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 7 Dec (happy hour at 6 pm) at the Town Center Hilton Garden Inn 
(252 Town Center Dr, Virginia Beach, VA

The Holiday Party will be 21 Dec 6 p.m. at Lion John and Nancy's house, 2357 Haversham Close, VB 23454


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

16 Nov 2016
The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Nov 16, 2016, by Lion President Nancy Watters at 6:29 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: 30 pm
Introduction of Guests: 1VDG Beth Stevens, GMT Lion Mack Stevens.

SongLed by PCC J. Stanley Furman – “Grand Old Flag”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Mike Coren
Invocation- given by Lion John Watters
ATTENDANCE 
     2 Guests
21 Members  
58 Percent


Recess for dinner: 6:32
Reconvened: 7:00

Program:  1VDG Beth Stevens  
·         Our international president’s theme is “Climb New Mountains”.
·         We are celebrating our 100 years of service by focusing on four areas, vision, youth, hunger, and environment.
·         We’ve served 121 million people since starting the centennial of service challenge which will continue to run through June 2018.
·         Some of the sub themes are “leading through service”, which is something Thalia does very well.
·         “Invite for impact” is centered on engaging new members. They’re looking for each club to add 3 new lions this year. We’ve already had 2.  
·         They’re also looking for clubs to engage in legacy projects, which have a lasting effect on the community.
·         We did a lot of “commenting with the community” by helping extensively (especially Lion Nancy and Lion Stan) with the Bid and Buy and the work we did with the Anthem volunteers with the beach bag project.
·         The proposal to redistrict the state by merging the 6 districts into 3 is going to happen.
·         Our district did not support this and the cabinet authorized DG Tucker to file a letter of protest with LCI, but LCI responded that the protest was not valid.
·         Our district and district 24-B will become one on July 1st 2018.
·         There is currently no transition plan in place.
·         We don’t know if we’ll elect new leadership of if the 2 2VDGs will come to some agreement.
·         We’re not sure how district assets will be divided and what is going to happen with the foundations.
·         The day to day impact to Thalia will be minimal. We’ll still serve the community. We may need to re-zone and it will be unlikely Virginia Beach will remain 2 zones.
·         The new district will have over 23 hundred lions and over 100 clubs, we won’t see the DG as often due to the amount of ground to cover.
·         A transition team has formed. It consists of both district’s 1VDG and 2VDG with IPDG Ray as the chair. If you want to be on the transition team, talk to DG Tucker about it.
·         1VDG Beth recently attended the USA Leadership Forum in Omaha, NE.
·         There will be a new strategic plan rolled out in 2017.
·         The goal will be to serve 200 million people annually by 2021.
·         This seems like a lot but right now only about 40% of clubs report what they do (not us, Thalia has a ridiculously skilled secretary), so if all clubs start reporting, we’ll be close to this number.
·         They want to rebrand Lions since the perception of the public is that we just sell brooms.
·         They’re looking at new and innovated ways for people to serve. They’re developing an app for people who don’t want to join and come to meets, but will show up an pitch in on a service project.
·         Looking at new ways to attend meetings, like google hangouts and skype.
·         Our new IP next year is from New Delhi and his theme will be “we serve”.
·         The year after that we’ll have our first woman IP. She is from Iceland.
·         The year after that out IP is from Korea.
·         Our incoming IP will be at our State Convention in May (Roanoke), so you will have an opportunity to meet him.
·         Our Governor’s social will be Feb 17th. Lion Vickie is contacting our past Bland winners and inviting them to perform.
·         Fall Conference will be the second Saturday in Sept. in Chesapeake. We will celebrate out 100 year anniversary while keeping our eyes on the future.

