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June 20, 2018 - Taking over from Lion Debra Laughlin (left) is Lion John Watters, inducted as President of Thalia Lions for the 2018-2019 years. Both are holding the April 20, 1966 Thalia Lions Charter, and Lion John has the President’s Gavel, to be kept for one year until given to the next President, Lion Ellen Turman.
 
In accepting the presidency, Lion John said, "I'm proud to be a Thalia Lion and we're all ready to get back to providing service after the slight turbulence of having to change our meeting site.  Special thanks are due to our outgoing secretary, Lion Rich (here with his family, Elissia and Xavier) who has given us years of excellent and humorous support at the same time serving as Cabinet Secretary for the entire district two years ago.  We are a club of service with many projects, but we will continue to need new projects.  I ask our newest members to not be hesitant in bringing new ideas of what we can do for our local and world communities.  It's so often the newest members who have the best ideas.  Our club should also be proud of being the sponsoring club of the newest club in the district, the Southeastern Virginia Filipino-American Lions Club.  They had their formation Charter Night on June 23rd, 2018 with an initial membership of 32 Lions!  We're going to have a great year!
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Where Does Thalia Lions Club Fit In?
* Lions Club International (LCI) and has 45,000+ clubs and 1.4 million members in 205 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. * Lions of Virginia - http://www.lionsofvirginia.org

* Our district - District 24-I (one of three districts in Virginia) web page is still in development. The Lions Roar, the district newsletter, editor is Lion Helen Person at haperson.va@icloud.com

* Our region is Region VI (15 clubs) (one of six regions under 24-I)
* Thalia Lions Club is under Zone "O" (6 clubs) (one of three zones - "O," "P," and "Q" under Region VI).  District 24-I was formed in July 2018 from former Districts 24-B and 24-D and some web sites may show the old organizations.
For information on Lions in general, visit 
http://members.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php 

Next Meeting

The next meeting, is Wednesday Nov 14th 6pm (happy hour followed by the dinner meeting to start promptly at 6:30 and to be over at 8pm) at the the Westin Hotel, Town Center, 4535 Commerce St 23462 (free parking behind the hotel, entrance on Market St).

Please note the Nov meeting will be Nov 14th because of the Thanksgiving Week.

Traveling Leos are always welcome to attend our regular meeting the third Wednesdays of each month.

Note: In April 2018 we voted to hold only one meeting each month instead of our long-held practice of two meetings per month.


Meetings 2018 - 2019


October 17, 2018 -
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Oct. 17, 2019 by President Lion John Watters at 6:30 pm at the Westin, Town Center, 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.
Social Time – 6pm – 6:30pm Call to Order at 6: 30 pm ATTENDANCE    _2 Guest_21_ Members  - 68  Percent Recess for dinner: 6:30_pm Reconvene: 7:05 pm

Introduction of Guests: Lion Donna Gaddis (wife of the District Governor) District Governor Jeff Gaddis Introduction of District Governor by Lion Donna Gaddis Lion Jeff is currently a member of the Denbigh Lions Club, previously having been a member of the Gloucester Lions Club for many years.  There he served as president 3 times,  secretary, membership chair, lion tamer, tail twister, Zone chair, Region chair, and 1st & 2nd Vice Dist. Governor of District 24 D.  He works for the National Park Service in Yorktown.  Married to Lion Donna for 24 years, they have two children, Lion Colette and Lion John, plus two grandchildren.  He is a member of the Newport News Elks Lodge and serves on the board of directors for VPUSBC (Virginia Peninsula United States Bowling Congress).  Lion Jeff loves camping, fishing, bowling and spending time with his family. Speaker: 

District Governor Lion Jeff Gaddis DG Jeff offered greetings from the first female International President, Gudrun Yngvadottir. The goal of our new international president is to encourage more women to join in Lions membership and leadership to represent 50% of all Lions.  DG Jeff said that our district is doing well in this regard, with our present female membership of 36%.  There are ninety-eight clubs in our district that covers 1/2 the State of Virginia since the merger with District B.   Lion Jeff’s goal was to visit all 98 clubs but that is a pretty big challenge.  One way is his solving the problem is by having small clubs combine into a group meeting. Another goal was to add 1 new club.  Today 2 new clubs and a branch are in the works.  A “cyber” online club is also in process of formation.  With 17 members from several different states, the cyber club’s focus of service is on vision.   Specialty clubs like the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) clubs in other districts are very competitive in other states and are working very hard to make their clubs successful.  The good news in membership is that the average age of the Lions membership is getting younger.  Youth is important to the survival of our organization. The time for our Bland contest is on the horizon.  Our district will conduct two contests this year, one from each of the old district divisions.  The Peace Poster Contest deadline is due very soon.   Zone and Region meetings are scheduled and on the District calendar. The Youth Exchange has been dropped this year because there is no sponsor.  Lion Jeff Jacobs and Lion Chip Dodson may be willing to take this duty again next year.   One major problem with the exchange is security.  Half of the students are eliminated because they cannot clear the security requirements for international travel. The signature project for DG Jeff’s year as District Governor is WHRO Voice.  He would like members to volunteer to read for WHRO.  This program reads news articles, ads, books, coupons, and other things for those with no or low vision. A grant is in process to purchase Echo Dots for listeners who participate in the WHRO service. DG Jeff is encouraging the Traveling Leo program this year.  The Traveling Leo program is a contest among clubs to see which clubs can visit the most other club meetings.   This year it will be judged totally on the number of other clubs visited by a group of 4 or more Lions from your club.  No longer will it be judge by the mileage to or from the club visited.  The purpose of this program is to share and learn from clubs other than your own. The Governor’s Achievement Report is a bit of a problem because the website for the District is not yet up and running. At this time the monthly news and information is being sent by Constant Contact. If anyone needs a hard copy newsletter, please let him or your secretary know and he can have it sent directly to you. This is the first year for the new District and it is a project in the works.  If you have suggestions for this District to address, please let him know. DG Jeff offered his congratulations on the hard work that we do as a club.  He then awarded membership chevrons for years of service to the following Lions:  Otis Edwards Etheridge, Jack Wagner, Jim Healy, and Roger Snell. Thalia Lions will receive a banner patch for registering for the Fall Conference. Lion Jeff was thanked for his presentation by Lion President John Watters and was told that a small gift of appreciation will be mailed to him – a copy of a book written by our own author, Lion Jim Healy. Lion John Watters:

