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June 17, 2014 - Taking over from Lion Rich Roberts (right) is Lion Aziz Selahi  (left)  inducted as President of Thalia Lions by District Governor Lion Stan Furman. This is the Thalia Lions Club's 49th year of service to the Thalia Community.

"Welcome to the Thalia Lions Club. Please call on me @ 486-6633 or email azizselahi123@gmail.com. Thank you Lion Rich 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 Aziz Selahi
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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.

Next Meeting

December 3rd (Wed) 6 p.m. is the Thalia Lions next dinner  / business meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn, Town Center, 252 Town Center Dr., Virginia Beach.

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

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

Traveling Leos always welcome.

Calendar

November 13th (Thurs) 10:00 a.m. – Eyeglass Recycling Center. This is always on the second Thursday of every month. Meet at the recycling center 2040 Broadmoor Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23323 at 10:00 or Best Buy, 217 Independence Blvd at 9:30 if you want a ride.

November 14-15th (Fri-Sat) - 24-D Fall Conference (Crowne Plaza, Hampton)

November 15th (Sat)– Pembroke Mall Screening  

November 19th (Wed) – Regular Meeting

December 09th (Thurs) – deadline for fruit orders – Lion Jack Wagner

December 17th (Wed) – Holiday Party (Watters’ residence)

December  17th - 21st delivery of Fruit Sale – Lion Jack Wagner.

2015 \/

February 28th (Sat) – 24-D Governor’s Social 

February  19th at 7:00 pm. Bland Contest – Thalia United Methodist Church on Virginia Beach Blvd. Needed club support to work the event. POC Lion Vickie Kennedy

March 19th at 7:00 - Region Bland Contest - Thalia United Methodist Church

May 1st - District Bland Contest at Chandler Hall (Old Dominion University).

July 17-19 RAM – Wise County – POC Lion John Watters - Register at www.ramusa.org .


Meetings 2015

OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR CLUB & BOARD MEETINGS

Nov 5, 2014 - The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Nov 05, 2014, by Lion 1VP Irene Conlin at 6:30pm 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 6:30pm
Introduction of Guests:   None

Song – Lion Ed DeLong – “Grand Old Flag”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Rich Roberts
Invocation- given by Lion Jim Healy
ATTENDANCE 
0 Guests
21 Members - 58 Percent

 Recessed for Dinner: 6:33pm - Reconvened:   7:00 pm

Introduction of Guest Speaker: Debra Bond Dear – CEO of Vanguard Landing:  
Debra has a mentally handicapped child. She relayed her experiences navigating the public schools systems with a special needs child. She found the hardest part is when then finish school, there really is no support for them. Although VA is a high per-capital income state, VA offers almost nothing in the way of support and ranks at the bottom of the country as far as programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This drove her to start a non-profit to offer needed services through private means. Vanguard Landing is a planned community which will be located off of Princess Anne Rd near Red Mill Landing. The community will offer a place for individuals to live in private housing with 24-hr care available. The on-site shops will provide revenue streams to keep the community going without the support of government as well as offer a place for the tenants to work. Currently 21,000 people with intellectual disabilities don’t have a place to live or work in VA.

Reports:

Fining Lion Stan – A motion was made and passed at the 10-15 meeting to fine Lion Stan. Lion Stan whined about this extensively.

Bland Contest – Lion Vickie Kennedy
·         Club contest is scheduled for Feb 19th at 7:00 pm. Location is the Thalia United Methodist Church on Virginia Beach Blvd. Will need club support to work the event.
·         The Region Contest is o March 19th at 7:00 and also at Thalia United Methodist Church.
·         The District Contest is on May 1st at Chandler Hall (Old Dominion University).
·         Lion Rich suggested Zone Contest could be held in lieu of club contest to increase participation by logistically making it easier for the clubs who don’t currently hold contest. The pros and cons were debated. No action was taken as the discussion was academic in nature and for future thought since Lion Vickie is the District Bland Chair.

Children’s Screenings – Lion Nancy Watters.
·         Nov. 15th – Screening at Pembroke Mall for those not attending the Fall Conference. The hours are 10-2. Lion Nancy will not be present but has farmed out all the duties. Lion Roger will arrive early to help set-up the tent and displays. 8 Lions from the club volunteered to be there. Most of the VB clubs will be represented.

Children’s Books – Lion Nancy Watters.
·         Lion Nancy received a grant where she will be able to obtain 700 new books for distribution to the Head Start Centers. She gets to pick the titles.

USO Party and Supply Drive – Lion Irene Conlin.
·         This is in partnership with the Town Center Blind Lions from 2-4 on Nov 8th. Sailors come in and do a party. Items are collected to distribute to service members overseas. Lion Irene passed out a flyer with the requested supplies. Care packages from home are a big deal to service members and the event is a lot of fun.

Fruit Sale – Lion Jack Wagner.
·         Delivery between the 17th and 21st of Dec at Lion Jack’s House.
·         Min. order is 120 cases. Last year we sold 180.
·         Brochures created by Lion Roger were passed out.

Fundraiser Ideas – Lion Steve Rosnov.
·         We need something new since we no longer call sell umbrellas.
·         VA peanuts would logistically be easy to do. We could sell them year round and sell the passively at Paul’s garage.
·         Lion Steve said it is getting harder to do fruit sales because the young guys can’t be there to unload the truck since they are at work. He said we could replace fruit sales with Yankee Candles.
·         Discussion from the floor revolved around trying the candle sells at a different part of the year to see how it goes and what the profitability would look like.
·         Lion Steve said he would do more research and formulate a more concrete plan.

Eyeglass Recycling – Lion Ed DeLong.
·         2nd Thursday of every month the club does 2 hours at the recycling center.
·         This month will be Nov. 13th. Neither Lion John or Lion Jim will be able to make it that day, so Lion Ed called for some additional support.

Sight & Hearing Van – Lion Ed DeLong.
·         Lion Ed was contacted by the Adult Learning Center who wants to schedule the S&H Van. Lion Ed wants to pass the ALC contact information to the Chair of the S&H Van committee so they can coordinate. We did not know who the committee chair was at the meeting. After the meeting, the chair was determined to be Lion Susie.

Community Need Assessment – Lion Rich Roberts.
·         As a way to make sure we are doing the right things as a club, we need to engage those in the community to make sure the services we provide are effective and relevant. We also need to indentify if there are needs out in the community which are not being met. This is the key to both having an effective club and achieving membership growth. LCI recommends doing this yearly.
·         LCI has a template for surveying community leaders. Ideal people to survey are educators, public servants, police, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, school councilors, and social workers.
·         Lion Rich said he would lead a committee to perform this survey and asked for volunteers to help him identify potential people to survey. Lion Marvin, Irene, Stan, Debra, Jack, and Steve all volunteered to help.

Upcoming Events – CC Stan Furman
·         The Region II meeting is on November 12th at the South Norfolk Moose Lodge in Chesapeake. We have 4 lions going, so this will qualify as a Traveling Leo.
·         The International Convention is on June 26-30 in Honolulu.

