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June 7, 2017 - Taking over from Lion Nancy Watters (left) is Lion Debra Laughlin (right) inducted as President of Thalia Lions for the 2017-2018 years. Seen above is Thalia's April 20, 1966 Charter and the President’s Gavel, both to be kept for one year by the incoming President. 

As one of the longest serving members Lion Dick Kreassig stood up to praise Lion Nancy for giving  a truly wonderful  thanks to each member by relating each one’s contributions to the club. 

In accepting the presidency, Lion Debra said, "This year I want to make us more known in the community.  Our club has been too much of a secret, and I want to change that. I am asking each Thalia Lion to bring at least one guest or program speaker to one of our dinner meetings. Let’s share the secret this year.”
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Where Does Thalia Lions Club Fit In?
* Lions Club International (LCI) - http://members.lionsclubs.org/EN/lions/index.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_Club - has 45,000 clubs and 1.3 million members in 201 countries around the world making the members of Thalia Lions Club part of the world's largest service club organization.
* Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the official charitable Foundation of LCI funding Lions' humanitarian projects. – http://lionsclubs.org/EN/lci-foundation/index.php
* Lions of Virginia - http://www.lionsofvirginia.org/
* Our district - District 24D (one of six districts in Virginia) web page is @ http://www.lions-of-virginia-24d.org/ and http://lions-of-virginia-24d.org/Club_Links.html. The “Knights Vision” newsletter for up-to-date 24D information is located @ http://www.lions-of-virginia-24d.org/Knight_s_Vision.html
For a list of clubs in 24D and those with web sites please see http://www.lions-of-virginia-24d.org/Club_Links.html
* Our region - Region III (16 clubs) (one of three regions under 24D)
* Thalia Lions Club is under Zone "G" (6 clubs) (one of three zones - "E," "F," and "G" under Region III). Region III was reorganized in 2010 and some web sites may show the old organization.

For information on Lions in general, visit 
http://members.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php 

Next Meeting

The next regular meeting is Wednesday  6 Dec 2017, 6 pm. at the Town Center Hilton Garden Inn, 252 Town Center Dr, VA Beach, VA. 23462
http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/virginia/hilton-garden-inn-virginia-beach-town-center-ORFTCGI/index.html 

Traveling Leos are always welcome.

The Thalia Lions Broad of Directors voted in Jan 2016 to have a program / birthday night for the first meeting of the month. For the second meeting (third Wed of the month) there will be no program or birthdays but instead a board meeting and committee reports (Public Media, Fund Raisers, Leadership Development,  Finance, Vision Walk, Audible Easter Egg Hunt, Sight & Hearing Van, Sight Conservation, Hearing Conservation, Traveling Leo, Bland Contest, Diabetes Awareness, Eyeglass Recycling, Broom Sales, Children Eye Screenings, Scholarship, Remote Area Medical (RAM) / Project Homeless Connect, Publicity, Youth Exchange, Food Drive, and Environmental Services Project) which all may and should attend.

Thalia Lions meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Happy Hour starts at 6 p.m. in the bar room followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. 

On April 17, 2013 Thalia Lions voted to make the Hilton Garden Inn (252 Town Center Dr, Virginia Beach, VA) their permanent meeting place and no longer meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4453 Bonney Road, VA Beach.



Meetings 2017 - 2018

15 Nov 2017
OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on November 15, 2017, by Lion President Debra Laughlin at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach, VA, with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.
Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting. 
    
Introduction of Guests: Ashley Eley, guest of Lion Marvin Clemmons

Song – Lion Bob Perrine led Hey, Good Lookin’    
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Steve Rosnov
Invocation- given by Lion Jack Wagner
ATTENDANCE       
                 1 Guest
     21 Members  
   55 Percent

 Recessed for dinner: 6:36 pm - Reconvened: 7:05 pm
Program:  None

Reports/Board Business:
            Children Eye Screenings/Other Good Stuff – Lion John Watters (for Lion Nancy)
            Several screenings have been done in the past two weeks and the next is scheduled at             Sunnybrook Preschool on Nov 29th and 30th.  Volunteers are in hand for that.
            Lion Nancy sends a special thank you! to the 13 Thalia Lions who helped her run the silent             auction at the recent LCF24D Charity Fund Raiser.
Eyeglass Recycling/Holiday Party – Lion John Watters
The recycling event last week had the most ever attendance of 8 Thalia Lions.  The next recycling event will be on Thursday, Dec. 14.  Meet at BestBuy lot at 9:30am.
Because we are contracted here at the Garden Inn on Dec. 6th, the annual Holiday Party will be on Dec.20th at 6pm at the Watters’ home, 2357 Haversham Close, VB.  Please bring only “finger food” as that worked well last year.

New Member Application – Lion Marvin Clemmons presented Lion-to-be Ashli Eley who brought with her this evening a paid and completed application.  The board met very briefly and approved her application.  Installation will be in a few minutes.
LCF-24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction Recap/Holiday Project – PCC J. Stanley Furman  Final figures not in yet, but will probably not be as well as last year.  All items were sold.
Peanuts – Lion Steve Rosnov He distributed order sheets and said that they will be available at the broom sale on Saturday.  Try to get he money uupo front.

White Cane/broom sales will be Saturday, Nov 18th.  A sign-up sheet was passed around and sign-ups finished.  The Salvation Army will not be ringing their kettle for collections at BJ’s this year – confirmed with a phone call today.
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LCI Magazine – Lion Bob Perrine described how to see our blog by searching for Thalia Lion Clubs in a search engine (Google) and our blog will pop up.  Scroll down and you can also read the LCI Magazine. 
Club Extension (Sponsoring Filipino club) – Lion John was railroaded to head the Thalia Lions committee to form an extension Filipino-based club by two powerful women, our DG Lion Beth and our President Lion Debra.  He spoke to Dr. Juan Montero, a well-known Chesapeake retired and honored surgeon.  He is active in Filipino affairs both here and in the Phillipines.  He is excited about the idea and is contacting others in the Filipino community here to begin the process of forming a club.  Lion DG Beth is also contacting a club guide/trainer from LCI to assist us, probably having a training session in January 2018.
Lion Stan discussed families for Holiday Help and described 4 families he got from social services.  Various groups of Lions present volunteered to help each family.
From the Floor:
Lion Marvin Clemmons brought up the idea of sponsoring a pool tournament as a Thalia fund-raiser in the future.  He and Lion Steve Rosnov are working on it.
Lion Vickie Kennedy is in the running to be her church’s Queen as a fund-raiser.  Donations are tax-deductible from the New Oak Grove Church.

Secretary’s Report
·        Nothing

Tail Twister-  PCC Lion J. Stanley Furman
Birthdays: Done at 1st meeting this month
50/50 Raffle: Lion Otis Etheridge won $41
Lion Steve Rosnov ran the progressive raffle and Lion Debra Laughlin won the ticket raffle, but didn’t draw the Queen of hearts -- she drew the Jack of hearts!
Adjournment at 7:55

Respectfully submitted


Lion John Watters, Acting Secretary for the Evening
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events
Nov 18th (Sat) – White Cane/Broom Sale (BJ’s on VB Blvd)
Nov 18th (Sat) – Guiding Lion Training (Providence Forge, VA)
Dec 4th (Mon) – ALC S&H Van (Renaissance Academy, 10am-2pm)
Dec 20th (Wed) – Holiday Party (The Watters’ Residence)
Feb 15th (Thurs) – Thalia Bland Contest (Thalia UMC. 7pm)
March 15th (Thurs) – Region III Bland Contest (Thalia UMC, 7pm)
April 7th (Sat) – District Leadership Training
April 20th (Fri) – District Bland Contest (ODU’s Chandler Hall)
April 22nd (Sun) – Visionwalk (31st Street Park)
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1 Nov 2017
OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Nov.  01, 2017, by Lion President Debra Laughlin at 6:10 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach, VA, with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.
Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting.

Call to Order at 6:10 by banging her gavel on her bottle of Yuengling.

Introduction of Guests: Dr. Scott Sautter (guest speaker); Dr. Moss (retired dentist/ Prospective member); Ashley and Daughter (fmr student of Lion Marvin, charter mber of NSU Lions); Traveling Leo from Bayside (4 Lions).

