Volume 42 * Issue 10 * April 2015


2014-2015 Lion of the Year


Lion Rhett Hair, a member of the Blythewood Lions Club, was honored as Lion of the Year for 2014-2015 at the recent MD32 State Convention.  Lion Rhett has demonstrated uncommon commitment to Lionism.  He is actively involved in all levels of Lionism - club, zone, region, district, state, and international.  



Greetings Fellow Lions,


At the MD Annual meeting, I passed out a four page hand out giving those in attendance the 1) Redistricting Proposal, 2) Benefits of Redistricting, 3) the A/D and B/C combinations giving the longest distances to be traveled in each of the new districts, and 4) Why a Special Called Convention for May 31.  I have attached each of those pages here in PDF format so each Lion in the state may have a better understanding of the why and how of this redistricting proposal and process.  




PDG Brian P'Pool wishes to thank the following for their special contributions to this year's MD32 State Convention:


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Deceased Lions Correction

There were some names inadvertently left off the Deceased Lions list on page 42 in the State Convention program; all seem to be from 32D.  These omissions are greatly regretted.  Their names and clubs are listed below:

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Southeastern Lions Leadership Institute

June 4 -7, 2015 will be the dates of the Southeastern Lions Leadership Institute. If you have been considering furthering your leadership role in Lions, this will be your opportunity. Additionally, you will not have to travel very far as the institute will be held here in South Carolina at the School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg.

COST: Registration $95.00 and includes three breakfast, two lunches, two dinners.

Thursday night dinner on your own. Everything under one roof.

Presentation Topics:

? Working in Teams

? Diversity

? Public Speaking

? Time Management

? Member Motivation

? Lions Fundamental

? Goal Setting

? Personal Mission Statement 


SCLS and SCLF Annual Meeting


Important Message


Please note that due to the much earlier date of the State Convention this year, SCLCS and SCLF Annual Meetings and Board Meetings did NOT take place during the weekend of the State Convention.  These meetings will now be held on April 25, 2015.  The location is the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, at I-20 and Bush River Road, Columbia (Exit 63). Also, please pass the word.


Meeting Notice

Greater Irmo Lions Annual Golf Tourney

Beginning in 2003, the Seven Oaks Lions Club, now known as the Greater Irmo Lions Club, initiated a fund-raising event that repeats annually; a Golf Tournament at the Mid Carolina Country Club that is scheduled this year for Thursday, April 23rd. The proceeds from this tournament helps support the many charitable programs of Lions Club International and the local charitable works of this Lions Club. Contributions are tax deductible and I know you will be pleased to know that 100% of the profits raised go to charitable works with none being used for administrative expenses.

Typical of the work we do is to:


*  Provide a scholarship for visual/hearing impaired students to attend Midlands Technical College.

*  Pay for eyeglasses, for those in need.

*  Pay for hearing and eye examinations, for those in need.

*  Provide hearing aids, for those in need.

*  Train schools teachers and provide materials for the Lions' Quest Program (anti-drug and skills for living program) in local schools.

*  Contribute to the Leader Dogs for the Blind School.

*  Provide transportation to the Leader Dog School for dog recipients.

*  Contribute to the Lions' Storm Eye Institute, MUSC.

*  Conduct health fairs and screenings with the Lions' Mobile Eye Screening Van, etc.


It would be most helpful to our fund raising efforts if you could become a...

  • a Lion King ($425) or
  • a Tee / Green ($75) Sponsor.
Tournament Flyer

Salem Lions Club's 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

District 32-A Articles

Salem Lions Club will host its 24th Annual Charity Golf tournament at the Keowee Key? Golf Course in Salem, SC on Wednesday, May 6 teeing off at 12:30 pm.  Following golf, a dinner will be served at The Club at Keowee Key?.   


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Registration Form

Tournament Rules



District 32-B Article

Our International President, Joe Preston and wife Lion Joni were warmly greeted by a large group of South Carolina Lions this past weekend at our State Convention.  They really "Strengthened the Pride" as our very special guest for the convention.   If you were not there, you missed one of the best conventions I have attended.  Lion Brian P'Pool, the South Strand Lions Club, and their support team did a great job and I commend them.  I know that Convention Chair, Lion Melody Hair, is looking forward to planning next year's State Convention being held in Columbia.

