Welcome



June 1, 2016 - Taking over from Lion Irene Conlin (left) is Lion Nancy Watters (right) inducted as President of Thalia Lions for the 2016-2017 years. Seen above is the tradition of “the passing of the President’s gavel” to the incoming President. Traditionally, during the event the gavel is stolen requiring the new president to pay to get it back. In this case most members pitched in to get it to Lion Nancy.

"Welcome to the Thalia Lions Club. Please email me @ robbinsnest47@cox.net. Thank you Lion Irene for your dedication and service this past year. I pledge to continue with the high quality of service our members have provided to the Hampton Roads community."
Lion Nancy Watters
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Where Does Thalia Lions Club Fit In?
* Lions Club International (LCI) - http://lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_Club - has 45,000 clubs and 1.3 million members in 201 countries around the world making the members of Thalia Lions Club part of the world's largest service club organization.
* Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the official charitable Foundation of LCI funding Lions' humanitarian projects. – http://lionsclubs.org/EN/lci-foundation/index.php
* Lions of Virginia - http://www.lionsofvirginia.org/
* Our district - District 24D (one of six districts in Virginia) web page is @ http://www.lions-of-virginia-24d.org/ and http://lions-of-virginia-24d.org/Club_Links.html. The “Knights Vision” newsletter for up-to-date 24D information is located @ http://www.lions-of-virginia-24d.org/Knight_s_Vision.html
For a list of clubs in 24D and those with web sites please see http://www.lions-of-virginia-24d.org/Club_Links.html
* Our region - Region III (16 clubs) (one of three regions under 24D)
* Thalia Lions Club is under Zone "G" (6 clubs) (one of three zones - "E," "F," and "G" under Region III). Region III was reorganized in 2010 and some web sites may show the old organization.

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

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be Wednesday 5 Oct (happy hour at 6 pm) at the Town Center Hilton Garden Inn (252 Town Center Dr, Virginia Beach, VA


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

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

Traveling Leos are always welcome.

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



Meetings 2016-2017

7 Sep 2016
The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Sept 09, 2016, by Lion 1VP Debra Laughlin at 6:32 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 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.

Call to Order at 6: 32 pm
Introduction of Guests: Monica and Aaron (prospective members)

SongLed by PCC J. Stanley Furman – “Grand Old Flag”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Steve Rosnov
Invocation- given by Lion Rich Roberts
ATTENDANCE 
     2 Guests
18 Members  
55 Percent
Recess for dinner: 6:08
Reconvened: 7:04

The club quickly realized we’re all in trouble next year as we were victimized by Lion Debra’s power tripping and iron fist leadership style. A reign of terror approaches.  She does get some style points though since she used a beer bottle to ring the bell instead of a gavel, so it wasn’t all bad.

Program:  USO Project – Lion Susie Sumnick/Lion Irene Conlin
·         Lion Susie brought a bunch of Christmas Cards for us to cut up. We cut out the fronts/pictures/messages so the kids can match up stuff they like to make new cards which will be sent to service members overseas.
·         More details are to come on the location and if we’ll have a party or not when the kids assemble the card on Oct. 1st.
·         The club members cut up cards during the meal and the meeting time.

Reports:

            Anthem Alliance Beach Bag Project/Blood Drive Results – Lion Rich Roberts (sort of)
·      Lion Nancy sent out all this information but Lion Rich was not smart enough to print the email out and read it. Luckily PCC Stan is kinda smart and swooped in for the save.
·      We did this project last year (Beach Bags) and it was very successful. We’ll pack bags of food which students in need will take home with them so they’ll have something to eat over the weekend.
·      The date is Nov 9th at Corporate Landing MS.
·      Lion Nancy has submitted for a grant to buy food. The school will also match funds and we’ll likely in end with 3-4 thousand dollars for food.
·      For the blood drive, we collected 35 pints of blood but only screened 4 children.