Money Matters – Lion Vickie Kennedy
·         We raised 1,131.96 with our recent White Cane.
·         We receive a lot of questions about brooms. The guy who owns the piano shop next to BJs said we could sell brooms at his establishment to we won’t have to direct people to Paul’s Garage. We may need to be careful on how we approach this to not offend BJs.
·         Lion Vickie suggested we make cards with directions to Paul’s Garage that we could pass out at events. Lion Roger said he could do this.
·         People also ask about eyeglasses. They can donate at BJs. We also have a donation box at the Central Library.

Mints – Lion Roger Snell
·         Lion Roger has mints n his car if you want them.

JDRF – Lion Dick Kreassig
·         Lion Dick received $62 for the JDRF walk from club members. Lion Dick was upset that the club did not include money for this in the budget. He stated that we don’t do enough for diabetes and urged the club to focus on this more.

Diabetes Research – Lion John Watters
·         Lion John stated that a lot of groundbreaking diabetes research is being done locally.

Holiday Party – Lion John Watters
·         The annual holiday party will be at the Watters’ residence on Dec. 17th.
·         Meat and libations will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a side or desert. Sides and deserts won’t be coordinated as it always seems to work out.

RAM – Lion John Watters
·         The dates are July 17-19 in Wise County.
·         You can register at www.ramusa.org. Wise County may not be listed yet. If you have trouble, you can contact Lion John for help.

Secretary’s Report:
The Region II meeting is on November 12th at the South Norfolk Moose Lodge in Chesapeake. If at least 4 members attend, this will count as a traveling leo.
Ø  Mark your calendar for the Fall Conference. It’s at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Hampton on Nov 14-15. You don’t need register if you are just attending classes or the district meeting. Please let Lion Rich know if you register so we can claim the points on the Achievement Report. Classes start at 9 am on Saturday. The District Meeting starts at 2pm.
Ø  The Governor’s Social is Feb 28th in Kilmarnock.
Ø  $38 worth of broom money was turned in

Tail Twister – CC Stan Furman
·         Neither of our November Birthdays were present so we will do birthdays during the second meeting of the month.

50-50 Raffle:  Tail Twister CC Stan Furman:  2 drawings. $20 – Lion Roger Sneel. $15 – Lion Marvin Clemmons.

 Meeting then adjourned at 8:40pm.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club


Upcoming Events:

Ø  November 8th (Sat) – USO Party and Supply Drive
Ø  November 12th (Wed) – Region II meeting (South Norfolk Moose Lodge)
Ø  November 13th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling Center
Ø  November 14-15th (Fri-Sat) - 24-D Fall Conference (Crowne Plaza, Hampton)
Ø  November 15th (Sat)– Pembroke Mall Screening
Ø  November 19th (Wed) – Regular Meeting
Ø  December 17th (Wed) – Holiday Party (Watters’ residence)

Ø  February 28th (Sat) – 24-D Governor’s Social  
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Oct 15, 2014 =- The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Oct 15, 2014, by Lion President Aziz Selahi at 6:30pm 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 6:30pm

Introduction of Guests:   Valda (Lion Sylvia’s guest) and 5 members from Southside Lions  

Song – Lion Debra Laughlin – “America the Beautiful”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Steve Rosnov
Invocation- given by Lion John Watters
ATTENDANCE: 6 Guests, 17 Members - 45 Percent

Recessed for Dinner: 6:33pm
Reconvened:   7:00 pm

Introduction of Guest Speaker: Bob Perkins – President of the Tidewater Beekeepers Association

Bob first started learning about bees because he needed a way to pollinate his blueberries. 80% of our food crops in VA are dependent on pollinators. There are 20,000 types of bees, most of which are solitary. There are many types of pollinations (wind, moths, bats, etc); however bees are the most important. Mason bees are important for VA apple trees. They pollinate but don’t produce honey. Honey bees provide 80% of pollination. A mason bee can be a more efficient pollinator than a honey bee on a one-on-one basis; however, honey bees make up for this in numbers. Honey bees also will travel further and are active year round. A queen bee will lay 1500 eggs per day. 2/3s of a queen bee’s body weight is her eggs.

Reports:

Children’s Screenings – Lion Nancy Watters.
·         Over 5000 children have been screened in the district so far this year with over 600 referrals.
·         Headstart screenings are coming up.
·         Southside Lions has a very active screening program. They have done 20 screenings so far this year.
·         Lions John and Nancy are going up the Eastern Shore to team with the local clubs to do screenings.
·         Nov 15th is the Pembroke Mall screening. Please help if you are not going to the Fall Conference.
·         Bring books. Books are still be passed out at screenings and Headstarts. We want to pass out books at Pembroke Mall on the 15th and distribute books to the hospital waiting rooms. 416 books are going to the Eastern Shore Headstarts on the 16th.

White Cane – Lion Irene Conlin.
·         Sign up sheet is out for the white cane on the 17th and 18th at BJs.
·         Lion Aziz will pick up the buckets and signs from Paul’s Garage on Friday morning. Lion Irene will collect them at the end of each day.

USO Party and Supply Drive – Lion Irene Conlin.
·         This is in partnership with the Town Center Blind Lions from 2-4 on Nov 8th. Sailors come in and do a party. Items are collected to distribute to service members overseas. Care packages from home are a big deal to service members and the event is a lot of fun.

Fruit Sale – Lion Jack Wagner.
·         Revised price list was passed out.
·         Delivery between the 17th and 21st of Dec.
·         Trying to move up the delivery date but that will require us to sell a whole truck load.
·         Min. order is 120 cases. Last year we sold 180.
·         Lion Roger will make order forms.

Eyeglass Recycling – Lion Ed DeLong.
·         2nd Thursday of every month the club does 2 hours at the recycling center.
·         We had a good turnout last time with 6 lions and 1 guest (prospective member Valda).
·         We turned in 204 glasses and 5 hearing aids this month.
·         Lion Ed collects hearing aids for the district. He recently turned in 370 hearing aids to EVMS. Hearing aids which EVMS can’t use are sent to South Africa for use there.

Sharing the Vision – Lion Debra Laughlin.
·         Dec 2017 is LCI’s 100th Birthday. The centennial service challenge is to serve 100 million people in by this date.
·         California Pizza Kitchen (VB Town Center) is hosting an event on Oct 21st from 11am-9pm. If you wear a vision impairment mask and eat, they will donate 20% of the meal the Lions of 24-D Visionwalk team.
·         Lions will be manning a table all day at California Pizza Kitchen during the event.
·         You will need to tell the waiter you are with the Lions (or a friend of the Lions) for them to donate the portion of your meal cost.
·         Visionwalk is April 26th at 31st Street.

Eyebank Luncheon – Lion John Watters.
·         Every quarter The LMEB host a luncheon where donor families meet recipient families. The lunch tends to be a tear-jerker. The next one is Nov 13th and Lion John had two spots open. Lion Marvin and Lion Debra said they would attend.

