By C. Vernon Glisson
HISTORY OF DISTRICT 18-E
Lion Hazel F. Faile (Claire) of the Southside Lions Club was elected District Governor at the 50th Annual. State Convention at Jekyll Island 8 June 1971. Governor Faile chose as his Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Lion Tom Carr (Catherine) of the Southside Lions Club. Past District Governor Harry Davis (Mildred) of Griffin become the Cabinet Advisor; Past District Governor William “Bill” Bizzell (Libby) was re-elected District Librarian.
The District was divided into four regions with a Deputy District Governor over each and each region was divided into two zones with a Zone Chairman responsible for each.
The first goal in District 18-E this year was to retain Lions through a strong membership development and retention program. The following clubs realized this goal having a net increase in membership through April 30.
|Tallapoosa||Warner Robbins||West Point|
Warner Robins had a net increase of 7 members while 3 clubs, Heard County, Macon-Rutland, and Tallapoosa had net increases of 6 members.
The second goal, to increase membership in small clubs to at least 25, was achieved by Buena Vista, Hogansville, and Riverdale. Seven of the remaining small clubs did increase their membership even though they did not reach the goal of 25. Heard County and Newman did not have any dropped members during the year.
District Membership Growth Month
The months of January, February and March were proclaimed Growth Months by the International Board of Directors and Pins were awarded to sponsors of new and transfer members.
District Governor’s Membership Month
The Council of Governors for Multiple District 18 offered double points in the District contest for clubs bringing in two or More new members during April. The award was announced to all club presidents April 3. The following Clubs qualified by adding two or more new members in April:
The following Lions received membership Keys during the year:
|Herbert J. Reimers, Bonanza||Key for two members|
|Courtney E. Phelps, Thomaston||Key for two members|
There were three winners in the District Attendance Contest. Among the Clubs which meet semi-monthly, two clubs, Perry and Southside, tied with 100% for the year. Of the nine clubs which meet weekly, Columbus-Muscogee club was first again this year with 90.1%
Although plaques are not awarded for runner-up positions, these clubs deserve recognition: Bonanza-99.2%; Hampton-97.7%; in the semi-monthly group and among those meeting weekly: Vine lngle, 81.6%; and West Point, 79.1%
Perry and Riverdale celebrated their 20th anniversaries this year.
Under the leadership of CARE Chairman Grady Cox, the interested Lions of District 18-E once again reached and over-subscribed the $5.00 per Club quota to CARE. This year the District was 100% for CARE by the November 21st Cabinet meeting. Another record.
Each year a District Contest is agreed upon at the first Cabinet Meeting. Each Club is automatically entered in this contest. Points are earned for accomplishments and the following clubs are the winners:
1st Place – Southside………………….2116 points
2nd Place – Macon Rutland………….1751 points
3rd Place – Warner Robbins………..1714 points
The fourteenth annual District Assembly was held at the Moose Lodge in Griffin on November 15, 1971 at 7:30 P.M. with the Griffin Lions Club hosting the event. As in past years, they did an outstanding job in making arrangements and helping coordinate the details which make the difference between a successful Assembly and one that is just average. We sold 484 tickets and fed 468 people.
Second Vice President Tris Coffin of Montreal, Canada was an inspiring speaker. Would that all of you could have had the opportunity we enjoyed entertaining Tris and his charming wife, Jill. Even though we were with them only a few hours, we soon felt as though we had been their close friends for years.
The afternoon before the Assembly dinner, our fourth Peach Bowl Beauty Contest was held to select a Princess to represent our District in the statewide contest. The weather was beautiful and so were the 9 contestants sponsored by Buena Vista, Bonanza, Columbus, Muscogee, Montezuma, Macon Rutland, Macon Southside, Thomaston and Warner Robins. Miss Susanne M. Vossfeldt, sponsored by Columbus, was chosen Princess. First Runner-up was Vicki L. Ross, sponsored by Warner Robins. Second Runner-up was Mary Elaine Henson, sponsored by Buena Vista. Third Runner-up was Patricia D. Brown, sponsored by Columbus Muscogee. Other participants were Dossie Cantrell of Macon, Teri Hicks of Montezuma, Denise McAbee of Thomaston, Becky Satterfield of Jonesboro and Wanda Whitten of Macon. The Lions of 18-E congratulate each of the contestants and thank them for adding beauty and charm to our assembly.
Under the leadership of Past District Governor C. Frank Hollberg, III, of Senoia, our district increased its contributions $1,800 above last year to $12,080.70 for the year May 1, 1971 to April 30, 1972. All clubs except one contributed and the hold-out spent over $5,000.00 in local sight conservation.
District 18-E has been a leader in promotion of the Eye Bank Donor program for many years. This year our clubs submitted 179 Donor forms to the Lighthouse Eye Bank. These clubs participated in this very worthwhile project: Byron, Carrollton, Centerville, Columbus, Columbus Muscogee, Griffin, Hampton, Heard County, Hogansville, LaGrange, Macon Cross Keys, Macon Downtown, Macon Rutland, Macon Southside, McDonough, Morrow, Perry, Riverdale, Warner Robins and West Point.
Herschel McElroy Award
The Warner Robins Club sponsors this award annually to the club that has the highest percentage of Eye Donor forms
submitted to the Eye Bank during the year as reported by the Club Secretary, including the names of the donors, on his monthly M&A Reports. This year the award was won by Southside with a percentage of 82.8%.
The fourth annual Peach Bowl was played in Atlanta Stadium on December 30, 1973, at 8:00 P.M. As before, it rained and almost flooded the field for a while. We had a good game with two well known teams: Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.
This year 38,599 tickets were sold for the game. Again 18-E fell short in its support of ticket sales by selling only 1,039. We sold only 309 memberships. The Senoia Lions Club with only 28 members led the District in ticket sales with 204.
District 18-E is very fortunate to have three dedicated Lions serving as Director for the Peach Bowl: W. T. Cooksey of Harris County, Charles H. Orrick of Thomaston, and C. Frank Hollberg, III of Senoia.
We are happy to congratulate George Crumbley and his organization for the outstanding job they did in handling the game.
100% Presidents and Secretaries
This year there were 23 Presidents and 21 Secretaries who received 100% Awards from the District Governor.
District Public Relations
Lion Otis P. Hand of Southside did an outstanding job as Chairman this year. He not only mailed publicity material on the District Governor to each club in the district; he accompanied him on 24 of his visits. Lion Hand compiled a scrapbook from material furnished him by the clubs, which was judged one of the best in World Lionism at the International Convention in Mexico City. The Lions of Georgia also placed First in the marching unit competition.
Incoming Officers School
The Annual District School for incoming Officers was held simultaneously with the fourth cabinet meeting, May 7, 1972, in conference rooms at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. District Governor Nominee Samuel C. Allison was in charge of the school. The Presidents class was taught by Joe Chambless, President of Southside, with 19 attendees. Herb Reimers, Secretary-Treasurer of Bonanza, instructed 15 secretaries. Ten Tailtwisters were taught by Past District Governor C. V. Glisson of Fort Valley. The five Bulletin Editors received their instructions from the Headmaster, Sam Allison. In all, 49 incoming officers took advantage of this opportunity to benefit from the experience of veterans of these important functions of club affairs.
Fund Raising Activities
There were various fund raising activities throughout the district, such as: paper drives, box lunches at races, broom and mop sales, light bulb sales, tours of historic homes, calendar sales, fruit cake sales, radio days, candy sales, cushion sales at football and basketball games, barbecues, Halloween carnivals, operated parking lot at Atlanta Raceway, chicken dinners, talent shows, brunswick stew dinners, winter games, white elephant sales, concession stands at races, pancake breakfasts, food booths at fairs, football programs, turkey shoots, rodeos, swimming
The Service Projects were just as diverse. For example: sight conservation, high school scholarships, college scholarships, contributions to Lighthouse, contribution to Girl and Boy Scouts, lighting of ball fields, operation of concession stands, youth activities, CARE, contributions to recreational programs, contributions to needy families, contributions to safety patrols, purchase of Little League uniforms, high school awards, contributions to 4-H Clubs, nurses training scholarships, Blind Academy Boy Scouts, youth centers, Christmas gifts to Industrial Home Children, community recreation facilities, playground equipment, beautification of community, contributions to hospitals, football
banquets, beauty contests, Christmas baskets, glasses for the needy. These were some of the ways the profits from our fund raising activities were used.
We are saddened by the passing of these members during the year. C.R. Carter, C. P. Awards and Wilson M. Willis, of Buchanan; Olin C. Hammock of Byron; Rfaord M. Robinson of Columbus; W. W. Perrott, Jr., of Columbus-Muscogee; Fay Dodgen of Hampton; M. E, Grover of LaGrange; Lamar B. Lester of Perry; Art Nims, Joseph W. Popper, J. H. Waits, Jr. of Macon; John A. Whitley of West Point; Brooks Yeomans of Macon; Joe F. Stubbs of Macon-Rutland; and R. H. McRae of Talbotton. They will be missed.
Cash received from previous administration ………………….. $1,228.42
Total receipts for year ……………………………………………………8,054.20
Total disbursements for year ………………………………………….6,497.20
Cash to next administration ……………………………………………1,556.51
DISTRICT 18-E 1972-73
Lion Samuel C. Allison (Mary) of the Muscogee Lions Club was elected District Governor at the 51st Annual State Convention in Savannah. June 13, 1972. Governor Allison selected as his Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Lion Louis Dowell of the Columbus Lions Club. Past District Governor Hazel F. Faile (Claire) became Cabinet Advisor.
Past District Governor William Bizzell (Libby was re–elected District Librarian.
The district was organized into four regions with a Deputy District Governor for each. Each Region was divided into two zones with a Zone Chairman responsible for each.
The first goal in District 18-E for 1972-73 was to strengthen membership through service, vision and determination. The following clubs had a net increase in membership through April 30, 1973.
|Fort Valley||Hampton||Heard County|
Byron had a net increase of 20 members which gave them a 100% Increase, LaGrange had 26 new members; Macon had 10; Thomaston 14; Warner Robins 12; Muscogee 12. These were the top clubs in new Members. District 18-E had 88 new members with a loss of 38 or a net total of 50 gained.
The second goal was for each club with less than 20 members to have this many by April 30, 1973. There are still nine clubs with less than 20 members, however, some of these smaller clubs have shown more true Lions spirit and have proven our motto “We Serve” more than some of those with greater numbers.
District Governors Membership Month
New members honor your District Governor. Clubs will receive double points in the District Contest for each member gained in April. These clubs-gained the extra points: LaGrange, 4 new members; Byron and Stockbridge 3 new members; Columbus, Muscogee, Griffin, Cross Keys, Southside and Riverdale, 2 new members; Bowdon, Fort Valley, Hampton, Heard County, Macon, McDonough, Montezuma, Perry,Pike County, Talbotton, Warner Robins and Woodbury had one new member each.
John E. Jones, Warner
Robins Advance Key for 4 Members
John P. Nixon, Warner Robins Advance Key for 4 Members
Myron B, Becraft, Warner Robins Key for 2 Members
C. V. Glisson, Fort Valley Key for 2 Members
Gene Sheffield, Fort Valley Key for 2 Members
Each year a District Contest is agreed upon at the first Cabinet Meeting. Each Club is automatically entered in this contest. Points are earned for accomplishments and these clubs were the winners:
1st Place LaGrange 9,514 Points
2nd Place Griffin 5,234 Points
3rd Place Southside 3,353 Points
These Clubs also deserve recognition for their participation in the contest and high scores attained: Bonanza, Centerville, Byron, Perry, Carrollton, Fort Valley, Vine Ingle, Stockbridge, Thomaston, and Warner Robins. Very few points separated these clubs from the winners. Congratulations.
