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meeting reminder

Carla Ruschival
 

The American Council of Blind Lions will meet this evening at 9:00 PM
Eastern (6:00 Pacific and 3:00 Hawaiian) via conference call. All
Lions who are blind or visually impaired and anyone interested in
becoming a Lion, as well as former Lions, are welcome to attend.

The dial-in number is

712-432-3900

and the call code is 796096.

Looking forward to talking with all of you tonight.

Lion Carla Ruschival, President


Announcing: 2020 ICB 50/50 Summer Raffle!

Ray Campbell
 

Hello:

I'm pleased to announce that the 2020 Illinois Council of the Blind (ICB)
50/50 Summer Raffle is now on and selling tickets. Tickets are $5.00 each
or 5 for $20. You'll win 50% of the pot, and last year's winner won $900.

There are three ways to purchase tickets. You can go to the ICB Website,
www.icbonline.org and click on the "2020 ICB Summer Raffle" link. If you
choose this option, and, you purchase 5 or more tickets, you won't see the
discount for 5 or more tickets applied until you submit the form, go to your
shopping cart to review your order and check out. The direct link to the
2020 Summer Raffle page is: www.icbonline.org/2020-summer-raffle.
Otherwise, you can call the ICB office at 217-523-4967 and purchase tickets.
If you do this, you can pay for your tickets with credit or debit card.
Finally, you can send a check made out to "Illinois Council of the Blind"
and mail it to our PO Box:
PO Box 1336
Springfield, IL 62705-1336. Please be sure to indicate how many tickets
you'd like. The winner will be drawn on September 14, 2020.

This year, we truly need your support of this raffle more than ever. With
the Coronavirus pandemic, many of the regular fundraising opportunities
available to us such as our convention and dinner dance aren't going to
happen this year. So please, dig deep and purchase as many tickets as you
can. We thank you very much in advance.

You can't win if you don't play. So purchase those tickets now and when
Fall comes around, you just might be a little richer!



Ray Campbell, Member, Board of Directors, Illinois Council of the Blind
Ray153056@...


Re: Sad News from Illinois

Cindy Colon <cindy329@...>
 

Hello Ray,

Can you please send me your phone number? I need to speak to you it's very
urgent. Thank you, Cindy Colon

-----Original Message-----
From: acb-lions [mailto:acb-lions-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Ray
Campbell via acb-lions
Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2020 3:50 PM
To: acb-lions@...
Cc: Ray Campbell
Subject: [acb-lions] Sad News from Illinois

Hello Lions:

I'm sad to report that Lion Alberta O'Shaunessy, a long time ACB member and
a former member of ACB Lions from Chicago passed away suddenly last night.
I have no other details at this time.

Alberta was the widow of the late Bob O'Shaunessy who was instrumental in
the founding of ACB and was an ACB Charter Member.

Rest in Peace, Lion Alberta. I'll pass on more information when I have it.



Lion Ray Campbell, President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and Vice President,
American Council of Blind Lions Ray153056@...


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Sad News from Illinois

Ray Campbell
 

Hello Lions:

I'm sad to report that Lion Alberta O'Shaunessy, a long time ACB member and
a former member of ACB Lions from Chicago passed away suddenly last night.
I have no other details at this time.

Alberta was the widow of the late Bob O'Shaunessy who was instrumental in
the founding of ACB and was an ACB Charter Member.

Rest in Peace, Lion Alberta. I'll pass on more information when I have it.



Lion Ray Campbell, President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
Vice President, American Council of Blind Lions
Ray153056@...


FW: How to serve in our new paradigm

Ray Campbell
 

Some words from our Lions Clubs International Foundation Chairperson on serving in our new paradigm.

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

Vice President, American Council of Blind Lions

Ray153056@...

 

From: Gudrun Yngvadottir, LCIF Chairperson <chairperson@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:07 AM
To: ray153056@...
Subject: How to serve in our new paradigm

 

Help the world from home by starting your own LCIF fundraiser.

 

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Lions Clubs International Foundation eNewsletter

 

A letter from your chairperson

Gudrun Yngvadottir

Dear Lion,

Together, we are rising to the challenge of fighting the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19). To date, LCIF has provided more than US$3,500,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts. Lions everywhere are supporting communities near and far with messages of hope and donations to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) — your foundation. However, Lions embody service. During this time of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, it can be a challenge to wait until it is safe to participate in responding to the need of your community. We have to be creative in how to serve in these times, and I wanted to offer you an idea.

