District 31 N & S Mid-Winter Convention

It’s that time.  CONVENTION TIME!  Time to see some old friends and learn something new.  You can download the convention ad form and registration.  District 31S has been working hard on putting together a great convention.  As always if your club or yourself would like to take out an ad in the Directory please download the form and sent it in.  And last you can register for the convention by downloading the form and sending it in.



Walk with LCIF

Walk the World with LCIF

LCIF is proud to partner with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies to provide Sight for Kids. Now, you can walk, run, or bike to raise money for Sight for Kids wherever you are in the world. Simply download the Charity Miles app on your smartphone, select “Sight for Kids,” and take a walk! LCIF will receive a donation for every mile logged. Supporting this vital initiative has never been easier! To date, Lions have raised nearly US$15,000 through Charity Miles! This equates to almost 150,000 miles biked or almost 60,000 miles walked or run. Keep going, Lions!Charity Miles Logo




Fayetteville Community Lions Sponsors Diabetes Fun Run/Walk

On Saturday, 16 Sep 17, the Fayetteville Community Lions helped kick off the 3rd Annual Cape Fear Sweet Kids Diabetes Fun Run/Walk. As one of the several sponsors, we set up a booth with membership information and raffle tickets and it was manned by Vice President Carol Ulrich and members Carol and Rick Foster. Our very own Past President, Mayra McCloud and Secretary Zoraida (Z) Franco came dressed as pirates and had photo opportunities with the kids and participants.
Several of our members participated in the walk. One of newest members, Steve Bode, ran the 5K and won in his age category. Lion President Jackie Weyhenmeyer; Past President and Zone 1 Chair, Mayra McCloud; Lions Dr. Brunilda Cordero and Hector Cordero; Past DG 31N, Irwin Siegelwax; and Assistant DG 31N, Ray Shomari, also participated in the walk.
The Fayetteville Community Lions Club donated a total of $550.00 towards the hurricane relief fund.
Submitted by Lion Jackie Weyhenmeyer, President Fayetteville Community Lions Club

“Show Our Colors” Theme for Twin Rivers Lions Club

The Twin Rivers Lions Club, in their program to “Show our Colors”, staffed a Rest Stop for the BikeMS New Bern 2017 Bike ride on Satur-day September 9, 2017. Approximately 1700 riders went through their rest stop. Pictured are just a few of them. (Photos by Lion Jim Dugan) The Twin Rivers Lions Club also volunteered assistance at the VSP Vision Clinic at Garber Methodist Church on Saturday, September 16, 2017. 300 people receive eye exams and 200 received glasses that day. The rest received vouchers for eyeglasses as needed.
“Show our Colors” is a way to provide more visibility to the Lions Club and increase the public awareness that “We Serve”.

Kinston Host Lions Club

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.

Sharon Axelberg

President, Kinston Host Lions Club

New Bern Area Lions Charity Golf Tournament

 The New Bern Area Lions Charity Golf Tournament hosted by New Bern and Twin Rivers Lions Clubs was held on April 22, 2017 at the Emerald Golf Club in New Bern.  The participants had a great time playing golf and helping to raise funds for the New Bern Area for the Visually Impaired and other projects the two clubs participate in.  This is the second year the two clubs have worked together on a golf tournament and has turned out being a successful partnership.  Presidents Lion Bobbi and Lion Carlie Metts are thankful how the community and businesses have supported this tournament.  Below are a few pictures from the tournament.


How to Recruit your Community?

