International Association of Lions Clubs District Governor Barbara Fishel WEST VIRGINIA LIONS DISTRICT 29-I Volume 1 #10 April 2013 MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT GOVERNOR BARB FISHELThis is just a friendly reminder as we enter the final “pit stop” for our clubs that we need to do some house-keeping chores pertaining to our clubs business.By now all clubs should have appointed a nominating committee to select the new officers that will serve yourclub during the Lion Year 2013-2014. The PU-101 should be completely filled out with the name, completeaddress and email address, and phone number of the newly elected officers. This information then needs to besent to Lions International and to your incoming District Governor for 2013-2014, FVDG Lion GeorgeQuinn. The accurate and timely reporting of this information on next year’s officers is critical for the use ofLions International and for your incoming DG in getting the information into the Multiple District Directory.The District Governor’s Contest, Publicity Contest, and Visitation Contest will officially end on April 30. Allclubs should make sure that you send your reports in to Buck Ferguson, District 29-I Contests Chairperson, sothat you can be included in the final tally as to who will win the competition. Awards will be presented at ourDistrict Breakfast on Sunday morning, June 2 at the West Virginia Lions State Convention at Pipestem, WV.If you have not yet registered for the WV Lions State Convention, I encourage you to do so immediately.There are special rates for first-timers and early registration. Take advantage of the lower price.All clubs need to report your new Lions on your membership report and send that report to LionsInternational. If you club has suffered the loss of one of your Lions due to death, please report thatinformation also to Lions International so that we can honor that special Lion at the Necrology Serviceon Sunday morning at the State Convention.Our work this year is not nearly over. We still have almost three months to accomplish the goals that weset for our clubs. Now that Spring has arrived, let us “spring” into action and accomplish those goals.I encourage you to contact a member of the District 29-I Cabinet and invite one of the cabinet chairpersonsto your club meetings to present a program pertaining to one of the Lions charities that our district supports.I am also asking all Zone Chairs to make an effort to visit with each of the clubs in their zone and offer thoseclubs any assistance they may need in making sure their club is on the right “track” to finish our race towardsmaking sure each of our clubs qualify for the “Club Excellence Award”.Remember Lions International President Wayne Madden’s formula for success:DEDICATION + PREPARATION + TEAMWORK = EXCELLENCE HappyUntil next time…….THANKS FOR SERVING!DG Barb
SECOND THOUGHTS by Second Vice District Governor: Doug Long My second thoughts for this month come from thoughts about the aging Lions in our clubs and my new puppy. I know that this may be a strange combination but here goes… When I observe our older Lions club members and listen to what they have to say, I am always reminded that their words come from past experiences and are often very valuable. They remind us that tradition is important and that we need to do things “The Right Way.” Our older members possess a wealth of history about our community that may be very important when we assess the needs of ourcommunity in an attempt to better serve those needs. I encourage all of you as you work on your slate ofofficers for the next year to include your senior lions in that process and that you always give them theopportunity to serve on committees. You may not be able to teach them new tricks but they may be ableto teach you a thing or two.As for the new puppy, have you ever noticed the enthusiasm that they have for a new toy or exploring anew area of the yard? Do you have any new, younger Lions in your club? Have they come to you like littlepuppies eager to learn and become involved? I hope that they have. I encourage you to keep theirenthusiasm alive by giving them opportunities to express their ideas, serve on committees and even holdan office. Also, just like new puppies our Lions both young and old need rewarded for their good deeds.I understand that for some of your clubs it may be difficult to come up with $1000 to present a MelvinJones Fellow or Leonard Jarrett Award. An award of appreciation or “Lion of the Year” may be a lessexpensive option. Remember, words of praise cost nothing and mean so very much.As we quickly move into spring and the last quarter of the year, remember to do the things that you needto do to make your club more productive. I would encourage each of your clubs to adopt a new serviceproject, choose good officers and send lions to the state convention. I encourage you to recruit newmembers before years end and plan a meaningful induction ceremony. It is not too late in the year to setgoals and strive to be a club of excellence. If we remember to take care of the “new puppy and the olddog” we may just wind up with a great combination for success. LIONS PROMOTE LITERACY According to the April issue of the LION Magazine, Lions worldwide are encouraging literacy and taking part in Lions International President Wayne Mad den’s Reading Action Program (RAP). As of this date, clubs have reported 45,446 activities, 1,908,180 hours of service, and 5,221,799 people being served. Typical activities that clubs have provided include reading to children, donating books and developing after-school reading programs. These are only the figures that clubs have reported. There are many of our clubs involved in the Reading Action Program that have not yet reported their projects. I encourage your club to take part in the Reading Action Program and remember to report yourproject to Lions International. Your club will receive a very nice patch to be displayed on your club’s banner.At the Lions International board meeting held in Indianapolis on November 1-5, 2012, board members votedto extend the Reading Action Program for a minimum of ten years. This decision was based upon thetremendous response by clubs worldwide and the importance of further expanding the Lions commitment toliteracy and education. Clubs should be making plans now to promote a Reading Action Program projectwithin their clubs.
