Meetings

 

SHOP WITH SCRIP—SUPPORT AEL CHARITIES, INC.

We learned about another unique fundraising effort from Rose Burrus, District 24A Global Service Chair, at the last Zone meeting.  This is an exciting new way to raise funds with little effort by making purchases online through https://www.shopwithscrip.com/.  Scrip fundraising pays varying rates of return on your purchases and runs specials throughout the year.  Your Club must sign up as a charity and set up the Presto Pay option.  Then you, as a member, will follow the instructions for Presto Pay for yourself.  Any purchases you make will rebate to your Club. You can purchase a hard credit card or an e-card from any of the retailers listed.  Be aware that if purchasing a hard card, you will incur shipping costs.  You begin by entering your email address to download free non-profit scrip fundraising information.  This is a great way to increase funds in your 501c3 accounts.

AMAZONSMILE—SUPPORT AEL CHARITIES, INC.

Go to http://smile.amazon.com and click on the button on the right that says Select a Charity, choose one of our spotlight charities or pick your own charitable organization; fill in the name: Aquia Evening Lions Charities, Inc. and then press the Search button.  This brings you to our page and you press the Select button.  A new screen pops up that says Start shopping.  Every time you purchase something on Amazon, go to AmazonSmile, and it will remember your charity.  Take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to raise funds for our club!

AmazonSmile is an easy way to let your purchases made on Amazon.com support your charities account.  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchases to your charities

account.  However, to qualify for the donation, your club’s charities account must be a 501(c)(3) organization.  Payments are automatic and are made on a quarterly basis, but Amazon’s minimum disbursement is $15.

In addition to the members of your club, you can ask relatives, friends, and neighbors to link their Amazon account to your club’s AmazonSmile account.   Christmas presents, books, and wedding gifts add up quickly and provide “easy money” for your club.  Sign up, sit back, and reap the benefits of your Amazon purchases.

SPOT PROJECT

The early childhood vision screening program is now called KidSight USA.  The website for the Spot project is http://www.lions-kidsightusa.org/.  It has the calendar/schedule and other information about the SPOT project.  Jane Stoll is in charge of this project.  She can be reached at 540-657-1626 or by email at mjane4@earthlink.net.

VOLUNTEER HOURS

Please remember to email your volunteer hours for this month to Sonya Trower, Club Secretary, at aquiaeveninglions@gmail.com or via phone at (216) 376-9617.

ALERT:  POTOMAC COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC) #

The Aquia Evening Lions Club is now listed with the Potomac CFC.  Our number is 99070.  Please let your family and friends, who are federal employees, know so they might donate to our charity. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Teague at 540-657-6656 or teague12003@yahoo.com.

EMPOWER HOUSE (formerly THE HAVEN)

For those of you who are new to the Club, we support Empower House, a shelter for abused women.  Donations are collected monthly to purchase groceries for those at the shelter.  Empower House provides education and training for volunteers to assist the women and their children at the shelter.  If you would like to volunteer, or if you need more information, please contact Alma Johnson at 540-659-4811 or by email at tailhookboater1@verizon.net.

 HEAD START FOOD COLLECTION PROJECT

The Aquia Harbour Evening Lions Board has voted to support, on a monthly basis, the food bank at the Head Start office located off Route 17.  Food is distributed only on an emergency as-needed basis.  They receive no funding for the food bank, relying instead on the generosity of the community.  Each month, the Club will bring requested food items to the general membership meeting for delivery to the food bank.  Sheryl Sinche and Mary Walter will deliver to the food bank.

DISTRICT 24-L LEADING LIONS LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

District Governor Glen Logan would like for the Lions of Virginia District 24-L to take advantage of a new online leadership training program.  This training is being offered to you online.  Those of you who would like to take future leadership roles in our club, our zone, or our district are encouraged to take advantage of this training in the comfort of your home.  This training will enable you to be better equipped to take action once you are in a leadership position.  After completing these classes, this training will assist you in advancing our organization in a positive way.

To enroll, please log on to the Lions Learning Center using this Link:
http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/leadership-development/lions-learning-center/index.php

Once you are in the Learning Center, please register. You can view the online tutorial that will guide you through this process at:  http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/leadership-development/news-train-IIc-video.php
Once you are registered, you can select from the Lions curriculum. There are three levels, based on four competencies, and 18 courses.

Level 1:  Leading Lion Basic Degree:  Introduction to Lions Leadership:  Writing your Personal Mission Statement.  Setting Goals.  Delegation.  Effective Listening.  Managing Meetings.
Level 2:  Member Motivation:  Effective Teams. Decisionmaking.  Creativity.  Promoting Innovation.  Public Speaking.
Level 3:  Leading Lion Graduate Degree:  Coaching.  Managing Change.  Conflict Resolution. Valuing Member Diversity.  Providing Community Service.  Public Relations.
Once you have completed the courses for a particular level, you will be awarded a certificate for that level. Upon completion of all three levels, you will be awarded your DEGREE as a LEADING Lion.  When you have completed a course, you need to SAVE your PROFILE REPORT indicating the COMPLETED STATUS of a course.  Please email your profile report to Cindy O’Grady, Club President, at aquiaeveninglions@gmail.com.

LCI LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WEBINARS

If you have the Internet, you can participate online in the LCI Webinars.  Register online for the next Webinar for various training opportunities.  If you know a fellow Lion that would be interested, please feel free to pass this information along!  We hope to have you and fellow Lions participate in our Webinars.  The website is:  www.lionsclubs.org/EN/member-center/leadership-development/

VOLUNTEER TO WORK AT THE LIONS RECYCLING CENTER

Most Americans are very fortunate to be able to purchase a new pair of glasses within a few hours for about $100.  In many other countries around the world, however, glasses are simply

rare and too costly for the average person.  The effects can be devastating and can force adults into unemployment and poverty, and poor eyesight that is left untreated can lead to blindness.