District Governor’s Special Awards
A special Award from the District Governor goes to: Byron for increasing their membership 100%. Griffin for their untiring efforts for hosting the District Assembly. Zone Chairman Herb Reimers for unselfish dedication as a true Lion, and for securing the only live Lion Mascot for District 18-E. Youth Exchange and Leo Club Chairman Lion Otis P. Hand, for his untiring and successful leadership. Lion Duncan L. Chapman for his outstanding work as Public Relations Chairman.
Even though all clubs did not participate District 18-E contributed over $500.00 to the CARE Program. This far exceeds the $5.00 requested of each club.
These clubs celebrated anniversaries this year: Columbus 50th; Carrollton 40th; Warner Robins and Hogansville 25th, and Muscogee 20th.
Under the leadership of Past District Governor Frank Hollberg, III, we reached the 100% goal in Lighthouse contributions, $13,331.00. These clubs exceed the $6 per member asked: Carrollton $2,000; Southside $1,435; Vine Ingle $1,300; Villa Rica $1,000; and others above $6.00.
District 18-E has long been the banner bearer for the state. The leading clubs this year were LaGrange 763, Griffin 325, Southside 116, Warner Robins 76, and Ellaville 20. These Clubs also obtained donors: Woodbury, Carrollton, Centerville, Muscogee, Columbus, Fort Valley, Heard County, Cross Keys, Macon, Vine Ingle, Riverdale, Perry and possibly others that failed to report on their M &A Reports.
Herschel McElroy Award
The Warner Robins Club sponsors this award annually to the club that has the highest percentage of Eye Donor forms submitted to the Eye Bank during the year as reported by the Club Secretary on his monthly M & A Report, including the name of the donor. This year the award was won by Griffin with 902.7% LaGrange was second with 553.9%.
The 15th Annual District Assembly was held at the Griffin Moose Lodge 7 November 1973 at 6:30 P.M. with the Griffin Lions Club hosting the event. With a Club like Griffin, any unforeseen can be met. We gave them reservations for 450, changed it to 500-550 and then fed and seated 605 dedicated Lions and Ladies. The day was filled with our 4th Beauty Contest with eight participants. Carrollton’s beauty, Terre Cagle, was the winner to represent us at the Peach Bowl. The highlight of the evening for the District Governor was the presentation of the Home Club Banner for the District Governor from the Muscogee Lions. Distinguished guests were State Secretary Alcee and Mrs. Waxfield, Past International Director Joe and Mrs. Davis, District Governors Ed and Mrs. Daniel and Ron and Mrs. Strader, Jim and Mrs. Corbett, and our own International Director Don W. and Mrs. Schmidt. Don gave the response to our International Speaker, First Vice President of Lions International, Tris Coffin, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, who has accompanied by his lovely wife, Gil. Lion Coffin gave the highlights of his travels throughout the world to show us what Lions are doing everywhere. This distinguished Lion will be International President for 1973-74. The hostess of the Griffin Moose club is commended for an outstanding job in service and hospitality.
100% Presidents and Secretaries
There were 30 Presidents and 22 Secretaries who received the District Governors 100% award at the State Convention in Macon.
The International Understanding and Cooperation for Outstanding Club in District 18-E for 1972-73 was given by Lions International to Southside Lions Club.
The fifth Annual Peach Bowl was played in Atlanta Stadium and believe it or not it did not rain nor sleet nor snow. A packed Stadium was thrilled with the outstanding performance of North Carolina State University and West Virginia University Football teams. Each team received for their efforts $165,797.52. The Georgia Lions
Lighthouse share was $43,000. The highlight of the halftime was the presentation our Beauty Queens, our live Lion Mascot and State Governor Jimmy Carter and his wife in an old surrey and Lieutenant Governor Lester Maddox on a Tennessee Walking Horse.
This year the District Governors were added to the Board of Directors of the Peach Bowl for the time they are in office.
Lion Duncan L. Chapman did an outstanding job as District Public Relations Chairman. His sincere
dedication was proven throughout the year. He worked long and hard to publicize Lionism in the district. He gathered material from the Clubs for the District Scrapbook which received Honorable Mention when judged at the International level.
Incoming 0fficers School
The annual District School of Instruction for Incoming Officers was held simultaneously with the fourth Cabinet meeting 20 May 1973, in conference rooms at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. The Southside and Warner Robins Lions Clubs were hosts for this very successful event. The school was under the supervision of Deputy District Governor Walk D. Wilson who taught the Presidents. Other instructors were Past District Governor C. V. Glisson for incoming Secretaries; President Richard Mallory of LaGrange for Bulletin Editors; Southside President R. J. Lindsey instructor for Tailtwisters.
Fund Raising Activities
Lions Clubs throughout District 18-E have many fund raising activities. Of course, the best of all activity would have to be our Broom and mop Sales. We give the blind workers many work hours, we meet the home owners as we go house-to-house selling, we have good fellowship with our fellow Lions as we walk the streets selling. A high percentage of all clubs use this worthwhile project. In addition, the Clubs have light bulb, fruit cake, candy, white elephant and many other sales. Barbecues, food booths at State fairs, pancake breakfasts, radio days, paper drives, horse shows, carnivals, talent shows and many other ways to raise funds, all requiring much work on the part of Lions.
With the funds raised by all the clubs, here are some of the worthwhile service projects:
|Sight Conservation||Safety Patrols|
|Uniforms for Ball Teams||Earthquake Relief|
|Christmas Baskets||Boy and Girl Scouts|
|Blind Academy||4-H Clubs|
|Community Improvement||High School Awards|
|Glasses for needy||FFA Clubs|
|Storm relief||Youth Activities|
And many other worthwhile projects carried on but never reported.
Received from Previous Administration ………………………. $1,545.91
District Dues ……………………………………………………………. 4,088.70
To be Accounted for …………………………………………………… 5,634.61
Total Expenditures ……………………………………………………… 4,303.73
Balance to Incoming Administration ……………………………. 1,330.88
1973 was the year of the big snow in Region IV of District 18-E. We had a young man visiting in the region who had never before seen snow. Can you imagine how 19 year old Helton S. Rosa felt when 18 inches of snow fell while he was visiting this area under the Lions Youth Exchange Program. The young man was a pre-med student from Brazil. His father was a member of the Lions Club De Salvador, Itapagipe, Bahia, Brazil.
While here, Helton visited with doctors, hospitals and clinics. He was domiciled with a number of families with young people his age or near. Each family enjoyed having him and from comments he made, he had quite an experience, including playing in the snow. Youth Exchange Chairman Otis P. Hand of tie Southside Lions Club coordinated Helton’s visit.
District 18-E lost fifteen good Lions by death this year:
|Gordon L. Hobbs, Talbotton||I. B. Vinson, Jr., West Point|
|John H. Edwards, Griffin||Lynn Sewell, Newnan|
|H. M. Herin, Columbus||B. A. Martin, Bowdon|
|R. C. Bartlett, McDonough||Charles R. Musselman, East Columbus|
|William J. Meyer, Warner Robins||Emory Sherrea, LaGrange|
|Charlie Smith, Thomaston||Lee G. Rorris, Hogansville|
|W. Wesley McGee, Macon Vine-Angle||W. H. Norris, Pike County|
|Thomas Lipham, Heard County|
They will be missed by all of us, especially their clubs.
DISTRICT 18-E 1973-74
Lion Robert F. Young (Flo Rene) of the Heard County Lions Club was elected Governor of District 18-E at the 52nd Annual State Convention in Macon 19 June 1973. Governor chose as his Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Lion Richard H. Mallory (Georgia) of the LaGrange Lions Club; Past District Governor Samuel C. Allison (Mary) of the Muscogee Lions Club became Cabinet Advisor; and Past District Governor William E. “Bill” Bizzell (Libby) was re-elected District Librarian.
The 46 Clubs were organized into 4 regions and 8Zones with a Deputy District Governor each Region and a Zone Chairman for each Zone.
One of the goals in District 18-E was to retain Lions through a strong Membership Development and Retention Program. The following clubs realized this goal by having a net increase in membership through 30 April 1974:
|Locust Grove||Macon Cross Keys||Macon Southside|
|Villa Rica||Warner Robins||Woodbury|
Stockbridge had a net gain of 12 new members; Byron and LaGrange had a net gain of 10 new members each; Villa Rica had a net gain of 9 new members; Ellaville and Hampton had a net gain of 6 new members each.
The LaGrange Club is now the largest club in District 18-E with 145 members and the third largest club in Georgia.
District 18-E ended the year with 1,913 Lions.
District Membership Growth Months
The months of January, February and March were proclaimed District Governor Growth Months by the International Board of Directors and special pins were awarded to sponsors of new or transfer members inducted during these months. 79 Lions in 32 clubs earned these Membership growth pins.
There were two winners in the District Attendance Contest. Among the clubs which meet semi-monthly the Macon Southside Club was the winner with 98%. Of the Clubs that meet weekly the Columbus Muscogee Lions Club was the winner with 90%. Other Clubs with 85% or over were: Hampton 96%; Perry 96%; Macon Cross Keys 94%; and Macon Vine Ingle with 85%. Plaques are not awarded to these clubs, but they deserve recognition.
Under the direction of Chairman J. MS Madden of the Hogansville Lions Club the Lions of District 18-E contributed $300.00 to CARE.
Past District Governor C. Prank Hollberg, III of the Senoia Lions Club was President of the Lighthouse this year. Under the direction of our Vice President Past District Governor William Ballek, District 18-E had 100% affiliation with the Lighthouse contributing in excess of $17,000.00.
White Cane-Day Sale
Governor Young started a new District-wide project. All clubs selling white canes on the same Saturday, with the additional donations from the Newnan Lions Club of $500.00 and the Griffin Lions Club of $319.04 this new District project grossed $4,707.99 more for the Lighthouse.
District 18-E has been a leader in the promotion of the Eye Donor Program in Georgia for many years. Due to the dedication and hard work of District Chairman J. E. “Billy” Oldham of the Southside Lions Club, our clubs submitted 1,000 eye donor forms to the Lighthouse Eye Banks. These clubs were outstanding in their eye donor drives: East Columbus, Macon Southside, Newnan, Warner Robins, and West Point.
Herschel McElroy Award
The Warner Robins Lions Club sponsors this award annually to the club that has the highest percentage of Eye Donor forms turned in to the Lighthouse Eye Banks during the year as reported by the Club Secretary, including the names of Donors, on his M & A Reports. This year the award was won by the East Columbus Lions Club with a percentage of 1,518%.
The District Assembly was held at the Holiday Inn in Callaway Gardens 10 November 1973 with over 400 Lions and Lionesses attending. The honored guest was International Director William C. Chandler from Alabama. Peach Bowl Executive Director gave the response to the Speaker. Council Chairman B. Edward Page was on hand to pay his respects. Past District Governor Wham Ballek was the Master of Ceremonies for this delightful occasion.
The afternoon before the Assembly our Peach Bowl Princess Beauty Contest was held to select our representative in the Statewide Contest. Peach Bowl Princess Chairman P. Scale Hipp of the LaGrange Lions Club was in Charge. Miss Gail Copeland, sponsored by the Warner Robins Lions Club, was the winner. First Runner Up was Miss Randall Johnson, sponsored by the LaGrange Lions Club. Other contestants were sponsored by the Bonanza, Macon Rutland and Macon Southside Lions Clubs. All seven of the young ladies had such beauty and talent a decision was difficult. None of the judges were from District18-E.
District 18-E is fortunate to have three dedicated Lions as Directors of the Peach Bowl Association: Lion W. T. Cooksey of the Harris County Lions Club; Past District Governor C. H. Orrick of the Thomaston Lions Club; and Past District Governor C. Frank Hollberg, III of the Senoia Lions Club.
The Annual Peach Bowl was played in Atlanta Stadium on December 29, 1973. when the Peach Bowl was started, the Lions of Georgia pledged to sell 35,000 tickets. This time only 13,998 tickets were sold by Lions, less than half our pledge. When Georgia beat Maryland 17 to 16, the game was televised into 10,925,000 homes. All those empty seats looked bad. Let’s fiII the stadium next time.
