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Knights of the Blind, Helping those that are blind & visually impaired!

 

Lions Motto

"We Serve"

 

Lions Slogan

"Liberty, Intelligence Our Nation's Safety."

 

Lions- Knights of the Blind in the Crusade against Darkness

Through Christian Love " We are doing something good for humanity"

It Is Our Goal To One Day Eliminate All Preventable Blindness

Vision Statement

To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

Mission Statement

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through clubs.

 

Lions Victories Over Reversible Blindness

Lions Clubs International Foundation Has Prevented Vision Loss For More Than 30 Million People

Restored Sight To Over 8 Million People Through Cataract Surgeries

Provided Treatment For River Blindness To More Than 150 Million People, and River Blindness Will One Day Be Completely Eradicated

Established 60 Eye Banks, Providing Donor Tissue For Corneal Transplants Throughout The World

Built Or Expanded Over 600 Eye Clinics - Constructed Or Expanded 207 Eye Hospitals

Provided Equipment Upgrades For 314 Eye Centers

Successfully Trained More Than 600,000 Eye Care Specialist Including Ophthalmologists, Ophthalmic Nurses, Professional Health Workers and local Village Health Workers

Conducted Over 17 Million Vision Screenings Through The Sight For Kids Program

Contributed More Than $100 Million In Disaster Relief Worldwide

Helped 13 Million Students Build Positive Life Skills Through The Lions Quest Program  

Impacted Countless Lives Through $800 Million In Lions Clubs International Foundation Grants

Lions Clubs International Foundation Is Working To Provide Millions Of Dollars For Vaccine To Eradicate The Horrible Disease Of Measles Which Kills Innocent Children Every Day

Lions Have Collected Used Eye Glasses From Selected Collection Points, Then Cleaned, Repaired And Distributed Over 30 Million Used Eye Glasses Yearly, With Over 13 Million Of These Used Eye Glasses Being Sent To The Poor In Developing Nations

Millions Of New Eye Glasses Are Also Purchased Each Year For The Poor Including Eye Exams

All These Services Free Of Charge All Provided By Local Lions Clubs Worldwide, Over 3 Million Members Raise Monies Through Local Charity Events & Also Give Money Themselves And Get Others To Donate To Their Own State (Country) Lions Foundation & The International Lions Foundation. Anyone In Need May Contact The Local Lions Club In His Or Her Own Town Or Community.

 

The Lions Roar

Roarrrrrrrr Lions! 
Roarrrrrrrr Lions! 
Roarrrrrrrr Lions! 
Bite ‘em!, Bite ‘em!, Bite’em!. 

 

The Lions Chant

Hail! Hail! The Lions Are Here, Don’t You Hear Them Roaring ! Don’t You Hear Them Roaring! Hail! Hail! The Lions Are Here! Don’t You Hear Them Roaring Now!

 

A Journey Through History

The Pine Level Lions Club was organized May, A.D.1945 receiving its original charter yet it became defunct in January, A.D.1948 and thus reorganized on January 16th. A.D.1950, its present charter was issued on the 1st. of March A.D.1950.

Its sponsoring Club was the Princeton Lions Club for both charters.

The charter members in A.D.1945 were Walter Godwin, Doc R. Oliver, William B. Oliver, J.E. Parker, B.B. Parker, W.C. Wilkins, Rudolph E. Oliver, James L. Peedin.

The following became the charter members under the A.D.1950 reorganization of the Pine Level Lions Club  William T. Bachelor, Clyde L. Creech, Levey P. Creech, Gordon L. Godwin, Norwood G. Jones, Walter B. Godwin, Rev.J.R. Jones, Alvin Kornegay Jr., H.G. Kornegay, Clyde Mozingo, Dr. D. Buren Oliver, Doc R. Oliver, Rudolph E. Oliver, William B. Oliver, B.B.Parker, J.E. Parker, James L. Peedin, Clarence W. Strickland, J.E. Strickland, Ralph S. Styron, Simon D. Styron, F..B. Trivette, J.W. Walters, Ashton Wiggs, W.C. Wilkins, W.E. Warren Jr., Edward L. White, Marvin W, White.

During the early 1950s A.D. Lion Joseph B. Dupree Sr. had a block building, which  Lion Rudolph E. Oliver purchased with its surrounding land for the Club to use, having a sign, Pine Level Lions Den painted on the front of the building.