Reports:

            Beach Bags/Holiday Party/Donations – Lion President Nancy Watters
·         Beach Bags
o   34 Anthem volunteers showed up
o   24 Lions showed up from 4 clubs (18 of which were from Thalia)
o   Got in at 4:30 and were done and cleaned up by 6:15
o   Packed 1200 bags of food.
o   Buying they food would cost $7/bag, but the school district works deals and ends up paying about $4/bag for the food, so they really do a good job of stretching their donation dollars.
o   We received a $2000 grant from LCI to help buy the food.
·         Holiday Party
o   We talked about doing it on Dec 7th  but we’re sure if we were obligated to the hotel. (this wasn’t known at the meeting, but we did confirm that we are obligated to be at the hotel on Dec 7th).
o   The second Dec meeting is Dec 21st, so it is pretty close to Christmas. This date was fine with some members but others wanted to do it a little earlier.
o   Lion Rich will survey the club on whether the club would prefer Dec 14th or Dec 21st.
o   Will be held at Lion John and Nancy’s house.
·         Rose & Womble Donations
o   Former member, Linda Harrison, reached out to Lion Nancy.
o   They are doing a collection of goods, blankets, and cleaning supplies for the local shelters.
o   Lion Nancy passed out flyers for those who want to donate.
o   She’s also going to try and get her to buy some fruit. One hand washes the other.


EGRC/ Sight and Hearing Van – Lion John Watters
·         7 Lions worked EGRC, including our new Lion who got the opportunity to learn how to wash and read glasses.
·         99 glasses were collected and 11 hearing aids.
·         2 Lions attended the eye bank’s “The View from Here” Luncheon.
·         11 Lions worked the LMSHU at the ALC on Monday
·         92 were screened in the van with 19 referrals
·         77 received blood sugar screenings with 3 referrals.
·         The individuals served by the LMSHU hailed from 37 different countries.

Holiday Project – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Lion Stan received a list of 4 single mothers with small children from social services.
·         We have 4 teams (feel free to jump on a team):
o   Team 1 (Single mom, 5 & 7 yr old boys) – Lion Aziz, Lion John, Lion Nancy
o   Team 2  (Single mom, 4 yr old girl, 2 yr old boy) - Lion Rich, Lion Vickie, Lion Monica, Lion Aaron
o   Team 3 (Single mom, 10 yr old girl, 9 month old boy) – Lion Stan, Lion Marvin, Lion Sharon, Lion Dick
o   Team 4 (Single mom, 11 yr old girl, 7 yr old girl) – Lion Susie, Lion Irene, Lion Fran, Lion Bob 1
·         Each team will contact their assigned family and buy clothes, toys for the kids as well as food for the family. Recommend getting food staples which will last past the holidays.
·         Lions Steve and Stan will also help out a Jewish family for Hanukah through the JCC.

Children Project – Lion President Nancy Watters
·         Lion Nancy is still looking for ideas for a project.
·         The group threw out the following:
o   CHKD
o   Children’s Harbor
o   USO Homecoming
o   4Kids
o   Barry Robertson Center
·         Lion Nancy wants a committee of 2 or 3 Lions to come up with a proposal to present to the club.
·         Lions Irene, Fran, and Jeri agreed to form the committee and will come up with an idea.

Peanut Fundraiser – Lion Steve Rosnov
·         Looks like we’ll make about a $1,100 profit.
·         The shipping cost was more than expected, but still not too bad.
·         Lion Steve is going to check out a few more outfits to see if we can get a better deal next year.
·         All the peanuts have been delivered.

Fruit Sale – Lion Jack Wagner
·         The price list has been sent out.
·         Lion Jack hasn’t received any brochures yet. They’re not on the internet.  
·         We need orders in by Dec 7th.
·         Delivery should be between Dec 14-18.
·         Start selling.

From the Floor:
·      Lion Nancy got our plaque we used to have hanging in the Crowne Plaza with our info. Lion Rog refurbished it and the Hilton is going to hang it up for us in the hotel.

Secretary’s Report:
·      Lion Rich announced the LMSHU board meeting. If you’re finding out about it by reading these minutes, it’s already over. Sorry.

Tail Twister-  Lion Jim Healy
·         Birthdays:  None
·         50/50 Raffle: 3 drawings.  $20- Lion Irene, $15- Lion Steve, $9 – Lion Rich (in your face!)