International Understanding Award
The West Point Lions Club won this Award in recognition for their participation in the lnternational Youth Camp and for entertaining these young men from throughout the world.
100% Presidents and Secretaries
There were 14 Presidents and 27 Secretaries that received the 100% Award from the District Governor at the State Convention in Columbus.
District Public Relations
Public Relations Chairman J. Harrell Hardy, LaGrange Lions Club, did a superb job of publicizing Lionism throughout the District this year. Brochures and news releases were sent to all the clubs. He also collected material. from the clubs for preparation of an excellent scrap book. District 18-E has for a number of years had outstanding scrap books and this year was no exception.
Governor Young, during his year, made 130 visits official and others. This included trips into our sister state of Alabama.
Incoming Officers School
The annual District School for Incoming Officers was held simultaneously with the Fourth Cabinet Meeting on May 19, 1974 in conference rooms of the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. The Presidents school was taught by Deputy District Governor E. L. Greenway of the Warner Robins Lions Club. The Secretaries school was taught by the Secretary of the Macon Vine Angle Lions Club. Tailtwisters were taught by Zone Chairman Frank Jones of the Carrollton Lions Club. The Bulletin Editors were taught by Rev. James W. Gunter, LaGrange Lions Club. In all, 39 Incoming Officers attended the school.
Each year a District Contest is agreed upon at the first Cabinet Meeting. Each club is automatically entered in this contest. Points are earned for accomplishments and the following clubs were winners of this contest:
1st Place East Columbus …………………………. 4,342 Points
2nd Place Villa Rica ………………………………. 3,372 Points
3rd Place Vine Ingle ……………………………… 3,352 Points
These Clubs also deserve recognition for receiving high scores:
Warner Robins 2,192
West Point 3,115
Ivan H. Jackson Memorial Plaque
Governor Young was the recipient of this award given to the District Governor whose district excels in Membership Development and Retention.
Received from Previous Administration………………………………… $1,200.00
District Dues …………………………………………………………………….. 4,750.00
Total to be accounted for ……………………………………………………. $5,950.00
Total Expenditures ………………………………………………………………. 5,050.00
Balance to Incoming Administration ………………………………………. $ 900.00
Fund Raising Activities
The Lions Clubs of District 18-E find many different ways to raise the funds needed to carry on their service projects. Some require a great deal of work on the part of the Lions and some not so demanding. Of course, the broom and mop sales using Georgia Factory for the Blind made products has been the most popular. The Newnan Lions Club usually sells more of these products per member than any other club in the state. Quite often, Fort Valley is running a, close second. Other means of raising funds are: flea markets, paper drives, box lunches at races, light bulb sales, tours of historic homes, candy sales, calendar sales, fruit cake sales, radio days, cushion sales at football and basketball games, barbecues, Halloween carnivals, chicken dinners, talent shows, operated parking at Atlanta Raceway, Brunswick stew sales, winter games, white elephant sales, pancake breakfasts, turkey shoots, rodeos, food booths at fairs, football programs and others.
Just as they find ways to earn money, they find various ways to spend money, such as: Georgia Lions Lighthouse, purchasing glasses locally, operations on eyes, little league, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H Clubs, nurses training scholarships, CARE, contributions to safety patrols, contributions to hospitals, Christmas Baskets, high school awards, college scholarships, youth centers, football banquets, playground equipment, contributions to FFA Clubs, lighted ball fields, dental expenses for needy, glass eye, sponsored Blind Academy Boy Scouts, purchased optiscope for library so elderly could read easier, equipped cottage at Industrial Home, fruit and flowers to residents of nursing homes, beautification of community, contributions to needy families. These are just a few reported on M&A Reports some are never reported.
|Herbert J. Reimers, Bonanza||Herman Johnson, Tallapoosa|
|Sid Holderness, Carrollton||W. B. McDaniel, Thomaston|
|C. E. Crandall, Byron||J. Earl Williams, West Point|
|C. Neal Thomas, Columbus||Lige Moore, Macon|
|Grady West, Columbus Muscogee||Gerald Johnson, Ellaville|
|Eugene Paul Moulton, Harris County||Carlton E. Lindsey, Griffin|
|T. O. Webb, Oglethorpe||Emory Sharrer, LaGrange|
|E. B. Connell, Pike County|
These lions left us from May 25, 1973 to May 25, 1974.
DISTRICT 18-E 1974-75
After a spirited and very close race between Lion Richard Mallory, LaGrange Lions Club, and Lion Walter Wilson, Southside Lions Club, Lion Wilson was elected District Governor of 18-E at the 53rd Annual State Convention in Columbus, Georgia June 1974.
Governor Wilson (Hilda) chose as his Secretary-Treasurer Lion Tom Carr (Catherine) of the Southside Lions Club. Immediate Past District Governor Robert F. Young (Flo Rene) became Cabinet Advisor, and Past District Governor William E. “Bill” Bizzell (Libby was re-elected District Librarian.
The 46 clubs were organized into four regions with a Deputy District Governor appointed for each. The Regions had two zones each with a Zone Chairman for each zone.
The month of October 1974 was designated as International Membership Growth Month and during this month 19 clubs sponsored 57 new members. The months of January through March were proclaimed as District Governors Membership Development months and 74 Lions from 29 clubs sponsored an additional 86 members. Special pins were provided by International to sponsors of these new lions. Through April 1975 the district inducted 207 new members, and dropped 148 for a net gain of 59. The following clubs had a net increase in membership through April 30, 1975:
|Senoia||East Columbus||Macon Rutland|
Two clubs, Bonanza and Stockbridge had gains of 10 members. Crawford County had the largest percentage gain, 30;&, followed by Butts County with 21%. Villa Rica gained seven members, The Morrow Club, after reorganization, gained 22% after two months. As of April 30, Macon Downtown, with 135 members was the largest club in 18-E.
There were two winners in the District Attendance contest using the standard make-up rules. Among clubs which meet weekly, the winner was the Columbus Muscogee Lions club with 87%. Among clubs which meet semi-monthly the winner was Perry Lions Club with 99.5%. Other clubs with attendance 85% or more are: Southside 97%, Hampton 96.5 Centerville 96%, Macon Cross Keys 94%, Macon Vine Ingle 92%, Bonanza 91%, Stockbridge PO%, Ideal 89;%, and Riverdale 86%. Although plaques are not awarded to these clubs they deserve recognition.
The contributions to the Lighthouse from the clubs in18-E including White Cane Day Sales was in excess of $21,000.00. Special recognition should be given to the Carrollton Lions Club which gave the largest donation including White Cane Sales, $3,244.00 and to Macon Vine lngle which gave the largest per capita donation including White Cane Sales, namely $39 per member.
District 18-E has been a leader in the promotion of the Eye Donor Program in Georgia for many years. This year the clubs submitted 949 eye donor pledges to the Eye Banks. The following Clubs were outstanding in their eye donor drives: East Columbus, Forsyth, Griffin, Warner Robins and Centerville.
Herschel McElroy Award
The Warner Robins Lions Club sponsors this award annually to the club that turns in the highest percentage of Eye Donor forms to the Lions Lighthouse Eye Banks during the year ending April 30 as reported by the club secretary, including the names of donors, on his monthly M &A Reports. This year the award was won by the East Columbus Lions Club with a percentage of 2,016%..
International Understanding Award
The West Point Lions Club won this award in recognition for their participation in the International Youth Camp sponsored for the 12th year by the Montgomery, Alabama Lions Club. This program brings together young men from approximately 26 foreign countries and exposes them to the full spectrum of the American life, i.e., business9 family, church, school, etc. through association with young American men.
Herb Reimers Award
This new award was established this year in 18-E through the courtesy of the Bonanza Lions Club in memory of Lion Herb, a former member of their club. This Award is designed to recognize a Lion in 18-E who has performed exemplary service to the cause and principles of Lionism and the first winner of this yearly award was Lion L. O. “Nip” McCullough of Southside Lions Club.
Each year a District Contest is agreed upon at the first Cabinet Meeting. Each club is automatically entered in this contest. Points are earned for accomplishments in a wide range of activities. This year the point allowances were set in a manner to encourage clubs to be active in all phases. Consequently, we believe that the winners this year have demonstrated truly outstanding performances in many phases. The winners are:
1st Place Warner Robins …………………………….. 1,220 points
2nd Place Centerville ………………………………….. 1,122 points
3rd Place Villa Rica …………………………………….. 1,013 points
The following clubs also merit recognition for achieving high scores:
Bonanza ……………… 1,050
East Columbus ……….. 976
Griffin …………………….. 948
Harris County ………….. 946
Manchester …………….. 940
Riverdale ………………… 906
Macon Vine lngle …….. 889
Perry ……………………… 886
The social highlight of the year was the District Assembly on November 16, 1974 at the Holiday Inn in beautiful Callaway Gardens. Over 400 Lions, their ladies, Peach Bowl Princess Contestants, Judges and distinguished guests were in attendance. Our guest Speaker was International Director Howard Towns from Florida. Past District Governor Gordon Sanford, Southside Lions Club, was in charge of this successful affair. The 10 clubs having the largest percentage of members present were: (1) Riverdale, (2) Warner Robins, (3) Hogansville, (4) East Columbus, (5) Bonanza, (6) Harris County, (7) Pike County, (8) Manchester, (9) Southside, and (10) Macon Rutland.
15 Clubs (a new high) sponsored contestants in the District Peach Bowl Princess Contest. The clubs were: Bonanza, Centerville, Columbus, Griffin, Hogansville, Harris County, LaGrange, Manchester, Macon Rutland, Montezuma, Riverdale, Southside, Thomaston, Villa Rica and Warner Robins.
Miss Jill Beshears, representing the Warner Robins Lions Club, was the winner selected to be District18-E Princess. Miss Judith Ann Hay, Columbus Lions Club, was 1st Runner-up and Miss Karen Annette Warren of Villa Rica was 2nd runner-up. The judges for this event were chief judge and former Miss America, Mrs. Neva Jane Langley Fickling and two prominent Atlanta professionals. Chairman L. O. McCullough of Southside and committeemen Bill Brown, Pike County Lions Club, and Bob Smith, Centerville Lions Club, are to be commended for their efforts in making
this part of the District Assembly so enjoyable for those present. The highlight of the contest was the Evening Gown competition which was conducted on a stage in the center of the banquet room. Imagine 15 lovely young ladies parading in beautiful evening gowns.
Through the hard work of many good Lions in 18-E, two new clubs were chartered and one club re-chartered which had gone inactive in April 1974 and was on status quo.
The first new club to charter was the Warner Robins Noon Club, sponsored by the existing Warner Robins Club. The official charter banquet for this club was held on March 22, 1975 with 24 charter members, Lion Jim Glance serving as Charter President Lion Jay Jones served as Guiding Lion and Lion Myron A. Becraft was the E&tension Award Recipient.
In March l975 the Morrow Lions Club was re-chartered with 19 new members through the very special and dedicated efforts of Zone Chairman
Charlie Hutcheson, Lion Phil Lauria, Lion Bill McGarrah and Lion Carl Weldon. Lion Lauria served as interim President pending election of officers for 1975-76. The Club re-chartered with four more members than it had when it closed and through April had gained another four new members; a 50% increase over the number of members when it previously ceased functioning.
Lions International Foundation (LIF)
The program initiated at the suggestion of Past International President Dr. Robert McCullough from Oklahoma, is designed to provide a method of financial relief. This money is used by the Foundation to provide disaster, education and development support where needed throughout the world. Although this is still a new program in Lionism, support to the Lions International Foundation program this year, through the hard work and dedication of Chairman Wright E. Davis, Columbus Lions Club, was over $800.00 from the Clubs in 18-E.
