Governor Lee Winder extends greetings

My theme for this year is Focus on Service. For nearly 100 years, Lions have served their communities and touched millions of lives. In celebration of Lions 100th anniversary, clubs are asked to join the Centennial Service Challenge of serving 100 million people by June 30TH, 2018. Your club can play an important part in reaching this goal and earn special recognition for your service.
We must continue our district's efforts in starting new Lions and LEO clubs. This is exciting for new members and all those existing Lions who assist in the process. New members are the key to a stronger club and a stronger District 24-B.
It is important to recognize that our zone, region and district leadership exists to assist individual clubs. The real work of serving our communities is at the club level. Everything I plan to accomplish this year centers around helping each club accomplish its goals. I encourage every club to reach out to myself, the cabinet and committee chairs for your clubs needs.

Lions International

Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion. Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million members perform valuable service in 210 countries and geographic areas around the globe. Lions are friends, family and neighbors who share a core belief: community is what we make it.

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Our District team

Our District is led by Governor Lee Winder and his cabinet, which strives to be a ready resource for all Lions and Lions Clubs in Central Virginia.
Governor: Lee Winder, 1st VDG: Heather Jones-Lancto, 2nd VDG: Ann Ragland, Cabinet Secretary: Helen Mueller, Cabinet Treasurer: Calvin Easter

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our active clubs

District 24B has 43 clubs with over 1,000 members.We serve in area from Bowling Green to Emporia, from Lynchburg to New Kent, with several Leo Clubs, our members are ready to help make our communities a better place to work and enjoy.

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Our newsletter

We communicate with each other via our district newsletter, the Beacon. Our talented leadership team keeps us up to date with doings at the International level as well as what's happening at the club level.

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24B Lions in Service

Project Homes Wheelchair Ramps

Quiet Club members were at it again as they volunteered with Project Homes to install a wheelchair ramp at a home in Henrico County on March 17, 2016.  The “Just Ramps” team pauses for a group photograph at the end of the project.  (L-R) Lion Pete Sizemore, R.C. Hall, Volunteer Team Leader Mike Trancynger, Lion Bob Pratt, and Robert Harris.  Not show are Brad Burnum, Wheelchair Ramp Program Manager and Kline Hill, Project Homes.

Christmas Party for the Blind



Christmas Luncheon for the Blind and Deaf in Richmond. Many thanks to Richmond Host Lions, Bill Proctor, Rob Blackmore, PDG John Farmer, PDG Jay Overbey, Royce Savelle, Ken Dawson, Art Tyson and fellow Lions VDG Heather Jones-Lancto, and Lion Pete Sizemore. WE SERVE (Literally).


Powhatan Lions

The Powhatan Lions and the Richmond James River Lions participating in the Powhatan Parade hosted by the Powhatan Lions Club. What a beautiful day and a well run event!


Special Announcements/Events


Lions Clubs of Virginia.

The MD24 Council of Governors is proposing the attached resolution for redistricting be approved at the State Convention in Roanoke on May 22, 2016. If approved by a majority of the delegates voting (50% + 1) in a secret ballot, the resolution will go forward to LCI Board of Directors for approval in their October 2016 meeting. We are asking for a July 1, 2018 effective date, which allows sufficient time to work out finances, elections, property accountability, and other issues that will undoubtedly come up.

This resolution is the result of a two-year effort by three members of each sub-district to come up with a plan that will resolve the issue of three sub-districts being "in status" for about the last 10 years and for a fourth subdistrict quickly approaching "in-status". This resolution does not solve our problem of declining membership and we need your help to reverse our membership trend.

The proposed resolution being presented is merging districts as follows:


Old Districts New District  
A & C L  
E & F C  
B & D I  

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to your participation.

Important Message from our Governor:

March 8, 2016

Dear Lions of District 24-B,

I felt it important to inform you that the Council of Governors reversed the Redistricting Committee's recommendation of four balanced districts, as we discussed at our Cabinet meeting, to a proposed merger of our current six districts into three. Many clubs do not want to change affiliations and the balanced process is very complex.

Attached is a letter, description, and a map that will be mailed out to each club shortly.

If approved by a majority of the delegates voting (50%  plus 1) in a secret ballot at the State Convention in Roanoke on May 22, 2016 District 24-B will be merged with District 24-D and be renamed District 24-1 subject to approval of the LCI Board of Directors.

District 24-B Foundations need to be aware if this proposal is approved that as a Lions Foundation you are required to have sponsorship of the District. Since the name and scope of the District will be changing, a new sponsorship will be required. This is complicated by the fact that the Foundations of District 24-D will, also, be asking for the same sponsorship. The Council of Governors will be asking for a July 1, 2018 effective date, which will provide time for the merged Districts and Foundations to work on the impact of the merger.

Voting will take place on Sunday, May 22"d, by Secret ballot. A majority of (50% plus 1 vote) of voting delegates must approve this redistricting plan for it to go forward to LCI. I urge each club to send delegates and inform them how you want to vote.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Lion Lee Winder
Governor of VA, District 24-B