Welcome to Ohio Lions 13 OH 1
First, although we won’t be publishing a January Newsletter, it would be great if you send club updates and pictures to 2VDG Sue Davis, so we can fill the February Newsletter with Holiday and New Year Service and Information. Second, I am extremely thrilled with the work of OH1 Clubs in respect to recording service activity on My Lion. At the close of 2022, we only have two more clubs that need to report to reach 100% for this Lions Year! I know some clubs will be snowbirding the next few months; I hope they enjoy the warmer climes of the South. Christmas was a chilly affair in OH1. I encourage clubs to continue reporting their activities on MyLion so we can give our International Association a clear picture of how “We Serve”. Third, we are approaching $17,000 of our district goal of $20,000 or more in funds and grants to enable pediatric cancer research, treatment and family support. The December Update listed clubs that have met the $10 a member challenge. Please consider a donation to the Walk a Mile Program if you haven’t already done so. We are currently helping one family with travel expenses and have a second family on the radar. If you know of families in your community that could use a helping hand in these areas, let 1VDG Deb Crawford know. We are working on a form to apply for funds from our STEPS program, and she can also apply for financial support from the Ohio Lions Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Fourth, please donate to the Lions Clubs International Foundation, either as an individual or a club. The LCIF has provided financial support in many respects, the greatest of these being disaster relief, to the tune of over $2,000,000,000 (yes, that is billions) since its inception. OH1 has been a super supporter of LCIF in the past, and we have seen many LCIF dollars returned to our district in matching and community impact grants, as well as immediate disaster relief funds. Fifth, we have donated over $2500 to the fund to help the Ohio State School for the Blind’s Marching Band lead our delegation at the 2023 International Convention in Boston. The flyer for these donations is on the website. Donations must be in by the end of January because payment for the band trip is all done in advance. Finally, our annual convention is April 14-15 at the Findlay Hilton Garden Inn. Registration materials will be available at the Winter Retreat and in the February Newsletter. Clubs should look at the back of the Directory to find the qualifications for club awards. Also, seven clubs received Club Excellence Awards last year, one of the qualifications being a +membership growth. We will have a membership growth plan on the agenda at the Cabinet Meeting on March 5 in Waynesfield.
Let’s make it a Happy New Year, and as PID Gene Cole loved to say, “It’s Great to be a LION!”
DG Dave Stockum
Check out our December Newsletter on this website to get the big picture of what is happening in OH1. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight two areas of great accomplishment by clubs in or District. First of all, congratulations to the following clubs that achieved the Club Excellence Award in the 2021-2022 Lions Year. Bluffton Lions, Kalida Lions, Kenton Lions, Lima Host Lions McComb Lions, Waynesfield Lions, and West Liberty Lions all were recipients. The two major earmarks of this award is maintaining a + membership gain during the year and making a club contribution to LCIF. Publicizing club service in newsletters, websites and local media are also important. Great job, Clubs! A second area of recognition goes to those clubs that have made and completed the $10 a member commitment to our Walk a Mile in My Shoes Campaign. We appreciate the leadership of Ada, Arcadia, Archbold, Bellefontaine, Bluffton, Huntsville/Indian Lake, Kalida, Kenton, McComb, Middle Point, Portage, Sylvania Sunrise Lions Clubs, Wapakoneta, and West Unity. These contributions, along with our $6000 Community Impact Grant donation, have taken us over $14,800 donated so far this year to pediatric cancer research and treatment. We recently received a $500 grant from LCI for our Service Story about Sylvania Sunrise’s support of Sylvania Fire Victims which we added to this fund. If you are an Amazon shopper you can designate .05% of your purchases be directed to LCIF. The link to start the process is https://smile.amazon.com. One final note is 77% of our clubs have reported service so far. This is the best in MD13. Our goal is to reach 100% this month. Please respond to GST Carol Collins letter if you haven’t reported yet.
On a personal note, thanks to 1VDG Deb Crawford for the excellent job she did running the November 19 Cabinet Meeting. Thank you to all who texted, emailed and sent cards during my recovery from a total hip replacement. Best wishes for a great Holiday Season!
DG Dave and 1VDG Deb Crawford delivered a check for $6000 to the Ebeid Children's Oncology/Hematology Unit of the ProMedica Hospital in Toledo, Ohio on Friday, September 24th. The donation, the result of a Community Impact Grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, will be used to purchase 55" TV screens for the six infusion rooms on the oncology floor. Ebeid deals with around 75 pediatric cancer patients annually, many of which are dealing with prolonged stays to assure recovery from sickle cell anemia issues. Chemotherapy often also requires extended treatments. Community Impact Grants are one way donations going out of our district are returned in part to us. OH1 has been an excellent supporter of LCIF which has donated over $2 Billion to disaster relief and other charitable causes since 1968.
Millersport, Ohio Lion Ron Keller becomes MD-13's latest International Director, joining PID's Steve Sherer, Steve Thornton, and OH1's Jerry Smith.
2022-2023 Zone Map
Dates to remember
January 13-15 – Winter Retreat (Deer Creek State Park)
February 12 – Quarterly Council of Governors (1:15 PM @ State Office)
February 26 – March 18 - Zone Meetings TBA (Convention, Officer Election reminder, Club Reports)
March 5 -- Third Cabinet Meeting (2:00 PM at The Waynesfield Lions Club House)
April 1 – Deadline for registration to District Convention
April 14-15 – District Convention @ Hilton Garden Inn, Findlay
May 15 – Compliance Deadline for clubs on January 1 – December 31 accounting
May 19 – Final Quarterly Council of Governors Meeting (Marriott Columbus/Dublin)
May 19-21 – MD13 Convention at Marriott Columbus/Dublin
June – TBA Potential End of Year Picnic
July 7 – July 11 – LCI International Convention (Boston)
Club members can attend any region meeting that fits their schedule or location needs. Simply contact the appropriate Region Chair to make a reservation so there is enough food.