We are a service organization made up of men & women from all walks of life in our community. We are people who help in any way we can and get enjoyment out of it. We give freely of our time and efforts to help make Wilmington special.
The Cape Fear Lions are members of Lions Club International meeting the needs of local communities and the world. The 1.35 million members of our volunteer organization in 206 countries and geographic areas are different in many ways, but share a core belief – community is what we make it.
The First Lions Club was formed in 1917. The Cape Fear Lions Club was chartered in 1955. Our international motto is; WE SERVE. Our number one goal is the prevention and reversal of Blindness.
Cape Fear Lions Solicitations
The Cape Fear Lions do not knock on doors asking for donations. We have never done this and never will.
On March 18, Zone 2 Chair PDG Lion George Holston conducted a zone meeting in conjunction with our regular meeting.
In addition to members from the other clubs in our zone, District Governor Skippy Jackson and District Governor Elect
Mike Elmore were also present. Among the topics discussed were the assignments for clubs participating in the Southport’s
boat raffle, the funding for the bus to transport visually impaired people to Camp Dogwood, and possible participation in the
Cape Fear Fair and Expo.
A highlight of the evening was the formal induction of Lions Alan Chase and Jefferson Thompson into our club. Lions
George, Jack, Joe, and Tillie comprised the induction team performing the ceremony.
We gathered together at Lion Georges for another Saturday morning of counting glasses, this batch is destined for Haiti.
January 21st Our 2012 Peace Poster winner Alexius Haden joined our meeting with her parents and Principal Joyce Price from St Mary's School. Lion Jamie also gave a presentation on his recent trip to Bolivia.
January 7th was training for our new visin screening machine. This machine provides eye screening for patients with or without corrective lenses. It checks the patients prescription on existing lenses. It also checks patients without lenses to determine how much correction is needed. The machine will be used to do vision screenings by Lions at local clincs and schools and where needed at other gatherings in our area. Joining our meeting was Jennifer Delong-White and her other half JeffersonThompson also joining us were prospective members Alan Chase and Bert Novak.
December 7 and 8 We were out in force ringing the bells for charity. In the 2 day span we collected a total of $1170.00
December 3 We had our annual Christmas party at Giorgio’s. Good food and fun was had by all.
Seven of us gathered at Lion George’s home on November 10 to count, sort, and package the used eyeglasses and other items we have recently collected for recycling. We counted 776 eyeglasses and 163 sunglasses which we have shipped to Ohio State University’s Student Volunteers for Optometric Services to Humanity. We also had 5 pairs of hearing aids and 274 Campbell’s Soup labels which we sent to NC Lions, Inc. and 20 cell phones which we will recycle for cash to help fund our charitable community projects.
October 19 we had our annual vision screening day at the New Hanover County 4th St. Clinic. Lions Lois, Tillie, Janice, Kent, Jack, Jim, Jamie, Joe, Gerry, George and Glenn participated. Special thanks go to Grace Murano, Jennifer Delong-White and Lindsay Totten for helping us, help the blind.
October 16th we traveled to the Burgaw Lions Club for our yearly prowl. Lions Gerry, Joe, Tillie, Lois and Glenn attended.
Our November 1 meeting we had Dennis Stokley and Phil Potts give a presentation on Social Security options and how they affect your benrfits. More info can be found here.
Our own Tail Twister Jeff flexing his muscles for Lionism.
September 27 we had our Jungle Prowel to the Wilmington Lions Club . Lions Joe, Tillie, Kent, Gerry and Glenn attended.
Our September 17 meeting we had guest speaker Barbara Buchanan, a photographer and videographer. Barbara who has worked on many historical subjects gave us a presentation on the Japanese bombing of Oregon during WW2. You can view some of her work here.
August 28th Lions Joe, Tillie, Gerry, George, Lois and Glenn attended our Zone Meeting at Jackson's BBQ. The visit also served as our jungle prowl to the Hanover Lions Club. Lion Archie Barringer of the North Brunswick Lions Club talked about their fundraising event: Golf Ball Drop.
Aug 20 Railroad Museum
At our meeting on August 20th we had Mark Koenig from The Wilmington Railroad Museum speak to our club about Wilmington's rich railroad history. We also had this years scholarship to Cape Fear community College winners as our guests; Ronald Rhames studying in the IT field and Tira Davis in journalism, we wish both good luck in their futures. Lion Kent received 100% President and Lion Gerry 100% Secretary.awards from the district while Lion Joe received the award for Best Newsletter
August 16th was our first Jungle Prowl of the 2012/2013 year. Lions Joe, Tillie and Kent attended the Hampsted Lions Club's meeting.
At our meeting on August 6th Lion Kent recieved the Presidents Award for his leadership this past Lion Year.
North Carolina Lions Clubs Inc.Has procured a vision screening machine, the Topcon 7000S for deployment in District 31-h Zones 1 and 2.
This machine provides eye screening for patients with or without corrective lenses. It checks the patients prescription on existing lenses. It also checks patients without lenses to determine how much correction is needed. The machine will be used to do vision screenings by Lions at local clincs and schools and where needed at other gatherings in our area.