CA LE N DA R O F E V E N T S 2013 April 4 DG Visit, Hedgesville & Pikeside Lions, Hedgesville Methodist Church, 6:30 P.M. April 6 4th Cabinet Meeting, Fort Ashby Community Center, 10:00 A.M. April 8 DG Visit, Flemington Lions, Flemington Community Building, 6:00 P.M. April 23 Zone 7 Meeting, Rowlesburg VFW, 6:30 P.M. May 31 - June 1-2 WV Lions State Convention, Pipestem Resort June 2 Fourth Council of Governors Meeting, Pipestem Resort July 5-9 Lions International Convention, Hamburg, Germany APRIL IS LEO CLUB AWARENESS MONTH!Leo advisors and chairpersons: Spread the word about the Leo Club program within your district.Work with your local Lions Club to organize a joint Leo-Lion community service project.Leo Clubs prepare young people for a lifetime of leadership. Leos are our future Lions and the future ofLionism.Start a Leo Club at your local school. If your local school does not have a Leo Club, contact your DistrictLeo Chair, Lion Bill Michael from the Berkeley Springs Lions Club, for assistance and more information.Visit the Leo Zone for more information at www.lionsclubs.org/leoclubs
91st ANNUAL WEST VIRGINIA LIONS STATE CONVENTION PIPESTEM STATE PARK PIPESTEM, WEST VIRGINIA MAY 31 & JUNE 1 & 2, 2013 Registration $80.00 if paid by May 1, 2013 registration $90.00 if paid after May 1, 2013 New Members after July 1, 2012 or any first timers to State convention $60.00 fee by May 1, 2013 FEE INCLUDES: Friday banquet, Saturday lunch and banquet, and Sunday lunch, Plus entertainment Friday night. Extra Meals - $30.00 per person Sunday District Breakfasts $12.00 Contact your District Governor or cabinet Secretary-Treasurer for more information CONTACT PIPESTEM STATE PARK FOR RESERVATIONS 304-466-1800 OR 800=CALL-WVA Make sure you tell them you are with the Lions Club Room Rate $80.00 plus tax ROOMS WILL BE RELEASED MAY 1, 2013NAME_________________________________GUEST_______________________________CLUB NAME ________________________________DISTRICT__________________LIONADDRESS___________________________________________________________________PHONE_____________________________AMOUNT ENCLOSED____________________SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?___________________________________________________ Make Checks Payable to: MD 29 State Convention Mail to: PDG Merlin Trickett 926 Orchard Drive Rainelle, WV 25962 (304-438-1014)
Members pictured above, from (L/R): Bruce Kidd, Bryan Payne, Donny Douglas, Lyndon Auvil, Vinnie Oliverio, Jim Riley, Ron Vannoy, Bill Benincosa, Ken Shahan. (Not Pictured) Bob Ferrell, Charlie Pyles. NUTTER FORT LIONS CLUB CELEBRATES 2ND CHARTER NIGHT ANNIVERSARY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 The Nutter Fort Lions Club celebrated their 2nd Charter Night Anniversary on February 28 atRamon’s Restaurant with 25 members and guests in attendance. President Jim Riley welcomed everyone and talked about some of the things our club hasaccomplished over the past year. Our Sight Committee collected over 350 pairs of glasses for recycling.Our club provided eye examinations and new glasses for 14 local residents and two persons received hearingaids. We also volunteered at the Clarksburg Mission and in January and February our club served over 800meals. As a result of our annual Spaghetti Dinners we have set up a scholarship fund to be able to award twoseniors from RCB High School each a $500.00 scholarship, which will be an annual event. We passed out400 pamphlets on Diabetes Awareness Day, in three different areas in the Town of Nutter Fort. We arepartnering with the Clarksburg Lions Club where we are sharing responsibilities on the “Adopt a Highway”project and with Flag Day where we hand out