June 19, 2019 - Taking over from Lion John Watters (left) is Lion Ellen Turman, inducted as President of Thalia Lions for the 2019-2020 years. Both are holding the April 20, 1966 Thalia Lions Charter, and Lion John will be presenting the President’s Gavel to Lion Ellen to be kept for one year until given to the next President, Lion Jeri Furman.
In accepting the presidency Lion Ellen said, "I am excited about the club returning to two meetings per month and with membership growth this year adding Lions Marsha Montgomery, and Lion Bill and Karen Austin. I am eager to start service projects in our area this year and solicit suggestions for projects from the membership.
All first meetings each month will be for business the first Wed. at the Ronald McDonald House, 404 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507; and the second meeting will be the third Wed. at the Westin Hotel Town Center, 4535 Commerce St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462."

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 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 

Next Meeting

The next event will be the annual Thalia Lions Holiday Party at Lion John and Nancy's house 6 p.m. 18 Dec. Please bring something to share - 2357 Haversham Close, 23454

The next business/regular meeting has usually been scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month at the Ronald McDonald House, 404 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507, but since this is New Years Day, it will not be held.

The next regular meeting (no business) will be Jan 15 at the Westin Hotel Town Center 4535 Commerce St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 with social time starting at 6:00 and the dinner/meeting starting 6:30.

The business/regular meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month and regular meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month (6:00 happy hour followed by the dinner meeting to start promptly at 6:30 and to be over at 8:00).

Traveling Leos are always welcome to attend our meetings.

Meeting 2019-2020

Dec 4, 2019
The regular/board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Dec. 4, 2019 by President Lion Ellen Turman at 6:30 pm at Ronald McDonald House, 404 Colley Ave., Norfolk, Va 23507with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register.

Transcribed below is what happened at the meeting.

Social Time – 6:00 -6:15pm

Call to Order : 6 :37

0 Guests, 10 Members - 31 percent

President Lion Ellen Turman:

          Zone meeting update – District Governor will be our guest at our January 15th regular meeting.

          Contract with The Westin – Hotel has increased the amount we are charged from $15 to $17.  We now have tax exempt status, so we no longer pay taxes on our meals.  The hotel will offer a variety of chicken beef or pork for each meal.  Though the total charge including gratuity will be $24.40 per meal, Lion John moved that we keep the amount we charge to members at $20.  Westin is a centralized location, has free protected parking and a very classy atmosphere.  We have plenty of money in the admin account to cover the loss and  we can actually make up the difference with Tail Twister collections. Lion Vicky seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous to keep the meeting place and charge members $20 per meal.  

Lion Vickie Kennedy – Treasurer’s Report – see attached

Lion Nancy moved that we cancel the board/business meeting on Jan 1, 2020.  There was consensus approval by all present.

Lion Nancy Watters – Secretary’s Report
                Possible Fund Raiser Lion Nancy reported that the Southside Lions Club is looking for a partner in conducting their yearly Reverse Raffle.  Southside sells a limited number of tickets (350) at $100.00 per ticket.  If we agree, our club would sell tickets for the raffle and be allowed to keep 50% of all tickets we sell. Southside has requested to come to our meeting in July and make the offer to the club.  Tickets go on sale in August and the drawings are at the end of September.  Top prize for the last ticket in the barrel is $5,000.00. 

Holiday Families – ForKids – last day for delivering items is Dec. 13th.

Holiday Party – Please come and bring your spouse, friend, or partner to the party

at Lion Nancy and John’s residence (2357 Haversham Close, Va. Beach 23454)

Bring finger food appetizers.  Drinks will be provided.

Lion Stanley Furman

Holiday Families – Social Services – Lion Stanley was absent from meeting but report at next business meeting.  When you are buying for families,   please remember to include toiletries.

Lion Bob Perrine

 S&H Van Project – Adult Learning Center – Lion Bob was absent from the meeting.  Lion Nancy sent out an email appeal for assistance.

Lion Jack Wagner –
Peanut orders – Monday 2nd placed – will be in 7-10 days
Hope to have them by 15th – Belmont only makes orders when they are placed. Lion Jack will  bring all orders not picked up to the Holiday party.
 Announcements/Comments from the Floor:
Adjournment -7:20

 Upcoming Events:
 Dec. 5th – S&H Van – Adult Learning Center 10-2pm – 5100 Cleveland St., Va. Beach 23462
Dec. 18 – Holiday Party – Watter’s residence- 2357 Haversham Close, V.B. 23454 – 6pm – appetizer or finger Food

      January 1 – Board/Business Meeting CANCELLED
     January 15 – Next regular meeting – Westin, Town Center
Nov 20, Regular Thalia Lion's Club Meeting

Social Time – 6pm – 6:30pm
Call to Order:  6:30
Song - Lion John Watters
Pledge - Lion Susan Sumnick
Invocation - Lion Nancy Nelson
7 Guests, 22 Members (69 percent)

Call to Order – Lion V. Pres. Jeri Furman

Introduction of Guests:  Traveling Leo from Bayside Lions- Tom Walsh, Eddie Winters, Bud Jones, Gary Slater and Ren Zerby.
Barbette Timperlake, wife of Lion Bob Perrine
Billy McIntyre, new member to be formally installed tonight.

Recess for Dinner: 6:35
Reconvened :7:12

Introduction of Guest Speaker – Lion Bob Perrine
John V. Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist, and author. He is director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia. The author of 17 books, his titles include HILTON VILLAGE: AMERICA’S FIRST PUBLIC PLANNED COMMUNITY; A HISTORY OF IRONCLADS:  THE POWER OF IRON OVER WOOD; CSS VIRGINIA: SINK BEFORE SURRENDER; and THE MONITOR BOYS: THE CREW OF THE UNION’S FIRST IRONCLAD, winner of the 2012 Henry Adams Prize for excellence in historical literature. Quarstein has also produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries including the film series, CIVIL WAR IN HAMPTON ROADS, a Silver Telly Award winner.   Quarstein is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s President’s Award for Historic Preservation, the Civil War Society’s Preservation Award, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Gold Historians Medal.  Quarstein lives in the National Register of Historic Places property known as the 1757 Herbert House. This outstanding example of brick Georgian architecture is located near Blackbeard’s Point on the Hampton River in Hampton, Virginia.
John gave a spellbinding, stirring account of the battle of the Ironclads. 

Lion V. President Jeri Furman presented[NW1]  John with our signature peanuts and thanked him for sharing his story with us.   John brought copies of three of his books which quickly sold to our members.
Past District Governor Lion Stanley Furman presided over the installation of our new member, Billy D. McIntyre. We are so pleased to welcome Lion Billy into membership.  Please read his profile is attached to these minutes.  Lion Billy was a corneal transplant recipient.  He learned about Lions from District Governor Lion Pat Jones.  He stated his purpose in joining as “coming to serve and work!”

Zone I Meeting – Thurs. Nov. 21- Gaung Dong Taste, 3497 Holland Rd. 6-8pm.

Hotel Contract - Nov. 1019- Nov. 2020 – Dates for meeting are set and we will discuss the cost of the meals in the business/board meeting on Dec. 4th at RMCH.

