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

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.

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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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Register Now for the State Convention!

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State Convention Registration

Hello Lions of Georgia,

Did you know?

The 2016-2017 State Convention is going to take place May 26-28 at the Atlanta Airport Hilton. We are working to make this convention great. On Friday night we will start the convention off at the Delta Experience museum and ending on Sunday with a Centennial Celebration! Our guest speaker for the convention is 2016-2017 International President, Chancellor Bob Corlew.

Attached is the flyer for the convention as well as the registration form. Please get your registration sent into PDG David White as soon as possible, because the price will go up in February. Hotel cost is $95 a night. This is a great deal! Registration for the hotel stay must be made separately. Please visit This is the link that will get you the Lions of Georgia rate of $95 a night.

Please help us spread the word. If you can, please print off multiple copies of the registration form and take them to your club meetings. Remind other Lions when you speak to them. This is our 100th anniversary and we continue to have the best possible speakers and visitors to our state conventions. We look forward to having a great time with you!

My and David White’s contact information is listed on the attached form. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Garner Andrews
18L PDG, State Convention Chair


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Happy Thanksgiving!

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happy-thanksgiving-imagesWishing you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

the DG Team


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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month and there are many things you can do to become aware and active.  Lions International offers many ideas from their website.  However, we have our own healthy coach, Patty White, who has been busy at work helping us think about ways to get healthy.

Michele Benoit and Jude Dooley, Branch Executive Director

Michele Benoit and Jude Dooley, Branch Executive Director

Patty White and Michele Benoit have created an easy plan called “Log Your Laps”. Log Your Laps is a walking activity at the two YMCA locations in Cobb County.

The locations are indoors, easy to access, and safe for walkers. You can walk at your own speed for a long walk or a short one.  This is ideal whether you are a regular walker or just starting back on a journey to better health.

Posters are in place at both sites for walkers to log their laps done on the walking track during the month. It’s easy and it’s healthy! If this program is successful, posters will be placed at other locations.

Megan Looby, Senior Program Director, and Jude Dooley, Branch Executive Director

Megan Looby, Senior Program Director, and Jude Dooley, Branch Executive Director

Log Your Laps Poster

Log Your Laps Poster

Close Up of the Poster

Close Up of the Poster

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East Cobb Lions Club Invites You!

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Take a Break From the Election! Come Rally with Us November 5th!

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Tired of hearing about politics?  Take a break from it all and come Saturday to the District Rally! 

pizap-com14780121695961We will have training, fun and friendship!

It’s Saturday, November 5th in McDonough.

McDonough Presbyterian Church, 427 McGarity Rd

9 am – 3 pm – hosted by the McDonough Lions Club

Show your TEAM Spirit!  Wear a jersey or the colors of your favorite team! 


  • Membership in the 2nd Century with PDG Mark Rice, GMT Coordinator
  • Ethics: What does That Mean for Me & My Club? with Lion Willie Alexander, 18L Ethics Committee Member
  • Lunch – $10 each – PDG Association will meet during lunch
  • Team Trivia Challenge
  • Club Coaches – Does Your Zone have what it takes to win?
  • Business Meeting

Get your “tail” to the rally to earn your next “tail”!

Please RSPV TODAY to Patrick Pignataro at or 770-957-9259 or 678-490-5201.

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Using Local Resources For Providing Eyeglasses to those in Need

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Hello 18L Lions, Thank you for your service to the communities.  One of the core services we as Lions lead in our communities is providing Vision services to those in need. Many of you already use local resources such as VSP (Vision Service Provider certificates) which provides free vision testing and eyeglass certificates.

I came across a very useful article that provides you additional local resources you can utilize before referring the visually impaired to our Lighthouse which provides these services when you have exhausted all local resources available.

You can access this article online at the following link:


Gopi Govindaraj
District 18L – EyeGlass Referral

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