Lion Wayne Scarlett of the Catlin Lions Club was honored recently with the Catlin Citizen of the Year award for 2015. Lion Scarlett is a longtime Catlin High School teacher and coach and school administrator. He retired and volunteering took over his life. He became active in the Lions Club and is currently President. He also belongs to the Eastern Illinois Shrine Club, the United Methodist Church in Catlin and has served as council president for 6 years. He continues to volunteer at the schools, church and Lions. He said, “If you notice that someone needs a helping hand, you jump in there. It’s a reward to see that something is improved or someone is helped.”
- Social Media – The word is out. Our Facebook page is more popular than ever, with over 900 likes and nearly 1,600 impressions every week. If you haven’t already, take a moment to “like” the Lions KidSight USA Facebook page. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date with the initiative and to share your club’s screening activities with other Lions and your community.
- KidSight USA Website – Our website has also received a warm welcome. A lot of information and resources are already available, and more updates are on the way to make it even easier to use. Stay tuned!
- Data Management – Both the committee and LCI staff are working hard to research and implement a national data management system that will be easy for Lions in both clubs and districts to use. This is a big step that will help bring KidSight programs around the country together and help establish Lions as the leader in children’s vision screening and screening data. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.
- Fall Vision Screenings – As summer winds down, it’s time to reach out to school districts and agencies to arrange fall screenings. Before you do, remember to make sure all of your equipment is clean and ready to go, all of your forms are updated with proper dates and that your supply is sufficient for the fall season.
- Special Thanks – I want to extend a special thanks to the Lions of Oregon and Colorado. I had the opportunity to visit to the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, as well as the Colorado Lions KidSight Foundation in early June. Both programs are very active—last year Lions in Oregon screened 142,000 children, while Lions in Colorado screened 45,000—and I wanted to learn firsthand how they operate. While each program is unique in its approach, they are both doing wonderful work on behalf of Lions Clubs International and Lions KidSight USA.
District 1-M Convention Information
Friday & Saturday October 23 & 24, 2015
We welcome you to the First District 1-M Convention. We also want to extend our welcome to International Director Lewis Quinn and his wife Lion Gayle from Anchorage Alaska.
Friday evening (casual dress) Our Theme will be Birth of a new District. We will kick off the convention with hospitality opening at 6:00 pm.This will give you time to make new friends and visit with old friends. You can bring your silent auction items with you, and pick up your registration packet. If you would like to have dinner (6:45pm) with International Director Lewis & his wife Lion Gayle, Governor Kevin & his wife PDG Jani &other guests. Please call (before October 15) or e-mail PDG Ken, email@example.com) or 217-863-2074 as we will need a head count for the meal.
Saturday: Registration will open 7:30 am & Silent Auction will open at 8:00 am. Governor Kevin will call the first plenary session to order at 8:30am. Our first seminar will start at 8:35am:
The seminars will be Membership, Leader Dog Kennel remodeling, Centennial Challenge and more to be announce later.
Through out the morning you can judge the peace posters; (can you pick the winner?)
Your attendance at these seminars will help your club and your community. We would like to have members from all of our clubs attend.
We are working on a program for Leo’s, more information to come later.
We are also working on a Beep Ball game more information later.
PDG Jani has planned a spouse’s program starting at 9:30 am in the hospitality room.
At 11:30am, we will break for12: 00 pm Lunch. The 2nd plenary session will start after lunch with Necrology Service, Elections, Pace Poster winner, we will be voting on the Constitution & by-laws and our International Director Lewis Quinn comments. As time allows we will have another seminar.
At 4:45pm We will take a break; you can visit the Silent Auction and Hospitality room.
Doors open at 5:45, Dinner at 6:00pm, After the meal we will have a report on the Silent Auction, a convention report, Tail Twisting & 50/50 drawing. International Director Lewis will give his formal speech.
You can bring all of your Foundation Recyclables.
As you return home, I know you will want to re-commit yourself to our motto “WE SERVE”. You will want to step forward to become one of our future leaders and share our visions with your friends, family and co-workers and invite them to join us.
I extend my thanks and gratitude to you for your commitment to Lionism and to serving others.
Please come and enjoy the convention.
Governor Kevin Mendenhall
PDG Ken Horn
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On Wednesday, August 5, members of the Athens Lions Club packed 66 bags with school supplies for the children of the Athens Community School District. Last fall the club donated all the funds it raised from the Menard County recycling project at the Athens Community Park. Anne Smith of Menard Community Services then used those monies and others to purchase the supplies. Supplies included crayons, pencils, pencil bags, pens, scissors, folders, binders, paper refills, and back packs. On Saturday, August 8, the supplies were distributed by the Lions. The Lions are proud to be part of this community project in keepingwith their mission of “WE SERVE”.