Discussion and approval of budget – The Thalia Lions Club Budget was prepared and recommended by the Board with a few changes in designations to Diabetes areas.  The Diabetes Camp remains in the budget in case there is a need to sponsor a family.  A question was asked by Governor Jeff was “What has happened to the line item for diabetes in the budget?”. DG Jeff said that the line item was still there but with a zero balance.  The money was left in the account of the Charity Foundation.  Lion Stan moved that we delete the Diabetes Program of $100.00.  Lion Vickie seconded.  Motion was approved. A motion to approve the proposed budget was made by Lion Dick Kreassig.  Lion Stanley Furman seconded and the vote was to approve.

Lion Nancy Watters: Children’s Eye Screening Progress of Kindergarten – a signup sheet for upcoming screenings was provided.
Oct. 18 – Luxford Elem.  – Lions Roger Snell, Susie Sumnick and Lion Nancy Watters
Oct. 19 – Bayside – Lion Nancy Watters and guest Karen Austin Oct. 22 – Thoroughgood Elem – Lions Nancy Nelson and Nancy Watters
Oct. 24 – Diamond Springs – (1-2 volunteers needed)
Oct. 26 – Hermitage Elem – Lions Stan Moss,

John Watters Beach Bag Project Report by Lion Nancy October 9th   80 volunteers helped pack almost 2,000 bags of food in 40 minutes.  In addition to friends and children, volunteers came from Thalia, Fil/Am, TCBL, Woodstock, Broad Bay Golf Assoc., PEO and the VB Christian Church.  The project was a huge success and The Office of Community Engagement of the Virginia Beach School System presented Thalia Lions with a recognition plaque for our continued support and service. Our club will be participating in helping pack Beach Bags on a regular basis.  There is opportunity for as many as 12 people at a time to volunteer on Wednesday mornings each month to pack 500 bags of food.  Lion Nancy will make the proper contact and let the club know when volunteers are needed on those Wed. mornings. Lion Susie Sumnick requested that the club include an official thank you in the minutes for Lion Nancy Watters gathering” 80 of her best friends to work the Beach bag Project.”

Horizons Hampton Roads – We have been invited to take part in a project to read to Elementary children 9am-10am at Diamond Spring Elementary School on November 3rd.  A signup sheet was provided.  Lion Irene Conlin, Lion Aziz Selahi, Lion Nancy Watters, and Lion Elizabeth Conlin of the Town Center Lions Blind Club have volunteered.  Please let Lion Nancy know if anyone else would like to participate.

Lion Jack Wagner: Broom Sale/ Peanuts- A peanut order will be placed next week and another hopefully larger order will be placed before Christmas.  Now is the time to get chocolate covered peanuts and brittle.  Those choices are only sold in cooler weather.

Lion Roger Snell:  White Cane – no date is designated yet, but it will be soon. 

Lion John Watters:  Filipino-American Lions – MacArthur Commemoration Tickets are available. The event is this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk.

Lion Stanley Furman:  Bid & Buy report – The Bid & Buy was held at Hampton Baptist Church last Saturday.  The Lions Charity Foundation did very well though there were 115 fewer people than last year.   Our club did not earn our $250 Charity Foundation credit because we did not have enough people to attending.  We did, however, get the $250 service grant.

Lion Nancy Watters: Holiday Families – A signup sheet was provided for those members interested in participating in this project. A total of 14 members have signed up.  Names of children will be given the first week in Nov.  Our members will become Santa for these children and possibly their families.

Ronald McDonald House Proposal – Lion Nancy proposed that we meet at RMH on Wed. Dec. 5th for a Board/Club meeting.   Attendees could bring food supplies as a gift to the House.  Pizzas could be ordered and everyone could bring side salads and dessert.  The date is available at RMH.  The proposal had a second and the club approved the idea after a modification that made this meeting a “regular” meeting for all. Lion Vickie Kennedy, RMH manager, passed out a “wish list” of items that is needed at RMH.  Members are encouraged to bring items to the meeting that are on this list. Lion Nancy and John Watters offered their Ynot Pizza Points to order free pizzas for all attending and for residents of the House. 

Thalia Lions Holiday Party, Dec 19 – Lion Nancy and John are again willing to host.   Attendees can bring finger food.  Libations will be provided.

Secretary’s Report:   Award Presentation – Lion Ellen Turman received a Silver Centennial Membership Award Pin for sponsoring Lion Nancy Nelson.  Pins are awarded after sponsorship of a member who is retained for over 1 year.

Announcements/Comments from the Floor – none were voiced. Tail Twister- Lion Stanley Furman
•Birthdays:  Lion Marvin Clemmons (4), Lion Nancy Nelson (17), Lion Aziz Selahi (24)
•Lion Aziz had made an early exit and missed the opportunity to be serenaded.
•Lion Marvin wanted the Dist. Gov. and Lion Vickie to sing.  DG Jeff attempted to sing on his knees but Lion Marvin discouraged his “proposal.”
•Lion Vickie was challenged by Lion Jack so the club forced him to sing with Lion Vickie.  In protest he silently mimed the words!
•Lion Nancy Nelson requested Lion Ellen to sing.  Having a trained voice, Lion Ellen sang like a bird.
•50/50 Raffle -It was not rigged but Lion Nancy won twice.  Feeling guilty, she donated the money to Lion Jack for Samaritan House, $20 first and then $14. –$10 was won by Lion Tuffey
Progressive Raffle:  Lion Mike Coren  -Lion Irene pulled the ticket but picked the 3 of Hearts.  Nothing Royal about that!  There is probably $190 in the pot and the Queen is still there. 