Have you created a LCIF Facebook fundraiser yet?

If not, please consider adding this to your social distancing activities. They are easy to create and can be built at any time to help generate funds for LCIF’s important humanitarian efforts around the globe.

When a donation to LCIF is made through your fundraiser, 100% of funds will go to our global cause programs to increase Lions’ ability to serve the world.

I hope you consider serving your community in this unique way. Until we can all serve again, stay safe.

In friendship,

Gudrun Yngvadottir
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

 

LCIF and Global HOPE Fight Childhood Cancer

Only 10 percent of children survive cancer in developing countries. Because of this staggering reality, LCIF and Global HOPE began a partnership to dramatically improve the treatment and prognosis for children with cancer and blood disorders in Botswana, Malawi, and Uganda.

LEARN MORE

 

An Easy Way to Commit to Campaign 100

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Donors can now commit to Campaign 100 through a new online pledge form. Holding a fundraiser? This online form makes it easier to collect pledges from your fellow Lions and friends. Try it out at your next fundraising event or submit your pledge today! Support the foundation that supports you.

 

Image removed by sender. A Lion is unpacking surgical masks to protect medical workers from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Lions could provide protective materials with a grant from LCIF.

Share Your Story

Has LCIF funded a project in your community? Has a LCIF grant helped you personally? Storytelling is key to spreading awareness, and our website makes it easy. Share your story today—it may even be published in an upcoming issue of LION Magazine, as a blog, or in another LCIF publication.

YOUR STORY

 

Lions and The Carter Center: Partners in Vision

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The Carter Center and LCIF’s SightFirst program are working together to put a stop to agonizing diseases like river blindness, prevent blindness and visual impairment, and restore sight to those who have lost it. In other words, the partnership LCIF has with The Carter Center is doing amazing things, particularly for the African region.

 

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Take Your Donation to the Next Level

Become a monthly donor. Lions are there when communities need them, bringing help and resources to combat tragedy. Your gift to LCIF — your  foundation — empowers the service of Lions everywhere. Together, we make a powerful impact.

GIVE TODAY

 

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Campaign 100: LCIF Empowering Service

Our world is in need, and caring Lions, supported by our global foundation, are changing it. Learn more about the power of Campaign 100 to support Lions as they transform the lives of friends, families, and community members, and then help create the change we want to see in the world.

LEARN MORE

 

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ACB Blind Lions Minutes from April 2, 2020

Betsy Grenevitch
 

Sorry these are later than usual. I am going to start writing down a reminder to send them on Thursday after our meeting.


They should be attached.



--
Betsy Grenevitch
678-862-3876


please either send me the recording or the link to it

Betsy Grenevitch
 

Please either send me the link or the recording to the blind Lions meeting tonight. I need to make sure I got everything. I had not planned to update the note taker today but had no choice as some programs had gotten really sluggish. I did not even know an update was available. I got most everything but am not sure about a couple of things.


Thanks so much.


If the recording is not available to me for some reason please at least send me the amount in the treasurer's report and also those present.



--
Betsy Grenevitch
678-862-3876


Re: unable to down load the spring 2020 lion magazine. I tried with both ie and the latest version of google chrome. I amusing nvda on windows 1909. In chrome I can not find the down load it all button. In ie it is there but when I press it it says 0 percent and does nothing. Do I need to be signed to google drive oris this an nvda issue? When I press control j I don't hear any percentages but with any other down loads I do. What am I doing wrong? If no one is having this issue than how do I fix this problem. If I can't get this problem then I will never be able to read the lion magazine. Theprevious issue took 3 tries to down load it but this time no go at all.

Donna Pomerantz
 

Hi Betsy, when our club secretary sends our member information to international as dues paid members in good standing, international subscribes each member to the digital magazine.

It is very readable I find as well.