Broom Sale/White Cane – Lion Debra Laughlin
·         The date is Sat. Sept 17th.
·         Lion Debra passed out a sign-up sheet.
·         Lions were directed to sign up for broom shifts firsts. If we can fill those, then we’ll look to fill white cane slots since we’re not sure we can pull off both.
·         If we can’t get enough Lions to do both, we’ll schedule a separate white can in the near future.
Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters impersonator Lion Rich
·         Same time (Sept 9th, 10am on location or 9:30 at best buy)
·         Same place.
·         Same door combination.
·         Same interesting factoids.
·         Same fun to be had by all.

LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         The yearly auction is the charity foundation’s biggest fundraiser
·         Will be on Oct 8th from 11 to 1pm
·         We have a $250 service grant we earned last year which we haven’t used yet.
·         We can win another one by raffle (we get a ticket for each item donated over $50 in value) or we can win one by getting more than 15 people (friends and family count) to the auction.
·         Solicit restaurants for gift cards. They will get about 80% of their face value.
·         Lion Nancy is organizing setting up the silent auction tables and will need the support of the club members to show up early and help her out.
·         Almost all of the raffle tickets were sold and collected (18 books).

Pool Party – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Pot luck – bring whatever sides you want.
·         Hot dogs and hamburgers will be taken care of by the club.
·         Bring your spouse.
·         Normal meeting time. 6pm social, 9/21

Eyeglass Recycling Sites – Lion Steve Rosnov
·         We have 12 locations where we collect glasses.
·         We have a list of who is responsible for each site but it hasn’t been updated in a while and needs to be revisited.
·         Lion Steve thinks either we have multiple lions from our club collecting from the same boxes or some other clubs may be collecting glasses from our spots. We need to get this figured out.
·         Lion Rich will send out the current list and we can verify who is going to be responsible for all of our sites.

Traveling Leo – Lion Rich Roberts
·         We did two visits in August.
·         On the 17th we went to Williamsburg Host for the Lion Pat Kerr Comedy Hour and on the 25th we went to Windsor and learned about Chicken Swaps and Tractor Pulls.
·         Both visits were a lot of fun.
·         Lion Vickie is given 2 Bland Contest presentations in September, one to Little Creek and one to Franklin. We are going to try to turn the Little Creek meeting on Sept 13th into a Traveling Leo visit. Lion Stan and Lion Jeri agreed to go. Lion Rich will email the club to try and get one more.

From the Floor
·         Lion Dick – The JDRF Walk is on Sunday, Sept 25th at Noon. Walk will start on 31st street (we think). The club wrote the check for our annual donation to Scotty’s Superheros which was much appreciated. Lion Dick plans on bringing Scotty to a meeting in the near future

Secretary’s Report:
·         Fall Conference is this weekend. You don’t need to register to attend the classes on Saturday.
·         Region III meeting is on Sept 29th at Captain Ray’s Buffett on VB Blvd. This is the same place as the Hibachi Grill where it always is but just isn’t called the Hibachi Grill anymore.
·         Lion Jim Healy received a silver centennial of service pin for sponsoring a new member.
·         Lion Shelia brought in an article she saw in the beacon about our jump start program. The article had a picture of Lion Sylvia dressed up in her lion suit.

Tail Twister-  Lion Jim Healy
·         Birthdays:  All 4 Birthday Lions were present (Lions Fran, Rog, Dick, and Stan). Lion Dick orginially picked Lion Steve but then realized he is too cheap for the club to make any money and switched to Lion Aziz. Lion Rog went with the ever wonderful Lion Otis. Lion Fran went with Lion Irene and Lion Stan wanted Lion Vickie. Lions Aziz and Oits tried a duet where Lion Aziz would do a verse in Farsi and Lion Otis would follow in English. It was truly awful and my life is somehow worse for having heard it. Fortunately, Lion Irene followed with a good, regular version and Lion Vickie closed the show a funky Stevie Wonder version, so after a rough start we got to end on a high note.
·         50/50 Raffle: $15 – Lion Shelia, $10 – Lion Jack, $5 – Lion Steve.