Lion Nancy Watters – Secretary Report

Club Membership recognition – our club received a Premium Club Status patch

Donation presentations – Lion Nancy Watters, Susie Sumnick and Nancy Nelson conducted an eye screening with the SPOT for Sunnybrook Day School last week.  Our club has received a check from the owner of the school for $250.00.
Lion Nancy was asked to speak at a meeting of the women at First Presbyterian Church at the Oceanfront on Monday.  They wanted to know about Lions services, activities, and club membership.  Those at the meeting took several peanut order forms and gave our club  an honorarium of $50.00
Lion Nancy turned in both checks to our Treasurer.
ForKids – Secret Santa – Our Club was given 10 children from homeless shelters in Va. Beach.  Each have been assigned a sponsor from friends of Lion Nancy before she was able to present them to our club.    Anyone in our club who wishes to take a child should let Lion Nancy know and more children can be requested.  This is  a worthwhile project so please consider sponsoring a child.  The deadline for delivering the gifts to the shelter is December 13.  Please make your decision quickly.

Lion Bob Perrine – S&H Van at Adult Learning Center – 5100 Cleveland St., Va. Beach 10-2 Dec.5th. A sign-up schedule was available for volunteering.  There will be blood sugar screening. Thalia Lions will be doing blood sugar screening at the ALC on Dec. 5th.

Lion Dick Kreassig – Diabetes Awareness Month- Nov is Diabetes month, 14th was world diabetes day.  Diabetes is still one of the major causes of blindness.  Lion Dick shared the story of his grandson, Scotty.  Scotty was diagnosed when he was 4 years old.  He is now in college and doing well.   Scotty has a new blood sugar management system on his smart phone. The info is shared on his parent’s phone as well.  Remarkable technology.Treasurer Lion Vickie Kennedy presented Lion Dick with a $300 budgeted check from our club for JDRF. (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

Lion Stanley Furman – Thanksgiving Families update
Lion Nancy and John delivered three huge boxes of food to their family on Monday.
Lion Marvin made his delivery to his family this week as well.  Other members will deliver the food to their families before Thanksgiving.  Our club covered 5 families.
Lion Jack Wagner – Peanut Fundraiser order sheets – Please let Lion Jack have your order before Nov. 28th. He will place the order on that day. Lion Jack had samples of the Christmas packs.
Announcements from the Floor:  None
Tail Twister- Lion Stanley Furman
Birthdays:  Lion Karen Austin – (07) Lion Karen chose Bob Perrine to sing to her.  After much bargaining, Lion Bob lead the club in singing to Lion Karen.

50/50 Raffle Lion Stanley Furman - $36.00 one drawing won by Lion Stan Moss.

Progressive Raffle – Lion Mike Coren – Lion Stan Moss again won the drawing.  He pulled the King of Clubs instead of the Queen of Hearts!  Good try Lion Stan.  There is at least $450.00 in the pot!!!!

Upcoming Events:
      Nov. 21 – Zone I Meeting - Guang Dong Taste – 3497 Holland Rd. 6-8pm
      Dec. 5th – S&H Van – Adult Learning Center 10-2pm
      Dec. 18 – Holiday Party – Watter’s residence- 2357 Haversham Close, V.B. 23454 – 6pm – appetizer or finger  food 

-------------------------------------------Nov 6, 2019 - Business/Regular Meeting
Social Time – 6pm – 6:30pm
Call to Order:  6:00 pm
Song - Aziz Selahi
Pledge - John Waters
Invocation - Jack Wagner

Attendance 1guest, 12 members - 13 percent
Recess for dinner: 6:05
Reconvene general meeting: 6:35pm

New Member Application
Lion President Ellen welcomed our guest, Billy McIntyre, to our meeting and acknowledged that we had his application for membership.  Billy was asked to leave the room while the Board formally discussed and voted on his request for membership. Acting as sponsor, Lion John Watters moved that we accept his paid membership application.  Lion Stan seconded and the vote to approve was unanimous.   The Thalia Lions Club is very pleased to have Lion Billy as member and as a partner in service to others.  He will be formally installed into membership at the next regular meeting on November 20th. Attached is a brief personal profile. 

 Hotel Meeting contract report – Lion Ellen will meet with the Westin Hotel representatives to reserve meeting dates for the next year.  Lion Ellen will attempt to negotiate the contract without a price increase and will submit our recent tax exempt status approval for meal costs.

Zone Meeting Nov. 21- GaungDong Taste, 3497 Holland Rd., 6-8pm. Lion Ellen will report that we will have 6 in attendance.  If you were not at the meeting and wish to attend, please let Lion President Ellen know and she will adjust the reservations. Zone Chair, Lion Homer Cook will preside over the meeting.

Treasurer’s Report – Lion Vickie Kennedy was not in attendance.   Please see the attached report.
Secretary’s Report - Lion Nancy Watters

Sight & Hearing Van -  
Lion Bob Perrine received a request from the Adult Learning Center for the Sight & Hearing Van on Dec. 5th.  The board approved the project. He will check to see if ALC wants us to do blood sugar screening.

Membership decision – The board agreed to drop Lion Tuffy Leemon in good standing.  All efforts have failed in contacting him for the past 6 months.

Elementary School Kindergarten Screenings – All elementary screenings in Virginia Beach are complete. Our club screened 849 children with 111 referrals (13%).  The director or nursing, Mary Shaw, stated that she had only good reports from our service efforts.  We have a few more private school screenings scheduled for Nov. and Dec.  Thank you to all who have participated in the project.

Holiday Party – Dec. 18th 6pm – Home of Lions John and Nancy Watters, 2357 Haversham Close.  Please bring your spouse, friend, or partner and an appetizer (finger food  item)  to share.  Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. 

For Kids project – Secret Santa – We will be given homeless children lists next week.

Sentara Diabetes Health Fair - Lion Fran Scott reported that the event at William’s Rec Center was well attended.  Lion Fran used the tetanus eye machines from the Sight & Hearing Van to do adult eye screening. (like used for driver’s test) Top Chef Tiffany Berry did menu and food demonstrations to promote Diabetes Awareness.

Bid & Buy Charity Foundation Auction - Lion Stanley Furman reported that the event netted $23,000 including the Motorcycle Muscle Club donation of $4,000.  Our club earned a $250 service grant plus another $250 for having 9 members in attendance.

Holiday Families- Lion Stan offered up (5) families for Thanksgiving.  We will cover the same 5 families for Christmas as well.  Four (4) for the families were immediately adopted by members in attendance.  There is one more family that will need to be covered.  The name and contact information of that family will be sent out by email with a request for coverage by a member or members of our club. Lion Jack passed out a shopping list compiled by his wife, Joan, with suggestions for Thanksgiving shopping.  Joan and Jack work closely with the foodbank and with Samaritan House and have much experience in providing things that are particularly needed.  They suggest that personal hygiene products are important to include.  The list is attached to these minutes.

Broom Sale results - Lion Jack Wagner reported that we cleared $469.  That is a low for project but we did our best.  We sold 8 cans of peanuts.

 Peanuts Holiday Sales Project - we will sell 3 packs in two sizes, 10oz., or 20oz. Prices are $20 & $30 respectively.  In each set the choice will be Salt & Pepper, Chocolate Covered, and Butter Toffee. To keep the orders simple, there will be no other options this year.
Please let Lion Jack know how many orders you would like.  They make great gifts!!

