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June 2020 - Taking over from Lion Ellen Turman (left) is Lion Jeri Furman, inducted as President of Thalia Lions for the 2020-2021 years. Lion Ellen will be passing the April 20, 1966 Thalia Lions Charter, along with the President’s Gavel Lion Jeri is holding in the above picture, to keep for one year until given to the next President, Lion Nancy Nelson.
 
In accepting the presidency Lion Jeri said, "I am excited about the club's growth in the last two years forecasting continued growth this year. I am eager to continue service projects, especially our growth in helping the community. Our first meeting each month will be primarily for business the first Wed. at the Ronald McDonald House, 404 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507; and the second meeting with a guest speaker will be the third Wed. at the Westin Hotel Town Center, 4535 Commerce St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462."
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Where Does Thalia Lions Club Fit In?
* Lions Club International (LCI) and has 45,000+ clubs and 1.4 million members in 205 countries around the world making the members of Thalia Lions Club part of the world's largest service club organization.
* Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the official charitable Foundation of LCI funding Lions' humanitarian projects. * Lions of Virginia - http://www.lionsofvirginia.org
* Our region is Region VI (15 clubs) (one of six regions under 24-I)
* Thalia Lions Club is under Zone "O" (6 clubs) (one of three zones - "O," "P," and "Q" under Region VI).  District 24-I was formed in July 2018 from former Districts 24-B and 24-D and some web sites may show the old organizations.
For information on Lions in general, visit 
http://members.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php 

Next Meeting

Due to the virus, Thalia Lions indoor meetings and all outdoor activates have been cancelled May - Dec 2020. We'll keep you posted.

Next Meeting - Wed., Dec 2nd, 7pm – ZOOM Club Business meeting

Traveling Leos Welcome to our meeting via Zoom.

Please contact Lion Nancy Watters @

Nancywatters83@gmail.com   







Meetings 2020-2021

Nov 18, 2020 Regular Meeting, 7:00pm via ZOOM
Those present for the meeting: Lion President Jeri Furman, Lions Stanley Furman, Jack Wagner, Nancy Nelson, Ellen Turman, Susan Sumnick, Bob Perrine, Fran Scott, Karen and Dr. Bill Austin, Stanley Moss, Mike Coren, Roger Snell, Aziz Selahi, Irene Conlin, Billy McIntyre, Jon Halvorson, Dick Kreassig
President Lion Jeri Furman - Call to Order 7:01
Pledge of Allegiance: President Lion Jeri Furman
Invocation: Lion Rev. Bill Austin
Song: Pre-recorded “It’s a Grand Ole Flag”
Welcome and Introduction of Guests – Traveling Leo – James City Lions Club (8 members) Lions James Anderson, Don Butts, Dan Fontaine, Wayne Glass, Earl Kleiser, Jack Reitz, John Schulze, Warren Wright

Program: Lion Bob Perrine –
Lion Bob sent out an email description of our Nov meeting program
Each person has one minute to tell about themselves by selecting (3) three of the following;
1. Your family growing up and/or your current family
2. Your most memorable time in of your life - happiest, scariest, and/or most awful
3. Your move to VA Beach and/or your parents (descendants) move here.
4. Your profession and/or if retired, your current activity
5. Your most treasured capability, hobby and/or training
6. Your favorite sport and/or team
7. Your donation to a charity, in addition to Lions, if you had a million dollars to spare

Bob Perrine. I worked as a Civil Engineer for the Corps of Engineers for 30 years. When I retired in 2016, I became a notice historian writing about my church, the oldest in VA Beach, and Cape Henry. My most memorable moment was when I met my wife, Barbette. It was at a singles dance. I was a bit bashful to walk across the floor and ask her for a dance. If I had a million dollars to spare, I’d donate it to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

Bill Austin - Dr. Bill Austin is from Memphis Tennessee and met Karen on Fri 13 th on a blind date. They moved to Virginia Beach to start a new church. In the beginning they had 30 people. Lion Bill stayed at the church for 30 years, growing up with the membership. He retired in 2006 and he now works part time as a marriage counselor. He has a new book coming out soon called “When Your Security Blanket is in the Dryer.” He wrote one earlier about living with native Indians in Panama. Lion Bill joined the Lions because he likes outreach, making a difference in the community, and he feels that Lions definitely does just that.

Ellen Turman works as a real-estate appraiser for the City of Norfolk and previously worked with the City of Suffolk. She learned about Lions through her father who was a member of Kempsville Lions. She participated in all the projects. Her most memorable moment was when she joined Kempsville Lion in 1990 and followed in the footsteps of her father serving others.

Fran Scott is from Chesterfield and started out as an English teacher. She later became a librarian and spent 31 years in middle school. Lion Fran has also taught technical writing and other things at Tidewater Community College. She feels that we are in a memorable time. To cope she has taken poetry classes on Zoom with Lousia Igloria, Poet Laureate of Virginia. Lion Fran does the website and art show for Institute of Learning and has joined another Institute of Learning and Retirement in New York because they are also on Zoom. She spends lots of time attending virtual lectures and classes.

Irene Conlin is from Long Is. New York. She is a middle child of nine and is her father’s favorite. She knows because he tells her so all the time and he and her mother moved to Virginia Beach because she lives hers. Irene came to V.B. courtesy of the U.S. Navy and traveled all over the world but never changed ports. She served on ships, aircraft carriers, Seabees, Explosive Ordinance, Navy Dive Command and Joint Staff Community. Lion Irene broke all kinds of barriers for females in the Navy and took advantage of every opportunity offered. She retired after 24 years and still considers them the best years of her life. She works currently as a computer security Analysist for a private technology firm in Crystal City. Though her husband, Steve, is from Southeastern North Carolina, they have survived the language barrier and been married for 25 years. They have 4 children. All four are pursuing careers in medical, computer or customer service. Lion Irene came to Lions asking for financial assistance to host a Virginia Parents of Blind Children of which she was president. She joined Lions because she saw it as a way to give back to the community. As a result, Lions of Virginia hosted the first every Audible Easter Egg Hunt for Blind Children. The first year was great fun and there were two events. Lion Irene is no longer with the organization but as of 4 years ago there were 23 events in the state. If Lion Irene had a million dollars to give she would donate it to Vanguard Landing, an intentional, inclusive living community for people with developmental disabilities. It is currently in the groundbreaking stages which will happen 2021 in Pungo. It is designed to give special populations living and working opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. It is a self-supporting and self-sustaining community.

Jeri Furman is from Portsmouth. She has 2 sisters and 2 brothers. Her family owned 2 bakeries in the area, offering wonderful breads and sweets. Lion Jeri remembers fondly tearing warm loaves of rye bread in half and sharing them with her sister. She moved to Norfolk in 1964 and worked as secretary. Lion Jeri met Lion Stanley on a blind date. After dating a short time, Lion Stan asked her to marry him while stopped at a stop sign on Granby St. in Norfolk. They have been married 54 years and have 2 sons and 1 daughter who have given them 10 grandchildren. Lion Jeri loves volunteering and has been President of Thalia Lions twice. She believes in the goals of Thalia Lions and the motto of all Lions, “We Serve.”

John Watters. My two careers in the USAF were in periods of 11 years and 12 years divided by 7 years in private practice in Hampton. My first career in Lions began in 1977 when I first joined Lions as a member of the Hampton Mercury Lions. During my time there I learned to sell brooms door to door and also helped start the Lions Medical Eye Bank as part of the “Norfolk Seven”. I was the second chairman of the board of the Eye Bank. My next career in Lions began after retirement from the USAF 25 years ago. I became secretary of a 140-member club in S. Carolina near Charlotte, NC. I moved to Virginia Beach in 2002 and joined the Thalia Lions through a connection with Lion Ed DeLong. I have been our club’s president twice and was secretary for several years. I was proud to serve as District Cabinet Secretary for our own Lion Stan Furman during his term as District Governor. I was District 24D’s Sight Chair for a number of years and as part of that in 2010 I introduced our district to computerized children’s eye screening with the PediaVision device now called the Spot. I also served as Eye Bank chair again a few years ago.

Jon Halvorson expressed how humbling and fortunate he feels to be a member of a club with such special people. He has 2 children ages 4 and 6. His happiest, scariest, most emotional moment was at the birth of his first child. Though both births were special, the flood of emotion the first time seemed overwhelming. Lion Jon especially enjoys cooking. He started working at the age of 14/15 in the restaurant business as well as the golf industry. Lion Jon treasures more than anything the ability to give back to the community. He never knew what was missing until he started doing service work for others. Chasing money and achieving the expectations of others does not offer the eternal joy like contributing service. If he had a million dollars he would give it to further higher learning scholarships. He believes that empowering people with knowledge is key to growth and development of our country.

Aziz Selahi and his family are originally from Iran. The saddest time in his life was when he was forced to send his family away to America. And the happiest time was when he was reunited with them in the States. He moved to Virginia Beach in 1986 and has had many professions, Logistician, University Educator, Home Health Provider. In Iran, Lion Aziz spent 30 years in the Imperial Iranian Airforce serving under the Shah as a Brigadier General. His most treasured hobby is model aircraft. And he loves all sports except kickboxing. Lion Aziz helps in the community. He supports the Alzheimer’s organization, St. Jude’s, and Foodbank but he loves Thalia Lions best. If he had a million dollars he would donate it to the Food Bank and to Thalia Lions.

Billy McIntyre shared his career earlier in a program he gave to the club. He started working at a seafood restaurant at the age of 12 and advanced to manager at 16. At 19 he went to work at the Norfolk Naval shipyard as an apprentice. By 27, he had 2 careers and then worked at the NNS for 40 yrs. His passions since childhood have been cooking and art. Graphic design and printing are his fortes and he owns his own company. At 2 yrs. old Lion Billy was adopted. His “mother “created a family because she could not have children. At 42, Lion Billy decided to find his biological parents. On his way to work one day, he decided to detour to his birth county, Bertie, N. C. Though he found nothing that day, he later learned that his real mother was 66 years old and living in Wilmington, Delaware. His father was living in Boston, Mass. Today they are both deceased but the most memorable thing about his story is that Lion Billy found, he has 21 brothers and sisters, collectively.

Jack Wagner has been married to Joan for 65 years. 3 children. Carol Hahn, an Attorney, specializing in large scale commercial and real estate development. David , her husband, teaches social studies at Cox Hih School. Greg, 23, is pursuing his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Greta, age 19, is a Freshman at Longwood University, pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. John, the older son, is a CPA, who currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Amadas Industries, in Suffolk, Va, which company manufactures peanut combine equipment, portable irrigation systems for agricultural purposes, and high-end recreational busses. Kim, his wife teaches first grade at Nansemond Suffolk Academy in Suffolk. Graham, age 26, is a Marine Biologist for the State of South Carolina and resides in Charleston. He specializes in oyster restoration. Blake, age 23, recently completed a 4 year apprenticeship at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, in Portsmouth, Va. He is a certified Nuclear Welder. Chuck, our youngest, and Kristi, his wife reside in Williamsburg, Va. Both hold Doctorate of Education from The College of William and Mary. Chuck is the Assistant Superintendent for Education in Gloucester County, Va. Kristi, conducts educational research. Hayden, their son, 16, and Harper, 14, attend Lafayette High School in Williamsburg.