Meeting then adjourned at 7:38 pm. – although most stayed to continue cutting Christmas cards.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club


Upcoming Events
Ø  Sept 9-10 (Fri-Sat) – 24-D Fall Conference, Chesapeake
Ø  Sept 8th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Sept 17th (Sat) – Broom Sale (BJs)
Ø  Sept 21st (Wed) – Pool Party
Ø  Sept 25th (Sun) – JDRF Walk for the Cure
Ø  Sept 29th (Thurs) – Region III Meeting (Captain Rays, 5957 E. VA Beach Blvd)
Ø  Oct 1st (Sat) – USO Project
Ø  Oct 8th (Sat) – LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction

Ø  Nov 9th (Wed) – Beach Bags, Corporate Landing MS
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3 Aug 2016
The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club, of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on August 3, 2016, by Lion President Nancy Watters at 6:30PM at the Hilton Garden Inn with those members in attendance as shown on the Attendance Record and Guest Register
Attendance: Guests 5, Members  16,  Percentage           47%
Introduction of Guests: Members of the Virginia Beach Blind Lions Club visiting were Lions 1st VDG Beth Stevens, GMT Chair Mack Stevens, Zone I Chair Bambi Martin, Mary Durbin, and Karen Brown

Meeting recessed for dinner at 6:34pm and was called back to order at 7:12PM

Lion President Nancy Watters introduced District 24D Global Membership Team Chair, Lion Mack Stevens who spoke (of course) about membership.

Lion Mack began with a punny joke about the stock market (e.g. feathers are down, helium is rising, etc., etc.).  His theme was to emphasize people instead of membership per se.  People need Lions Clubs, but we don’t have nearly enough Lions to serve the needs of a global 7 billion people.  Since there are but 1.4 million Lions, we are only 0.02% of the population – thus we need many more Lions to serve.  Of the average 10 – 15 people you meet every day, consider how many of them could be Lions.  Lion Mack then distributed a guide about membership (attached to these minutes).  Subjects of it include How to Get New Members, Membership Growth, Orientation of New Members, Making a Visitor or New Member Feel Welcome, Attendance, Fellowship and Retention.  He emphasized and discussed making visitors and new members feel both welcome and included.  He had recently visited clubs where those in charge of a particular project didn’t want help, especially from a newcomer.  Caring about and for present members is important, as part of good fellowship.  The handout mentioned six steps to retain members that should be followed.  Lion Mack than introduced three Thalia Lions as his minions – Lions Irene Conlin, Debra Laughlin and Marvin Clemmons.  They will be helping him spread the word about membership in the District by visiting and speaking to clubs.  His last bit of advice was to be positive and eliminate the negative.  Congratulate members for doing a good job and don’t complain at meetings.  Although sometimes interesting among the older members, he suggested we don’t go into gory detail about our latest surgery or bowel and bladder problems as young persons don’t like to be reminded that they will be old one day.

To keep him active and awake, Lion Irene Conlin presented the guest speaker with a 6-pack of Red Bull.

President’s Announcements:  Lion Nancy distributed club brochures and membership applications to all members, along with an “elevator talk” – a discussion of who Lions are summarized for a two minute talk.  It is straight off the LCI website.


Committee Reports: 

1.  Children’s Eye Screenings/ School Supplies for Children   Lion Nancy mentioned that 66 children were screened at the last Central Library Screening – present were Lions Susie Sumnick, Fran Scott, Sylvia Wagner and Nancy.

     A Shed It, Shred It or Donate It event is being held at the main Rose and Womble Realtor office  next Saturday, Aug 6th.  Thalia Lions will have a table there to publicize our events and sell brooms.

     Paper ‘apples’ were distributed to get school supplies for children.  Each ‘apple’ has a list of needed supplies provided to needy children.  A general list for the schools in our area was distributed also.  The Jump Start activity this year on Aug. 25th will also provide everything needed for homeless family children like haircuts, eye screening by Lions and school supplies including backpacks, etc.

2.  Eyeglass Recycling/LMEB Dinner/RAM Wise Co. Recap    Lion John Watters reminded members of EGRC processing a week from tomorrow, Aug.11thYou know when and where.