Meeting adjourned:  8:10pm Upcoming Events:           
*Oct. 18 – Screening at Luxford Elem.
*Oct. 19 – Screening at Bayside Elem.
*Sat. Oct. 20th- MacArthur Commemoration, Filipino-American Lions, MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk.
*Oct. 22 – Screening at Thoroughgood Elem
*Oct. 24 – Screening at Diamond Springs
*Oct. 26 – Screening at Hermitage Elem.
*Sat. Oct. 20th- MacArthur Commemoration
*Sat. Nov 3 – 9-10am. Horizons Hampton Roads – Read to Elementary children at Diamond Spring Elementary School.  Please let Lion Nancy know if anyone would like to participate. Thursday, Nov 8th – EGRC, 10 – 12, Meet at BestBuy at 9:30am for ride
*Wed. Nov. 14th – Next meeting date, 6pm
*Wed. Dec. 5th – 6 pm, Ronald McDonald House, 404 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507 - Combined board meeting/monthly Regular Dec meeting. Attendees could bring food supplies as a gift to the House.  Pizzas could be ordered and everyone could bring side salads and dessert. 
*Wed. Dec. 19th – 6 pm. Holiday Social, 2357 Haversham Close, VB 23454. Lion Nancy and John are hosting.  Attendees can bring finger food.  Libations will be provided.

Respectfully submitted Lion Nancy Watters,
Secretary Thalia Lions Club

October 3, 2018, Board of Directors Meeting,
2357 Haversham Close, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Present:  Lion President John Watters, Lions Nancy Watters, Jack Wagner, Ellen Turman, Stanley Furman, Jeri Furman, Roger Snell, Vicky Kennedy
Meeting – 7:10 Call to Order, Lion President John Watters
Topics:
1.       Renegotiation of Hotel Contract at the Westin -  Lion John suggested the dates for the coming year through November.   
Each month will be the 3rd Wednesday night of month

 
3.   Beach Bag Project, Oct 9 - Club voted to pay for snacks for the projects.  Approximately 75 volunteers have been recruited.
 
4.  Children’s Eye Screening update - Thalia will do the screenings for Bayside plus the ones for our club.  Almost all screenings will be completed by the end of October.
 
5. White Cane- New White Cane Chairperson is Lion Roger Snell - He will work out a date and let us know when we can schedule in October. Other locations are being explored in addition to B. J.’s.
 
5.  Addition of Service Projects
            a. Volunteering to pack Beach Bags regularly - Lion Nancy will check with the school system
   b. Foodbank volunteering - to stock shelves and unload trucks - Tidewater Drive- would help bring in members and show them that we work for the community. Lion Ellen will contact the Foodbank for more information.
            Samaritan House needs volunteers - Lion Jack Wagner will check with Melody Sanders and give us hard suggestions.
            c. Reading to children - Read Across America will again be a spring activity. This event usually happens in March.
            d. EGRC more often - Lion John will work on scheduling more visits
            e. JCOC - We will wait for the program from the JCOC before we decide what we should do with that organization.
 
6. Budget - Lion John expressed his ideas about adjusting the budget since we have lost members and we had combined Districts.  Please see the attached old budget and the revision for this year. 
            Major changes: 
John D Parks Award is changed to Lions Charity Foundation for a Good Samaritan.
                       Youth Exchange is eliminated because there is no new director,
            Eye Bank Donor Memorial Fund is eliminated until decisions have been made as to what they wish to do.
            EGRC needs no money.  They have $46,000, Until they need money, we do not need to fund.
            Audible Easter Egg has been eliminated because the program has died.
            Answering Service is ineffective and eliminated.
            Bland Contest is reduced to $300.00
            Eye Exams is reduced to $250
       
Admin: 
            Parades and Floats - eliminated $62.00
            Public Relations - eliminated $31.00
         
Income:  Total will be readjusted to account for membership loss, family members, and life   members and honorary members.
Lion John Watters asked for approval, seconded by Lion Jack.  Budget will be presented to the club at the next meeting.
       
7.  Treasurer’s Report Lion Vicky made an oral report but will email the written account later.  The balance is $2,815 Admin.  Activity $5,078.15.  (See attached)
 
8.  Sight Chair report - Lion Susie sent a message that we had 3-4 ref this month and referred one to the Newport News Club.
 
9.   Misc
            a. Polo shirts - Verification of fact that we will give new members a polo shirt instead of a ball cap.
Adjourned:  8:37 pm
 
Sep 19th, 2018 - The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Sept. 19, 2019b y President Lion John Watters at 6:30 pm at the Westin, Town Center, 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.


Social Time – 6pm – 6:30pm

Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

1 Guest, 20 Members - 65% 

Recess for dinner: 6:30_pm
Reconvene: 7:13 pm

Special Guest: Lion Roy Stockdill

Social Time – 6pm – 6:30pm
Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

Program:  Lion Roy Stockdill – Leader Dog –introduced by Lion Ellen Turman, Program Chairperson

Lion Roy is a Charter member of V. B. Oceanside Lions Club and was President of his club 1987-88 and 1999-2000.  He has 36 years of perfect attendance, was Zone E Chairperson 2010-2011, is a driver for the Lions Mobile Sight and Hearing Unit, participated in RAM (Remote Area Medical) and LAMP (Lions Assisted Medical Project), participated with the Parades & Floats Committee since 1992, District Leader Dog Chairperson and Co- Chairperson since 2005, coordinator for Virginia For Kennel Redesign at Leader Dog, and State General Chairperson for Leader Dog for 6 years since 2006.  Lion Roy has been employed for 41 years at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a machinist.

Lion Roy told us that the Leader Dog Program for the blind is 79 years old this year. He explained that in 2014 Leader Dog started a campaign to redesign their kennels.  In two years they raised 21 million dollars.  He showed a very impressive video of the very successful Prison Puppy Program.  Prison raised puppies have a higher success rate than puppies raised outside the system.  Prisoners have the most time to train and find the challenge rewarding.  The program is changing lives of the blind, as well as lives of the prisoners.  The rate of recidivism in inmates is drastically reduced among those who have raised and trained puppies for the Leader Dog Program.  The puppy raising program is in about dozen prisons in the U. S.