Lion Rudolph E. Oliver donated this building and land through legal deed to the Pine Level Lions Club on the 8th day of April A.D.1954, and it is still in use today by the Club.

Located outside of the Town of Pine Level in the countryside toward Selma, the building at one time was a tavern.Today alcoholic beverages are never allowed on the property or in the Lions Den.

Throughout the years it has been bricked, a porch added, and a new roof and sign," Pine Level Lions Club Chartered 1950 We Serve", containing the Lions Logo.

Before Lion Rudolph E. Oliver donated the Lions Den the Pine Level Lions Club members used the little white building attached to the Pine Level High School Gym for their meetings.The Woman’s Club and other Town of Pine Level civic groups also used the little white building until each one also obtained their own buildings.

At onetime many years ago the Club had a pet goat, which was sent to the home of any member, which did not attend a meeting, and that goat was under their care to feed till the next meeting in a fortnight.

When two members were absent then one would keep the goat for one week and then the other the next week before the next Club meeting.

Because of the goat most members made it to the Club meetings so they would not have to take the goat home, which was known to eat any rose bush it could find.



Our Club is amongst the oldest in District 31 N, meeting the 1st. &  3rd. Mon. at  7  PM.


In A.D. 1950 the Club started many charities, which remain active as local traditions.


Our  annual Turkey shoot is held every November at Sam Godwin Park in the Town of Pine Level. Formerly held at the Club the Turkey Shoot was started in A.D 1961. Then there is the school Facility Night Banquet since A.D. 1962 our Club has provided a free banquet for the entire staff of our local school, originally the 1st. - 12th. Grades - Pine Level High School,and since A.D.1983 our Club has provided fruit baskets at Christmas every year for local Widows.

Since A.D.1953 our Club has produced as a fundraising project our annual Club Calendar with color picture including the meeting dates of our Club and the local Fire Department, also including the birthdays, anniversaries and memorials of our local families. Everyone really enjoys the calendar and the brooms we sell at the Town Market, and the Lions candy mints we sell at local community stores.
 

The Pine Level Lions Club promoted an annual charity horse show, with participants from across America, which performed for prizes to the enjoyment of local children and their parents. It was replaced in A.D. 2008 by our annual Lions Charity Golf Tournament which is held each year at the Cardinal Country Club in Pine Level North Carolina.

Our Club supports many annual projects such as the Lions Leader Dog League For The Blind, White Cane, Boys & Girls Home and the Lions Cottage at Lake Waccamaw,Camp Dogwood, Relay for Life, Lions Vision Van, N.C. Lions Foundation (NC Lions Inc), LCIF (Lions Clubs International Foundation).  

“Sight – First Program” many children and adults now see more clearly.

Our Club has supported both the first and second campaigns for Sight First.

Sight: First - Lions Conquering Blindness

Our Club has provided local tornado relief, hurricane relief and in Haiti, New Zealand and Japan we have provided disaster relief. Eighty-five percent of all monies raised by the Pine Level Lions Club is used to give support to the local communities and the citizens of North Carolina.

We provide Eye exams and Eyeglasses to lower income individuals in need which cannot obtain government assistance. We also support the local Girl and Boy Scouting Programs, and Elderly Assistance Projects.

Our Club has by unanimous vote sponsored a new Kenly Lions Club, and our Club has also by unanimous vote decided to sponsor a Leo Club in our zone at North Johnston High School.

Leo Clubs provide a youth leadership program which teaches High School students and College level individuals business skills with an Infosys placed on community service.


When you see the American Red Cross and the International Red Cross working to help those in need it is always local Lions Members that are working right beside of them, as the world’s largest civic club. Every male Lions member united together with every female Lioness member, working together make up the international humanitarian army of one million three hundred thousand volunteers worldwide thus enforcing our, Motto:

“We Serve.”

  

  Lions Slogan: "Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety" 

 

N.C. Lions Foundation  ( NC Lions Inc.) Ordinary People Doing Amazing Things

The North Carolina Lions Foundation, now known as NC Lions Inc is the charitable organization managed and owned by the North Carolina Lions. The leadership is elected. Each district elects directors to the board, which meets quarterly. The NC Lions Inc President appoints chairpersons to the committees of the NC Lions Inc .

  

Camp Dogwood

Our 56 acre Camp Dogwood is a recreational facility, serving the blind and visually impaired people of North Carolina. It offers blind and visually impaired persons an environment that is uniquely designed for their needs.