American flags to first graders at our local elementary school.We also have been selling Lion brooms to help raise money for new projects. Other members that took part in the celebration were Bruce Kidd leading the Pledge of Allegiance, BillBenincosa with the Invocation, Ken Shahan introducing the entertainment for the evening, which was theRCB Show Choir, and Lyndon Auvil presenting a gift to Guiding Lion Steve Glass for all the hard work andpatience he has shown in the forming of the new Nutter Fort Lions Club. After our dinner the meeting was turned over to Lion Steve Glass, International Director and our club’sGuiding Lion. Lion Steve presented President Jim Riley a writing pen for his two years of service as clubPresident. He also presented Globe Service Awards to Bruce Kidd and Ken Shahan for their work on theSight Committee and also to Lyndon Auvil who has served for two years as the club’s Treasurer. Lion Stevealso inducted three new members into our club, Charles Pyles, Donald Douglas, and Mary Jo Ferrell. Thisstrengthens our club to thirty members.
KESLING MILL LIONS CLUB PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE FEED April 6, 2013 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Kesling Mill Community Building MOUNTAIN LIONS CLUB ANNUAL ELIMINATION DINNER FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013 • AURORA SCHOOL DINNER 6:00 P.M. • DRAWING 7:00 P.M. DONATION OF $35.00 INCLUDES DINNER FOR TWO DOOR PRIZES, 50/50 DRAWING, SILENT AUCTION FOR TICKETS CONTACT: JO-ANN HELTON AT 304-735-5832 PIKESIDE LIONS CLUB SPAGHETTI DINNER FUND RAISER APRIL 27, 2013 FELLOWSHIP CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN RT. 11 SOUTH, MARTINSBURG, WV 4:00 P.M. TO 7:00 P.M. ALL YOU CAN EAT • ADULTS - $7.00 • CHILDREN - $4.00 PARSONS LIONS CLUB ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY BREAKFAST MAY 25, 2013 PARSONS SENIOR CENTER 7:00 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M. ALL YOU CAN EAT • ADULTS $8.00 • CHILDREN (5-12) $4.00 CHILDREN 4 AND UNDER EAT FREEHEDGESVILLE LIONS CLUB ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENTMay 20th 2013 at the Woods Resort.We are looking for T sponsors and Corporate sponsors.Sign up to be a golfer. A team of 4 is just $300.00and the prizes are great this year.We are having 5 hole-in-one prizes.Top prize is a new car; next $5,000 cash; TV;trip for 2 in United States; new Golf Clubs.After the tournament there will be dinner and door prizes.Please contact Delmar Barrett for more information andto get application for the tournament @ 304-754-7489or email@example.com
2013-2014 PEACE POSTER CONTEST KIT AVAILABLEIt is not too early to start thinking about purchasing your clubs 2013-2014 Peace PosterContest Kit.The item number for the kit is PPK-1 and may be purchased through the Club SuppliesSales Department at International Headquarters.Clubs have the opportunity to work with the youth in their communities and get theminvolved in a project that will help them express their feelings of peace. The theme fornext year’s contest is “OUR WORLD, OUR FUTURE”.During this past year’s contest, only about a dozen clubs in our district promoted thePeace Poster Contest. We need to involve all of our clubs and strive to gain an entry fromevery one of the clubs within our district. West Virginia was honored to have an entry thisyear that earned a merit award by being named in the top 24 from among more than400,000 entries worldwide. I encourage your club to participate in next year’s Peace PosterContest.ORDER NOWCALL 1-800-710-7822To order online visit the Lions Store (Item Search: Peace Poster Kit)at www.lionsclubs.org or download the order form (PR-785).