Meeting then adjourned at 7:56pm

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club



Upcoming Events
Ø  Nov 17th (Thurs) – LMSHU Bd Mtg (New Buffet City, 4300 Portsmouth Blvd, Chesapeake)
Ø  Dec 7th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (Fruit Orders Due)
Ø  Dec 8th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Dec  14th or 21st (depending on what we decide) (Wed) – Club Holiday Party  (The Watters’ Residence)

Ø  Feb 17th (Fri) – District Governor’s Social (Crowne Plaza, Hampton)
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2 Nov 2016
OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Nov 02, 2016, by Lion President Nancy Watters at 6:30 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: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: None

SongLed by Lion Rich Roberts – “Grand Old Flag”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Jim Healy
Invocation- given by Lion Bob Perrine
ATTENDANCE      0 Guests  18 Members    50 Percent

 Recess for dinner: 6:33  Reconvened: 7:00

Program:  None.

Reports:

            Beach Bags – Lion President Nancy Watters
·         18 Lions have signed up
·         Available slots are still available and we need people to sign up
·         Time is 5-7 pm on Wed, Nov 9th.
·         Park in the bus parking area.
·         Try to get there 10-15 min early so we can start packing right at 5pm.
·         Anthem had 50 volunteers sign up with 10 on a waiting list within the first hour of sign-ups being available. 

Calvary Church Health Fair – Lion Marvin Clemmons
·         Several children and adults were screened. Approximately 25 to 27.
·         Had a very high rate of referrals.
·         Lions Marvin, Sharon, Sylvia, and Debra attended.
·         The police and Bon Secours had booths.
·         VB Town Center Blind Lions had a large presence because they were doing the low vision technology expo there.
·         The event was very well attended by the community.

Children Eye Screenings – Lion President Nancy Watters
·         We did 3 screenings this month
·         Lion Sylvia shows up in her lion suit and the kids love it
·         We have done all our major schools and headstarts within our window (60 days after the start of school)
·         If you know of any daycares or private schools, let Lion Nancy know and she will set up a screening

      Broom Sales – Lion Vickie Kennedy
·         We collected $779 is cash selling brooms
·         We collected another $50 on the square
·         We collected $403 in white cane
·         We also received a $25 check for LCF-24D

Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters
·         Next trip to the recycling center will be Nov. 10th (second Thursday of every month)
·         Show up at the recycling center at 10am or in the Best Buy parking lot at 9:30 for a ride.

Sight and Hearing Van – Lion John Watters
·         We’ll be doing a screening at the adult learning center on Nov. 14th (Monday)
·         A sign up sheet was passed around. We’ll do 2 shifts. 10am-noon and noon-2pm.
·         Lion Nancy will do blood sugar screenings and could use some help.

Holiday Project – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Lion Stan received a list of 4 single mothers with small children from social services.
·         We have 4 teams (feel free to jump on a team):
o   Team 1 – Lion Aziz, Lion John, Lion Nancy
o   Team 2 – Lion Rich, Lion Vickie
o   Team 3 – Lion Stan, Lion Marvin
o   Team 4 – Lion Susie
·         Each team will contact their assigned family and buy clothes, toys for the kids as well as food for the family.
·         Lion Steve will also help out a Jewish family for Hanukah through the JCC.

Peanut Fundraiser – Lion Steve Rosnov
·         Lion Steve collected a lot of orders.
·         He is going to extend the due date until Sunday because that’s the kind of guy he is.
·         The order will be submitted to the manufacturer on Monday.
·         Based on his quick math (which should be trusted by no one), about $1,915. We keep about 60%, so we’ll make over $1,000.
·         Hopeful more will submit orders over the course of the week. You can email your orders to Lion Steve.

Fruit Sale/Brooms/Samaritan House – Lion Jack Wagner
·         Fruit Sale
o   The price list has been sent out.
o   50 brochures have been mailed to Lion Jack and he will distribute them at the next meeting.
o   The crop looks good and did not suffer a disease.
o   We need orders in by Dec 7th.
o   Delivery should be between Dec 14-18.
o   Start selling.
·          We were down to 4 brooms, so Lion Jack placed an order to get our inventory back up.
·         Samaritan House
o   They received a 750K grant to start helping girls who are subjected to human trafficking.
o   Will be housing these girls as well as continuing to serve abused women.
o   This will place additional burden on the pantry. When donating money to Samaritan House, denote the money is for the pantry so it will go there instead of going to the general fund. 

