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Lions District 18N Region Chair Mark Anners motivates local Lions
Mark Anners, District Lions Region Chair
Mark Anners, District Lions Region Chair

Mark Anners, Lions District 18N Past District Governor and current Region Chair, spoke to the Glennville Lions Club members at their Thursday, September 22, 2022, meeting. He explained that his job is to help the clubs with membership, leadership, and  goals. Anners is also a member of the Bellville Lions Club, which has 26 members.

"The three emphases this year are to revitalize the clubs, motivate new members, and create service projects, and also to add at least one new club in our district.  Our plans now are to charter a new club on October 8, the Islands Marsh and River Club," he said.

"In reference to membership, we want to retain our current members and bring in new, younger members.  Right now, we have 1128 members in our district, and we would like to see that number rise to 1250 by year end," said Anners.

"We want to increase our service in our areas of vision, hunger, the environment, pediatric cancer assistance, and diabetes awareness," said Anners, adding that diabetes is the leading causes of blindness.

The next District Cabinet meeting is October 1 in Lyons, and the District Convention is May 19 and 21 in Atlanta. The Grace Clower Leadership Retreat is planned in January 2023 at the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross, and the registration fee is only $75 for the weekend.

Shellie Smith, who is the Lions District Governor this year, commented on the local Lions Club projects, which include the gathering of canned food items, upcoming gun raffle that the club annually sponsors, and the two projects the Leos have selected.  These are, once again, collecting clothing donations for the men and women who will soon be exiting the transition center in Claxton and collecting Legos (new unopened boxes) for the children's hospitals.  Leos is a junior Lions Club, and the Tattnall County High School (TCHS) Club has 47 members.

The Glennville Lions Club gun raffle tickets are $5 each and will be available in the next few weeks. This is the club's biggest fundraiser, netting the club approximately $2000.

She also shared information on partnering with the Douglas Lions Club in selling their Big Buck tickets.  Each Glennville Lions Club member is being asked to sell two books of 20 tickets each, and the tickets are $30 each.

New member Terry Waters was officially inducted into the Glennville Lions Club during the meeting.