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.
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.
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
Governor: Lee Winder, 1st VDG: Heather Jones-Lancto, 2nd VDG: Ann Ragland, Cabinet Secretary: Helen Mueller, Cabinet Treasurer: Calvin Easter
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.
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.
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 â€œJust Rampsâ€ 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 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).
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!
I must start by thanking everyone who attended the 93rd Virginia State Convention last week. We had 20 clubs in attendance and 35 delegates. Our cabinet meeting on Sunday did not have enough chairs to seat everyone. A great showing and you made this Governor very proud. The District presentation of a Melvin Jones Progressive Fellow Award with a beautiful frame with every club listed in the District and a letter from LCIF took me by complete surprise. Thank you for such a wonderful gift.
I want to congratulate the new Governor elect team voted in for the Lions year 2016/17. Governor Elect Heather, 1ST Governor Elect Ann, and 2ND Elect Calvin are talented, devoted and service minded Lions and the District will prosper under their leadership.
The Redistricting Resolution 3M passed with the simple majority. This results in the following:
A & C
E & F
B & D
This redistricting results has been challenged by a number of members since the Virginia Constitution and Bylaws requires a 2/3 of Yes votes and LCI requires a simple majority. The Council was advised by LCI at an earlier date that their Constitution was overruling and that is what we have said in our seminars. This issue is currently being considered by LCI Legal and we will let you know the answer as soon as possible. This Re-districting Resolution still has to be approved by the LCI Board in October. There exist strong objections to this merger by some and could have a strong bearing on the LCI Board’s decision. In the mean time we need to embrace this possibility with all the opportunities it offers and a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the Lions Organization.
I want to congratulate the Clarksville
Lions Club on celebrating its 75 and Amherst County on its’ 60th.
Thank you for including Lion Jane and me in your celebration.
Lion Jane and I wish to thank all of
the Lions in District 24-B who were so hospitable to us this year
and we also thank you for your magnificent service.
I look forward to meeting many of you
at district and Lion events. We especially look forward to
celebrating our centennial year in 2017.
Lion Lee Winder
Governor of VA, District 24-B