Volume 42 * Issue 5 * November 2014


VIP Fishing Tournament and National Fish-Off


Imagine four days of fun, fellowship, and fishing with 400 sight-impaired fisherman and 250 Lions volunteers!  Such was the adventure on October 19 - 23, 2014, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  The North Carolina Lions have been having a VIP (Visually-Impaired Person) Fishing Tournament for more than 30 years.  Read Complete Article

If I Were Not a Lion

This has been a whirlwind month and I have enjoyed every moment.  The best event was when we were able to take the VIP who won the Lakelands VIP Fishing Tournament in May to the Outer Banks for the National VIP Tournament.  Several from our district and District A were there.  I would really like to see more of our Lions attend this at least for one year.  They have 400 VIPs, 500 volunteers, and 100 who come in for a special event or a day.  It is truly awesome.  There was an invocation given at one of the meals that I would like to share with you.  I had never heard it before but it really made me proud to be a Lion.  

South Carolina Lions Visit Leader Dogs for the Blind

On August 7, 2014, a group of seven from South Carolina traveled to Rochester Hills, Michigan for a visit to the headquarters of Leader Dogs for the Blind.  The group consisted of Rich Pinkerton, Past District Governor from District 32C, and his wife, Lola Lee (non-Lion); Edwina Otto, First Vice District Governor for 32A; Morris Herron, First Vice District Governor for 32B; Buddy Cantrell, Zone Chairperson of 32D; David Dority, First Vice District Governor for 32D and his wife, Lion Claudia.  Past District Governor Rich Pinkerton is the Region Coordinator for Leader Dogs for the Blind in North and South Carolina.  Zone Chairperson Buddy Cantrell is the District 32D Chairperson for Leader Dogs for the Blind.

91st SC Lions State Convention

Fellow Lions..........Mark your calendars for March 26-29, 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.  


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83% Voted Yes

Thanks to the 978,208 voters (83% of the total casted votes) who voted YES on South Carolina Amendment 1 to legalize charitable raffles for our nonprofit organizations. Prior to yesterday, South Carolina was one of four states where raffles were illegal, and we're happy to report that our state and Kansas both voted successfully on amendments. We hope you pause today to celebrate this major victory - but our work is not yet done! 


Train the Trainers

A Train the Trainer event for the new SPOT cameras was held early October.  This very important training on the SPOT camera usage and the additional HIPPA training was held to prepare districts and clubs for this new way to serve communities.  Each district was invited to have at least two Lions trained.  These trainees will then take custody of the cameras and in turn will train the Lions of their districts in the use and protection of the cameras.  

IRS Tax Filing Reminder
990N Tax Filings are due from every club by November 15
th.THIS IS NOT AN OPTION; IT IS THE LAW! Read Complete Article
Annual Secretary of State Filing
SC Secretary of State Exemption Filings are due from every club by November 15th. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION; IT IS THE LAW! Form attached.
South Carolina Lions 2015 Trading Pins
Trading Pins for the 2015 Honolulu Hawaii International Convention have been ordered and will be available the week before the USA/Canada Forum. Please download the your Order Form to place your advance order. 

Sustaining Member and Candy Day Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that the tax year is coming to an end.  We moved the start of the Sustaining Member campaign from October to July this year.  I know that many of you were planning to wait until closer to year's end to make your contribution. Please remember we must receive contributions by December 31st if you want to include them in this tax year.

Currently, approximately 16% of South Carolina Lions support the Sustaining Member Program annually.  Our goal this year is to move closer to 50% of SC Lions participating in the program.  When we reach this goal, we will raise an additional $50,000 more in funds that can be used to restore sight and hearing in our state. If you haven't given, we would like to encourage you to do so in an effort to meet the many needs across our state. SCLCS has already provided more than $400,000 in Eye Surgeries, Health Screenings and Hearing aids through 4 months of this fiscal year.

A Time of Thanksgiving

District 32-A Article

As Lions we share the bounty by giving the gift of sight, by collecting eye glasses, paying for eye and hearing exams, by donating to Storm Eye and SCLCS, and doing vision screenings.  We give the gift of mobility by supporting Leader Dog and building wheelchair ramps for folks in our community.  We give the gift of education by providing scholarships to local students.  We provide food to students in need thru Back Pack Buddies and donating to food pantries. Read Complete Article

Blessings Abound When We Decide To Serve

I recently heard a Spartanburg Lions Club member share a blessing.  The message went like this:  While he was volunteering for our annual Candy Day, a woman approached him and gave him a pair of eye glasses.  She then went on to tell the member that the glasses belonged to her late father who was also a Lion. 