Secretary’s Report:

Ø  The Region III meeting is on October 16th at the Hibachi Grill on VB Blvd. 7 club members are attending.
Ø  The Region II meeting is on November 12th at the South Norfolk Moose Lodge in Chesapeake. If at least 4 members attend, this will count as a traveling leo.
Ø  Mark your calendar for the Fall Conference. It’s at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Hampton on Nov 14-15.
Ø  Lion Nancy turned in $46 worth of broom money.
Ø  We received a thank you letter from the Virginia Lions Hearing Foundation for our yearly donation.
Ø  Norfolk Middletown Lions is celebrating their 5th anniversary on Sunday Oct 19th. Lion Rich can provide details if you wish to attend.

Tail Twister – Lion Marvin Clemmons.
·         Lion Marvin issues fines to Lions who were not wearing their pins and who did not have a membership application on their person.   Lion Marvin listed out several transgressions committed by Lion Stan. Lion Nancy made a motion that Lion Stan be fined at our next club meeting (Nov 5th). The motion was seconded by Lion Jack and passed unanimously.

50-50 Raffle:  Tail Twister Lion Marvin Clemmons:  2 drawings. $20 – Lion Nancy Watters. $18 – Lion Mike Coren.

Meeting then adjourned at 8:05pm.

Respectfully submitted
Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events:

Ø  October 16th (Thurs) – Region III meeting (Hibachi Grill on VB Blvd)
Ø  October 17th-18th (Fri-Sat) – White Cane (BJs on VB Blvd)
Ø  October 20th (Mon) – Traveling Leo to Deep Creek
Ø  October 21st (Tues) – Sharing the Vision (California Pizza Kitchen @ VB Town Center)
Ø  November 5th (Wed) – Regular Club Meeting/ Board Meeting
Ø  November 8th (Sat) – USO Party and Supply Drive
Ø  November 13th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling Center
Ø  November 14-15th (Fri-Sat) - 24-D Fall Conference (Crowne Plaza, Hampton)
Ø  November 15th (Sat)– Pembroke Mall Screening
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Oct 1, 2014 The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Oct 1, 2014, by Lion President Aziz Selahi at 6:30pm 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 6:30pm

Introduction of Guests:   Amber (Lion Linda H.’s guest) and Lion Chelsea for Princess Anne 

Song – Lion Ed DeLong – “Grand Old Flag”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Jeri Furman
Invocation- given by Dick Kressig
ATTENDANCE 
     2 Guests
19 Members  50 Percent

 Recessed for Dinner: 6:33pm
Reconvened:   7:00 pm

Introduction of Guest Speaker: CC Stan Furman

Lion Stan gave a short plug for the Lions of Virginia Foundation. LOVF was the first foundation in VA and was primarily a source of disaster relief. The foundation now does just about everything and gave support to all districts last year. Every club in MD-24 is a member of the foundation.
Lion Stan then talked about Pin-trading. VA started the 1st pin traders association for a multiple district. The association publishes a catalog for all the pins which have been produced by the clubs. The catalog is hundreds of pages long. Lion Stan has all the pins produced by the two clubs he has belonged to, Little Creek and Thalia. We discussed producing a new pin for our 50 year anniversary which will occur in April of 2016. Lion Stan booked a past ID for our guest speaker. 

Reports:

Children’s Screenings – Lion Nancy Watters. At Malibu ES, 87 children were screened with 11 referrals. The Pembroke Mall screening is Nov 15th for those who are not attending the Fall Conference. The times are 10-2. Since 2010, we have screened 43,000 children.
Lion Nancy is giving a presentation to Deep Creek Lions on the Reading Action Program on Oct 20th. She will joined by additional club members to make the trip a traveling leo.

White Cane – Lion Irene Conlin. White Cane is scheduled for Oct 17th-18th in front of BJs on VB Blvd. The sign-up sheet went around. We added a 4-6 shift on Friday to capture additional shoppers. We are aiming to staff each shift with 3 Lions.

Fruit Sale – Lion Jack Wagner. Lion Jack passed out a proposed pricing sheet based on the updated fruit costs. Some minor pricing tweeks were discussed with possibily more to be settled out. Delivery will be the first week in Dec. We will need orders in November. Exact dates will follow.

Bayside Peanut Sales – Lion Debra Laughlin. Lion Bob Donnelly reach out to us wanting Thalia to help in Bayside’s fundraiser selling Virginia Peanuts. General consensus in the room was selling the peanuts is not a good deal and not worth our time and efforts.

Eyeglass Recycling – Lion Ed DeLong. 2nd Thursday of every month the club does 2 hours at the recycling center. Lion Ed pointed out that when the hospital ships leave to do their medical missions, they take thousands of glasses with them from our recycling center.

Bid-Buy Auction – CC Stan Furman. The auction is this Saturday. Over 200 items have been donated. We need 15 people to register in order to qualify for the $250 service grant. The event starts at 11 and the live auction begins at 1.

Lion Shelia Romm informed the club that the Race for Breath is on November 1st. Go to raceforbreath.com in order to donate or to look up further information.

CEP/Long Range Planning – Lion Rich Roberts. Lion Rich talked about his experience at the Regional Lions Leadership Institute. It was a positive and productive experience. LCI offers a lot of leadership development opportunities either through institutes and/or webinars on the website. These offer skills which translate not only to Lions Clubs, but to your professional life as well and Lion Rich encouraged club members to take advantage of these recourses.
In North America, Lions Clubs are experience a decline in membership. Membership in Lions has decreased in Virginia every year since 1978. More than half the clubs with less than 16 members will not exist in 10 years. This could force us to start consolidating districts in MD-24. Lion Rich pointed out that we are a strong club which meets most of LCI’s indicators for a healthy club; however, just because we are good does not mean that we couldn’t do better. If we can do better, then we can look to help other clubs in the zone/region/district which are not as strong as us. Lion Rich would like to lead Thalia through the Club Excellence Process in order to figure out if there are things we need to look at doing/changing. We’ve already done part of this by completing the How are You Rating Survey which was spearheaded by Lion Steve. Lion Rich will form a committee to analyze the findings and to help develop a long range plan for the club.


Secretary’s Report:

Ø  Lion Steve stopped by Paul’s garage and collected $267 worth of broom money.
Ø  We discussed birthdays. Some club members felt doing birthdays twice a month was excessive. After a discussion, the club decided we all preferred to limit birthdays to once a month.
Ø  The Region III meeting is on October 16th at the Hibachi Grill on VB Blvd.
Ø  Mark your calendar for the Fall Conference. It’s at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Hampton on Nov 14-15.
Ø  Lion Rich talked about the club Facebook page. He asked for members to keep sending him pictures which get a lot of hits. Our posts are currently being seen by 100-300 people. We need to keep liking and sharing the thing Lion Rich puts on the Facebook page to increase visibility and so the things we do get seen by our friends.
Ø  We have 2 members who have not paid their dues. Lion Donna and Lion Willard. They have not responded to any correspondence.
Ø  Southside Lions is coming to visit us on Oct 15.