There are about 10 other service dog programs in the U. S. but Leader Dog for the Blind is rated number one.  For more information about the Leader Dog Program, please visit their website at www.leaderdog.org.  The requirements for acquiring a Leader Dog are that you must know how to use a White Cane and have good basic mobility skills.

Reports:

1.      Approval of Bylaws – Lion John Watters

Lion John explained briefly how the bylaws had been changed to align with LCI recommendation.

After asking for questions, Lion Stanley moved we approve, Lion Marvin seconded. The vote was unanimous to approve.

2.      Renegotiation for meetings contract with Westin –Lion John Watters

Lion John will negotiate the contract for the New Year.

3.       Filipino-American Lions:  Lion John has tickets for sale for the Philippine Independence celebration at the MacArthur Memorial Center. The date is Oct. 20th 6-9pm.

The Philippine ambassador to the U. S. is scheduled to speak.  Tickets are $35.00 each.  Please let Lion John know if you are interested in attending.  The event is a fund raiser for the Fil/Am Lions Club.

4.       Beach Bag Project – October 9th- Corporate Landing Middle School – 6-8pm

Since LCI/Anthem denied the grant for the Beach Bag Program this year, a grant request was made to Lions Charity Foundation of Southeastern Virginia to cover the total cost of the project.  The Lions Charity Foundation granted the total amount of $5,575.00.  We were asked to request contributions to the Charity Foundation in the name of the project.  Lion Mary Durbin, the Region Chair, was sent a flyer requesting volunteers and requesting donations from other clubs in Virginia Beach to the Charity Foundation.

Since we will not have the Anthem volunteers to work, we will need to fill the slots with members, friends, connections, churches, etc. Please sign up on the list provided to volunteer for packing bags.  Requests have been sent to many outside contacts, church, student volunteers, other Lions.

If you have friends or family members who would like to participate, please send their names to Lion Nancy. 

5.      Children’s Eye Screening – Lion Nancy supplied a signup sheet for the scheduled Kindergarten Children’s Eye Screening dates.  More dates will be sent out as they are confirmed with the schools. There are 56 schools with kindergarten programs in V. B.  The schools have been divided up into 3 lists, each with a designated SPOT for use.  Nine clubs in V.B. are assisting in getting the school covered before the end of December.

6.      Eyeglass Recycling – Oct. 11th is the next date.  Lion John asked if anyone went to the EGRC last week.  Evidently with the preparation for the impending “non-hurricane”, everyone including Lion John forgot!

7.      White Cane/Broom Sale/ Peanuts– Lion Jack Wagner

Peanuts are still available.  Lion Jack will place another order the later part of Oct.

A White Cane will be proposed on a Friday during the first part of October.  Lion Jack will let us know the exact date and will ask for assistance.

The Broom Sale in September grossed $670.00 with a net profit of about $280-290. 

Lion Jack offered thanks and appreciation to all who assisted in the Broom Sale.
 

8.      Fall Conference – Lion John Watters
Information has been sent out by email.  Lion John encouraged all to consider attending.  If you cannot go for the entire time, please try to attend the Saturday morning classes.  (Leadership, President’s Class, Secretary’s Class, Treasurer’s Class, Diabetes recertification, SPOT recertification/certification, Grant Writing, and more.

9.      Bid & Buy Charity Auction – Lion Stanley Furman
The Lions Charity Foundation Bid & Buy Auction will take place at Hampton Baptist Church on October 13th.  Lion Stanley said that the club needs at least 8 people to attend to earn $250.00.  At least 3 people are needed work the table at the auction to sell raffle ticket. Please let Lion Stanley know if you will be willing to attend and/or work.
 

10.  Holiday Families – Lion Stanley Furman has not yet heard from social services. Will send email when info is available.  Lion Nancy Watters may also have names of homeless children from FORKIDS this year.  If enough of us are willing to participate, we may have more families to help.

Secretary’s Report

·         Polio shirts – 20 polo shirts were ordered at the cost of $20 each.  12 of those shirts were requested by specific members.  There are 4 Men’s shirts (2-XL and 2-L) and 4 Women’s shirts (2-XL and 2 L) that are still available.  The idea was to have some remaining to give a shirt to each new member as part of their new member packet instead of giving them a ball cap.  However, some members have expressed interest in buying one of the shirts.  If you would like one that is left, please let me know.  Again, the cost is $20.  There is no plan to order the shirts again until we need them.  The cost of other shirts of “higher” quality with our logo and name runs at least $30.00.  If you find a polo shirt on your own and you want to have the embroidered Lions logo and/or your name, Li on Nancy can take it to Nancy Harbison Uniforms to have it done. The cost of the embroidery will be between $8-12 depending on what you wish.

·         Name tags – New magnetic name tags with District 24 I designation have been provided for all members.  They are 2 color and no longer have the raised metallic Lions emblem.  Lion John explained that if you have an old name tag, you may easily remove the emblem from the old tag and super glue the emblem over the logo on the new name tag.

·         Bow Creek Block Party – 9/29/18 – 10-4 pm Town Center Blind Lions – Lion Evonne Green is the contact person.  They are asking for volunteers to help man the screening project at this event. evonnegreen@BookkeepingbyEvonne.com

Lion Marvin told us about a Charity Ping Pong Tournament. "Pingpong Gives" is a fund raiser to for Mental Health and Brain Fitness. Please visit the website at https://pingpong.gives/.  Additionally, please come Friday night to the Virginia Beach Field House and have some fun, meet sports celebrities, and bid on some very nice items.

Lion Marvin has donated the following commemorative, autographed items on behalf of Thalia Lions Club:

 1. Ronald Reagan in historical setting

 2. Muhammad Ali in historical setting
 
Lion Dick Kreassig expressed concern that having one meeting a month is a detriment to the continuity of information and events for new members and old.   He has a couple of prospective members and emphasized that you must stay in touch so everyone will know what we are doing.  An updated Thalia brochure and a new member application was passed out to all present. We need to rebuild our membership.