Hearing Conservation and Work for the Deaf
This program adopted by Lions International only last year has yet to be brought into full bloom. Lion Doyle Aiken of the Carrollton Lions Club was the 18-E Chairman for this program this year. 18-E was fortunate in getting at least one highly significant program underway through the courtesy of the Macon Vine lngle Lions Club. This club allocated $l,000.00 for the procurement of hearing aids for indigent persons examined by the Central Georgia Speech & Hearing Center in Macon. This tremendous step forward should provide the impetus for a great future in 18-E and International Lionism in the hearing and work for the deaf program.
District Public Relations
Chairman J. E. (Jay) Jones did a great job this year. He sent each club publicity news releases on the District Governor’s visits, Cabinet and other meetings as well as the District Assembly. He compiled an excellent scrapbook which was on display at the State Convention prior to being sent to the International Convention where it was awarded honorable mention. The District had three write-ups sent to Lions Magazine this year. One was a carry over from last year on the LaGrange Lions Club’s activities in the field of agriculture. A story citing the tremendous effort of the Centerville Lions Club on behalf of Charlene Leverett and a story covering the Georgia Lions Relief assistance to the city of Fort Valley, Georgia after its tornado disaster. Columbus was preparing a story for input to the magazine with regard to the $10,000 donation for special laser beam equipment provided to the Columbus hospital.
Peach Bowl Association
18-E was privileged this year to have elected from the District the President of the Peach Bowl, Lion W. T. Cooksey, Harris County Lions Club, and Past District Governor C. Frank Hollberg, III, Senoia Lions Club as Vice-President, as well as retaining Past District Governor C. H. Orrick, Thomaston Lions club, as Director. Lion Orrick has served since its inception. Also serving from 18-E this year was Past District Governor William “Bill” Ballek, Macon Vine Ingle Lions Club.
The 1974-75 District 18-E CARE Project was formally designated as: Honduras 340-F, approved 11267, PDP 185; Site 4, El Portillo (meaning Small Gate), Narajito, Honduras. The project goal was to provide funds in the amount of $558.00 for the construction of the two classroom school at above site. The construction of the classrooms was completed in July 1975, The building was dedicated with suitable marker and formal ceremony in memory of Past District Governor Harry Collins of Ellaville, Georgia, District 18-E.
Under the direction of Chairman A. I,. Shewfelt of Griffin Lions Club, the clubs in 18-E contributed a total of over $700.00 to CARE: in 1974-75, this far exceeds the goal of $558.00 necessary to build the classrooms in Honduras. These additional contributions were used to support CARE’s efforts in Honduras.
Fort Valley Tornado Relief
After the devastating tornado in Fort Valley in February 1975, the Fort Valley Lions Club gave $l,000.00 to start a relief-fund. Offers of aid came from Lions Clubs all over the state; as a result actions were spearheaded by Past District Governor C.V. Glisson, Fort Valley Lions Club, assisted by President Ben Robertson, Byron Lions Club and Lion F. L. Purdom, Perry Lions Club at the request of the District Governor and under the auspices of the Council of Governors, Multiple District 18 to provide a disaster relief fund. Letters were sent to all 300 Clubs in the state of Georgia from the State Secretary’s office, The response was great, over $4,800.00 was given to the Fort Valley Disaster Relief Fund, administered through a program established by Mayor Paul Reehlng. Lion Y. T. Abernathy, Parker-Abernathy, Inc., the major supplier of lightbulbs for Lions Projects, sent the Fort Valley Club 200 packages of bulbs which the Fort Valley Lions sold and added the $450.00 to the fund making a total of $1,450.00 from the club. Once again Lions prove that their motto “We Serve” is for real.
Incoming Officers School
The annual District School for incoming Club Officers was held simultaneously with the 4th Cabinet meeting on 4 May 1975 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. This combined event enjoyed the largest participation yet with a total of 89 Lions from 23 clubs being in attendance. Listed below is the school, instructor and attendees. Zone Chairman Joe Chambless, Southside Lions Club was in charge:
|President||Zone Chairman Joe Chambless
Lion L. O. “Nip” McCullough
|Secretary||Past District Governor Noel Haskins
President Willis Hall
|Bulletin Editor||State Secretary Gene Lindsay||6|
|Tailtwisters||Lion J. E. “Billy” Oldham
Lion Freddie Horton
Additionally, there was a session conducted by members of the Beth Peck Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians, This session was a brief overview of parliamentary procedure on the making and handling of motions and conducting efficient club meetings.
lnternational Trading Pins
Another first this year for 18-E was the design for the Multiple District 18 Georgia/International Trading Pins. Requests for sketches of the proposed design was made to all districts in Georgia and to District 18-E in the District Bulletin. The sketch submitted by Lion L. O. “Nip” McCullough from the Macon Southside Lions Club, was selected in 18-E, and subsequently selected by the Council of Governors for use as the official Georgia Pin Design.
A very special ice-breaker/get acquainted outdoor fish fry/luau was held this year on Sunday evening at the State Convention for District 18-E Lions and Lionesses. This affair was to enhance socializing among attendees and to insure that those attending the state convention for the first time got off to a warm welcome.
100% Presidents and Secretaries
29 Presidents and 29 Secretaries were presented the 100% Award by District Governor Wilson at the State Convention on Jekyll Island, Georgia June 9, 1975.
Fund Raising Activities
These are a few of the ways Lions Clubs District 18-E raised money to finance their service projects: broom and mop sales, Halloween candy sales, calendar sales, pancake breakfasts, pancake breakfasts, parking automobiles at Atlanta Raceway, barbecue dinner sales, manning fair booths, chicken dinner sales, selling radio advertising and announcing, donkey baseball game, lightbulb sale, fruit cake sale, holding winter games, Junior Peach Bowl, flea markets, farm bureau livestock show and others.
This is how the money was spent: Boy and Girl Scouts, nurses scholarships, cleaning and caring for cemetery, maintaining youth centers, nurses scholarships, cleaning and caring for cemetery, sponsoring mortician to enucleation
school, removing old cars from the highways, blood bank drives, installing street signs, support Georgia Federation for the Blind, providing generator for hospital, sponsoring a senior high school science fair, acquired land for public park, midget football teams, Little League baseball teams, sponsored children to Boys and Girls State, local eye care (examinations, glasses, and operations), sponsored Central Georgia Lions Eye Clinic, provided Argar Laser Photocoagulator for medical center, sponsored local vocational training program, provided Braille dictionary to college, supported Georgia Industrial Home Orphanage, sponsored Special Education Olympics, furnished glass eye, purchased white cane for blind child, contributed to tornado disaster relief, contributed to CARE, contributed to eye banks and the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.
|Norman Roach, Bowdon||Wallace Peavy, Byron|
|Joe Darsey, Tallapoosa||Paul Gill, Ellaville|
|Henry C. Robertson, Harris County||William J. Kimball, McDonough|
|Hugh Parker, Heard County||Ray Birdsall, LaGrange|
|George S. Johnson, PID, LaGrange||W. H. Mitchell, Montezuma|
|E. L. Bardwell, Talbotton||Mark D. Croxton, Buena Vista|
|Harry C. Collins, PDG, Ellaville||Louis Prator, Columbus Muscogee|
|Ed King,Ellaville||J. C. Brown, Villa Rica|
These were good Lions and they will be missed.
18-E Financial Statement July 1, 1974 to June 30, 1975
|Received from previous administration||$ 891.88|
|Refund from Cabinet Advisor R. F. Young for 73-74 Awards||200.00|
|A||Income–dues from clubs||4,721.50|
|7A,7B||District Assembly and Process Contest||4,335.78|
|12A,12B||Alcee Maxfield Retirement Banquet and Gift Fund||1,476.00|
|12C||White Cane Day Sale||4,006.32|
|12D||Donations for Ga, Lions Lighthouse, Convention Breakfast Fines||179.00|
|12E||Donations for CARE, Inc.||121.70|
|12F||Donations for Peach Bowl Float||105.00|
|12G||LUAU at State Convention, ticket income||1,150.00|
|12H||Donations for new clubs||20.00|
|TOTAL TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR
|A||Dues to Multiple District 18 State Council||$ 2,275.80|
|1||Cabinet Members expenses||485.00|
|2||Public Relations Chairman for Scrapbook||194.37|
|3||Stationery, postage, supplies||394.06|
cabinet officers, clubs and club officers
|5||Cabinet Sec.-Treasurer’s Convention expense||100.00|
|6||Audit, end of year (1973-74)||30.00|
|7A,7B||District Assembly and Princess Beauty Contest||4,284.50|
|8||Printing District Directory||181.28|
|9||Printing Annual Report||309.00|
|10||Surety Bond Premium||20.00|
|11||District Governor’s gift||44.00|
|12A,12B||Alcee Maxfield Retirement Banquet and Gift Fund||1,476.00|
|12C||White Cane Day Sale Expenses||462.10|
|12C||Ga. Lions Lighthouse Found., from White Cane Sale||3,544.22|
|12H||Ga. Lions Lighthouse Found., donations from Bkft fines||179.00|
|12D||Ga. Lions Lighthouse Found., memorial donations||80.00|
|12E||CARE, Inc. donations from clubs||121.70|
|12F||Peach Bowl Parade Float||250.00|
|12G||LUAU at State Convention||1,140.00|
|12H||Flowers for PDG Harry Collins’ funeral||12.88|
|12H||New clubs, donations forwarded||20.00|
|Check to H.J. Thomas, Cabinet Sec-Treas., 1975-76||900.00|
NOTE: Donations made by clubs directly to CARE, Lighthouse for White Cane Sale, and to new clubs are not included in this financial report, only funds through District 18-E account.
T. N. Cam,
Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer 1974-1975
Rebuilding Fort Valley
Fort Valley, population 9,251, is being rebuilt. Last February a tornado ripped through the central Georgia Town, virtually destroying a major portion of it. Two people were killed and more than 100 injured. Several hundred others were left homeless and damage was set at $7.5 million.
Among the first groups to respond to the emergency was the 15 member Fort Valley Lions Club. After helping with initial cleanup operations, the Lions realized the need for financial assistance. They didn’t have far to look because Lions Clubs throughout Georgia had already volunteered to help. The Multiple District 18 Council of Governors authorized and solicited voluntary contributions from all Georgia Clubs and Council Chairman Walter D. Wilson, 1974-75 District 18-E Governor, appointed a coordinating committee to handle the fund drive. More than $4,800 was eventually received from 56 Lions Clubs. The Committee determined this money should be placed in the Fort Valley Urban Development Corporation for distribution to individual storm victims. This non-profit organization was created for the sole purpose of receiving and distributing donations for tornado relief.
The Fort Valley Lions personally raised and donated $950 to the relief fund and earmarked another $500 for the purchase of an emergency generator for a local hospital. Their total amount included a contribution from Y. T. Abernathy of Parker-Abernathy, tic., one of the major suppliers of lightbulbs for Lions Fund raising projects. He provided 200 packages of bulbs for sale with Lions raised $450 in this sale.
Upon receiving a sizable Lions’ tornado relief check from District Governor Wilson, Fort Valley Mayor Paul Reehling thanked the Georgia Lions for their generosity in helping the town rebuild.
Small Club – Big Job
Charlene Leverette was fighting a losing battle against blindness when the Centerville Lions stepped in last May to help even out her odds. At two years of age, Charlene had already lost her left eye to a rare form of cancer called retinoblastoma. Three tumors continued to plague her right eye, even after she had received 24 cobalt treatments and was undergoing laser beam therapy to starve the tumors’ growth.
When the small band of Centerville Lions – numbering only 15 – were alerted to Charlene’s plight, they went to work immediately. Members launched a campaign for funds to offset the tremendous medical bills that the tot’s already financially troubled family was facing.
The first sizeable donation came in almost immediately: $1,200.00 from high schoolers who’d put on a benefit musical folIies program. Another $400 was raised when Robert Smith, a Past Club President, mentioned the fund at the State Convention and fellow Lions responded.
