PDG Herb Justice received the LCI Ambassador of Goodwill Award at the 2019 North Carolina Lions State Convention


Past International President Sid Scruggs presented the award to PDG Herb for his many years of leadership and hard work to make Lions Clubs International the best community service organization in the world.  

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Pictured are the current living North Carolina Lions who are recipients of the Ambassador of Goodwill Award:  ID Gwen White, PIP Sid Scruggs, Lion Judy Scruggs, PID Lacy Presnell, PID Harvey Whitley, PDG Brad Logsdon, PDG George Suggs, and PDG Ron Kelly.  PDG Joe Silvers was unable to attend due to health reasons and Lion Steve Walker was absent.  These Ambassador Award recipients were present to support and congratulate PDG Herb on receiving the prestigious “Ambassador of Goodwill” Award.

The award is well-deserved, honoring PDG Herb’s history of 46 years of outstanding service and commitment at the club, district and state level.

The Ambassador of Goodwill Award is generally awarded to high achievement Lions for their many years of service.  There are only a maximum of 35 awarded each year worldwide and is the highest award from LCI.  Each year, approximately 16 of the 35 Ambassador Awards go to 2nd year International Directors who fulfill the obligations of their office.  This makes the award a high honor and extremely rare for Lions to receive this award.  Once a Lion receives an Ambassador Award they do not typically receive additional LCI Presidential Awards.

pictured are PDG Herb Justice and PID Lacy Presnell at the May 6th North Raleigh Lions Club meeting. 

PDG Herb has been a North Raleigh Lions Club member for 46 years and has held most every club officer position for multiple times, including Board Member for over 20 years.  He has been a guiding force for the club.  

At the District level, he was District Governor in 2000/2001 and he and his fellow District Governors from his Lion term have stayed in contact and been active in many areas.  At the District level PDG Herb has held most of the Cabinet positions multiple times and has served in many District Committee positions including District Treasurer, White Cane Chair, Camp Dogwood Chair, Boys & Girls Home Chair, Jack Stiickly Chair, Medic Alert Chair, District Convention Chair and LCIF Coordinator.

At the State level, he was the NCLF/NC Lions Inc. President for 2010/2011.  He has served on the NCLF Board of Directors for four terms.  He Chaired the NCLI Strategic Planning Committee.  He was Co-Host for the 2011 LCI Board meeting held in Cary, NC.  He has chaired many state committees/events including Humanitarian/White Cane, Camp Dogwood, State Convention, Certification, State Convention Sargent at Arms and the ‘Visually Impaired Persons’ (VIP) Security/Parking, plus many more.

PDG Herb’s personal Lions Awards are numerous.  In addition to the LCI Ambassador of Goodwill Award, his awards include 9th Level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, Progressive Jack Stickley Fellow, Beacon of Hope - Lighthouse, The Willian L. Woolard Partner-in-Service, 2 International President Awards, 7 International Certificate of Appreciation Awards, NC Lions Hall of Fame, NC Lions Ambassador, VIP Ambassador, LCI Founders Membership Growth Award,  and many, many more awards.

The Ambassador of Goodwill Award itself consist of two parts.  There is a large medallion with a ribbon to be worn around the neck for formal occasion such as white coat affairs.  The medallion can also be worn on a jacket with a ribbon.  There is a tie tack which is worn on less formal Lions occasions.  In North Carolina, PID Lacy Presnell is the unofficial Ambassador of Goodwill protocol enforcer.  Inappropriate display, or lack of display, can result in a significant fine.


Docent Tour Group at NC Museum of Art L/R:  Elizabeth Kahn, Jo Anne King, Beth McGuire, Susan McKay, Lion Dale Graham, Lion Bill Graham, Diana Cook, Donna King & Lion Karyn Hampton




Living the Lions Motto of WE SERVE can be Awesome!

Lion Dale Graham, North Raleigh Lions Club Lion Tamer, volunteered to drive five people who are blind or have low vision to a Docent Tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art.  Everyone had a fantastic time, including Lion Dale.  The tour was arranged by Beth Shaw McGuire, the North Carolina Museum of Art Docent Tour Director and was led by Docent Volunteer Guides, Elizabeth Kahn & Donna King.  Pictured above L/R: Elizabeth Kahn, Jo Ann King, Beth McGuire, Susan McKay, Lion Dale Graham, Lion Bill Graham, Diana Cook, Donna King & Lion Karyn Hampton.

The entire NC Museum of Art staff were very gracious and accommodating to there guest who are blind and the Docent Guides were very knowledgable and took time to explain the works of art.  The guest who were blind even got some limited tactile experience on Rodin bronze statures, an experience the Docent Tour Guides and Lion Dale were not permitted to do.

Rodin Bronze Statue

The Docent tour split into two groups.  Both group’s tour included several Rodin Bronze Statues and one group toured two Dutch 17th Century paintings while the other group toured several modern paintings.