Tail Twister- Lion Stanley Furman

·         Birthdays – Lions Roger Snell 6th, Fran Scott 2nd, Dick Kreassig 23rd, Stanley Furman 30th 

Lion Stanley demanded $5 from all members rather than bidding on who is to sing.  Lion Rog challenged that if everyone would offer up the $5, he would sing the “Cockney” version of Happy Birthday. And, of course, not to be outdone, Lion Aziz had to sing the Farsi version! 

Lion Jack was requested by Lion Dick to sing. Lion Rog requested Lion Stan to sing, and Lion Stan requested Lion Vickie to sing the Stevie Wonder version of Happy Birthday.  It was an International Birthday cacophony.
 

·         50/50 Raffle - $21.00 – Lion Aziz

§  $14 – Lion Stanley Moss

§  $8 -   Lion Susie Sumnick

·         Progressive Raffle:  Mike Coren - Lion Roy Stockdill pulled Lion Tuffy’s ticket – he picked a Heart but only the 4.  Right church, wrong pew! The Queen is still in the pack.

·         Adjourned at 8:17

 
Lion Nancy Watters, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club
 
Upcoming Events
Fri, Sat, Oct 5, 6th – District Fall Conference, Ft. McGruder Center, Wmsbrg
Ø  Tue, Oct 9th – Beach Bag Project, Corporate Landing Middle School, 6 – 8pm
Ø  Sat, Oct 13th – Bid’n Buy, Hampton Baptist Church, 10am – 2pm
Ø  Wed. Oct 17th – Next Meeting date
Ø  Sat. Oct. 20th- MacArthur Commemoration
Ø  Wed. Nov.7th – Board Meeting  - John & Nancy’s 2357 Haversham Close, VB
Ø  Wed. Nov. 14th – November meeting date
 
Sep 5, 2018 - Board of Directors Agenda, Wednesday
2357 Haversham Close, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Social time – 6:30pm – 7pm Meeting – 7pm
Board Members in attendance: Lions Susan Sumnick, Vickie Kennedy, Stanley Furman, Jeri Anne Furman, Ellen Turman, Dick Kreassig, Jack Wagner, Fran Scott, Nancy Watters and
President John Watters.
Call to Order by Lion President John Watters – 7:00pm
Topics:
1. By-Laws
Review of old vs new- Lion John distributed copies of the proposed new bylaws and explained how they now would comply with the new recommended Lions Club International recommendations.
 
After discussion concerning the addition of the Scholarship Committee which was inadvertently omitted. Lion Stanley Furman moved that the new bylaws be presented to the membership for vote with the amended addition of the Scholarship Committee. Lion Ellen
Turman seconded the motion and the Board voted approval.
2. Beach Bag Project, Oct 9, 6-8pm – Cooperate Landing Middle School.
Lion Nancy reported that LCI had recommended that the grant application for the Beach
Bag Project this year should be written for more money since there were always left over funds. So she applied for $5,000 instead of the usual $2,500 that had been granted for the
last 4 years. Just a couple of weeks ago, she was informed by LCI that Anthem would not fund any projects in Virginia Beach, even though they had funded a project in Norfolk.
Unwilling to forfeit the project and feeling a commitment to the school system, Lion Nancy
started looking for other funds. She was advised by Lion Stanley Furman to ask the Lions Charity Foundation of Southeast Virginia. Lion Nancy wrote the grant and LCFSVA approved $5,575.00. They have asked in return that we reach out to Virginia Beach Clubs
and request donations to the Charity Foundation to help replenish their funds. Our problem at this point is to recruit enough volunteers to work the project. We will not have the 30-35 people from Anthem. Lion Nancy is recruiting from the Fil/Am Lions
Club, Virginia Beach Christian Church, a couple of youth volunteer groups at ATC and a group from Cox High School. Along with our Thalia Lions there should be the required number of 60 – 75 volunteers to work the project. Lion Nancy also sent a letter and flyer to Lion Mary Durbin, Region Chair for her to request volunteers from other Va. Beach Clubs and donations from their clubs to the Charity Foundation.
Lion Stanley Furman moved that Thalia Lions send the Charity Foundation $250.00. Lion Ellen Turman seconded and the motion was approved.
3. Membership changes – Our bylaws require that any resignations from our club be approved by the Board of Directors. The purpose of this is to assure that the members are paid and possess no club property. The following resignations were officially approved.
Lions Teena Martin, Brad Furman, Sharon Ross Clemmons, Sheila Romm, Helen Delarosa-Toro Farr, Bob Donnelly, Debra Laughlin, Steve Rosnov, Sylvia Wagner.
All were accepted though some were actually transfers (Lion Debra, Steve, Bob, Sylvia). We expect a resignation from Lion Ashli Eley since she has completed school and will be moving from the area. But that is not yet confirmed.
We are encouraged by our Membership Chairperson, Lion Dick Kreassig, to recruit new members who have a real desire for service and who are in a position in life to offer their time.
4. Status of dues collection- We have 4 members who are in arears with dues. Notification will be sent again to remind these members.
5. Treasurer’s ReportSince the merger of our District with District B at the beginning of the Lions year in July, the budget was placed on hold. Lion Stanley requested that the budget be finalized and presented at the next Board meeting.

6. Sight Chair report- Lion Susan Sumnick reported that we have sent 3 referrals to Dr. Ferrara in August, 1 in September and one last July.
Lion Stan remarked that no club takes credit for cataract surgeries on the LCI report. Since he is the chairperson of that committee of LCF he suggested that Thalia make that report on the LCI website. Last month he referred 2 patients for cataract surgery to the
Hampton Eye Institute and 1 to Sentara Center for Sight. The Charity Foundation pays $500 per eye for each patient.
7. Children’s Eye Screening - Lion Nancy reported that the Virginia Beach Schools will allow Lions to screen all of the Kindergarten classes only in Virginia Beach Elementary School. There are 56 schools and Va. Beach has 3 SPOT devices. Lion Nancy is in the process of getting all those location scheduled to be screened before the Christmas Holidays. The
schools are divided up into three lists with a designated SPOT device and custodian for each location. Mary Shaw, Director of Nurses with the school system has asked that all volunteers be “certified” by the international organization. So Lion Nancy is asking all who want to participate in the screenings, please go to the LCI website and take the necessary “test” to earn a certificate. It is not as daunting a task as it may seem. You can download the manual and use it while you take the online test. It should take about an hour and a certificate will be emailed to you.