Karen Austin grew up is a part of Cincinnati, Ohio and met Lion Bill in Kentucky on a blind date on Friday the 13th. They lived in Hazel Green, Kentucky, one of the poorest counties in the U.S. Moving to Virginia Beach was real culture shock. They have two sons, Todd and Brian. Todd is a councilor and Brian works in mental health. Lion Karen says her scariest time is now but it is also the best growing time. She has 5 grandchildren.

Mike Coren was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York and lived two blocks from Ebbets Field. And he says you never lose that! Then they moved downtown Brooklyn and in 1938 Lion Mike went to kindergarten at PS 197. ( for later reference) From 2nd grade on he went to East Chester and on to Tufts College and Tufts Dental School. After 2 years in the army, and dental school he spent 2 years at Fort Bragg and started a dental practice in Central Valley New York. He married Marylou and joined the Lions in 1962. In 2000, Lion Mike retired and went to work for a friend who owned an aircraft repair shop. In 2008 at the age of 78, Lion Mike got his FAA mechanic license. In 2009, Lion Mike moved to Virginia Beach. He was in Port a Prince in 2010 when the earthquake struck. But he escaped without injury and was safely evacuated. Lion Mike joined Thalia at the invitation of Lion Bob Donnelly. Recently he was reading a newspaper in which the writer mentioned that he had attended PS 197 in Brooklyn and named some famous people who had also attended school there. Bernie Sanders, Charles Schumer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were on the list. When Lion Mike looked up the Notorious RBG, he found that she lived about 2 blocks from him and was two months younger than him. So, Lion Mike figures that he was in the same kindergarten and early school years as RBG, though he does not remember. He says remembers no one but says his claim to fame is probably knowing Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Lion Mike has been a Lion for 58 years, probably the oldest serving Lion in the District and likely in Virginia as well.

Stanley Furman says that Lion Jeri is wrong. They have been married 55 not 54 years and it feels like 100! Lion Stanley’s father started Farm Fresh Groceries Stores and he worked there from the ages of 15-40. Then he went into the men’s clothing business retiring 20 yrs. later, 1973. Lion Stanley joined the Little Creek Lions Club in 1966 and stayed in Lions even when he moved to Richmond where he joined the Midlothian Lions Club. When he returned to the area he rejoined the Little Creek Lions and held every office including President (twice) and Tail Twister. When he was in his own business he did not have time to work projects, a former requirement of Lions. So, he dropped out until he retired. He recruited his son, Bradley to be a Lion and his son sponsored his later return to Thalia Lions. Lion Stanley has held every office in the organization including Vice District Governor, District Governor, and Chairman of the Council of Governors. Lion Stanley’s favorite activity is feeding the hungry and if he had the extra million to donate it would be to the Foodbank.

Stanley Moss is one of 4 boys raised on a farm outside San Antonio, Texas. He learned to ride horses at an early age. A memorable moment was when at a rodeo once Jimmy Dean rode up and he was able to talk to him. Now he is a retired Navy dentist in private practice working mostly on children 1-18 years old. He enjoys general dentistry. Likes Thalia Liona so much that if he had a million dollars he would give half of it to the Thalia Club and half to Chesapeake Care where they have a free dental clinic.

Nancy Watters. I am from Cliffiside, N. C., so small there is no stoplight. My teaching career began in Charlotte as a Senior High History and Social Studies teacher. My husband was transferred to Norfolk to manage a CPA firm and I took a teaching job at Campostella Junior High. When my daughter was born, I stayed home. At 3 years, she was enrolled in preschool where I volunteered so much that I was hired as a kindergarten teacher. There I spent 20 years teaching children to read. I like to say that I worked my way down to something that I really love. After my husband died, I met Lion John Watters who took me to the Remote Area Medical Project. The experience made such an impression on me that I became a Lion….and then married him. Again, finding something that I really love. My daughter now lives in Cape Town, S.A. and has just purchased a 20-hector horse farm, fulfilling a dream she has had since she was six years old. That makes me very happy.

Nancy Nelson grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. Interestingly she found out by accident that as a child she lived on the same street in Port Arthur as Lion John Watters but they never knew each other before ending up in Virginia Beach. She has two children, a daughter who works as an architect in New York City and her son works for the government outside of Washington, D.C. Besides Lions, Nancy is very proud to participate in a women’s group called PEO. It is an organization that furthers educational opportunities for women through 7 different projects. Right now, they have a project for young women who have been away from school and want to return. There are 4 candidates looking for grants in education, social work, and health.

Roger Snell. I was born in Bristol UK. My dad was in the Royal Air Force stationed at RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. He was a test pilot there. He was away a lot of the time. My Mum’s Mum lived in Filton, Bristol. So that’s why she chose Southmeade hospital in Bristol to have me born there. We lived at RAF Boscome Down in Wiltshire (about 5 miles from Stonehenge) and RAF Little Rissington for a couple of years each. A few years later my Dad actually was posted to RAF Filton - so that’s where grew up first. I started school there at Shields Road School, Filton. We moved all over the UK every couple of years and Germany where I went to boarding-school. Then back to Edinburgh Scotland. That is where I finished school. Mum and Dad had moved back to Gloucestershire and left me in Scotland (I stayed with my friend and his Mum and Dad). I learned quite a lot… but not much in the academics field. We were like professional Gypsies growing up. It was then back in Gloucestershire I determined that I should learn a trade or join the RAF like my Dad or go to college. I had always been able to draw and was handy with mechanical things. It was my uncle who was a technical illustrator with Rolls Royce that suggested that Technical Illustration was “right up my street”. Gloucester College of Art just happened to have a Technical Graphics and Design course just starting up. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! There I was taught my trade and earned the City and Guilds of London Institute Certification in Technical Illustration and Graphic Design both Intermediate and Final Certificates. From there all I had to do was get a real job! I applied for a post with the Ministry of Defence (Air). (They had advertised in the Daily Telegraph). I think my familiarity with the Royal Air Force stood me in good stead as in understood the “lingo.” Working there at RAF Medmenham – I really learnt my trade. As luck would have it the fellow illustrator I worked for (Dave Finch) was a car-buff too. He ran a rally car. I serviced on rallies him or his friends rally cars on several nation rallies – 1972 RAC Rally of Great Britain. The Welsh International Rally, Scotland National and the Circuit of Ireland to name but a few. Working there at RAF Medmenham was also where I met my first wife. Must have been a good spot! I worked there for a few years and then at another spot… RAF Upavon on Salisbury Plain. (not far from RAF Boscombe Down and Stonehenge again). I worked for MOD for a total of 14 years. While at RAF Upavon I saw an advertisement for a job with NATO . I looked up Norfolk on the atlas and thought”…the weather there must be better than Upavon” so I applied. Well, I must have been just who they were looking for! So in September of 1984 my wife and I and our two kids age 9 and 7 moved here to Virginia Beach. I ran the graphics, print-shop and photo-lab there at the HQ Supreme Allied Command Atlantic later (1990) became what it is now… Allied Command Transformation until 1997 when I had to retire at age 65 due to NATO rules although they let me stay on an extra year or so until my replacement arrived). Currently, I am still doing graphics. Serves me right really - now I am doing all the kind of stuff I contracted out! I had kept in touch with one of the contractors who I had met during my tenure at NATO. (Bob Harrington, of Harrington Graphics). They were in a jam as one of his key staff had quit suddenly and they were having trouble getting trained help. So I offered to help out until they found someone. That was almost a year ago!

Lion President Jeri thanked Lion Bob Perrine for this program and appreciated the information from each member.

Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters
Foodbank donations: Doing well with donations – This month over $300 was donated and I know many of you are donating directly. Please let me know when you make those donations and how much so that I can include them in my LCI report.
Speaking of reports, please send all your activities for this month. Lion Nancy does not want to bother you over you “secluded Thanksgiving holiday!”
Leadership Workshops – Every first Fri of each month is a Zoom Leadership workshop. The last one was on recruiting younger members and retaining them. The next one should be on Dec. 4th – topic to be announced.
Beach Bag Report - a very nice letter of appreciation was received from the Beach Bag coordinator. Copy attached.

Service Reports
Thanksgiving Dinner Project – Lion Nancy Watters – Lion John and I delivered 13 Thanksgiving Dinner Laundry Baskets and I know of others who delivered them at different times. I believe we may have had from 18-20. If you delivered a basket and have not reported it, please let Lion Nancy know. There needs to be an accurate count.
Student Desks Project – Lion John Watters has made 27 student desks with the last one being picked up on Friday. Our friend and partner in the project made 27 more. This has been a wonderful project especially now since students are returning to fulltime learning. Desks are extremely rare at the moment. Pictures have been sent of a very pleased young student. A couple of the pictures will be attached to the minutes.
Peace Posters, Girl Scouts – Lion Karen Austin had submitted our entry to District Governor Scott. Winners will be announced soon.
Secret Santa Project – ForKids – Lion Nancy Watters reported that Image Services is to administer the Secret Santa Project again this year for ForKids. Names of children will not be given but each will be assigned as a number. If you agree to take a child you will be given their age, sex, color preference, sizes, one item on their wish list, and two or three other choices. Please let Lion Nancy know if you want to participate by being a child’s Secret Santa. Deadline for delivery of items will be December 16th.
Holiday Food for Families – Lion Stanley Furman has the names of 5 families from Social Services that we are asked to sponsor with gifts and food for the Holiday season. Please let Lion Stan or Lion Nancy W know if you wish to take one of the families. Remember several members may go together and sponsor jointly.

Fundraisers
Reverse Raffle (Southside Lions Club) Winners– Lion Nancy Watters – Thalia had winners!! Lion Bob Perrine and Lion Dick Kreassig both won $100 each. Lion Vickie Kennedy’s sister, Brenda Taylor won $500!!
Peanuts / Brooms – Lion Jack Wagner – Peanut orders must be in ideally by Nov. 30. Lion Jack has already placed a preliminary order and will be making several trips because the company is in full production. Please let him know your needs. Lion Roger Snell may make some more labels for the cans of peanuts.

From the Floor-
Lion Bob Perrine – program for Dec 16 the program is it’s a giving time showing all the charitable work we have done this year. He will contact members and ask for input for the program.

Birthdays - Karen Austin had a birthday on Nov. 7th. Upcoming birthdays for Dec. are Lion Irene Conlin, Lion President Jeri Furman and Lion Jim Healy. Since we are not meeting in person and running low on Tail Twister funds, Lion Stanley Furman suggested that birthday people send in $1 for each year for the admin fund. Ok, the seed is planted so we will see how far that gets! 😊

Adjournment: 8: 18 (approx.)

