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!


2017-2018 Awards & Installations

PDG Barbara gives award to DG Steve

PDG Barbara gives award to DG SteveThe second annual District 31S Awards & Installation banquet was held in Pilot, North Carolina on July 22nd, 2017.  Now Past District Governor Lion Barbara Beltran began the remarks with a summary of the events of the past year.  Two new clubs were chartered – the Ahoskie Centennial Lions Club and the Wake Southwest Centennial Lions Club.  Two grants for Pedia-Vision screeners were provided by LCI.  The State Convention was held in Raleigh for the second year in a row.  District 31S finished in 1st place for percentage of goal reached for Brighter Visions at 90.25% which was the highest of all districts in North Carolina.  But most importantly, she witnessed clubs helping other clubs and joining together for service events.  She thanked the Lions of District 31S and congratulated us on a great year.  Many awards were given out with some assistance from Past International President Sid Scruggs and current International Director Gwen White and there are pictures of all of them available in the photo album link below. 

PID Lacey Presnell installs new cabinetThen current District Governor Steve McLaurin introduced the special speaker invited to do the installation of the new cabinet for the 2017-2018 year.  Lion Steve joked about how he is a long time story teller, but he does not hold a candle next to the guest speaker Past International Director Lion Lacey Presnell.  And, of course, Lion Lacey did not disappoint.  He began his remarks with a funny story that made us all laugh.  Afterwards we got down to the business of installing the new cabinet. 

DG Steve first addressFinally, DG Steve made a short but effective speech about the upcoming year and his vision for District 31S.  He has two goals for every club.  1) To increase service by at least one project and 2) to increase membership by 10%.  We have a great district with many great leaders and he is confident that we can achieve these goals if we set our minds to it.  The 2017-2018 year should be another great year for District 31S.

Photo Album  

Welcome Wake Southwest Centennial Lions Club!

very closeup charter

PIP Sid and President Gwen with the charterIt’s official!  The Wake Southwest Centennial Lions Club has now been chartered.  The installations and celebration were held on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at the Hickory Tavern in Holly Springs, North Carolina.  Lions from the chartering club (Apex) who attended included: Lions Jolene & Dale Umbenhauer, John & Joe’l Lynde, Wayne Faber and Pat Nemmers.  

Past International President Sid Scruggs performed the installations.  Current International Director Gwen White and her spouse PDG Rhett was in attendance as were PID Lacy Presnell, PDGs Ron & Barbara Beltran, and current District Governor Steve McLaurin.  Also in attendance were Guiding Lions Ed Burt & Glenn Day and several other member from the Wake Forest and Cary clubs.

Photos from the event are provided in the album links below.  Album 1 is from Lion John Lynde and album 2 is from Lion Melissa Burgess.

Photo Album 1    Photo Album 2

2017-2018 Club Officer Training

For all 2017-2018 Club Officers, including experienced Officers

This training is especially important for:

Presidents graphic Secretaries graphic Treasurers graphic Membership Chairs graphic
Presidents Secretaries Treasurers Membership Chairs

A chance to meet and greet fellow Lions across District 31-S

Save one of the following dates on your calendar:

May 20
9:30 AM – NOON
June 3rd
9:30 AM – NOON
June 10th
9:30 AM – NOON
June 17th
9:30 AM – NOON
Tyrell County Public Library
414 Main St.
Columbia, NC 27925
Louisburg College
501 North Main St.
Louisburg NC
Student Activity Center
Ahoskie Fire Station
100 N McGlohon St.
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Holly Springs Town Hall
128 S. Main St.
Holly Springs, NC 27540
RSVP by May 13th RSVP by May 13th RSVP by June 1st RSVP by June 1st

**Bring laptops, netbooks, tablets, etc.


coffee, water, donuts, fruits, etc. will be provided

Please RSVP by the date listed above so we have plenty of handouts and food

Lion Glenn Day District 31-S GLT (indicate which session)

glennday@nc.rr.com  or (919-539-3706)

100% participation encouraged. You may also mail me at:

Glenn Day   160 Meadow Glen Dr., Wake Forest, NC  27587


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




2017 State Convention

Here are some promotional materials for the State Convention coming up April 28-30 in Raleigh.  Download the Flyer and Hotel information here:


You can download a Registration form or an Advertisement form below.