 From the Floor:
·         Lion Jack stated that the lighthouse has been closed and there is no place for the homeless at the oceanfront to go until they build the new resource center on Witchduck rd.
·         Lion Nancy wants to do a children related activity. She doesn’t know what she wants to do and wants club members to submit ideas. Please send them her way.

        Secretary’s Report:   Jack-squat
·                                      ·       Lion Debra was a little too excited that the secretary had jack-squat to report.

Tail Twister-  Lion Jim Healy
·         Birthdays:  Our birthday boy was not present. Lion Rich threw down some cold-hard cash to call his wife, whose birthday is upcoming, and have the club sing to her. So he called her and of course when she saw the caller id did not accept his call. Lion Rich didn’t know what to do and someone in the crowd suggested we sing on her voicemail. The phone went on speaker and the whole club got to hear the dreaded “the mailbox is full” announcement. Another really smart lion suggested recording all of us singing. Great idea! Lion Rich being a borderline Millennial should know how to do this, but he needed some help and the first part of the song he was recording the wall, but finally got it straight. Lisa really enjoyed and appreciated the video. Thanks everyone!  
·         50/50 Raffle: $25 – Lion Vickie; $15 – Lion Marvin; $7 – Lion Stan.

Meeting then adjourned at 7:42pm

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

 Upcoming Events
Ø  Nov 2nd (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (Peanut Orders are due)
Ø  Nov 9th (Wed) – Beach Bags, Corporate Landing MS (5-7pm)
Ø  Nov 10th (Thurs)  - Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Nov 14th (Mon) – Sight and Hearing Van (Adult Learning Center)  (10am – 2pm)
Ø  Nov 16th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (DG Official Visit)

Ø  Dec 7th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (Fruit Orders Due) 
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2 Nov 2016


OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, Virginia, held a Board Meeting at The Hilton Garden Inn, on Nov. 02, 2016.  The meeting was called to order at 7:46 p.m. by Lion President Nancy Watters who acted as chairman, with the following board members and regular members in attendance:


Board Members in attendance:
Pres. Lion Nancy Watters
1st. V.P Lion Debra Laughlin
2nd V.P. Lion Marvin Clemmons
3rd.V.P Lion Susan Sumnick

Members in attendance:
Lion Jeri Furman
Lion Jim Healy
Lion Roger Snell

Treas. Lion Vickie Kennedy
Sec. Lion Rich Roberts
Lion Tamer Lion Steve Rosnov
           







1Yr.Dir  LionStan Furman
2 Yr. Dir. Lion John Watters
2 Yr. Dir. Lion Aziz Selahi










Minutes of Business Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 7:46 p.m by Lion President Nancy Watters. Lion Rich Roberts confirmed a quorum of directors (10) was present.

1.      We need to approve the new contract with the hotel for 2017. The hotel will renew with the same price per person, same minimum of 20, no room fee, and same menu. All the terms we had this year. We need to let them know which dates we won’t be here by Nov. 9th.
We discussed doing a meeting at the Ronald McDonald House (since we haven’t done that for a while) in January. We decided to do that on Jan 18th.
We’re schedule to tour the eye bank on April 5th.
We plan to do installation of officers on June 7th. We decided to do it at the hotel again this year and will invite our spouses.
The eyebank dinner does not conflict with our regular meeting dates next year, so we will have 2 meetings in August.
We’ll do our annual pool party in place of the 2nd meeting in Sept.
We’ll do our Holiday Party during the first meeting in December and have no meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of December.
2.      Lion Nancy suggested we pay our charity obligations in the budget since we just did a bunch of fundraising, so Lion Vickie will cut the checks. Lion Stan brought up that we have around 500 dollars earmarked for the club at the LCF-24D and we need to use the funds before the end of the year. Those funds need to go to 503(c)s so Lion Vickie will coordinate with Lion John Cranford to pay the obligations we can using those funds.
3.      A couple lions have not paid their dues. Lion Rich will send them letters to pay their dues.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.
Respectfully submitted:
 Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
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19 Oct 2016
The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Oct 19, 2016, by Lion President Nancy Watters at 6:30 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: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: Anthony Ellison, Monica and Aaron Sturniolo

SongLed by Lion Vickie Kennedy – “Grand Old Flag”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Steve Rosnov
Invocation- given by Lion Rich Roberts

ATTENDANCE 
     3 Guests  16 Members   47 Percent

Recess for dinner: 6:35
Reconvened: 7:00
 Program:  None.

