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.)

Welcome to District 31-S

Barbara Beltran

District Governor Barbara Beltran

Welcome to another super year for District 31 S! My motto is “Believe in Service”. There can be miracles, when you believe you can achieve. Our clubs have achieved so much over the years to make their communities and our world a better place!

As we celebrate 100 years of Lions service, we honor the past, embrace our present, and plan for the future. As International President Bob Corlew says, we have new mountains to climb. No mountain is ever too high. People are depending on us.

We continue making our communities better places as our clubs engage in conducting service projects in a variety of areas, such as Youth, Vision, Hunger, and the Environment.

Through North Carolina Lions Inc. we conduct an annual Brighter Visions Fund Drive. Monies raised help supply white canes, support Camp Dogwood for VIPs (Visually Impaired Persons), the VIP Fishing Tournament, scholarships, recycling, providing eye glasses, supporting a Mobile Screening Unit to screen for visual and hearing problems, and help fund clinical eye research, to name a few.

We also have great opportunities to share fun and fellowship with other Lions, and to learn more about the many things we do, including a Mid-Winter Convention in January and a State Convention in April. In 2017, we are having a special International Centennial Convention scheduled for June 30-July 4th in Chicago, where we will be celebrating our 100th Birthday!! This will mark 100 years of service for Lions Clubs International!

We do have new challenges to meet, new goals to achieve, new people to serve, new mountains to climb. We can and will meet these challenges! Our symbol represents HOPE, HELP, COMMUNITY! We are a hand that reaches out, a smile for those who have no smile, and a light for those who live in darkness.

Together, through our service to others, we achieve miracles, and make our world a brighter place!

Lion Barbara Beltran,
Governor 31 S

Welcome to the new District 31-S

MaryBoehmSittingWelcome to the new District 31-S, the super district. After so much work and planning by so many to bring S to fruition, I am excited to be your new Governor.

My motto is “Serving others with pride,” and I am proud of all the clubs in District S for all of the hard work you have done over the years to help keep the clubs solvent and active. Though the district is young, for almost 100 years the Lions of North Carolina have made a difference in the lives of thousands of visual- and hearing-impaired North Carolinians while also being a positive force for good in the communities we serve.

I am looking forward to a great year. I want us to mesh together in this marriage of the two districts and do great things this coming year. With all of us working together, we can make District S shine above all the rest.

We will have a membership drive during the month of September. I believe we can grow from inside our clubs so I encourage each Lion to ask someone to a Lions meeting. Just think, if all of the Lions in our district introduce others to Lionism we will have advertised our “product,” the good we do and fun we have, for one month.

Let’s all give it our best shot and see what will happen during the month of September. Let’s also bring back the enthusiasm that we have once known in our clubs. Let us work to have lively, informative meetings and great Brighter Vision campaigns. Please greet everyone with enthusiasm when they enter the club meeting. It doesn’t matter how long a Lion has been a member, we all want to feel important and that we are a part of a family.

I’m looking forward to having a year of eats, meets, and greets. Let’s have fun in what we do, no matter how big or small. We are Lions and we serve with pride!

— Mary Boehm