White Cane Day Song

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Good evening, fellow Lions!
I wanted to share something with you from our teacher of the visually impaired here in Pickens County.  There is a link to a YouTube video of one of her students you need to be sure to watch — Charlee is quite accomplished at reading Braille….she’s even won some competitions!
DG Leslie
Hello, friends!

This Saturday is White Cane Day! White Cane Day was started in 1964 to celebrate the independence that people who are blind and visually impaired have gained. Please celebrate with Charlee, Robin, James, and me tomorrow. I have attached a brief video of Charlee talking about White Cane Day. The link below is to a short cute song that a teacher and students wrote for White Cane Day last year. I hope that you can take time to share the video and song with your classes tomorrow.
I would also like to thank you all for helping me help Charlee to become independent during her years at HCES. You are all amazing to work with!
Link to song:
Happy White Cane Day,

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District 18-L Hall of Fame

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The highest honor given by District 18-L, induction in the Hall of Fame recognizes dedicated service to Lionism in Northwest Georgia. Started in 2002, the Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Past District Governors Association. Only six Lions are inducted per year, each Lions Club in the District or a Past District Governor may nominate one Lion for consideration. From the submitted names, the committee chooses those Lions that have provided long-term service to their communities, their clubs and the District. The selection committee is composed of the immediate past three District Governors.

The Nomination form, with all necessary separate pages of information must be received by PDG Mark Rice by February 17, 2017 with a check for $50.00 made out to District 18L Past District Governors Association. Nominations received after the deadline of February 17, 2017, or without a check, will not be considered. Please get started on the nomination process for a deserving Lion in your Club.  You will find the form located on the Hall of Fame Page. 

Any questions should be directed to PDG Mark Rice at mark@trinityreflections.com or at 678-749-4624.

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Dalton Lions News

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Money, Money, Money!

The Dalton Lions Club is having their annual $10,000 Giveaway on November 19, 2016. You do not have to be present to win the grand prize of $10,000.

The event will be held at the North Georgia Fairgrounds. Tickets for the event are $100.00 each, which entitles the holder to a steak dinner for two with all the trimmings catered by Outback Steakhouse of Dalton.

The meal will be served between 5:00 and 6:00 PM and the drawing will begin at 6:00 PM. The drawing is a “reverse draw down” and the final ticket drawn wins the grand prize of Ten Grand. There will be other cash prizes and numerous other door prizes awarded throughout the evening. We award $250 periodically throughout the evening. It is a win-win situation; great steak dinner and a chance to win big money.

For tickets, please contact Lee Oliver at 706-260-7294 or Donna Townsend at 706-280-0834

Way to Go Dalton!

18L District Governor made her official visit to the Dalton Lions Club recently. She installed two new members – Jennifer and Brad Jones and presented Tom Bingham awards to six Dalton Lion members.


L- R – 18L Cabinet Treasurer Barrett Creech, Dalton Lions Club President Lee Oliver, 18L District Governor Leslie Miller, New Dalton Lions members Jennifer Jones and Brad Jones, and Dalton Lions club member, Donna Townsend (sponsoring Lion)


L – R – Tom Bingham Award honorees: first row – Marie Erwin, Anna Denbleyker, Ellene Edge. Second row – Eric Walker, Fred Denbleyker, Mark Talley

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Atlanta Metro Lions Club News

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Atlanta Metro Donates Water to Flint, Michigan

amlc-flint-water-group It is getting closer to the end of their water crisis but Flint, Michigan residents still need bottled water. A Flint, MI native, Mr. Tom Williams (Sales Associate) living in Atlanta, asked customers visiting the Auto Nation Nissan dealership on Thornton Road in Lithia Springs to donate 1 case of water to be delivered to Flint.

amlc-unloading-flint-waterThe Atlanta Metro Club went to the dealership on September 4th and donated 40 cases of bottled water. Mr. Williams and the store manager were on hand to accept the water. Mr. Williams will be making the trip up to Flint very soon to deliver the much needed water. Members on hand to deliver the water were: Willie Alexander, Ashleigh Durr, Pauline Finch, Club President Jason Johnson, Shelia Morrow, Ronald Simpson & Vanessa Stanley.

Hands on Atlanta/Meals On Wheels

amlc-meals-on-wheelsSix Atlanta Metro members assembled and packed over 400 meals at Hands on Atlanta/Meals on Wheels on Saturday, September 17th. These meals are delivered to citizens who can’t prepare their own daily meals. The group assembled breakfast, lunch and dinner meals that will be distributed throughout the Atlanta Metro area. Giving meals to these individuals allow them to maintain an independent life. This is an ongoing project for the Atlanta Metro Club. The six members that served were: James Abson, Willie Alexander, Ashleigh Durr, Jason Johnson, Shelia Morrow and Harry Price.

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For Your Thoughts & Prayers

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I was just sent this information this morning – please add these two Lions to your thoughts & prayers:

Sunday morning at Church PDG Chris Sumner began experiencing severe heart pains.
His Church Members called the EMTs.  He was taken to the emergency room.  His
heart was beating at a rate of 250 beats per minute.  They gave him something
to lower the rate.  It didn’t work.  They finally got the heart rate down by deliberately
stopping his heart twice.  They found out that the upper chamber of his heart was
beating faster than the lower chamber.  He said that he may have to have a

Mike Kelly,  (Partner in Service of PDG of District O Bonnie Kelly) is a Deputy Sheriff in Ben Hill County.  Over the weekend he was involved in a high speed chase and wrecked.
He was rushed to the Macon Medical Center.  He is recovering but, has compression on his spine.

