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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Lions Camp End of Summer News

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Hello Lions,

The 2016 Summer camping season has officially come and gone. We here at the camp have really enjoyed this past season.

cuphotoAll of the seasonal summer staff worked really hard and deserve a great big Thank You. All of them are now preparing for the next step in their lives. For some of them it is getting ready to go back to or start college, . Others it will be seeking a full time job.

Campers this year were a real blessing to us all, they always are. We had about twelve new campers this year, most of them were in the pre-teen group. We did have about three that were previous campers. We were hoping to reach a total camper attendance goal of one hundred this year. We had one hundred and four campers that attended camp. This was twenty-seven up from last year.

Every week when we pulled up to the camp after making the trip back from Macon, the campers knew where we were when the bus made that final turn. Excitement was in the air. They looked forward to being with friends from last year and they were excited about the activities that were planned for them during the upcoming week.

It was time for some good food, fun, and fellowship. Time to let your hair down. For those that had hair!

This year we were blessed to have the Women’s club of Woodbine, Ga. come each session and provide an arts and crafts activity for the campers. They were co-sponsored by the Woodbine Lions Club.

Campers made crafts such as wind chimes, bandannas, decorated flower pots, decorated cigar boxes, and many others. It was a fun time for them all. I think Mrs. Teresa enjoyed it the most.

All age groups performed their talent shows this year and they all were great as usual. Many performed and some were just audience participants. All had fun.

Pool time was a big SPLASH. Campers aren’t patient when it comes to the swimming test. They want to just jump in and get wet. The test is only on the first day and the rest of the time they just have to wait on the lifeguard to tell them they can swim.

The horses and the animals became a camper favorite also. Everyone loves Horses and Dogs, well almost everyone. Eddie Davenport wasn’t able to come so he missed out on riding the Clydesdale horse( pony more like it)!

Every week the campers were treated to a carnival. They plated games, socialized, ate popcorn, got their faces painted, and many other activities.

The climbing wall was fun as usual. Except for the older adults, They stayed out of the heat this year. The nurse did not need any heat strokes or exhaustion to tend to. Although I think the older adult male campers liked going to see the nurse. They said they were getting over heated. I think they just like being pampered by the nurse.

Oh, didn’t I tell you? Our Nurse this year was phenomenal!! I could not have been blessed with a better person. Her being a nurse was just icing on the cake. She stepped in and helped in places where ever she felt she was needed.

Of course, Mrs. Gail (my wife) the camps office secretary was a big help to me also. Not only did she perform her office duties, she managed the kitchen staff and helped me out when ever she could.

This years Staff, counselors, volunteers, cooks, and summer maintenance helpers were a great group to work with. All in all the 2016 Rising Sun Summer Camp Session was Great.

As you know, each week had to come to an end. Campers would be tired and sad they had to leave. They would also want to know about Christmas Camp for this year and next years camping session. Plans are already in the making.

I spoke with the counselors at the beginning of the season and told them that the weeks would go by quickly. At the time, they did not understand what I was talking about. On the last day, they got it! I can only hope they enjoyed the campers as much as I do. The Campers are what this camp is all about.

It is a blessing to help put a smile on a young child’s face, spends some time getting to know the camper, talk with them about what they want to do later in life. Help them understand that they are very important to us all and we will be here for them if they need us. Listen to the older campers tell their stories about past experiences here at the camp. Feel the love they have for the Georgia Lions Camp! The love they have for each other and the friends they have made with past and present staff members. They even talk about how important you Lions are to them. They know how hard you work to keep this place going for them and they really appreciate you all.

Yes this 2016 camping Season is over and it is time to take the next step. Let us all take a step forward, look to the future and plan what we need to do to make next year even better. I am looking forward to it. How about you?

Here is a little information on what is scheduled here at the camp for the remaining part of the year. Even though our camp season is over, we have other groups coming in to use these facilities.

We just had the privilege to have a group from Calvary Baptist of Valdosta, Ga. here. They put on a summer camp for their youth group. They had eighty-two in attendance. They have already reserved the approximate same time to come back here next year.

Coming soon, the first weekend in  August is a local youth group that has used our camp for the past two years, they sleep here for two nights and fill our 80 beds to capacity. A sad note to this is that for the same weekend we had another group that needed a place for forty-eight individuals and we do not have the space for them.

The very next weekend is a repeat family reunion. Later in the month of August we have another group using our camp site for the weekend.

In September, The Walk To Emmaus group will be back. They set up the first weekend in preparation for their two upcoming weekends of men’s and women’s conferences.

The following weekend we have another repeat family reunion group coming in. So, September is full also.

Think we have a break in October? Nope. We have a new group from Armstrong State College coming in for a three day retreat. Eighty to one hundred young ladies. I think they may bring a camper or two. RV’s that is.

November is busy also. An organization called Camp Hope will be coming here for a one day support day for individuals that have been helped through Hospice.

Remember Ms. Hanna the lady on the bicycle that has ridden all over this part of the U.S. She is coming back to go with me to Mule Day in Calvary, Ga. This is the beginning of her mission to ride her bike to promote your Georgia Lions Camp.

Next is December. Christmas Camp! Looking at the second weekend of The month.

2017 reservations are already in the planning stages. Looks like February and March have some dates that are ready  to be reserved.

So as you can see. We are not finished yet. People are beginning to hear about the camp and are interested in using these facilities. I am excited. How about you? Oh, did I ask you that question already.


Don’t forget the many ways the camp can be supported. Not only by Lions but by your friends also. Tell them what you have here and what its purpose is. You’ve worked hard! I am blessed to just be a small part.


Great ways to give;

Memorial Garden Bricks,

Century Club,

Special Edition of the 1976 Society,

Keep The Camp Fires Burning,

Just to mention a few!


I hope I have been able to give you a little information on what has transpired here at the camp and what is in the near future. I did not mention the Strategist Planning Committee. They have some great ideas also. If you missed their meeting on Lions Day, You missed a great meeting.

Keep in touch with us here at the camp. Call if you need something. I would be honored to come speak with all of you. Hopefully we can make some plans to come visit your club soon.


Mike Williams

Acting Director

Georgia Lions Camp Inc.


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