50-50 Raffle:  Tail Twister CC Stan Furman:  3 drawings. $20 – Lion John Watters. $12 – Lion Vickie Kennedy.  $10 – Lion Nancy Watters.


Oct Birthdays –  Lion Marvin had a trio sing to him consisting of Lion Sharon, Lion Sylvia, and Lion Chelsea. For once, we got to enjoy good singing. After that, Lion Marvin and Lion Aziz were forced to sing happy birthday to each other.


 Meeting then adjourned at 8:05pm.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club





Upcoming Events:

Ø  October 4th (Sat) –  Charity Foundation Bid Buy Auction
Ø  October 9th (Thurs) – Eyeglass recycling
Ø  October 15th (Wed) – Regular club meeting
Ø  October 16th (Thurs) – Region III meeting (Hibachi Grill on VB Blvd)
Ø  October 17th-18th (Fri-Sat) – White Cane (BJs on VB Blvd)
Ø  October 20th (Mon) – Traveling Leo to Deep Creek
Ø  November 14-15th  - 24-D Fall Conference (Crowne Plaza, Hampton)

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Sept 17, 2014  Regular Meeting Agenda, Wed 

Hilton Garden Inn, Virginia Beach Town Center

Social time – 6pm ±, Hilton Lobby

General Meeting/Dinner 6:30 pm – President Lion Aziz Selahi - Call to Order

Introduction of guests:

Song –  Lion Aziz Selahi
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Mike Coren
Invocation –  Lion Dick Kreassig
Recess for Dinner

Program: Scott Richards – Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia

Reports:

Zone G Chair – Lion Pat Jones

Children Screenings – Lion Nancy Watters

Membership Goals/Survey Results – Lion Steve Rosnov

Eyeglass Recycling – Lion Ed Delong

JDRF Walk – Lion Dick Kreassig

24-D Charity Foundation Bid/Buy Auction – CC Stan Furman

Reports/Issues from the floor:


Secretary’s Report – Lion Rich Roberts


Birthdays: Lion Fran (9/02), Lion Roger (9/06), Lion Dick (9/23), Lion Stan (9/30)

50/50 Raffle:  Tail Twister, CC Lion Stan Furman

Adjournment

Reminders:
Ø  September 17th (Wed) – Norfolk Homeless Connect
Ø  October 1st (Wed) – Regular club meeting
Ø  October 4th (Sat) –  Charity Foundation Bid Buy Auction
Ø  October 9th (Thurs) – Eyeglass recycling
Ø  October 16th (Thurs) – Region III meeting (Hibachi Grill on VB Blvd)
Ø  November 14-15th  - 24-D Fall Conference (Crowne Plaza, Hampton)
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Aug 20, 2014 - The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Aug 20, 2014, by Lion President Aziz Selahi at 6:30pm 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 6:30pm

Introduction of Guests:   PCC Carl Johannsen and his wife Lion Tia from District 21-B (Arizona), Lion Jo Anne (Lancaster Lions) and DG Pam Kidwell (Lancaster Lions)

Song – Lion Vickie Kennedy led “I’ve got the Lion Spirit”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Linda Eggleston
Invocation- given by Lion John Watters
ATTENDANCE 
4 Guests,21 Members  53 Percent
 Recessed for Dinner: 6:35pm: Reconvened:   7:00 pm

Introduction of Guest Speaker:  CC Stan Furman Introduced DG Pam Kidwell
DG Pam said we are going to have zone and region meeting earlier in the year. She wants more club member so come out to these meeting to offer feedback on what they want to see done and how the district can operate better. Region III’s meeting will be on Oct 16 at the Hibachi Grill on Virginia Beach Blvd. The Fall Conference will be on Nov 14 and 15. She encouraged club members to attend the conference and utilize all the classes which will be offered. She has lined up a doctor from the hearing foundation to teach a class, which will be interesting. She is exploring ways to utilize technology to increase participation from the remote clubs. She would like to broadcast the conference, region and zone meetings via Skype.  She wants to see more clubs get active with traveling leos. The new rules will be coming out soon. She is requiring each club to go all the way out to visit Lancaster. She believes an increase in the traveling leo contest will lead to increase communication between clubs, which will lead to more fellowship, and ultimately to more motivation. The club which travels the most will win a $500 charity grant from the 24-D charity foundation. The second place club will receive a trophy. She wants to see more leo clubs in the district and she wants to see more interaction between the leo clubs and their host clubs. She stressed the importance of including leos in club projects. She wants to see a bland contest in each club to further engage our youth. She encouraged each member to ask at least one friend to join the Lions. She mentioned the new public relations chair is PDG Donna Wieller. She talked about clubs doing more joint projects. She specifically mentioned helping with Ward Corner’s holiday feast program. The membership goal for the district is +76. A trophy will be given to the club which has the greatest increase in membership for the month. The trophy will travel from club to club based on each month’s results.

Lion Aziz thanked the District Governor for her speech. He mentioned that in his country, when someone invites you to visit them, you must accept. Therefore, we will have to go visit Lancaster Lions. He also said, if someone invites you they are offering their hospitality and so they will be paying our way. Dinner is on Lancaster Lions!

Reports:
 Ø  Youth Camp Video – Lion John Watters. Lion Debra was not present so Lion John filled us in. Lion Debra hosted 1 girl from Finland and 1 girl from Italy. She convinced her sister to take on a boy from Hungry who didn’t have a host family. We watched a 10 minute video complied form pictures of their visit. Those kids had a wonderful, action-packed couple of weeks in America.Ø  Blood Drive/Broom Order – Lion Nancy Watters. 30 pints of blood were collected. A total of 11 members worked a total of 48 lion-hours. We collect $455 from broom sales.
Ø  Larkspur MS Screening – Lion Nancy Watters. On Aug 21st, a large screening will take place at Larkspur MS. This will be a zone project. About 700 students are expected to be screened. All the students being screened will be qualified for some sort of public assistance such as Medicaid. 10 members are signed up to work.
Ø  Spot Screening – Lion Nancy Watters. Lion Nancy  needed more help for a screening on Monday in Ghent. About 100 children need to be screened. PCC Carl and Lion Tia offered to be there and work the screening on their vacation! The club also has several screenings set up for September and Lion Nancy received offers to work those screenings from the club.
 Ø  Lion Medical Eyebank Dinner – Lion John Watters. 17 club members attended, which was the most of any club in the district.Ø  Membership Plan/Survey – Lion Steve Rosnov. Club surveys were sent out and about half the club has filled them out. After we get all the surveys in, Lion Steve will analyze the data and report the findings to the club. He mentioned he isn’t too good with numbers and my seek assistance from Lion Nancy. He went over the three membership teams. The team leaders are Lion Steve, Lion Rich, and Lion Shelia. The first team to bring 3 guests to a meeting will win. Lions from other clubs do not count as guests for the competition.
Ø  Eyeglass Recycling – Lion Ed DeLong.  Reminded the club this is the second Thursday of every month. Meet at the recycling center at 10:00 or the Best Buy on Independence at 9:30 if you want a ride. This month, 7 members worked and 510 glasses were turned in. Lion Ed also mentioned that the Youth Exchange is a good thing and that we can do something similar with adults. We have a lot of foreign visitors due to the navy and marine activity in the area. Lion Ed suggests we invite them to our homes for dinner.
Ø  CC Stan Fuman:
o   Our next club meeting will be our yearly pool party at his condo. Same meeting date, same meeting time. The club will provide hot dogs, burgers, and buns. Club members will bring sides. No glass will be allowed
o   Lion Stan talked about the raffle ticket fundraiser for the charity foundations. If you have sold tickets, get them turned in.
Ø  Lion Bob Perine. Lion Bob addressed the District Governor over his concern of the district website. Lion Bob maintains our blog and it is the first search result on google. The district’s page is not on page one of google searches. Lion Rich suggested she have an IT person or web designer look at search engine optimization (SEO) which will increase the websites search result on google.
Ø  Lion Otis Ethridge – Will plan a Bonney Road clean up in Sept/Oct now that the weather is cooling down.

