Volume 42 * Issue 9 * March 2015


Come Greet International President Joe Preston

at the 91st MD32 State Convention




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. 


Included below are the State Convention registration and other forms.  Please download and use them to register for the convention and to sell ads for the program. The registration form should be self-explanatory but if you have any questions, please contact me at 843-444-4081 or by e-mail to bppool@sc.rr.com.


If there is anything we can do to make your visit to Myrtle Beach more enjoyable, please let us know. The ad form is very important because by selling ads in the convention. Advertising Deadline is March 13th. 

Download Your Forms Below 

Convention Registration Form

Advertising Form

Special Recognition at State Convention for Membership Key Holders

Greetings Fellow Lions,


ATTENTION ALL KEY MEMBERS!  We would like for you to wear your Key Member pin to the convention in Myrtle Beach March 27 and 28.  At 1:00 pm on Friday, March 27, we will have a Welcome to the 91st South Carolina Multiple District Convention followed by a Celebration of Membership ceremony.  During that event we will remember those Lions who have passed on since our last meeting (our proud past) and recognize those who have brought others to Lionism (our bright future).  This special memorial service will be led by PID Dr. Franklin Mason.  The recognition of Key Members will be led by PCC Dr. Dianne Pitts.  Please make a special effort to be there for this unique ceremony.  The full schedule is listed with the State Convention Article in this publication.  Take advantage of all of the events that will be happening during these two days.  



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

Awards Deadline

Candy Day/Club Contributions


The deadline for Candy Day club contributions to be remitted to South Carolina Lions Charitable Services (SCLCS) for consideration in the per member and largest club contribution awards is March 30th.


There are many clubs that have yet to make their annual Candy Day Contribution. If this is something that has accidently slipped by your Board, it is not too late. We still need $64,218.00 to meet budget. Please remember to send in your contribution so the services that SCLCS provides to your club and communities will not be interrupted. Remember, SCLCS is an extension of your club.

Candy Day Awards will be presented at the SCLCS/SCLF Annual Meeting on April 25th in Columbia at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference. Please make plans to attend!


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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.

Tournament Flyer

What is Really Behind Fundraising?

District 32-A Articles

Lions and Fundraisers, they just go hand in hand!  Lions have all types of fundraisers.  We have spaghetti dinners, we sell tickets for Barbeque restaurants, we sell hot dogs, we have pancake breakfasts. And Oh Yes, we sell brooms.


So why do have so many fundraisers?  So we can give the money away!


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Looking to the Future for Our State

District 32-B Article

Lions, the year is moving along rapidly and we have a lot of exciting times over the next four months.  It has been a busy eight months and we still have our State Convention and decisions that will have a long term effect on our organization.


We have just completed the last District Convention and now we will be preparing for the State Convention 27-29 March.  Every District had a great convention and it was a pleasure for Lion Paula and me to be a part of them.  I want to thank our Past International Director, Gene Spiess, Lion Rita Spiess, CC Joe Pitts and PCC Diane Pitts for their outstanding help during the District 32B convention and I feel that my fellow Governors agree with me.  Their experience, recommendations and assistance made our guest speakers' visits to South Carolina memorable.   

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.


Registration Form

Sponsor Form

Cooking Demonstration at Local Shelter

The Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club recently held a Cooking Class for the teenage girls and boys at Helping Hands of Aiken County, a local shelter for abused and neglected children.


Chef Jeff Jenik and his assistant Lion Shelia Taylor used this event as an opportunity to not only share their knowledge and expertise in the kitchen by preparing a wonderful dish for the teens to sample, but the teens were also advised on table settings and proper table etiquette.  


District 32-C Article

"He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything." an old Arabic Proverb.  Several Lions have asked the question "How would I describe in five words or less." My answer is "Miracle Workers."  If they ask me what I meant, I would then tell what we do.  "I helped cure River Blindness."  "I saved 100 children from dying from measles, yesterday."  "I provided disaster relief for 180 people after a fire in Carolina Forest."  "I sent at least $10,000.00 in relief funds to Katrina and tsunami victims." These open the doors for more questions and we all know that we have more than enough answer from the local, state, national and international levels to talk for hours.