Bank accounts were soon established at several area banks to handle the flood of donations which came pouring in from all over Georgia, as well as outside the state. The plight of Charlene Leverette had touched many people. Centerville Lions had no trouble enlisting the aid of other clubs, organizations and even government Officials.
The largest single contribution was brought in as a result of the county Fourth of July festivities. Proclaimed Charlene Leverette Day, a $1 donation was collected from everyone who entered the fairground. Volunteer firemen manned the food concession stands and city officials, including the sheriff and mayor, offered themselves as targets in the dunking booth.
Nearly $25,000 was raised through all the donations made to Charlene’s cause. The youngster is still fighting her battle against blindness, but with the Centerville Lions in her corner, the odds are better than ever that Charlene will come out a winner.
Little Club Does Big Job
The Centerville Lions Club had a visitor, Ted Pulsifer, in May 1974. Mr. Pulsifer is a very civic minded and well known man in the community, having served as its Civil Defense Director. Mr. Pulsifer made us aware of a serious need for help by a little two year old girl–Charlene Leverette.
When there is a need in the Centerville community, most people think immediately of the Lions Club. In the Club’s seven years of existence, there have been many cases of need to come before the club; and, as always, the club was ready to meet the challenge and provide the necessary help.
Charlene, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Leverette, has a rare type of cancer which is affecting both eyes. At this point, she had already lost her left eye to retinoblastoma. Doctors Hagler, North and Jarrett of the Doctors Memorial Hospital in Atlanta were waging a desperate battle to save her right eye. Three tumors were affecting Charlene’s right eye and she had already received twenty-four coboIt treatments. The doctors were then administering laser beam treatments which could be safely repeated to starve the growth of the tumors.
The Leverettes have two other children– four year old Robbie and seventeen year old Ron. Ron has always enjoyed excellent health; but, with Robbie, the Leverettes experienced the first of many medical problems. Robbie was born with a very rare disease called congenital renal tubular acidosis–a failure of the body to produce acid necessary for proper kidney function.
They were given no hope that he would live; however, after the acid had been administered for several years, Robbie’s body began to produce the necessary acid and he is now a picture of health.
Robbie’s medical expenses, the mounting expenses for Charlene, several years of crop failure, the burden of invalid parents, and a heart attack which befell Mr. Leverette left this farm family destitute. The Leverettes had already sold their home in an effort to defray the medical expenses. There was no bitterness, however, when Mrs. Leverette said, “Material possessions don’t mean one earthly thing to me in comparison to the life or eyesight of my child.”
The Centerville Lions Club sprang into action. Although we have only 15 members, it was clear that the indebtedness which this family had already incurred, plus the thousands needed to continue the fight to save Charlene’s eye presented the greatest challenge our little club had faced.
President Leroy Carter and incoming President Harvey Coleman began organizing the club into committees in order to meet the challenge. Centerville, a small city adjacent to the city of Warner Robins in Houston County and 15 miles south of Macon, decided to include the entire middle Georgia area in their plans for Charlene.
Since the Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce holds an annual Fourth of July fireworks display at the fairgrounds, Mr. Pulsifer suggested we have a “Charlene Leverette Day” on the Fourth of July at the fairgrounds which would be capped off with the huge fireworks display. He stated that the plan had been discussed with a number of people in the county and that the response had been most invigorating. Everyone–press, radio, and television–offered their full support. All during the month of June many group and individual efforts were made to make the Charlene Leverette fund drive a success. The Lions Club enlisted the aid of other clubs, organizations and governmental officials. Local newspaper and radio coverage was tremendous during this entire period. The First National Bank in Centerville established a special account for the Charlene Leverette Fund with other banks in the area also accepting deposits for Charlene.
Prior to the actual Charlene Leverette Day activities, a group of local students and their director presented a special “Summertime Follies” Show which raised $1,200. During this same period of time, Robert Smith, Centerville Fire Department Chief and past president of the Lions Club, announced the Centerville Lions Club’s plans at the State Convention District 18-E Breakfast in Columbus. Those attending that breakfast donated nearly $400 and as the news of our efforts spread, donations came in from all over the state and even from other states.
The Warner Robins Lions Club and the Perry Lions Club, along with many other clubs, joined forces with the Centerville Lions Club to make the Charlene Leverette Day a big success.
The Houston County Fairgrounds was a beehive of activity on July 4, 1974. At 12:01 A.M., a Rock
Concert kicked off the day. By noon the fairgrounds began to fill and the crowd continued to come on into the evening hours.
The Centerville Lions were accepting one dollar donations from everyone who entered the grounds. Chief Smith and his Volunteer Fire Department crew manned the food concessions. Saddle clubs from eight counties participated in the horse show. This was a political summer and many candidates bought booths in the exhibit hall.. Activities included bazaars, cake sales, flea markets, leather crafts, auctions, games, tides, and concessions galore.
One of the most popular booths proved to be the Jaycee Dunking Booth where the sheriff, mayor, and other dignitaries had volunteered to be dunked. Willie Still, Magnolia Reds, Stillwater, and Whitehall were among the musical groups which performed during the day.
At 8:30 P.M., the Centerville Lions Club presented the grand prize–a new Ford Pinto– to the lucky winner, Lion John Newton of Perry, Georgia.
The fireworks display, which was larger than ever before, followed the grand prize drawing. The
Robins Ramblers, a local square dance group performed an old fashioned barn dance completed the day’s activities.
The warmth, friendliness, and fellowship which was shared by all on this day will not be soon forgotten and a note of thanks went to the local police and sheriff’s departments who handled all the traffic.
Success?? Yes!!! One of the most successful projects of this type which has ever been undertaken in Houston County. Total receipts, donations, etc., including tickets on the 1974 Ford Pinto given away, was $23,000.
Expenses, including cost of the automobile, utilities, food, etc., was $4,800, leaving net receipts of $18,500. At this writing medical expenses for Charlene have been approximately $5,000. This leaves a cash balance of $13,500 of which $10,000 has been deposited in 6% savings certificates to gain interest and add back to the fund until such time as it is needed.
The reports from Charlene’s last visit to Doctors Memorial Hospital in Atlanta have not been as good as had been hoped. The three tumors on her right eye are continuing to grow; but at a slower rate than during previous periods. In addition to the use of laser beam treatments, doctors are contemplating an operation that would deposit a very minute particle of radium directly into the tumors in her eye to be left for only a few days and removed.
The only encouraging note to the picture is that whatever the need for her eye treatment will be, the Centerville Lions Club has led their area in a project which will pay all of the expenses that may be incurred in providing the best care and treatment that modem. medical science can provide,
We of the Centerville Lions Club believe that “WE SERVE” And we also believe that we have a great Witness to that fact in the Charlene Leverette Fund Project.
DISTRICT 18-E 1975-76
Lion Richard H. Mallory (Georgia) of the LaGrange Lions Club was elected District Governor at the 54th Annual State Convention on Jekyll Island 10 June 1975. Governor Mallory chose as his Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Lion H. J. Thomas, Jr. (Brenda) of the LaGrange Lions Club. Past District Governor Walter D. Wilson (Hilda) became Cabinet Advisor. Past District Governor William E. “Bill” Bizzell (Libby) was re-elected District Librarian.
The 48 clubs were organized into four regions with a Deputy District Governor for each and each region was divided into two zones with a Zone Chairman responsible for each.
One of the goals in District 18-E this year was to retain Lions through a strong membership development and retention program. M. B. Mike Becraft, Warner Robins Lions Club, was District Chairman for this committee. Listed below are the clubs with net increases through 30 April 1976:
|Heard County||Villa Rica||Butts County|
Heard County had a net gain of 21 new members; Villa Rica 18; Butts County 16; Morrow and Talbotton 13 and Carrolton 11. These were the top clubs in new members. District 18-E had 136 new members including two new clubs, Bremen with 52 and Temple with 36.
Under the guidance of Extension Chairman Charles R. “Ray” King of the East Columbus Lions Club, the district has chartered two new Lions Clubs.
1. The Breman Lions Club sponsored by the Carrollton Lions Club.
2. The Temple Lions Club sponsored by the Breman Lions Club.
Please note: The Bremen Lions Club, as soon as it was chartered, sponsored the Temple Lions Club.
Two other clubs are being organized:
1. The Peachtree City Lions Club sponsored by the Senoia Lions Club.
2. The Columbus Evening Lions Club sponsored by the East Columbus Club.
Special recognition is extended to J. B. Warren for two Extension Awards, Pat Stevens for one extension award, Past District Governor C. Frank Hollberg, III for his work in sponsoring the Peachtree City Club and District Extension Chairman Ray King for his work in sponsoring the Columbus Evening Club.
OCTOBER MEMBER DEVELOPMENT MONTH
October was proclaimed by Lions International as Membership Development Month and special pins were awarded to the sponsor of the new or transfer members. There was a net gain of 80 new members. The top three clubs were: Villa
Rica with new members, Butts County with 15 and Heard County with 12.
District Membership Growth Months
The Months of January, February and March were proclaimed District Governor Growth months by the International Board of Directors with special pins to be awarded to sponsors of new or transfer members during these three months. At the State Convention in Savannah, District Governor Mallory awarded these Membership Growth Pins to 62 Lions in 18 Clubs.
There were two winners in the District Attendance Contest. The winning Club that meets semi-monthly was the Perry Lions club with 100% attendance. Other Clubs scoring high were: Centerville with 97.%; Hampton with 97.2%; and Stockbridge with 91.4%.
The winning club that meets weekly was the Columbus Muscogee Lions Club with 83.6%. Other weekly clubs scoring high were: West Point with 82.5%; Carrollton with 61.2%; and LaGrange with 59.6%. Good food and good programs keep attendance high.
District Governor Appreciation Month
At the recommendation of Past International Director Alcee F. Maxfield and Membership and Retention Development District Chairman Myron B. Becraft the fourth Cabinet Meeting at Macon declared the month of May as District Governor Appreciation Month and urged all clubs to sponsor at least two new members during this month.
International Understanding Award
Lion Garner Hallman, District Youth Exchange Chairman, and Lion Paul Fiquette, International Relations Chairman, both of the Nest Point Club, were in charge of this important project. The West Point Club won this award in recognition of their participation in the lnternational Youth Camp.
Herschel McElroy Award
The Warner Robins Club sponsors this award annually to the club that has the highest number of eye donor forms per member turned in to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Eye Bank during the year as reported by the club secretary including the names of the donors, on his monthly E&A Reports. This year the award was won by the Morrow Lions Club with an average of 10 eye donors per member.
HERB REIMER MEMORIAL AWARD
The Bonanza Lions Club annually sponsors this award to the lion who has made the most significant total contribution to the cause of Lionism. Narrative to be a documentary of specific outstanding achievements during the contest period. The winner this year was Lion Ronald K. Abercrombie of the Morrow Lions Club.
Each year a District Contest is agreed upon at the first Cabinet Meeting. Each Club is automatically entered. For credit all contest information must be listed on the M&A Report. The contest time period was 1 July 1975 through 30 April 1976. Points are earned for accomplishments and the following clubs are winners:
1st Place LaGrange……………………………………………………… 14,641 Points
2nd Place Macon Southside ………………………………………….. 12,722 Points
3rd Place Butts County ………………………………………………… 12,141 Points
These Clubs also deserve recognition for their participation in the contest, and high scores attained: Senoia, Manchester, East Columbus, Heard County, Morrow and Macon Vine Ingle.