The LMEB Annual Dinner is Aug. 17th – Member Meeting 5pm, Board Meeting follows, Social time 6pm and Dinner at 7pm, all at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.  Secretary Lion Rich Roberts has reserved a table and reservations are due and payable. (Invitation attached)

Lion John summarized the Remote Area Medical – Virginia clinic in Wise Co. July 22 – 24.  Attending from Thalia Lions were Lion Susie Sumnick and spouse Mick, Lion Fran Scott and Lions Nancy and John Watters.  2111 persons registered for medical, vision and dental care.  The Vision Clinic saw about 700 persons and about 650 pairs of glasses were made.

3.  Recap of Youth Dinner provided on Sunday, July 24thLion Vickie Kennedy offered thanks to all participating Lions of which there were many.  Lion Aziz Selahi was injured when he fell carrying chicken for the dinner.  Although confined to bed for a week, he is much better now as reported by Lion Steve Rosnov.  The dinner went well with comments from the international youth that “. . Americans eat too much meat!”  They really enjoyed the baked beans and tacos.  Suggestions for the meal next year from them include having more vegetarian dishes and seasonings.  The cookies from Lion Jim Healy ran short and more should be on hand next year.  There were 29 students present with many Lions and spouses also in attendance.

4.  Bid’n Buy/Sept Pool Party Lion Stan Furman   The Bid’nBuy auction fund-raiser for the 24D Charity Foundation is being held on Oct. 8th  at the Oak Grove UMC.  The agenda suggested bringing items this evening, but if you didn’t please use the provided form to donate a good item or two worth more than $50.  Our club can ‘earn’ funds for charitable use and credit if we participate well.  Our club is responsible for organizing the silent auction part.  Raffle tickets to be sold for $5 each were handed out to those not present last meeting.  We can also use advertisers and restaurant coupons from your favorite restaurant.

Lion Nancy handed out two president pet pins for those who brought items.

The now annual late summer Thalia Lions Pool Party will be poolside at the Furman’s on the second meeting in September, the 21st.  Bring a guest and some potluck food and libation to go with the burgers and dogs.

5.  Traveling Leo trips are organized (Lion Rich Roberts) Windsor Lions on Aug. 25th and Wmsbrg Host on Aug. 16th.

6.  Aug. 25th, 6pm will be a joint Zone meeting at the Endependence Center.

7.  Aug. 27th will be a joint food drive

8.  Red Cross Blood Drive, Virginia Beach Christian Church, 2225 Rose Hall Drive, 1 – 7pm

Secretary’s Report:  Lion John Watters

       1.  Fall Conference, Sept. 9 - 10

2.  First District Cabinet Meeting this Sunday, 1pm, Brickhouse Auditorium, Sentara Norfolk

Birthdays:  Neither Lion Dan Ferrara or Lion Smitty Smith were present.

The 50/50 raffle prize was won by Lion Marvin Clemmons ($19).

The meeting adjourned at 7:57pm 

Respectfully submitted, 
Lion John Watters, Pseudo-Secretary

Reminders:               
Ø  Aug 6th (Sat) – Shred it, Shed it, Donate it (Rose & Womble) (9am -1:30pm)
Ø  Aug 7th (Sun) – 1st Cabinet Meeting (Norfolk General Brickhouse Auditorium, 1pm)
Ø  Aug 11th (Wed) – Eyeglass Recycling, 10 - 12
Ø  Aug 16th (Tues) – Traveling Leo – Williamsburg Host
Ø  Aug 17th (Wed) – LMEB Dinner (Norfolk Yacht Club) (5pm meetings, 6pm social, 7pm dinner)
Ø  Aug 25th (Thurs) – Traveling Leo – Windsor
Ø  Aug 29th – Red Cross Blood Drive at VBCC and children’s eye screening
Ø  Sept 7th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting
Ø  Sept 9-10 (Fri-Sat) – 24-D Fall Conference, Chesapeake
Ø  Sept 17th (Sat) – Broom Sale (BJs) and White Cane
Ø  Sept 21st (Wed) – Pool Party
Ø  Oct 8th (Sat) – LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction
Ø  Oct 1st, Sat – Smiles Across the Miles
Ø  Oct 29, Party at USO party for senior citizens

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20 Jul 2016
Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: None

SongLed by Lion Marvin Clemmons
Pledge of Allegianceled by PCC J. Stanley Furman
Invocation- given by Lion Jim Healy
ATTENDANCE 
     0 Guests 18 Members   55 Percent
Recess for dinner: 6:02
Reconvened: 7:00

Program:  Lion Marvin Clemmons – How to Use Square
·         We moved into the practical application phase of the square implementation.
·         Most club members had downloaded the app and Lion Marvin gave us the password and user name so we could log into the club’s account. We all use the same login in which is specific to our club (no individual logins which cost extra).
·         We did trial runs with individuals doing $1 transactions. 