Secretary’s Report:   
Ø  Mark your calendar for the Fall Conference. It’s at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Hampton on Nov 14-15.
Ø  Lion Rich talked about the club Facebook page. He asked for members to keep sending him pictures which get a lot of hits. Our posts are currently being seen by 100-300 people. We need to keep liking and sharing the thing Lion Rich puts on the Facebook page to increase visibility and so the things we do get seen by our friends.
Ø Ø  Sigh and Hearing van board meeting is Thursday the 21st at Angelos in Newport News. It’s easy to find and right off I-64.  

50-50 Raffle:  Tail Twister CC Stan Furman:  3 drawings. $30 – Lion John Watters. $20 – Lion Jeri Furman. $8 – Lion Tia Johannsen.

August Birthdays – Lion Willard was not present, so we used DG Pam as a surrogate. Lion Aziz chose Lion Marvin to sing to her. Lion Marvin tried hard to bid himself out of it, but with no success. Since Lion Marvin is our newest members, we did not want him to sing without support and we threw some money in the pot to have Lion Aziz join him. Lion Aziz sang happy birthday in Farsi. Lion Marvin listened carefully and pulled off singing in Farsi as well. Then they both joined together to sing in English.

DG presented Lion Aziz with her Pin.
Lion Aziz presented a club banner to DG Pam and to PCC Carl.

Meeting then adjourned at 8:15pm.

Respectfully submitted
Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events:
Ø  August 21st (Thurs) – Larkspur MS Screening
Ø  August 21st (Thurs) – Sight and Hearing Van Board Meeting (Angleos in NN)
Ø  August 25th (Mon) – Spot screening in Ghent
 Ø  September 3rd (Wed) – Pool Party at CC Stan’s
 Ø  September 6th (Sat) – Low Vision Expo (Central Library)
 Ø  September 11th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling
 Ø  September 16th (Tues) – Seatack ES Screening 
 Ø  October 4th (Sat) – Charity Foundation Bid-Buy Auction
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Aug 6, 2014 - The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on Aug 07, 2014, by Lion President Aziz Selahi at 6:25pm 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 6:25pm

Introduction of Guests:   Lions Marvin Clemmons, Sharon Ross-Clemmons, and Sylvia Wagner (formerly of Norfolk Middletown) were present. All three intend to transfer to Thalia. Erin Bryant (PAHS scholarship winner and her mother Jolene were present.

Song – Lion John Watters led “Grand Old Flag”
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Steve Rosnov
Invocation- given by Lion Ed DeLong
ATTENDANCE - 7 Guests - 18 Members  49 Percent
 Recessed for Dinner: 6:30pm: Reconvened:   6:45 pm

Introduction of Guest Speaker:  Lion Nancy Watters Introduced Dr. Roshan Telreja.

Dr. Roshan Talreja is a retired physician and self-styled philosopher. He took his premed training at Cambridge and graduated from Delhi University Medical School. After completing his medical degrees in England, India and the U.S., he did his Internal Medicine Residence in 1973, a Fellowship in Cardiology in 1974 and training in Emergency Medicine in 1975. He is a member of American Medical Association and the American Philosophical Association. He enjoys public philosophy where east meets west...science meets spirituality...knowledge meets wisdom. Dr. Roshan gave several examples of practices his grandmother instructed him to follow during his childhood in India. He complied but wrote these practices off as meaningless superstition. Through his years of medical training, he began to realize there was real science behind these practices and devoted his time to better understand these practices. He talked about the need to combine Eastern wisdom with Western knowledge and the connection between medicine and meditation.

Reports:

Ø  PAHS Scholarhip – Lion Bob Perrine. Lion Bob attended the award ceremony at PAHS this year and was very complimentary on the experience. He suggest we send somebody to the ceremony each year. He talked on the merits of the IB program. PAHS is the only school in Virginia Beach with the rigorous program. He talked about Erin’s application and how it really stood out from the others due to her character, community service, and financial need. Erin said a few words to express her deep appreciation.

Early 50-50 Raffle:  Tail Twister CC Stan Furman:  We did an early 50-50 so Lion Bob could take our scholarship winner home. We did one big drawing ($48) won by Lion Nurys.

Ø  Blood Drive/Broom Order – Lion Nancy Watters. We need help for the blood drive as well as sell brooms/flags/umbrellas or anything else we can find. We sold out of brooms last year and need people to sign up to work. Lion Nancy passed out flyers for the event. They need 40 people to sign up but only have 8 so far.

Ø  Headstart Screenings – Lion Nancy Watters. Lion Nancy has scheduled screenings at all the headstarts. Most of the screenings will happen in the other cities of southside, but it will be helpful if our club members support.

Ø  Larkspur MS Screening – Lion Nancy Watters. On Aug 21st, a large screening will take place at Larkspur MS. This will be a zone project. About 700 students are expected to be screened. All the students being screened will be qualified for some sort of public assistance such as Medicaid.

Ø  RAM – Lion John Watter. RAM was cold and wet. Thalia had 7 representatives, Lion Susie and her husband, Lion Linda E. and her husband, Lion Fran, and Lions John and Nancy. All worked in the eye clinic. The traffic appeared to be lighter than usual, probably due to the poor weather. They saw less cases of different conditions due to the increase in preventive medicine. They also delieved 400 pairs of underwear. The districtdelievered hundreds of pounds of clothes, which went quickly. If you plan on going next year, you should look to book your lodging arrangements now.

Ø  Lion Medical Eyebank Dinner – Lion John Watters. The annual member meeting is Aug. 13th. Each club is a member of the eyebank. We need 10 members to reserve a full table. It appears we will exceed this number. Reservations need to be called in prior to this Friday.

Ø  Lion President Aziz Selahi presented Lion John Watters with a plaque of appreciation (made by Lion Roger Snell) for his hard work in dedication.