Announcements from the Floor:
Adjournment: 7:15

Upcoming Events:
 Nov. 14 – EGRC
  Nov. 13/14 – Sunnybrook Day School Screening
  Nov. 15 – Stratford Preschool Screening
 Nov, 20 Next Regular Meeting – Westin 6pm
  Nov. 21 – Zone Meeting
  Dec. 2/3 – Diamond Springs Elem Screening
 Dec. 18 – Holiday Party – Watter’s residence- 2357 Haversham Close, V.B. 23454 – 6pm – appetizer or finger  food
Oct 16, 2019 - Regular Meeting
The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order Oct 16, 2019 by President Lion Ellen Turman at 6:30 pm at the Westin Hotel, 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:  6:30
Song - Lion Mke Coren
Pledge - Lion Jack Wagner
Invocation - Lion Stan Furman
Attendance, I guest, 17 members (%# percent)
Call to Order – Lion President Ellen Turman

Introduction of Guests - Speaker from Meals on Wheels – Tracie Miner
Recessed for Dinner - Reconvened 7:02
Introduction of Guest Speaker

Lion Nancy Nelson introduced Tracie Miner from Meals on Wheels.
            Tracie came to Virginia Beach in 1995 when her husband received military orders to be stationed in V.B.  In 1997 she became assistant director of Meals on Wheels and in 2000 she executive director. Tracie and her husband have three grown children all of whom attended Virginia Beach Public Schools. One son is a teacher in the Va. Beach school system today. Volunteering is a strong part of her family.  Each of her family members carry that torch with their own passions.  All three adult children always find time to assist with Meals on Wheels whenever they are in Virginia Beach. Meals on Wheels started in 1974 and now celebrate 45 years of caring for people in need.  It is the oldest Meals on Wheels program in the country.  Over 3,450,000 meals have been served with no state, federal, or united way support.  Meals on Wheels relies on the community for support. Money is raised in a variety of ways: fundraisers, and donations from churches and citizens. $35.00 feeds a person per week. (2 meals per day).  The program is a true grassroots nonprofit. Without the meals, she said, some might not be able to stay in their homes. Volunteers are the core of the program.  Currently about 400 volunteers rotate within 18 delivery routes.  The volunteers include private citizens, members of religious, military and civic groups. Sentara prepares the meals, and the clients pay what they can afford, Miner explained.  Sixty percent of clients are fully or partially supported. Recipients range in age from 30 to 101. Meals for those with special needs, such as diabetics, are available. Birthdays are honored with a cupcake. Miner said it's untrue that all recipients receive meals because they can't afford them. About 60 percent receive financial assistance, many are homebound and just can't get to the store. People are referred by hospitals, doctors, churches, Social Services and any other source that expresses a need.  About 1,000 meals are served per week.  When the weather is dangerous, police and rescue squads volunteer to assist in deliveries. Life / Wellness check is another aspect of MOW.  Sometimes volunteers find that people have fallen or are in great physical need.  MOW also provides social contact for patients who are homebound.  Church groups make cards or prepare special item for recipients. 
Tracie is one of the group's two employees, both part-time. She has a passion for her work.  She said that her reward is knowing lots of faces light up when meals are delivered. "It's what I've received back that's enriched my life."

President Lion Ellen thanked Tracie for speaking to  our Lion Club  and presented her with a can of our delicious red skin peanuts

Lion President Ellen Turman
Ellen presented a patch from LCI for our banner for donating $100 per member
Sentara Diabetes screening at Williams Farm Rec Center on Nov. 2nd.  Lions will be doing adult eye screening with machines from the S&H van.  Lion Homer Cook, Zone O chairperson has asked that we participate in the event. Hours are from 9-12.  Please consider volunteering.

Strawberry Festival – Lion Eddie Ackiss spoke at the business meeting about the details of participating in the Strawberry Festival. The event happens during the Memorial Day weekend.  Details were sent out in the previous minutes so members would have an idea of the commitment.
Lion Dick moved that we not take on the project.  Lion John seconded the motion.  The vote was unanimous. Lion Roger Snell spoke in hindsight and asked if the Princess Anne Lions had been asked to share the responsibility with another club for a year or two.  He was told that the P.A. Lions just wanted to completely stop and were not interested in sharing responsibility for the project.

Lion Stanley Furman –
Bid & Buy Charity Foundation Auction – Oct. 19th - Our club needs at least 6 people for the club to make us eligible for a $250 service grant. There are at least six who have committed to volunteering.    This is the only fundraiser for the Foundation so please support it by attending and bidding on items.
Silent Auction catalogues were distributed.  The following is a link to the catalogue.
The item list begins on page 19.

Thanksgiving and Holiday family projects
 Social Services is providing our club with 6 families.  We will provide Thanksgiving meals for each family.  Lion Stan also suggested that we select the same families for our Christmas/Holiday Project as well.  He will have the names of the families and contact information at the next meeting.  We can contact the families and find out their specific preferences and needs. 

Lion Nancy Watters –KidsSight USA Foundation is now a recognized Lions Children Vision Screening authority in the US and is officially adopted by MD24 as the overall Board governing our children vision screening program in both the preschools and the public schools.  This will provide the oversight and expertise required by the Virginia Code.  Va. Code 22.1-273 has been revised to comply with HB1409 pertaining to Virginia Lions for children vision screening in the Public-School System of Virginia.
1.       TB test required
2.      Criminal background check required
3.      DSS search of Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect
4.      ID Verification
5.      Obtain official national certification as a vision screener www.LionsKidSightUSA .org (valid 5 yrs.)
6.      Keep folio with all required information

Children’s Eye Screening – A sign up chart was provided for volunteering for screenings.  We are finished with schools in our club’s area and helping other clubs.  Private and preschools are now being scheduled for the month of November.

Lion Jack Wagner –
Broom sale will be on Sat. Oct. 26th – slots are filled but more are needed to assist.
Peanut Order – Lion Jack will send out information about the Holiday Three pack orders.  We can choose what we would like and he will place the order.

Announcements from the Floor- none.

Tail Twister- Lion Irene Conlin -
Birthdays: Lions Marvin Clemmons(4) Nancy Nelson (17) Aziz Selahi (24)Rich Edwards (26)
Lion Stan & Lion Irene were asked to sing
Lion Mike was asked to sing to Lion Rich
Lion John wanted all the birthday people to sing to themselves.
The birthday parties bought themselves out of it.
Lion Irene, Stan and Mike sang to the Birthday people
Lion Stan and Lion Irene refused to make the Birthday people sing to themselves!

50/50 Raffle – Lion Irene Conlin – winners - $20 – Nancy Watters
$10 - Aziz Selahi
$6 - Roger Snell

Progressive Raffle – Lion Mike Coren – Lion Roger Snell won the draw but pulled six of hearts instead of the Queen of Hearts.

