Welcome From DG Nathan

2018-2019 District Governor Nathan Medlin

2018-2019 District Governor Nathan Medlin

people -people-people Here I am the new District S Governor 2018-2019 So happy to have this JOB.

My slogan for this year is “SO ALL CAN SEE”  our past district Governor was the 100th Governor for the lions BUT I will be the 1st district governor for the next 100 years.
I am looking forward to visiting all the clubs you know what is close to me is camp dogwood and the V.I.P.fishing tournament I love to watch all the vip having a good time visiting friends they have not talked to sense last year and if you have never seen a person that cannot see catch a fish it is a great sight.
So lets start off this year getting new members doing good work for our community and helping the vip of North Carolina
LION Nathan Medlin

First Flight Storage Shed Fire

The photos were taken this morning of the First Flight Lions Club Storage Shed behind our building. It caught fire and burned after midnight last night (Wednesday). Wheel chairs, brooms, etc., are gone. Kill Devil Hills Fire Marshal is still investigating. Thanks to Lions Ron Curtis and Bill Grogg for staying with this and their help in accessing the damages.
Submitted by:  Rhett White

Calling All Administrators

We need your help!  You probably already know that District 31S has a web site (http://NCLions31S.org) and although it has tremendous potential we are not yet taking full advantage it and it needs some information updates.  To remedy this situation, as IT Committee Chair I am seeking volunteers to join the IT Committee and help update our web site. 

You are probably wondering what that would involve so allow me to elaborate just a bit.  Off the top of my head, I can see needs for people who can author or edit articles for web posts, collect information about clubs in the district (like their websites and meeting times) and help keep information on the web site up to date, keep an eye on the calendar and make sure that the calendar gets updated with accurate information as it becomes available, and other tasks as well.  And if you have suggestions we would like to hear those as well.

Depending on your level of skill and comfort with technology I will do my best to find a good role for anyone who is willing to help!  Even if you have no technical skill at all and just want to help collect information and email someone else to update it online, we can still use your help. 

One of the advantages of serving on the IT Committee is that all of the work can be done from the comfort of your own home and all of our meetings will be online so there will be no travel requirements at all.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact me:  Lion John Lynde, by email at: jlyndepsu@yahoo.com, or call me at 919-924-9169 but please try to avoid calling during regular work hours.

Awards & Installation Banquet 2019

The 2019 Awards and Installation Banquet for District 31-S will be held on Saturday July 27th, 2019 at the Wendell Lions Club beginning at 3:00 PM. Details follow and a printable registration form is attached below.

Wendell Lions Club
700 Lions Club Road
Wendell, North Carolina
Saturday July 27. 2019 – 3:00 PM

BBQ Chicken + All the Fixin’s
Vegetarian Options Available

Cost of the meal will be $20.00 per person.

Registration Deadline is July 25th, 2019.  Please submit this form, along with the appropriate payment NO LATER THAN JULY 25th, 2019.

Club Officer Training

For all 2019‐2020 Club Officers, including experienced Officers
This training is especially important for Presidents and Secretaries.  

This is also a chance to meet and greet fellow Lions across District 31‐S
Save one of the following dates on your calendar:

June 8, 2019 9:30 AM
Tarboro Lion Den
809 Howard Avenue
Tarboro, NC 27886
June 15, 2019 9:30 AM
Pilot Lions Club
50 Pilot Bypass

**bring laptops, netbooks, tablets, etc.
(includes coffee, water, donuts, snacks)

Please RSVP by June 5th so we have sufficient supplies
Lion Glenn Day District 31‐S GLT (indicate which session)
glennday@nc.rr.com or (919‐539‐3706)
100% participation encouraged

Make new friends, keep the old and learn all the latest at the
same time!!!!


2019 State Convention

Hello North Carolina Lions!

PDG Terrie Grooms and I would like to invite you to attend your upcoming North Carolina Lions State Convention coming up the weekend of April 26th – our theme is……MISSION POSSIBLE……..THE JOURNEY COUNTINUES!

Our special guest speaker will be Past International President, Al Brandel of Melville, New York who was elected president Lions Clubs International at the association’s 91st International Convention, held in Bangkok, Thailand, June 23 through27, 2008.  

Why should you attend?  

Because this is our opportunity as Lions of North Carolina to meet other Lions from across the state and come away with ideas and information on how we can serve and educate our communities on one of our Core Focus areas – Diabetes! 

Our goal is that we would all leave that weekend feeling educated and empowered to execute Diabetes education and other service projects in our communities.

Here are just a few things happening……..

North Carolina Past District Governors’ Organization Captains Choice Golf Tournament  (flyer attached) held on Friday morning – all are welcome!

Our Strides Walk will be held during the entire weekend with opportunities to support our DAPS program and learn more about Diabetes and how it impacts so many families. 

We’ll kickoff Family Fun Night with good food, great fellowship and a fabulous family friendly magician! 