At our meeting on July 16, PDG Lion George introduced William McGuire of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Broadcast Services. With him were Andrei Bolocam, Anastasia Condruc, and Ion Neagru, young TV reporters from Moldova. They had come to the United States through grants from the U.S. Embassy in Moldova and were taping a documentary about private organizations in our country which help solve community needs. They visited our club to learn first-hand about Lions as one such organization and to see how one specific Lions club fulfilled its mission.
During this past Lions Year we have donated or expended a total of $5,520 on service activities including the following:
Humanitarian/White Cane Contributions to the North Carolina Lions, Inc.
Camp Dogwood Campers
Vision Van Eyesight Screening
Student Scholarships to Cape Fear Community College
Clinical Eye Research
Hospital Hospitality House
LCIF/Sight First II
Jack Stickley Fellowship and NCLI Memorials
William L. Woolard Partner in Service
Boys and Girls Home
Peace Poster Contest
VIP Fishing Tournament
We also contributed 2,029 volunteer hours to the following activities and organizations:
EARRS Board of Directors
Tileston Outreach (St. Mary’s Social Ministry)
Driving Visually-Impaired People to Meetings
Public Library Volunteers
Local Homeowners Associations
Vision Van Screening
Used Eyeglasses, Hearing Aids, Cell Phones, and Ink Cartridges Collection for Recycling
(Note: The above expended hours do not include the time spent by our members at club, district, and state meetings or at the solicitation fund-raisers.)
We have recycled 2,345 pairs of used eyeglasses, 718 pairs of sunglasses, 30 ink cartridges, and 54 cell phones. This is a record of which we can all be proud. Let’s do even more during the coming year!
Our June 18th meeting Lion Kent provided us with trivia about our nations flag and flag day. We also had Sue Edgerton talk about her effots to start a VIP (visually impared persons) bowling league. Tonight was Lion Kents last meeting as club president; many thanks to Kent for all his hard work this past year. We also had prospective member Gordon Walikainen join our meeting.
June 10th Was the trip to Camp Dogwood. We sponsored 5 of the 26 VIP (visually impared persons) that made the trip.
June 4th we had our annual officer installation. This year it was held at Georgio's . It was good food and good fun for all.
Saturday we sorted and counted the used eyeglasses we've collected over the past several months.
Our May 21st meeting we had Hoggard High School Senior Patrick Griffin give us his presentation on blindness. We also had visiting Lions join our meeting: Ms. Sornatha Fulford who has moved to Wilmington from Columbus OH, she's looking for a club to join. We were first in her tour of Wilmington clubs. We also had Brian and Pam Airey from the Cheddar Vale Lions Club in Cheddar Vale England. Brian, the President of his club presented us with his club's banner.
May 5th we had our annual VIP (visually impaired persons) picnic at Haly Burton Park.
Our April 16th meet saw Lion Jamie Casper inducted to our club. Welcome aboard Lion Jamie!
We were in force at this years Azalea Festival selling raffle tickets. We sold approximately $1,000.00 in tickets in our 2 3 hours shifts
We had Dr. Casper and his extern Dr. Mindie Do join our meeting. Dr. Casper showed us some pictures from his trips to Central and South America. The club presented Dr. Casper with a plaque in appreciation for his help with Vision Van.
Our February 13th meeting saw Lion George Holsten revceive the William L. Woolard Partner-in-Service Award
Our February 6th meeting had the local Peace Poster contest winner Katie Williams great job Katie!
A video of the pictures taken in 2011 by Lion Glenn
During our bell ringing for the Salvation Army at Kmart on December 9 and 10, we collected a total of $1,124, which is $80 more than we took in last year.
Our December 5th meeting was our annual Christmas party. It was held at Georgio's in Monkey Junction. It was a good time by all.
On Saturday, November 22, eleven of us gathered at Lion George’s home to sort, count, and box the used eyeglasses we have collected during the past several months. Our totals came to: 1,140 pairs of glasses, 600 pairs of sunglasses (both prescription and otherwise), and 50 pounds of single lenses and frames
Jennifer Delong-White from the NC DHHS spoke at our October 3rd meeting. She discussed what programs are available for the visually impaired and the difficulties of getting services to those without transportation. If you are in need of help you can contact Jennifer HERE
We had our 2nd of three fundraisers at the Wilmington K-Mart. Despite the foul weather we managed to collect more than $500. Thanks to the generous people of Wilmington
Our special guests for the evening were Samantha Johnson and Rachel Tucker, recipients of the Hugh and Carmen Reavis Memorial Scholarships to Cape Fear Community College which we have awarded for this semester.
The 2011 Vision Van was a success; we did approximately 55 vision screenings. Dr. Casper was there once again to help out. Thank you Dr. Casper.
Our August 15th Guest Speaker was Jennifer Deets Ph.D. She talked about The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The Club was given an e-clubhouse banner patch for it's website and being a part of the LCIF online community.
Our Awards Night and Installation of Officers celebration at Lion George’s home on June 20 was truly a festive occasion with delicious food and good fellowship.
May 21 Lion Kent
Our 4/18/11 meeting saw the induction of new lion Liz Marshburn. Welcome to the club Liz!!!
We sold raffle tickets for a brand new BayLiner boat. Sponsored by the Sothport Lions Club we collected approximately $1,050 in donations. Our club will recieve 50% of those donations. Thanks again to the Sothport Club
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