Upcoming Dates:
Thurs. Nov. 26 – Happy Thanksgiving!
Tues. Nov. 30 – Deadline for peanut orders to Lion Jack Wagner
Wed. Dec. 2 – Thalia Lions Zoom Board Meeting 7pm
Fri. Dec. 4 – Leadership Workshop 7pm Zoom
Fri. Dec. 18 – Deadline for delivery of Secret Santa Project Gifts
Wed. Dec. 16 – Regular meeting 7pm Zoom
Thur./Fri. Dec. 24/25 – Happy Holidays, Everyone
Fri. Jan. 1 – Happy New Year
Wed. Jan. 6 – Board meeting

Lion Nancy Watters, Secretary

Nov. 4, 2020 - Board Meeting Via ZOOM
The following Lions were in attendance: Lion President Jeri Furman, Lions Stanley Furman, John and Nancy Watters, Jack Wagner, Ellen Turman, Mike Coren, Vickie Kennedy, Bob Perrine, Dick Kreassig, Nancy Nelson.
Lion President Jeri Furman: Call to Order 7:04
Treasurer’s Report – Lion Vickie Kennedy – Please see the attached report. Thank you and acknowledgement notes were received from each of our three elementary schools. Nurses from each of the schools, Thalia, Kings Grant and Malibu, expressed appreciation for the donation from our club to their individual school clinics.
A thank you note was also received and read by Lion Vickie for our donation from Plaza Rescue Squad.
Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters
Traveling Leo – James City Lions Club will have a TL at our Nov meeting.
Leadership Workshops are scheduled for the first Friday of each month. The topic and link will be sent for each workshop as they occur.
Club Programs
Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Bob Perrine –
November – Personal bios of each member.
December – Recap of charitable works by members and committees.
. Service Reports
ForKids – Lion Nancy Watters contacted ForKids for information concerning our Thanksgiving Dinner Project for families in need. Attached is a flyer describing how the project works. A list of suggested items is provided to fill a laundry basket to be donated to ForKids and they will distribute to those who are in need. Each basket should contain a gift card from either Foodlion or Walmart. The amount is up to the donor but the suggestion is $10.00. The baskets must be delivered to the location on the flyer which is in Portsmouth. If you are unable to deliver to that location, Lion Nancy and John will accept deliver to their house and they will make a single delivery. The deadline for them to receive goods is November 18th. Please consider filling a basket. Lion Nancy will send more details and instructions in a separate email.
Peace Poster Report – Neither Lions Karen Austin and Marsha Montgomery were in attendance but reported to Lion Nancy W. the following information: The Girl Scouts submitted only one poster for the Peace Poster Contest by the deadline. Since there is only one entrant, there is no need for a judging. The poster will proceed to the District judging. Though we are disappointed to have only one participant this year, we must remember that this is the first year our club has sponsored a contestant and we did not start until October. Hopefully years to follow will provide a better representation. The plan is to have the Peace Poster contestant to attend the December virtual meeting where Lion Homer Cook, will present her District Secretary, with a certificate of appreciation.
Thanksgiving Family Project - Lion Stanley Furman reported that Social Services did not report a need for our club to provide Thanksgiving dinners to any of their families. However, they will provide families for the Christmas Holiday season. Lion Nancy is working with ForKids to provide options for our club to participate in providing food and supplies for those in need.
Student Desk Project -Lion John Watters has made 18 desks and has materials for 9 more. One parent sent a picture of her disabled son using his desk. Her comment was that he was “so excited to have his own desk that he sits there even at night.”
Fundraisers
Campaign 100 – Lion Stan Furman and Lion Nancy W are requesting information from Lion Heather Jones, District 24I Campaign 100 Chairperson concerning our progress in reaching a Model Club status.
Reverse Raffle (Southside Lions Club)– Lion Nancy reported that our club sold $4040.00 in Reverse Raffle tickets with our club keeping $2020.00!! Drawings begin Saturday evening at 7pm. Good Luck, Everybody!!
Peanuts – Lion Jack Wagner – An order form is attached for peanut orders. The Holiday Pack contains one of each of the following: Salt & Pepper, Chocolate Covered, and Butter Toffee. All orders must be submitted to Lion Jack by Nov. 30th in order to have them back for Holiday delivery. The attached order form makes it easy to send out to your friends, family, business acquaintances and others. The three pack or either size makes a wonderful holiday gift. Please Let Lion Jack know if you have any questions.
Possible Granola Bar fundraiser: Lion Jon Havorson was not in attendance but we discussed his idea of using Craft Brew Granola Bars as a fund raiser. After much discussion which concerned pricing, and quantity required for minimum orders, and targeted market, we voted to delay considering this project at this time. Once the company has refined their packaging, pricing and availability, we can reevaluate the possibility of the fundraiser. We appreciate the idea from Lion Jon and hope we can make this project work at a later date.
From the Floor:
Lion Dick Kreassig informed the club that this weekend is Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Virtual Walk. Thalia has $100 donation budgeted for the Foundation. Lion Stanley moved that we increase that donation to $200. After a second and discussion, we voted unanimously to increase our donation to $200.
Lion Stanley Furman asked Lion Jack Wagner about Samaritan House. Lion Jack said Samaritan House has shut down their food pantry volunteer opportunity because of the virus.
Adjournment: 8:04
Upcoming Dates:
Sat – Nov 7 Reverse Raffle Drawing Party 6-7pm
Sat – Nov 7 Leadershop Workshop – topic tba – link will be sent
Sat – Nov 7 Wish Lion Karen Austin a Happy Birthday!
Mon. Nov 16 Deadline for Thanksgiving Laundry Baskets (ForKids)
Wed – Nov 18 – Next regular meeting via Zoom – link will be sent
Mon – Nov 20 – Peanut Order deadline
Thurs – Nov 26 – Happy Thanksgiving!
Wed. Dec. 2 – Next Thalia Board Meeting – 7 pm Zoom
Wed. Dec. 16 – Next Regular Thalia Meeting – 7pm Zoom

Regular Meeting, Wed. Oct. 21, 2020 7:00pm Via ZOOM
President Lion Jeri Furman - Call to Order 7:02p.m. Pledge of Allegiance: President Lion Jeri Furman
Invocation: Lion Billy McIntyre
Song: Pre-recorded “It’s a Grand Ole Flag”
Welcome and Introduction of Guests - Speaker Lion Heather Jones – Traveling Leo from Fil/Am Lions Club. Lion Guia Calliwagan thanked Thalia Lions for the invitation to the meeting and introduced her attending Traveling Leo members: Lions Rey and Elma Pasqual, Laticia Dale, Flo Villian.
Program: - Campaign 100 – Lion Heather Jones – introduced by PCC J. Stanley Furman Lion Heather joined the Lions 16 years ago and is currently a member of the Richmond James River Lions. She is currently serving her third term as the LCIF Chairperson. She served as District Governor of the former 24B in 2016-2107. She is a recipient of a progressive LOVF Humanitarian Award and has been awarded a progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. Lion Heather met her husband Lion Chris while attending Syracuse University. They have been together for 27 years. She has a degree in music, a degree in Anthropology, and a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology. She currently is the Conduct Manager facilitating consumer research for Celerion PharmaServices.
Lion Heather gave the following presentation:
Lion Heather stated that she is the LCIF coordinator for this District and chairperson for the Campaign 100 project which was supposed to end this year. Because of the corona virus, her position has been extended another year.
Lions Club International Foundation or LCIF is the charitable fundraising and grantmaking arm of Lions Club International. We, as Lions, can say that 100% of all donations go back into charity because we pay all of our dues go to our administrative costs.
LCIF was founded in 1968 and relies entirely on donations. It has provided more than 1 billion in humanitarian aid. The mission is to support the efforts of Lions Clubs and partner is servicing communities both locally and globally through humanitarian service projects and grants. Some of the most significant accomplishments are providing 120 million for disaster relief, 15,000 projects funded, 16 million youth positively impacted by Lions Quest, 9.1 million cataract surgeries, 100 million immunized against measles and rubella. And again it is important to know that 100% of all donations go back into the communities.
Lions Clubs may apply for grants through LCI. Our Traveling Leo Club, Fil/Am Lions are in process of applying for a grant at this time. Grant types are Hunger, Lions Quest, Diabetes, Sight First, Emergency, Disaster Preparedness, Leo, and Matching grants.
The Central Va. Hearing & Sight Mobile Health Unit was purchased though a matching grant. They applied for an LOV Grant and then applied for a Matching LCI grant to make the purchase possible. LCIF has a recognition award. Any person who donates or has a donation made in his name of $1,000 may be awarded a Melvin Jones Fellow. Many clubs honor members by making the donation to LCI in this manner.
Two years agos LICF embarked on an ambitious endeavor, Campaign 100. It promises to be the most impactful of any campaign in the history of the Foundation. One hundred years ago, Melvin Jones had a vision of restoring sight, preventing blindness, mobilizing disaster relief, creating positive learning environments, and serving people with disabilities. These are things no Lions Club or District can do alone but together with LCIF, they are made possible.
Over the past few years LCIF has extended the service areas to include diabetes and childhood cancer because a large number of Lion surveyed thought they were important to address. LCIF wants to raise 300 million through Campaign 100 to make an even bigger impact on causes that we already support as well as the new global causes.
One goal of the Campaign it to have 100 participation from every Club. That means if every club member donated $1 and the Club Treasurer listed every club member’s name then sent a check from the club to LCIF, that would be 100% participation.
There are several ways to collect donations. Your club might do that by pass a hat or use Tailtwister money. Every little bit helps.
You club can could make a line item in your yearly budget. Individuals may make personal donations as well. Clubs can set a goal to become a Model Club by setting a goal of $500 donated per member over the 3-4-year course of the Campaign. Model Clubs were vital to the Sight First Campaign because they supplied almost 40% of all donations. Special recognition for Model Clubs is presented at the International Convention.
For comparison, it is helpful to know that $100 can provide the following services: 2 cataract surgeries, Lions Quest curriculum to entire class for one year, diabetes screening for 18 at risk individuals, measles vaccinations to 100 children, immediate relief to 4 people in wake of a natural disaster, 14 people access to clean water, access to food for 14 elderly or disables or low-income people or homeless individuals. The number that makes the biggest difference to Lion Heather is that LCIF has provided $5, 179,492 toward Covid 19 relief. If your club donated $5,000 or more in a physical year, it can earn 15% back toward a community grant. This can be done as a single club or in conjunction with other clubs. The money can be held for up to 15 years for access. Right now, this District has about $10,000 accumulated. Campaign has been extended through next Lion’s year so there is still time to work toward the goal your Club may set.
Please contact Lion Heather if you have any questions.
Lion President Jeri and many of the attending members thanked Lion Heather for her presentation and information.
Traveling Leo - Lion Jeri Furman - a chairperson is needed for Traveling Leo visits. Please consider volunteering. Lion Nancy Watters described the duties and procedure of organizing Traveling Leo visits, recruiting members to participate, contacting clubs for permission to join their meeting whether on Zoom or live, and reporting the visit with the District Traveling Leo Chairperson.
Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters Reminded members to send meeting meal money for Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. If the donation is sent to the secretary, a check may be mailed to the Foodbank from the club each month. Donations may be made directly to the Foodbank also. If you make your donation directly, please remember to report your donation to Lion Nancy each month for MyLion.
Leadership Workshops – workshops are being offered the first Fri evening of each month. The last workshop was about the Peace Poster. Lion Nancy will send out the proper link for each workshop as it occurs.
Service Reports - Thanksgiving Dinner Project – PCC J. Stanley Furman reported that he has been unable to reach anyone at Social Services but he will continue to reach out to them. Lion Aziz suggested that we plan for about 10 families. Since we are not willing to go to individual houses and do shopping, Lion Stanley suggested that we consider Angel Tree as a worthy cause. If we do not do grocery shopping for Thanksgiving or Holidays, gift cards are an alternative. One suggestion from Lion Dick Kreassig is that we purchase gift cards from specific grocery stores to assure proper usage.
Beach Bag Project – The Beach Bag Program will be holding a food drive for non-perishable foods and for school supplies in the parking lot at Pembroke Mall in back of Khol’s tomorrow from 10am – 7pm. Lion Nancy Watters reported that The Lions Charity Foundation of Southeastern Virginia added the Beach Bag Project as a line item grant. However, because of the economic situation this year, the Foundation required that we provide 25% of the $6,000. Lion Nancy contacted all the Virginia Beach Clubs and asked for donations to make the $1,500. Many clubs stepped up, Oceanside, Bayside, TCBL, Va. Beach Host, and Aragona – Woodstock. These clubs along with individual Thalia members donated all the money with the exception of about $200. Our club finished the amount and sent the money to LCFSV designated to the Beach Bag Project. A couple of clubs sent money to the Foundation after the check to the Va. Beach Ed. Foundation for $6,000 was submitted. That “late” money will be forwarded to the Beach Bag Program or held over for next year’s project. Lion Jon Halvorson expressed interest in involving his men’s group to support with donations.
Laptops for Learning - Lion Jon Halvorson reported that so far donations have included the following: 3 towers, 7 laptops, 3 monitors and 3 printers. He will turn the equipment over to Computers for Kids this weekend and will take a photo with the club banner. This project is ongoing so please remember to ask for laptops from sources you may know. Lion Jon was delighted with the results of our efforts.
Granola Bars -Lion Jon Halvorson suggested the craft brewery granola bars might be considered for a fundraiser. Each bar would cost between $1.25-1.40 and could be sold for $2-$2.50. Lion Nancy Watters purchased a variety packet and showed samples to the club. Lion Roger Snell volunteered to make Club label stickers for the packages if we decide to proceed with the fundraiser. The idea will be discussed in the board meeting.
Student Desks Project – Lion John Watters reported that he had completed 11 desks and has 9 more in process to construct. In addition, a friend has made about 19. This seems to be a project that will continue as long as students need them. At the moment, desks are in short supply because of high demand. Several members have donated money to defray some costs and that is much appreciated. Each desk costs about $60 in supplies to construct. Desks are donated to families recommended by Lion Susan Sumnick’s daughter, Michala Cardwell. Michala is the Asst. Principal of North Landing Middle School and has close contact with 757Vitrual Learning.org. If anyone wants to participate in this project, please let Lion John know. You need woodworking skills and an available workshop because Lion John’s workshop does not have room for more than one person at a time.
Peace Posters, Girl Scouts – Lions Karen Austin reported that we possibly have 9 participants but she will not know until the deadline on the 29th. If we have all 9 there will be two Club sponsors. The nine participants will be divided between Thalia and another club. That will allow our Region to have two winners that proceed to the District level. Judging will be on Nov. 8th. Five judges have been recruited. Provided we have two clubs represented, those five judges will judge the Peace Posters for both clubs. District deadline is Nov. 15. Fundraisers
LCFSEVA Raffle - Lion Stan Furman reported that the raffle was held on Oct. 10 and our club had no winners!
Reverse Raffle (Southside Lions Club)– Lion Nancy Watters reported that we are probably going to make about $2,000 dollars on this raffle. All 75 tickets that we requested have been sold and we need 5 additional. Lion Nancy plans to deliver all the ticket stubs and money to Southside next Wednesday, Oct. 28th. Those members with outstanding ticket stubs and money will be asked to have them ready by the weekend. Lion Nancy will pick them up if you are unable to deliver them to her.
Peanuts / Brooms – Lion Jack Wagner was not able to communicated other than by email. He wrote the following message. Belmont does not have the retail price for Holiday Classic Gift Pack, to date. Last year, the Club paid $19.40 for the 20 0z Gift Pack. As soon as they have established a price for both the 10 and 20 Oz Gift Pack, will let you know. I don’t have a microphone on my computer so won’t be able to engage in the discussion re the pricing of peanuts. For discussion purposes, we pay $5.90 Virginia Salted and Redskins and sell them for $10.00. Salt and Pepper cost the Club $6.15 and we sell them for $11.00. Honey Roasted cost us $6.50 and sell for $11.00. Cashews cost 11.55 and sell for $18.00. Chocolate Covered cost $7.60 and sell for $12.00 (Current Priced, but subject to change). Our current markup on our sales is less than 50 %. When we have our next Board meeting, we will have the prices for the Holiday packs and discuss the pricing for this year.
Holiday Party - Lion President Jeri Furman announced that we are not able to have the Holiday party this year.
Foodbank Donations - All virtual parties that were investigated by Lion Nancy charged $20-$40 per person. Lion Stanley stated that he had rather see us make donations to the Foodbank.
From the Floor-
Dec Zoom Meeting Suggestion. Lion Bob Perrine proposed the Dec Zoom meeting be about what we have done this past year to help others. The people who championed the different activities our club undertook would be given the opportunity to tell what they and their committees have accomplished with eye sight, hearing, diabetes, and community work. This surely will be a Christmas program focused on our giving to help others.
Nov Zoom Meeting Progarm - Lion Bob sent out an email description of our Nov meeting program. Each person has one minute to tell about themselves by selecting (3) three of the following;
1. Your family growing up and/or your current family
2. Your most memorable time in of your life - happiest, scariest, and/or most awful
3. Your move to VA Beach and/or your parents (descendants) move here.
4. Your profession and/or if retired, your current activity
5. Your most treasured capability, hobby and/or training
6. Your favorite sport and/or team
7. Your donation to a charity, in addition to Lions, if you had a million dollars to spare
Thanks, Lion Bob

