Volume 42 * Issue 8 * February 2015



BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation Partners with South Carolina Lions Charitable Services to Expand Eye Surgery Program 



On Dec. 22, 2014, the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation announced its latest round of grants to nonprofits and other institutions serving the state.  This announcement included the award of a $100,000 grant to South Carolina Lions Charitable Services to further expand the number of eye surgeries provided to uninsured individuals across South Carolina.


"As a South Carolina-based company that has been here for 68 years, we have a long tradition of community involvement through our foundation's grants and through the generous personal giving by my fellow employees," BlueCross CEO David Pankau said.  "All of these efforts support projects across the state that directly impact our state's most economically disadvantaged, and each one makes a difference."


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State Convention Draws Near

Greetings Fellow Lions,


Thursday, March 26, 2015 is travel day for going to our MD 32 State Convention.   Go on Thursday and meet with fellow Lions from across the state and enjoy the variety of activities and fine restaurants Myrtle Beach has to offer.   If you don'tget there till Friday afternoon you will miss the SCLCS/SCLF meeting.  We will also have from 11:00 - 12:00 New Member and First Timers Orientation.  We will identify the first timers with a ribbon on their nametag.  If you have already been to a convention and this is not your first time, then we have an Overview of the Lions International Web Site, conducted by Lion Rhett Hair.  After that you can have lunch with fellow Lions from across the state.  Another opportunity to enjoy the fine restaurants of Myrtle Beach.  Then at 1:00pm we will have a Welcome to the 91st South Carolina Lions MD Convention.  

91st SC Lions State Convention


Fellow Lions..........Mark your calendars for March 27-29, 2015 for the 91st South Carolina Lions State Convention to be held in Myrtle Beach at the Ocean Dunes Resort on Ocean Blvd.  That is a beautiful time of the year to be at the beach so make your plans to join us.

Council Chair Joe Pitts plus the Council of Governors are planning different activities from previous conventions , especially in the area of training seminars so it will not only be fun to be with your fellow Lions but also informative.  Our special guest will be International President Joe Preston.  What a privilege it will be to meet and hear from Lion Joe.  


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Registration Form

State Convention Advertising

State Convention Schedule

Seminars and Breakout Sessions

Delegate Form


Multiple District 32 Constitution and Bylaws Revisions

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee for Multiple District 32 were asked by the current Council of Governors to review these documents for consistency with the Lions Clubs International Constitution and Bylaws. The Council also recommended several changes to assist with the operation of our Multiple District. Please read the attached document and be prepared to discuss and adopt these changes at the upcoming MD32 Annual Meeting at the State Convention. 



As per the Policy Manual of Multiple District 32, the following action must be taken. The State Advisory Board Chairman should appoint a Vice Council Chairman Nominating Committee. The Committee should be made up of one PDG from each of the 4 Districts in SC and another PDG at large to serve as Chairman. This committee must be listed in the Palmetto Lion and should actively search for nominees. This article is to serve as official notice to comply with policy outlined above.

We need to have at least 3 nominees to be placed on the ballot. If you desire to serve, or have a nominee for the position of Vice Council Chair, please submit these names to the appropriate District representative on the Nominating Committee. The Committee members are listed in attached article. 

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 will NOT take place during the weekend of the State Convention.  These meetings will now be held on April 28, 2015.  Please check your upcoming Palmetto Lion for the time and location.  Also, please pass the word.


Meeting Notice

From Good To Great!

District 32-A Articles

As we enter into this time of the year for our Multiple-District Conventions and the State Convention, let's not forget what brought us here.  However well we think we are doing, we always strive to do better.  There was a book I read a few years ago, entitled "From Good to Great" by Jim Collins.  It was a #1 bestseller and when I think of SC Lions and especially District 32A I know we can be great too!


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District 32-B Article

We just wrapped up the District 32B Convention held in Summerville.    I want to thank all the Lions that came from the District and also our friends visiting from other Districts.  If you were unable to attend some or all of the Convention meetings, I would like to give a recap of what you may have missed and is of great importance to all Lions of 32B.


The Convention weekend began with the arrival of guest speaker, International Director Cynthia Gregg and her husband, PDG Tom.  The Greggs are from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, but are "Southern at Heart".  They enjoyed some of the local sites and fare and met with many of you as you were coming in for the weekend.  

Food for Seniors

In December 2014, Lions Bob & Marilyn Guilbert, Doris Sullivan, George & Dianne Jenkins, Gwen Carter, Barbara Ard, DG Jim & Paula Strobel, Ed Chaplin, Pat Wilson, Elaine Lewis and Bonnie Burbage, of the Summerville Evening Lions, along with other community volunteers assisted in packing 250 food bags for the senior shut ins in Dorchester County.