Song – Lion Rich Roberts – “Grand Old Flag”  - in honor of Lion Ed
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Jim Healy
Invocation- given by Lion Bob Perrine
ATTENDANCE 
     8 Guest
23 Members  
61 Percent

Program:  Dr. Scott Sautter - Brain and Cognitive Dispositions (Cross-Training Your Brain)
·         Dr. Sautter studies how the brain affects our behavior.
·         He uses metrics to measure skills to determine how well the brain is functioning.
·         Our brain evolves physically by connections made by experience. (Neuroplasticity) 
·         A baby’s brain is very smooth with few connections, as we age patterns become set.
·         The more experiences we receive, the more internal connections our brain make.
·         In order to induce brain growth, it needs challenging actions with increasing difficulty.
·         Brains need activity, activity, activity. The keys to brain health is physical activity, social activity, and mental activity.
·         It is a myth that genetics affect brain performance. Experience and activity is what causes high functioning brains.
·         Depression and addiction (even stuff like running addiction) can physically impact the brain in a negative way.
·         Medicine is not the only way to help cognitive health
·         Sharpbrains.com is a brain training website. Brain training is helpful but takes time and commitment. A couple of minutes here and there will not work.
·         Posit science is a website which provide studies on the effectiveness of brain training.
·         Mycogmed.com gives you a brain coach.
·         The key to brain training is working memory. Working memory involves keeping something in your mind while doing another task.
·         Working memory ability naturally degrades as you get older.
·         Reading, mental math, planning are examples of activities which require you to use working memory.
·         Neuroplasticity is what makes your working memory ability to change over time.
·         Aerobic activity is one of the best things for you brain since it brings a lot of oxygen (fuel) to the brain. (aka play ping-ping)
·         Stress management and stress reduction is important because stress hormones produced by your body are toxic to the brain.
·         Diet is important as well. The Mediterranean Diet has been found to have the best impact on the brain.
·         Social activity is very important for brain health.
·         Prescription for brain health: reduce stress, breath to relax, get plenty of sleep, avoid substances that stress the brain (alcohol), take multivitamins, avoid negative thoughts (thinking you can’t do stuff), exercise regularly.

Recess for Dinner: 6:50
Reconvene: 7:20
                                   
Reports/Board Business:

Lots of Good Stuff – Lion Nancy Watters
·         Children Eye Screenings
o    The club screened 250 children this month
o    4 different locations
o    Had lots of helpers
o    Next screening will be ay Sunnybrook Day School either at the end of November of beginning of December.
o    Still working with the VBCPS Director of Nursing to use the SPOT. Still putting together some needed documentation.
·         Needs volunteers for the Bid ‘n Buy silent auction. – Nov 4th at 10am.

Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters
·         Lion John gave us some brain training by cryptically quizzing the club on EGRC dates and times.
·         Eyeglass recycling is Thursday, Nov. 9th.
·         Show up at Best Buy at 9:30am if you want a ride or go straight there and show up at 10am.

Bid ‘N Buy Auction – J. Stanley Furman
·         The charity foundation’s only fundraiser
·         The foundation spent 19K last quarter on hearing aids, so it needs the funds. Also have some cataract surgeries potentially coming.
·         If the club has enough members show up, we will receive a service grant.

Bland Contest – Lion Vickie Kennedy
·         It is Bland Time and Dates are set.
·         Location for the club and region contest will be Thalia United Methodist Church at 7pm as it has been in past years.
·         Thalia Contest – Feb 15th
·         Region III Contest – March 15th
·         The District Contest is tentatively scheduled for April 20th at Chandler Hall. Still need to confirm with ODU.
·         The state contest will be on May 17th.
·         Most of the judges have confirmed. Lion Bob II suggest we get Pharrell Williams.
·         We need vocalists. Fortunately Lion Otis is too old to participate.

ALC S&H Van – Lion Rich Roberts
·         Lion Rich talked to the Adult Learning Center and set a date for us to bring the van.
·         Dec 4th (Monday) is the date. They wanted a Monday because that’s the day they have the most people there.
·         We will do 2 shifts, 10-noon and noon to 2.
·         Lion Rich will send out a sign-up sheet.
·         The van reservation has been submitted, but not yet confirmed.
·         The blood sugar screening kit wad also requested.

White Cane/Broom Sale/Peanut Sale – Lion Rich Roberts
·         Instead of doing a white cane on the 11th and a broom sale on the 18th, we decided to combine them as we have in the past.
·         We will have 2 lions stationed in front of BJs doing white cane and 2 other lions set up by the gas station selling brooms and peanuts.
·         A sign up sheet will be coming out soon.

From the Floor:
·         I have a note that Lion John requires brain training but don’t remember the specifics of why, so I probably need it as well. I will challenge him to a game of ping-pong.
·         Lion Debra talked about DG Beth’s visit at our previous meeting to talk about club extension and wanted to verify we had enough interest to pursue it. It sounds like there is an a committee will be formed.
·         Lion Nancy said that the VB Choral (She and Lion John are members) will be singing at the Sandler Center on Dec 9th and 10th and she has tickets for sale. They will also be performing at the New Old Donation Middle School which according to Lion Rich has a pretty awesome building automation system.

Secretary’s Report
·         Lion Nancy II received her membership certificate and pin
·         Zone G meeting November 14th at the Princess Anne Rec Center.

Tail Twister-  PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Birthdays –  None present
·         50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings:  $26 – Lion Bob 2; $15 – Lion Susie ;  $8 – Lion Susie’s ticket got pulled again and she wouldn’t take it so we re-drew and Lion John ended up winning.
·         Progressive Raffle:  Lion Jack’s ticket was pulled but he did not pull the queen of hearts since only Lion Mike seems capable of the feat. 41 cards remain in the deck. Pot is up to $90

Meeting then adjourned at 7:51 which made up for going 5 minutes over last meeting and quelled Lion Bob 1’s displeasure.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events

Ø  Nov 4th (Sat)  - LCF24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction (Hampton Baptist Church)
Ø  Nov 9th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Nov 14th (Tues) – Zone G Meeting (Princess Anne Rec Center, 6:30pm)
Ø  Nov 15th (Wed) – Regular club meeting
Ø  Nov 18th (Sat) – White Cane/Broom Sale (BJ’s on VB Blvd)
Ø  Nov 18th (Sat) – Guiding Lion Training (Providence Forge, VA)
Ø  Dec 4th (Mon) – ALC S&H Van (Renaissance Academy, 10am-2pm)
Ø  Feb 15th (Thurs) – Thalia Bland Contest (Thalia UMC. 7pm)
Ø  March 15th (Thurs) – Region III Bland Contest (Thalia UMC, 7pm)
Ø  April 7th (Sat) – District Leadership Training
Ø  April 20th (Fri) – District Bland Contest (ODU’s Chandler Hall)

Ø  April 22nd (Sun) – Visionwalk (31st Street Park) 
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18 Oct 2017
OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Oct.  18, 2017, by Lion President Debra Laughlin at 6:31! pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach, VA, with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.
Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting.

Call to Order at 6: 31! pm

Introduction of Guests: DG Beth Stevens, Lion Mack Stevens, Lynn Johnson, Dorothy Young

Song – Lion Jack Wagner – “God  Bless America”
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Jeri Furman
Invocation- given by Lion John Watters
ATTENDANCE    4 Guest 21 Members  55 Percent
Rececss for dinner: 6:35 pm
Reconvene: 7:02 

Program:  None
                                   
Reports/Board Business:

Centennial Club Award – DG Beth Stevens
·         DG Beth received an email from LCI stating Thalia has an opportunity to become a Centennial Club, which is the highest club honor for LCI during the centennial of service.
·         Thalia has met all the requirements except one, which is to sponsor a new club by June 31st, 2018.
·         The District is targeting a club with the Pilipino Cultural Center in Virginia Beach.
·         DG Beth discussed all the available resources to help us if we choose to pursue working to establish the new club. 
·         LCI will send a trainer to teach a class if we have at least 10 lions attend. The 10 lions can be from different clubs.
·         Also the 2VDG from 24-A is a member of the Alexandria Asian American Club and is willing to come down and work with the new Pilipino Club.
·         Although we did not vote on the issue or make a decision, a lot of club members appeared to be supportive of the idea and work on the project.

