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!

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

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!


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!!!!