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District 32-C Article

"Leadership is a choice, not a position," Stephen Covey. This was on the marquee of Lion Dr. Jennifer Gardner's elementary school in Kingstree.  Lion Jennifer is one of the best educational leaders I have ever worked with or have known. When I saw this, it reminded me that it is time for us to choose our leadership for next year.  I believe that this is one of the most important acts we as Lions do.  It is so important that this article will be for both the Palmetto Lion and the District 32-C Newsletter.


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Hartsville Student Donates 100-plus Pairs of Eyeglasses to Lions Club

Bradley Windham, a home-schooled student from Hartsville, served as the guest speaker at club meeting. Windham brought with him 120 pairs of used eye glasses he collected from members of the community and presented them to the club. When he was challenged with coming up with a service project for "connecting to my world," Windham said he looked up several charities as possibilities. 


Help for the Homeless


South Strand Lions Club members collected 50 blankets to benefit the homeless persons in our area, through Street Reach in Myrtle Beach. Tail Twister Maxine Montague who led this important service project is pictured below with President Lion Dr. John Mills. 


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Charters Celebrations

District 32C continues to work hard to expand Lionism in our great state. Two communities in need of the services Lions provide were without Lions Clubs. DG Randy Croom and his membership team worked to establish new clubs in the Lancaster and Bishopville areas. The Catawba Region Lions Club and the Lee County Lions Club both chartered in the month of January.



The Marion Lions Club recently donated 32 books to the Marion Public Library. Lions Charlotte and David Hollandsworth donated the books from their personal collection. Lion Sherry Yip, owner of the Marion Chinese Restaurant also gave a donation of $1,000.00 to the library. Those pictured are (left to right) Lion Carver Johnson, Lion Walter Mulligan, Lion Sherry Yip, Lion President Ling Liang, Lion Secretary Charlotte Hollandsworth and the new librarian William DeWitt.

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"Leadership and the Lack of Leadership"

District 32-D Articles

Hello Fellow Lions!


In President Preston's theme song this year, he wrote "Strengthen the pride through investing in training others to lead". We (the District Leadership) believe that this line is rooted in one of the major problems in Lionism today. Although it seems we are able to identify quality Leaders at the District Level, we are not doing such a good job on down the line. Now I know that some Lions are not going to be happy with what I have to say and point out in this article; however, if we do not solve our Leadership problems, we are going to continue to lose more and more Lions.  


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Making a Difference - One Screening at a Time

Lions, we have a huge opportunity with the new SPOT Cameras that have now spread throughout our state.  When Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be the "Knights of the Blind" in 1925, she had no way of knowing what new technologies would come along 90 years later and exponentially expand Lions' sight conservation work.  We have the means to change our world; to improve the quality of life for many children and adults who have undiagnosed vision problems.

District 32-D Happenings

Dedicated Lions from the Union Lions Club braved the cold weather on Saturday, January 10, 2014 to accomplish litter clean-up in Veterans Park.


They picked up an estimated 25 gallons of trash during their work.  The Club was participating in a Lions Club International Project called Clean-Up Your

Environment. This project was part of a world-wide project by Lions all around the world this week to highlight the need to help keep our world a much cleaner place.


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District 32-D Constitution and

Bylaws Revisions

The Constitution and Bylaws for District 32-D were last updated and adopted in February of 2004. Since that time the LCI Constitution and Bylaws have been updated multiple times requiring a complete revision to the District 32-D C&BL. The attached copy is presented by the commitee for adoption at the upcoming Distict 32-D Convention. Please read and be prepared to discuss and vote on their adoption.

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32D Leadership Elections
Each year during the February district convention new Leaders are elected to take charge of our district.   Taking on a district leadership role is a big step.  Not only is there extra information to learn and extra meetings to attend; there is also a commitment to grow more lions, help clubs do a better job of retaining members; and spur service to those in need.    Why did each of these lions join?  What is that service project that touches their hearts?  I encourage each of you to get to know our upcoming District Governor, Vice District Governor and 2nd Vice District Governor.  These three lions will take charge in July 2015.   Let's take a few minutes to get to know these future leaders!  

District 32-D Mid-Winter Convention
District 32-D will hold it's Annual Convention on February 27 and 28, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Columbiana. The weekend will be filled with Fun, Fellowship, Educational Seminars and of course a few Business Meetings. Friday evening events will be very relaxing and most enjoyable. International Director Mike Molenda will be our guest and Keynote Speaker for the weekend. Plan to come join in the fun!

SC Lions Multiple District 32
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South Carolina residents.