Under the direction of Past International Director Alcee F. Maxfield, Macon Vine Ingle Lions Club, the District Assembly was held Saturday, 22 November 1975 at Callaway Gardens with 453 Lions and Lionesses attending. lnternational Immediate Past President Johnny Balbo was the speaker. Past President Johnny and Ann Balbo were introduced by District Governor Mallory and International Director George P. Crumbley, Jr., gave the response. Honored guests included Georgia Lions Lighthouse President Edwin and Grace Daniel; State Secretary Eugene and Tippy Lindsay; State Lion Tamer Don and Kitty Anderson, and Peach Bowl President W. T. “Bill” and Mildred Cooksey. Based on ticket sales and club membership, the following clubs were high attendance winners:
1st Place Warner Robins Noon ………………………………………… 157.1%
2nd Place Riverdale……………………………………………………. 73.1%
3rd Place Griffin …………………………………………………………. 55.3%
These are also high in attendance and deserve recognition: Macon Southside 47.1%; Harris County 36.1%; LaGrange 35.6%; Villa Rica 32.6%; Thomaston 26.7%; West Point 23.2% and Carrollton 21,5%.
Peach Bowl Princess Contest
Past District Governor Hazel F. (Doc) Faile was chairman of this event held in conjunction with the District Assembly. There were 12 contestants: Gail Bunn, Griffin; Elaine Watson, Fort Valley; Sandra Eakes, Warner Robins; Bonnie Shoemaker, LaGrange; Jeanne Brown, Southside; Rhonda Ann Testes, Thomaston; Linda Gilbert, Perry; Janice Mathis, Bonanza; Linda Doyle, Villa Rica; Cathy Payton, Butts County; Melanie Lofton, Newnan; Paula Nesmith, Manchester; Susan Lee, Hogansville; and Lynn Hutchinson, Macon Downtown.
The winner and District Princess was Sandra Eakes, Warner Robins; First runner up, Linda Doyal, Villa Rica; Second Runner-up Gail Bunn, Griffin.
Mrs. Marilyn C. Wolf, Miss Jerry Peters and Mr. Don McDugal were the judges.
Special Note: For the first time in the history of the Peach Bowl, our Princess, Miss Sandra Fakes, won the title of Peach Bowl Queen for the 1975 game.
The third quarterly cabinet meeting was held during the afternoon of the District Assembly. Past International. President Johnny Balbo, Past International Director Alcee F. Maxfield, International Director George P. Crumbley, Jr. State Secretary Eugene K. Lindsay, State Lion Tamer Don Anderson, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundations Inc, President Edwin C. Daniel and Peach Bowl President W. T. “Bill” Cooksey were among the esteemed Lions who gave outstanding reports.
The West Point Lions Club gave a color slide report on their participation in the International Youth Camp.
W. T. “Bill” Cooksey, Chairman of the District Hospitality and Entertainment Committee is to be commended for the excellent work during the District Assembly. Lion Bill is a member of the Harris County Lions Club.
Peach Bowl Game
Past District Governor Bill Ballek was District Chairman for our Peach Bowl Ticket Sales and Memberships. The eighth Annual Peach Bowl was played Wednesday 31 December 1975 at 2:30 P.M. in Atlanta between North Carolina State and West Virginia University. West Virginia won 13 to 10. District 18-E sold 2,240 tickets for an increase of 1,466 over 1974; Senoia sold 517, LaGrange 251; Harris County 220, Macon Southside 204, Macon Vine Angle 115, Warner Robins 106, Butts County 100, West Point 98 and Carrollton 87 tickets. Also the District
sold 768 Peach Bowl. Memberships for an increase of 355 over 1974, a new record for the district. Proceeds of $23,769.84 from the Peach Bowl Game were turned over to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. WE SELL “TICKETS FOR SIGHT” — WE SERVE.
District Public Relations
Lion J. Harrell Hardy of the LaGrange Lions Club did an excellent job as District Public Relations Chairman. His news releases on the District Governors visits to the clubs were timely and he collected material from the clubs for an EXCELLENT scrapbook.
Under the guidance of District Leo Club Chairman J. Roy Spinks of LaGrange, a Leo Club with 17 members was chartered at the LaGrange High School, sponsored by the LaGrange Lions Club. This club is very active and is doing a great job.
The District Directory was dedicated to George S. “Skeet” Johnson, International Director 1940-42; born 17 March 1905 – died 20 November 1974. Lion Skeet was a charter member of the LaGrange Lions Club; President1931-32; District Governor 1933-34; and Executive Council of Governors Lions International 1934-35.
Incoming Officers School
The Annual District School for Incoming Officers was held simultaneously with the Fourth Cabinet Meeting 2 May 1976 in conference rooms of the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. Deputy District Governor Otis P. Hand was in charge of the school.
The Presidents School was taught by Cabinet Advisor Walter D. Wilson of the Macon Southside Lions Club with 24 in attendance. The Secretaries School was taught by Past Secretary Egbert Palmer of the Morrow Lions Club with 15 attending. Past International Director Alcee F. Maxfield of the Macon Vine Ingle Lions Club and Past Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Tom Carr of Southside assisted.
The Tailtwisters were taught by District Public Relations and Information Chairman Herbert R. Johnson of the Columbus Muscogee Lions Club with nine attending. The Bulletin Editors were taught by Past President Reverend James W. Gunter of the LaGrange Lions Club assisted by Deputy District Governor Otis P. Hand, with eight in attendance.
White Cane Day
Under the guidance of Rev. John Caylor, Carrollton Lions Club, the White Cane Day was a success. More than $4,433.00 was contributed by the clubs participating in this important sight conservation project. The proceeds were turned over to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. The top three clubs were:
Morrow $610 or $17.43 per member
Bowdon $330 or $ 9.25 per member
Macon Vine Ingle $392 or $ 9.11 per member
Other clubs deserving recognition are: Carrollton $497, Senoia $300, Griffin $287 and Manchester $260.
1,054 Eye Donor forms were turned in to the Lighthouse Eye Banks. The top clubs were: Morrow 360, East Columbus 160, Southside 101, LaGrange 129, Heard County 54, and Griffin 48.
Under the direction of Vice President of the Lighthouse, Past District Governor William “Bill” Ballek of Macon Vine Ingle, the district increased its contribution to the Lighthouse by $3,077.47 for a total of $23,435.47. This is a new record for the District. The top club was Carrollton with $2,141.56 or $25 per member. Others contributing $10 or more per member were: Macon Vine Ingle $1,000 or $20; Warner Robins Noon $180 or $12; LaGrange $1,260 or $10, Griffin $390 or $10; Harris County $370; Senoia $310; McDonough $400; Macon Rutland $320; Heard County $4.30; Morrow $350; Tallapoosa $420; Riverdale $260; Butts County $300; and Perry $250 all giving $10 per member. These totals DO NOT include White Cane Day Sales.
Eye Glass Recycling
Dr. LeRoy Harris, Griffin Lions Club, is District Chairman for this new project. Dr. Harris did an outstanding job in personally helping secure over 22,000 pairs of old eyeglasses, getting them recycled and distributed to those in need. 500 pairs to Haiti.
The Council of Governors of Multiple District 18 Georgia on 1 May 1976 expressed appreciation to Dr. Harris for his outstanding services and recommended all Georgia Lions send old eyeglasses to him. As a result Dr. Harris has received glasses from three Lions Clubs in 18-B; two in 18-C; five in 18-D; two in 18-F; 17 in 18-E, and one from Alabama, the Shawmut Lions Club. In addition, he has received old glasses from individuals in Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, New York, and Ohio. Professional Optometrists in Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, North Carolina, California, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, and the Optometry Clinic, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.
1,000 pairs of these glasses were recycled at the Macon Area Vocational Technical. School. 3,000 pairs at the Optometry college, University of Alabama. Approximately 50% of these glasses are discards, so it takes a great many to produce a few.
The Fourth Cabinet Meeting in Macon 2 May 1976 approved the naming of a two classroom school with teacher’s quarters to accommodate 60 students at Site IX in Conception Huista Province, Huehuetenango State, Guatemala, in memorial to the late Past District Governors of 18-E, Hiram A. Myhand of West Point and Gordon R. Holston of Thomaston. The total cost will be $1,400 and the District will raise these funds through the CARE Program. District CARE Chairman E. L. Greenway, Warner Robins Lions Club, reports he has received $267 for CARE. This exceeds the goal of $5 per club.
Lions International Foundation
District Chairman O. Kirk Straughan, Thomaston Lions Club, reports the District has contributed $267 to LIF.
World Service Day
Under the direction of Past District Governor Noel Haskins, Manchester Lions Club, World Service Day was observed 8 October 1975 throughout the district. This is the day when Lions go the extra mile, not only as clubs but individuals also. The ways are diverse, taking gifts to residents of nursing homes, visiting patients in hospitals, taking children in orphans homes on picnics are just a few of the ways. The LaGrange Lions Club donated $6,000 to furnish the equipment for a sight conservation room in the new Troup-Harris-Coweta Regional Library in LaGrange for the visually handicapped. The Fort Valley Lions Club with 15 members sold advertising to the businesses in the area and held a radiothon over Radio Station WFPM and sent $1,200 to help rebuild a children’s hospital that was damaged by the earthquake in Guatemala.
100% Presidents end Secretaries
The District Governor presented 100% Awards to 19 presidents and 36 secretaries at the State Convention in Savannah 7 June 1976.
Received from Previous Administration ………………………………………. $ 900.00
Received from Club Dues …………………………………………………………. 4,358.69
To be accounted for …………………………………………………………………$5,258.69
Expenditures ……………………………………………………………………………. 4,303.73
Balance to incoming Administration ……………………………………………. 634.14
Fund Raising Activities
This is the way the money was made: Broom and Mop Sales; White Cane Day Sales; Halloween Candy Sales; Parking Automobiles-the Raceway; Pancake Breakfasts; Barbecue Dinners; Chicken Dinners, Manning Fair Booths; Radio Advertising and Announcing; Donkey Football Game; Lightbulb Sales; Fruit Cake Sales; Winter Games; Junior Peach Bowl; Flea Markets; Farm Bureau Livestock Show; Paper Drive; White Elephant Sale; Carnivals; Beauty Pageants; Cushion Sales for High School Ball Games; Fall and Spring Carnivals; Selling Programs at High School Ball Games; and Concession Stands.
This is the way the money was spent: Georgia Lions Lighthouse; Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind; Girl and Boy Scouts; Eye Donor Drive; Maintaining Youth Centers; 4-H Club Fat Cattle Sale; Nurses Scholarships; Cleaning and Caring for Cemetery; Sponsoring Mortician to Enucleation School; Blood Bank Drives; Installing Street Signs; Support for Georgia Federation for the Blind; Providing Christmas Baskets and Programs; Manning a Glaucoma, Diabetes and Hypertension Screening Clinic; Sponsoring Citizenship Course; Providing a generator for Hospital; Midget Football Teams; Little League Baseball Teams; Sponsored Children to Boys and Girls Scouts; Local Eye Care Examinations and Glasses; Sponsored Central Georgia Lions F&e Clinic; CARE, Inc.; Lions International Foundation; Hearing Conservation; Recognition of Veterans Graves; Sponsored Special Education Olympics; Supported Georgia Industrial Home Orphanage; Provide Braille Dictionary to College; Provided ARgar Laser Photocoagulator for Medical Center; Sponsored Local Vocational Training Program; Sponsored a Senior High School Science Fair; Acquire Land for a Public Park.
Peach Bowl Parade
The 8th Annual Peach Bowl Parade was held Tuesday morning December 30, 1975 down Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Past District Governor Walter D. Wilson supervised the construction of our District 18-E float at a cost of $300 and pulled it in the parade with his own car. The theme was “FREEDOM RING”. A large banner displaying our District theme “LIONISM IS LOVE” was carried by the LaGrange High School Cheerleaders followed by the District Governor’s wife, Georgia, and four of their children riding on the float, followed by the LaGrange High School Band. There were five other bands and marching units from 18-E in the parade.
This was the first time the event was carried on live TV (Channel 2) and the rain falling failed to dampen anyone’s spirits.
Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind Inc.