Adjournment:  8:04
Respectfully submitted
Lion Nancy Watters, Secretary
Upcoming Events:
Oct 18 – Rosemont Forest screening – 9am
Oct. 19 – Bid & Buy Lions Charity Foundation Auction – Bethany UMC of Hampton,
    1509 Todd’s   Lane, Hampton, VA
Oct.- 21 -Brookwood Elementary – screening 9am
Oct. 24 – Chesapeake Bay Academy – screening 9am
Oct. 25 – New Castle – screening 9am
Nov. 2 – Sentara Adult Diabetes Screening – 9am-12pm – Willaims Farm Rec Center 5252 Learning
       Circle, Va. Beach, 23462
Nov, 6- Next business meeting – Ronald McDonald House 404 Colley Ave Norfolk VA  23507- 6pm
Nov. 13-14- Sunnybrook Day School eye screening 9am
Nov. 15 – Stratford Preschool eye screening 9am
Nov – 14 – EGRC – 2040 Broadmoor Ave., Chesapeake, VA 23323
Nov 20 – Next regular meeting – Westin – 6pm
Oct 2, 2019 - Regular/Business Meeting
Social Time – 6pm – 6:30pm
Call to Order at 6: 37 pm
3Guest, 20 members - 63%
Introduction of guests:

Lion John Watters introduced Billy McIntyre -who just recently received a corneal transplant.  Billy is interested in club membership.

President Lion Ellen Turman: introduced Lion Eddie and Linda Ackiss from Princess Anne Lions.  They were invited to our meeting to speak about the Strawberry Festival opportunity in Pungo.

Lion President Ellen Turman                                            

LCIF Balance of $749.00 – Lion Ellen announced that Thalia Lions has $749.00 in the Lions Charity Foundation account and suggested the possibility of completing the amount to $1,000 and considering a Melvin Jones for this year.   Lion Stanley Furman moved that we send the donation to LCI toward the Melvin Jones and decide what to do nearer the end of the Lions year.  Lion Vickie seconded the motion and the vote carried.

24I District Meeting will be on Oct. 12 – Farmville Community Center – Fall Conference was cancelled because of the weather.

Kitchen Clean Up – RMH needs help cleaning up before we leave after each meeting held in their conference room.  Please make sure everything is in order before leaving the premises.

Lion Vickie Kennedy – Treasurer’s Report – see attached

Lion Nancy Watters – Secretary’s Report
Beach Bag – the project was held Oct. 1st at Corporate Landing Middle School.  Sixty-three (63) Anthem volunteers participated and 14 Thalia Lions.  The volunteers wrote 1,500 note card messages and packed 2,400 bags of food to be distributed to children in the school system that are identified as at hunger risk.  Funding was provided by LCI/Anthem and the Lions Charity Foundation of Southeastern Virginia.  Because LCI/Anthem funded half the project, Lions were restricted to use 60 Anthem volunteers and only 15 Lions.   Team leaders for the event were interviewed by an Anthem videographer but the interview was for Anthem internal use only.  Little credit was given to Lions and to the Lions Charity Foundation.  Lion Nancy shared that this Beach Bag event is the largest event for the Beach Bag project each year.  Because it is a vital aspect of the Beach Bag program, consideration will be given to approaching the Lions Charity Foundation to provide full funding in future years.  Then Lions will be able to organize, tap into our volunteer pool from the District or at least from Virginia Beach and not be restricted so severely to Anthem volunteers.
School Screenings - All 56 Elementary kindergartens have been scheduled and many are already screened.  There are seven teams Va. Beach with each team assigned the schools in their service area plus extra.  The schools in the Thalia area are complete but Lion Nancy is assisting other clubs who need help and will tap volunteers in Thalia when needed.
Leader dog donation- Because Thalia Lions has always supported the Leader Dog Program, we were awarded a patch for our banner.  Leader Dog donation is in our yearly budget.  Lion Vickie will make this year’s $100 donation to them again this year.

Lion Stanley Furman
Bid & Buy Lions Charity Auction – will take place on 10/19 at Bethany United Methodist Church 1509 Todd’s Lane in Hampton.  Silent auction will be from 11-1pm and live auction from 1-2pm.  Thalia needs 6 people to register in order to receive our $250 service grant.  And we need manpower to operate the raffle.  There are $7,000 worth of donations and ads from this club.  Please consider attending and participating in the Auction.  It is a fun day and a wonderful way to meet Lions from all over the District.
Holiday Projects – Lion Stanley will have 5-7 names for Thanksgiving Project.  We will provide Thanksgiving meals or food for these families.  There will also be names available for the Holiday Project where we provide gifts for families.

Lion Jack Wagner
Peanuts/ Brooms- Lion Jack is designating Oct. 26th at B.J.’s parking lot for the broom sale.  Please mark your calendar and considering working when Lion Jack contacts you to sign up for the sale.  If all of us can cooperate, it makes the responsibility easier.  Too often only a handful of people volunteer.  It is very hard for just a few people to hold a good project.  We need you to make our club fundraisers a priority. Lion Jack has an ample supply of Peanuts –He asked if the Club would like to consider ordering 3 can packs of peanuts for special Christmas gifts.  There were so many 3 can pack  special choices that the board asked him to select 1 or 2 choices instead of allowing every person to create their own 3 can packs.  That will avoid too much mix up and confusion.  Lion Jack will present his suggestions at the next meeting.

Lion John Watters
EGRC – Thurs. Oct. 10th is the next Eye Glass Recycling visit.  Please meet at 9:30am Best
 Buy to carpool if you do not want to drive.  The address for the EGRC is 2040 Broadmoor,
 Chesapeake, Va. 23323

Lion Roger Snell
White Cane results – Lion Rog reported that we collected $1,057.26.   He did a great job.  Because there were not enough volunteers to cover all the spots, he spent at least 5 hours there on Friday and several more on Saturday. After recounting and verifying we discovered that the actual count for collections was $947.00.  We allow Lion Rog a pass on this error.  After working all those hours, he must have been very tired.  Several of us who worked the White Cane shared interesting stories about people who offered donation.