Adjournment: 7:59

Upcoming Dates:
Tues. Oct. 26 – Final date for remitting Reverse Raffle Ticket stubs and money
Tues. Oct. 26 – Final date for remitting Reverse Raffle Ticket stubs and money
Tues. Oct. 26 – Final date for remitting Reverse Raffle Ticket stubs and money
Wed. Nov. 4 – Thalia Lions Zoom Board Meeting 7pm
Sat. Nov. 7 – Reverse Raffle Drawing – Swan Terrace Hunt Room – Regent University 7pm
Sun Nov. 8 – Peace Poster Contest Judging VBCC – 1pm
Wed. Nov. 18 – Thalia Lions Regular Zoom Meeting 7pm
Wed. Dec. 2 – Thalia Lions Zoom Board Meeting 7pm

Respectfully submitted,
Lion Nancy Watters, Secretary
Thalia Lions Club

Oct. 7, 2020 Board Meeting Via ZOOM
The following Lions logged on: Lion President Jeri Furman, Lions Ellen Turman, Nancy Nelson, Stanley Furman, Mike Coran, Jon Halvorson, Billy McIntyre, Stan Moss, Aziz Selahi, Vickie Kennedy, John Watters, Nancy Watters and Lion Bob Perrine.
President Nancy Nelson : Call to Order 7:01 (Pres. Jeri Furman had internet connection issues and could not log on until after the meeting was called to order. Welcome and Wellness Check - President Lion Jeri Furman asked for any information about health concerns from the membership. It was noted the Lion Jack Wagner is having knee difficulties and may need replacements.
Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters
Reverse Raffle Drawing Party Reservations must be made to attend the drawing event at Regency. Invitation is attached. Lion Nancy will report the reservations to Southside Lions by the middle of the month.
Leadership workshops will be offered the first Sat of each month. This Friday’s workshop, Oct. 10 th focuses on the Peace Poster Contest.
Club Program - Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Bob Perrine
Oct. 21 Meeting – Lion Heather Jones - Campaign 100 District Chairperson
Nov. 18 Meeting - Lion Bob Perrine announced that the program will be delivered by members who sign in to the meeting. Each member will be allowed 1 minute to describe personal history. This program is an effort to enlighten newer members of the history and contributions of all members.