6. Misc
Polo shirts were passed out to all who were here that had placed an order. They are $20 each. The remainder of the shirts will be part of the New Member package.
New name tags are now available for all at no charge.
Peanut are here and they have new labels
Adjourned 8:13

Aug 15, 2018 - OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on August 15, 2018, by President Lion John Watters at 6:30 pm at the Westin Towne Center, Virginia Beach, VA with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.

Social Time - 6pm - 6:30pm
Call to Order at 6:30pm
Song - Lion Roger Snell   ATTENDANCE
Pledge of Allegiance - Lion Mike Coren   1 Guest
Invocation given by Lion Susan Sumnick 19 Members
61% Percent
Recess for Dinner: 6:30pm
Reconvene: 7:11pm

Program: History of Thalia

Deni Norred presented a program on Thalia as it was back in the late 1800's up thru what Thalia looks like today.

Principles of Membership: Lion Dick Kreassig talked about the decline in our membership. We need to make sure when we invite a prospective member to our club that we educate them on what being a Lion entails. They need to know that we are a service organization that supports various services for the blind, diabetes and hearing. We also have projects in the community, as well as fund raisers to support these services.

Blood Drive: The blood drive was held on August 12th at Virginia Beach Christian Church. 26 pints of blood were collected.

Jump Start: Will be held on August 23rd at Corporate Landing Middle School from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lions offer vision screening for children and provides supplies and services to those children in need. See Lion John Watters if you are interested in volunteering.

Adopt a Student: 14 members participated in the program supplying school supplies for those students in need.

Beach Bag Project: Is to be held on October 9th at Corporate Landing Middle School from 6:00pm to
8:00pm. Lion Nancy Watters has asked for a grant from LCI to fund this project. This project provides a weekend bag of food for those students in need.
Children's Eye Screening: Lion Nancy Watters has met with Mary Shaw, Director of Nurses for Virginia Beach Public Schools on July 26th. She has given the Lions permission to screen all the kindergarten students in the school system. Those Lion clubs will be contacting the schools to set up dates and time for the screenings.

EGRC: President John reported that the next Eye Glass Recycling is September 12th from 10:00am to noon.

White Cane: Lion Jack Wagner reported that the White Cane Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, August 25th, 10:00 am to 6:00pm at BJ's. We are still in need of 2 volunteers for the 12:00pm to 2:00pm shift. Please sign up if you have not done so.

Broom Sale: Lion Jack Wagner reported the Broom Sale is set for Saturday, September 8th from 10:00am to 6:00pm at al's. We still need volunteers in all time slots.
Lion Jack Wagner said that our fundraisers are our primary source of income and is used to support our many community projects. He also mentioned that peanuts will be available to sell at the White Cane and Broom Sale.

Charity Foundation Bid N Buy: Lion PCC Stan Furman reported the sale will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00pm. Location is Hampton Baptist Church, 40 Kings Way, Hampton, VA.

Secretary's Report:

 *New name tags are on order and should be available at the next meeting.
*Club Shirts (initial order 20) are on order. Cost will be $20. It will have our club name and Lions logo.
*District Fall Conference is scheduled on Friday/ Saturday October 5th and 6th at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg. Morning sessions will include Spot Certification/Recertification through Kids Sight USA, LCIF Campaign 100, grant writing. Other classes include President, Secretary and Treasure's school. Luncheon speaker will be talk on Jamestown Discovery Project and Dinner speaker is International Director Connie LeCleir-Meyer.
*Thalia Lions Club received a Membership Award from Lions International.
If you have not done so, download MY LION app, this gives members updated information on our club as well as what LCI is doing around the country.
NO ISSUES FROM THE FLOOR
50/50 Raffle - Lion Stan Furman
Progressive - Lion Mike Coren
Meeting Adjourned at 8:11pm
Respectfully submitted
Lion Ellen Turman, Acting Secretary
Thalia Lions Club
Upcoming Events
Ø             Wed, Aug 22nd - 39th Annual Meeting/Dinner - LMEB, Norfolk Y&CC, 6pm
Ø             Thu, Aug 23rd -Jump Start, 10am-4pm, Corporate Middle School
Ø             Thu, Sep 12th - Eyeglass Recycling, 10am - noon, 2040 Broadmoor, Chesapeake
Ø             Wed, Sep 19th - Next Thalia Lions Meeting
Ø             Fri, Sat, Oct 5, 6th - District Fall Conference, Ft McGruder Center, Wmsbrg
Ø             Tue, Oct 9th - Beach Bag Project, Corporate Landing Middle School, 6-8pm
Ø             Sat, Oct 13th — Bid n Buy, Hampton Baptist Church, 10am- 2pm
Aug 1, 2018 - Board of Directors Minutes
2357 Haversham Close, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 In Attendance:  Lion President John Watters, Lions Nancy Watters, Stanley Furman, Jeri Furman, Susie Sumnick, Vickie Kennedy, Jack Wagner, Roger Snell, Aziz Selahi, Ellen Turman, Stan Moss, Dick Kreassig,


