District Elections!

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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.  Must notify the Lighthouse Chair in writing of intention to run for office.

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. (February 17) (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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Marietta Lions Invite You

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The Marietta Lions Club is inviting you and your family to attend our annual Spaghetti Dinner

Date: January 21, 2017
Time: 5 -7pm
Place: East Cobb United Methodist
2325 Roswell Road
Marietta, Ga. 30062
Cost: $7.00
Menu: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread and a drink

If you have ever attended the Big Shanty and visited our booth, you know the food is going to be great!

Please attend and fellowship with us.

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Woodstock is a 501(c)(3)!

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We all know how time consuming it is to build your club into a Foundation as an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  The correct paperwork has to be created, documentation has to be pulled together and then sent to the Internal Revenue Service.  Sometimes several times.  And then the waiting begins.  It can take up to 2 years for approval and that’s if everything goes well.  

Congratulations are in order for a job well done to the Woodstock Club for the work!  Here is a summary of what they have accomplished.  No small amount of work!  Great job guys!  

Constitution & By-Laws.  Lions Clubs International approved of the formation of both corporations.  Work is complete on the formation of the Woodstock Lions Club, Inc., and on the Woodstock Lions Club Foundation, Inc.  Both corporations have a separate Constitution and By-Laws.  The officers and directors of the Woodstock Lions Club, Inc., are also the officers and directors of the Woodstock Lions Club Foundation, Inc.  Both corporations have been assigned new Federal Taxpayer ID Numbers by the I.R.S. 

Finally, the I.R.S. has recognized the Woodstock Lions Club Foundation, Inc., as a 501(c)(3) entity, meaning that contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible for the donor, and also meaning that other 501(c)(3) entities, such as the Lions Clubs International Foundation, can transfer funds to our Foundation for charitable purposes.

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Peace Poster Contest Winner!

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Renowned artist and instructor Pong Holton from South Georgia reviewed the finalists in the  Peace Poster contests last month from the 4 Districts. Thank you to each district for participating and sending such great posters to choose from. 

He selected 12 year old Charlotte Wilkins from Queen of Angels 7th grade class from Alpharetta, Ga., sponsored by Roswell Lions Club from District 18L.

Queen of Angels teacher Nancy Herlihy holds the winning poster

The poster is now on its way to LCI for International consideration.

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Paulding-West Cobb in Partnership with Others

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The Paulding-West Cobb Lions partnered with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and the Lighthouse Food Pantry in Dallas, GA.  They provided vision screenings to 45 families last Friday, December 9th as part of their weekly food pantry.

The Paulding-West Cobb club and the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation will continue to partner with the Lighthouse Food Pantry  to provide screenings and ultimately assist to locate vision providers on a regular basis in the upcoming months.

 

 

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Christmas Camp – Jasper Lions

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The Jasper Lions Club sponsored Charlee Ray to attend Christmas Camp this weekend.  Charlee is a 5th grader at Hill City Elementary School in Jasper, and she is a first-time camper.

Charlee had a great time, and is ready to go back to Camp this summer!

Charlee is pictured here with DG Leslie, who is her Music Teacher at Hill City fullsizerender

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Calling ALL Upcoming Presidents!

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Although the deadline was November 7, 201 6 , space is still available at the Emerging Lions Leadership Institute, January 21-24, 2017 in Chicago.  We need interested Georgia Lions– who have successfully served on a club committee but who have not yet attained the level of club president–to step forward!!!  The cost to attend the institute is $125, which includes the seminar classes, lodging, and meals, is due after you are accepted, and scholarships may be available from your district Past District Governors’ association.  For more information, see    http://www.lionsclubs.org/resources/EN/pdfs/elli-chicago.pdf

Hope to see you there!  

PID Kembra

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South Cobb – Nonprofit Litter Prevention Organization of the Year!

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On Friday, December 2nd, Keep Georgia Beautiful hosted their 2016 Annual Awards Banquet.  At the banquet, the South Cobb Lions Club was recognized as the Nonprofit Litter Prevention organization of the year.  They had removed 462 bags of litter, 145 tires and 108 pieces of furniture from the South Cobb area over the previous year.  The South Cobb Litter Index was reduced from 1.63 to 1.07.  The Litter Index ranks all four Cobb Districts on a scale from 1 to 4 with lower being better.  1.07 is close to being perfect.  We actually had the lowest rating of all four Cobb County Districts this year!

Way to go, South Cobb! Outstanding Work!

kcb-awards-south-cobb-lions-clubNote: Keep Cobb Beautiful was presented with an Affiliate Of The Year for their clean up, recycling and tree planting efforts in 2016.  Keep Smyrna Beautiful was also presented with an Affiliate Of The Year Award for all of their accomplishments in 2016.  Keep Cobb Beautiful’s Todd Niemeier was named as the “2016 Man Of The Year” for his tree planting successes throughout the year.  He is currently working on several projects that will impact South Cobb next year as well. 

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Emergency Relief Help Needed in Gatlinburg

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xoj5w4kalqowgzpg15mwLions in TN District 12N are stepping up to do their part in Gatlinburg, TN and are asking for help from fellow Lions in Georgia. 

For those of you who may not know, a wildfire continues to burn in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. Gatlinburg is a resort town – mostly seasonal.  Although they do a large part of their business during warmer months, Christmas is a very big time for them as a tourist town.  Gatlinburg is a gateway to the Smokey Mountains and Pigeon Forge.    

About 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed by flames from spreading wildfires, state emergency officials said. Over 250 structured have been scorched and more than 14,000 people were evacuated from Gatlinburg alone, with thousands of them seeking refuge in emergency shelters. There have been 3 confirmed deaths attributed to these wildfires and they happened quickly when winds fanned out over night without warning.  And it’s not over yet.  Winds may gust up to 90 MPH tonight as storms move into the area, hopefully bringing rain to cool things off and drench the fire.  

Lions Clubs International Foundation has made a $10,000 emergency grant today.  Also, TN District 12N is fundraising for this emergency relief effort.  

How Can You Help? 

  •  If you donate $10 to the below page, District 12N will match it with another $10 for immediate relief efforts in Gatlinburg.
  • If you donate $500 to the below page, District 12N will match it with another $500 for immediate relief efforts in Gatlinburg.

This is your chance to double the help that you can give to those in need.

Please LIKE, SHARE, and DONATE! Please share this to anyone you know.  Copy and paste it on your FB, Twitter or email it.  

***All funds from the page below will be sent to Lions Clubs International Foundation, and earmarked for 100% of the funds to be given to Gatlinburg Fire Victims in need.

https://www.gofundme.com/lions-clubs-help-gatlinburg

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Let Every Day Be Giving Tuesday! Support a Puppy!

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Giving Tuesday
Support a Puppy – Best. Gift. Ever!

Golden retriever puppy in blue bandana
What wags more tails than Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Shopping Saturday, or Cyber Monday? Supporting a puppy for Giving Tuesday!
When you support a Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy, you help future superheroes reach their destiny as guide and service dogs. And that’s a gift for a lifetime.

For your donation of $100 or more, we will send a Certificate of Appreciation and a glossy photo of the puppy. It’s the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

Support a Puppy now at
*If supporting a puppy as a holiday gift, please make your donation by December 16th to ensure delivery by Christmas.

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