Lions District 14-G holds 32nd annual convention

The Lions Club District 14-G held its 32nd annual convention April 5 and 6 at the Genetti Hotel. Convention chair, Lion Jim Crawley, of the South Williamsport Lions Club, opened the convention with a business session.

The two-day event included members from 62 Lions Clubs, 8 Lioness Clubs and 11 Leo clubs in the district, which consists of the 12 counties surrounding Lycoming County.

Gary Strauch from the Benton Lions Club is district governor of 14-G for the 2013-14 Lions year.

The sessions activities included seminars on leadership, club officer training and membership. Other sessions included: Leader Dog; North Central Sight Services; Northeast PA Lions Eye Bank; Macular Degeneration; and Childhood Eye Screening.

A business session was held recently. Voting was held for district governor, and first and second vice district governors for the 2014-15 Lions year. Election results were Lion Robert “Bob” Dunne, a member of the Montoursville Lions Club, district governor; Lion Charles “Charlie” Poust, a member of the Ferguson Township Lions Club, first vice district governor; and, Lion James “Jim” Crawley, a member of the South Williamsport, second vice district governor.

An honors banquet was held Saturday night during which two members received the Counselors Award. Past district governor, Kerry Drake, counsellor’s president, presented the awards. Recipients are Lion Thomas Stoner, a member of the Centre Hall Lions Club, and Lion Dean Rishel, a member of the Millheim Lions Club. Recipients must have served at least 10 years as a Lion, earned at least five years of perfect attendance, served as either president or secretary of their club or have displayed other exemplary service, and must be a Lion in good standing in a Lions Club in good standing within Multiple District 14.

The district Peace Poster winner was also honored at the banquet. Olivia Nearhoof, is an eighth grade student at the Sugar Valley Charter School. She was sponsored by the Sugar Valley Lions Club. The theme for the contest was “Our World Our Future.”

Olivia’s quote on peace is “Unveiling the peace of the world is my hope”. The worldwide contest is open to students 11 to 13 years old. Lion Shirley Schriner, District Peace Poster chair presented Nearhoof’s with a plaque and a check.

Other activities included a Lioness/Partners in Service breakfast. Lioness Liaison presented Lioness Carol Reed with the 14-G Lioness of the Year Award. Lioness Carol has been an active member of the Sayre-Athens Lioness Club for 37 years, and has held many offices including president five times, and has served on many committees of the club. She was recognized for her outstanding service and will also be recognized at the State Convention in May.

A memorial service to honor deceased members this past year will be held, followed by the convention banquet at noon. The honored guest and keynote speaker is International Director Dr. H. Hauser Weiler. Weiler, from Lancaster, Va., was elected to serve a two-year term as Director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 95th International Convention, held in Busan, Korea, June 22-26, 2012.

A member of the Tappahannock lions Club and a Lion since 1989, he has held many offices within the association including club president, sight chairman, zone chair, region chair, 24-D treasurer, district governor, multiple district Remote Area Medical (RAM) chair and council chairman 2001-2002. He has sponsored more than 40 members into Lions and earned a Senior Master Key.

He is the secretary and treasurer of the Virginia Lions Eyeglass Recycling Inc. Foundation and Executive Director of the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center of Eastern Virginia. He serves on the service activities committee of the LCI board of directors.

In recognition of his service to the association, he has received numerous awards including Lion of the Year; three Council of Governors Awards; Lions of Virginia Foundation Humanitarian award; two International President’s Medals; and five President’s Certificate of Appreciation. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to his Lions activities, Weiler is secretary and treasurer of the Northern Neck Medical Association, a 32 Degree Mason, Kentucky Colonel and Arkansas Traveler.

Weiler is an ophthalmologist in private practice and lives in Lancaster County in the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay. He retired as a Captain from the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in 1989.