Lion Irene Conlin
Strawberry Festival Opportunity – At the last meeting Thalia Lions learned that the Princess Anne Lions Club was giving up their spot at the Strawberry Festival in Pungo where they have sold strawberry shortcake for at least 14 years.  Lion Irene was asked to investigate the opportunity in hopes that Thalia may be able to take over the position as a new fundraiser.
Lion Irene invited Lion Eddie and Linda Ackiss to our club to explain the procedures and requirements.  She introduced Lion Eddie to make the presentation.
Lion Eddie Ackiss of Princess Anne Lions
Princess Anne Lions has done the Strawberry Festival for 14 years.  Each year they complete a $50 application to the Festival. Once you do the project you are guaranteed the spot each year if you choose to do it.  The application will come to Lion Eddie and if we are interested, he will forward it to our chairperson.  Once you group is accepted by the Festival you must submit a $225 fee to the State to operate as a nonprofit.  That amount is refunded 2 months later.
The Health Dept also has to approve your set up after you are accepted to operate. There is an application to be submitted and an inspection on Sat. morning of the Festival.
Among other things, the Health Dept. requires that there be a hand washing station and a dish washing station.  Lion Eddie uses two large (40) coffee pots with hot water for each use.
Insurance coverage can be obtained by going on the LCI website and downloading the forms.
Lion Eddie rents 3 refrigerators to accommodate strawberries, whipped cream and other supplies.  He keeps one at the event, one at the Festival and leaves the other with a relative that lives very near the event.  There is not enough room for three refrigerators in the booth. And the third refrigerator needs to be close.  If we decide to take this project, we may be able to use his relative as a “refrigerator source”.
Their club sets up two 10X10 canopies, one to operate sales and the other to accommodate workspace and supplies.  They also set up 1 or 2 picknick tables for guests to sit and eat.
They cover the canopy area with roofing paper to eliminate sand, mud and such in case of rain.
Several cases of water are purchased at Sam’s Club and kept in three coolers for sale - $1.00 each.
The most important thing is the preparation week before the Festival.
They purchase 500 lbs of strawberries from Walmart.  They are ordered in 250lb. orders.  The first is picked up on Wednesday and the second on Friday.  After each pick up they must be capped, cut, sugared and stored in the refrigerators.  Princess Anne Club purchased containers for storage last year and may be willing to give or sell them to the club that takes over.
The Shortcake is actually vanilla pound cake purchased from Sam’s club.  It comes in 3 loaves to a pkg. Each loaf is one lb. Lion Eddie can offer the proper amounts to be ordered and purchased for all supplies, including pound cake, 12oz. styrofoam bowls, Rediwhip and anything else that is needed.
Lion Eddie says the most important thing is manpower to prepare the strawberries.  He uses 4 – 5 households with at least two per household to start preparing the strawberries as soon as they are picked up.  This is not recommended by the Health Dept. but it was suggested that we may be able to operate from a church kitchen. 
The Festival runs for two day from 7am-7am.  Princess Anne uses 4 people per shift.
Set up is on Friday night and tear down is on Sunday after the event closes.
Last year’s proceeds exceeded $6,000.00 with about $3,000 expenses. Since 2006 Princess Anne Lions have earned over $40,000 from the Festival.
Application for the Festival is submitted in Jan. of each year so our club has a little time to decide if we wish to undertake this project. 
Lion Jeri is concerned that we do not have enough people to work.  Lion Dick thinks if we undertake this project we must have people and a coordinator responsible for  ordering, logistics and direction.
Lion Stan moved that we postpone the decision and discussion  until the  next meeting – Lion Nancy seconded.
An afterthought was the possibility of offering something besides strawberry shortcake that requires less preparation. 

Announcements/Comments from the Floor:

Upcoming Events:
Oct.10- EGRC – meet at Best Buy to carpool - 2040 Broadmoor, Chesapeake, Va. 23323 10am-12pm
Oct. 16 – Next Regular Meeting – Westin Town Center 6pm
Oct. 19 – Bid & Buy Lions Charity Foundation Auction – Bethany UMC of Hampton, 1509 Todd’s   Lane, Hampton, VA

Sep 18, 2019The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order Sept.18, 2019 by President Lion Ellen Turman at 6:30 pm at the Westin Hotel, 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:  6:30: 4 Guests,  17 Members, 53  Percent
Call to Order – Lion President Ellen Turman 6:30
Introduction of Guests:  Lion Homer Cook, Zone O Chairperson (Oceanside Lions Club).
Lion Aziz Selahi  friends -  Mohommad  & Sharh Razavi
Lion Bob  Perrine’s son – Corey Perrine
Recessed for Dinner
Reconvened 6:29

Introduction of Guest Speakers– Lion Bob Perrine explained that just this afternoon, John Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS MONITOR Center, was forced to reschedule his program because he had emergency surgery just last evening.  He will be rescheduled later in the Lion’s year.

Lion President Ellen Turman announced that Lion Homer Cook, Zone O chairperson had graciously at the last minute agreed to speak to our club.

Lion Homer Cook graciously agreed to speak on his vision for our Zone this Lion’s years.   He is retired military and is especially interested in the Peace Poster Contest. In his attached notes is last year’s Peace Poster winner.
In addition to his comments, Lion Dick Kreassig told him and the club about his experience with his grandson, Scotty, who has had juvenile diabetes since the age of 4.  Scotty is not in college and managing well.
We also explained how our club contributes to the Childhood Cancer focus of LCI by holding our meetings once per month at Ronald McDonald House and providing meals to the residents.
Lion Homer’s presentation was enthusiastic, informative, and encouraging.  We appreciate
 His willingness to speak to our club on such short notice.  Please read all of his comments attached to these minutes.

Lion Irene Conlin – Strawberry Festival – Lion Irene has invited Lion Eddie Ackiss from the Princess Anne Club to come to the next business meeting. Lion Eddie was a major leader for a number of years in the festival and may be able to educate our club on what the responsibilities and commitments may be if we take over their position at the
Festival. The event happens during the Memorial Day weekend.

Lion Stanley Furman – Bid & Buy Charity Foundation Auction – Oct. 19th - Our club needs at least 6 people f the club to make us eligible for a $250 service  grant.

Please turn in all your raffle tickets and money to Lion Stanley.  Turn in all raffle tickets and money to Lion Stanley.

Lion Nancy Watters – Beach Bag Grant - Lion Nancy passed a sign-up sheet for the Beach Bag Project on Tues. Oct. 1st from 6-8 pm.  Funding is now complete.  One half was granted from Lions Club International/Anthem and the other half from our own Lions Charity Foundation.
Children’s Eye Screening – We have started screenings and a schedule was passed for people to sign up.  Mon. 9/16, St. Aiden’s Head Start was screened – 17 with 4 referrals
                         Wed. 9/18, Windsor Woods was screened – 74 with 11 referrals
 Some members of our club may be contacted to assist with other clubs that need help.

Lion Jack Wagner – Peanuts/Broom Sales 2 additional cases of Salt & Pepper have been ordered. Lion Jack asked that you think about holiday orders.  It is important to order early if we get what we want.  We will explore ordering 3 pks for Christmas gifts at the business meeting in November.

Broom sale will be on Sat. Oct. 28th

Lion Roger Snell – White Cane will be on Friday Sept. 27 & 28th– Lion Roger will send out a call for volunteers.  Please sign up if you are available.  We seriously need this fundraiser.

Both days for White Cane and Broom Sale will begin at 9am.

Announcements from the Floor
 Lion Stan had a letter asking if we want to again participate in the Holiday Project.   Our club always supports the project and wishes to do it again. But Lion Stan asked if we would also be interested in doing Thanksgiving for some families.  Lions Dick made the motion that we take on the project and Lion Aziz seconded.  The vote was unanimous. There was discussion leading to the majority approval that we combine donations and shop in quantity dividing the food for each family.  Lion Stan loves to shop and may be willing to coordinate the activity, making it a “club project” rather than an individual project as we have done in the past.  There will be more discussion at the business meeting in Nov.

Tail Twister- Lion Irene Conlin -
Birthdays: Lions Fran Scott (9) absent, Roger Snell (6), Dick Kreassig(23), Stanley Furman (30)
Lots and lots of money was raised as our club convinced three people to sing!  Lion Aziz sang in Farsi, Lion Roger in “Cockney” or something British, and Lion Otis sang in his own sounds somewhat resembling English.