Social time – 6:30pm – 7pm:   Meeting – 7pm Call to Order 7pm by Lion President John Watters
Topics:
1.  Activation of By-Laws Committee ( approved  by consensus)
  a. Committee Members:  Lions John Watters, Stan Furman
  b. Needed changes – LCI club structure, new officer positions
  c.  Report due next month, then vote by club members will be at a following meeting.
2.  Standing Committees assignments – Lion John Passed out the diagram explaining the new structure of club positions, i.e., By-Laws, Finance, Programs, Bland, Scholarship, Sight, Hearing, EGRC and Children’s Services, GMT, GST, GAT, Fundraising, Membership
3. Dues Structure – LCI has instituted a $3.58 “monthly” charge for membership dues.  In an effort to solve the dilemma of how much to charge a new member depending on the time of year the member joins, Lion John worked out a quarterly schedule (see attached).  In addition to the Regular Member Schedule, a Family Member Schedule was also devised. This schedule was adopted with a motion from Lion Stan and a second by Lion Jack.
4.  Family members (more than one Lion occupying the same address) get a slight break in dues.  The Head of the Family member pays the full amount but the second member and consecutive members pay $20.00 less.  For several years, our club has enforced no difference in membership dues. Lion Stan moved and Lion Ellen seconded that we collect our dues based on the Family Dues amount for those members who are enrolled as Family members on the LCI membership roster.
5. Lion John announced that LCI has free joining fee for all veterans and active duty until 2021.  That is a $35 savings for all who qualify.  Hopefully we can take advantage of this new incentive to attract more members.
6. Lion Nancy has a total 11 polo shirt orders for the standard, cotton polo shirt with our club logo.  In order to get the best pricing from Nancy Harbison Uniforms, an order of 20 is necessary.  The suggestion was that we place an order for the remaining shirts in various sizes to give to new members as we induct them instead of the ball caps that have been used for years.  Lion John unsuccessfully attempted to get a consensus.  There was concern with the quality of the shirt and it was requested that we pursue the idea further.   Lion Susie moved and Lion Ellen seconded that we order the first 20 shirts, 11 of which are already requested and then look further for a better quality for as low a cost as possible.  The motion was seconded and passed.  Lion Nancy Watterswill place the order, and negotiate further with Harbison or elsewhere. 
7.  Name tags can be ordered from an online site for $6.90 each with no shipping costs.  Lion Nancy asked if we could place an order.  These name tags would have a magnetic catch on the back.  Lion Jack asked that we check with Lion Jim Healy about his source because he orders for the FBI and may have an even better source.  Ordering from LCI is $10.95 each with exorbitant shipping rates.
8.  Credit Card Dues collection- If any member wishes to pay their dues by credit card the cost will be $103.00 to cover processing fee.  The charge for meals would be $21.00. This idea was passed by consensus.
9.  Peanut labels – Lion Jack will place a peanut order very soon.  It was suggested that instead of buying labels that cost about $.75 per can, we just use Club stickers for the top of the cans.  Lion Roger Snell volunteered to investigate getting vinyl stickers done. We now have 11 varieties of peanuts and we can order any of them.  Lion Nancy will send out the list with prices.  Lion Jack would like the club members to let him know which kinds and how many of each they could sell.   Members will be asked to email Lion Jack at chiefwag@cox.net their wishes.
10. Membership Plan – Lion Dick Kreassig has volunteered to Chair the position and Lion Ellen Turman has volunteered to assist. Lion Dick, with many years of experience in Lions, made the point that we need to recruit life-long members.  Though there are exceptions, young career people with children are often are not ideal because of the lack of time they have to devote to service.  His point was that when we recruit, we need to make it clear that we are a service organization, not a business or social club. He and Lion Ellen will develop a membership plan and present it to the club. 
11. Lion Marvin Clemmons has relinquished the Program Chair and Lion Ellen Turman has volunteered to assume the position.  Lion Ellen was charged to return to the tradition of having more Lions oriented programs to keep our club members informed of Lions activities and to inform our newer members of what we do as a District and International organization.
12. Children’s Eye Screening for VBPS and Head Start – After over a year of working with the Director of Nurses for the Va. Beach Public School System, we are finally going to be allowed to do Children’s Eye Screening.  However, we are only allowed to work with the Kindergarten programs in each school.  This is a baby step toward further participation but at least it is a beginning.  There are 56 schools with Kindergarten programs in Virginia Beach.  There are 3 SPOT machines and 9 clubs.  Hopefully, we can get organized enough to accomplish this goal.  All screenings must be completed by the end of the first 60 school days of the year. (sometime in December)  Lion Nancy and John Watters will do a presentation to the Kindergarten nurses on August 28th to encourage the nurses in each school to take advantage of our services.
13.  Lion Jack proposed that we do a broom sale and white cane on separate dates. The Board approved by consensus.  A sign-up sheet for the White Cane on 8/28 and a sign-up for the Broom Sale on Sept. 5th. Please respond to Lion Jack Wagner at chiefwag@cox.net or call him to let him know -when you can work.  H:  481-9123 C:  286-0222
14. Lion Irene received a call from the Central Library asking what to do when a person wanted to go through the box to find glasses that would work for them.  Lion Aziz picks up glasses there every two weeks.  He will supply the name of our Sight Chairperson for contact when someone needs to be referred for glasses. (Lion Susie Sumnick is the new Sight Conservation Chair for our Club.)
15. Lion Stan asked that since we are down to 1 meeting per month, he would like a Sight Chair report to be given at each meeting.  That will also let the newer members as well as the rest of us know how we are serving those in need.
16. Lion John demonstrated the new mobile app MYLION.  All members with smart phones should download the new app.  You can log in and create a password by using your membership number found on your membership card.  You can change the username from your number to a name of your choice after you are once logged in.  This app is a great way to stay in touch with members, other Lions Club, see and post activities.  Eventually MYLION and MYLCI will merge into one site and all reporting will be done by the app.
Adjourned:  8:18