Reports:

Membership Plan – Lion Irene Conlin
·         Lion Irene presented her comprehensive membership plan which will be emailed to the club with these minutes.

Children Screeings/Shop for Cause/Youth Camp Dinner/Blood Drive  – Lion Nancy Watters
·         VB Central Library Screenings
o   Lion John Reported that on July 18th things were slow at the screening. 3 Lions were present for 3 hrs and screened 13 children
o   Doing another one on July 25th from 1-4pm following a NASA program so attendance should be good
§  Lions Susan, Debra, and Nancy are set to work
§  More people would be welcome to go around to round up the kiddies and bring them to the screening.
·         Shop for a Cause (Macy’s)
o   $5 per card, giving out sets of 10
o   Lion Nancy doesn’t want any cards back, sell them all.
o   People who buy the card will get to shop on Aug 26-28 and will get 25% off (with some restrictions)
o   We have 100 cards and it is all profit, so if we sell them all we get $1000.
o   Already collected $405
·         Blood Drive
o   Aug 29th (Mon) from 2-7pm
o   VB Christian Church
o   We’re not going to sell brooms.
·         Youth Dinner
o   This coming Sunday, the 24th (4:30pm)
o   Lion Rich will send out the menu
o   Location is the Chapel, same place it has been the last 2 years.
·         Lion Nancy spoke to Erin Stromburg. Although she is too busy to be active in the club and has dropped her membership, she still wants to support the club and offered to do free eye exams for us.
·         Linda Harrision also dropped because she is too busy with her business to participate, but there is still opportunity for us to work together. She is organizing a “Shred it, shed it, donate it” event at Rose & Womble on August 6th from 9:30am-1:30pm (set up a 9am). This is for people to clean out their garages and get rid of old stuff. She would like us to set a booth for people to donate glasses. We can also sell shop for a cause tickets and brooms.

Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters
·         4 Lions worked on July 14th
·         370 glassed were turned in and 3 hearing aids.

LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         The yearly auction is the charity foundation’s biggest fundraiser
·         Will be on Oct 8th from 11 to 1pm
·         We have a $250 service grant we earned last year which we haven’t used yet.
·         We can win another one by raffle (we get a ticket for each item donated over $50 in value) or we can win one by getting more than 15 people (friends and family count) to the auction.
·         Solicit restaurants for gift cards. They will get about 80% of their face value.
·         Lion Nancy is organizing setting up the silent auction tables and will need the support of the club members to show up early and help her out.
·         PCC Stan also passed out raffle tickets for the auction.

Fundraisers/Traveling Leo – Lion Rich Roberts
·         We need to schedule a broom sale.
·         The schedule for August is packed and the weather is hot. So we decided to do a sale in September
·         Lion Jack brought up a good point that setting up and tearing down two days in a row is a lot of work and we generally sell more on Saturdays than Fridays, so we decided to do a one day sale in September and then do another sale in October.
·         We picked Sept 17th for the first sale and then Oct is TBD.
·         Lion Rich was gaging interest on Traveling Leo visits for August. He suggested W’burg Host, Windsor and Northampton.
·         It looks like we will have enough interest to visit W’Burg Host on August 16th and the Windsor on August 25th.
·         Lion Rich will schedule the visits with those clubs and organize our crew.
           
From the Floor
·         Nada

Secretary’s Report:
·         The 1st cabinet meeting is on Aug 7th at Norfolk General, 1pm.
·         It’s time to pay dues again. $100. Pay up. 24 Lions (72%) have paid so far.
·         Eyebank dinner. We have 10 who want to go. Lion Rich will reserve the table and pay the fee and those going can reimburse Lion Rich.
·         Fall Conference info is out. Registration is due by Aug 22nd.