Donna

-----Original Message-----
From: Betsy Grenevitch via acb-lions <acb-lions@...>
Sent: Apr 30, 2020 7:31 PM
To: Carla Ruschival via acb-lions <acb-lions@...>
Cc: Betsy Grenevitch <blindangel61@...>
Subject: Re: [acb-lions] unable to down load the spring 2020 lion magazine. I tried with both ie and the latest version of google chrome. I amusing nvda on windows 1909. In chrome I can not find the down load it all button. In ie it is there but when I press it it says 0 percent and does nothing. Do I need to be signed to google drive oris this an nvda issue? When I press control j I don't hear any percentages but with any other down loads I do. What am I doing wrong? If no one is having this issue than how do I fix this problem. If I can't get this problem then I will never be able to read the lion magazine. Theprevious issue took 3 tries to down load it but this time no go at all.

I did not know you could receive your magazine via email. Does your club
have to sign you up for it? I miss scanning and reading the print ones
that used to come out.


On 4/30/2020 9:30 PM, Carla Ruschival via acb-lions wrote:
Brian1sorry you are having trouble.

I receive my magazine as an email frm LCI. Since I did not subscribe directly for the email, I assume it happened when my local club submitted my membership information to headquarters. You might want to check with your local Lions club. I am sure they will be able to help you receive the magazine by email, which by the way is very readable.

Hope this helps.

Carla


On Apr 30, 2020, at 7:59 PM, Brian via acb-lions <acb-lions@...> wrote:

Brian Sackrider

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Betsy Grenevitch
678-862-3876

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Re: unable to down load the spring 2020 lion magazine. I tried with both ie and the latest version of google chrome. I amusing nvda on windows 1909. In chrome I can not find the down load it all button. In ie it is there but when I press it it says 0 percent and does nothing. Do I need to be signed to google drive oris this an nvda issue? When I press control j I don't hear any percentages but with any other down loads I do. What am I doing wrong? If no one is having this issue than how do I fix this problem. If I can't get this problem then I will never be able to read the lion magazine. Theprevious issue took 3 tries to down load it but this time no go at all.

Betsy Grenevitch
 

I did not know you could receive your magazine via email. Does your club have to sign you up for it? I miss scanning and reading the print ones that used to come out.

On 4/30/2020 9:30 PM, Carla Ruschival via acb-lions wrote:
Brian1sorry you are having trouble.

I receive my magazine as an email frm LCI. Since I did not subscribe directly for the email, I assume it happened when my local club submitted my membership information to headquarters. You might want to check with your local Lions club. I am sure they will be able to help you receive the magazine by email, which by the way is very readable.

Hope this helps.

Carla

On Apr 30, 2020, at 7:59 PM, Brian via acb-lions <acb-lions@...> wrote:

Brian Sackrider

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Betsy Grenevitch
678-862-3876


Re: unable to down load the spring 2020 lion magazine. I tried with both ie and the latest version of google chrome. I amusing nvda on windows 1909. In chrome I can not find the down load it all button. In ie it is there but when I press it it says 0 percent and does nothing. Do I need to be signed to google drive oris this an nvda issue? When I press control j I don't hear any percentages but with any other down loads I do. What am I doing wrong? If no one is having this issue than how do I fix this problem. If I can't get this problem then I will never be able to read the lion magazine. Theprevious issue took 3 tries to down load it but this time no go at all.

Carla Ruschival
 

Brian1sorry you are having trouble.

I receive my magazine as an email frm LCI. Since I did not subscribe directly for the email, I assume it happened when my local club submitted my membership information to headquarters. You might want to check with your local Lions club. I am sure they will be able to help you receive the magazine by email, which by the way is very readable.

Hope this helps.

Carla

On Apr 30, 2020, at 7:59 PM, Brian via acb-lions <acb-lions@...> wrote:

Brian Sackrider

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unable to down load the spring 2020 lion magazine. I tried with both ie and the latest version of google chrome. I amusing nvda on windows 1909. In chrome I can not find the down load it all button. In ie it is there but when I press it it says 0 percent and does nothing. Do I need to be signed to google drive oris this an nvda issue? When I press control j I don't hear any percentages but with any other down loads I do. What am I doing wrong? If no one is having this issue than how do I fix this problem. If I can't get this problem then I will never be able to read the lion magazine. Theprevious issue took 3 tries to down load it but this time no go at all.

brian
 

Brian Sackrider


FW: Lions HQ Oak Brook office closure extended to May 30

Ray Campbell
 

 

 

Ray Campbell

Ray153056@...