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT Lion Paul E. Hamrick, Environmental ChairPollution, lack of clean water and loss of plant and wildlife are just several of the growingthreats to our communities. Going back to 1970, President Nixon and Congress establishedthe U.S. EPA in response to the growing public demand for cleaner water, air and land. Withthe passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972 and subsequent amendments, we are very blessedto continue to have clean water at our taps but also to be provided with annual water qualityreports explaining where our water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares tostandards set by the state and federal regulatory agencies. Did you know that according to theUnited Nations Environment Program (UNEP), only about 20% of the world’s populationhas access to clean water.Many of our Lions living and working in the Eastern Panhandle along the tributaries of theChesapeake Bay are working with their Watershed to help protect the Blue Crab, whileother Lions from Lewis County over to Berkeley County want to protect their favoriteBluegill hole. I would ask each club in District 29-I to consider a local cleanup project ormaybe a pollution education/awareness program at an April meeting to share informationand protect our rivers, lakes, creeks, ponds, springs and wells -- the source for our drinkingwater (both tap and bottled). " When the wells dry, we know the worth of water." - Benjamin Franklin. LIONS INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTO CONTESTLion Paul Hamrick, District 29-I Environmental Chairperson has submitted the followingupdate on the Environmental Photo Contest sponsored by Lions International:It is with great pleasure to announce that Lion Joan Maggio’s photo entry has beensubmitted to Lions International as the winner for the Multiple District 29 level ofcompetition. In last month’s newsletter, it was announced that Lion Joan’s entry had wonon the District 29-I level of competition.The photo and contest entry form was received by MD-29 Council Chairperson Lion PattyNutter and Lion Joan’s photo will be MD-29’s winner to Lions International and placed ondisplay at the annual Lions International Convention in Hamburg, Germany with all themultiple district-level entries. Registered convention attendees will vote for their favoritephoto.Lion Joan is a member of the Paw Paw Lions Club and is currently serving as club president.Congratulations to Lion Joan on her achievement.
DISTRICT CONTESTS UPDATE In an effort to encourage more clubs to participate in the District Contests, the District 29 I Contest Chairperson Buck Ferguson has proposed that we name a “Club of the Month”. The club that is the most involved in Lions projects and activities during that month would be eligible to win the award for that month. Clubs can win only one time during the contest year. We will also go back to the beginning of the Lion year, July, to begin selecting the winning club. The award will be presented to the winning club by either the Contests Chairperson, the Zone Chair, or the District Governor. The winner will also be announced in the district newsletter each month. All you need to do is report all of your clubs activities and projects during the month on the Activities Report and send them to the Contests Chairperson Buck Ferguson, 211 Hice Street, Belington, WV, 26250. DISTRICT CONTESTS WINNERS UPDATE: July 2012, Tennerton Lions; August 2012, Clarksburg Lions; September 2012, Berkeley Springs Lions; October 2012, Mountain Lions; November 2012, Wardensville Lions; December 2012, Junior Lions; January 2013, Jane Lew Lions; February 2013, Fort Ashby. Congratulations to the above named Clubs! Thank you for all of your hard work and for serving your Community. The rest of our Clubs still have time to be included in our contests. DG Barb Fishel P O. Box 41 . Mt. Storm, WV 26739-0041What you can findthis month:•DG Message•2nd VDG Message•Articles and Club News•91st State Convention May 31, June 1 & 2•More!!