Tail Twister-  Lion Jack Wagner
·         Birthdays:  Done at first meeting.
·         50/50 Raffle: 1 drawings for $25, won by Lion Bob Donnelly. Welcome back!

Meeting then adjourned at 8:04 pm.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club


Upcoming Events
Ø  July 22-24th (Fri-Sun) – RAM (Wise County)
Ø  July 24th (Sun) – Youth Camp Dinner (VA Wesleyan) (4:30pm)
Ø  July 25th (Mon) - VB Central Library Screening #2
Ø  Aug 3rd (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting
Ø  Aug 6th (Sat) – Shred it, Shed it, Donate it (Rose & Womble) (9am -1:30pm)
Ø  Aug 7th (Sun) – 1st Cabinet Meeting (Norfolk General)
Ø  Aug 11th (Wed) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Aug 16th (Tues) – Traveling Leo – Williamsburg Host
Ø  Aug 17th (Wed) – LMEB Dinner (Norfolk Yacht Club) (6pm)
Ø  Aug 25th (Thurs) – Traveling Leo - Windsor
Ø  Oct 8th (Sat) – LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction
Ø  Sept 7th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (DG Official Visit)
Ø  Sept 9-10 (Fri-Sat) – 24-D Fall Conference, Chesapeake

Ø  Sept 17th (Sat) – Broom Sale (BJs)
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6 July 2016 - First Meeting of the 2016-2017 Year
Regular Meeting Call to Order at 6: 30 pm
ATTENDANCE   1 Guests 19 Members   56 Percent    
Dinner wasn’t ready, so Lion President Nancy pushed on with the reports.
Program:  None
Reports:
Children Screeings/Shop for Cause/Youth Camp Dinner/Blood Drive  – Lion Nancy Watters  Youth Camp  o Menu is set:   Chicken – Lion Aziz  Paper products – Lion Nancy and Lion John (they will be at RAM)  Cookies – Lion Jim Healy  Potato Salad – PCC Stan  Water – Lion Vickie  Pasta Salad – Lion Marvin  Green Salad – Lion Dick  Baked Beans – Lion Rich  o Lion Nancy needed someone to take the warming trays. Lion Bob 1 (rocking some awesome Elton John glasses) said he would take them.  VB Central Library Screenings o Doing one on July 18th from 10-1pm  Lions Roger, John, and Mike are set to work o Doing another one on July 25th from 1-4pm following a NASA program so attendance should be good  Lions Susan, Debra, and Nancy are set to work  Shop for a Cause (Macy’s) o $5 per card, giving out sets of 10 o Lion Nancy doesn’t want any cards back, sell them all.  o People who buy the card will get to shop on Aug 26-28 and will get 25% off (with some restrictions) o We have 100 cards and it is all profit, so if we sell them all we get $1000.  o Already collected $405  Blood Drive o Aug 29th (Mon) from 2-7pm o VB Christian Church
Introduction of Guests: Judy Lewis (Friend of Lion Jim 1)  
Song – Led by Lion Jack Wagner – “America the Beautiful” Pledge of Allegiance – led by Lion Mike Coren Invocation- given by Lion John Watters
LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction – PCC J. Stanley Furman  The yearly auction is the charity foundation’s biggest fundraiser  Will be on Oct 8th from 11 to 1pm  We have a $250 service grant we earned last year which we haven’t used yet.   We can win another one by raffle (we get a ticket for each item donated over $50 in value) or we can win one by getting more than 15 people (friends and family count) to the auction.   Solicit restaurants for gift cards. They will get about 80% of their face value.   Lion Nancy is organizing setting up the silent auction tables and will need the support of the club members to show up early and help her out.
Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters  Next EGRC is July 14th, Same time/same place.  Either meet at the recycling center at 10am or meet at best buy at 9:30 for a ride.
PAHS Scholarship – Lion Bob Perrine  Lion Bob had the check ready to send to our scholarship winner this year, Laura De Haan. Laura was going to come to the meeting but ended up not being able to. She is going to George Mason to study pre-nursing with the ambition to become a physician assistant in the Army.   Lion Bob read a letter she wrote to the club.   Lion Bob updated us on last year’s winner, Peter Ngyen who is also going to George Mason and occasionally corresponds with him. Peter is doing very well is working on encryption for the mobile banking industry. He is looking for ways to give back and is joining the Knights of Columbus. He is also going to join an inventors club.