Centennial Celebration Information

Please find attached the latest edition of the Come Celebrate Chicago 2017. There is some new information in regards to extra activities that have been added to the program by the Host Committee. If you would like please pass it on to others in your District and State. The Lions of Illinois are looking forward to the Lions of the World coming to Chicago.
I have also attached a flyer talking about sponsoring a Street Banner in Chicago during the convention. These banners are to be hung throughout the Chicago Loop area. They will especially hung along the Parade Route, McCormick Place and the airports. After the convention, that banner will be returned to the sponsor as well as a small replica will be available for pick up at the Information Booth during the convention.
We also, have the ability to send the Street banner directly to you to be hung in your community. The standard size is 33″ x 99″, but we can size them as per your community specs. This is a way that the celebration can take place in your local community. If you have any questions, please contact District Governor Barbara. Again thank you for your support.

Regional Lions Leadership Institution 2017

The Regional Lions Leadership Institute will be March 23-26, 2017 at Camp Dogwood. Topics will cover Teamwork, Goal Setting, Diversity, Public Speaking and other issues. The presenters will be Lions Joe Pitts, Ron Anderson and Jackie Cameron. The cost is $142.35 for three nights and eight meals.

For a link to the registration form, click here.

Update: July 31, 2016

Dear Lions Leaders,

This week has been very busy, and I want to update you on some additions, etc. since our meeting on July 23rd.

First, a huge thank you and shout out to GMT Ed Burt, and Region Chair Rhett White who have done a huge amount of prep work for our upcoming new club Recruitment in Ahoskie.  Thanks also for info from Betz Blowe and to those who were able to come to a meeting on such short notice (Mary Boehm, Jim Boehm, Nathan Medlin, Glenn Day, Herb Justice, Ron Beltran) with GMT Ed Burt, to hear his ideas for Membership, and to help us iron out some details for the Ahoskie Recruitment.

The Ahoskie Recruitment has been approved by LCI, and they are sending PCC Lion Carl Harrell, a recruiting consultant from Florida, to train and assist us.  The dates are now confirmed, and we encourage as many clubs as possible to attend training and help as much as possible. The training ideas can also be used with other possible new clubs, or even existing clubs, maybe even your own!

If you are interested, and do not receive info about this by Aug. 7th, please contact me and I will make sure you receive the specifics

(Barbara Beltran  -cell# 919-638-1580 or email: lionbarbara31s@yahoo.com)


Aug. 15-18               Ahoskie

Preliminary Schedule:

Mon. morning (Aug. 15) – Training with Consultant

Mon. afternoon, Tuesday, and Wednesday – Recruiting

Thurs. mid day  – Organizational/Info Meeting for new Club


Other updates/reminders:

Club Secretaries no longer need to do 2 activity reports.  They only need to file both monthly Membership Reports and Activity Reports with LCI on the website. Our Cabinet Sec., Ron, can  view these and keep track of your activities that way, so that you no longer need to do the separate Excel spreadsheet from last year.  We are trying to simplify life for Club Secretaries, as we well know how much work is involved in that job.

Also, when you attend district meetings, be sure you sign the Attendance sheet, as that is how we will keep track of who attended for the Gov. Points Contest.


Please send pictures and articles to:


Ideas might include:

Club Service projects

Also: if you attend a Lions Workshop or Training, please share any exciting ideas you learn

District Committee Chairmen – send updates and information about your area of expertise

Club Secretaries, please share/forward the Newsletter to your members


I am also including 2 attachments with additional Directory Changes, announcements/reminders

Thanks for all your hard work!

Barbara Beltran, DG 31 S

Additional Announcements to July 23rd Cabinet Meeting

Contact Info for District Chairmen are in the new Directories

(They are a good source for Club speakers, although some have limited time for traveling.)

I know Bill Graham (Leader Dog Chair) is interested in speaking with clubs, and many other chairs are also, dependent on their schedules.


I am also resending Directory Changes, as we have had additional ones since the meeting in Williamston.  If you find other changes that need to be made, please email or call me and we will get them on the list.

I did forget to point out that I have another cell #. (It is listed as a change.)

Barbara Beltran  919-638-1580  (919-949-4431  is actually Ron’s, and you can call it too, as he is more available during the day than I am when I am teaching, and can probably answer questions as well or better than I.)