 

Blog: farmers-boy.livejournal.com

Twitter: @packerbackerray

Facebook: www.facebook.com/packerbackerray

 

From: Lions Clubs International <Frank.Moore@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 5:06 AM
To: ray153056@...
Subject: Lions HQ Oak Brook office closure extended to May 30

 

Dear Lion,

The Illinois State government in the USA announced that its stay-at-home order will be extended until at least May 30 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The measures included the requirement to cease all nonessential services in the state. Lions Clubs International is identified as “nonessential.” To comply with the state mandate, the Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook will be closed at least until May 30, 2020.

While staff will not physically be in the building, staff teams will be working remotely and available during business hours to respond to the needs of Lions. You may contact LCI staff or LCIF staff as needed.

The performance of systems may be impacted due to the increased number of people working remotely, and response time may be affected. Some of our business operations that require physical interaction will likely be limited.

More details will be provided as the situation evolves, but here is some preliminary guidance:

·    For information on district and multiple district conventions, please check our coronavirus updates webpage.

·    Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.

·    For Lions International payments, please utilize online payment options via MyLCI or any other electronic payment method (ACH, SEPA, Boleto, NEFT, etc.) instead of sending checks to the office.

·    Please submit LCIF donations via the website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements and recognition will be delayed while the office is closed.

·    There will be delays in shipping awards and recognitions, club supplies orders, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

In kindness,

PIP Frank Moore
Executive Administrator and Secretary

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Make a difference, be counted

 




Begin forwarded message:

From: <rgraham@...>
Date: April 19, 2020 at 12:36:38 PM CDT
To: <rgraham@...>
Subject: Make a difference, be counted

Greetings, this is Ron Graham, the president of the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN,)writing to you today with one simple, but very important  question. Please read and share with your groups and contacts, as this impacts each and every one of us.

 

Have you completed the 2020 Census?

 

If you have already completed it, then thank you. But if you haven’t, I have some information to share with you and hope it compels you to follow through and complete it.

 

 

    • EX Did you know that there are only 9 questions on the 2020 Census?

 

EX: “Did you know funding for SNAP, Medicare/Medicaid, highways, housing vouchers and education grants + many more benefits in your community are all impacted by census counts? Protect what matters to you and your community by counting yourself and your household.”                                  

 

 

    • EX: “Did you know the next opportunity to impact the count for these services will not be until 2030? Impact the next 10 years now.”

 

    • EX: “Did you know it’s your right per the Constitution to be counted? We invite everyone to participate. By law, your info can’t be shared with any other government agencies or used to impact your immigration status.”
  1. You can complete the census online, by phone or by mail. If you do not self-respond
    by one of these methods, a census worker will visit your household.

If you wish to complete the census by telephone, dial 1-844 330 2020 Yes, its that easy!.

If you are in the Houston/Harris County area and want more information, go to

www.harrishoustoncounts.com

 

And the official Census 2020 Website is:           

https://2020census.gov

 

The original 2020 Census campaign was supposed to run through July31, but the COVID-19  health crisis happened and it is now extended through Aug 14. But, after that date, the collection of information is over.

 

So, act now! Do your part and be counted; make a difference for the future.

 

#HoustonCounts               #HTownCounts               #YEStotheCensus

 

HAVIN: Bringing unity to our community

--

Ron Graham, President

Houston Area Visually Impaired Network (HAVIN)

A 501(c)(3) charitable organization

Email: rgraham@...

Ph: 713.825.9108

web site: http://www.havintx.org


Interested in learning about space from home?

 




Begin forwarded message:

From: <rgraham@...>
Date: April 19, 2020 at 9:19:18 PM CDT
To: "'Tamara Traber'" <TamaraTraber@...>, "'Stacie Gallegos'" <shardy@...>, "'Naomi Panarella'" <naomipanarella417@...>, "'Victoria Hillard'" <info@...>, <minniechristal@...>, "'Terence Gosey'" <blind.t08@...>, "'Karen Eitel'" <kareneitel@...>, "'Paloma Marquez'" <paloma.e.marquez@...>, "'Raul A. Gallegos'" <raul@...>, <chelseawin814@...>, <mendygraham@...>, "'Modi, Swati'" <scmodi@...>, "'Swati''" <scmodi@...>, "'Hooper, Nicole'" <nhooper@...>, "'Nicole''" <nhooper@...>, <Nicole' <nhooper@...>>
Subject: FW: Interested in learning about space from home?

I think they might appreciate a wide distribution to gauge interest.