The Camp is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Norman in North Carolina and is one of the finest facilities in the world. The North Carolina Lions own, fund and maintain the camp.

Camp Dogwood is an impressive campus which gives the blind and visually impaired a summer vacation.

Camp Dogwood provides a camping program during the summer typically with twelve one-week sessions. It is recreational/vacation experience utilizing the waterfront on Lake Norman for boating, swimming, fishing, skiing, and tubing along with activities in arts and crafts, evening activities.

The campers also can make off campus trips to the Valley Hills Mall in Hickory, go bowling in Newton, horseback riding in Mt. Holly, play Putt-Putt in Denver, and shop at the Wal-Mart Super Center in Mooresville. The Camp employs 14 to 16 young adults who live and work at the Camp during the summer.

The ratio of staff to campers is about one to five. The staff serves as sighted guides, assists in the serving of meals, and are at the Camp to ensure that the campers have a week of fun and fellowship.

In addition to the staff of young adults, the Camp has 4 to 6 older volunteers and a full time professional staff that manages programming, housekeeping meal preparation and the health needs of the campers.

The average age of the campers is 59.

The Camp does offer one week for children/youth ages 8 - 17.

  

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International was founded in the United States in A.D. 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman. Jones asked, with regard to his colleagues, "What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?" Jones' personal code, "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else," reminds many Lions of the importance of community service.

The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and other programs.

 

CLUB OBJECTS


 

The stated purposes of Lions Clubs International are:

To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.


To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.


To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.


To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.


To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.


To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.


To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.


To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

 

Charitable work

Much of the focus of Lions Clubs International work as a service club organization is to raise money for worthy causes.

All funds raised by Lions Clubs from the general public are used for charitable purposes, and administrative costs are kept strictly separate and paid for by Lion members.

Some of the money raised for a club’s charity account goes toward projects that benefit the local community of an individual club.

Service projects

Lions Clubs plan and participate in a wide variety of service projects that meet the international goals of Lions Clubs International as well as the needs of their local communities.

Examples include donations to hospices,or community campaigns such as Message in a bottle, a United Kingdom initiative which places a plastic bottle with critical medical information inside the refrigerators of vulnerable people and money is also raised for international purposes.

Some of this is donated in reaction to events such as the A.D. 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Other money is used to support international campaigns, coordinated by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), such as Sight First and Lions World Sight Day, which was launched in A.D.1998 to draw world media attention to the plight of sight loss in the third world.

Lions focus on work for the blind and visually impaired began when Helen Keller addressed the International Convention at Cedar Point, Ohio on the 30th. of June A.D.1925 and charged Lions to be Knights of the Blind.


Lions also have a strong commitment to community hearing- and cancer-screening projects. In Perth, Western Australia, Lions have conducted hearing screening for over 30 years and provided seed funding for the Lions Ear and Hearing Institute established September 9th., A.D. 2001, a center of excellence in the diagnosis, management, and research of ear and hearing disorders.

In Perth Australia, Lions have also been instrumental in the establishment of the Lions Eye Institute. In Brisbane, Queensland, the Lions Medical Research Foundation provides funding to a number of researchers.

Professor Ian Frazer's initial work, leading to the development of a HPV vaccine for cervical cancer, was funded by the Lions Medical Research Foundation.

Lions Clubs International has supported the work of the United Nations since that organization's inception in A.D. 1945, when it was one of the non-governmental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, California USA.
 

Lions collect in excess 30 million used eyeglasses each year at selected collection points,which are then shipped to the nearest Lions Eyegass Recycling Center for processing and ditribution for free to those in need of eyeglases.



Lions Clubs International Foundation  LCIF


Lions Clubs International Foundation is “Lions helping Lions serve the world.” Donations provide funding in the form of grants to financially assist Lions districts with large-scale humanitarian projects that are too expansive and costly for Lions to finance on their own.

The Foundation aids Lions in making a greater impact in their local communities, as well as around the world. Through LCIF, Lions ease pain and suffering and bring healing and hope to people worldwide. Major initiatives of the foundation include the following:

SightFirst programs
Childhood Blindness Project
Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP, pronounced "leap")
River Blindness/Trachoma
SightFirst China Action
Sight for Kids
Other sight programs
Core 4 Preschool
Vision Screening
Disability programs
Lions World Services for the Blind
Diabetes Prevention/Treatment
Habitat for Humanity Partnership
Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project
Low Vision

Special Olympics Opening Eyes

Lions Clubs International also sponsors an annual international event on World Sight Day, every year in the month of October.

