Hurricane Florence ravaged the southeast coast of the United States. Southeastern North Carolina has been especially damaged.  This area is served by District N of the North Carolina Lions Clubs.

Our disaster relief is being handled on a district level. If you would like to help you can make your check payable to District 31-N, put Hurricane Florence on memo line, and mail to Lions District 31-N PO Box 1294 Smithfield, NC 27577.

Thanks so much for your generosity.




A New Way to Screen Eyes


The Wilmington Lions Club of Wilmington, NC, was chartered in 1922.  Since its founding the Lions have been known for their aid and work with the blind and visually impaired.

One of the key and distinctive projects of the Wilmington Lions Club has been providing eye screenings and vision services to the Greater Wilmington Community.

For many years the Wilmington Lions Club has used eye screening charts to screen the eyes of many local children and adults.  The Club also utilizes the NC Vision Van, properly named The 21st Century Mobile Screening Unit to screen vision and hearing screenings.

Something new has come to New Hanover County, Pender County and Brunswick County.  Our counties are part of Zone 3 and 5 of the NC Lions District 31-N.  We have just received a Lions Club International Foundation matching grant for $12,064 to purchase 3 Welch Allen Spot Screeners.

The Wilmington Lions Club helped to organize and pay for the Welch Allen Spot Screeners. 

This camera is a specialized portable handheld device designed to help Lions quickly and easily detect vision issues on patients from 6 months of age through adult. Spot Vision Screener technology is changing the way routine vision screening is done.

The Spot Vision Screener can screen for and detect six amblyopic risk factors in children as young as 6 months through adults.  It detects

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism (blurred vision)
  • Anisometropia (unequal refractive power)
  • Strabismus (eye misalignment)
  • Anisocoria (unequal pupil size)

This camera provides an automated, objective vision screening that reduces the risk of missing pre-amblyopic and amblyopic risk factors in children and adults.  

“Early screening leads to early detection, which helps ensure that children get the follow-up care they need,” said Lions 31-N Project Chair George Holston, “We want to make sure that correctible vision problems don’t stand in the way of our children learning and seeing the world clearly.”

In addition to the matching grant from LCIF, funds were raised by participating Lions Clubs in Zones 3 and 5:  Bolivia Lions Club, Burgaw Lions Club, Calabash Lions Club, Hampstead Lions Club, Oak Island Lions Club, Shallotte Lions Club, and the Wilmington Lions Club.

Money was also donated by the Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation, the Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., Four County Care Trust, the Ocean Ridge Charities Association and the Pender County Farm Bureau. 

Already over 1500 children in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick County have received a vision screening using the new Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener.

This is a wonderful tool that we have to help our communities.  It makes vision screening easier for us as Lions and volunteers while requiring minimal effort from the child or patient.  If you’d like to learn more about the Spot Vision Screener please contact your local Lions Club.  

More information can be found at or by contacting Lion George Holston at

1 “Vision Screening.” Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 27 February 2015,

All requests for aid from the Wilmington Lions Club in obtaining eye glasses and vision exams are referred to the North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind.  They may be contacted at

Jennifer DeLong-White, New Hanover County SWB
Wilmington District Office, Services for the Blind
3240 Burnt Mill Drive, Suite #7
Wilmington, NC 28403
telephone: 910-251-5743 Fax: 910-251-2660


Lions Help With Special Olympics Bowling Tournament

Excitement filled the air as Special Olympics participants registered at Cardinal Lanes on Shipyard Boulevard for the 2017 New Hanover County Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. There to greet them included members of the Wilmington Lions Club who acted as volunteers and provided refreshments.

The participants bowled their warm up frames and then settled down to a two game contest. All were winners enjoying fellowship, sportsmanship and just plain fun.

Lions were present to assist New Hanover County Special Olympics staff led by Ms. Tiffany Lisley.


On May 26, 2017, the twenty-two of VIPs and/or family members attended the Annual VIP Picnic sponsored by the Wilmington Lions Club. Nine of our members and two persons from the Wilmington Parks and Recreation Dept. participated in the event.