Service Reports
Beach Bag Project – Lion Nancy Watters reported the Lions Charity Foundation of Southeastern Virginia has required that we raise 25% of the $6,000 to fund the Beach Bag Project. Lion Stan Furman explained that the requirement is because the Foundation has lost funding from the Auction this year and from the decline in investments. Lion Nancy sent emails to all the clubs in Virginia Beach because they have all participated in the project before. The clubs were requested to make donations to the Charity Foundation with the funds designated to fund the Beach Bag Project. Two clubs, Bayside and Oceanside have made contributions thus far. Town Center Blind Lions had a board meeting this night and would vote on donating. With the donations to date in addition to a generous contribution from Lion Linda and Steve Eggleston, the total so far is $900. We are still looking to cover $600. Lion Nancy pointed out that the recent garage sale netted $505 and we could think about funding the balance from those monies.
Lion Stan Furman moved that we cover any amount unfunded by other club donations, from our activity account. The Charity Foundation will meet this weekend and can be informed that our club will stand behind the balance. Lion Nancy Nelson seconded the motion. The club approved the motion with no opposition.
As a side note, the Beach Bag Program is sponsoring a food/school supply drive the weekend of the 22nd behind Pembroke Mall. A flyer attached offers suggestions about food donations (only sealed shelf stable) and school supplies.
ForKids – has indicated that they are not handling the Book bag project this year but you can go to the website and find a list of things they urgently need. There is actually an Amazon link for ordering. Amazon ForKids Urgent Needs List: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/F9MLI0B0OGD7/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1
Peace Poster Report – Lions Karen Austin and Marsha Montgomery - Neither were in attendance but nothing is happening before their meeting on 19th of October.
Laptop and electronic project – Lion Jon Halvorson -reported that laptops were being picked up on Saturday. We have several donations and are expecting several more before Saturday. If the need for the equipment declines in our local area, the laptops will be sent to other parts of the world where there is a need.
Student Desks for Learning – Lion John Watters is building student desks to be donated to students in the area who are in need. He and another friend have built 15 or more desks, pictures attached, with more in construction. Lion Susan Sumnick’s daughter is asst. principal in the Va. Beach Schools and has contacts to find students in need. She is a member of VirtualLearning.org who has been building and asking for donated desks since August. The cost of materials to build a desk if between $50-60. If anyone has capability or wants to join in the project, please let Lion John know of your desire.
Fundraisers Campaign 100 – Lion Stan Furman – has deferred the information until we have a program in October by Lion Heather Jones, Campaign 100 District chairperson. LCFSV Raffle – Lion Stan Furman, Drawing is on October 10th. Lion Stan has turned in over $1,200 from our club.
Reverse Raffle (Southside Lions Club)– Lion Nancy Watters reported that the raffle is going well. All tickets have been sold with the exception of three. If anyone else wants a ticket or wants to sell tickets, please let her know. All stubs and money must be collected and returned to Lion Nancy by Oct. 31st. All checks must be made to Thalia Lions Club.
Peanuts – Lion Jack Wagner – Please let Lion Jack know if you would like peanuts to sell. We have a supply and need to sell them soon! He will be checking this week about Christmas preparations with Belmont.
From the Floor: A Traveling Leo is scheduled for Sat. Oct. 10 at 10am with TBLC. Lions Mike, Ellen, Vickie, Jeri and Nancy Watters will attend on Zoom. This is the second Traveling Leo made by our club. Lions Nancy W, Ellen, Mike, Jeri, and Nancy N attended a meeting last week on Zoom with Oceanside Lions. Possible fundraiser: Lion Jon Halvorson announced that a friend of his who owns a brewery has started an offshoot business making granola bars with left over hops. Craft Beer Granola Bars. If we considered selling the granola bars as a fundraiser, the profit would be approximately $1 per bar. The only problem is that a minimum first order is $500. Lion Jon is sending the link to the information and it will be attached to these minutes.
Thanksgiving Feed the Families Project – Lion Stanley Furman has not yet been notified from Social Services about needy families. Because we are not enthusiastic about shopping and taking food into homes, it was suggested that we consider donating gift cards to families this year. Lion Stan will talk to Social Services and we can discuss the gift card idea at our next regular meeting.
Adjournment:
Upcoming Dates:
Fri Oct 9 – Leadership Zoom – Peace Poster Contest 7pm
Sat Oct 10 – Traveling Leo Town Center Blind Lions Zoom 10 am
Wed. Oct 21 – Regular Meeting Zoom 7pm
Sat – Nov 7 Reverse Raffle Drawing Party 6-7pm
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Sept. 16, 2020, Regular Meeting 7:00pm, Via ZOOM
In Attendance: 21 members 4 guests
President Lion Jeri Furman - Call to Order 7:00p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance: President Lion Jeri
Invocation: Lion Stan Moss
Song: “You’re a Grand Ole Flag” – Bing Crosby recording
Welcome and Introduction of Guests - President Lion Jeri Furman Guests were Lion Deborah Laughlin, Zone 0 Chairperson, Lion Mack Stevens, Region C Chair, Homer Cook, Dist. Cabinet Secretary, District Governor Scott Durbin
Program: District 24I Governor Scott Durbin introduced by Lion Homer Cook. District Governor Scott was a civil servant prior to his retirement. Now he is dedicated to Lions and has refocused on his musical background. He played saxophone in his earlier years and is now playing harmonica and slide guitar as well.
The District Governor Scott spoke about the difficulties presented in this Lions year caused by Covid 19. But though there may be limitations in the way we have done things in the past, we must be creative in finding ways to accommodate. The International Director’s theme for this year is Uniting through Diversity and Kindness. Listening and giving feedback are encouraged to promote acceptance and kindness. Lion Scott’s theme this year is Harmony in Life through Service. He used the analogy of music as life and family and harmony as offering service to promote growth to family, jobs and life. Lion Scott is committed to NAMI this year. North American Membership Initiative, is a five-year plan to increase service and membership in our clubs. The initiative is reaching out for new ideas, methods, structures and media to effect increase in membership. Lion Scott is personally focused on Diabetes Awareness and Vision. He has a family history of diabetes and his wife and daughter have degenerative eye disease. He encourages Lions not only to assist in helping those with these disabilities but also to instill confidence in their abilities to cope. One other focus dear to D.G. Scott’s heart is Stand Up for Kids. These are children that are actually homeless or prefer not to live at home because of circumstances. Statistics show that 65% of homeless adults started as homeless kids. Lion Scott volunteers every week at Stand up for Kids. D. G. Scott’s remarks are recorded in their entirety in the attached Zoom video of the meeting.
Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters USA Canada Forum – Sept. 25-27 is a virtual Forum this year due to the pandemic. The cost is only $20.00 and there are at least 19 different workshops, speakers, and seminars. One important Seminar will be KidsSight Spot Certification. Please sign up for the Forum. This is a once in a Lion’s time opportunity for you to participate without traveling out of the country!! See attached Leadership Workshops were very good. Several members participated and hopefully learned something new. Fall Conference will be in Williamsburg at the Double Tree Inn Oct. 2-4 particulars are attached
Club Programs – Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Bob Perrine October 21- Lion Heather Jones – Campaign 100 November 18 – Get to Know Your Members – Lion Bob Perrine will lead a program designed to give each member 1 minute to describe something little know about themselves.
Service Reports Blood Drive Report – IPP Lion Ellen Turman and Lion Nancy Nelson – The Blood Drive was Sept 12, 1-6pm at Virginia Beach Christian Church 2225 Rose Hall Dr., V.B. 20 Pints of “productive” blood was collected and 60 people will be served from those donations. Four members worked the drive and sat up a Lions display, Lion Nancy Nelson, Lion Ellen Turman, Lion Mike Coren and Lion Marsha Montgomery. Donors were given a Lions magazine and a Thalia Club brochure.
Beach Bag Project – Lion Nancy Watters – Though we will not be allowed to do our huge packing project this year, the Beach Bag Program needs our funding more than ever. They can no longer take food donations from the public. Everything must be purchased from suppliers and the demand for food for students is also greater. Since the project is now in the Lions Charity Foundation budget each year, we will request those funds be made directly to the program. We may be allowed to pack in small groups of 5 or under but the Beach Bag Coordinator will let us know how that will be handled.
Peace Poster Report – Lions Karen Austin and Marsha Montgomery – Lion Karen is participating in a Zoom presentation to the Councl of Girl Scouts on Sept. 19th. The contest is opened to the entire Council of Girl Scouts in the Tidewater area rather than a specific troop. The deadline for the artwork is Oct. 29th and to the District Governor by Nov. 15th. Judging will be on Sunday Nov. 8th at Virginia Beach Christian Church. Judges are Lions Karen Austin, Marsha Montgomery, Nancy Watters, Susan Sumnick and Lion Homer Cook. Lion Homer reported that there are 4 participants registered for the presentation on the 19th.
Laptop and electronic project – We are continuing to collect computers and equipment for the Norfolk organization “Computers for Kids.”
Foodbank Collections - Please remember to consider sending your “meal” money as a donation to directly to the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia or make check payable to Thalia Lions and send it to the Club Secretary. Thalia Lions will send a monthly donation to the Food Bank based on your donations.
Fundraisers Campaign 100 and LCFSEVA Raffle - Lion Stan Furman – reported that the tickets for the LCFSEVA ($5@) have been distributed and he has collected about half the money and stubs. Please send both money and stubs to Lion Stanley by the end of September. The Campaign 100 raffle tickets are $25 each. For every 40 tickets sold, a winner will be pulled. That winner will receive a $1,000 Melvin Jones Fellowship for themselves or the club. This is not a for profit fundraiser. This is a method of encouraging members to donated to Lions Club International Campaign 100 Initiative. Flyer is attached Reverse Raffle (Southside Lions Club)– Lion Nancy Watters has distributed the Reverse Raffle Tickets to those who requested them. There are a few left so please let her know if you can sell some or can purchase one or two for yourself. All stubs and money must be returned to Lion Nancy no later than Oct. 31st.
Peanuts / Brooms – Lion Jack Wagner sent the following information: He has in inventory 3 cans of salt and pepper, 2 cans of salted, 2 cans of redskins, 1 can of unsalted, 2 cans honey roasted and 2 cans butter toffee.
Two of the Butter Toffee and one Honey Roasted have expiration dates before 11/30 and need to be sold. The others are good for another 4 months. Based on need, Lion Jack will be reordering soon to maintain a small inventory. Please contact Lion Jack for peanuts. Sales of both peanuts and brooms have dropped so we need to support them as much as possible.
Garage Sale – The sale was Saturday Sept. 12 – 8-3pm. 3304 Old Kirkwood Dr., V.B., home of Susan Mills, a friend of Lion Nancy Watters. The proceeds from the sale were donated to Thalia Lions and to the Virginia Beach Animal Shelter. Thalia received $400 from the sale. Lion John fashioned a Certificate of Appreciation from our club to be presented to Susan Mills. (see attached) From the Floor- Lion Deborah Laughlin announced that there would be a Zone O Zoom meeting on Sept. 22nd. A link will be sent out prior to the meeting. Adjournment: 7:30
District Governor requested a short meeting with the Board after the adjournment. All members were invited to stay signed in to the meeting. Those who remained were: Lions Vickie Kennedy, Dick Kreasig, Irene Conlin, Marsha Montgomery, Stan and Jeri Furman, Mike Coren, Bob Perrine, Stan Moss, Nancy Nelson, Billy McIntyre, Jon Halvorson, Nancy and John Watters.
D.G. Scott asked for input concerning problems that our club may have. No one responded with serious problems. The biggest concern is getting new younger members. Membership Chair Lion Dick Kreassig felt that our focus should be on new and younger members as well. D.G. Scott’s suggestions revolved on the use of media, technology, and group projects with other clubs. The idea is that when a larger number of Lions are involved in a project and we are seen by the public, we stimulate interest in membership. Most of our members feel unwilling to become involved in large projects until a vaccine is available for everyone. However, we continue to offer service wherever possible. Our recent garage sale and Blood Drive was advertised on Facebook, Nextdoor Neighborhood, Online Va. Beach Yard Sale, and Marketplace. Our club has a Facebook page and a blog spot (thalia.blogspot.org) administered by Lion Bob Perrine. Lion Jon Halvorson shared that he joined this club because we are fun, driven, refreshing and we catered to a project that was near and dear to him. We have been collecting old laptops and equipment to donate to Computers for Kids. The equipment is cleaned, repaired and donated to students in need of technology for school.
Lion Mack Stevens, Region Chair requested that our club visit other clubs via Zoom to share our club’s infectious enthusiasm, energy and ideas. Zoom visits now count as Traveling Leo award points.
D.G. Scott was very encouraging in his remarks and challenged the club to keep up what we are doing well and keep looking for new ways to attract new members.
Adjournment: 7:50
Upcoming Dates: Tues. Sept. 22nd – Zoom Zone O meeting Fri-Sun - Sept 25-27 – USA Canada Leadership Virtual Forum Fri-Sun – Oct 2-4 – District 25I Fall Conference – Williamsburg Double Tree Inn
Respectfully submitted Lion Nancy Watters, Secretary Thalia Lions Club