Ø  1 Touch Defense – Lion Irene Conlin. An Adaptive PE teach from VB schools reached out to Lion Irene to see if we would sponsor his registration fee ($600) to become certified and teach self-defense to visually impaired students. If we sponsor him, he agreed to do work in the community with the visually impaired as well as teaching his students at school. There were concerns with our low activity funds and questions on how much community involvement would be involved and the club’s role in that community involvement. Due to the unresolved questions, the club decided to table the issue for the moment. Lion Irene plans to bring him to a meeting so we can ask some questions and determine what kind of return we would get by investing in him.   
  
Ø  Eyeglass Recycling – Lion Ed DeLong.  Reminded the club this is the second Thursday of every month. Meet at the recycling center at 10:00 or the Best Buy on Independence at 9:30 if you want a ride.

Ø  CC Stan Fuman:
o   Visited the Hearing Foundation in Charlottesville. He described the incredible medical research they are doing.
o   Bid Buy Auction on Oct. 4th. We can win a $250 service grant by having 15 people at the auction. We can win a separate $250 service grant through a raffle. Each raffle ticket is earned by donating an item of at least $50 in value.
o   The district has an agreement with EVMS to do cataract surgeries for us. The district is approaching Bon Secours to establish a similar deal.
o   Lions in China are responded to the earthquake which hit them. LCI has an emergency fund we can donate to. Donations will count toward a MJF.
o   Lion Stan passed out the “How do you rate your club” survey. We can also take this online. The DG Pam would like us to fill them out before she comes for her official visit on Aug 20th.
o   Cabinet Secretary Sharene Nolan’s husband had a massive stroke which left him brain dead. He is expected to be taken off life support on Thursday. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

Secretary’s Report:
Ø  Mark your calendar for the Fall Conference. It’s at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Hampton on Nov 14-15. Ø  6 lions still owe dues. Lion Rich is about to turn up the heat. 
Ø  We’ve been nominated for the “Giving Back Awards”. If we place in the top 15, our club will get a write up in the Coastal Virginia magazine. Lion Rich will send out the link so we can vote early and often.

Lion President Aziz presented Lion Rich with a plaque of appreciation for his year as president.

July Birthdays – Lion Giovanni asked Lion Otis to sing to him. Lion Ed requested Lion John. Lion John tried hard to bid his way out of it, but his attempts kept being thwarted by his loving wife and he masterfully sang to Lion Ed to honor his 86th birthday. Lion Otis was Lion Otis and words can not describe it.

 Meeting then adjourned at 8:25pm.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events:
Ø  August 13th (Wed) – Lions Medical Eye Bank Dinner
Ø  August 14th (Thurs) - Eyeglass Recycling, 2040 Broadmoor Ave, Chesapeake at 10:00am
Ø  August 18th (Mon) – Blood Drive at Virginia Beach Christian Church
Ø  August 20th (Wed) – Regular meeting (District Governor’s Official Visit)
Ø  August 21st (Thurs) – Larkspur MS Screening
Ø  October 4th (Sat) – Charity Foundation Bid-Buy Auction