Lots of Good Stuff – Lion Nancy Watters
·         Screenings
o   Did Thalia ES. Screened 78 children with 2 lions.
o   Tomorrow going to Malibu ES. Should have around 105 kids.
o   Need help on the 25th with Kings Grant ES. Need 1 or 2 more lions.
o   Got in contact with the Director of Nursing for VB Schools. She is willing to have us cover 24 to 25 schools that are not currently covered by her team. She is also going to grant us volunteer status so we don’t need to do background checks.
·         Needs volunteers for the Bid ‘n Buy silent auction
·         ALC S&H Van
o   Joyce Lovitt with ALC called Lion Brad and would like us to come out and do a screening this fall as we have in the past.
o   ALC has moved out of our service area (Renaissance Academy) but Kempsville is willing to let us do it but would like it to be a joint project with their club and with us splitting the cost.
o   Lion Rich will set it up with ALC.
·         Beach bags was yesterday. We had 47 lions from 8 different clubs and 29 people from anthem there. Packed 1250 bags of food in 1 hour.
·         Smiles Across the Miles
o   Oct 28th at Virginia Beach Christian Church
o   Joint project with VB TC Blind.
o   Will make Christmas Cards for those deployed.
o   Also bring toiletries to donate to the USO. 

Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters
·         Eyeglass recycling is Thursday, Nov. 9th.
·         Show up at Best Buy at 9:30am if you want a ride or go straight there and show up at 10am.

Bid ‘N Buy Auction – J. Stanley Furman
·         The charity foundation’s only fundraiser
·         The foundation spent 19K last quarter on hearing aids, so it needs the funds. Also have some cataract surgeries potentially coming.
·         If the club has enough members show up, we will receive a service grant.

Citrus Sale – Lion Jack Wagner
·         70% of the crop was lost this year due to the poor weather and storms.
·         Prices have gone up substantially.
·         Lion Stan commented that the stuff we could get probably won’t be that good which could discourage future purchases.
·         Lion Jack motioned that we not do the sale this year. Multiple seconds. Motion passed with  20 for and 1 against.

From the Floor:
·         Lion Marvin has a speaker lined up for next meeting who will need to leave early because of other commitments. We decided to start the next meeting 15 minutes earlier to give him enough time before he has to leave.
·         Lion Rich said since we are not doing the fruit sale, we should do a white cane. It was decided that Nov. 11th will be the day.
·         Lion Debra reminded the club about tasting in the dark at O’conner’s brewery on Oct 29th.

Secretary’s Report
·         Lion John received a gold centennial membership pin.
·         Guiding Lion Training is on Oct 28th from 9 to 12 in Poquoson.
·         RLLI is March 2-4 in Charlottesville. 
·         Zone G meeting November 14th at the Princess Anne Rec Center.

Tail Twister-  PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Birthdays –  Done on 10/4
·         50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings:  $22 – Lion Jack (which got Lion Debra and Lion Vickie singing “Hit the Road Jack” I guess they don’t want him to come around no more and win the raffles).;  Lion Marvin, $11 – Lion Nancy, $6 – Lion Nancy
·         Progressive Raffle:  Lion Jack’s ticket was pulled but he did not pull the queen of hearts since only Lion Mike seems capable of the feat. 42 cards remain in the deck. Pot is up to $87


Meeting then adjourned at 8:05!!!, which did not make Lion Bob 1 happy.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events
Ø  Oct 19th (Thurs) – Malibu ES Screening
Ø  Oct 23rd (Mon) – Chesapeake Bay Academy Screening
Ø  Oct 25th (Wed) – Kings Grant ES Screening
Ø  Oct 28th (Sat) – Smiles Across the Miles (VB Christian Church, 11am-4pm) 
Ø  Oct 28th (Sat)  - Guiding Lion Training (Poquoson)
Ø  Oct 29th (Sun) – Tasting in the Dark
Ø  Nov 1st (Wed) – Regular club meeting
Ø  Nov 4th (Sat)  - LCF24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction (Hampton Baptist Church)
Ø  Nov 9th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Nov 11th (Sat) – White Cane (BJ’s parking lot)
Ø  Nov 14th (Tues) – Zone G Meeting (Princess Anne Rec Center, 6:30pm)

Ø  Nov 15th (Wed) – Regular club meeting
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4 Oct 2017 - Regular Meeting Minutes, Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach Town Center

Social time – 6pm ±, Hilton Lobby

General Meeting/Dinner 6:30 pm Lion 1st VP John Watters - Call to Order 6:31pm

Introduction of Guests: none

Song – Lion Vickie Kennedy
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Jim Healy
InvocationLion Nancy Watters
Recess for Dinner

Program: Lion John Watters – Glaucoma  
Lion John Watters, MD, (retired ophthalmologist) gave the program on glaucoma.  He described what it is and how it’s treated.  Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the world and at least half of those with it have normal pressure in the eye.  Thus, checking eye pressures alone without a complete examination can be misleading and can actually prevent people from being diagnosed.  The treatment of glaucoma involves lowering the eye pressure in various ways, often to very low levels to prevent progression of vision loss.  The most common type is “open-angle” glaucoma.  “Closed angle” glaucoma is an acute problem with many symptoms requiring immediate treatment.  Lion John emphasized risk factors and urged that all primary relatives of those with the disease be examined regularly.  Brochures describing the major points of the presentation were distributed.  Several questions about the eyes came from the members. The most interesting from Lion Otis.  He wanted to know if Marijuana is an effective treatment for Glaucoma.    Lion John said no, but with the use of marijuana you might not care if you lose vision.  We did become a bit more serious when Lion Marvin suggested that we need to consider the use of alcohol since many of us imbibe occasionally!  Lion John feels that there is no relation yet suggested with alcohol. However preventive measures include not smoking and eating a healthy diet.  Finding and treating the condition early is important.

Lion Marvin presented Lion John with two tokens of appreciation.  One was a Lions Centennial pin from the International Convention the other a collectible “woodstove” pin from the Pin Traders Club.

Reports/Business:
             Children Eye Screenings/Beach Bags/Smiles/Other Good Stuff – Lion Nancy Watters

1.      Smiles Across the Miles project- Saturday, October 28th at Virginia Beach Christian Church form 11am-4pm.  This event is run by the Town Center Blind Lions Club.  The purpose is to create Holiday cards and organize toiletry bags for delivery to deployed personal by the USO. Please bring old Holiday card and travel size toiletries or items useful to deployed military to be used at the event.
2.      Beach Bag Project – A signup sheet was passed for members to commit to the project.  Lions need to provide as many as 50 members to pack bags of food for at hunger risk Va. Beach school children to take home over the weekend.  The date is Tues. October 17th from 6pm – 8pm.  This is an LCI Anthem Grant Service Project.  Over 60 volunteers from Anthem are already committed to the project.  If you were not at tonight’s meeting and can volunteer, please contact Lion Nancy.
3.      Tasting in the Dark – Sunday Oct 29th at O’Connors Brewery will be beer and appetizer tasting. All proceeds go to Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Please contact Lion Debra if you are interested in attending or sign up on Facebook.
4.      Bid & Buy Lions Charity Foundation Auction –November 4th – Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton. Lion Nancy is in charge of the Silent Auction and needs all hands on deck to assist with running the auction.   She will have a sign-up sheet at the next meeting.

5.      Children’s Eye Screening – There are 4 screening scheduled for the month of Oct. If you wish to help, please contact Lion Nancy.  All screenings begin around 9am.
a.       Thurs. Oct. 12 – Thalia Elementary (about 90 children) – need 2-3 more members
b.      Thurs. Oct. 19 – Malibu Elementary (about 60 children) – need 2-3 more members
c.       Mon. Oct. 23 – Chesapeake Bay Academy (about 40 children) – need 1-2 more members
d.      Wed. Oct. 25th – Kings Grant Elementary (about 180 children) – need 2-3 more members

            Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters – 10/5/17- Meet at Best Buy at 9:30 to car pool to the EGRC.

LCF-24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction – PCC J. Stanley Furman need LCF Raffle money turned in this month.  The Bid & Buy is Nov. 4th.   More are available if anyone needs additional tickets.  Items are still needed for the Bid & Buy.  The deadline for entry into the catalog is Oct.  7th but last minute items will be accepted and placed on an addendum to the publication.  Item submission forms are available on the website at http://lcf24d.org/auctions .  A copy is also attached to these minutes.  Our club wins $250 service grant for it percentage of participation as well as entry in a drawing for additional $250 service grants for each item valued over $50.00. So please support this very important cause.  The Charity Foundation is our safety net for services to those in need that are too expensive for our club to afford individually. 

