Lions District 35-I

Lions Clubs International

Multiple District 35, Lions of Florida and the Bahamas

District 35-I "The One"

Juicy News from District Governor Judy

District Governor Judy GalmHere it is, the first of February already. Seven months have gone by since I became District Governor and it is going by so fast. There are still many clubs to visit and I am enjoying seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Not all clubs participate in district activities, so that's where I'm meeting new members of my family as we are truly all family - united in one purpose - serving our communities in our own way.

Did you know we had a District Leadership Retreat on January 24th in Englewood? Are there really only 25 or so Lions concerned about leadership issues? Those of us who attended had an enriching experience with our fellow Lions and I'm sure took something back to our clubs. Past Council Chair Suzy Stathas (who is our District Leadership Coordinator) and her instructors plus the Englewood Lions put on a great program and hopefully more Lions will participate next year. Yes, it was on a Saturday and many of us travelled several hours to get there, but we thought it was worth the time and effort to attend.

Contributions to the Florida Lions Foundation

In case you haven't seen or heard, the date of the final District Gathering and Mini Convention has been changed to April 25th in Lake Placid due to scheduling conflicts. We will be electing our new Cabinet officers and taking care of year end business. Because the meeting falls so close to the MD convention in Ocala the following weekend, any club making a donation must send it directly to the Foundation. The address is:
Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind, Inc.,
8804 41st Street, North, Pinellas Park, FL 33782-582

The Foundation’s fiscal year ends earlier than most entities, so PLEASE keep that in mind when you do donate. Let either myself or District Treasurer Norma Jean Andrews, PDG, know your amount so we can keep track of how much our District donates.

Clubs should be thinking about officers for next year; it isn't too early. Incoming District Governor David Skillin and PCC Suzy Stathas, District Leadership Coordinator, will be announcing their training schedule soon and incoming District and Club officers, especially if they are new to their jobs or those who have not attended training in a while, should plan on attending. There seems to be some correlation between officers not attending training and clubs that encounter problems. Obviously that isn't the entire picture.

Club Presidents, if your club has had members who died this past year, please notify PCC Bill Ringelstein and PID Neil Spencer so they can be honored at the necrology services both April 25th and at the MD convention. Photos would be appreciated.

PCC Bill and PID Neil can be reached via email at:
PCC Bill Ringlestein -
PID Neil Spencer -

The Multiple District Convention is being held in Ocala the end of April/the first part of May is using the Kentucky Derby as part of their theme. Several years ago, clubs were provided with horse heads to decorate and then “races” were held.

If you have members who are planning on attending the festivities, I have several horse heads that need homes. We will also have a contest for the best Ocala Lions Derby hat and a clothing contest for men and women. Please plan to participate as the weekend is a lot of fun. Meal and hotel reservation information is already in the magazine.

Hope everyone is out there helping their communities in whatever way your club does. And please, secretaries, list your activities on the International site. How can we brag about District 35-I (ONE), if we don't know what you are doing? How about all those Golden Chain awards given out at the last District Gathering in Bonita Springs and the awards for Zone and Region chairs who took the time to fill out simple paperwork? We all know you do the work, so why not get credit for it? We had 11 of the 15 Zone and Region chairs there and that was awesome. If Zone Chair Gary Laspina hadn't had knee replacement surgery 4 days before the meeting, he would have been there also. They take pride in their accomplishments and so should you. Enough preaching!!!!

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