Please add these two members of our Lions family to your prayers.

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The following District officers for 18L are to be elected at the District convention in March.

District Governor – Must be currently serving as First Vice District Governor

First Vice District Governor – Must be currently serving as Second Vice District Governor

Second Vice District Governor – Must have served as President of a Lions Club and a member of the board of directors of a Lions Club for no less than two additional years.  Must have served as a Zone Chair or Region Chair, or Cabinet Secretary or Treasurer.  None of the above are to be accomplished concurrently.

District Librarian – Must be a current Lions Club member in good standing

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Director – Must be a current Lions Club member in good standing.  This is a two year term.

Each of the above candidates must send a letter with qualifications and intent to seek office and letter of endorsement from his/her club.  These letters must be received by the District Governor at least 30 days before the District convention.  (It would be helpful to send copies of the letters to the District Elections Chair Lester Dean, but is not required.)


Submitted by District 18L Nominations & Elections Chair, PDG Lester Dean, 4387 Shiloh Trail, Powder Springs, Ga, 30127, e-mail lester_dean@bellsouth.net

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Message from DG Leslie

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Hello fellow Lions in 18L!

lesliejasperOur year is off to a great start!!  The clubs that I have visited so far are actively serving in their communities — some highlights are:

Chickamauga — gave out fans to elderly citizens during the hot summer months
Roswell — EyeSight Roswell
South Cobb — Vision Screenings
Atlanta Metro — gearing up for Fabulous Food Tasting Extravaganza On October 23
Dalton — 6 Tom Bingham Fellowships
Villa Rica — preparing for Taste of Villa Rica on October 1

My schedule is posted on the 18L website, and I have a few more to add….if your club needs to schedule its Official Visit, please contact DG Leslie at 770.894.7886 or leslie.miller@mac.com.

The District Kick-off Rally was a great success….the Jasper Lions were great hosts, and we had a big crowd – well over 100!  In honor of the Summer Olympics in Rio, we had our own “Wacky”-lympics…..complete with a low budget extravaganza for the Opening Ceremonies!!  Tail Twister Shelia Morrow did a superb job as emcee.  Thanks to PDG David and Lion Patty White and Lion Cheryl Lee for their help with the training for the day.

One of the goals for this year is for clubs that sponsor LEO Clubs to get the LEOs’ parents to form a branch of the parent club — they will be members of your Lions Club, but their service will be to work with their children in the LEO Club, and to plug into the Lions Club whenever the clubs work together on projects.  If your club sponsors a LEO Club, make contact with those parents to get that ball rolling.

Our next district rally is Saturday, November 5 in McDonough.  Start studying — we will be having our Team Trivia Challenge!!  The winner will have the chance to choose their favorite Lions charity to receive a donation from District 18L!

Thanks for all each of you do each and every day in your communities.

“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World”….Mahatma Ghandicropped-Lionsof18LWebBanner20162017LeslieMillerb.jpg

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Facebook: It’s all about the Audience

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screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-1-13-33-pmWe often hear it said that Lions is the best kept secret, right?  That may be true but with sites like Facebook, it’s easier than ever to promote your club so that we can share that secret to anyone and everyone we know.  Here are some tips on how to use Facebook (FB) for your club’s marketing.

Create a FB Page For your Club

This should be done as a business page under the correct category such as a Non Profit Organization.

screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-1-18-33-pmFB will walk you through entering some important information.  Take the time to enter your club’s information into the appropriate place.  You can look at other clubs pages around the district if you want to get an idea of how this is being done before you start.


Once you have your page up, here are some tips on marketing your page.

 Identify your audience

Your audience is your prospective members.  Your audience could be any potential sponsors for your events.  It may include those you want to attend your projects, events, vision screenings or other community outreach work.  Your audience may also include vision providers in the community.

Speak to your current audience

Locate those who are currently helping you in your projects or events such as vision partners, sponsors, volunteers, etc.  Find their FB pages and “Like” those pages.  Make sure that you write a post on your page “tagging” their business to help promote them such as “We want to thank ABC business for their continued support of the X Lions club in our X project/event” along with anything else you want to say.  When you have liked their page first, it will allow you to “tag” their name.  (You can learn more about “tagging” by searching it on Google).  Tagging is a form of letting others know that you have mentioned them and it gets them attention.

Promote your events with the audience

Rather than just updating your FB page with upcoming events, you want to share what you have done with photos (people LOVE photos) of your community work.  You can do this by something simple like, “The X Lions held a vision screening at Y health fair on X Date” with a photo or two of the people having their screening.  You can also have photos or videos of people just having fun at your events.  The point is: show your work in the community – not just the advertisement of your next project.

Facebook is can be a great source of growth for your club if you work it regularly to the correct audience.  It can help you gain members, locate sponsors or club partners.

1st VDG Teri Chambers


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The Griffin Lions Club will celebrate 65 years of service to the Griffin Spalding community at an anniversary celebration.  The celebration will be held at the Kiwanis Building, 1025 S. Hill Street, Griffin on October 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm.  Tickets for dinner are $25.00 per person. Please contact Lion Claudette at 404-451-8430 or by email.

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Griffin Lions Begins Vision Screening in Schools

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The Griffin Lions Club will begin their vision screening of all Griffin/Spalding students in the K- 1st, 3rd and 5th grades.  The screening will be done with Spot machines that were purchased with funds that were donated by local residents and businesses.  It is our desire to screen all of the students in Griffin and Spalding County public, private and parochial schools.

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