            Peanut Order – Lion Steve Rosnov was going nuts over peanuts.  He and Lion Jack picked up our order on Monday after a little delay over labeling issues.    Still has honey roasted and salted.  We ordered the following:
24 cans of Gourmet Virginia Peanuts @ $5.90 each (selling for $10.00)
24 cans of Sea Salt & Black Pepper @ $6.15 (selling for $11.00)
12 cans of Honey Roasted @6.50 (selling for $10.00)
Our purchase included 200 labels for each type of peanut ordered above at a total cost os $350.00.
We now have enough peanuts in stock for future events such as broom sales. 
Lion Steve and Lion Jack have stored the remainder at their homes if you need additional cans.

            New Member Induction – PCC J. Stanley Furman – Nancy Nelson sponsored by Lion Ellen Turman
Lion Stan installed Lion Nancy Nelson sponsored by Lion Ellen Turman.   Lion Stan gave a brief but impressive history of Melvin Jones and the history of Lions.  A proper enrollment kit was unavailable because Lion Rich, our secretary, was unexpectedly detained and unable to attend the meeting. She and Lion Ellen will be presented with the certificates and such at the next meeting.

Lion Nancy said she was born in Port Author, Texas but has lived in Beach since 1971. She has 2 adult children, is a church pianist/organist and is a retired executive assistant to a well know franchisor.

We welcome Lion Nancy to our club.  Before her induction, she had already participated in Lions Zone meeting and a children’s eye screening.  We know Lion Nancy will be a valuable asset to our club.

A copy of the updated roster with Lion Nancy included is attached to these minutes.
  
From the Floor:
1.      Lion John noted that many of us fly the flag.  It is at half-mast until sunset on Oct. 6th

1.      Lion Jack reported that the Florida Fruit source indicated that 70% of the fruit crop was lost this year due to flooding and weather in Florida.  The grower says his prices will increase about $3.00 per item and that the grapefruit will increase much more than that.  More to come from Lion Jack later.

2.      Lion Marvin asked that everyone please attend the next program meeting on Nov. 1st.  The speaker is a doctor who will talk about cognitive brain function.  Please bring a guest and prepare for an interesting evening with our club.  

3.      Lion Vicky distributed a copy of the Treasurer’s Report – please see attached.  If you have questions, please contact Lion Vicky.

Birthdays: Lion Marvin (10/4), Lion Aziz (10/24), Lion Richard 2 (10/26), Lion Dallas (10/27)
Lions Marvin, Aziz and Rich II were present. The following is an account of the procedure.
There was heavy bidding for Lion Otis to sing to the three, Lion Marvin to sing to Lion Rich and Lion Jeri to sing to Lion Marvin and Lion Aziz to sing to all in Farci.
Lion Jeri started with a beautiful rendition while sitting on Lion Marvin’s lap.  When someone raised an eyebrow, Lion Stan pointed out that Lion Marvin could not possibly afford her!!
Lion Marvin tried hard to avoid the request to sing but after deciding to keep his money, he submitted but refused to sit on Lion Rich’s lap.  His deep baritone vibrated throughout the room!!
Lion Otis’ serenade to the trio with a marvelous, ear piercing rendition totally off key but memorable!!
Lion Aziz “Happy Birthday” in Farci was non translatable!
I have no idea how much money was raised because I gave it all to Lion Vicky and forgot to write down the amount!!
(Just another reason that I am not as efficient as Lion Rich!!)
50/50 Winners - Tail Twister PCC J. Stanley Furman
$25 Lion John
$10 Lion Otis
$7 Lion Tuffy
Progressive Raffle –
Amount was up to $ 83.00 -  Lion Otis was the winning ticket but picked “not the Queen of Hearts”.
Sorry, Lion Otis.  Better luck next time.
Adjournment -8:01

Reminders:

Ø  Oct 12th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Oct 12th (Thurs) – Region III Meeting (Emmanuel Episcopal Church, VB, 6pm social, 7pm dinner/meeting)
Ø  Oct 17th (Tues) – Beach Bags (Corporate Landing MS, 6-8pm)
Ø  Oct 18th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting
Ø  Oct 18th (Wed) – Region II Meeting (Crazy Buffett, Chesapeake)
Ø  Oct 28th (Sat) – Smiles Across the Miles (VB Christian Church, 11am-4pm) 
Ø  Oct 28th (Sat)  - Guiding Lion Training (Poquoson)
Ø  Oct 29th (Sun) – Tasting in the Dark
Ø  Nov 4th (Sat)  - LCF24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction (Hampton Baptist Church)
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6 Sep 2017 by Lion President Debra Laughlin at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach, VA, with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.
Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting.

Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: Joe Tucker

Song – Lion Jack Wagner – “Grand Old Flag”   
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Mike Coren
Invocation- given by Lion Rich Roberts
ATTENDANCE 
     1 Guest
20 Members  
54 Percent 
Rececss for dinner: 6:32 pm
Reconvene: 7:00 pm

Program:  Joe Tucker – Hurricane Katrina
·         Mr. Tucker owned a house built in 1904 near the Mississippi River when Katrina struck.
·         He, like many other residents, never thought an event like Katrina could ever occur, even though if you look at history, it was inevitable. 
·         In the 1790s, open canals were built on every street in New Orleans to drain rainwater back into the swamps. This continued into the 1820s. More and more canals were dug and eventually pumping stations.
·         Their house was the high point of the community at 2 feet above sea level. Most of the surrounding areas were 5 feet below sea level. As more houses were being built in low lying areas, more pumping stations were built to pump the water out.
·         In 1992, all pumping stations pumped their water into Lake Pontchartrain which is north of the city.
·         They also levied Lake Pontchartrain and backfilled 5 miles of the lake to build houses on.
·         All the canals were open, so the back flowed from Lake Pontchartrain back into the city. The whole point of them was the pump rainwater out, nobody really considered something pushing water back down from the north into the city, which is what Katrina did.
·         New Orleans completely flooded from water being pushed back down the canals in 5 hours. Over 1200 people died when this occurred.
·         Katrina wasn’t about wind or storm damage, it was about flood water.
·         Mr. Tucker evacuated with his family before the storm. He thought they would be gone a few days, but wasn’t able to return to his house for over a month.
·         Many of the canals and levies were built by the Army Corps of Engineers. The problem was many of the structures they built on top of where ancient and they really didn’t know what they were building on top of. They didn’t know the history.
·         One thing the Corps wanted to add to the canals was floodgates which could close and prevent water from back flowing from Lake Pontchartain back into New Orleans. This subject was heavily debated and fought against by many parties for years and was never done.
·         They did eventually install some interlocking gates, but they weren’t built deep enough and washed out.
·         Many of the levies were built upon peat, but the Corps didn’t realize it so they didn’t drill their piles deep enough or excavate it. Peat is porous, so when the heavy floods came, it easily washed out and broke the levies.
·         While evacuated there was no way to find out what was going on with their home or neighborhood. When they finally came back a month later, the neighborhood has being protected by the national guard and they had an armed escort.
·         The people were very friendly and helpful. Water still remained in many neighborhoods because there was no power and so they couldn’t pump the water out. There was a pile of debris miles long and 70 ft high.
·         Water didn’t get into the above grade parts of their house, but there was still 35K in damage. This was less than most people. He had flood insurance to cover it, but most people in New Orleans amazingly did not have flood insurance.
                                   
Reports/Board Business:

Good Stuff – Lion Nancy Watters
·         Bow Creek Screening
o   We will be screening for family fun day on 9/16
o   This is a joint project with Princess Anne Lions
o   PA is going to have a booth outside to distribute Lions information, we are going to be inside with the SPOT.
o   Time is 11am to 3pm
o   Set-up around 10am
o   She needs more people and will be reaching out to members.
·         Lion Nancy is going to place another shirt order, so let her know if you want to order one.
·         Will start on Head Start Screenings soon. Schedule to come.


Enoch Baptist Church – Lion Marvin Clemmons
·         We participated in the Church’s Annual Community Day with 2 other clubs.
·         He operated the Sight and Hearing Van.
·         About 2200 people were at the event.
·         We screened 105 people with 5 referrals.
·         We gave out 10-12 pair of eyeglasses
·         Lion Marvin has invited the pastor to speak to our club to talk about all the things he is doing in the community.

JDRF Walk – Lion Rich Roberts
·         Lion Dick’s grandson Scotty is organizing a team (Scotty’s Super Hero’s) again for this year’s walk.
·         The walk is on 9/24 at the 31st street park.
·         The club has a line item in the budget to donate to Scotty’s team, so we can go ahead and cut the check.