A card was passed around for Lion Linda Eggleston.

Lion Nancy had some stuff that didn’t sell at the Bid-buy auction which she was taking offers on to earn more money for the 24-D Charity Foundation.

Reports:

            All Kinds of Stuff – Lion President Nancy Watters
·      Smiles Across the Miles
o  VB TC Blind Lions sponsored this project again this year with Anthem
o  This is where the cards we cut up last meeting went
o  On OCT 1st a lot of lions/Anthem workers/children  got together to assemble and decorate the cards
o  We have 1800 cards to send to the troops
o  We’re going to have a party on OCT 29th at the Autumn Care Nursing Home for the residents.
o  They will make and sign the cards.
o  The party will have a USO/WWII theme.
o  Members of the military will be present to collect the cards.
o  We will also collect toiletry items to make care packages for the soldiers.
o  Time will be 2pm-4pm
·         Health and Wellness Fair
o  Also on Oct 29th
o  There is a health and wellness fair at Calvary Baptist Church
o  We’ll do a SPOT screening.
o  Time is 10am-2pm, so there will be time to get to the USO party
·         Children Eye Screenings
o  Malibu ES –  screening done on Oct 12th . Lions Sylvia, John and Nancy about screened 90 children with 10 referrals.
o  Stafford Pre-School – Oct 26th
o  Kings Grant ES – Oct 27th
o  Thalia ES – Oct 28th (10am)
·         Beach Bags
o  Thalia is the sponsor club for this project.
o  We’re partnering with Anthem and VBCPS
o  We received a $2,000 grant from LCI to buy half the food. The school district will pay the other half.
o  Time is 4-6pm at Corporate Landing MS.
o  The goal is to fill 1200 bags for children in need to take home with them so they’ll have something to eat over the weekend.
o  We did 750 bags last year.
o  50 slots were opened up to Anthem personnel and they filled them all in under an hour. They have 10 more on a waiting list.
o  We need around 40 lions. Will be open to all Virginia Beach Lions.
o  You must register on the link that was sent out. If you need the link re-sent, let Lion Nancy or Lion Rich know.


Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters
·         5 lions were present last Thursday and they worked for 2 hours.
·         308 pair of glasses were collected
·         Next trip to the recycling center will be Nov. 10th (second Thursday of every month)
·         Show up at the recycling center at 10am or in the Best Buy parking lot at 9:30 for a ride.

Broom Sale/White Cane – Lion Rich Roberts
·         A sign-up sheet was placed on each table.
·         Doing the same format as last time, where we are doing just one day and combining white cane and broom sales.
·         2 lions will do white cane by the door of BJ’s
·         2 lions will sell brooms in the normal location by the BJ’s gas station.

Peanut Fundraiser – Lion Steve Rosnov
·         We have two weeks left.  
·         Last year we made about $1,000
·         Lion Steve passed out the order form. He has more if you need them.
·         Fill it out with the orders you take and turn the forms into either Lion Steve or Lion Vickie.
·         You can collect the money upfront or when you make delivery.
·         Most cans sell for around $10 and we keep around 6 of those dollars, so the profit margin is pretty good.
·         We have to pay shipping ($30) but we minimize that cost by just placing one big order which will be delivered to Lion Steve’s house. Then we can pick the peanuts up from him and deliver them to the people who bought them from you.
·         All orders will be due by the 1st meeting in Nov. (which is Nov. 2nd)

Fruit Sale – Lion Jack Wagner
·         The price list was passed out.
·         The crops weathered the storm well and look very good this year.
·         Some of the prices increased. The Citrus Trio price decreased, but he’s putting less fruit in them.
·         We voted to increase the prices on fruit where our cost increased and left the prices on fruit which did not increase the same as last year. We decreased the price on the citrus trio to correspond with our cost decrease.
·         Lion Rich will send out an updated price list.
·         We should have sales brochures soon.
·         We need orders in by Dec 7th.
·         Delivery should be the week of Dec 17th.


LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Lion Nancy did a phenomenal job setting everything up (was there any doubt????).
·         She also won $500 in the raffle.
·         The club earned two separate $250 service grants:
o  1 for having the highest amount in donations
o  1 for meeting the attendance requirements.
·         Biggest year we’ve had. The auction brought in around $25,600 so far and some money is still trickling in.

New Member induction – PCC J. Stanley Furman
·         Lions Aaron and Monica Sturniolo were inducted as the newest members of our club.
·         Lion Nancy is their sponer.
·         Both are former lions from Pennsylvania, so Lion Stan didn’t give any LCI history, but some club history instead.
·         Lion Monica is a substitute teach with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Lion Aaron is the IT Director with RRMM Architects.

From the Floor:
·         Lion Stan reached out to the community services coordinator with the city and requested 4-5 families for this year’s holiday project. We should have a list at the next meeting, so we can make assignments.

Secretary’s Report:
·         Lion John earned a membership key for sponsoring 2 new members.
·         The club received a thank you note from Samaritan House for our support of their food pantry.
·         DG Tucker’s official visit will be the Nov 16th meeting.
·         Region II meeting – Oct 26th at Crazy Buffett in Chesapeake.

Tail Twister-  Lion Jim Healy
·         Birthdays:  Lion Marvin. (It was also his anniversary!) Being a ladies man, Lion Marvin wanted all the lovely ladies of the club (Lions Nancy, Vickie, Monica, Jeri, & Sylvia) to sing to him. Bids were going back in forth on whether they would sing or not but Lion Bob 1 decided to put an end to the thing and be non-discriminatory, so he put his money down for the whole club to sing to Lion Marvin, so that’s what we did.
·         50/50 Raffle: $20 – Lion Bob 2; $15 – Lion Dick; $5 – Lion Jeri.

Meeting then adjourned at 7:50pm

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club
  

Upcoming Events
Ø  Oct 22nd (Sat) – Broom Sale/White Cane
Ø  Oct 26th (Wed) – Stafford Pre-School Screening
Ø  Oct 26th (Wed) – Region II Meeting (Crazy Buffet, Chesapeake)
Ø  Oct 27th (Thurs) – Kings Grant Screening
Ø  Oct 29th (Sat) – Low Vision Expo & Health Fair (Calvary Baptist Church, VB) (10am-2pm)
Ø  Oct 29th (Sat) – USO Party/Smiles Across the Miles (Autumn Care Nursing Home)
Ø  Nov 2nd (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (Peanut Orders are due)
Ø  Nov 9th (Wed) – Beach Bags, Corporate Landing MS
Ø  Nov 10th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Nov 16th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (DG Official Visit)
Ø  Dec 7th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (Fruit orders due)

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5 Oct 2016
Call to Order at 6: 30 pm

Introduction of Guests: Lion Karen Brown (VBTC Blind) and Steve Eggleston
SongLed by Lion Jim Healy – “Grand Old Flag”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Jack Wagner
Invocation- given by Lion John Watters
ATTENDANCE 2 Guests 17 Members  50 Percent
Recess for dinner: 6:34: Reconvened: 7:02

Program:  ARGUS II (Bionic Eye) – Lion Karen Brown
·         Lion Karen was diagnosis with Retinitis Pigmentosa in ‘80s and lost her vision and is a member of the Virginia Beach Town Center Blind Lions Club
·         Last February she went to Duke University and they put a small implant in her brain (ARGUS II).
·         Only 60 people so far in the US have undergone this procedure and it is currently only for people with Retinitis Pigmentosa.
·         Next year they are going to open it up to people with different sight related conditions.
·         She was initially told she isn’t going to see like she thinks she was going to see, which turned out to be true.
·         It is an outpatient procedure. She was at Duke for 3 days and goes back for regular checkups.
·         National Geographic was present when she had her procedure done and interviewed her. The article was in the Sept issue on pg 35. It features pictures of her removed eye.
·         The procedure lasted 2.5 hours and could have gone as long as 4.
·         They installed an implant on her retina with 60 electrodes attached to her brain. She doesn’t feel anything and it doesn’t bother her.
·         She got fitted out with the camera glasses and computer a month later.
·         The Camera takes an image and sends it to the computer, which goes to the eye, which goes to the implant where it is converted to electrical signals. In the end the retina sees flashes.
·         Contrast is very helpful since see can discern the difference between dark and light very well. She needs to retrain her brain to discern shapes and she is getting better at it.
·         She can see light and dark items like if there is a light wallpaper and a dark door, she will be able to tell where the door is. She can also see the sidewalk compared to the grass when walking her dog and make out fences.
·         The first installation of this device was 2 years ago. The guy who got it is getting very good at determining shapes.
·         Lion Karen was also interviews by a Japanese film crew and featured on one of their TV shows about technology.
·         She is slated to get a more advanced set of glasses in about a year.
·         The doctors are developing a means to direct input the signals to the brain, which will be more efficient and working on facial recognition.
·         Second Sight is the name of the company who makes the ARGUS II. Funding for the research was provided in part by the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and the Dr. who helped develop this technology at John Hopkins is a Lion.
·         As far as controls, Lion Karen has a dimming switch on the computer which she uses when she goes outside due to the increased brightness. She also has a contrast switch.

