Camp, Eyeglasses Sorting and Summer Break

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The Golden Isles and Career Academy conducted a workday at the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind on 11 May.  Thirty students plus staff and Lion Mike painted the horse paddock, did landscaping work, and repaired the boathouse during a full day on site.  The Jekyll Island Lions Club provides money towards a scholarship and one of the requirements is that whomever receives the money spend a day working at the camp.

At the 15 May Club dinner meeting, Lions sorted hundreds of used eyeglasses so that they could be boxed up for transport to the annual Georgia State Lions Convention.  The glasses were sorted as follows: good clear eyeglasses; broken clear eyeglasses; good non-prescription sunglasses; and broken or prescription sunglasses.  In addition, a separate box was available for loose lenses.  After the sorting at the meeting, Lion Pete consolidated these glasses with the glasses sorted at a previous meeting and ended up with several boxes.  Lions Mike and Pam agreed to take two boxes and Lions Pete and Cathy will take the rest.  Lions Pete and Cathy are also taking the Club banner and stand to the convention.

The 15 May dinner meeting was the last before the Club’s summer break (June, July and August).  President C. J. gave an overview of what the club accomplished this past year.  Incoming President Pete had intended to provide a summary of the results from the membership satisfaction survey, but only seven members filled it out so he instead asked those who had not yet filled it out to do so.

Here are the upcoming events for the rest of May plus June and July.

22 May – Golden Isles and Career Academy Scholarship Day

28 May – Memorial Day Flag Display

14 June – Flag Day Display

4 July – Independence Day Flag Display and Parade

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Membership Satisfaction Survey

 

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Lions Clubs International as well as individual Lions Club members have created several groups on Facebook to discuss a variety of topics and issues.  The Cyber Lions Group is one of the most active and explores more controversial subjects than the others.  Membership retention is a problem that is often discussed.  It is no secret that service clubs have been in decline for nearly two decades in North America.  Why is that decline happening and what can be done to reserve it?  Lions Clubs International has developed a membership satisfaction survey that clubs can use to evaluate themselves and identify areas of dissatisfaction causing members to quit.   A Lion in New Zealand adapted the survey using Cognito Forms to make it easy to fill  out online, either via an email link or a link on a web page.  The Jekyll Island Lions Club sent the survey link via email to its members on 2 May, a day after announcing it at the 1 May meeting.   Unlike some other clubs, the Jekyll Island survey can be filled out anonymously, which may help to explain the low response rate.  Not even a third of the members have filled it out.  Members have until 15 May to work on the survey, and then it will be discussed at the dinner meeting that evening.

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In other activity, the Club is engaged in the final push for collecting and sorting used eye glasses before delivering them to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation representative at the Georgia State Lions convention the weekend of 18 to 20 May.  Lion Jim will be contacting some of his sources in Brunswick for glasses.  If he collects a significant number of them, the Club will have a sorting session at the 15 May meeting.

Toys for Tots and New Officers Induction

The Jekyll Island Lions Club invited Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Trooper Patrick Edwards to address the 1 May dinner meeting.  He discussed the Toys for Tots program at the GSP Jekyll Island Barracks as well as the GSP role in policing the island.  Trooper Edwards noted that he will pick up any discarded furniture or appliances in good condition to sell and use the proceeds to purchase toys for children.

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President C. J. also inducted the new officers for the 2018-2019 year.  Technically, the new officers are not in office until 1 July but since the Club takes a summer break, they were inducted on 1 May.  Club members were asked to invite their non-member spouses so there was a big crowd for the ceremony.

New Lions Club Member and Eye Glasses Recycling

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The Jekyll Island Lions Club welcomed Tom Schuyler as a new member at the 17 April dinner meeting.  Lion Pete was his sponsor and President C. J. administered the induction ceremony.

 

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Lions Jim and Pete brought two boxes of used eye glasses that they had collected over the past few months to the dinner meeting.  The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation had issued new instructions for sorting the glasses before submitting them so the Club spent about 10 minutes inspecting and sorting them into the appropriate categories.  The sorted glasses will be delivered to the Foundation at the annual Georgia State Lions Convention in May.