Sep 2, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes,
The following Lions logged on:
Jeri Furman, Stanley Furman, Vickie Kennedy Stanley Moss, Nancy Nelson, Bob Perrine, Roger Snell, Ellen Truman, Jack Wagner, John Watters, Nancy Watters Lion Jeri Furman - Call to Order 7:02p.m.
Treasurer’s Report – Lion Vickie Kennedy
Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters
Board electronic action
On August 20, Lion Bob Perrine moved that the budgeted scholarship funds unused from Thalia scholarship funds in 2019-20, be added to the budgeted funds for 2020-21. The motion was seconded by Lion John Watters.  After an electronic vote, all Board members with the exception of one voted to approve the motion.  That one person did not respond.
There was a need to expedite the vote because of scholarship deadlines.
USA Canada Forum – Sept. 25-27 – Link will be sent again for registration.
Leadership Workshop – New Member Orientation is the next topic on Sept. 11th. Link will be sent for the meeting.
Fall Conference will be in Williamsburg at the Double Tree Inn – information attached
-Meeting Sept 22nd, 6:30pm Zoom meeting – Link will be sent before the date.
Club Programs – Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Bob Perrine
September 16- District Governor’s Visit – DG Scott Durbin with Cabinet Secretary Lion Homer Cook.
Oct. 21 – Lion Heather Jones - Campaign 100 District Chairperson
Nov. 18- Lion Bob Perrine announced that the program will be delivered by members who sign in to the meeting.Each member will be allowed 1 minute to describe personal history.This program is an effort to enlighten newer members of the history and contributions of all members.
Scholarship Report – Lion Bob Perrine –
I’m Lion Bob Perrine, Chairman of the Thalia Lions Scholarship Committee awarding scholarships to Princess Anne High School and the Adult Learning Center (ALC). For many years our scholarship chairman was Lion Edgar E. DeLong. After he died in 2015, I became chairman and have been since. Applications began to fall off at the ALC beginning in 2016. We received only one or two or no candidates, even after we began in 2016 providing an addition $500 second place scholarship as the Ed Delong Memorial Scholarship. We have since found that the ALC provided an application in conjunction with ours that primarily discouraged anyone seeking a vocational degree at TCC. ALC is reorganizing this summer, and I will make sure they are back in business offering Thalia Lions scholarships for 2021, primarily in vocation programs. In the interim, I have reached out to an area that is in crying need of financial support, and that’s Seatack.
Most people in Virginia Beach don’t know much about Seatack which is recognized as the oldest black community in the United States. Now, belatedly, Seatack could soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
*New Jerusalem Church of God in Seatack has provided two fine candidates, both accepted. I picked this church as a shining example of Seatack leadership. Reverend Barnett Thoroughgood, church founder was loved and respected. His 2012 funeral was attended by over 4,000.  Here are those two winners.
Amanda Montalvo receives our 2020 $1,000 award. She will enroll in Psychology and  Fine Arts studies, and then transfer to Eastern Virginia Medical School to obtain a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy. She served as a volunteer in the STEM Program, based on educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Mar’Tyria Hayes receives our 2020 2nd place $500 award. She plans to become a Registered Nurse. She has worked hard to maintain steady job employment while volunteering in the community. As an affiliate of New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ she helped feed the homeless. During ROTC training she served in a leadership position.
*Ocean Lakes High School serves the Seatack community. I reached out to their scholarship coordinator and was provided a fine applicate.
Jared Plaatsman receives our 2019 $1,000 award. He plans to transfer to UVA after completing his TCC associate degree. He wants to become an architect and has designed an elementary school and a 14-story hotel using software on his own computer. He was recognized as the Most Outstanding English Student and Most Outstanding Academic Concepts Student.
*The TCC financial aid office provided two fine applicants, one of which we chose.
Jacob Reese receives our 2019 2nd place $500 award. He plans to enroll in Physical Therapy at TCC and then apply to ODU’s physical therapy graduate program. He participated in the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow program and volunteered with the Special Olympics.
*Thanks to our scholarship committee Lions Jeri Furman, Vickey Kennedy, Susan Sumnick, and Mike Coren. If you’d like to join us, we always have room for more.
*Lion Nancy Watters asked for explanation of the 2017 unclaimed scholarship for a student that did not attend during that year. Lion Bob explained that the money was located by TCC and the student has re enrolled after a long illness. The money will be applied to his account after Lion Vickie Kennedy submits a W9 requesting that the funds be applied for the scholarship.
Blood Drive Report – IPP Lion Ellen Turman – scheduled appointments are very low (9) so the Red Cross has asked Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Ellen to call people who were scheduled before when the Blood Drive was cancelled.

Peace Poster Report – Lions Karen Austin and Marsha Montgomery - Neither were in attendance but nothing is happening before the end of the month.  We will ask for update at the regular meeting on Sept. 16th,
Laptop and electronic project – Lion Jon Halvorson -was not in attendance but there have been a few more donations.  We will ask for update at the next regular meeting.
Foodbank Collections – Lion Aziz Selahi was not in attendance but many members are submitting the $20 per month to be applied as a Foodbank of SEVA donation.  Please make checks to Thalia and submit them to Lion Nancy Watters, Sect.
Fundraisers
Campaign 100 – Lion Stan Furman – has deferred the information until we have a program in October by Lion Heather Jones, Campaign 100 District chairperson.
LCFSV Raffle – Lion Stan Furman, Drawing is on October 10th.  Lion Stan  must have the tickets with payment returned to him by September 30th.   Checks must be made to LCFSV. 
Reverse Raffle (Southside Lions Club)– Lion Nancy Watters received the raffle tickets and will distribute them by the middle of the month.  After the 75 tickets were divided into requested orders, there were only about 15 left.  There will be more available is needed.  Please let Lion Nancy know very soon if you want Reverse Raffle tickets.  All stubs and money must be collected and returned to Lion Nancy by Oct. 31st.  All checks must be made to Thalia Lions Club.
Peanuts – Lion Jack Wagner – Please let Lion Jack know if you would like peanuts to sell.  We have a supply and need to sell them soon! Lion Jack was logged on to the meeting but unable to engage his audio and video. 
Garage Sale – A friend of Lion Nancy, Susan Mills, is planning to hold a garage sale September 12th.    She will donate half the proceeds to Thalia Lions and the other half will be donated to the Animal Shelter.  She asks for items for the sale.  Lion Nancy will be willing to collect pre-price items.  The Garage Sale has been advertised on both Facebook and Neighborhood Next Door. 
Please deliver pre-priced items to Lion Nancy on Sept. 8th and 9th.  Delivery will be made to the location on Wed. and Thursday.
This is a great opportunity to clean out and donate.  Please call let Lion Nancy know if you have items for this sale.
From the Floor:  Lion Vickie Kennedy thanked all who have purchased Raffle tickets for the Barrels and Brews event raising funds for Ronald McDonald House.
Adjournment:  7:22
Upcoming Dates:
Fri Sept. 11 – New Member Orientation 7-8pm
Sat. Sept. 12` - Blood Drive – VA Beach Christian Church 1-6pm
Sat. Sept. 12 – Garage Sale – 3304 Old Kirkwood Dr., VB
Wed. Sept. 16 – Next Regular Zoom Meeting
Tues. Sept. 22nd – Zoom Zone O Meeting – 6:30
Fri-Sun - Sept 25-27 – USA Canada Leadership Virtual Forum
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Aug 19, 2020, Regular Thalia Lions Club Meeting
President Lion Jeri Furman - Call to Order 7:00p.m. Pledge of Allegiance:   President Lion Jeri
Invocation: Lion Ellen Turman
Song: “You’re a Grand Ole Flag” – Bing Crosby recording
Welcome and Wellness Check   - President Lion Jeri Furman informed the club that Lion Billy McIntyre was not in attendance tonight because of the loss of his cousin to Covid 19.  We all expressed our sincere condolences.
Program:  - Donna Bishop, LifeNet – introduced by Lion Nancy Nelson 
Please see the video link sent earlier by email for this program. 
Donna presented a very interesting and inspiring program on organ donation.  The video is well worth your time and only takes about 15 minutes.
Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters
USA Canada Forum – Sept. 25-27 is a virtual Forum this year due to the pandemic.  The cost is only $20.00 and there are at least 19 different workshops, speakers, and seminars.  One important Seminar will be KidsSight Spot Certification.  Please sign up for the Forum.  This is a once in a Lion’s time opportunity for you to participate without traveling out of the country!!
Leadership Workshop - These workshops occur each Fri evening in August a 7pm.  Aug. 21st is dedicated to the duties of the Secretary.  Aug 28th will be the office of President. If you are able to do none other, please sign in to the workshop on Sept. 11th.  That workshop is a New Member Orientation.  Not only our new members need to attend, but because of changes in things in the past few years, old members will have much to learn as well. The link has been sent for this Friday and future links will be sent when available. Fall Conference will be in Williamsburg at the Double Tree Inn – particulars are attached
Club Programs – Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Bob Perrine
            September 16 – DG Scott Durbin will make his official Governor’s visit.
            October 21- Lion Heather Jones – Campaign 100
Service Reports
Scholarship Report
– Lion Bob Perrine was not in attendance. The scholarship committee selected the following individuals from 5 possible candidates.  -Amanda Alyssa Montalvo  $1,000 (2020 Award)  -Mar’Tyria Hayes $500 (2020 Award) -Jared Plaatsman  $1,000 (2019 Award) -Jacob Bailey Hughes Reese $500 (2019 Award) *In our July 17, 2019 at our regular meeting guest speaker Dr. Heather Lamb, the Adult Education Coordinator at the ALC, provided the application ALC uses for scholarships which is geared to a four-year college. This is the reason we have received few ALC applications (2017 -1, 2018 – 2, 2019 -0 and 2020- 0). Lion Bob called the ALC in early May and learned that Dr. Heather Lamb was no longer the scholarship coordinator. I then got in touch with the new ALC Director, Joey Phillips. He said the ALC is in the process of appointing a new coordinator for our scholarships and said the ALC is going to wait until 2021 to have students apply. Lion Bob will try to re-energize ALC this coming spring. *In the meantime, Lion Bob  reached out to TCC (Tawana Hill). She recommended we consider two applications requesting financial aid (Aryl Desiree David Gavino and Jacob Bailey Hughes Reese). I also reached out to Ocean Lakes High School serving Seatack (Christopher Murray) and received one application (Jared Plaatsman), and the New Jerusalem Church of God in Seatack (Curtis Hopkins) and received two applications (Amanda Alyssa Montalvo and Mar’Tyria Hayes). *The $500 second place award was set up as the EdDelong Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Ed who served as chairman of the Thalia Lions Scholarship Committee for many years and died July 16th, 2015. *Why Seatack? Most people do not know of the great history of the area. As early as the late 1700s freed slaves lived here. They owned their own farms and built their own homes.  They were craftsmen, builders, farmers, fishermen, and hunters.  Whatever they needed, they built it with their own hands. Today Seatack is recognized as the oldest black community in the United States.
Blood Drive Report – IPP Lion Ellen Turman and Lion Nancy Nelson – Sept 12, 1-6pm at Virginia Beach Christian Church 2225 Rosehall Dr., V.B.  If you scheduled to give blood before when the drive was cancelled, you will need to re schedule.  Please let Lions Ellen or Nancy Nelson know if you wish to work at the drive.
Peace Poster Report – Lions Karen Austin and  Marsha Montgomery – Lion Karen is participating in a Zoom presentation to the Councl of Girl Scouts on Sept. 19th.  At this time there is no one scheduled for the presentation but the director thinks that will change once the Labor Day holiday is over and school has started.  The contest is opened to the entire Council of Girl Scouts in the Tidewater area rather than a specific troop.  The deadline for the artwork is Oct. 29th and to the District Governor by Nov. 15th.  Judging will be on Sunday Nov. 8th at Virginia Beach Christian Church.  Judges are Lions Karen Austin, Marsha Montgomery, Nancy Watters and Lion Homer Cook. Laptop and electronic project> – Lion Jon Halvorson was pleased with the response to electronic donations. About 6 computers and equipment have been received to be given to Computers for Kids or another organization supplying equipment to the Norfolk schools.
Foodbank Collections – Lion Aziz Selahi was not in attendance but Lion Nancy reported that members had sent $236 in donations for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.  Members have been asked to donate the $20 normally spent on meeting meals to this cause.  If you still wish to donate, please send your checks made out the Thalia Lions Club to Lion Nancy. The checks will be totaled each month and that amount donated from our club to the Foodbank.
Campaign 100 and LCFSEVA Raffle - Lion Stan Furman – reported that the tickets for the LCFSEVA ($5@) have been distributed and he is in the process of collecting.
The Campaign 100 raffle tickets are $25 each.  For every 40 tickets sold, a winner will be pulled. That winner will receive a $1,000 Melvin Jones Fellowship for themselves or the club.This is a method of encouraging members to donated to Lions Club International Campaign 100 Initiative.
Reverse Raffle (Southside Lions Club)– Lion Nancy Watters reported that the tickets are being printed and will be distributed soon.  Southside Lions tries not to allow the tickets to be distributed too early for fear that members will find it easy to forget or wait until the last minute.
Lion Nancy also said she ordered 75 tickets instead of the numbers designated by the Board (50). When she counted the number that had already been requested by members the total was almost 65. We are not penalized for ordering too many tickets. Please let Lion Nancy know if you want tickets.
Peanuts / Brooms – Lion Jack Wagner was able to attend the meeting but had no audio or video.  Lion Nancy W reported that she had placed an ad on Facebook for brooms designating Paul’s Auto as our place of sales.  Please contact Lion Jack for peanuts.  Sales of both peanuts and brooms have dropped so we need to support them as much as possible.

