Ken or I will be visiting every club in the district, and we hope to get all of them done in the first 90 days. That’s July 1-September 30. We want to get the word out about what we hope to accomplish, what the district can do for you and what you can do for the district and state.

The district directory will have a bit of a new look in the upcoming year. The state committee structure and their district representatives will be rearranged in order to make the directory easier to understand and use. The most difficult part of putting the book together is getting prompt and accurate information about club officers. Please get your election data in on time. Also, please confirm your meeting dates, times and addresses. Finally, if you can, please confirm that your published address is GPS friendly as it is really helpful when we travel to your club.

If you are going to be a club officer in the coming year, we will be holding training for club officers and district representatives. The best place to start is online at Training for Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers and Zone Chairs can all be found under the Member Center tab. District training will consist of a common core for all participants and then specialized training for specific jobs. We will be setting a date and time soon.

Some other dates that have been set include District Awards and Inductions: May 26th, 2012, Lions Humanitarian Services (White Cane) Kickoff: July 14th, 2012, and the Mid-Winter Convention: February 2, 2013.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting our district’s humanitarian needs with you.

Thomas R. Kirby
Cell: 910-212-2066


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Call to Order: DG Denning Buchter
Pledge of Allegiance: DG-Elect Randy Kirby
Prayer: 2VG-Elect Rev. Ken Smith
Roll Call/Quorum: Lion Ann Pruitt
Welcome: DG Denning Buchter
Appointment of Parliamentarian: DG Denning Buchter
Reading of 2nd Cabinet Minutes: Lion Ann Pruitt
Finance Report for 2011-2012: Lion Tommy Tyler
DG Elect, 1st VDG Elect and 2nd VDG Elect
GMT Gary Greene
GLT Brad Logsdon

Old Business
Peace Poster Contest
DG Denning Buchter
New Business
Membership Status – DG Denning Buchter
Presentations – DG Denning Buchter
Reports from Zone & Committee Chairs
Closing Remarks – DG Denning Buchter
Benediction – 2nd VDG Elect Rev. Ken Smith

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December Newsletter

Dist. 31-F 2011 December Newsletter is now online. Visit to learn more.

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Vision Van To Be Replaced – Board Votes To Apply For LCIF Grant

The board of directors of North Carolina Lions, Inc. voted at its quarterly meeting in Hickory to replace the aging Vision Van.
The van will be replaced with a 24-foot to 28-foot long trailer and vehicle that will be equipped to perform vision screenings. The total cost of the project will be between $130,000 and $150,000. Executive Director Steve Walker said the trailer and vehicle would be paid for through a $75,000 grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, along with existing monies already donated to the organization or budgeted for a replacement vehicle. Walker said replacing the Vision Van is warranted because of increased maintenance costs to keep the vehicle in operation. The van was purchased in 1999 and has more than 219,500 miles. While mileage is not a deciding factor in replacement, there has been a tremendous amount of wear on the engine over the past 11 years. Maintenance cost has increased significantly over the past few years and there is concern that major repairs are a possibility in the future. The Vision Van travels approximately 22,000 miles per year. The organization spends approximately $13,500 annually to purchase diesel fuel. Changing to a truck and trailer would save the organization money – approximately $6,000 per year in fuel costs. Walker noted that the Vision Van will be out of service during December while repairs are made. Switching from a bus to an utility trailer would allow the organization to leave the trailer in place for multiple day screenings and allow the driver to use the truck was transportation. A trailer would allow easier access due to lower entry doors. With a larger floor plan, Walker said they will consider adding a hearing screening booth. LCIF will not consider new grant requests until the international board meets in 2012. Walker said there is no timetable as to when a new trailer will be operational, but it hoped that it will be ready by the start of the new Lions’ year in July.

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Education Department Recommends Against The Closing Of Residential School For Blind Or Deaf

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will recommend that all three residential schools for blind and deaf students stay open, despite a legislative directive to close one of them. Instead, the education department will recommend consolidation of administration and leasing of vacant buildings in order to save the state money. In a press conference on Nov. 21, State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said that her department would send a report to the legislature in January that has the schools for deaf students in Wilson and Morganton, and the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh continue to accept students. Governor Morehead School would become a satellite of the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf in Wilson, with its administration consolidated there. The Raleigh school would keep its students and its name, Atkinson said.
The plan for the schools will include a recommendation to lease vacant space on the campuses to charter schools, regional schools, or school districts in order to raise money. The legislature expected the state would save $5.5 million a year by closing one of the schools, which together enroll about 200 students. The Governor Morehead School sits on about 60 acres west of downtown Raleigh, near N.C. State University. The school enrolls about 50 students, 35 of whom live on campus during the school week.
Atkinson did not have an estimate for how much the administrative changes would save, or if any jobs would be cut. A Governor Morehead School parent said she was relieved the school would not be moth-balled. “I’m glad it is staying open,” said LaMarr Scott of Fuquay-Varina, mother of an 18-year-old Morehead School student. “I think that’s good as long as they don’t lose services.”
Scott wondered, though, how much rental space could be found since some of the buildings house state offices. Legislators said the Department of Public Instruction did not do what they wanted, but that they would work with the report. “They sort of punted it back to us,” said Representative Mitch Gillespie, a House budget writer from McDowell County. It’s possible that legislators will decide in the next budget to keep the three campuses open, he said. State legislators put the education department in a difficult spot, telling the department to pick a school to close. Legislators want to close a school because of declining enrollments. “One of the reasons we were looking at consolidating was the usage levels had dropped to the point where three facilities were no longer justified,” said Senator Pete Burnstetter, a chief budget writer. The North Carolina Lions have championed keeping the Governor Morehead School open. The Lions serve as boosters for the school’s athletic program.

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Free Diabetes Screening

The Lillington Lions Club and the Harnett Health System is offering a free diabetes prevention screening on Tuesday, November 8th.

From 5 to 7 p.m., you can learn more about your risk for developing diabetes. The event will screen to see if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes and includes: blood glucose, blood pressure, weight, and a personal diabetes risk assessment.

Prevention starts with understanding your health and setting goals, then gradually making changes to achieve long-term success. Even if diabetes runs in your family, you can make lifestyle choices to help delay its onset and prevent serious complications.

There are seven common risk factors associated with diabetes. While these do not guarantee a diagnosis of diabetes, they are important to consider.

• Obesity – Being overweight or obese increases your risk for diabetes. This is the primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

• Family History – If you have a parent or sibling who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you run a higher risk of developing the condition.

• Inactive Lifestyle – Because muscles cells have more insulin receptors than fat cells, regular exercise can decrease insulin resistance. Regular exercise also can help control weight and lower blood sugar levels by increasing insulin effectiveness.

• Increasing Age – People over the age of 45 should be tested for type 2 diabetes every three years if results are normal. If results are borderline, the test should be repeated annually.

• Genetics – African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Asians are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

• High Blood Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure – The risk of developing diabetes increases if your HDL (good) cholesterol level is under 35 mg/dL or your triglyceride level is over 250 mg/dL. High blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher also increases diabetes risk.

• Gestational Diabetes – Women who developed gestational diabetes when pregnant or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds run a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

For people living with diabetes, sugar (or glucose) can be bad if left unchecked. In diabetics, glucose can build up in the blood stream because their bodies do not produce or properly use insulin to process the sugar into energy. This can result in a condition is called hyperglycemia, which can result in complications, so it is important to know the symptoms and how to treat the condition. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, weight loss, blurred vision, or slow-healing sores.

For more information, contact the Lillington Lions Club at The Lillington Lions Club meets the 2nd and 4th Monday Nights at Howard’s BBQ in Lillington.

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