Service Work and Charity

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The first work weekend for the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind was 6 to 8 April.  Jekyll Island Lions Cathy and Pete spent half a day on 6 April at the camp painting picnic tables.  Lions Bob S., Cathy and Pete donated supplies to the camp as well.  The volunteers working that day were well rewarded with pizza and soft drinks.

The Jekyll Island Lions Club board met on 9 April to finalize the distribution of funds from the charity account.  This year, the Club donated funds to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Sight for Students via the Glynn County school nurses, Learning Ally, and the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind.  The Club also provided funding for underprivileged blind children to attend the camp.  In addition, the Club continued to offer a scholarship at the Golden Isles College & Career Academy.  And, of course, the Lions Clubs International  Foundation received money.

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Howard Family Dental in Brunswick donated boxes of toothpaste to the Jekyll Island Lions Club for the homeless amenity kits project and the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind.  Saying “thanks” to businesses who support the Club is important.  A thank you letter was given in person to Howard Family Dental.

Scholarship Money, Elections, and Cheese

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The Jekyll Island Lions Club sponsors a scholarship at the Golden Isles College and Career Academy every year.  Dr. Rick Townsend, CEO of the Golden Isles College and Career Academy, was invited to attend the Club’s 3 April dinner meeting and provide an update on the school.  Dr. Townsend discussed several new initiatives and answered members’ questions afterwards.  The Club then presented him with a $250 check to cover this year’s scholarship.  After Dr. Townsend’s presentation, the Club gave him an LCI coffee mug as a memento.

Also at the meeting, President C. J. awarded Lion Mike the coveted Melvin Jones proof silver coin for sponsoring the most new members into the Club.  Lion Mike had sponsored two new members.

Annual elections  for 2018-2019 were held at the same dinner meeting.  The following people were elected:

  • President: Peter Dillon
  • First Vice President: Butch Bishop
  • Second Vice President: Joan Mirasola
  • Secretary: Cathy Dillon
  • Treasurer: Rick Hoffman
  • Membership Chair: Mike Mueller
  • Service Chair: Pam Mueller
  • Marketing Chair: Howard Sculthorpe
  • Lion Tamer: Harry Kicklighter
  • Tail Twister: Adam Sanders
  • Directors: Frank Mirasola, Pam Mueller, Terry Frey, Mac Jefferies
  • LCIF Coordinator: C. J. Jefferies

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Meanwhile, Lion Rick organized a final cheese sale on 29 March.  The sale took place in front of the Jekyll Market in the Beach Village and included telephone book sales as well.  Lions Cathy, Howard, and Pete helped Rick and all the remaining cheese was sold by 1:00 pm.

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In regard to eyeglasses recycling, the Club learned that used eyeglasses have to be sorted now before being submitted to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation.   The glasses should be divided into good clear eyeglasses, broken clear eyeglasses, good non-prescription sunglasses, and broken or prescription sunglasses.  Lion Jim has volunteered to drive the glasses to Pooler where they will be relayed to Chamblee.  The Club may do eyeglasses sorting at selected dinner meetings.

Raising Charity Funds Through Cheese, Telephone Books and Golf

The Jekyll Island Lions Club will be selling 1-pound wedges and 2-pound wheels of Guggisberg Baby Swiss cheese on 29 March from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Beach Village on Jekyll Island.  The wedges are $8.00 and the wheels are $15.00.  The Club has in inventory 38 wedges and 2 wheels, which should sell out.  In addition to the cheese, the Club will be selling the 2018-2019 Jekyll Island telephone directory that it recently published.

The next day, 30 March, is the revived (and rescheduled) Jekyll Island Lions Club Golf Tournament.  The format is a 2-person scramble with a 9:00 am shot-gun start.  Players must be signed up by 28 March and the cost is $80 per person or $160 per team.  The cost includes lunch and prizes.

While not an official Jekyll Island Lions Club activity, local Lions play a role in the bi-monthly American Red Cross blood drives, both as volunteers and donors.  Lion Howard is the coordinator for the drives.  The latest drive took place on 22 March at the Jekyll Island Presbyterian Community Church.