50/50 Raffle – Lion Stanley Furman – winners - $20 – Otis Etheridge
$15 - Mohammed Raavi,  $10- Ellen Turman

Progressive Raffle – Lion Mike Core -absent

Adjournment:  (I forgot to check…but it was too late for Lion Bob Perinne)

Respectfully submitted
Lion Nancy Watters, Secretary

Upcoming Events:
Sept. 27 – Kings Grand – 612 N. Lynnhaven Rd. – School Screening
Sept. 30 – Windsor Oaks screening – 3800 Van Buren Dr. 9amOct. 1 – Beach Bag Proj – Cooperate Landing Middle Schl, 1597 Corporate Landing Pwy.,

Oct 2 - Business/regular meeting at the Ronald McDonald House, 404 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507. .

Oct 10 - Eye Glass Recycling. Meet at Best Buy 9:30 or meet at the recycle center (2040 Broadmoor, Chesapeake 23323) at 10am.  

Oct 16 - Regular meeting (no business) at the Westin Hotel Town Center 4535 Commerce St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 with social time starting at 6:00 and the dinner/meeting starting 6:30.

Oct. 19 – Bid & Buy Lions Charity Foundation Auction – Bethany UMC of  Hampton, 1509 Todd’s  Lane, Hampton, VA

Sep 4, 2019 The Regular/Business Meeting was called to order on Sept. 4, 2019 by President Lion Ellen Turman at 6:30 pm at Ronald McDonald House, 404 Colley Ave., Norfolk, Va 23507with 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
Lion Aziz Selahi preordered sub sandwiches from Subway for our members and the residents at Ronald McDonald House.  We charged each member $12 and ate prior to calling the meeting to order.
Lion President Ellen Turman - Call to Order at 6: 32 pm
0 Guests, 15 Members, 47Percent
Preident Lion Ellen Turman - asked for approval of minutes that were sent by email.  Lion Stanley Furman moved they be approved.  Motion seconded by Lion Nancy Nelson. Vote was unanimous.

          Zone O meeting update – Zone chairman Lion Homer Cook is looking for ideas for joint club projects, promoting the Peace Poster Contest, and looking for ways to increase club membership.

It was also announced the Princess Anne is giving up their Strawberry festival position and asking if any club would like to take over their position before they notify the Festival.  The Festival is Memorial Day Weekend, three days.  They sell strawberry shortcake or some type of strawberry dessert.  There is a lot of work and pre-prep that goes into the event.  Princess Anne Club felt that their membership is aging and unable to meet the demands of the Festival.

Lion Vickie Kennedy moved that we participate in the Festival and Lion Nancy Nelson seconded the motion.  The members voted to take on the responsibility.  Lion Irene Conlin will talk with the parties in charge at Princess Anne to see what is necessary and to look for guidance.

           Discussion of meeting meals at RMH - The club would like to continue to provide residents with meals when we hold our first meeting of each month at the RMH.

It was decided that we would order pizza for the Oct. meeting – Lion Ellen will handle the arrangements. Probably cost will be about $10.

The month of November, Lion Vickie will handle arrangements for chicken.

We will not have a meeting in December. 

Lion Vickie KennedyTreasurer’s Report – see attached
           Lion Nancy Watters Secretary’s Report

          Jump Start – August 22nd at Corporate Landing Middle School.  Four members joined 4 members from the Princess Anne Club and screened 185 children.  There were 32 referrals.  The project ran from 9am – 4pm.
         Beach Bag – Project will happen Tuesday, October 1st at Corporate Landing Middle School.  LCI/Anthem granted $2,500 and the Lions Charity Foundation of Southeastern Virginia granted the balance.  Sixty Anthem volunteers are required to participate and the project must last for 2 hours. To extend the worktime, the volunteers will spend the 1st hour writing encouragement notes on the reverse side of small cards with pictured school system logo, Lions logo, and Anthem logo. 
We are supposedly limited to 10 Lions but will ignore that restraint because Anthem never has the number of volunteers that are promised.  All Lions in our club are encouraged to attend and to wear appropriate Lions clothing!  The big news is that LCI/Anthem is sending a photographer/videographer to cover the event.  We need to all be present and represent our club.  If you have a yellow vest, get it out and dust it off.  If not, please wear your polo with club emblem and name tags.

School Screenings – The scheduling process has begun with the following schools:
9/18 – Windsor Woods
9/19 – Head Start Academy
9/27 – Kings Grant
9/30 – Windsor Oaks
A sign up schedule was passed around and for members to volunteer.

The Head Start program has consolidated 3 centers into one location at 350 Lynnshores Dr. called the Head Start Academy.  The biggest of all locations is now in our area.  We also cover St. Aiden’s and sometime Atlantis.

Adopt a Student – Lion Fran Scott – received $309 from people in club.
She spent $295 on supplies with $10 left over.  She brought copies of the receipts for proof of purchase.

Lion Aziz covered 2 children on his own.  The total for our club was 16 children.

Lion Fran passed out brochures about Seton Youth Center.   She was very impressed with the Seton House mentoring program of children whose parents are incarcerated.

Lion John Watters- Tax Exempt Status -We are now officially approved to both solicit and accept donations by the Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  And the Virginia Department of Taxation has approved that we should not be charged sales tax on purchases and sales.  Further discussion revealed that this should be applied to our meals at the Westin.  We will address that issue in the upcoming contract in November.

EGRC next Thursday Sept. 12 – Meet at Best Buy at 9:30 am to carpool.
The address is 2040 Broadmoor Ave., Chesapeake, VA 23323

Lion Bob Perrine - Programs - in Lion Bob’s absence, Lion Nancy Nelson reported that our next speaker is John Quarstein who will speak about the Mariner’s Museum.
Oct.  speaker will be from Meals on Wheels
Nov. speaker will be Lion Aziz Selahi
Governors visit must be scheduled, possibly for Jan.

Lion Jack WagnerPeanuts/ Brooms – Brooms not selling well at Paul’s Garage.  We have an ample supply will hold a white cane and boom sale at the same time.
Peanuts available from Lion Jack.  Please let him know what you need.

Lion Roger SnellWhite Cane- Lion Jack and Lion Roger will set a date for the joint Broom and White Cane Collection

Lion Stanley FurmanBid & Buy Oct 19 - Bethany UMC of     Hampton, 1509 Todd’s   Lane, Hampton, VA

Our club needs a minimum of 6 people to attend in order to receive a $250 service grant. Four members are needed to work the raffle all day.  
The Auction runs from 11—2 (1:30 is live auction)
We need auction items quickly so that the items may be listed in the auction catalogue. Submission forms and Request Letters are on the website at lcfsv24i.org.
For each auction item over $50, our club gets a chance at a drawing for another $250 service grant.

Fall Conference – Fri & Sat. Sept.6-7 - Schools/luncheon on Sat. Sat night dinner and Speaker.  Wyndham Oceanfront.

