2019 NC Lions State Convention

Hello North Carolina Lions!

PDG Terrie Grooms and I would like to invite you to attend your upcoming North Carolina Lions State Convention coming up the weekend of April 26th – our theme is……MISSION POSSIBLE……..THE JOURNEY COUNTINUES!

Our special guest speaker will be Past International President, Al Brandel of Melville, New York who was elected president Lions Clubs International at the association’s 91st International Convention, held in Bangkok, Thailand, June 23 through27, 2008.   

Why should you attend?   

Because this is our opportunity as Lions of North Carolina to meet other Lions from across the state and come away with ideas and information on how we can serve and educate our communities on one of our Core Focus areas – Diabetes! 

Our goal is that we would all leave that weekend feeling educated and empowered to execute Diabetes education and other service projects in our communities.

Here are just a few things happening……..

North Carolina Past District Governors’ Organization Captains Choice Golf Tournament  (flyer attached) held on Friday morning – all are welcome!

Our Strides Walk will be held during the entire weekend with opportunities to support our DAPS program and learn more about Diabetes and how it impacts so many families. 

We’ll kickoff Family Fun Night with good food, great fellowship and a fabulous family friendly magician! 

Tail Twister breakfast with some great silent auction items.

Town Hall Meeting with our special guest, Al Brandel, International Past President!

Exhibits and Seminars:

                eSight…….the rest of the story!

                Social Media and Technology!

                Technology for the visually impaired!

                Leader Dog!

                Ongoing Leadership Workshops through Lions University!

                Hands on Service Projects!

We will also have our state of the art Mobile Screening Unit on site for tours to see what vision and hearing screenings are available for FREE for YOUR community!

Brian Hoover, MSU Coordinator will be on hand to schedule a visit to YOUR club!

Saturday evening Banquet with an address from Al Brandel, International Past President.

We’ll finish up Sunday morning as we remember those we’ve lost with our Service of Remembrance with District meetings to follow.

Please find attached our registration form and our ad form – thanks for supporting YOUR North Carolina Lions State Convention with your attendance and a club ad!

Can’t wait to see you in April – we’re here if you have any questions or need any other information!

Lion Barbara Thompson and PDG Terrie Grooms

2019 NC State Lions Convention Co-Chairs

Where there is a Need there is a Lion!

Convention Registration Form

Convention Ad Form

Golf Tournament Registration Form

Changing Your Clubs Future

Lion Marie Block, District GMT-Women’s and Family Chair will be holding an event on how clubs can change their clubs future with a new direction in membership on March 9, 2019 at the Lions Industries for the Blind in Kinston, NC. Don’t miss this event!!!!

January Newsletter

The January Newsletter is posted in the News & Resources page. Please send information for the district to the newsletter editor for it to be considered for the February newsletter.

Seeing a brighter future with eSight

The following link below is about eSight that was written by staff writer David Bradley of The Robesonian.  The article is about the new technology of eSight and our very on Lumberton Lions Club.
By clicking on the link you will be taken to The Robesonian news article titled “Seeing a brighter future with e-Sight“.
The Lions of District 31N in North Carolina are proud of the Lumberton Lions Club for looking at how they can help the people in their community and outside of their community.


New Updates Coming July 1

With District Governor Elect Rahim Shomari’s year beginning July 1, look for updates of Officers and Committee Chairs.  As soon as the Directory is ready, it will be posted on the website for download.  Passwords will be emailed to club presidents and secretaries.


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