The Jekyll Island Lions Club has been a participant in the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation eye clinics at the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) in Brunswick for years but maybe that partnership is coming to an end.  At the beginning of the year, the clinic team informed the local clubs that they would no longer transport their donated used eyeglasses back to Chamblee, Georgia, for recycling.  It would be up to the clubs to get the glasses there themselves.  Then the clinic visits were cut back to a “more cost efficient” basis and the local volunteers would be contacted about a week prior to a visit to see if they are available.  For some volunteers, operating without a known schedule was problematic.  Two other volunteers from the Club have stepped up to help at the clinic.

Hello, Goodbuy Presentation; Golf; and Calendar

Ms. Donna Wade, Community Outreach Coordinator for Hello, Goodbuy, addressed the Jekyll Island Lions Club on 20 March. Hello, Goodbuy is an upscale resale store in Brunswick, and an outreach ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Ms. Wade discussed the purpose and operation of the store, and explained how the proceeds are shared through grants to the community. The store is located at the intersection of Route 17 and Gloucester Street in Brunswick. The Lions who attended appreciated her presentation.

The Jekyll Island Lions Club Golf Tournament has gained more participants since moving to 30 March. However, the number of registered golfers is still light. Both men and women can play. Sign up today!

Here’s a calendar of events for March, April, and May:

22 March – Red Cross Blood Drive, point of contact: Lion Howard

30 March – Golf Tournament, point of contact: Lions C.J and Harry

30 March – Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Eye Clinic in Brunswick

3 April – Dinner Meeting; Guest speaker is Dr. Rick Townsend, CEO Golden Isles College & Career Academy

6-8 April – Georgia Lions Camp Work Weekend

17 April – Dinner Meeting

20-22 April – Georgia Lions Camp Work Weekend

28 April – Incoming Officer Training in Baxley

1 May – Dinner Meeting

11 May – Career Academy Work Weekend at Georgia Lions Camp

15 May – Last Dinner Meeting before summer break

18-20 May – Georgia State Lions Convention at Unicoi State Park

Newspapers Mention Jekyll Island Lions Club Events

Publicity for the Jekyll Island Lions Club Golf Tournament on 30 March has hit the two local newspapers.  Announcements for the tournament have appeared in the events calendars of both Coastal Illustrated and The Golden Islander.  The tournament also has been posted in various Facebook groups and fliers have gone up in the bulletin boards controlled by the Jekyll Island Citizens Association.  The Club is hosting the tournament to raise funds for the various charities that it supports.

Diabetes Talk

Meanwhile, Lion Howard wrote a synopsis of the Diabetes Awareness talk for The Golden Islander.  The presentation took place on 15 February and featured Ms. Sue Ullrich, RN, MA. Ed, CDE, and Coordinator of Diabetes Education at the Southeast Georgia Health System.

 

Up With People, Amenity Kits, and Golf

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The Jekyll Island Lions Club hosted Janne and Lauren from Up With People at the 6 March dinner meeting.  Up With People empowers youth to be positive agents of change through music and action.  Their international cast will be putting on a show on 28 March in Brunswick.  Janne and Lauren are members of the advance team, which is promoting the show and looking for families to host cast members for a week.

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Lion Norm attended his first meeting after a long absence due to illness.  He received a certificate and pin from Lions Clubs International for his tenure as a Lion, and he also resumed his role as Tail Twister.

After eating dinner, the Lions assembled 20 amenity kits for the homeless shelter at the Brunswick Salvation Army.  The kits are put into used eye glass cases and each contains toothpaste, tooth brush, sanitary wipe, comb, safety pins, bandaids, chapstick, Tylenol or similar packet, and pen.  The kits were put together in a few minutes, and guest speakers Janne and Lauren helped.

2018 Revised Golf

Due to a date conflict with the Jekyll Island Men’s Golf Association Tournament, the Jekyll Island Lions Club Golf Tournament has been moved to 30 March.  The Tournament will be played on the Pine Lakes course at the Jekyll Island Golf Club, and costs $80 per player or $160 per 2-person team.  The 2-person scramble starts at 9:00 am and includes lunch and prizes.  The goal is to have between 20 and 30 teams signed up to play.