Announcements/Comments from the Floor:
Adjourned 7:30

Upcoming Events:
          Sept. 6-8 – Fall Conference – Wyndham 5700 Atlantic Ave. V.B., VA
          Sept. 12 – EGRC – 2040 Broadmoor Ave., Chesapeake, VA 23323
          Sept. 18 – Next Regular meeting – Westin 6pm
          Sept, 18 – Windsor Woods – 233 Presid3ential Blvd – School Screening
          Sept. 19 – Head Start Screening – Head Start Academy – 350 Lynnshores, V.B. 9am
          Sept 20 – Malibu -3632 Edinbourgh Dr. – School Screening
          Sept. 27 – Kings Grand – 612 N. Lynnhaven Rd. – School Screening
          Sept 30 – Windsor Oaks screening – 3800 Van Buren Dr. 9am
          Oct. 1 – Beach Bag Proj – Cooperate Landing Middle Schl, 1597 Corporate Landing Pwy.,
         Oct. 19 – Bid & Buy Lions Charity Foundation Auction – Bethany UMC of  Hampton, 1509 Todd’s  Lane, Hampton, VA

The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on August 7, 2019, by President Lion Ellen Turman 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 Stan Furman                                                                                                               ATTENDANCE
Pledge of Allegiance - Lion Jim Healy                                                                                      1 Guest
Invocation given by Lion Stan Moss                                                                                         19 Members Recess for Dinner: 6:30pm
Reconvene: 7:05pm

Program: Tidewater Community College Programs
Dr. Michael Summers, Vice President of Tidewater Community College talked about the programs available at TCC.  Dr. Summers also brought up the transition process that the students from the Adult Learning Center go through when they enroll at TCC. He does plan to work with the Elaine Lamb the Director of the Adult Learning Center in placing more students at TCC.

Treasurer’s Report: Lion Vickie reported as of June 30, 2019 the Scholarship Fund was $57,581.56, Administration Fund was $3,582.30, Activity Fund $5,367.19. Dues for the LCI totaled $569.75. We paid out $500 for the scholarship recipient and orders for peanuts. $1,700 has been collected for annual dues.

VBCC and Thalia Lions Blood Drive: Lion Nancy Nelson reported on the results of the blood drive. The Red Cross collected 26 pints of blood, 3 Power Red donations. And there were 9 volunteers present to help.

Beach Bag Project: Lion Fran reported that the project will be held on October 1st at Corporate Landing Middle School.

Jump Start:  Lion Fran reported the project will be held on August 22nd at Corporate Landing Middle School from 9:30 to 1:30 pm. Lions offer vision screening for children and supplies, and services are provided to those children in need.  Lion Nancy needs 4 volunteers to help with the screening. We are partnering with Princess Anne Lions for this project.

Adopt a Student: Lion Fran reported we still have five students who need sponsors for school supplies.

Peanuts and Brooms: Lion Jack reported there are a few peanuts left. The broom sale will be held the latter part of September.

White Cane: Lion Roger Snell reported that a White Cane Fundraiser will be held sometime in September.

President’s Remarks: Lion Ellen reminded everyone about the Lions Medical Eye Bank Dinner on August 21 at the Norfolk Yacht Club starts at 6:00 pm. The Lions Medical Eye Bank meeting will be held prior to the dinner. She reminded club members who are not attending the dinner that our club will not be meeting on this date.

Zone O meeting will be held on August 27 at 6:00 pm at Gaungdong Taste Restaurant.

24I Fall Conference, September 6 thru 8 at the Wyndham Hotel in Virginia Beach.

EGRC: The Eye Glass Recycling Center is August the 8th.

Charity Foundation Bid-N-Buy Auction: Lion PDC Stan Furman reported that the Charity Foundation needs donations for the auction. The auction is scheduled for October 19th at Bethany Methodist Church in Hampton.  Lion Stan passed out the Bid-N-Buy tickets.

New Business:  None
Old Business: None

50/50 Raffle – Lion Irene Conlin
Raffle amounts was $15, $10 and $7
Winner was Dick Kressig for all three
Progressive Raffle- Lion Mike Coren
No winners, total is now at $411
Meeting Adjourned at 7:45pm

Respectfully submitted
Lion Jeri Furman, Acting Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events
Ø  Thu, Aug 8th – Eye Glass Recycling
Ø  Wed, Aug 21st – Eye Bank Meeting and Dinner, Norfolk Yacht Club, 6:00pm
Ø  Tue, Aug 27th – Zone O meeting at Guangdong Taste, 6:00pm
Ø  Wed, Sept 4th - Regular Business Meeting at Ronald McDonald House, 6:00pm social, 6:30pm meeting
Ø  Fri, Sept 6-8th -24I Fall Conference at Wyndham Hotel in Virginia Beach
Ø Tues, Oct 1st - Beach Bag Project

July 17, 2019 Regular Meeting
The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order July 17, 2019 by President Lion Ellen Turman at 6:30 pm at the Westin Hotel, 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:  6:30 

2 Guests , 19  Members , 61  Percent
 Meeting Opened by Lion President Ellen Turman on time at 6:30 pm

Introduction of Guests:  Scholarship Winner’s mother, Salisa Thomas was introduced.

Adult Learning Center:  Dr. Heather Lamb, Adult Education Coordinator for the Adult Learning Center.
Recessed for Dinner
Reconvened 7:09

Introduction of Guest Speakers– Lion Bob Perrine

Salisa Thomas explained that, Sage, her daughter will be attending Regent University in the Fall and was unable to join us because of a church obligation. She is very appreciative for the $1,000 scholarship of which half was presented tonight. She congratulated our club on our service projects. 

Mrs. Thomas said “Sage was accepted to William & Mary, so she prayed until she found that Regent was the place she felt God wanted her to go.  When you work hard to raise your children, you never anticipate that you will look up to your children.”  Her son is now a Naval Academy and her daughter is a very hard worker.  She feels extremely blessed.  They now give her advice. 

Dr. Heather Lamb is the Adult Education Coordinator.

The Adult Learning Center is very grateful for our support. Our club often does eye screening and blood glucose screening aside from giving scholarship.  The Thalia Lions Application is on the back page of the ALC’s handbook.  So, every student has exposure to Thalia Lions.  There are about 70 to 80 graduates each semester who desire to attend TCC.  ALC wants to help the students.  They need to meet a 170-test score to receive the scholarship instead of the standard minimum 145 score.  The school feels that is necessary to assure that they are successful at TCC.  To encourage more applicants for our scholarship, the minimum score of 145 in Science and Social Studies will be the threshold. 

However, they will still require Eng and Math scores of 175.  Lion Ed DeLong was so appreciated by the school and they want to honor him by offering the scholarships to students that can become successful.  Students often feel good when they graduate ALC but seem uninspired or afraid to reach for another school like TCC.
Of the 70 to 80 students, only 12 to 17 go on to TCC.  Students enter on a rolling basis.  When they graduate early, they do not know if they are accepted to TCC in time to apply for a scholarship.   By lowering the bar somewhat, it will hopefully encourage more applicants.
The scholarship is not specifically for academic programs.  It is also for certain vocational professions.
Those that look forward to the TCC 2 years program usually go on to a 4-year college program. They are the ones who apply for scholarships.  Those that are moving on into the vocational professions do not seem interested in applying for the scholarship.
Dr. Summers from TCC will speak to Thalia Lions in the Fall.  He will likely encourage us to consider students who enter vocational programs and encourage them to apply for our scholarships.

TCC sends students back to ALC when they do not meet standards and need remediation.
They must be competent in English & Math to be successful. 

