The Kinston Host Lions Club started the new year with a new member. Lion Eddie Chase joined our club in July. At our first September meeting, we had another person who is filling out the paperwork to join us on September 28th. District Governor Don Eggert will join us on October 12th. He will present the program and induct our new members.
During the 1st Cabinet Meeting of District 31-N Betty Ann Lorah and Ray Amyette received the William Woolard Service Award and Sharon Axelberg was honored as 100% Club President for 2016-2017.
We honored four special ladies in our community who were irreplaceable to our “STRIDES” event last March. Sandra Midyette, UNC Lenoir Health Care Diabetes Wellness Program Coordinator and her staff set up a table which included risk assessments, talking with a nutrition specialist, etc. All the staff volunteered their time. Kelly Cannon, Executive Director,
Woodmen Community Center provided the center for our event and provided staff to assist during set-up, throughout the event and clean-up. Lions Dorothy Whaley and Betty Ann Lorah were honored for raising the most money for the event and their service to this community during this Lion year. Each received a plaque and $125 donation to Brighter Visions (2) and Leader Dog (2) in their honor.
We continue to fundraise at each monthly meeting with our Leader Dog jar. Our annual reverse drawing was held August 17th at Kings Restaurant, Highway 70, Kinston, NC. Both clubs did very well. The $3,000 grand prize was split 5 ways. One of our Lions purchased 7 tickets and put the names of area non-profits – one of those tickets won and the Lion donated to each of these community outreach businesses a portion of the winnings. What a way to serve the community! Each club raises about $4,600. We appreciate all who purchased tickets and sponsored our clubs in this event. It has been a very good fundraiser for us.
We are going to try something different in our club this year. Beginning in October, we will have one business meeting per month on 2nd Thursday. We will be completing a community
project during each month instead of having a meeting on 4th Thursday. The projects will probably not be at our regular meeting time. Our goal is to reach out to our community with hands on. Many of you may not be religious, but one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned is “to meet God where He is working and join him.” I think this same philosophy holds true for our community. We must meet people where they are and join them in their struggles to be able to help them in a lasting way.
Our fall projects include the Mobile Screening Unit, feeding a family or giving to an area non-profit to help feed families during Thanksgiving and our Christmas Auction (December 7th – Lions Industries – 6:00 PM – let us know if you’d like to attend) and our VIP Christmas Party on December 9th.
President, Kinston Host Lions Club