Marching to a Different Drum

District 32-B Article

My term as governor is moving into the fifth month and it has been a pleasure meeting all the Lions throughout the district.  I always receive a warm welcome and they provide some of the best home cooked meals.  At the outset of my visits, I was concerned about the level of activity of each club, their projects and fundraisers.  However, I was pleased to learn that every club is actively engaged in helping their community with various projects.   

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Dollars for Scholars Event

The Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club recently held its 7th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction event "Banksia Comes to Life at Night" at the Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina. The evening was filled with fun, food, fellowship and, of course....a variety of wines to enjoy!   

The Van at Work in Goose Creek

From September 23-24, the Goose Creek Lions Club preformed free hearing and eye screenings to most of the students of College Park Elementary School. Nearly 1,000 students were screened in that 3 day period. They were able to do this with  a Health Screening Van, compliments of the South Carolina Lions Charitable Services, and parent volunteers at the school. 

Safety First

In October the Summerville Noon Lions Club built a sidewalk form for a resident with Alzheimer's disease who walks with a walker. 

Mayo's are Recognized for Their Long Service

This October, Lion Jerry Mayo celebrated 50years as a member of Lions Club International. The Goose Creek Lions Club honored this achievement by throwing him a surprise anniversary party on October 4th.  


January 23-25, 2015

Marriott Courtyard Charleston Summerville

Travel Down Memory Lane with the Former lead singer of Platters, "The Golden Platter", Milton Bullock and MOTOWN By Mary Tate, live at the Summerville Presbyterian Church.


District 32-C Article
"I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new," Ralph Waldo Emerson.  A couple of Sundays ago, Beth and I kept Scarlett, our granddaughter.  Because of teething, she did not feel good.  She spent most of the day in our arms.  Looking at her sweet innocent face, I realized how thankful I was to have her.  November is Thanksgiving Month and I want to share with you some of the reasons I am thankful for the Lions. Read Complete Article 

Catawba Region Lions Club Signs Charter

On October 7th, DG Randy Croom and 1VDG Bob Cherinko had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Catawba Region Branch Club.  A high light of the meeting was the signing of the "Charter" application.  The charter was approved on October 16, 2014 as the newest club in District 32-C. Read Complete Article


Get out your 2015 calendar, turn to February 2015.  Notice the Super Bowl XLIX will be history on the 1st, the Ground Hog will not see his shadow on the 2nd, and to remember your sweetheart on the 14th, in a very special way, mark your calendar to attend the 32C Mid-Winter Convention at the beach for that weekend.

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Strengthening the Pride 

Through Involvement

District 32-D Articles

Hello Fellow Lions! The title above is another quote from International President Joe Preston's theme song, which 26 of our 36 clubs have heard and some of you have sung along with me, 1VDG David, and 2VDG Paul on the occasion of our visits to your clubs. You have heard me challenge each of you to get involved in your club's activities and to make sure your "Service Hours" are reported and recorded by your club Secretary.  

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An Out of Sight Night

The River Hills Lions Club's September dinner meeting was decidedly different from the norm. The theme was "An Out of Sight Night," so named because the evening featured a panel of speakers affected by various levels of sight loss, and because the diners had an option of enjoying their main course while wearing total blackout blindfolds. The experience served to reinforce the Lions historic commitment to serving the visually challenged with monetary contributions and health screenings. Read Complete Article

Spaghetti Supper Raises Funds for Equipment

The Carolina School of Inquiry held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser this past week to raise money for the purchase of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).   The spaghetti dinner also included a silent auction and bingo which added some fun and competition for all.

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Vision Screening Held in Blythewood

Blythewood Lions along with District Governor Rick Pressly and school nurse, Jennifer Hurt, held a vision screening at Carolina School for Inquiry this past week.  The screening event resulted in 139 screenings of children between the ages of 4 and 10, plus three adults.  Of those screened that day, 19 children were found to need extra eye care services. Read Complete Article
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. Plan to come join in the fun!

SC Lions Multiple District 32
866-32-LIONS * www.sclions.org

"WE SERVE" the vision and hearing needs of 
South Carolina residents.


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