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July 16, 2014 OFFICIAL MINUTES OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
The Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, Virginia, held a special Board Meeting at the Hilton Garden
Inn, on July 16, 2014, following the Regular Meeting. The meeting was called to order at 8:20p.m. by
President Lion Aziz Selahi who acted as chairman, with the following board members and regular
members in attendance:
Lion Richard Roberts,
Secretary
Lion Debra Laughlin, 3rd
VP
Lion Roger Snell, visitor
Lion Bob Perrine, visitor
Lion Nancy Watters, 2nd VP
Lion John Watters, visitor
Lion Vickie Kennedy, Treasurer
Lion Linda Harrison, Director
Lion Irene Conlin, 1st VP
Lion Stan Furman, TailTwister
Lion Mike Coren, visitor
Lion Jeri Furman, visitor
Lion Susie Sumnick, visitor
Minutes of Business Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 8:20 p.m. by Lion President Aziz Selahi.
1. Treasurer’s Report, Lion Vickie Kennedy: We discussed the budget for the upcoming
year. We line by line through last year’s budget and made adjustments based on what we
anticipate to happen this year. We will likely need to find another fundraiser for our
activities account. Lion Vickie will complete this year’s budget based on the board’s
adjustments and then submit it to the board for review. Upon approval, the club secretary
will submit our budget to the District Governor and Cabinet Secretary.
2. The District Governor’s official visit will be August 20th. The Region III meeting will be
Thursday October 16th.
3. Lion President Aziz Selahi wants to engage local media in order to raise the visibility of
the club. Lion Debra Laughlin discussed the possibility of getting on the Hampton Roads
show since we work with them on Visionwalk. We could promote the Charity Foundation
bid-buy auction on the show as well as discuss the things we do in the community. We
discussed places where we could display flyers. We do this at the Head Start locations and
we could expand it to hospitals and the VA Aquarium.
4. As in years past, we will have a pool party in lieu of a regular meeting on September 3rd.
We will have our holiday party in lieu of a regular meeting on December 17th.
5. The Hilton Garden Inn presented us with the contract for the next year. We are obligated a
minimum 20 people per meeting. The costs increased slightly to almost $17 per person.
The board decided to continue charging members $16 per person at meetings since our
admin fund is strong and the hotel generally undercharges us (If we tell them 20 people
will show up, but 21 or 22 come they only charge us for 20).
Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm.
Respectfully submitted:
Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Attachment: None
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July 16, 2014 OFFICIAL MINUTES OF REGULAR CLUB MEETINGS
The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on July 16,
2014, by Lion President Aziz Selahi at 6:30pm 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 6:30pm
ATTENDANCE
1 Guests
19 Members
51 Percent
Recessed for Dinner: 6:34pm
Reconvened: 7:00 pm
Introduction of Guest Speaker: Lion Nancy Watters introduced Lauren Stacy from the Therapy
Network.
Lauren has a doctorate in physical therapy. She spoke to the club about how and why people become
more susceptible to falls as they age and how to prevent them. Measurements are taken to determine
balance and then assess fall risk. The key factors in determining fall risks are cognitive factors,
physiological factors, biomechanical factors, motor control factors, and environmental/functional factors.
1/3 of people of 65 fall. 2/3 of people over 65 have a near fall (catch yourself). Falling is the leading cause
of injury for the elderly. Proper diet and exercise are key in mitigating fall risks. Lauren recommends at
least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Any type of activity is good, but a mixture of endurance,
strength, balance, and flexibility training is most effective.
Lion Bob brought up the point that learning how to fall is also important. He demonstrated proper falling
technique in the front of the room. Lion Nancy snapped a photo of Lion Bob on the ground for those
interested.
Lion Aziz prepared a slide show movie with pictures set to music from our recent events. The first movie
showed pictures from charter night and the second showed pictures from the Youth Exchange dinner.
Reports:
RAM – Lion John Watter. 7 people representing Thalia are leaving for Wise County tomorrow.
If you plan on going next year, you should look to book your lodging arrangements now. RAM
should be the 3rd week in July.
Lion Medical Eyebank Dinner – Lion John Watters. The annual member meeting is Aug. 13th.
Each club is a member of the eyebank. We need 10 members to reserve a full table. We will have
2 August meetings since the Eyebank dinner does not fall on a meeting night this year.
Youth Exchange Report – Lion Aziz. Lion Aziz gave the list of countries represented from the
youth exchange. The teens all introduced themselves and mingled with the club. One girl who had
a beautiful singing voice sang for the group. All had a great time. The three teens hosted by Lion
Debra for the last 3 weeks made her banners which represented their counties. Lion Stan spoke
about the Parade of Nations, where each teen gives a presentation on their country. Lion Stan
encouraged more club members to attend in the future.
Eyeglass Recycling – Lion Ed DeLong. 6 lions showed up. 380 pairs of glasses were turned in.
Lion Ed encouraged more members to attend. Lion Ed explained that the work is not difficult and
explained the recycling process.
Membership Drive – Lion Rich Roberts. Lion Rich presented Lion Steve’s membership plan.
Lion Steve wants to start a friendly competition. He divided the club into 3 teams with a captain
for each team. Teams are encouraged to invite guests to meetings. The first team to bring 3 guest
will win immunity from the tail twister for 2 months. The second team to bring 3 guests will get 1
month of immunity.
Diabetes Awareness – Lion Dick Kreassig. Lion Dick talked about the differences between
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. He also brought up a recent NY Times op-ed which contained a lot
of incorrect information about diabetes.
Blood Drive/Broom Order – Lion Nancy Watters. We need help for the blood drive as well as
sell brooms/flags/umbrellas or anything else we can find. We sold out of brooms last year.
International Convention – CC Stan Furman. Lion Stan informed the club of a rule change
which allows a council chair to be terminated for cause. The club felt this rule might be prophetic
since Lion Stan is the council chair this year.
Lion Aziz Selahi presented Lion Jack Wagner with the Lion of the Year award.
Lion Irene Conlin asked the club for speaker ideas.
Secretary’s Report:
Lion Rich Roberts passed out District Directories to the cognizant Lions. Some other club
members wanted directories. They can purchase directories from PDG Barbara Senecal for $3.
Lion Rich, Lion Aziz, and CC Stan all offered to get club members contact information if they email
them with a request.
Lion Rich Roberts talked about a new incentive program for the 24-D charity foundation bid-buy
auction fundraiser. The bid-buy auction is the charity foundation’s biggest fundraiser. The charity
foundation does a lot for the district and the club, so it is important to support. The club can earn a
$250 service grant from the charity foundation by bringing 15 or more club members/guests to the
auction. The club can win a second $250 service grant in a raffle. The club will receive a raffle
ticket for each item donated to the auction which is greater than $50 in value.
Lion Rich Roberts discussed the Coastal Virginia Magazine’s giving back awards. The award is
won through a process of nomination and then a series of voting rounds. Lion Rich nominated
Thalia, but based on the number of votes the winning non-profits had last year, he suggested
nominating the District and then having the DG and Cabinet Secretary to encourage the clubs to
vote.
Lion Rich Presented Lion Debra Laughlin with an achievement award from LCI due to her work
to aid the blind and low-vision.
July Birthdays – Lion Rob Seim was not present. CC Stan Furman decided to proceed anyway. He set
up an empty chair and asked Lion President Aziz Selahi to choose the singer. Lion Aziz chose Lion Jim
Healy; however, he didn’t have to spend much to get out of it. The bidding quickly turned to Lion Nancy
Watters and Lion Bob Perrine. Both were determined not to sing and a fierce bidding war soon broke
out. In the end, the deep pockets of Lion Bob were too much for Lion Nancy who animatedly and
passionately sang Happy Birthday to the empty chair. $109 was collected.
50-50 Raffle: Tail Twister CC Stan Furman: $21 won by Lion Nancy Watters , $15 won by Lion
Jeri Furman, $8 won by Lion Jim Healy.
Meeting then adjourned at 8:15pm.
Respectfully submitted
Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club
Upcoming Events:
July 18th – 20th –RAM, Wise Co.
August 6th (Wed) – Regular meeting
August 13th (Wed) – Lions Medical Eye Bank Dinner
August 14th (Thurs) - Eyeglass Recycling, 2040 Broadmoor Ave, Chesapeake at 10:00am
August 18th (Mon) – Blood Drive at Virginia Beach Christian Church
August 20th (Wed) – Regular meeting (District Governor’s Official Visit
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July 2, 2014. The regular meeting of the Thalia Lions Club of Virginia Beach, VA, was called to order on July 2, 2014, by Lion President Aziz Selahi at 6:30pm 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 6:30pm

Introduction of Guests:Lion Steve Rosnov introduced Dian “Buttercup” Rosnov. Lions Beth and Mack Stevens visited from The VB Blind Lions Club.

Song – Lion Rich Roberts led the theme to SpongeBob SquarePants
Pledge of Allegianceled by Lion Mike Coren
Invocation- given by Lion John Watters
ATTENDANCE 
3 Guests
15 Members  40 Percent
Recessed for Dinner: 6:34pm
Reconvened:   6:59 pm

Introduction of Guest Speaker:  Lion Nancy Watters introduced Region III Chair, Lion Beth Stevens