Reports:

            All Kinds of Stuff – Lion President Nancy Watters
·      Smiles Across the Miles
o  VB TC Blind Lions sponsored this project again this year with Anthem
o  This is where the cards we cut up last meeting went
o  On OCT 1st a lot of lions/Anthem workers/children  got together to assemble and decorate the cards
o  We have 1800 cards to send to the troops
o  We’re going to have a party on OCT 29th at the Autumn Care Nursing Home for the residents.
o  They will make and sign the cards.
o  The party will have a USO/WWII theme.
o  Members of the military will be present to collect the cards.
o  We will also collect toiletry items to make care packages for the soldiers.
o  Time will be 2pm-4pm
·         Health and Wellness Fair
o  Also on Oct 29th
o  There is a health and wellness fair at Calvary Baptist Church
o  We’ll do a SPOT screening.
o  Time is 10am-2pm, so there will be time to get to the USO party
·         Beach Bags
o  Thalia is the sponsor club for this project.
o  We’re partnering with Anthem and VBCPS
o  We received a $2,000 grant from LCI to buy half the food. The school district will pay the other half.
o  Time is 4-6pm at Corporate Landing MS.
o  The goal is to fill 1200 bags for children in need to take home with them so they’ll have something to eat over the weekend.
o  We did 750 bags last year.
o  50 slots were opened up to Anthem personnel and they filled them all in under an hour. They have 10 more on a waiting list.
o  We need around 40 lions. Will be open to all Virginia Beach Lions.
·         24-D Bid ‘N Buy
o  This is the weekend! (Oct 8th)
o  Lion Nancy is running the silent auction and needs help doing set up.
o  Will need 20-30 people.
·         Children Eye Screenings
o  Malibu ES – Oct 12th
o  Stafford Pre-School – Oct 26th
o  Kings Grant ES – Oct 27th
o  Thalia ES will be scheduled soon
·         Committee Lists
o   Some lions are sure which committees they’re on, so the lists were distributed


Eyeglass Recycling – Lion John Watters
·         Same time (Oct 13th, 10am on location or 9:30 at best buy)
·         Lion John tried to fool the club (by not updating the date on his watch since Sept only has 30 days) and tried to tell the club EGRC was on Oct 12 since his watch was a day off.
·         Lion John has us well trained and we all knew that the second Thursday of the month is Oct 13th and we did not fall for his ruse.

Broom Sale/White Cane – Lion Debra Laughlin
·         Lion Jack just ordered more brooms
·         The combined 1 day white cane/broom sale worked well on Sept. 17th
·         We made $415.50 at the white cane
·         We sold $1243.60 in brooms (including $222 from Paul’s Garage)
·         People were asking about brooms at the white cane site, so we were able to point them towards the brooms sale which drove a lot of traffic
·         The Square also worked well. $179 worth of broom purchases were done on the Square.
·         We’re going to do this again on Oct 22nd with the same set-up.
·         Ideally we will have 2 Lions at the front of BJs doing the white cane and 2 lions running the broom sale near the gas station.
·         A sign-up sheet will be sent out.