Club Social – Lion Bob Perrine
·         Info is on the website
·         Lion Jeri is going to call to find out who is coming. Please let her know what you want to eat.
·         Bring your own sodas and/or libations. Lion Bob will have water.
·         Bring a side, Lion Bob is providing the meat.
Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters
·         Eyeglass recycling is the day after our club social (Sept 14th)
·         Lion Rich forgot to put this in the reminders and knows Lion Ed is looking down shaking his fist at him for the oversight.

New Member Voting – Lion Debra Laughlin
·         Lion Nancy received a new member application and initiation fees from Nancy Nelson.
·         Lion Debra made a valiant attempt to try and follow something resembling Robert’s rules, but the club members where just like “yeah” let’s do it. Drop the formalities.
·         I think a motion was actually made and seconded by everyone. Either way, Nancy was voted in unanimously.
·         Lion Ellen will be her sponsor.

From the Floor:
·         Lion Debra announced that Lois Boyle (who recently spoke to our club) is sponsoring a dinner for Access Virginia. It is like Dining in the Dark type thing. The date is 9/28 at 5:30 pm at the Ferguson Center in Newport News. 
·         Lion Debra got a call from a NIH genetic counselor who had identified the genetic markers responsible for her macular degeneration. Her blood (along with her family’s) was sampled 9 years ago and put in a database for study. The lab that was able to identify the genetic markers is funded by the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, so this is the type of stuff the money we raise at Visionwalk goes to.
·         Lion Jack said the pantry at Samaritan House is nearly bare. They desperately need some donations.
·         Lion Jack mentioned that the peanut order we decided to do at the last meeting hasn’t been placed over concern for the price of the labels. We decided we should go ahead with the order anyway since we will recoup the label money eventually with subsequent sales.

Secretary’s Report
·         Nothing

Tail Twister-  PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Birthdays –  Lion Stan and Lion Rog wanted the super diva Lion Vickie back-up by the amazing bass of Lion Otis to sing to them. Lion Otis is just resigned to the fact that he is going to sing and no longer fights it. We finally broke his will. Lion Vickie isn’t so docile and vowed to fight, even though it is a lost cause. She pleaded with her friends to help her. They didn’t, well except for Lion Rich. He has a baby on the way and can only pony up so much cash. In the end, she sang. In the end, Otis did something. He made noises. I’m not sure I could call it singing.
·         50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings:  $20 – Lion Sylvia, $13 – Lion Jeri, $9 – Lion Rich 1
·         Progressive Raffle:  Not held. 44 cards remain in the deck. Pot is up to $73

Meeting then adjourned at 7:59, just in time to keep Lion Bob 1 happy.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events

Ø  Sep 8th – 10th – 24D Fall Conference  (Delta Hotel, Chesapeake)
Ø  Sept 13th (Wed) – Club Party (Lion Bob 1’s Deck)
Ø  Sept 14th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Sept 16th (Sat) – Bow Creek Rec Center Screening (11am -3pm)
Ø  Sept 24th (Sun) – JDRF Walk (31st street)
Ø  Sept 30th (Sat)  – Low Vision Tech Fair  (Sentara Leigh  10 AM to 2 PM)
Ø  Oct 12th (Thurs) – Region III Meeting (Emmanuel Episcopal Church) 

Ø  Nov 4th (Sat)  - LCF24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction (Hampton Baptist Church)
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16 Aug 2017
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Aug.  16, 2017, by Lion 1st VP John Watters at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach, VA, with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.
Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting.

Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: None

Song – PCC J. Sanely Furman – “God Bless America”    
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Bob Perrine
Invocation- given by Lion Jim Healy
ATTENDANCE 
     0 Guest 18 Members  49 Percent
  
Rececss for dinner: 6:34 pm
Reconvene: 7:02 pm
 Program:  None
                                   
Reports/Board Business:

Peanuts – Lion Steve Rosnov
·         People who bought peanuts are now calling and wanting more.
·         Lion Steve recommended buying a case each of our 2 best sellers, the sea salt & pepper and the gourmet salted.
·         They should sell easily
·         Lion Steve motioned that we do this and Lion Stan Seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Lots of Good Stuff – Lion John Watters
·         Blood Drive
o    Very successful, most successful of these we have had.
o    9 lions participated (28 lions hours)
o    48 units of blood were collected.
·         Jump Start
o    Happened this morning
o    700 students were there
o    Screened 160 children during the first shift. Probably did similar on the second shift.
·         RAM Virginia Email
o    Registering is a pain, but please go in there and vote for RAM.
o    You can vote 10 times.
o    Currently in the top 40. If we finish in the top 10 they will win a 25K grant.
·         LMEB Dinner
o    14 members are signed up to go.
o    Guest speaker is the CEO of the Miracle Eye Bank in MD.
·         Lion John held up a Beacon article which had Lion Sylvia in her Lion Suit.



Barbette – Lion Bob Perrine
·         Barbette had a blood clot pushed against her sciatic nerve which put her in so much pain she couldn’t move.
·         She was admitted to the hospital this weekend and had surgery.
·         She is now back home and Lion Bob 1 is on nurse duty.
·         She is still in a lot of pain and on lots of meds.

Enoch Baptist Church – Lion Marvin Clemmons
·         We will be doing a screening at the Enoch Baptist Church (near VA Wesleyan)
·         Sight and Hearing Van will be there
·         Date is Aug. 26th (Sat)
·         Time is from 1-5pm
·         Will be working in shifts.
·         Needs 2-3 people, so please let Lion Marvin now if you can work.

LMSHU Meeting – Lion John Watters
·         LMSHU (Lions Medical Sight and Hearing Unit) board meeting is tomorrow (Aug 17th).
·         Lion Rich pointed out he had the wrong location on the agenda, so don’t go to Angelos. It’s at City Buffett in Chesapeake.
·         Lion John will be presenting on ending eye pressure screenings. He been trying to get them to stop doing this for years, but now they’re actually going to stop.

Meeting Frequency Discussion
·         Lion John said he didn’t want to vote on this, but rather have a discussion to talk about the pros/cons. He added that the meetings weren’t just to disseminate information, which can be done electronically, but to socialize and get to know each other better which helps us to work together.
·         Lion Bob 1 said when we talked about this last time, we decided we were going to make the first meeting a fun meeting with a speaker and birthdays and the second meeting would be geared toward business. We really haven’t done that. He thinks we should keep at it 2 per month, but actually follow that mold.
·         Lion Jim 1 strongly believes we need to stick to 2 meetings. We have a good group which does a lot and the meetings help to maintain strong fellowship. With only 1 meeting we will likely lose focus and won’t do as much. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
·         Lion Stan likes 2 meetings. He agrees with Bob 1 that we are not following the mold. We are financially obligated for 20 people, so we need to keep attendance up so we don’t get into a financial hole.
·         Lion Steve said the financial piece is his biggest problem. We are throwing money away to the hotel and we need our raffle money and birthday money to cover the meal cost difference.
·         Lion Bob 1 made the observation that we always have left over food and asked if we can reduce the number/costs.
o   20 people is the minimum with the hotel. After tax, service charges, etc, we pay the hotel $396/meeting. If we have less than 20 people eating, we lose some money. If we have 21-22 people or so, we still tell the hotel we have 20 coming and pay the $396, so we make a little extra. If we have a large group, like the DG meeting, we tell the hotel and they charge us the extra 20 per person above the 20 person minimum.
o   We have had at least 20 people at each meeting this year except this one. We’ve averaged around 19 lions (not including guest) over the past 2 years.
·         Lion Bob II suggested just making the first meeting a requirement for 100% attendance so people won’t feel as obligated to attend both if they don’t want to.
·         Lion Rich 1 said about 40% of the club comes to every meeting and will continue to do, and about 40% never come and still won’t. The other 20% come 50% of the time. If we go to one, then these people could get lost because if they miss a meeting the gap is so great between opportunities. He said he believes in choice. The good thing about 2 meetings is if you want to come to 2, then you can and if you only want to come to 1, then you can. This gives more flexibility to people with busy schedules.
·         Lion John was originally in favor of 1 meeting, but the more we talk about it, the more he is for 2 because he can’t dismiss the social aspect of the meetings which helps us when it comes time to do projects. Face to Face communication is much more meaningful than skype/electronic means of communication.
·         Lion Otis started to talk but Lion John somehow launched a binder clip he had on the lecture at him. I’m not exactly sure how it exactly happened, but it was pretty funny. Anyway, Lion Otis said he supports 2 meetings because it gives him flexibility. He can’t make every meeting because of his schedule and if we only had one, then it would be forever between meetings that he could attend.
·         Lion Jack then motioned that discussion be closed. There was multiple seconds and the motion passed unanimously.
From the Floor:
·         Lion Stan passed out LCF24D bid ‘n buy raffle tickets. Don’t write checks to the club but directly to the charity foundation. Keep looking for things to donate to the auction.
·         Lion Bob reminded everyone about the club social at her house (Sept 13th, 2nd Wednesday!) Lion Bob will have hot dogs and burgers. Bring sides and drinks. Spouses welcome.
·         Lion Vickie went over the admin and activity accounts