Lion Beth told a compelling and emotional story about losing her vision and how she became such an active Lion. In summary, she had a typical small-town childhood and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating, she desired to live near the beach and moved to the area. While volunteering, she met Lion Mack, and they quickly married. About one year into their marriage, she noticed her vision started becoming fuzzy. She sought medical attention and the optometrist informed her that she was legally blind in one year and low-vision in the other. The optometrist explained how the brain will compensate as your vision degrades and you won’t even notice a 15% reduction in your sight. After leaving the optometrist’s office, she worried about losing the ability to drive because driving is a symbol of independence; however, she soon learned that driving was the least of her worries. She was diagnosed with retinal degeneration but the doctors could not figure out the cause or the cure. She was involved in many studies at John Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania which were funded by the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Since all of this was happening so early in her marriage, she began to fear that her husband would not want to deal with all of this and leave her. Fortunately these fears were not warranted and Lion Mack has stuck by her side for the last 22 years. During this time she kept her vision issues from her family because she feared how they would react. She felt she could just fix it and they would never need to know. She was told she wouldn’t lose all of her vision until she was an old lady; however, she lost all usable vision in less than 10 years. This was a time of indescribable emotional turmoil. She lost many friends finding that other people in their 20s and early 30s didn’t want to be around a disabled person because it made them uncomfortable. She also found some friends she didn’t expect who came to her aid and those individuals are real, lifelong friends. After losing all of her sight, she soon realized the biggest loss in her life was the ability to read. For a long time, the audio-books and readers from the Bayside Special Library was a lifeline for her. Since this happened before the internet explosion, it was hard for her to connect to others experiencing the same things as her. Eventually she was able to connect with the American Council for the Blind. She found the group sessions helpful. They tried to get her to use a white cane but she stubbornly resisted because she didn’t want to stand out. Soon after, she was attending a conference and found herself stranded in a 2nd floor room alone. She found herself contemplating whether to crawl down the stairs or wait and call for help. Eventually a man found her and she latched on to his arm so tight that she believes the circulation in his arm is still cut off to this day. After that experience, having a white cane did not seem as embarrassing. She began vision rehab in hopes of landing a job. She soon found herself facing discrimination for the first time in her life. People who get excited and invite her to an interview based on the strength of her resume; however, she could feel the energy get sucked out of the room when she showed up with a driver and a white cane. Technology for blind people was not as good or as portable back then which provided obstacles. She eventually found a job, with some help from friends, but co-workers during training kept encouraging her to quit and asking why she would want to work when she didn’t have to. Eventually she took another job with the Red Cross. She was paid $8/hr while paying a driver $5/hr to drive her car and she was buying the gas. She thinks she was probably netting $1/hr when it was all said in done, but she just wanted to work. Eventually she moved up with the Red Cross and managed a team with a million dollar fundraising goal. Lion Beth really enjoys descriptive movies, which adds additional audio to movies which explains the non-verbal scenes. There was a movie she wanted to see which was available as a descriptive movie; however, the movie theater she went to did not have it. She asked to talk to the manager and he agreed to get the descriptive movie. Apparently he had received this request before from the Blind Lions Club. This is how Lion Beth first got involved with the Lions. The manager asked if the club could train his staff on helping low-vision individuals. Lion Beth agreed to do it and now the club has a good relationship with the movie theater which offers more descriptive movies. The VB Blind Lions Club has 69 members, of which about half are blind. The Lions gave Lion Beth a family to belong to and she has been very active with her club and the district ever since.

Lion President Aziz thanked Lion Beth for sharing her story and presented her with a plaque of our appreciation. Lion President Aziz reiterated that we are all a family. He thanked Lion John for keeping the club informed on Lion Steve’s heart condition and wants a way of informing the club of what is going on with our wives, husbands, families, and selves. We agreed to send any such information to the club secretary to distribute to the club. Lion President Aziz stated that while we serve others, we much also serve each other as well.

Reports:

Ø  Committee Assignments – Lion President Aziz Selahi – The committee assignments were sent out via email. Lion Aziz asked if there were any problems/objections to the assignments. The members agreed to the assignments.

Ø  Central Library Screening Report – Lion Nancy Watters – 4 lions were present. 25 children were screened with 8 referrals.

Lion Nancy also took the SPOT over to screen the homeless children which were being sheltered at her church. These are children without addresses so they get missed with our normal screenings. 11 children were screened with 2 referrals.

The district screened about 40K children this year with 6K referrals. Last year, we collected children’s books at dropped them off at the Head Starts as we did our screenings. This year Lion Nancy would like to branch out our book collections and distribute the books to hospital waiting rooms as well. She envisions each club adopting a hospital, but this is still in the works.

Ø  Blood Drive/Broom Order – Lion Nancy Watters – need help for the blood drive as well as sell brooms/flags/umbrellas or anything else we can find. We sold out of brooms last year.

Ø  International Youth Camp Meal, July 13th:  Lion Rich Roberts – Lion Rich will be at the District Meeting and Lion Aziz will be the man in charge at the youth camp.


The Menu will be:

Chicken –                               Lion Aziz
Coleslaw –                             Lion John & Nancy
Vegetarian Dish –       Lion Linda H.
Cheesy Potatoes –      Lion Cathy
Quinoa –                                 Lion  Bob
Cookies –                                Lion Vickie and Lion Linda E.
Bottles of Water –      Lion Vickie
Plates/Napkins/Forks – Lion John & Nancy
Jugs for lemonade –    Lion John & Nancy

Time will be 5:30pm on July 13th. Location is the Chapel at Virginia Wesleyan.

We expect to feed 30 teenagers.

Ø  Facebook Campaign – Lion Rich Roberts  - Lion Rich created a page a few years ago but he didn’t do anything with it. We are going to try to use the page to promote the club. In a week, we went from 29 likes to 87. A post about our eye screening programs was seen by 89 unique people. Lion Rich asked all who have Facebook to go like the page. More likes – more people seeing what we do. Lion Rich plans to post the club’s activities on the page on a regular basis. Lion Rich asked club members to e-mail him the things they are doing and to attach pictures whenever possible because pictures get seen by more people. He asked to club to like and share the post he puts on the page because that places the content on their timelines which then can been seen by their friends which will ultimately show them all the good work that we do and give the club positive publicity.

Ø  RAM – Lion John Watters – 7 club members are scheduled to travel to Wise Country for the Remote Area Medical project. Last year club members observed to tattered state of many of the recipients clothing and the district has been collecting underwear and children’s clothes to take and distribute at RAM.

Lion John also talked about the upcoming Lions Medical Eyebank dinner and board election. Each club is a member of the eybank and has a vote for the board members. More details to follow. 

Ø  Charter Night Awards – Lion Rich Roberts – Lion Debra was not present to receive her award. A stunned Lion Jack was informed he won Lion of the Year, but we didn’t have to trophy and will get it to him at a later date.

Ø  From the Floor –

Lion Jack Wagner informed the club that Samaritan House recognized the help our club provides to them in their newsletter. Lion Rich will scan the newsletter and distribute it to the club and make a post to the club’s facebook page.

Lion Ed DeLong reminded the club that eyeglass recycling is the second Thursday of each month. He stated that the same Lions show up each time and he encouraged more members to come and help.


Secretary’s Report:

Ø  Lion Rich informed the club that Malibu Elementary sent the club a nice card thanking us for the support we give to their nurse’s clinic each year. The club donates $200 each to the school clinics at Malibu ES, Kings Grant ES, and Thalia ES every year.
Ø  Lion Rich reminded the club about the first district cabinet meeting. Sunday, July 13th at 2pm. Brickhouse Auditorium at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.



July Birthdays – Lion Rob Seim was not present.

50-50 Raffle:  Tail Twister (proxy) Lion John Watters:  $30 won by Lion Vickie Kennedy , $20 won by Lion Bob Perrine.

 Meeting then adjourned at 7:58pm.

Respectfully submitted

Lion Rich Roberts, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Upcoming Events:

Ø June 23rd (Mon) – Thalia Lions Central Library screening, 12:30pm – 2pm
Ø July 10th (Thurs) – Eyeglass Recycling, 2040 Broadmore Ave, Chesapeake at 10:00am
Ø July 13th (Sun) – Feed the international Lions youth camp, Va Weslyan College
Ø July 13th (Sun) – 1st District Cabinet Mtg, Norfolk General – Brickhouse Auditorium
Ø July 16th (Wed) – Regular Meeting
Ø July 18th – 20th –RAM, Wise Co.
Ø August 18th (Mon) – Blood Drive at Virginia Beach Christian Church