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
·         Need people to work and people to buy. Bring your spouse and friends.
·         There are a lot of really nice/expensive items in this year’s auction you could get a deal on. Lion Nancy will send out a link where you can view the items and share with your friends.  If there is something you want but can’t make it, let Lion Stan know and he’ll work something out.
·         We won a $250 service grant for being the #1 club in the district in terms of donations
·         We can win another $250 service grant if we get 15 people to register at the auction.
·         Lion Nancy will need you there around 9-9:30 to help her set up.

Peanut Fundraiser – Lion Steve Rosnov
·         We did this for the first time last year and it worked out well, so we’re going to do it again.
·         Last year we made about $1,000
·         Lion Steve passed out the order form. He has more if you need them.
·         Fill it out with the orders you take and turn the forms into either Lion Steve or Lion Vickie.
·         You can collect the money upfront or when you make delivery.
·         Most cans sell for around $10 and we keep around 6 of those dollars, so the profit margin is pretty good.
·         We have to pay shipping ($30) but we minimize that cost by just placing one big order which will be delivered to Lion Steve’s house. Then we can pick the peanuts up from him and deliver them to the people who bought them from you.
·         All orders will be due by the 1st meeting in Nov. (which is Nov. 2nd)

Fruit Sale – Lion Jack Wagner
·         Things are not looking good.
·         Our supplier is on a barrier island off the coast of Florida. They’ve had a lot of rain and the hurricane will really affect his crops.
·         He’s also been fighting a virus which is wreaking havoc on his trees, so he does not expect to have a good crop this year.
·         Lion Jack plans to talk to him in about a week and we’ll have more info on whether we will be able to do the sale this year or not.

From the Floor
·         Lion Nancy Watters – We received a $250 donation from Sunnybrook ES in appreciation for the SPOT screening we recently did there.
·         Lion Bob Donnelly is working with the DG on some international affairs.
·         Lion Jack Wagner – The Samaritan House food pantry is getting critically low. It hasn’t been this bad in a long time and any help would be greatly appreciated.

Secretary’s Report:
·         Lion John Watters earned a silver centennial of service pin for sponsoring a new member. He would have received it too if Lion Rich didn’t leave it in Hampton.
·         Redistricting. We talked a lot about this prior to State Convention in May. At state convention, it was the opinion of the Council of Governors that the motion to merge the 6 districts of Virginia into 3 had failed but they would seek the guidance of LCI legal. LCI legal has finally come back and with the ruling that the motion should have passed. This won’t affect the club much, but it will affect the club members who are involved in the District. Now we have District events in Norfolk, Hampton, Chesapeake, etc. Now they will be in Lynchburg, South Boston, Richmond, etc. IPDG Ray intends to fight the ruling. There will be an emergency district meeting after the bid ‘n buy auction on Oct. 8th to discuss the plan forward.
·         We will induct 2 new members at the Oct 19th meeting
·         DG Tucker’s official visit will be the Nov 16th meeting.

Tail Twister-  Lion Jim Healy
·         Birthdays:  Lion Aziz was initially at the meeting but he had to go to the airport and snuck out before the birthdays, so we’ll do it at the second meeting of the month.
·         50/50 Raffle:  $20- Lion Debra, $10 – Lion Jack, $9 – Lion John, Sample bag of peanuts – Lion Jack, Sample bag of peanuts – Lion Stan.

Meeting then adjourned at 7:55pm

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club


Upcoming Events
Ø  Oct 8th (Sat) – LCF 24-D Bid Buy Auction
Ø  Oct 12th (Wed) – Malibu ES Screening
Ø  Oct 13th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
Ø  Oct 19th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting
Ø  Oct 22nd (Sat) – Broom Sale/White Cane
Ø  Oct 26th (Wed) – Stafford Pre-School Screening
Ø  Oct 27th (Thurs) – Kings Grant Screening
Ø  Oct 29th (Sat) – Low Vision Expo & Health Fair (Calvary Baptist Church, VB) (10am-2pm)
Ø  Oct 29th (Sat) – USO Party/Smiles Across the Miles (Autumn Care Nursing Home)
Ø  Nov 2nd (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting (Peanut Orders are due)
Ø  Nov 9th (Wed) – Beach Bags, Corporate Landing MS

                                
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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