District 14-T on Good Day PA

To build awareness about Lions and Leo Clubs, District 14-T had two representatives appear on the Good Day PA daytime show on local station abc27.  Representing the district were Immediate Past District Governor John Mallonee from the Hershey Lions Club, and Leo Alexus Lauver from the Susquenita Leo Club.

The Good Day PA show is currently hosted by Carrie Perry who asked Lion John and Leo Alexus about the nature of the organizations and how they help local communities.

If you’re interested in becoming a Lion, contact Lion John at pdgjohn@hersheylions.org.

To view the segment, see this page on the Good Day PA website:  http://abc27.com/2018/02/22/lions-club-a-growing-family/

To see some of the backstage pictures from the experience, see this District 14-T shared album:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/Az0xhLG2tX1TkCb02

Upcoming Events – Spring Symposium and State Convention

Greetings Fellow Lions!

The MD-14 Spring Fling Symposium will be held on March 3rd in Harrisburg, and March 4th in Greensburg.  For more information, please see the Lions Spring Symposium flyer

Also coming up is the 2018 State Convention which will be held from May 17th to the 20th at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel in State College.

To register, please fill out the following form: State Convention Registration Form

For Advertisement in the Program, please fill out the following form:  2018 State Convention Advertising Form

District Cabinet Meeting

Click here to view photos from the District Cabinet Meeting!

Membership – It’s Time to Change

I wanted to take a few minutes to put a challenge to you and your clubs.  My challenge for you is to consider how you can change for the future, or even the present.  I’ll have more detail about this my GMT Message in the October newsletter.  As you read it, I ask you to think about what you can do to consider appropriate changes in your club.

For some perspective, I’d like you to read this article about Why Our Service Clubs Are Dying (and how to fix them).  It’s intended to be thought-provoking, but also to give us ideas about what we can do for the future.  We still have to determine what’s right for our clubs and our communities.  I hope that these ideas spark ideas for what you can do to strengthen your club and continue to say that We Serve.

IPDG Lion John Mallonee, Global Membership Team

Lions Are the Biggest Ever!

As of Thursday, the Lions have surpassed a goal set by International President Bob Corlew.  He challenged us this year to reach 1,445,591 Lions and we passed that last night.  It has been since about 1998 since we’ve been that big. There’s also still time for clubs to bring new members in with a waived […]

Last Cabinet Meeting/Gavel Pass

This morning, we concluded our last cabinet meeting of the year.  Each year, we vote on distributions for specific district projects from the amounts collected from clubs throughout the year.

As Disteict Governor, I appreciate the work of our cabinet this year, and especially all the work done by our clubs.  It’s amazing the impact we have within our four counties and beyond.

Today was also the ceremonial passing of the District Governor gavel.  It was my honor to hand it over to DGE Lion Kathy Fouse.  I wish her all the best as she heads to the International Convention later this month.

Let’s finish this year strongly and continue on into the second century of Lionism.

DG Lion John

More from the MD-14 Convention

In our last post, we talked about the first couple days of the convention including the service project we had to feed 180,000 people.

That evening, we continued with the International Banquet.  The banquet started off with the presentation of our District Governors-Elect including our own DGE, Lion Kathy Fouse.

We also got to hear from our guest and featured speaker, International President Chancellor Bob Corlew.  He shared some great stories with us from his year as President and gave us encouragement as we move into our second century as Lions.  Here’s a picture of him with Past International Director Robert Miller as they recognize one of our state Lions.

Sunday morning began with voting and a State Council business meeting to review the results of the voting and of the whole convention.  Posted around the room were all of the centennial banners from the 17 districts in the state.  As you can see, District 14-T’s also hung proudly with the signatures from our Lions, Lionesses, and Leos.

Finally, on Sunday evening, we had our Honors Banquet where we recognized our DGE’s and “pinned” them with a District Governor pin.  We are all so proud of DGE Lion Kathy and wish here all the best as she heads to Chicago later this month.

All in all, the State Convention was a wonderful experience and I’m so happy to have seen so many Lions and Lionesses from District 14-T.

DG Lion John

Passing of PDG James Higinbotham

The Lions. Lionesses and Leos of District 14-M and Multiple District 14 sadly report the recently passing of Past District Governor James E. “Jim” Higinbotham last Tuesday, May 23, at the age of 88.

Visitation for PDG Higinbotham will be held Friday, May 26, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 226 Fallowfield Avenue, Charleroi. A Lions Service of Remembrance will be held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Lions in attendance are urged to gather at 7:50 p.m.

Funeral services for PDG Higinbotham will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Maple Creek Cemetery in Fallowfield Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fallowfield Township Volunteer Fire Department, 1660 Route 481, Charleroi, PA 15022 or PA Lions Beacon Lodge, 114 State Street, Mt. Union, PA 17066.

PDG Higinbotham served as 14-M’s District Governor during the 1990-1991 Lions year. He became a Lion in 1981 and was originally a member and past president of the Fallowfield Lions Club, to which he belonged at the time he served as District Governor. In 1999, he transferred his membership to the Beallsville Centerville Richeyville Lions Club. For the last 10 years, PDG Higinbotham has been a member of the Roscoe Lions Club. PDG Higinbotham was a Melvin Jones Fellow.

2016-2017 MD-14 Convention

This weekend, we’ve been having an enjoyable, informative, service-filled experience at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort of the Laurel Highlands.  Lions, Lionesses, and Leos from around the state gathered starting on Thursday for our State Council meeting.  They also traveled to the Geyer Theater for a presentation of “Miracle Worker”.

Friday began early with a series of information sessions on topics including the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, Membership and Retention, Women and Family Membership, ABC’s of Lionism, and Service Projects.  Our International President Counsellor Bob Corlew even joined us in the sessions to share his thoughts.

That evening we had a dinner of the Pennsylvania Counsellors (PDG’s).  After comments from Past International President Joseph Wroblewski and International President Bob, we had a tremendously engaging storytelling engagement by Kevin Hartigan of the Perkins School for the Blind.  Dinner was followed by an inspiring Necrology Service where we remembered Lions and Lionesses who passed during 2016.

Lions sure know how to have fun as seen above.  Our Hospitality event started with fireworks on the slopes outside the lodge, and continued with Lions and Lionesses dressing in attire from the 10 decades since Lions began in 1917.

Saturday began with additional information sessions, but we also took a few minutes to remember our dedication to the environment.  International President Bob and his partner in service Lion Dianne planted a tree on the hill above the resort.  To see more pictures from this quiet moment with our President, see this album.

Back in the conference center, we also spent the afternoon packing meals for 30,000 people.  As you can see, we had Lions, Lioness, and Leos participating in this tremendous service project at the convention.

Well, the convention isn’t finished yet, but this is a quick snapshot of what we’ve done so far.  Stop back later for more!