This new project for Georgia Lionism is beginning to capture the interest and hearts of the Lions Clubs in District 18-E, many have contributed money and man hours to help make this a success. The Directors for 18-E are:
1 year Director – Richard Baggerly, Macon Southside
2 year Director – Grady Cox, Riverdale
3 year Director – Otis P. Hand, Macon Southside
LIONISM IS THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL SOURCE FOR SERVICE.
SIGHT CONSERVATION IS OUR BREAD AND BUTTER
LIONISM IS PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
IT’S GREAT TO BE A LION
LIONISM IS LOVE
District 18-E Trading Pins
For the first time in the history of the Lions of Georgia, Our district had not only one but three district pins.
I. “LIONISM IS LOVE” This is a beautiful pin made of aluminum, it is triangular 3″x3″x3″. It has a gold border of interlocking rings or circles representing God’s love which is endless and unconditional. The letters are white on a dark
blue background. The Lions emblem is raised in the lower corner on the left side are the words District 18-E, on the right side is Georgia 1975-76. Lioness Georgia Mallory, the District Governor’s wife, designed the pin. Governor Mallory’s name and address is on the back.
II. Peach Bowl Pin (small) This pin is 1 1/2″ round, hard enamel. The message at the bottom “WE SELL–TICKETS FOR SIGHT–WE SERVE”. These Peach Bowl pins are dedicated especially to the following officials from 18-E: Peach Bowl President, W. T. Cooksey; Peach Bowl Vice President, C. Frank Hollberg, III; Peach Bowl Director Charles R. Orrick; and Peach Bowl Director William “Bill” Ballek. On the back of the pin is inscribed Profits go to the Georgia Lions
Lighthouse”. The Macon Southside Lions Club designed this pin and are congratulated for this work of art.
III. Peach Bowl Pin (large) This pin is 3″ round and is the same design as the small one; however, on the back is inscribed “Georgia Multiple District 18, Important Service Projects, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc., Peach Bowl, Inc., White Cane Day. The official Lions Club emblem is raised on this pin. The colors are patriotic and the peaches are pink. This pin is not for sale — it is awarded by District 18-E only to those Lions and Lionesses who have performed outstanding services to Lionism.
From May 21, 1975 to May 19, 1976
|Robert Griffin, Carrollton||Stewart Dyer, Macon Rutland|
|Julius C. Barnes, Columbus||Jack Simpson, Senoia|
|G. Rudolph Norris, Columbus||L. O. McCullough, Macon Southside|
|J. R. J. Shepard, Columbus||G. B. Evans, Tallapoosa|
|David B. James, Columbus Muscogee||Gordon Holstun, Thomaston|
|V. A. Morrison, Columbus Muscogee||Charles Orrick, Jr., Thomaston|
|G. A. Banks, Forsyth||Floyd Wynn, Warner Robins|
|John Collins, Forsyth||Shi Gray, West Point|
|William B, Sutherland, Harris County||B. B. McGinty, West Point|
|H. J. Mickle, Heard County||Hiram A. Myhand, West Point|
|Cliff Henley, Locust Grove||Johnny Rutland, West Point|
FV LIONS CLUB PRESENTS CHECK
Earlier this year, the Byron and Fort Valley Lions Clubs cooperated in an effort to raise money to help rebuild an orphan’s hospital that was damaged in the earthquake in Guatemala. A radiothon was held on Station WFPM. A check for $1,200 was presented by Tony Sellier of the Fort Valley Lions Club and Blue Bird on a recent trip to Guatemala.
Lion President Harry Hanson said in a letter, It is with great pleasure that the Fort Valley Lions Club with backing from the merchants and citizens of Fort Valley and Byron, Georgia, is able to contribute the enclosed amount of $3,200 toward the rebuilding of your hospital facility. We understand the prime function of the hospital to be the caring for and physical revival of underprivileged and undernourished infants and children and we unanimously applaud your life-saving efforts. We realize that compared to your needs, the sum is meager, but our hearts and our minds are with you.”
“We are also enclosing a list of the local merchants and Individuals who made direct contributions. There were 87 other unlisted merchants who participated in our fund raising activity and indirectly contributed through the purchase of radio advertising which the Lions sold and announced.”
Jaime Tabarine, Director of the hospital, responded in part “It was really very helpful for us to know of the kindness of so many of the people of your country that wanted to help us and to cooperate in the job of rebuilding the hospital…. Attitudes like this encourage us to continue our job for the well being and health of the Guatemalan Children.. .a job that was seriously affected by the tragedy that our country suffered.
“For the above, please accept in my name and of the hospitalized Children, our most sincere thanks for the valuable donation you sent us. Also please make extensive our thanks to every-one that kindly contributed and that assisted in the collection of the amount of the donation. The donation was most valuable to us because we know that it was given with affection.”
Yours very truly,
Director Colonia Infantil
Lion James A. “Jim” McMullen (Cecille) of the East Columbus Lions Club was elected District Governor at the 55th Annual State Convention in Savannah 8 June 1976. Governor McMullen chose as his Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Lion Michael Langford (Sharon), East Columbus Lions Club. Past District Governor Richard H. Mallory (Georgia) became Cabinet Advisor. Past District Governor William “Bill” Bizzell (Libby) was reelected District Librarian.
The 50 clubs were organized into four regions with two zones each. Four Deputy District Governors and eight Zone Chairmen.
The District began the year with 1,900 members and ended the year with 1,973, a net gain of 73 members. This included three newly organized clubs: Columbus Evening Lions Club with 24 members; Lizella Lions Club with 30 members; and Peachtree City Lions Club with 28 members.
Cash received from Previous Administration……………………………$ 757.32
Total income for year ……………………………………………………….. 10,302.88
Total Disbursements for year ………………………………………………. 9,187.24
Balance ……………………………………………………………………………. 1,115.64
The 19th annual District 18-E Assembly was held at the Idle Hour Country Club in Macon, Georgia, Saturday 13 November 1976 with 300 attending. The guest speaker was International Director Austin Peavey Jennings of Tennessee. The Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 15 lovely young ladies competing for 18-E Peach Bowl Princess.
Peach Bowl Officers and Directors from 18-E this year were:
W. T. Cooksey (Mildred), Harris County Club, President
C. Frank Hollberg, III (Sandra), Senoia Club, Vice-President
Charles H. Orrick (Elizabeth), Thomaston Club, Director
William Ballek (Martha), Vine Ingle Club, Director
There were 13 clubs with 100% membership in the Peach Bowl. The ticket sales to the game weren’t very good; the district only sold 1,092.
18-E Vice President was Past District Governor William Ballek (Martha) of the Vine Ingle Lions Club. Under Lion Ballek’s leadership the clubs in the district were again 100% in support of the Lighthouse.
Lion William McBerry was chairman of the District Eye Bank Committee. Due to his efforts, over 1,500 eye donor forms were received.
13,000 pairs of eyeglasses were collected in the District this year with 2,000 pairs being completely recycled.
Three new Lions Clubs: Columbus Evening, Lizella and Peachtree City; and two new Lioness Clubs were organized during this Lions year. Lion Charles “Ray” King (Ruth) was chairman of the District Extension Committee. Lion King traveled many miles and gave many hours to this project.
Past District Governor William Lovejoy Harwell (Margaret) was District CARE Chairman. Under his leadership, enough funds were contributed to build two schools in Guatemala.
Lions International Foundation
District Chairman was Lion Hubert F. Stubbs (Elizabeth), Muscogee Lions Club. $400.00 contributed by clubs in district.
Incoming Officers School
The school was held at the Holiday lnn Locust Grove with very good attendance. Lions Ray King, Billy Oldham, Tom Carr and Bill Bizzell were the instructors.
Clubs in 18-E received 11 first place and 11 second place awards at the State Convention in Albany June 10, 11, 12, 1977. Southside Lions Club with eight was the leader.
We lost 31 Lions to the Grim Reaper this year; they are: RONNIE RHODES, Carrollton; T. H. MAHONE and DAVID B. CONARD, Columbus; WILLIAM T. JONES, F. T. NAUMANN and J. GREGG SMITH, Forsyth; A. LORNE SHEWFELT, Griffin; JOE S. GORE, DR. EARLE LEWIS and GEORGE SMITH, LaGrange; RAMONDE KELLEY and HOMER C. McDANIEL, Macon; GEORGE LINGLE and M. L. SEALY,. SR., Oglethorpe; A. B. HUFF, Peachtree City; GEORGE HICKNAN, HAROLD LIFSEY, Thomaston; J. C. WILLIAMSON, Villa Rica; COOPER S. KIRBY, J. G. MORGAN, SR. and STEPHEN SHAEFER, West Point. They will be missed.
1976-77 was a good year in 18-E. District Governor McMullen and his Cabinet worked hard to reach his goals. Three new Lions Clubs and two new Lioness Clubs were organized. The contributions to the various projects were up. The support of the Peach Bowl wasn’t as good as wished. The Lions Camp for the Blind was started and many $10.00 deeds purchased. The Cabinet operated within its budget and turned funds over to the incoming Cabinet; thus, ending the year on a positive note.
DISTRICT 18-E 1977-78
Lion Hubert F. Stubbs (Elizabeth) of the Columbus Muscogee Lions Club was elected District Governor at the 56th Annual State Convention in Albany 12 June 1977. Lion Ron W. Crooks (Vertie), Muscogee Lions Club, was named Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer. Past District Governor James A. McMullen (Cecille) became Cabinet Advisor. Past District Governor William “Bill” Bizzell (Libby) was re-elected Cabinet Librarian.
The district was again organized into four regions with each region having two zones, a total of four Deputy District Governors and eight Zone Chairmen. There being 53 clubs in the district.
On June 3O, 1977, when District Governor Elect Stubbs assumed the District Governor’s position, 18-E had 53 clubs and 1,973 members. At the close of his term on June 30, 1978, there were 56 clubs with 2,010 members. There were three clubs chartered with the total membership of 123. Luthersville was chartered 5 November 1977. Waverly Hall, was Chartered 10 December 1977. Greenville was chartered 27 January 1978. Governor Stubbs was awarded District Governor Extension Award for chartering three new clubs during his year as District Governor. Our thanks to Lion Bill Cooksey, Harris County Lions Club; Lion Noel Haskins, Manchester Lions Club; 18-E Cabinet Secretary Ron Crooks, and State Secretary Gene Lindsay for their assistance in organizing these new clubs.
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Under the chairmanship of Past International Director Alcee Maxfield, District 18-E contributed $1,345 to the Leader Dogs for the Blind program.
Lighthouse and Eye Bank
District 18-E during the l977-78 year under leadership of Past District Governor Richard Mallory contributed $20,116.52 to the Lions Lighthouse. Memorial contributions were $1,098.50, and White Cane Sales were $1,662.62. During the same period of time, 1 July 1977 through 3O June 1978, District 18-E obtained 3,394 eye donors.
Chairman Lovejoy Harwell of Griffin is to be commended for the great results District18-E achieved for our CARE program. Our goal for the year was $1,443. We exceeded that goal and chartered two schools in Honduras and dedicated these schools in memory of two deceased Lions. The school in the community of Aqua Blanca Municipality Catacamas, Honduras two and a half rooms to accommodate 75 children was built at a cost of $880 and dedicated in memory of Past International Director George S. “Skeet” Johnson from LaGrange. The second school was built in LaCruz, Honduras and dedicated in memory of Lion Ivan H. Jackson from Cartersville. This school is a one and a half room building accommodating 50 students.
The Peach Bowl was held on 31 December 1977 at 12 noon. North Carolina State beat Iowa State by a score of 24 to 14. District 18-E had 26 100% Clubs with membership of 257. Total memberships sold in 18-E was 831. Under the leadership of Past District Governor Richard Mallory, 18-E sold a total of 1,831 Peach Bowl Tickets. This was an increase of 284 over 1976. 18-E was also represented in the Peach Bowl Parade with a float representing World Lionism. 18-E was represented in the Peach Pow1 organization by Lion W. T. Cooksey as President and Frank Hollberg, III as Vice President.