Garage Sale – Saturday Sept. 12 – 8-3pm.  3304 Old Kirkwood Dr., V.B. Susan Mills, a friend of Lion Nancy W is hosting the garage sale and only wants us to donated priced items.  She and a neighbor will work the sale.  Please get the priced items to Lion Nancy no later than Sept 7/8th. 
From the Floor- Lion Dick Kreassig offered word of sympathy for the loss of Lion Jim Oglesby. Lion Jim was a past district governor and a very active Lion and friend to many of our members.
Lion John Watters extended our Club’s condolences to Lion Stan Moss in the loss of his brother.  Lion Stan expressed his appreciation.  


Adjournment:
Upcoming Dates:
            Fri Aug. 21 – Secretary Leadership Workshop Zoom 7pm
            Wed Sept. 2 – Next Board Zoom Meeting Zoom 7pm
            Fri Sept. 4 – President Leadership Workshop Zoom 7pm
            Fri Sept. 11 – New Member Orientation Workshop Zoom 7pm
            Sat Sept. 12 – Red Cross Blood Drive – VBCC - 2225 Rose Hall Dr., VB 1-6pm
            Sat Sept. 12 – Garage Sale – 3304 Old Kirkwood Dr., VB – 8am-3pm
            Fri-Sun - Sept 25-27 – USA Canada Leadership Virtual Forum
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Board Meeting, Wed. Aug 5, 2020 via Zoom

The following Lions logged on: Irene Conlin, Mike Coren, Jeri Furman, Stanley Furman, Vickie Kennedy, Billy McIntyre, Stanley Moss, Marsha Montgomery, Nancy Nelson, Bob Perrine, Fran Scott, Aziz Selahi, Roger Snell, Ellen Truman, Jack Wagner, John Watters, Nancy Watters
President Lion Jeri Furman - Call to Order 7:06p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance:   President Lion Jeri
Invocation: Lion Roger Snell
Welcome and Wellness Check   - President Lion Jeri Furman asked for any information about health concerns from the membership.  None were reported.
 
Treasurer’s Report – Lion Vickie Kennedy – Please see the attached report.
 
Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters
Leadership Workshop There will be a Leadership Zoom workshop each Friday evening from 7-8pm.  The following topics will be covered consecutively each Friday.
Aug.7 – Membership
Aug. 14 – Treasurer
Aug. 21 – Secretary
Aug. 28 – President
And September 11 – New Member Orientation
These workshops are free and are very useful.  Whether you are interested in any of the offices makes no difference.  We all need to become familiar with how our club functions and you may be asked at some point to step up in leadership.  So please consider devoting a little time to learn something new about Lions.
The last workshop on Sept. 11th is a New Member Orientation.   Any member who has joined in the last 1-2 years could benefit greatly from this information. If you make no other workshops, please target this evening and spend 1 hour learning about this great organization.  I promise it will be of great use.
The topic for Friday evening Aug 7th is Membership. Here is the information and the link to join in the workshop.
 
Topic: Creating a Membership Plan
Time: Aug 7, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85972571760?pwd=YnQ4OVF6S0ZzT0hrWlJFUUZ6djRTZz09
Meeting ID: 859 7257 1760
Passcode: LIONS
 
Club Survey –(see attached) This survey was sent out last week for your input.  If you have any comments, recommendations, or suggestions pertaining to the questions on this survey, please let me know and I will present them to the club.
USA Canada Forum – see attached (limit 3,000) Sept 25-27.  Because of the pandemic, the Forum will be virtual this year.  This is a wonderful opportunity for any Lion to see what the rest of the North America is doing in Lions and to learn from the sessions.  You may register for the USA Canada Forum for $20, an unbelievable cost.  I am truly excited that the Forum is virtual making it possible for us to participate.  There will only be 3000 participants allowed to register so you must make the decision now.  Those spots will disappear quickly.  You may need to register with your email and password before you can make the reservation.
 
Fall Conference will be in Williamsburg at the Double Tree Inn – TBA
 
Club Programs – Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Bob Perrine
August 19 – LifeNet – Donna Bishop, Vice President
September 16- District Governor’s Visit – DG Scott Durbin with Cabinet Secretary Lion
Homer Cook.
Oct. 21 – Lion Heather Jones - Campaign 100 District Chairperson

Service Reports
Scholarship Report – Lion Bob Perrine – Wan Ting (Ivy) Wu was selected to receive the Princess Anne High School scholarship winner by the Scholarship committee. 
Lion Bob has communicated with TCC concerning the Ed DeLong scholarship candidates and they are offering 2 possibilities. There may be more but the deadline in Aug. 22nd.
 
Blood Drive Report – IPP Lion Ellen Turman - Because there were 36 appointments and only 3 Red Cross staff to work the drive, it was cancelled at the last minute.  Lion Nancy Nelson reported that they want to reschedule Sat. Sept 12 – 1:00pm-6:00pm. 

Peace Poster Report – Lion Marsha Montgomery – Lion Marsha has prepared a wonderful presentation with a power point to present to the Girl Scouts on August 15th.  We hope there will be good participation.  Asked to explain the Peace Poster Contest, Lion Marsha explained that the contest was to encourage young people to express their desire for Peace through art.  There is a $1000 prize and a trip for recognition to the United Nations. This years theme is Peace through Service.
 
Laptop and electronic project – Lion Jon Halvorson - though Lion Jon was unable to attend the meeting, Lion Nancy Watters asked for laptops, printers, or electrical equipment that may be donated.  The equipment is for Computer Equipment for Kids.  You may drop off equipment to Lion Nancy or to Lion Jon Halvorson.
 
Foodbank Collections – Lion Aziz Selahi – Last month we tried to do a foodbank collection and found that the only place to drop off food is in Norfolk.  There are no more collection points at the YMCAs.  Lion Aziz made a motion that we designate the $20 we would normally spend on meals at a meeting to be donated to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.  The idea was immediately second by Lion Stan and Lion Rog.  The vote was passed unanimously.   Members are asked to send a $20 check each month to Lion Nancy for the support of the Foodbank.  Please make your check out to Thalia Lions Club.   Lion Nancy will report each month on the amount of donations received and how much will be sent to the Foodbank in the name of our Club.   Please consider supporting this project. 
 
Fundraisers

Campaign 100 – Lion Stan Furman – the club has made a total donation of $1,000 toward a Melvin Jones that will count as a Campaign 100 donation.  Half the funds were from the Admin account so we are also eligible for the 100% Club Participation Award.
Campaign 100 is also conducting a raffle.  Please see the attached.  We will have a program in October by Lion Heather Jones, District I Campaign 100 chairperson.

LCFSV Raffle – Lion Stan Furman, representing the Lions Charity Foundation of Southeastern Virginia, explained that because of the pandemic the Foundation will not hold the Annual Auction fundraiser this year.  Instead the only fundraiser for the Lions Charity Foundation will be the raffle.  Each Thalia member will be given 4 tickets @$5 to sell for the drawings on October 10th.  Lion Stan will must have the tickets with payment returned to him by September 30th.   Checks must be made to LCFSV. 
Reverse Raffle (Southside Lions Club)– Lion Nancy Watters – recommended that we ask Southside Lions for 50 tickets for the raffle.  Each ticket is $60 or 2 tickets for $100.  Our club stands to profit half the sales.  There was discussion of increasing the number to 100 but some felt that was more than we could sell.  Lion Nancy informally canvased the Board attendees and found that there was demand for almost 50 among the group.  After the meeting, Lion Nancy was notified by other members that they wanted tickets as well.  Since we are yet to ask members who were not in attendance, and the number already verbally assigned is 52, Lion Nancy will ask for 75 instead of 50 tickets.  Please remember that we are not obligated to pay for unsold tickets.
 
      Peanuts – Lion Jack Wagner – Please let Lion Jack know if you would like peanuts to sell.  We have a supply and need to sell them soon! Lion Jack was logged on to the meeting but unable to engage his audio and video. 
 
      Proposal Garage Sale – A friend of Lion Nancy, Susan Mills, is planning to hold a garage sale September 12th.    She will donate half the proceeds to Thalia Lions and the other half will be donated to the Animal Shelter.  She asks for items for the sale.  Lion Nancy will be willing to collect pre-price items.  Since staying home many of you may have already cleaned out and reorganized.  But please let Lion Nancy know if there is anything you are willing to donate for the garage sale.  Since she is willing to donate the proceeds, we need to offer items for the sale.
Adjournment:  7:56
 
Upcoming Dates:
Friday August 7 – Membership Workshop Zoom 7-8pm
Friday August 14 – Treasurer Workshop Zoom 7-8pm
Wed August 19 – Next Regular Zoom Meeting
Friday August 21 – Secretary Workshop Zoom 7-8pm
Fri August 28 – President Workshop Zoom 7-8pm
Wed. Sept. 2nd – Next Zoom Board Meeting
Fri Sept. 11 – New Member Orientation 7-8pm
Sat. Sept. 12` - Blood Drive – Virginia Beach Christian   Church 1-6pm
Sat. Sept. 12 – Garage Sale – 3304 Old Kirkwood Dr., VB
Wed. Sept. 16 – Next Regular Zoom Meeting
Fri-Sun - Sept 25-27 – USA Canada Leadership Virtual Forum
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Regular Meeting Minutes, Wed. July 15, 2020- 7p.m.
Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85284637615
Meeting ID:  852 8463 7615
 
President Lion Jeri Furman – Call to Order 7:05pm
Pledge of Allegiance – Lion Stanley Furman
Invocation – Lion Aziz Selahi
 
Lion President welcomed guests.  Lion Jon Halvorson introduced Janelle _____

Who may be interested in joining our club.  Lion Nina Ambrose and Lion Bruce Horner from Southside Lions Club we also acknowledged.
 
New Project Idea:  Club Service Chairperson – Lion Nancy Watters - introduced Lion Bruce Horner and Lion Nina Ambrose from Southside Lions to speak about the Drive for Sight Reverse Raffle.
 