 

Lions Clubs International Foundation LCIF has worked with Helen Keller International reducing malnutrition, and working together we have improved the eyesights of many indiviuals, it is our goal to one day eliminate all preventable blindness.

 

Lions provide freely, funds for research grants and medicine for the prevention, and teatment of glaucoma,  diabetic retinopathy, Trachoma - bacteria eye infection, and Onchocerciasis- river blindness.  

 

Lions work together with Easter Seals Camps and child development centers to provide physical rehabilitation for children with autism and other disabilities, and to provide job training for people with disabilities, which may be able to learn job skills.


The Lions Easter Seals Camps provide FREE overnight summer camping experiences for children and teens with physical and/or mental disabilities.

 

 

Lions support Assistance Dogs - Special Skills Compainons known as Pilot guide dogs for the blind.

Pilot guide dogs for the blind, and the deaf, and hearing impaired.

 

Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional People

Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence LPCCI

LPCCI is a non- profit organization which was formed in A.D.1983 to educate, raise funds, and to seek puppy raisers for CCI.

CCI  Canine Companions for Independence was founded in A.D. 1975 to train specially bred dogs to help indiviuals with disabilities other than blindness, such as Mutiple Sclerosis, and other inflammatory diseases.

 

 

 Youth Programs

Membership in LEO Clubs as Lions Clubs is by invitation only, though individuals are rarely turned away in either Clubs, and attendance at meetings is expected on a monthly or fortnightly basis.

Due to the hierarchical nature of Lions Clubs International, members have the opportunity to advance from a local club to an office at the zone, district, multiple district and international levels.

In A.D.1986 the constitution of Lions Clubs International was amended to allow for women to become members. Since then many clubs have admitted women, but some all-male clubs still exist which is a completely appropriate choice if it is what a local Club desires .



Lioness Clubs


Lioness Club Membership is only for service-minded women

They are formed under a parent Lions Club. The Lions Club thus becomes the Parent Club for the Lioness Club. Naming of the Club is also like that of the Lions Club.



Extensions of the Lions family


In addition to adult Lions Clubs, the Lions family includes Lioness Clubs, Leo Clubs and Campus Lions Clubs. These divisions are important parts of Lions Clubs International. They allow service-minded individuals the opportunity to build better communities at the high school and college or university level.


Leo Clubs

Leo Clubs are an extension of the Lions service organization which aims to encourage community service and involvement from a young age. Leo Clubs much like Lioness Clubs are sponsored by a parent Lions Club. Leo Clubs are a common school-based organization with members between the ages of 12-18 from the same school, these are commonly referred to as Alpha Leo Clubs.

Community based clubs also exist, these generally cater for 18-30 year olds and are referred to as Omega Leo Clubs.

Leo Clubs are required to have a Leo Club Advisor, a member of the sponsoring Lions Club who attends meetings and provides general advice to the club. Lions International includes more than 144,000 Leo club members in 139 countries.



Campus Lions Clubs


Many Leos join a Campus Lions Club if they attend a university or college after high school graduation. There are more than 125 Campus Lions clubs in the world including nearly 2,500 members on college and university campuses.

 

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"Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living"
Albert Einstein

 

How to become a member of the Pine Level Lions Club

Contact the Lion President, Lion Secretary or any Lions Member of the Pine Level Lions Club, and then express a sincere interest in joining the Pine Level Lions Club

Membership in the Pine Level Lions Club may be attained by invitation only and the standards are reasonably high and limited to persons of good moral character and reputation

 The completion of the Lions Clubs International Membership Application (By Invitation Only) does not imply or guarantee that the Pine Level Lions Club will invite a candidate to join the Club. A current Pine Level Lions Club member must sponsor a candidate and the Club reserves the right to deny approval for membership

The membership application is not valid unless approved and signed by the sponsoring Lion, the Club secretary, the Club membership committee chairperson, and an officer of the Pine Level Lions Club's board of directors.

Then the completed application is given to the sponsoring Lion to present to the Pine Level Lions Club membership for a vote. If elected the candidate will be informed when to appear before the Club to be inducted a new member of the Pine Level Lions Club, thus receiving all the rights and privileges of membership in Lionism. 

 

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