Please share with your groups and contacts.

 

Ron

 

From: smcmahon@... <smcmahon@...>
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 11:59 AM
Subject: Interested in learning about space from home?

 

As the world is looking for new ways for learning, Space Center Houston provides quality space-exploration distance learning opportunities. I would like to expand these opportunities for those with learning differences from the comfort and safety of your home. 

 

Your response to this form is to determine interest only. You are not obligated to participate in any Space Center Houston activities by filling out this survey. Thank you for your time and consideration.

 

Please click the link below to fill out the short survey:

 

 

Thank your for your time and consideration!

Stephanie 

“Accessibility allows us to tap into everyone’s potential.” ― Debra Ruh

 

Stephanie McMahon, CAS

Accessibility and Inclusion Specialist

She/Her/Mrs. (Please feel free to call me Stephanie)

 

Space Center Houston

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Office: +1 281 244 2147

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FW: Letter From First Vice District Governor

Ray Campbell
 

Hi ACB Lions:

 

Just want to share the attached letter from District 1-J’s First Vice District Governor.  Gives us a few things to think about.

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

Vice President, American Council of Blind Lions

Ray153056@...

 

From: Lion Lynne Legan <lionlynnelegan@...>
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 2:19 PM
To: Stan Poplonski <spoplonski@...>; John ARGYRAKIS <johnargy@...>; David Smith <desmith404@...>; Shirley Wodynaki <shirley.wodynski@...>; Ray Campbell <ray153056@...>; Marty Lundeen <marty@...>; Bob Neumann <bob_neumann@...>; Sean Birmingham <sbirminghamster@...>; Martha Dumycz <ilvbutterflies@...>
Subject: Fwd:

 

Lions,

 

Please share the attached letter from 1st VDG Lion John Barsanti.  

 

Hope you are well and safe.


Lion Lynne Legan

Cabinet Secretary

District 1-J

630-346-3620

Make a Great Day!

 

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: John Barsanti <jebarsanti72@...>
Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 7:05 PM
Subject:
To: Lion Lynne Legan <lionlynnelegan@...>

 

Could you send this to all of the clubs tomorrow and ask them to share it with their members.

 

--

John Barsanti

1st Vice District Governor, 1-J


IRS "Get my Payment" Tool

Ray Campbell
 

Hi All:

If you are wondering when you will get your stimulus check from the
Government as a result of the CARES act, you can use the "Get my Payment"
tool from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The link is:
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

The tool is pretty accessible. You click the Get my Payment button, then,
you click an 'OK' button to acknowledge that you accept that the system is
for authorized use only. You'll need your SS Number, Date of Birth and
Street Address with zip code. Enter that information and click continue,
and you'll be told when your payment is expected to arrive. The site does
alert you that you may need your 2019 or 2018 tax return, but as long as
you've filed one of these returns and have the information the site asks
for, you should be fine.

There is information on the initial page after the "Get my Payment" button
which talks about what to do if you didn't file a return, but I didn't read
through that.

Thanks,


Ray Campbell, Second Vice President, American Council of the Blind
Ray153056@...


Re: FW: Leading through a crisis

Donna Brown
 

Hello Lion Ray,

Thank you for passing this along. I have sent it to my club members.

Lion Donna

 

From: acb-lions <acb-lions-bounces@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell via acb-lions
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 9:58 PM
To: acb-lions@...
Cc: Ray Campbell <ray153056@...>
Subject: [acb-lions] FW: Leading through a crisis

 

Hi ACB Lions:

 

Thought I’d share this with you all as I don’t know how many have or haven’t seen it.  PID Thompson gives us some things to think about as we continue leading and serving through this crisis.

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

Vice President, American Council of Blind Lions

Ray153056@...

 

From: PID Jerome Thompson <leadercommunication@...>
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 2:05 PM
To: ray153056@...
Subject: Leading through a crisis

 

 

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A message from:

Jerome Thompson

Past International Director,
GAT Constitutional Area 1 Leader

 

Dear Lion Ray,

As a club officer, we have all been stressed by the COVID-19. I am right there with you. This is the week of the month that I usually send out a newsletter dealing with membership, service and leadership benchmarks. To be honest, while important, their priority has taken a backseat to just coping.