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Ask 1!

District 32-D Articles

Hello Fellow Lions!


So, the District Convention is behind us and the State Convention is the last weekend in this month. In the past, this has generally signified the end of the District Governor's year of office. That is not happening this Lions year! We have too much work to do to fulfill the goals we set for this Lion's Year. We are continuing to make plans to Charter 4 new lions clubs and to do what is necessary to strengthen several if not all of our clubs. The District Governor's year ends when the newly elected District Governor is installed at the Lions Clubs International Convention. That date is June 30th this year in Honolulu, Hawaii! So we have another four months of work to do to accomplish our goals. Are you willing to help fulfill those goals of "Strengthening the Pride"?


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An Example of Service Math:   

75 + 75 + 150 + 2500 = 10,000

The title of this article will be explained at the end so read through to learn how this math problem is correct!  On Saturday, February 21, Leos from across the Multiple District came together at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia to learn about Lions and their Leo division.  As Lion Bob Cox, MD Leo Chair, expressed in his opening remarks, "LEO stands for Leadership, Experience, Opportunity and today's event will bring leadership training, a service project to give hands on experience, and connect you with opportunities."  Over 75 Leos and Lions enjoyed a day of learning and a shared service project.

Richard Winn Academy Leos Attend Leo Conference

SC Leos and Lions helped package 10,000 "instant" meals for the "Stop Hunger Now" project during the Leos annual convention.   Winnsboro RWA Leos attending and helping with the service project were President Hannah Silvia and Leo Tyler Douglas.  Also Winnsboro Lions helping with the conference and service work were Lions Ann Carr, Donald Walnock, Bobbie Dove, and  2nd VDG Paul Dove. 


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TURNS 100!

Congratulations to Lion Ellis Stockman on the occasion of his 100th Birthday on February 26, 2015. He celebrated with his family and fellow Lions recently.  Lion Ellis is a member of the Batesburg-Leesville Lions Club has been a Lion for 65 years.  He is a Melvin Jones Fellow and has received an International President's Certificate of Appreciation for his humanitarian service.

Lions Receive Dr. Franklin Mason Fellowships

During the 32D Lions Convention two lions were recognized with Dr. Franklin Mason Fellowships.  Lion Brooksie Rentz, a member of the Saluda Lions Club, was honored with the Fellowship by her husband, PDG Charlie Rentz.  Lion Hope McBride, Tega Cay Lions Club, received her Fellowship by personally donating to the program to further the service work of Lions.

New Generation Lion Receives High Lions' Award

Lion Daniel J. Prohaska was awarded an International President's Certificate of Appreciation at the Lions 32-D Convention in Irmo on Saturday, February 28.  The Presidential Certificate is the fourth highest award given by Lions Clubs International and was presented by International Director Michael Molenda.   This recognition highlights an active Lion who has gone beyond the normal realms of service to their club and community.

Winnsboro Lion Receives High Lions Award

Lion James (Jimmy) Stephenson III was awarded a Lions International Presidential Citation at the MD 32-D midwinter convention in Irmo on Saturday, February 28.  The International Presidential Citation is the fourth highest award given by Lions International. Lion Stephenson was cited for this forty-seven years of faithful service to the Winnsboro Lions Club and to the area the club serves.  


Winnsboro Lions Annual Pancake Supper

Winnsboro Lions rose to the occasion, and mightily so!  The Annual Pancake Supper produced a record number of participants.  The big crowd stayed around to visit.  DG Rick Pressly and Lion Bobbie screened 48 folks and gave 10 referrals for further testing.  Thanks to DG Rick's SPOT camera work.  The folks that were screened, including many children, were excited about the camera's abilities and speed.  This demonstrates how popular this service will be once the Winnsboro Club begins screening school students and day care children.

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