Secretary’s Report
·         Nothing

Tail Twister-  PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Birthdays –  Lion Dan was not present
·         50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings:  $22- Lion Bob 1, $10 – Lion Ellen, $5 – Lion Bob 1 again. Now he can afford to get 100% beef hotdogs for the club social.
·         Progressive Raffle:  Lion Roger’s ticket was pulled but he did not get the queen of hearts and the pot will continue to build. 44 cards remain in the deck. Pot is up to $73

Meeting then adjourned at 7:52, which pleased Lion Bob 1.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events

Ø  Aug 23rd (Wed)  - Eyebank Annual Dinner (Norfolk Yacht Club)
Ø  Aug 26th (Sat) – Enoch Baptist Church Screening (1pm-5pm)
Ø  Sept 6th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting
Ø  Sep 8th – 10th – 24D Fall Conference  (Delta Hotel, Chesapeake)
Ø  Sept 13th (Wed) – Club Pool Party (Lion Bob 1’s Deck) 
Ø  Sept 30th (Sat)  – Low Vision Tech Fair  (Sentara Leigh  10 AM to 2 PM)
Ø  Nov 4th (Sat)  - LCF24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction (Hampton Baptist Church)

2 Aug 2017
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Aug.  02, 2017, by Lion President Debra Laughlin at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach, VA, with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.
Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting.

Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: DG Beth Stevens, Lion Mack Stevens (GMT), Lion Ron Schneider (Region III), Lion Eddie Ackiss (Zone G)

Song – Lion Rich Roberts – “Grand Old Flag”  (in honor of Lion Ed)  
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Debra Laughlin
Invocation- given by Lion John Watters
ATTENDANCE 
     4 Guest
21 Members  57 Percent
 Rececss for dinner: 6:34 pm  Reconvene: 7:00 pm

Program:  District Governor Beth Stevens
·         Lions celebrated our 100th birthday on June 7th and this is the last year of our centennial of service.
·         Thalia did all the service requirements in the first 3 years and are well on our way to complete all the service requirements in the 4th.
·         Our international theme this year is going back to our roots with “We Serve”.  DG Beth believes this says it all so she did not add a DG tagline to the motto this year.
·         Will achieve our goals by harnessing the power of we, the power of service, and the power of action.
·         We have served 166 million people worldwide so far in the past 3 years.
·         We are going to have bigger goals going into our 2nd century of service.
·         In our 5 year plan we are going to serve 200 million people annually, increase membership to 1.7 million, and provide training to 500K members.
·         In order to achieve these ambitious goals, we need more hands, more service, and larger projects.
·         We already do the Anthem projects and RAM.
·         Pediatric cancer is a new service area we are targeting along with the old ones like Vision, hearing, hunger, and diabetes.
·         We could potential partner with CHKD and raise money for them as a project.
·         There is a new global structure called the GAT team (Global Action Team). The club president is the GAT team leader. There is also a club level GMT (membership chair), GLT (leadership), and GST (global service team leader). This is most likely will be a club VP who is responsible for service projects.
·         MyLion app is not available in the App Store in android and iOs. Only 2 Thalia members have signed up so far. You can use it to enter service projects and upload pictures.
·         Fall Conference is Sept. 8-10 at the Delta Hotel in Chesapeake. Will have classes on Saturday and a good speaker on Diabetes for the luncheon. Will do a service project on Sunday cleaning up the park next to the hotel.
·         Lions 101 is a new program and DG Beth wants Thalia members to take a pledge to compete it in order to strengthen the club.
·         Requires logging 101 hours, either in service projects or doing stuff in support of the club. Need to require a new member, make 1 presentation to an outside community organization about Lions, and attend 5 hours of leadership training.
·         The district is going to keep the Facebook page active and is currently running a campaign, so keep up the service and take pictures.
                                   
Reports/Board Business:

New Member Induction – DG Beth Stevens
·         DG Beth inducted Richard Edwards
·         Lion Bob 2 is Lion Richard’s sponsor and agreed to the required responsibilities

Tail-Twister Antics – PCC J. Stanely Furman
·         Lion Stan started quizzing DG Beth on stuff like the name of the International President’s Wife, peace poster themes, etc. I think he fined her cause she didn’t know the answers.
·         Lion Stan then pulled out a nice hat to auction off. As soon as the hat came out, Lion Steve let out the word, “a$$hole”, since it was his hat. Lion Debra bought the hat for a $6 donation and wore it the rest of the meeting. At the end of the meeting, Lion Bob 1 decided he wanted it and made a $20 donation for the hat.

Good Stuff – Lion John Watters
·         Southside RAM
o   First one in southside (Emporia)
o   Happened in June
o   1365 procedures done by the dentist
o   724 patients seen in the vision center. Many of them had Glaucoma. 
·         RAM Wise County
o   4 Lions and 1 lion spouse made the trip
o   Over 2000 patients were seen in the eye clinic.
o   Over 700 glasses were made onsite and many more people received vouchers for glasses.
o   The dentist saw 1100+ patients.
o   Lion Bob 2 read about it in the paper and asked why the Lions were not mentioned. Lion John explained that RAM was not a Lions project although a lot of Lions do go and support the event every year (~50% of the volunteers).
o   If you want to go next year, make your arrangements now since the hotels all fill up. It is always on the 3rd week of June.
·         EGRC
o   Aug 10th is next trip (always the second Thursday of the month)
o   Show up at 9:30 at Best Buy for a ride or go straight to the center at 10am
·         Eyebank Dinner
o   Aug 23rd this year – which doesn’t land on a club meeting night like normal.
o   This is a meeting of the members, which is all the Lions Clubs of the District.
o   Location is the Norfolk Yacht Club.
o   We usually get a table of 10. 6 have signed up o far.
o   Let Lion John know if you plan on going.

More Good Stuff – Lion  Nancy Watters
·         Central Library Screening
o    Aug 7th from 10am-noon
o    Need 2-3 Lions
o    Call her if you want to work
·         Jump Start Screening
o    Aug 16th at Corporate Landing MS
o    Benefits at risk students. They get all kinds of stuff to prepare them for the school year like books, haircuts, pens, etc.
o    Need to be pre-registered.
o    Contact Lion Evonne Green (evonnegreen@cox.nt) if you want to work and she will assign you a shift.
·         Blood Drive
o    Aug 13th (Sunday after services)
o    Will start at noon and go to about 6pm.
o    Will be at Virginia Beach Christian Church
o    Need to register with the Red Cross if you want to give blood
o    Contact Lion Nancy if you want to work a shift.
·         Background Checks for School Screenings
o    There has been a lot of confusion around this.
o    Lion Nancy has a meeting with the Chief School Officer. Was supposed to already happen, but it got moved.
o    Did confirm we need to get TB test done.
·         Family Day at Bow Creek
o    Will do screenings like we did at Princess Anne Rec Center
o    The hours are not set
·         Beach Bag Project
o    Date has been set for October 17th
o    Will be at Corporate Landing MS.
·         Picnic Meeting
o    Lion Nancy motioned that we move this meeting from Sept 20th to Sept 13th since the 20th is the start of a Jewish holiday which would mean several of our members would not be able to attend. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
o    The Picnic will be at Lion Bob Perrine’s house.
o    Lion Bob will provide the hot dogs and hamburgers. Club members will need to bring drinks and a side.
o    Will start at 6:30.

