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January 2024 Newsletter.

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“Changing the world is a journey. There's no middle and no end.”

Dr. Patti Hill

International President

District 26 M-1 Newsletter

Welcome to a new year and the second half of the Lion year.  I hope your year is getting off to a great start.  

For starters, I would like to recap the last 6 months and then share the goals for the next six months.  My plan is to keep you apprised of the progress we are making on a monthly basis.

Of course, the Lion year started off with the International Convention in Boston, but I’ve already talked about that in my last writing.

In August, Poplar Bluff was the first club visit to induct 5 new members.  Great start thanks to PDG Lion Larry Kimbrow.  The first District Cabinet meeting was in Waynesville/ St. Roberts thanks to the efforts of 1st Vice District Governor Wendy Williams and her helpers.  They did an outstanding job.

September’s events include installing officers in the Charleston Club, a delightful group of Lions, and attending Cape Evening’s 3rd annual Corn hole competition.  Trying to get three bags in the hole while wearing “cokebottle “ glasses is extremely challenging.

October:  Malden had their 25th annual golf tournament with Lion Brad Baker and the Mid-South Lions team taking first place with a score of 56.  It was a fun tournament.  We had to miss Charleston’s annual ham and bean dinner.  The month closed with going back to Poplar Bluff to award #9 Melvin Jones Fellowship Awards (out of 10 given) to PDG Lion Larry Kimbrow.

November: The month started with the district-wide challenge from Lion Allen Taylor for Steps for Life Diabetes Awareness project.  Seven clubs from our district participated and one club from M-4.  Cape Evening Club won the trophy for the most steps.  This challenge encouraged Lion Lisa Clinton to set a goal to walk 3000 steps which she accomplished. Poplar Bluff had their annual chili day on election day.  1st Vice District Governor Wendy worked with them for the day.  1st WDG Wendy made arrangements for PDG Jerry and I to meet with the Fort LeonardWood Club and 4 others.  She also gave us a tour of the post and the Military Museum. WOW! What an experience! And the 2nd District Cabinet was hosted by the West Plains Lions Club at the Holiday Inn Express.  The Club and the hotel staff did an excellent job.  I believe PDG Lion Reta Reed had a hand in the planning and execution of the event.

Goals for the rest of the Lion Year:  Keep adding new members and orienting them to service projects, give them tasks to do to keep them excited.

Maintain clubs and current members.  

Keep reporting service.

Report training of club officers and zone chairs on Insights.

LCI wants us to establish one new club.  I’m soliciting your help to find an area for a new club and help get it established.

The district is investigating the idea of having our own Alert trailer.  Please, give us your feedback or ask any questions. (All Lion emergency response team).

I am so proud to be part of District 26 M-1.  I hope you are, also.  If you have any concerns, suggestions, or whatever, please, contact me by phone 573-276-8091, or by email:  Thanks.

On another note, we want to offer our sympathy to the following clubs in the passing of valued members (these are the ones I know about):

Charleston in the passing of PDG Lion Dennis Quetermous

Farmington in the passing of Lion Linda James

Park Hills in the passing of Lion David Hughes

Rolla in the passing of Lions Kennard Knox and Gordon Pol

Senath in the passing of Lion Phyllis Jackson

Williamsville in the passing of Lions Helen Curtis, James Faries, and Ruby Smith,

Lion Marilynn Reaves, District Governor 26 M-1, in Lion hearted service





LCI is changing how we will be able to log into our district information.

These 2 files, 2022-09-14 PDG MyLCI Access  and Lions Portal explain what is coming by the end of April. If you have question's contact John at cell # 636 288 7295.



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