According to the World Health Organization, the vision of 500 million people could be improved with a pair of eyeglasses!  Since its inception in 1998, the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia has sent over 600,000 pairs of glasses to vision-impaired people around

the globe.  This means that over 600,000 children, with corrected vision, can now read in school and, likewise, adults, with corrected vision, can lead normal, productive lives.

Please be a part of the mission to improve the lives of people around the world -- donate your time and/or donate glasses to those in need.  No previous experience is necessary as they train all

volunteers when you get there.  Our Club works at the Eyeglass Recycling Center at Lake of the Woods on the first Wednesday of each month.  The work consists of simply sorting, cleaning,

and reading the prescription of donated glasses so they can be appropriately labeled.  Please join us.  We have a lot of fun and it’s personally rewarding to know that you’re helping to improve someone’s vision!

Because of COVID restrictions, tmes and dates TBA.

EYEGLASS COLLECTION LOCATIONS

Used eyeglasses have been dwindling at the State level, and many requests are going unmet.  Please look around your home for unused glasses and ask your neighbors for their old glasses that are not being used.  Our Club has six locations for eyeglass recycling:

--- Box on the dais at the General Membership meetings

--- Aquia Harbour Club House

--- Aquia Harbour Information Center

--- John M. Porter Memorial Library-Parkway Boulevard (the eyeglass recycling box is in the corner, next to the copy room)

--- Retina Group of Washington, 200 Executive Center Parkway, Suite 102, Fredericksburg, VA

--- MBH Settlement Group, LLC, 9 Center Street, Suite 105 (off Rt. 610)

VISITATIONS

We are in District 24-L, Southeast Region, Zone I.  To qualify for a visitation award, members must visit each Club in our Zone between the period of July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 and each visitation team must consist of at least two or more Lions.  The other clubs in our Zone are the Aquia Harbour Host, Greater Falls Run, Stafford County, Brooke Point High School LEOs, Clifton Forge High School LEOs, and Stafford Middle School LEOs Clubs.  We must visit the 3 Lions Clubs in our Zone (not LEOs) plus other clubs anywhere in the world.  Members joining after April 1, 2021 are not required to make a visitation.

Qualifying visitations include visits to any official dinner meeting of another Club, District Conferences, State Conventions, District Visitation and Awards Dinner, Joint or multi-Club

meetings, any fundraisers or scheduled service projects, and Zoom meetings.  These events provide opportunities to promote fellowship, share ideas, and socialize with fellow Lions.

We need 12 official visits to Lions Clubs anywhere in the world to get a Participation Award.  The Governor’s Award goes to a small and a large Club that have the most visitations.  For more information, please contact Sally Kenavan, the Visitation chair, at 540-659-1399 or by email at sallykenavan1108@gmail.com.

AQUIA HARBOUR HOST

Meets on the 1st& 3rd Thursday

Aquia Harbour Country Club

Social @ 6:45pm; Dinner @ 7:18pm

Contact:  Tom Reed, 540-907-9417

Email:  ktreed@mac.com

GREATER FALLS RUN

Meets on 2nd & 4th Tuesday

IHOP on Rt. 17

Fredericksburg, VA

Social @ 11:30am, Lunch @ 12:00pm

Contact:  Anita Ripper, 540-479-6078

Email: neilfan8@verizon.net

STAFFORD COUNTY LIONS

Meets on the 3rd Tuesday

Augustine Golf Course Country Club

Social @ 6:30pm; Dinner @ 7:00pm

Contact:  Rose Burrus, 540-657-2455

Email:  rose.burrus@comcast.net

BROOKE POINT HIGH SCHOOL

LEO CLUB

1700 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA  22554

LEO Club Advisor – Lion Chris Engleright

Email:  christopher.engleright@gmail.com;

703-586-2829

COLONIAL FORGE HIGH SCHOOL

LEO CLUB

550 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554

Faculty Advisor:  Kelly Greco

LEO Club Advisor - Lion Sue Schaefer

Email:  kisianya@aol.com; 540-752-1534

 STAFFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL LEO CLUB

73 Jumping Branch Road, Stafford, VA 22554

Faculty Advisor:  Veronica Sutherland

LEO Club Advisor – Lion Leanne Cannon

drlrc@yahoo.com; Cell:  412-889-5881

HEADSTART FOOD BANK

The Aquia Harbour Evening Lions Board of Directors has voted to support, on a monthly basis, the food bank at the Head Start office off Rt. 17.  Food is not distributed on a regular basis from this office but rather provided as emergency assistance.  They receive no funding for the food bank, relying instead on the generosity of the community.  The Family Service Caseworker at Head Start has provided us with a list of items needed.  We have set up a schedule and ask that you bring the

requested item to the monthly meeting.  Jane Gill and Mary Walter will make certain that it is taken to the office on Friday.  Please be as generous as your family budget allows.

January                                              boxed potatoes/rice

February                                            canned meats

March                                                 boxed cereal (hot or cold)

April                                                    canned pasta/ chunky soup

May                                                     canned fruits/juice

June                                                    boxed cereal (hot or cold)

July                                                     boxed complete meals

August                                                canned vegetables

September                                          hamburger, chicken, tuna helper

October                                               toilet paper, dish detergent, laundry powder

November                                           pasta sauce and pasta

December                                           macaroni and cheese

 

 

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