Bid ‘N Buy – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Start collecting items now.
·         Ask for gift cards from restaurants you frequent.
·         Target gave him a gift card to buy stuff to put in the auction.
·         Lion Nancy got volunteered again to set up for the silent auction and will need support from the club.
·         Will have raffle tickets at the next meeting. 
From the Floor:
·         Lion Irene talked about making sure your email address is updated in MyLCI since the district is going to use those addresses for sending out communications through constant contact. Lion Rich went through and updated everyone’s stuff the night before, so we should be good now.
·         Lion Stan mentioned that it has been a rough month for Lions since we lost Lion Mel Stauffer (Woodstock) and Lion John Cranford (Oceanside). Lion John wanted donations sent to the LCF24D in lieu of flowers, so Lion Stan motioned that the club make a $50 donation in Lion John’s honor to the charity foundation. Lion Steve seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Secretary’s Report
·         Registration for Fall Conference is open. Will send out a link with info. You can pay with a credit card from the link this year.
·         Zone G meeting is Aug. 29th at the Kempsville Rec Center. There will be some refreshments but no meal.

Tail Twister-  PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Birthdays –  Lion Dan was not present
·         50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings: $20 – Lion Bob 1 (so now he can pay for the burgers at the picnic), $10 – Lion Steve (which will help him buy his hat back), $7 – Lion Tuffy.
·         Progressive Raffle:  Lion Nancy’s ticket was pulled but she did not get the queen of hearts and the pot will continue to build. 45 cards remain in the deck. Pot is up to $62

Meeting then adjourned at 7:58, which pleased Lion Bob 1.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary4
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events

Ø  Aug 7th (Mon) – VB Central Library Screening (10am-noon)
Ø  Aug 10th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling (10am-noon)
Ø  Aug 13th (Sun) – Blood Drive (VB Christian Church, 12-5pm)
Ø  Aug 16th (Wed) – Jump Start Screening (Corporate Landing MS)  (9am-4pm) (2 shifts)
Ø  Aug 16h (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting
Ø  Aug 17th (Thurs) – LMSHU quarterly meeting (Angelos, Newport News)
Ø  Aug 23rd (Wed)  - Eyebank Annual Dinner
Ø  Aug 29th (Tues) – Zone G Meeting. (Princess Anne Rec Center)
Ø  Sept 6th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting
Ø  Sep 8th – 10th – 24D Fall Conference  (Delta Hotel, Chesapeake)
Ø  Sept 13th (Wed) – Club Picnic Party (Lion Bob 1’s Deck)
Ø  Sept 16th (Sat) – Bow Creek Rec Center Screening
Ø  Sept 30th (Sat)  – Low Vision Tech Fair  (Sentara Leigh  10 AM to 2 PM)

Ø  Nov 4th (Sat)  - LCF24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction (Hampton Baptist Church)
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19 July, 2017

The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on July 19, 2017, by Lion President Debra Laughlin at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach, VA, with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.
Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting.

Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: Richard Edwards (Prospective Member), Joshua Hughes (Guest Speaker)

Song – Lion Vickie Kennedy – “Grand Old Flag”  (in honor of Lion Ed)  
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Mike Coren
Invocation- given by Lion Bob Perrine
ATTENDANCE 
     2 Guest 20 Members  56 Percent

Rececss for dinner: 6:34 pm
Reconvene: 7:00 pmProgram:  Joshua Hughes – FFB Funded Retinal Research
·         Lion Debra introduced Josh. He a 17 yr old rising senior at Ocean Lakes HS. He Co-Chair the Hampton Roads Vision Walk this year with his mom and served as the Youth Chair in the previous 4 years. He suffers from COATs disease which causes him blindness in his left eye.
·         Over 10 million in the US (many more overseas) are affected with some sort of retinal degenerative disease.
·         Some of these degenerative diseases are age related, some affects youth.
·         Many degenerative diseases don’t have a treatment or cure. Most of the stuff out there is either preventative or can only slow progression.
·         FFB funds many projects aimed at combating these afflictions. They are by far the biggest funder of this type of research out there.
·         ARGUS II was funded by FFB.
·         Gene therapy is a potential breakthrough. They use a virus to mutate defective genes with health ones. This is currently undergoing FDA trials and will be the first use of this type of treatment for the retina.
·         Stem Cell research is being used to repair damaged retinal cells. This has been used on 28 people with Retinal Pigmentosa so far. Phase IIB trials are currently underway.
                                   
Reports/Board Business:
         

Lots of Good Stuff – Lion  Nancy Watters
·         Central Library Screening
o    Aug 7th from 10am-noon
o    Need help, nobody has signed up so far
o    Call her if you want to work
·         Jump Start Screening
o    Aug 16th at Corporate Landing MS
o    Benefits at risk students. They get all kinds of stuff to prepare them for the school year like books, haircuts, pens, etc.
o    Need to be pre-registered.
o    Contact Lion Evonne Green (evonnegreen@cox.nt) if you want to work and she will assign you a shift.
·         Blood Drive
o    Aug 13th (Sunday after services)
o    Will start at noon and go to about 6pm.
o    Will be at Virginia Beach Christian Church
o    Need to register with the Red Cross if you want to give blood
o    Contact Lion Nancy if you want to work a shift.
·         Background Checks for School Screenings
o    There has been a lot of confusion around this.
o    Lion Nancy has a meeting with the Chief School Officer set for July 31st so we can get clear direction on what the requirements are and what we need to do.
o    More to follow.

More Good Stuff – Lion John Watters
·         School Screenings
o    It is important to get the background screening stuff straight so we can get into the schools for screenings.
o    A company called Conexses tried to sneak a bill through the legislature last session which would have made them the only people who could do school screenings and they would charge the school districts around $3/child for the service.
o    Lions already do this for free.
o    Fortunately a legislative aid (who happened to be a Lion)  caught this and got his State Senator to amend the bill so Lions could still screen children for free.
·         RAM Wise County
o   Will be the largest ever
o   Four Lions heading out tomorrow to attend
o   Runs from July 21st-23rd
o   The eye clinic will see thousands of patients and will make many glasses
o   Our Van is going up (goes every 2-3 years), which is very helpful in pre-screening people.
o   About half of the volunteers will be Lions.
o   Will need Lions to feed people and help organize.
o   RAM Virginia organized about 2 years about and now there are 6-7 clinics like this in the state, but Wise is still by far the biggest.
o   Recently held one in Emporia which saw 900 patients and about 400 hundred in the eye clinic.
o   Other states do it too, but they’re not as well organized.
·         EGRC
o   5 Lions worked last week.
o   Aug 10th is next trip (always the second Thursday of the month)
o   Show up at 9:30 at Best Buy for a ride or go straight to the center at 10am
·         Eyebank Dinner
o   Aug 23rd this year – which doesn’t land on a club meeting night like normal.
o   This is a meeting of the members, which is all the Lions Clubs of the District.
o   Location is the Norfolk Yacht Club.
o   We usually get a table of 10.
o   Let Lion John know if you plan on going.
o   5 hands when up when he asked how many planned on going at the meeting.

Peanuts – Lion Steve Rosnov
·         Sold 138 cans of peanuts
·         Cost was $956 on sales of approx.. 1600.
·         Will pickup peanuts on Friday
·         Made a little over 600 bucks.
·         The people who sell the peanuts are very friendly and helpful. The labels would have cost about 400 dollars, but she said she will give them to use this time without the cost of the labels.
·         Next time we will just sell the 5 top sellers so we won’t get hit with such a large label cost.
·         Will coordinate with everyone so they get the peanuts they sold.
·         Lion John made a certificate of appreciation to thank them.


Youth Exchange Recap – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         We fed 24 kids
·         We had too much Food.
·         The kids really enjoyed what we made for them.

LCF24D Bid ‘N Buy – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Last year the charity foundation provided $139,000 worth of services to the clubs but only brought in $34,000 last year at the auction
·         Lion Nancy will need the club’s support again running the silent auction
·         Will be in Hampton this year.
·         The club can earn a $250 service grant for donations. Can win another $250 grant if we have 15 people show up.
From the Floor:
·         Lion Jack -  The price of brooms crept up a little but he recommends we keep our resell prices where they currently are. Will plan on a broom sale in August.
·         Lion Irene – The district is using constant contact to distribute information. Everyone should have received the Knights Vision in their email. Need to make sure you have good email addresses in MyLCI. Lion Rich will check to make sure the emails are correctly entered.
·         Lion John – LCI has released an App called MyLion. Check it out.
·         Lion Debra – Information has been sent out regarded whether we should stay with 2 meetings per month or switch to only 1. At the August 16th meeting, each club member will have the opportunity to express their opinion on the matter and then we will vote on what to do.
·         Lion Stan – We can’t do the Sept 20th pool party at his condo due to Rosh Hashana. Lion Bob 2 said he would investigate doing it at his club house. (after the meeting Lion Bob 1 said his house could be a back-up plan if Lion Bob 2’s club house doesn’t work out).