Lions International Foundation
Dr. Homer Wright was the District Chairman for this very important international program. District 18-E contributed $2,030.00 to this. The West Point Lions Club purchased a $1,000.00 Melvin Jones Fellowship in the name of Past District Governor Shaefer Heard.
District 18-E was fortunate in winning many state and national awards. We are most grateful for the cooperation extended the District Governor by the 56 clubs for making his year a great success. District Governor Stubbs was awarded:
1. The 100% District Governor Award
2. The District Governors Extension Award (by chartering 3 new Lions Clubs during his year
3. The Ivan H. Jackson Memorial Award
4. First place in the George S. Johnson Award
The Clubs of District 18-E received 24 State Awards at the State Convention in Marietta, Georgia June 1978; 13 First Place Awards and 11 Second Place Awards. Southside with nine, led the District.
Death removed 29 good Lions from our ranks this year: JOHN F. HANSFIELD, Bonanza; HAROLD MIZE, Buchanan; T. H. UPTON, Buena Vista; CHARLES K. BOLAND, DR. CLYDE JACKSON, CLARENCE W. FORD, HUDSON W. JOHNSON and NOLAN MURRAY, Columbus; WILLIAM H, NEWMAN and E. M. ROBINSON, Muscogee; TOM HENDRIX, Cusseta; LAWTON CATER and EARLEY GRANT, Forsyth; LEO TURNIPSEED, Hampton; T. E, CHAMBERS, M. W. LIPFORD, and H. W. WILKINSON, Heard County; WILL MORGAN and OTIS STURDIVANT, LaGrange; ANGELO CAGLIOSTRO and MARVIN ELLIOTT, Lion; F. M. MATHEWS, Macon Rutland; P. HARRIS ANDERSON, Macon Vine Ingle; KNOX HUGHEY, Manchester; LINWOOD S. BEERS, Newnan; GEORGE HERSCHEL TAILOR, Oglethorpe; F. P. FREEMAN, SR., Talbotton; GUY SHERRELL, Tallapoosa; and W. PETE HARVEY, Thomaston.
District Governor’s Travels
During his term of office, District Governor Stubbs made 86 visits traveling 18,153 miles. These visits included 57 club visits, one State Convention (Marietta), one lnternational Convention (New Orleans), one District Conference (Callaway Gardens), four District 18-E Meetings, 22 other visits which included organizational, charter, anniversaries, Ladies Nights, and so forth.
The word for LIONISM in District 18-E during 1977-78 was UP. Membership was UP contributions were up, attendance was up, Peach Bowl Memberships were up, interest in the Peach Bowl Game was up. Three new Clubs were formed and work begun on others. All in all this was a GOOD year for LIONISM in 18-E.
DISTRICT 18-E 1978-79
Lion Charles “Ray” King (Ruth) of the Columbus Evening Club was elected District Governor at the 57th Annual State Convention in Marietta 11 June 1978. Governor King selected as his Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Past District Governor James A. McMullen (Cecille). Past District Governor W. E. “Bill” Bizzell (Libby) was re-elected District Librarian.
The 56 Clubs were organized into four regions with a Deputy District Governor for each and nine zones (Region I having 3 Zones) with a Zone Chairman for each.
District 18-E had a net loss in membership this year even though one new club with 23 members was chartered. The main reason for loss was members dropped for non-attendance.
18-E was among the leaders in 100% Peach Bowl Memberships and Cadillac Sweepstake Ticket Sales. The sale of tickets to the game was not good. Some clubs did an outstanding job while others did nothing. We feel the date of the game hurt sales.
The Pageant to select the district’s Peach Bowl Princess was a separate event this year. This was held in Thomaston 16 September 1978. 365 Lions and Ladies attended and enjoyed great food, outstanding entertainment and 16 lovely young ladies. Miss Penni Lynn Kolarik was selected District Princess. Miss Kolarik was sponsored by the East Columbus Lions Club.
Contributions to the projects we support was mostly better than last year. Contributions to Leader Dog School, Camp for the Blind and CARE were up. The Lighthouse received $22,848.54, Lions International Foundation received $1,700; the largest contribution to LIF was $150. from the Columbus Evening Lioness Club.
The first District Convention held in Columbus, Georgia Saturday 24 March 1979. The District Officers elected for 1979-80 were: District Governor Freddie L. Horton of Southside; Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Vice President Richard Mallory of LaGrange; Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind Dr. Homer Wright of East Columbus; District Librarian W. E. “Bill” Bizzell, of Griffin.
The speaker at the evening banquet was Past International President Aubrey Green of Alabama. In spite of the inclement weather, 209 Lions and Ladies attended.
21 presidents and 41 secretaries received the 100% award from Governor King. The top three clubs in the District were Morrow, Southside and East Columbus. East Columbus won the Herschel F. McElroy Plaque. Centerville won the Rutland Plaque. Lion Roy Huls of the Morrow Lions Club received the Herb Reimer Memorial Plaque.
The clubs in 18-E received 20 State Awards (8 First Place and 12 Second Place) at the 58th annual State Convention in Savannah June 1979. Columbus, Southside, and Morrow received the Georgia Federation of the Blind Award. District Governor King received the George S. Johnson Award.
Death overtook 10 District 18-E Lions during the year: DR. PERRY HUFF and GRADY WALKER, Carrollton; ROLAND F. LAWRENCE, Columbus; JOHN WALL, EIlaville; JOHN MORCOCK, Forsyth; JAMES W. COCHRAN, Harris County; HARVEY MCCARTY, Ideal; DR. ROBERT S. O’NEAL, LaGrange; WALTER BOONE, Macon, and GLENN A. SMITH, Oglethorpe;
District Governor’s Travels
Governor King made 89 visits and traveled 16,900 miles this year. – This does not include traveling to the International Convention in Japan. These visits included official Club Visits, Cabinet Meetings, Council of Governors Meetings, Organizational Charter Nights, Anniversaries, Ladies Nights, and other Special Occasions.
Two firsts this year: the Peach Bowl Princess Pageant as a separate event and the first District Convention when incoming District Officers were elected. One new Lions Club, one new Leo Club and two new Lioness Clubs were organized. Contributions to most sponsored projects were up.
CHARLES “RAY” KING
District Governor, 1978-79
Your District Governor was born on a farm in Ohio, on October 5, 1918 and is married to the former Ruth Ellen Pratt. They have three children, Cecile, Charles, and Cheryl. Ruth and Ray have made their permanent residence in Columbus, Georgia for the last 22 years. Ray retired from the military service, as a Colonel, after 30 years service.
Ray is a member of the Edgewood United Methodist Church and has served his church in various capacities, including Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, and as Chairman of the Administrative Board and is a Trustee. He is a thirty second degree Mason and is active with the Boy Scouts.
Ray joined Lionism through the East Columbus Lions Club and served in various offices and committees. When he was President of the East Columbus Lions Club they were recognized as the number one club in District 18-E. Ray is now a member of the Columbus Evening Lions Club. He served as 100% Deputy District Governor in 1975 and has served on both District and State Committees.
Over the last three years Ray has assisted in the organization of six new Lions Clubs and three new Lioness clubs. He is a Key Member and has received among other awards the Lion of the Year three times, Lions International Extension Award, and the Lions International Medal of Merit.
District 18-E 1979-80
Deputy District Governor Freddie L. Horton of the Southside Community Lions Club was elected District Governor at the first annual, District Convention in Columbus, Georgia 24 March 1979. Governor Horton is the fourth District Governor from the Southside club in its 25 years. Governor Horton chose as his Cabinet Secretary-Treasurer Lion Thomas M. Carr (Catherine) of the Southside Lions Club. This is the third time Lion Carr has served in this capacity. Past District Governor Charles “Ray” King (Ruth) became Cabinet Advisor.
The 57 clubs were again organized into four regions with a Deputy District Governor for each and nine zones, with a Zone Chairman for each.
With the addition of 30 Charter members of the new LaGrange Evening Lions Club and 232 new members the District ended the year with 1,960 Members.
The District had 732 Peach Bowl memberships with 21 clubs being 100%. The ticket sales for the game were disappointing – only 887 were sold.
The second annual Peach Bowl Princess Pageant was held 10 November 1979 at the Thomaston Civic Center. 24 lovely young ladies competed for the title, with Miss Cynthia Jan Grifftin, sponsored by the Bonanza Club, the winner. Miss Griffin was given a $200.00 scholarship. This was a first. 500 tickets were sold to the affair. Lion Roland H. Neal, a charter member of the Macon Lions Club, was honored at this meeting for being one of the oldest Lions in the world in years of service. What an inspiration!
Contributions to our sponsored projects were generally up this year. Club contributions to the Lighthouse totaled $23,865,37 with additional funds from White Cane sales of $4,416.07 and Eyeglass recycling of $9,959.05; for a total of $38,340.49 to the Lighthouse. Local club expenditures for eye care was, $16,692.13 for 483 cases. Contributions to the Leader Bog School totaled $1,473.00. Lions International Foundation received $1,081.00. Camp for the Blind $3,000.00. Contributions from 18-E to CARE built two classrooms for 97 children in Peru.
There were 2,377 eye donor cards sent to the Eye Bank. East Columbus Lions Club with 772 and Southside Lions Club with 612 were the two top clubs in the state in obtaining eye donor cards.
The second annual District Convention was held in Columbus, Georgia 29 March 1980. Deputy District Governor G. Harris Satterfield (Betty) was elected District Governor for 1980-81. Past District Governor Richard Mallory was re-elected District Vice President for the Lighthouse and Past District Governor Charles Ray King was elected District Vice President of the Lions Camp for the Blind.
Past International Director Dr. Jim Fowler spoke to over 400 people at a Country Style Barbecue held in an old livery stable. Each person carried home an iron skillet, a Mason Fruit Jar and a Checkered Napkin. A very unusual and delightful occasion, enjoyed by all even though the roof leaked.
The top three clubs in the District Governor’s Contest were: Monroe, Southside, and East Columbus; a repeat of last year and in the same order. The Herschel F. McElroy Plaque was won by the East Columbus Lions Club. Past District Governor James “Jim” McMullen received the Herb Reimer Award. ln addition, PDG McMuIlen received a “Special Award” from Governor Horton for his outstanding contribution to the district.
Governor Horton presented 100% President and Secretary Awards to those earning them at the State Convention (59th Annual) on Jekyll Island May 1980. Past District Governor W. E. “Bill” Bizzell (Libby) was re-elected District Librarian. The Clubs in the District won five first place and two second place awards at the State Convention. In addition, Southside received the Ga. Federation of the Blind Award. Mr. Morris Kirby of Warner Robins received the Outstanding Blind of the Year Award. Mr. Kirby has since become a member of the Centerville Lions Club.
These 14 Lions left us for good during the year:ROGER C. MURPHEY, JR., Byron; JOE MCGIBONEY, Carrollton; EUELL KIRKLAND, Columbus; A. L. WILLINGHAM, Forsyth; LEWIS GORE, Heard County; DR. RED CHAMBERS,
LaGrange; CHARLES E. PRINCE, Locust Grove; JOHN W. KEEL, Muscogee; P. T. MCDONNELL, Pike County; WILLIAM FOUNTAIN, Villa Rica; CHARLES MOXLEY, Vine-Ingle; HUBERT FORD, Past District Governor R. SHAEFER HEARD and WALTER T. REID, JR., West Point.
Administration ……………………………………………………………….. $ 500.00
Receipts ……………………………………………………………………… 10,285.69
Total to be Accounted for ………………………………………………. 10,785.69
Expenditures …………………………………………………………………. 9,772.42
Transferred to Incoming Administration ………………………….. 1,013.09
It was a good year. Contributions were up over the previous years. We Chartered one new Lions Club and one new Lioness Club. Our total Membership increased. District Governor Horton worked very hard and his Cabinet supported him all the way,