Lion Bruce described the reverse raffle that the Southside Club has be doing for a number of years.  Attached is a description of the raffle.  Thalia Lions has been invited to join their club in selling the tickets as a fundraiser for our club.  For each $60 ticket sold, our club keeps half the money.  Tickets are $60 each or two tickets for $100.  The BOD has already agreed that the club will participate in the project and needs to decide how many tickets we will request from Southside.  There is no obligation for unsold tickets.  The BOD will take up the question at the next meeting on Aug. 5th.  Lion Bruce will need to know the number by then in order to have our names printed on the tickets.
 
The culminating event will be held at Swan Terrace at Founder’s End in November starting at 6:00pm and ending at 7pm.  Tickets will be drawn periodically and announced.  Light appetizers will be served and our club will be invited.
 
VBCC/Thalia Blood Drive – Lion Nancy Nelson
Lion Nancy encouraged all those able to give blood to please make an appointment to give at redcrossblood.org.  The date is August 2nd 12-5pm.  Lion Nancy Nelson will be out of town but Lion Marsha Montgomery, Lion Ellen Turman will work with Jeff Bodenhammer (church member) to register and monitor donors.  Anyone who would like to work during those hours is encouraged to come.
 
Tail Twister Process- Lion Jon Halvorson – Lion Stan Moss – Lion Vickie Kennedy. It is important that we keep the Tail Twister busy raising funds for our administration account.  Lion Jon is investigating how we might use an app to transfer small amounts in fines to the Thalia account.  This is a new idea and may take some work to get all of us onboard. In the meantime, our Tail Twister Lion Stan Moss has decided to fine everyone as we turn older.  This is RETROACTIVE!  So, if you have had a birthday since the last real meeting, (Feb.) you are being fined $5.
It cost money to get old but the alternative is unacceptable! 
 Please send your money to Lion Stan Moss – 1617 Emmerton Ct. VB. 23456.
Here is the list of names:  Lions Bill Austin, Steve Eggleston, Otis Ethridge, Ellen Turman, Jack Wagner, John Watters, Nancy Watters, Marsha Montgomery.  I am tucking a 5-dollar bill in an envelope to send to him today!!  I challenge the rest of you to do the same! 

Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters
          Dues Collection – Thanks to all who have sent in their dues.  There are only a couple outstanding at this time.
          Progressive Raffle – Lion Mike Coren submitted $490.50 for Progressive Raffle money.  The money will be donated to LCIF with another $509.50 budgeted donation to make a $1,000 future Melvin Jones Award from our club.  Using the progressive raffle money from the admin account also allows our club to earn a 100% Participation Award for Campaign 100. 
          Kindness Matters Service Award – Our club has done projects that qualify us for this award. Lion Stan and Lion Nancy have reviewed the qualifications and feel that the Beach Bag Project will be our best offering.  Lion Nancy will complete the paperwork and submit the application to the Dist GST.
          Peace Poster Contest – Lion Homer Cook has achieved a partnership with the Girl Scouts and has asked our club to sponsor a Peace Poster Contest with them. There will be more information to come on the subject.

          Scholarships for  Fall attendance at TCC or a Virginia School of Higher Learning, Lion Bob Perrine
-Information was posted on the Princess Anne Scholarship website by coordinator Cathy Delaney for Princes Anne High School students. There have been no responses as this date. The suspense date is July 22.
-Information was posted on the TCC website by Tawana Hill, Coordinator of Financial Aid with a suspense date of Aug 17. 
-Information was posted on the Ocean Lakes High School website by Christopher Murray, Ocean Lakes Scholarship Coordinator with a suspense date of Aug 17. This effort is to encourage residents of the Seatack community to apply for the scholarships to TCC.

 
Items from the Floor

Peanut Sales – Please let Lion Jack Wagner know if you need peanuts.  Please remember that this is the only actual fundraiser we have at the moment and we should try to sell as many as possible.

Suggestions for Service Projects:
1.      Computer Equipment for Kids – Lion Jon Halvorson will accept any computer equipment (preferably laptops) to be donated to Computer Equipment for Kids in Norfolk.  He has a couple of contacts so please consider donating older equipment to him. 
2.     Foodbank donations – Lion Aziz Selahi has suggested that we again make food donations to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.  However, since our meeting, I have found out that all pick up locations in Va. Beach have been cancelled.  The only drop off is now at 800 Tidewater Dr. on the Tab St. side of the building.  You must ring the bell to have someone come out and open the loading door.  If anyone is willing to coordinate and take food donations to the Norfolk location, please respond to Lion Nancy Watters. 
3.     For Kids – Lion Fran Scott expressed concerns about the Bookbag Project for this Fall since school openings are up in the air.  She suggested that we think about doing bulk donations to the schools instead of individual bookbag supplies.  More will be known later.

***** During the last part of our meeting, Lion John received a phone call from Pauline Ashe, wife of 50 year life member Ray Ashe.  The call was to tell our club of Lion Ray’s death.  Pauline was touched to find that we were in the middle of a club meeting. 
We ended our meeting with a moment of silence in Lion Ray’s memory.
 
Meeting adjournment:  Lion President Jeri Furman – 7:29

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First Meeting 2020-2021
Board Meeting Minutes, Wed. July 1, 2020 - 7p.m.
Zoom™ Meeting Hosted by Lion Jon Halvorson
Logged on: Lions Stanley & Jeri Furman, Lion Mike Coren, Lion Jon Halvorson, Lion Vickie Kennedy, Lion Billy McIntyre, Lion Nancy Nelson, Lion Aziz Selahi, Lion Ellen Turman, Lions John & Nancy Watters, Lion Bob Perrine, Lion Fran Scott, Lion Marsha Montgomery.
President Lion Ellen Turman - Call to Order 7:13 p.m.

Call to Order - Lion President Jeri Furman, Thalia President 2020-2021. 7:21pm.
New Business

Progressive Raffle – Lion Mike Coren has almost $500 collected from the Thalia Progressive Raffle.  Finding it difficult to continue holding the raffle on a Zoom format, Lion Mike suggested that the money be placed into the Thalia Admin account. (Progressive raffle definition:  $1 tickets were sold to purchase a chance to pull the Queen of Hearts from a deck of cards.  Each time a card was chosen by the winner of the dollar raffle, the card was removed.  At the time we suspended the in-person meetings, the money had accumulated to almost $500 with a very few cards left in the deck.) 

A new award has been offered by the District Governor in which any moneys collected by the Tail Twister and donated to the LCIF would be considered a donation by all members of the club. The award would be called the 100 % Participation Award and would give the club special standing in grant awards if the club needed to apply to LCI for grant money. Considering the circumstances of the 2020-21 budget, the recommendation was made to use that money for the donation to LCIF from the Club. In further discussion, Lion Stanley Furman moved that we designate that donation to a Melvin Jones to be awarded at a future date.   Lion John Watters seconded.  After discussion clarifying that the donation would still be used by LCI regardless of the Melvin Jones designation, a unanimous vote was passed.

Thalia/VBCC Blood Drive – Lion Nancy Nelson and Lion Ellen Turman will run the Red Cross blood drive this year at Virginia Beach Christian Church, Sunday August 2nd 12-5pm. A church member, Jeff Bodenhammer has agreed to work the drive checking in donors.   Lion Marsha Montgomery also volunteered to work.  If anyone else is interested, please contact Lion Nancy N. or Lion Ellen. The Lion Tamer, Lion Jon Halvorson will be asked to see that the Thalia Banner, and display items will be available to set up at the church.  If you are able and willing, please consider donating blood.  Appointments may be made online or through Lion Nancy or Lion Ellen.  Please see the attached flyer for all information.

New Project Ideas – Lion Nancy Watters described a proposition from Southside Lions Club.  For several years that club has held a Reverse Raffle.  Tickets are $60 for one ticket or $100 for two tickets.  There are winning increments of money as tickets are pulled with the grand prize being won by the last ticket in the barrel. Southside limits the number of tickets to 400.  Since they have never sold that number of tickets, their club is offering Thalia Lions the opportunity to sell tickets for the raffle as well.  Thaila would receive one half of all the ticket sales made by the club.  Lion Nancy asked permission to invite two members of Southside Lions to participate in our next Zoom meeting on July 15th to present the idea to our membership.  There seemed to be no objections to this suggestion.

Budget – Lion President Jeri Furman presented the proposed Covid 2020-21 Temporary Budget to the Board for approval.  Please understand that many cuts were proposed because of the uncertainty of this year’s income and that the budget is only temporary.  It may be revisited and adjusted at anytime that circumstances change.  It is heart-wrenching to make cuts to causes we love and have supported for many years.  Hopefully we will be able to recoup and return to our general support before very long.  A copy is attached.

Scholarship – Lion Bob Perrine presented the following idea:
In that the Adult Learning Center has said they are reorganizing their Scholarship process, and since this is the second year Thalia Lions has received no nominees for our $1,000 and $500 Scholarships from them for TCC, Lion Bob would like to offer these Scholarships to the New Jerusalem Church of God in Seatack (an African American church). He has visited the church and has close contacts. Lion Bob feels this action would not only benefit our club but would be a binding offer with what his personal church, Old Donation Episcopal Church, has engaged in, the Sacred Ground Circle, learning about our past sins with slaves and what we can do to heal our racial wounds. After reflection and discussion concerning our desire to offer the money to deserving minority applicants, a motion was made by Lion Stan Furman with a second by Lion Ellen to offer the scholarship money to TCC to award to a qualified applicant.  Lion Bob will contact the New Jerusalem Church to encourage them to have students to apply for the money through TCC. This action is for this year only and will be offered to the Adult Learning Center as first priority in the future.

From the Floor:

Tail Twister – Lion Stan Moss is looking for ways to continue fining members as his role as Tail Twister this year.  One suggestion is that as each member has a birthday they be required to send the Tail Twister $5.  He is open to other suggestions.  Lion Jon Halvorson has offered to set up a method on line that will make fining members easy.  He will work with Lion Vickie to set up the process.

Prospective Members – Lion Jon Halvorson has requested and received information for two new prospects and hopes to have them attending the next Zoom meeting.

Upcoming Dates:
Wed. July 15 – 7pm Regular Zoom Meeting
Sat. July 18th – Lions Charity Foundation Meeting – Windsor Town Center, 23362 Courtchouse
Hwy, Windsor, Va.- the Annual LEMSHU meeting will be held on the same date.
Sun. August 2nd – VBCC/Thalia Blood Drive -Virginia Beach Christian Church, 2225 Rose Hall Drive, Virginia Beach 23454
Wed. Augrust 5 -7pm – Zoom Board Meeting.
 
Last Board Meeting of the 2019-2020 Year, 1 July 2020
Lion Ellen welcomed all members to the meeting and asked for a wellness check.  No one reported any illnesses.

Treasurer’s Report – Lion Vickie Kennedy – please see attached
 
Secretary’s Report – Lion Nancy Watters reported that dues collections are still ongoing.  There are seven members that are yet to send in their dues.  Lion Nancy has sent the two members that are not usually in attendance a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).  The remaining unpaid members will be reminded once more before a SASE will be sent to them.
 
Old Business – Lion Ellen asked for any unfinished business from the Lion’s year 2019-20.  No unfinished business was presented.
 
Adjournment- With no unfinished business, Lion President Ellen Turman adjourned the last Board meeting of the Thalia Lions Club for the year 2019-2020, 7:01pm.