New Member Voting
·         The club received an application (and a check) from Richard Edwards.
·         Richard previously served 35 years as a Lion in Norfolk and Florida and is a Melvin Jones Fellow.
·         After a couple years out of Lions, he wants to get back into it.
·         Richard was voted in unanimously.

Secretary’s Report
·         Yeah, he had a few things but they weren’t that pressing and time was running short, so he slacked offed and didn’t report anything.

Tail Twister-  PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Birthdays –  Nobody was born in July L
·         50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings: $25 – Lion Nancy (Whose ticket was conveniently pulled out of the bucket by Lion John) $15 – Lion Bob 2, $6 – Lion Jack Wagner
·         Progressive Raffle:  Lion Bob 2’s ticket was pulled but he did not get the queen of hearts and the pot will continue to build. 46 cards remain in the deck.

Meeting then adjourned at 7:56, which pleased Lion Bob 1.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary4
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events

Ø  July 21st – 23rd – RAM Wsie County
Ø  Aug 2nd (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (DG Official Visit)
Ø  Aug 7th (Mon) – VB Central Library Screening (10am-noon)
Ø  Aug 10th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling (10am-noon)
Ø  Aug 13th (Sun) – Blood Drive (VB Christian Church, 12-5pm)
Ø  Aug 16th (Wed) – Jump Start Screening (Corporate Landing MS)  (10am-4pm)
Ø  Aug 16h (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting
Ø  Aug 17th (Thurs) – LMSHU quarterly meeting (Angelos, Newport News)
Ø  Aug 23rd (Wed)  - Eyebank Annual Dinner
Ø  Sep 8th – 10th – 24D Fall Conference  (Delta Hotel, Chesapeake)
     Nov 4th (Sat)  - LCF24D Bid ‘n Buy Auction (Hampton Baptist Church) 
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5 July, 2017

The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on July 05, 2017, by Lion 1st VP John Watters at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach, VA, with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.
Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting.

Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: Rand Buenavenutura and his father, mother, and little brother Rex. Lion Jim 1’s son-in law Aurillio, and Lion Ellen’s friend Nancy Nelson.  

Song – Lion Jack Wagner – “Grand Old Flag”  (in honor of Lion Ed)  
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Steve Rosnov
Invocation- given by Lion Jeri Furman
ATTENDANCE 
     6 Guest
20 Members  
56 Percent

Rececss for dinner: 6:35 pm
Reconvene: 7:05 pm
 Program:  None
                                  
Reports/Board Business:

            Scholarships – Lion Bob Perrine
·         Lion Bob 1 recognized the efforts of the scholarship committee (Lion Susan, Lion Debra, Lion Rich, and Lion Vickie).
·         Each year we give $1,500 for Adult Learning Students to attend TCC. We give 2 awards, a $1,000 scholarship and a $500 scholarship (the Lion Ed DeLong Memorial Scholarship).
·         We also give $1,000 for a PAHS student to go to a Virginia College.
·         This year, Rand won hands down. Wasn’t even close.
·         He is a straight A student taking all IB and AP classes. He also is involved in a lot of volunteer activities and academic challenges.
·         He is going to VCU.
·         PAHS students won 5 million in scholarships this year. (a record).
·         Lion Bob was scratching his head at the award ceremony because our second place student kept winning stuff and Rand wasn’t. So he was wondering why not Rand….but then toward the end it was announced that Rand received a full ride at VCU. 
·         Lion Bob had Rand come up a he accepted the first half of the scholarship and told him if he keeps a B average, he’ll get the second half next semester.
·         Rand said he was very thankful. His tuition will be covered, but there are still a lot of expenses which don’t get covered, so this will help. He may also use it to help his sister who is currently taking classes at American University.
·         He plans on studying Biomedical Engineering.
·         His father also expressed how thankful he is and how glad he is that organizations like the Lions Club exist to help others.

Lots of Good Stuff – Lion  Nancy Watters
·         Lion Nancy passed out a letter detailing the motion we approved last meeting where if you RSVP for a meeting and don’t show up, you still owe for the meal since the club will be
·         On Saturday our club and VB TC Blind were at the new kempsville rec center screening children. VB TC blind did 8:30-noon and we did noon-2. We had five lions present (Lions Ellen, Susie, Sylvia, Sharon, and Nancy). 122 students were screened.
·         Still collecting underwear and socks for RAM. She is leaving by the 20th, so she needs them before then.
·         On Aug 7th, we will be doing a screening at the Central Library from 10-12.

More Good Stuff – Lion John Watters
·         RAM Wise County
o   Will be the largest ever
o   July 21st-23rd
o   Still need volunteers for the S&H Van.
o   Our Van is going up (goes every 2-3 years), which is very helpful in pre-screening people.
o   Let either Lion John or Lion Nancy Cranford (Oceanside) if you want to go.
·         EGRC
o   July 13th is next trip (always the second Thursday of the month)
o   Show up at 9:30 at Best Buy for a ride or go straight to the center at 10am
·         Eyebank Dinner
o   Aug 23rd this year – which doesn’t land on a club meeting night like normal.
o   This is a meeting of the members, which is all the Lions Clubs of the District.
o   Location is the Norfolk Yacht Club.
o   We usually get a table of 10.
o   Lion John will distribute the invite.
·         Meeting Frequency
o   At the recent board meeting, the topic of how often we meet was broached.
o   We’re not going to go too far into it at this meeting, but be aware that it is going to come up again as we look at our contract with the hotel for the coming calendar year.
o   We have until October to make a decision, so we will look at this soon and see what the club wants to do.
o   Lion Rich will send out the info from when we talked about this last time.
·         September Pool Party
o   In past years we have done this at Lion Stan and Lion Jeri’s Condo.
o   The condo is now going to charge $100 to use the pool area.
o   We have two options, either someone offer to do the BBQ at their house for free or we do it where we always do it and pay the fee.
o   Lion Jim 1 motioned that we keep it at the Furman’s and the attendees pitch in 5 dollars to cover the cost. Lion Dick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Peanuts – Lion Steve Rosnov
·         Orders are coming in.
·         Will add everything up and place the order.
·         Won’t make a bunch of money this time since we have the upfront cost of all the labels.
·         Will have the profit figured out by next meeting.


Youth Exchange – Lion Rich Roberts
·         It will be at Virginia Wesleyan and start at 5pm.
·         Location is the Chapel.
·         We need to plan for 50 people.
·         Menu:
o    BBQ – Lion Nancy
o   Chicken – Lion Marvin
o   Pasta Salad  - Lion Bob 2
o   Cole Slaw – Lion John
o   Cookies – Lion Debra
o   Fruit – Lion Stan
o   Serving utensils – Lion Nancy
o   Greek Tortellini Salad - Buttercup
o   Water – Lion Ellen
o   Tea/Lemonade – Lion Irene

New Member Induction – Lion John Watters
·         Lion John spoke for close to two hours on Lions History while Lion Nancy gave him dirty looks.
·         Lion Tommy “Tuffy” Leemon was proper inducted by Lion John and Lion Bob 2 accepted his responsibilities as sponsor.

From the Floor:
·         Lion Jack heard from CJ about the fruit. Delivery should be between Dec. 13-17. We will need to order by Dec. 6th. We will get a price list in September.

Secretary’s Report
·         Committee sign-up sheets were passed out.
·         1st District meeting is July 16th at SNGH.
·         Our District Governor’s Official Visit is on Aug 2nd.


Tail Twister-  Lion Jim Healy
·         Birthdays –  Nobody was born in July L
·         50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings: $25 – Lion Bob 2; $15 – Lion Jim 1’s Son-in-Law, $10- Lion Tuffy.
·         Progressive Raffle:  Lion Nancy’s ticket was pulled but she did not get the queen of hearts and the pot will continue to build. 47 cards remain in the deck and the pot is a whopping $44 bucks, so Lion Mike will probably win it at the next meeting.


Meeting then adjourned at 7:56, which pleased Lion Bob 1.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary4
Thalia Lions Club


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