Goose Creek Lions 

Annual Golf Tournament

The Goose Creek Lions Club is hosting a Golf Tournament this Spring. The event will take place on April 11, 2015 at the Crowfield Golf Club located at 300 Hamlet Circle, Goose Creek, SC. Our goal is to raise $16,000 during our Tournament. It will be a Captain's Choice 4-Person Team event. Cost will be $70 per player. Lunch will be provided. We will also be selling Mulligan, Strings, and will hold a 50/50 Raffle.  Prizes will go to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winning Teams, as well as, a Longest Drive Prize.


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Sponsor Form

Lions Swing Fore Sight

The North Augusta Lions Club will hold a golf tournament on April 27th at the Mount Vintage Golf Club. Please join us for a day of golf in support of our mission to provide assistance for the vision and hearing needs in our community.

District 32-C Article

"No person was ever honored for what he received.  Honor has been the reward for what he gave," Calvin Coolidge.  We have just finished our mid-winters and State conventions.  One of the highlights is the presentation of awards.  Most noticeable are the medals and Certificates of Appreciation.  These are highly coveted by most "upper level" Lions leaders.  I have received two medals and two certificates.  I am extremely proud of these honors.  To be honest, there are times I am envious of others when they receive one of these honors.  Additionally, I don't remember who received most of the awards over the past ten years.  However, I do remember what our Lions have done. 


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District 32-C Happenings

District Lions train with the SC National Guard at a Point of Distribution Station (PODS) exercise. This was the first exercise of PODS in 5 years for the Lions of 32C.  More volunteers will be needed in are real disaster. It takes 35 people to staff a single line PODS, which can SERVE 5,000 cars a day.


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Attitudes, Behaviors, Perceptions = Loss of Lions

District 32-D Articles

Hello Fellow Lions!


Our Multiple District is on the verge of reducing the number of districts we have from 4 to 2, as the direct result of the loss of membership over the last ten to twenty years. Our membership in the Multiple District has declined from 4,569 to 3816 just in the last six years. This year alone we are negative 42!

At first we would think that the loss of members is due to the deaths of our senior members and that would be partially true. But then when we look at the fact that we have taken in far more members than we have lost to death, we have to begin to look at where the real problem lies. Maybe the real problem lies within our Clubs and within the attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of some members.  


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32D Peace Poster Winner Progresses to State Award!

Kathyvan Do, a student at E. L. Wright Middle School in Richland School District Two, was the winner of the 32D District Peace Poster Contest.  Her amazing poster went on to the win the MD32 statewide award.   Columbia Northeast Lions submitted her winning entry.  The Lions International Peace Poster Contest offers a unique opportunity for students ages 11-13 to take part in this artistic contest.

Unique Gift Presented to 

IP Joe Preston

During the MD32 Convention PDG Paul Hinson presented a unique walking cane to International President Joe Preston.  Having a sitting International President visit us in South Carolina is a special treat.  IP Joe and his wife, Lion Joni, were returning from a visit with the Pope in Rome before heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.    The cane was all wood with a hand carved Lion's head at the top.  IP Joe posed with PDG Paul to capture the special moment.  


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Giving the Gift of Sight, Half a World Away

For the last five years North Side Baptist Church in Greenwood, South Carolina has partnered with a family serving the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in West Africa.  This ministry focuses on the Hausa people, one of the world's largest unreached people groups.  Over thirty five million Hausa people live in Africa.  Seven million Hausa people live in the West African nation that North Side serves.  The IMB family living there is the only group of people working with that nation's Hausa population.

Celebrating 80 Years of Service

The Winnsboro Lions Club will celebrate its eightieth anniversary with a banquet on Friday evening, May 22, at 6:30 PM at the White Oak Conference Center.  The featured speaker will be current International Director Kembra Smith of Atlanta.  

Celebrating 127 Years of Lionism

At the recent MD32 Convention two longtime Lions met and celebrated their years of serving.  Lion Ellis Stockman of the Batesburg-Leesville Lions Club met PID Franklin Mason, a member of the Mullins Lions Club.  Lion Ellis recently turned 100 years old and touts 65 years of perfect attendance in Lions.  PID Franklin is 90 years old and has 62 years in Lions --- what a wonderful legacy to share and reach for!  Congratulations to both of these special Lions.

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