Lions Medical Eyebank Dinner – Lion John Watters  The dinner is on August 17th (wed) and cost $35/person  All clubs are members of the eyebank  The social starts at 6pm and dinner at 7pm.   There was a lot of interest so we plan on reserving a table of 10.   Lion Rich will send in the registration so you need to let him know you plan on going and send you money to him  Lion John then starting disseminating numerous amounts of interesting factoids about the eyebank. Lion Nancy grew incrementally more frustrated with each factoid.  
Recess for dinner:  6:50 Reconvene:    7:20
 FY16-17 Budget – Lion Vickie Kennedy  Lion Vickie went through this year’s budget (previously approved by the BOD) line by line.   Lion Bob wanted the ALC scholarship bumped up from $1000 to $1500 to match what we did last year. Lion Stan made the motion which passed unanimously.
From the Floor   Lion Dick expressed concern over members who don’t regularly attend meetings since we’re charged for a minimum of 20 meals and we usually don’t have that many members at the meeting. Lion Nancy announced she has a plan for that. She also plans on doing installation night at the hotel on a regular meeting night and invite our spouses instead of doing a fancy dinner which will save the club money. The members seemed good with that.   Lion Marvin had some preps for the members since next meeting he is going to demonstrate the square. He wants us to download the square app prior to the meeting. He also talked about
setting up a separate account for our admin funds so club members could pay for their meals/dues with credit/debit cards instead of cash.   Lion Jack talked to the fruit guy. He apologized for the crop last year. He said everyone had the same problems since the issues were weather driven which caused some poor crops. The orders and delivery will be a week earlier this week which should be a good thing.   Nobody did the origami thing so Lion Nancy gave us 2 more weeks to pull it off.
Secretary’s Report:  The 1st cabinet meeting is on Aug 7th at Norfolk General, 1pm.   It’s time to pay dues again. $100. Pay up.   Lion Rich briefly touched on the 3 reports he does every month and the info he is looking for when he sends out the email every month. He know we’re doing more than gets reported. Last FY our club logged the following on myLCI: 1411 lion hours dedicated to service projects; 6007 people served; 1681 eyeglasses collected'; 6 hearing aids collected; 939 children screened. 87 service activates were logged. We’re asked to do at least one project in the following areas, youth, vision, hunger, and environment. We did 9 youth projects, 33 vision projects, 12 hunger projects, and 15 environmental projects (EGRC hits this bucket).
Tail Twister PCC J. Stanley Furman     Birthdays:  None present  50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings: $20 – Lion Dick (who says he never wins); $10 –Lion Aziz, $4- Lion Jack  Progressive Raffle: Lion Mike’s ticket was pulled.  He only had a 2.94% of pulling the queen of hearts and winning the pot, but that’s exactly what he did. Lion Mike won $174 and Lion Steve was immediately trying to bum a few bucks off him.
Meeting then adjourned at 8:04 pm.
Respectfully submitted
Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary Thalia Lions Club  
Upcoming Events  July 14th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling   July 18th (Mon) – VB Central Library Screening #1, 10-1pm  July 20th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting  July 22-24th (Fri-Sun) – RAM (Wise County)  July 24th (Sun) – Youth Camp Dinner (VA Wesleyan)   July 25th (Mon) - VB Central Library Screening #2, 1-4pm   Aug 3rd (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting  Aug 7th (Sun) – 1st Cabinet Meeting (Norfolk General), 1pm   Aug 17th (Wed) – LMEB Dinner (Norfolk Yacht Club)  Aug 29th (Mon) – Blood Drive (VB Christian Church),  2-7pm  Oct 8th (Sat) – LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction  Sept 9-10 (Fri/Sat) – 24-D Fall Conference, Chesapeake