Tail Twister breakfast with some great silent auction items.

Town Hall Meeting with our special guest, Al Brandel, International Past President!

Exhibits and Seminars:

                eSight…….the rest of the story!

                Social Media and Technology!

                Technology for the visually impaired!

                Leader Dog!

                Ongoing Leadership Workshops through Lions University!

                Hands on Service Projects!

We will also have our state of the art Mobile Screening Unit on site for tours to see what vision and hearing screenings are available for FREE for YOUR community!

Brian Hoover, MSU Coordinator will be on hand to schedule a visit to YOUR club!

Saturday evening Banquet with an address from Al Brandel, International Past President.

We’ll finish up Sunday morning as we remember those we’ve lost with our Service of Remembrance with District meetings to follow.

Please find attached our registration form and our ad form – thanks for supporting YOUR North Carolina Lions State Convention with your attendance and a club ad!

Can’t wait to see you in April – we’re here if you have any questions or need any other information!

Lion Barbara Thompson and PDG Terrie Grooms

2019 NC State Lions Convention Co-Chairs

Where there is a Need there is a Lion!

2018-2019 Club Officer Training Scheduled

For All 2018-2019 Club Officers, including experienced Officers

This training is especially important for:
Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, New Officers

Chance to meet and greet fellow Lions Across District 31-S


Training will be conducted on the following dates and locations:

Louisburg College Cafeteria
501 N. Main St.
Louisburg, NC 27549
May 12, 2018
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Weeksville Lions Club
Peartree Rd.
Elizabeth City NC 27909
May 19, 2018
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Williamston Lions Club
Williamston Scout Hut
106S. Smithwick St.
Williamston, NC 27892
May 26, 2018
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
First Flight Lions Club
2706 Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
June 9, 2018
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by email, letter, or telephone call at least 10 days prior to the session (indicate which session) so that I can prepare for the personnel.

Lion R.K. Carroll, District 31-S GLT
Email: Rcarroll26@hotmail.com

Leadership Development is a Club Excellence Award Requirement.

Welcome Lions!

Steve McLaurin

District Governor, Steve McLaurin

Greetings Lions of District 31S! The New Lions Year has begun after celebrating our 100th year of Lions Club International in Chicago.  We will be celebrating this birthday throughout this calendar year. It is extremely gratifying to serve as a Lion and know the impact of our collective 100 years of service as we continue to provide service.

“Moving Forward” is my theme for the 2017‐2018 Lions year. District 31‐S is poised to move forward in providing service projects in our communities. One of my goals as District Governor is for each club in the district to initiate at least one NEW (you certainly can do more) service project in your community. There are community needs you can fulfill through service. It is imperative that we demonstrate through service our motto of  “Where there is a need, there is a Lion.”  We Serve!

A second goal for the year is for each club to increase net membership by 10 percent by year’s end. I believe that the service project or projects you initiate are great opportunities to invite friends and acquaintances to join in. This will provide the opportunity for them to “catch the fever” of gratification gained through helping those in need. We can all increase net membership by 10 percent if we focus on this effort.

The Charter Night for the newly formed Wake Southwest Centennial Lions Club was delightful to attend. This club began with 46 members – a stunning achievement accomplished by dedicated Lions seeking to provide service in Holly Springs, NC and for the enthusiasm and statewide efforts of Lions. This club used social media to recruit members and it worked. We can all learn from this experience.

Throughout the year, I urge each of you to get in the habit of submitting your projects in service and fundraising ideas
(two entirely different efforts) by sending them to News@NCLions31S.org.

The District 31‐S 2017‐2018 Directory will be distributed the week of August 1st. Copies will be given to participating clubs at the District 31‐S Brighter Visions Kick‐off on August 5, 2017 in Williamston, hosted by the Williamston Lions Club.

District 31‐S is the most dynamic district in the state. We are home to the newest Lions International Director, PDG Lion Gwen A. White. We host the annual VIP Fishing Tournament on the Outer Banks. And we possess the best assembly of Lions in the State of North Carolina!

Visiting each club in the district is among my goals. This is a shared goal with First Vice‐District Governor Lion Nathan Medlin (Warrenton Lions Club) and and Second Vice‐District Governor Lion Mark Bateman (Lake Gaston Lions Club).  Lion Mark will also be serving as the District Brighter Visions Chair.

We have dedicated Lions serving as Region Chairs, Zone Chairs, and Commitee Chairs. We serve best when we start with our own communities as we work to ultimately serve all communities in North Carolina. North Carolina Lions, Inc. offers many services and forms of assistance for the citizens of NC. To this end, please plan on supporting NCLI by selling Camp Dogwood raffle tickets and contributing to the Brighter Visions Annual Fund Drive.

Please join me in kicking‐off a new year of service in our communities. Invite someone to become a Lion. Spread the word about all of the good that we do.
There is strength in numbers. It is great to be a Lion!