Lions Clubs International
Lion Irwin Siegelwax (Linda)
1107 Chelton Court NW
Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 287-4465 (Home)
(910) 209-6170 (Cell)
1st Vice District Governor
Lion James Kiser
PO Box 1456
Buies Creek, NC 27506
2nd Vice District Governor
Lion Don E. Eggert (Susan)
805 Usher Avenue
Shallotte, NC 28470
Lion Anne Metts (Carlton)
2001 Williamson Dr.
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 636-5000 (Home)
(252) 259-4142 (Cell}
PDG Barbara Mayes (Mike)
212 S. Cotton Dr.
Goldsboro, NC 27530
PDG Carlton Metts (Anne)
2001 Williamson Drive
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 636-5000 (Home)
(252) 259-4140 (Cell)
International Association of Lions Clubs
District 31-N Newsletter North Carolina Volume 17 Issue 3 September, 2016
Craven County Partners In Education
Announces Stuff the Bus As school begins, school supply lists are made available to
students and parents, but not all students are able to arrive the
first day of school with the items required to put them on the
road to success; some parents simply cant afford to purchase
the items needed. .
To assist those students, Partners In Education (PIE), in partnership with Craven County
Schools will have bright yellow school buses and colorful totes set up in front of the three
Walmart Stores in Craven County on August 6, 2016, from 10:00 am 2:00 pm (New Bern -
3105 Dr. M.L. King, Jr., Blvd. and 2915 Neuse Blvd., and Havelock - 566 U.S. 70). Generous
shoppers can donate school supplies for students who have been identified as in-need by their
school counselors. .
Volunteers from the schools and our community will be on hand and honking the horn of the
school bus each time a donation is made as a way of showing thanks. .
Last year, through the generosity of our community, Partners In Education received $22,000
in donations and was able to assist over 550 students. Based on this success, Partners In
Education is recruiting the help of all our community partners so that we are able to reach
even more students this year.
Partners In Education is an educational foundation that provides grant funding and special
programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system. Since 1988,
PIE has been changing the lives of students and families in our community. Darlene Brown, Executive Director
Twin Rivers Lions Club President Carlie Metts presents Darlene Brown of the Craven County Partners in Education the Lions Clubs check of $500 for the Stuff the Bus
Event. This is one of the Twin Rivers Lions Clubs community projects selected in supporting
our youth in education.
Message from: District Governor Irwin Siegelwax
August was Amazing We started the month with an awesome turnout of our members on August 6
at our Brighter Visions Kickoff and first Cabinet Meeting in Faison. I was thrilled with the turnout. Every possible seat in the Church was occupied and our members turned in a total of $16,130.93 to start our yearly Brighter Visions campaign. Our Lions Club International President, Chancellor Bob Corlew, is asking each Club to do four (or more) Service Projects this year and add one member to their Clubs, while retaining our existing members. During my Club visits this month, I am encouraged by the many Service Projects I see, both being planned and ongoing within these Clubs. Keep in mind all Clubs are asked to begin planning a Community Legacy
Project to be completed by 2018. While there are suggestions for a Project on the L.C.I. website, I encourage each Club to think of a project outside the box. The Kinston Ram Neuse Club has such a project. They are raising 1,000,000 pennies for the Lenior Homeless Shelter. So far they have raised in excess of 400,000 pennies. Good News: Our District Directory and District Newsletters are now available on our District website. PDG Lion Carlton Metts has sent out instructions to the Club Presidents and Secretaries as to how to access the information. A huge thank you to Lion Carlie Metts for making this happen. Only 2 more months until most of our Clubs have their Strides Event and/or Diabetes Screenings in November. Remember to publicize your event(s) heavily both before and after your event(s). Any help you may need please contact either my Strides / Diabetes Awareness Chair, Lion Randy West at [email protected] or 919-820-0108, or myself. I am confident that all of our Clubs will participate this year, no matter how small your Club may be, in a Diabetes Screening and/or Strides Event. As I have said, while November (National Diabetes Month) works for most Clubs, if a different month works for your Club, that is okay. We just need to try to do the event(s) at the same time each year for Public awareness. One of our newest Clubs, Fayetteville Community Lions Club is getting ready for their 2nd Annual Cape Fear Valley Kids with Diabetes Family Fun Run on Saturday September 17th at the Medical Arts Building in Downtown Fayetteville. The event last year helped send 16 children to Camp Dixie (for children with Diabetes) this year. The Lumberton Lions Club will be doing SPOT Vision Testing at the 3
rd Annual Diabetes Wellness
Day on Saturday October 15th. As of this report August 26, I am pleased to report that we by August 31st will have added 19 members this month. We are well on our way to an awesome year:
1) The Hanover Lions Club with 5 members added 3 this month. 2) I installed 2 new members in the Aurora Lions Club which had 10 members. 3) On Monday August 29th, I will be installing 4 new members into the Washington Evening Club, which began the year with 6 members. I am proud to be your District Governor as we become known as District 31-N where the N stands for Not Second To Any Other District. As I visit your Club, I am looking forward to installing a new member or two into your Club.
Here is my September Schedule: Thursday Sept 1 DG Visit to New Bern Twin Rivers installing two new members Tuesday Sept 6 DG Visit to Burgaw installing a new member Friday Sept 9 Zone 3 Meeting Sunday Sept 11 9-11 Memorial Services in Shallotte Tuesday Sept 13 Sunday Sept 18 US/Canada Forum Omaha, Nebraska Monday Sept 19 Zone 11 Meeting Tuesday Sept 20 Calabash AM Meeting Monday Sept 26 DG Visit to Selma Tuesday Sept 27 DG Visit to Beaufort
Sincerely DG Lion Irwin
Message from: 1st Vice District Governor James Kiser
Fellow Lions: The operation on my right eye was completed on April 18, 2016. My last
appointment was on August 16, 2016. The vision in my right eye is still not clear.
To this point they have not determined why my vision is not clear. It has been
determined that in my right eye I am nearsighted and in my left I am farsighted. I
was given a prescription for glasses to adjust these discrepancies, and in an effort to
help me at night and day with distance.. I took the prescription to the optometrist
and they filled the prescription. I have an appointment to meet with the surgeon
next month and he will give an evaluation on any improvements to my vision. I
have said before that it has been a long and difficult time for me. I continue to adjust
and readjust to manage my district duties.
I am able to drive with a little difficulty during daylight hours, and a high degree of difficulty at night and in
I will begin my assigned club visitations during September and continue them to completion throughout the
year. Based on my personal situation with my vision as well as new officers in the clubs I cannot give dates and
times of my visits but will adjust as needed. There are several factors which I must consider prior to traveling
anywhere. Many of you have assisted me and/or offered , and everyone I talk to has expressed their concern in
reference to my current situation. Thank all of you again for your consideration.
August I was able to attend the Brighter Visions Kickoff and First Cabinet Meeting on August 6, 2016. in Faison. ! also attended and participated with Council Of Governors and NCLI meetings in Raleigh on August 12-14,
My current plans for September are sketchy at this time but whatever I do will be done.
James L. Kiser, [email protected]
Total Statewide Goal: $687,500 Statewide Brighter Visions Report On July 1, 2013, NCLI implemented the Brighter Visions Annual Fund Drive, a change in name and a big change in our fundraising philosophy. In order to maintain our current
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