Lion Susie Sumnick asked if it would help if we offered to mentor students who are interested in scholarships. And she gave Dr. Lamb her contact information to help with the organization of such a project.    Dr. Lamb was very receptive to the idea and was pleased to accept our help.

Dr. John Watters would like to know why students must go to TCC instead of other professional, technical, or occupational training.  The scholarship committee will address those concerns.

Dr. Lamb was presented a can of Toffee peanuts for her willingness to speak to our club.

Lion President Ellen –

1.      Rescheduling of August Meeting at Westin will be August 7th instead of the third Wed. night in August.  That is the Eye bank Dinner night.

2.      Rise Against Hunger decision by the Board – support for the project will be with volunteers only, not with money.  The Board wants to use the money locally.  Lion Aziz contacted Meals on Wheels.  The director would like to speak to our club.  Info was given  to Lion Nancy Nelson to explore the project.

3.      Eye Bank Annual Dinner – Lion Vickie will handle the arrangements.  Please turn your reservation and money in to Lion Vickie by Aug 8th.  That is the deadline. 

 Lion Nancy Watters – Beach Bag Grant update- Lions Club International has agreed to fund the project but the amount is yet to be announced.  Anthem has asked that we use twice as many of their volunteers, increasing from 30 to about 50.  They also want the project to last at least 2 hours.  Lion Nancy agreed to their terms and will have 3”X 5” cards for the employee volunteer to spend the first hour writing words of encouragement on the reverse side of the cards.  We will pack the cards in each Beach Bag.
Lions Nancy Nelson - Blood Drive – VBCC Aug.8th 11-4pm – Lion Nancy made a big plea for assistance.  She needs both volunteer workers as well as donors.

Lion Jack Wagner – Peanuts/Broom Sales – Peanuts are available to anyone.  Please let him know what you want. 

Lion Roger Snell – White Cane (absent) Will organize a White Cane later in the summer.

Lion Jim Healy reminded the club that we have Flags to sell.  He also has $1 American Flag pins.

Announcements from the Floor:

Tail Twister- Lion Irene Conlin

Birthdays:  Lion Marsha Montgomery 7/31 (Lion Marsha was absent so we will “catch” her at a later date!!)

50/50 Raffle – Lion Irene Conlin  -The following won the drawings:

25 ticket -   Lion Ellen

$15 – Lion Nancy Nelson

 $6 – Lion Jack WAgner

Progressive Raffle – Lion Mike Coren – Lion Irene’s ticket was pulled – but she selected the 6 of hearts instead of the Queen.

****The pot grows!! There is $411.00 and only 28 cards left!  Time to start buying tickets!!


Respectfully submitted:  Lion Nancy Watters

Upcoming Events:

20 July, 24-I First District Meeting, Saturday, 2pm, Windsor, VA
4 August – Red Cross Blood Drive – VBCC 2225 Rose Hall Dr. Va. Beach  11-4pm
7 August – Next Regular meeting - Westin
8 August – Eye Glass Recycling
21 August, Annual Eye Bank Meeting & Dinner, Norfolk Yacht Club
6-8 September, 24-I Fall Conference, Virginia Beach
19 - 21 September, USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, Spokane, WA
4 - 6 October, 24-L Fall Conference, Charlottesville 
9 October – Beach Bag Project
July 3, 2019 - First 2019/2020 Meeting, President Lion Ellen Turman at the Ronald McDonald House
Treasurer’s Report & Budget approval – Lion Vickie Kennedy – Each item was discussed, adjusted and explained. Lion Stan F moved that we accept, and Lion John seconded.  Vote to approve was unanimous.  See attached copy of revised budget for 2019-20.

Rise against Hunger – Lion President Ellen Turman
Kempsville Lions as invited Thalia Lions to participate in Rise Against Hunger to be held at
Thalia Lynn Baptist Church in October.  (See attached flyer) The goal is to pack 10,000 meals for populations in need. Volunteer are needed.  After much discussion about the project and its importance, Lion Aziz suggested that if we are to donate money for a hunger project, it should be something local.  So many people in our own area are in need and he particularly targeted the elder population.  We already support the Beach Bag Project and he felt we should aid Meals on Wheels.  He has volunteered to look into the possible participation in that project.  Taking his suggestion into consideration, the Board decided to support Rise Against Hunger with volunteers rather than money.

Blood Drive – Lion Nancy Nelson/Nancy Watters/Ellen Turman – Flyer and sign up was passed around. The Blood Drive will be Aug. 4th 11-4 at Virginia Beach Christian Church, 2225 Rosehall Dr., V.B.  Please let Lion Nancy N or Lion Ellen know if you can work.  But more importantly, if you are eligible, please schedule an appt. to give blood.  Instructions are on the flyer.

White Cane- Lion Roger Snell – Will schedule a summer time.

Broom Sale/Peanuts Sale – Lion Jack Wagner – Will hold Broom Sale this summer and Peanuts are available.  He has ordered 2 more cases of Salt & Pepper but has a very good supply of almost all varieties.
Programs – Lion Bob Perrine – Speaker on the 17th - Heather Lamb Adult Learning Center.  The scholarship recipient’s parent from P.A., Sage Thomas, will be at the meeting.

Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Bob will coordinate programs for the coming year.

EGRC –Lion John Watters - Thursday, July 11th from  10 – 12pm.  Please  meet in Best Buy parking lot if you want to carpool.

Eyebank Dinner – Lion John Watters – Annual Dinner- please make reservations through Lion Vickie.  Member and Board meetings will start at 5:00.

Thalia usually has a table for 10 but we need commitments – you need to pay Lion Vickie and designate a meal choice.  See Attached.

During this discussion it was noted that the Eyebank Annual Dinner is the same night as our club meeting night.  Lion Ellen was asked to contact the hotel to see if our meeting could be moved to the first Wed. evening in August.  She will let us know.

There was a motion to only have 1 meeting in Aug. and that would be the Eyebank dinner.  Lion Jack seconded.  However, the club is obligated to the hotel for one meeting in August that included charges for 20 meals.  Omitting the additional August meeting may not be an option unless Lion Ellen can get the hotel to accommodate our request.

Open Discussion – Ronald McDonald House meeting on 1st Wed. of each month.   How should meals be handled?  Suggestions were to cater from Subway or order pizzas.  Lion Aziz will order Subway for the next meeting at RMH.  We will discuss what we want at each meeting and ask some to handle the arrangements.

Lion Vickie asked if there was anything that RMC could do better for us.  We were all very pleased with their accommodations.

Dues are due.
Meeting adjourned 7:43

5 - 9 July, LCI Convention, Milan, Italy
11July – Eye Glass Recycling Center
20 July, 24-I First District Meeting, Saturday, 2pm, Windsor, VA
21 August, Annual Eye Bank Meeting & Dinner, Norfolk Yacht Club
6-8 September, 24-I Fall Conference, Virginia Beach
19 - 21 September, USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, Spokane, WA
4 - 6 October, 24-L Fall Conference, Charlottesville 
9 October – Beach Bag Project
1 - 3 November, 24-C Fall Conference, Bristol 
7 - 9 November, Virginia Pin Swap
1 - 3 November, 24-C Fall Conference, Bristol 
13 - 17 May, MD24 State Convention
26 - 30 June, International Convention, Singapore