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

Western Harnett Lions Club

As part of the Lions 100th anniversary, the Western Harnett Lions Club donated 2 picnic tables to the Carolina Lakes Property Owners Association. The tables are located between the tennis courts and the basketball court. Gathered around one of the picnic tables are (seated) Donna Schimmoller, Jennifer Haines, Peggy Strange, Charlene Van Stone and Karen Truhan. Standing left to right are Mike Williams, Charlie Van Stone, Don Strange, Don Harris, David Haines, Ron Salafia, Bob Doberstein ad Carl Casciere.

In the second photo, Lions President Vince Schimmoller presents a check for $1000 to Lion Bob Doberstein for the Buddy Back Pack program in Western Harnett County.

Submitted by:

PDG Vince Schimmoller, President

Save the Date

Membership Workshop

Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2 pm

An exciting seminar with Lions Club International Consultant PDG Lion Buck Larsen from California will hold a workshop on the best practices for membership retention, how to best recruit our friends and proper canvassing our communities.

Location:  Woodman Community Center

Home of Lions Water Adventure

2602 W Vernon Avenue

Kinston, NC 28504

Contact District Governor Lion Irwin, ASAP, seating will be limited.


Clayton Lions Club

On January 3, 3017 the Clayton Lions Club hosted Wellness Ambassador for Rite Aid of Johnston County and City of Garner, guest speaker Iasia Burgess.  Iasia loves her community that she she and her family live in ans he wants to educate everyone she can in Johnston County to achieve better health.  When she calls patients to pick up their prescriptions, she also encourages them to get out and walk or just move for better health.  Iasia along with Rite Aid sponsor so many programs, such as flu shot clinics where they will go to your office to immunize everyone there.  March-June Rite Aid educates and encourages women as well as men to get their mammograms, which are free for those with insurance.  Breast cancer does not only affect women over 40 but as early as 20 as well as men.  Another program is called “Encouragement, Support, and Rewards in which they help smokers through every step to help them quit.  Summertime brings in another service where all Rite Aid associates are urged to mentor a child.

There are some many other available programs that Rite Aid offers.  To find out more please visit your nearest Rite Aid.

Submitted by Lions Jo-Anne Burke

Western Harnett Lions Club Food Drive

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Western Harnett Lions held a food drive in the Carolina Lakes Community for the Five N Two Food Pantry.  Due to the generosity of the Carolina Lakes residents, we collected 750 lbs of food and $257 in cash donations.  The folks and the Five N Two Food Pantry were  very appreciative of the food and donations.  Attached is a picture of the truck with the food which we collected.