Elizabeth Kahn, NC Museum of Art Volunteer Docent Tour Guide, explaining  painting

Lion Dale noted that the museum had many pieces of excellent art.

After the tour, the group enjoyed a great meal at the North Carolina Museum of Art Cafeteria.

Docent Tour Group enjoying lunch at NC Museum of Art Cafeteria

Whether you are a person with sight or one who is blind or low vision, we can certainly highly recommend you visit the North Carolina Museum to see their wonderful pieces of Art and their outstanding staff.



The North Raleigh Lions gathered at Lions Curt and Lucy's Lake House for a picnic on Saturday, July 14, 2018.  The Food was good, the company was great, it was a nice summer day and our hosts were very gracious.  Pictured L/R are: Lucy Barnhill, Lions Dale Graham, Julia Justice, Curt Barnhill, Dottie Scott, PDG's Herb Justice, Barbara Beltran, Lion Maggie Cristafi, PDG Ron Beltran, Lions Bob Fehling, Bill Graham, Shirley Isenhour, Bill Turner & Walt McKinney.  Not pictured but attending were Lions  Jae & Anne Joyner and John Crisafi.  Lions Maggie & John Crisafi are Garner Lons Club members but were former North Raleigh Lions and good friends of all the North Raleigh Lions.


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We believe Lions Clubs International and North Carolina Lions, Inc. are two of the best community service organizations in the world.  Their main service activity is the prevention of blindness.  The Lions do this in many ways.  They support medical research, they provide eye health information on diseases such as diabetes & glaucoma, they help people in need get eye exams & eye glasses, they provide adaptive aids such as white canes. and they support national organizations such as Leader Dog for the blind.

We are not recommending that you shop at Amazon rather than other shopping sites, but if you do shop at Amazon, please  consider using the site and select North Carolina Lions Incorporated as your designated charity.

  To find out more of the great things the North Carolina Lions ( and Lions Clubs International ( are doing, please visit their websites.Of course, if you are using the smiles program to support another charity, We encourage you to continue that support.


North Raleigh Lions Club 2017/2018 Officers at Officer Induction ceremonies at Baileywick Park.  L/R:  Maggie Crisafi, DG Barbara Beltran, Shirley Isenhour, PDG Herb Justice, Walt McKinney, PDG Ron Beltran, Bill turner, Bill Graham, Tamy Theall, Jane Watson, Bob Fehling & Ed Kocan.

Presi - Bill Graham, 1st VP - Jane Watson, 2nd VP - Bob Fehling, Sec - Shirley Isenhour, Trea - PDG Ron Beltran, Tail Twister - PDG Herb Justice, Lion Tamer - Walt McKenney, Membership Chair - Bill Turner, 1 Yr Dir - Tammy Theall & Don Rosenbaum, 2 Yr Dir - PDG Barbara Beltran & Ed Kocan, Immed Past Pres - Maggie Crisafi


 WELCOME TO THE NORTH RALEIGH LIONS CLUB WEB SITE! This site is and always will be a work in progress. Lionism is dynamic, and so are we. Come back frequently and see what's new!  If you would like to know more about Lionism and/or our club in particular, click on the Contact Us  Also, check our our Brooms Sale page for a neat way to support Lions.  If you need help with eye glasses contact Lion Bob Fehling (845-464-1258) for Request for Eyeglasses.  If you want ot donate used eye glasses, see our Sight Conservation page.

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   The North Raleigh Lions Club was organized in 1953 as The Millbrook Lions Club. The name was changed to The North Raleigh Lions Club to better reflect the scope of its members and activities. The North Raleigh Club is involved in many local, State, national, and international projects that exemplify our motto "WE SERVE".  Click on the Club projects tab to see some of the projects we are involved in.



Pictured are PDG Ron Beltran, LCI President Yamada (with PediaVision machine), Lion Maggie Crisafi & Greyson, during President Yamada's Spring 2016 visit. He is performing a PediaVision Screening on Greyson, the grandson of Lions Maggie & John Crisafi.

A PediaVision machine will perform vision screening on children from six months to six years old.  PediaVision screening can be done in less than 2 minutes by a well trained team.  A team normally consist of three Lions.  The PediaVision equipment  will allow screening  for such eye abnormalities as: Astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, misalignment of the eyes, unequal refractive power, pupil size anomalies.   If any of these problems are found the parents are advised to take their child to an eye care professional for further assessment. These problems are not always evident by simply looking at the child. Young children often compensate so well that parents, teachers and pediatricians are unaware that there is a problem. The earlier the problem is diagnosed the better the chances that some of these problems can be cured and not just treated.

Children do not have to give any input, they simply look at the PediaVision testing device.  They are usually given a reward or coloring sheet after the test.  Children with eye glasses are tested to make sure their prescription is current.





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