The attendees were feted with hot dogs, hamburgers, and all the trimmings of a down home North Carolina Picnic.

Many thanks to Ms. Tiffany Linsley and Ms. Andrea Talley of the Wilmington Parks and Recreation for their help. Also many thanks to the Social Worker for the Blind, Ms. Jennifer DeLong White for her help with arrangements.

Surf Camp and Surf Dogs
What better way to end the Visually and Hearing Impaired Surf Camp than hot dogs on the beach served by the Wilmington Lions Club. The IndoJax Surf Camp for the Visually Impaired and Hearing Impaired was held at Wrightsville Beach on July 10-13, 2018. More than 110 were served including 30 campers, parents, volunteers and staff.

The campers came from as far away as Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The attendees were served lemonade, ice water, chips, cookies and Trolley Stop Hotdogs including the famous Trolley Stop Surfer Dogs.

The Wilmington Lions Club also donated $500 to the cost of the camp


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Wilmington NC Lions Club in the News  


The Lions have a new way to screen kids’ vision

"Wilmington Lions Club donates grill to cottage at Boys & Girls Homes

Pubished in the Wilmington StarNews on October 6, 2017 and online at

"Roaring Along"  Wilmington StarNews August 6, 2017, and also online at

Aug 2, 2017 - A personal look at Lions Clubs on their centennial-a Photo gallery of the Wilmington Lions Club posted

on he StarNews Online Website.  The Lions Clubs Internatinal was Chartered in 1917.  The Wilmington Lions was

charted in 1922.


Wilmington Star News published in daily paper on July 16, 2017 and online on July 14, 2017
"Lions send visually impaired persons to Camp Dogwood"

Lions Donate to IndoJax Surf Camp     PortCityDaily  Tuesday, June 20, 2017

also see  Lions Donate to IndoJax Surf Camp  in the Port City Daily at

Spring Clean?  Donate Used Eye Glasses, Wilmington Star-News.  Sunday, March 19, 2017;page D3


Wilmington Lions Club shows continued support for Boys and Girls Club of NC

in Port City Daily Online February 22, 2017

Wilmington Lions present Melvin Jones Award‚Äč

Another successful hearing and vision screening for the Wilmington Lions Club

N.C. Lions Vision Van visits MedNorth on Nov. 30 sponsored by the Wilmington Lions Club
Published in the Wilmington Star News on November 23, 2016

The Wilmington Lions Club ended a four-day Indo Jax Visually Impaired and Hearing Impaired Surf Camp with a hot dog feast.

Jennifer DeLong-White is hired by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to work with the visually impaired in New Hanover County.

The Wilmington Lions Club was mentioned 3 times in article

"Area Lions Clubs send visually impaired to Camp Dogwood"

Published online at the Wilmington Star-News Online Site on July 14, 2016

"Lions donate to Indo Jax Surf Camp"

June 2, 2016  article published online on June 6, 2016

YOUR VOICE: "Donate used eyeglasses to the Lions Club"

Published on May 18, 2016 in the Wilmington Star-News can be found online at

"Exposing the Vision of the Wilmington Lions Club"
Encore Magazine, February 3, 2016

"Lions Club Screens Vision and Hearing at MedNorth Health Center"
Wilmington StarNews, December 8, 2016

"When state cut funding, Lions Club expanded services"
Wilmington StarNews, August 15, 2015

"YOUR VOICE: Donate used eyeglasses to the Lions Club"   Friday, May 6, 2016

The Wilmington Lions Club was organized on May 17, 1922.  .  The Wilmington Lions Club was among the first 10 original Lions Clubs started in 1922 in North Carolina, being the fourth to be charted.  The Wilmington Lions Club is located in Wilmington, NC.  We are part of Lions Multiple District 31 North Carolina.  Our sub-district is 31-N which makes up 22 clubs in the southeastern part of North Carolina.

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing what we can to help our local communities.

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