On March 19, 2017, Lions Clubs International Consultant PDG Buck Larsen visited Woodman of the World in Kinston for a seminar on recruiting new members and starting new clubs. Great turnout, great seminar and not failing to mention great instructor.
The workshop is design to teach you the art of recruiting, while keeping in mind as a Lions you show have always fun, stay positive in what you are doing. You are your attitude!
Workshop included:
The Best Practices to membership retention.
How to Best recruit friends.
Use of elevator speeches.
Proper canvassing our communities.
Closing the Deal! Ask about joining.
Monday after the seminar four Lions began canvassing in Pamlico County with eight paid and seven more promising. The five canvassing were PDG Buck Larsen, DG Irwin Siegelwax, PDG Vince Schimmoller, PDG Brian Carr, 1st VDG Elect Rahim Shomari and PDG Carlton Metts assisted one day.
Tools that will make it easier for you when asking prospective members to join! Recruiting Tools Just Ask! New Member Recruiting Guide *NEW Membership Opportunities Flyer 30 Marketing Ideas Flyer Handouts and Brochures Membership Application Club Brochure Template Lions Make a Difference Brochure I am a Lion Brochure (for Women) Who to Invite Anyone can be a Lion! However, in addition to regular membership, LCI offers the following special membership programs: Family members, Young adult members, Students, Former Leos. Women are looking for an opportunity to serve and the Lions Symposium and Regional Women’s Workshop Programs provide opportunities to get more women involved.

Pine Level Lions Club

On Monday , March 20, 2017 The Pine Level Lions Club hosted around 100 people for our 55th Annual Pine Level Elementary School Faculty & Staff Banquet. The Faculty Night Banquet has been held each year since 1962.


In addition to showing our great appreciation to the faculty and staff of The Pine Level Elementary School, we noted this was the 100th year of Lions Club International. Also this year, the elementary school name was changed to The Pine Level Elementary School and the mascot once again became “The Green Hornet”.

Mr. Todd Sutton spoke about the importance of community schools, thanked the faculty and staff for their hard work and devotion to the school and especially thanked The Pine Level Lions Club for hosting this event.

A special presentation was made to Mrs. Hilda Overbee, widow of Lion James Overbee, of his vest which was framed and will be placed in the Pine Level Lions Den.

Special entertainment was provided by “Hope for Us” a singing group from Clayton, NC and lead by Mr. Rudy Oliver who was born and raised in Pine Level. He noted that he graduated from Pine Level High School in 1962.

Cyn-Mar Greenhouse in Pine Level donated the flowers for the tables.

Mr. Rusty Jones of Pine Level prepared the steaks on his professional cooking rig “The Flying Pig BBQ”.

Lion Danny Avery

President, Pine Level Lions Club

Kinston Host Lions Club

Kinston Host Lions is very busy these days. This is the week of our 1st Annual “STRIDES” event. By the time you read this, the event will be over and hopefully, we will have met and exceeded our two goals: (1) To raise awareness in our community of diabetes and the effects it has on a person’s daily life (2) To raise $10,000. All money raised will be used 50/50 to fund scholarships for Type 1 Diabetes Patients (children) attending Camp Needles in the Pines – a camp to help young diabetes patients take control of diabetes and learn how to check their own blood glucose levels, determine the amount of insulin they need and be able to see and feel the signs of danger in their bodies. Another great asset the camp offers is daily fellowship with other children living with the disease. The other 50% will help local diabetes patients get supplies they can’t otherwise afford. There will be an application process for the disbursement of these funds. To date, we have raised over $8,000 for the event. We want to thank everyone who has helped us in planning the event, especially our “STRIDES” Committee. As chairman of the committee, I can say I’ve never worked with a better group of people. Whatever I’ve asked them to do, they’ve done with a smile on their faces and we are truly blessed to have them working with us. UNC Lenoir Health Care- Kinston, Woodmen Community Center and Lions Industries for the Blind have partnered with Kinston Host to put on this event and we thank them for all their hard work, contributions and help with our committee.

A picture is attached my two great nieces, Avery Taylor (14) and Madison Carlyle (8) and me (60). We are people living with Type 1 Diabetes. The difference in you and us is you have your pancreas in your body working. We have to wear a device on the outside of our bodies to be “Insulin Powered”. We are waiting to go on WITN Channel 7 to promote the “STRIDES” Rockin’ Walk-A-Thon. Thank you to these two girls for being the faces of our event. You are both my heroes and make me proud each and every day as you struggle with this disease with so much grace, character and maturity.

Three of our members attended the seminar led by New Club Consultant, Lion Butch on March 19th at Woodmen Community Center. It was very informative with needed information and some fun ways to get membership on it’s way to new heights.

Kinston Host has the following upcoming events:

April 8th Broom Sale Kinston Farmers Market 8AM-12Noon

August 17th Reverse Drawing King’s BBQ Restaurant 7PM until