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July 18, 2018 OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
(first meeting for President Lion John Watters)
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on July 18, 2018, by President Lion John Watters at 6:30 pm at the Westin, Town Center, 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. Social Time – 6pm – 6:30pm
Call to Order at 6: 30 pm
ATTENDANCE:   _5 Guest ­_21 Members  _62 Percent
Recess for dinner: 6:30_pm: Reconvene: 7:17 pm
Special Guests:  Scotty Carter, Lion Dick Kreassig’s Grandson.  Scotty is special to our club since his diagnosis with Juvenile Diabetes at a very young age.  He looks wonderful and will be attending Randolph Macon on Volley Ball Scholarship.  Congratulations, Scotty!!
Scholarship Winners:  Thanks to our Scholarship Committee, Lion Vickie Kennedy, Lion Susan Sumnick, and Lion Bob Perrine for selecting the following students for our 2018 scholarship program and inviting them to our meeting.  We welcomed the following winners and presented them with their scholarships.
*Leigh Mante – Princess Anne High $1,000 scholarship winner - (a $500 check given to her for 1/2 of scholarship award and after 1st semester the other half ) She was #11 out of 444 scholarship winners at Princess Anne High.
*Hunter Perez – Adult Learning Center – Plays guitar, completed GED in 2 months and is going to TCC- Money is sent to TCC. $1,000.00
*Gianni Mirandi - who is attending TCC was awarded the $500 Ed DeLong Memorial Scholarship. Gianni was unable to attend the meeting. Money is sent to TCC. $500
Induction of New Member, Steve Eggleston, by PCC Lion Stan Furman.  Lion Steve is sponsored by Lion Nancy Watters
Reports:
1. Blood Drive – August 12th – Virginia Beach Christian Church 12-5pm – a signup sheet was provided for the members present.
2. Jump Start – August 23rd – Corporate Landing Middle School -10-4pm (Lions offer vision screening for children as part of a project  provides supplies and services to needy children identified by the school system.)  As signup sheet was provided to members present.
Adopt a Child – Service that identifies children in need of supplies to begin the school year.  A description of the child, their likes, sizes, and other information is given and the needs are anonymously supplied.  A signup list was provided for members who wish to participate in the project.  Adopt a Student will contact those members by email.
 3. Beach Bag Project – October 9th- Corporate Landing Middle School – 6-8pm
A grant request was made to LCF to cover the total cost of the project.  $5,500.00.  Though it is unlikely that the full amount will be granted, we do expect at least $2,000.00, the previously years grant.  A signup sheet was provided for the event.
4. Children’s Eye Screening:  Lion Nancy has an appointment with Mary Shaw, Director of Nurses for V.B. Schools on  July 26th concerning permission to screen the Va. Beach elementary schools.
Filipino-American Lions:  The new Fil/Am club now has 39 members. Activities and Fund raisers for the new club are in process. They have planned  2 Casino Trips  and  a MacArthur Center celebration of Philippine Independence Day.   They have 12 members who have registered to participate in the Beach Bag Project with Thalia.  Lion John presented the LCI Thalia Membership Award as well as the New Club Sponsor Patch for the club.
5. Youth Exchange:  Lion John reported that we had 27 Exchange Students plus counselors and Lions for a total of 49 people at the Youth Exchange Dinner on Sunday, July 8th.  Thanks to all who provided, prepared and help set up and serve.  The students were friendly and delightful.
6. Membership Chair is vacant.  Lion John asked for a volunteer.  Lion Dick Kreassig offered to take the position.  Thank you, Lion Dick.
Lions Medical Eye Bank - 39th annual member meeting at Norfolk Yacht Club August 22 nd. Reservation forms were available to members.  The speaker is David LeGrand, an Ocular Prosthetist.
Lion Stan Furman – LCF raffle tickets were distributed for members to sell for the Oct. 13th Bid & Buy Auction.  The club members need to get donations for the Silent Auction.  This is the only fund raiser for the Charity.
EGRC – A trip to the Eyeglass Recycling Center is scheduled every 2nd Thurs. of each month.   Last week 6 members participated in the service event.  Thank you to all who volunteer,
Secretary’s Report
• 1st District meeting is July 28thh at Providence Forge. Meeting starts at 1pm.  We are now Dist. 24  zone O.
• Dues may be paid by credit card with an additional $3.00 to cover the credit card charges. $103.00
• Membership cards are available with your membership number.  If you wish to sign in to MyLion, you will need your membership number to do so.  You may change your user name after you have logged on.
• Lion Susie Sumnick has agreed to be the Sight Chair for 2018.
• When we do large project like, Beach Bag, Jump Start, Broom Sales, White Cane and others.  It would be nice to have all members wearing the same Lion’s Logo shirt in the same color.  For $20 per shirt, we can order in quantity, the same color, with Lions Logo and Club name. If you would be interested, please give your name to Lion Nancy.  Maybe we could consider giving our new members a Thalia Lions Polo Shirt instead of a ball cap.  Our other shirts would still be acceptable to wear on any occasions when we are working but we would try to be consistent with larger projects.   As signup sheet was available for those interested.  The idea will be discussed at the upcoming Board meeting.
• Tail Twister- Lion Stanley Furman
• Birthdays –  Lion Ellen Turman, Lion Susie Sumnick, Lion Martin Joseph
• Lion John & Nancy harmonized for Lion Ellen (the only one in attendance who could stand to hear the discord!)  Their performance was only worth $57.00!
• 50/50 Raffle  $20- Nancy Nelson        $10-  Nancy Watters              $5-John Watters
• Progressive Raffle:  Mike  Coren drew his own number  but pulled the 2 of Spades instead of the Ace!!
The two raffles earned $49 for the Admin Account.
Meeting then adjourned at 8:09 which did not please Lion Bob 1.
Respectfully submitted
Lion Nancy Watters, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club
Upcoming Events
             July 28th (Sat)  First District Meeting, Providence Forge 
             Aug. 1, (Wed) – Thalia Lions board Meeting, 2347 Haversham Close – 6pm
             Aug 9th (Thur) – Eyeglass Recycling, 10-12 – 2040 Broadmoor, Chesapeake
             Aug 12th (Sun) – Blood Drive, 12-5 – VB Christian Church, 2225 Rose Hall Dr.
             Aug 15th (Wed) – Next Regular Club Meeting – Westin
             Aug 22nd (Wed) -  EyeBank Annual Dinner – Norfolk Yacht Club -5 pm
             Aug 23 (Thur) -Jump Start – 10-4 – Corporate Landing Middle School
             Oct 9 (Tues) – Beach Bag – Corporate Landing Middle School