At age 19, my father passed away. I dropped out of college (temporarily) and, I went to work for RTM, which operated Arby’s franchises across the southeast USA. It was during the next 18 months that I would learn life lessons that would serve me well. In fact, in the past three weeks, many of them have echoed in my mind.

  1. Profits are important. People are most important. An area supervisor would remind me of this weekly. How you treat your customers today will determine your sales next week.

If we want to retain our Lions, we must treat them well today. A call, an email, a text could make all the difference in the world. Let’s be sociable, while keeping our distance.

  1. Be aware of the needs of others. It was one Friday evening that Jane came to work. I could tell by the look on her face that something was not right. Customers were lined up to place their orders. Every team member was important to maintaining quality service and product. As she washed her hands to start her shift, I asked, “Jane is everything ok?” She broke down in tears. A family crisis was going on at home. However, she could not afford to take off work to deal with it. I insisted we change the schedule to keep her hours, while allowing her to go home immediately. The team understood, we all pitched in and our customers never knew. But Jane did.

As a leader in a crisis, we must be mindful of the needs of our club and cabinet members. They may have the heart of a servant but are distracted by personal situations – loss of a job, loss of a family member, or simply distracted by the wall-to-wall coverage of COVID-19. Leaders rearrange the schedule and assignments to allow others to take care of themselves first.

  1. The vision of the team is most important. One Friday night, in Tucker Georgia, I stood at the front counter. Four school buses loaded with football players, cheerleaders and a high school band pulled into the parking lot. While they were parking, I called the six employees together and ask for their input as to how we would get through the next hour, as we served almost 200 people, most of whom ordered individually. When asked, each employee volunteered to do what they felt most equipped to do. With a common vision of success, we set out to methodically meet the needs of those before us. Ninety minutes later, everyone was served, the group had left the premises and the dining room was a disaster. However, we got it back in order quickly.

One day in March 2020, out of nowhere, came COVID-19. Quickly following on its heals were “instructions to self-quarantine." Then instructions to social distance were broadcast. And finally, governors from most states began to implement “Shelter in Place” orders. The way Lions clubs had served, met and lead was disrupted.

As a leader, it's time we rally the troops, get their input and communicate there is a better day ahead. Lions Clubs International will still be the largest service organization, providing more smiles to the world than any other group. We will emerge on the other side of this darkness a stronger club and district if we take steps to develop a common vision of a better tomorrow.

Thank you for your service and leadership during this crisis. Flexibility is the key to survival. This is a distraction. In a few weeks, maybe a few months, we will begin to get traction and plow ahead. For now, let’s remember the three lessons that I picked up from managing Arby’s at the age 19.

You are not alone. Your Global Action Team, area leaders and I are only a phone call or email away.

Sincerely,
H. Jerome Thompson

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FW: Leading through a crisis

Ray Campbell
 

Hi ACB Lions:

 

Thought I’d share this with you all as I don’t know how many have or haven’t seen it.  PID Thompson gives us some things to think about as we continue leading and serving through this crisis.

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

Vice President, American Council of Blind Lions

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From: PID Jerome Thompson <leadercommunication@...>
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 2:05 PM
To: ray153056@...
Subject: Leading through a crisis

 

 

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A message from:

Jerome Thompson

Past International Director,
GAT Constitutional Area 1 Leader

 

Dear Lion Ray,

As a club officer, we have all been stressed by the COVID-19. I am right there with you. This is the week of the month that I usually send out a newsletter dealing with membership, service and leadership benchmarks. To be honest, while important, their priority has taken a backseat to just coping.

At age 19, my father passed away. I dropped out of college (temporarily) and, I went to work for RTM, which operated Arby’s franchises across the southeast USA. It was during the next 18 months that I would learn life lessons that would serve me well. In fact, in the past three weeks, many of them have echoed in my mind.

  1. Profits are important. People are most important. An area supervisor would remind me of this weekly. How you treat your customers today will determine your sales next week.

If we want to retain our Lions, we must treat them well today. A call, an email, a text could make all the difference in the world. Let’s be sociable, while keeping our distance.

  1. Be aware of the needs of others. It was one Friday evening that Jane came to work. I could tell by the look on her face that something was not right. Customers were lined up to place their orders. Every team member was important to maintaining quality service and product. As she washed her hands to start her shift, I asked, “Jane is everything ok?” She broke down in tears. A family crisis was going on at home. However, she could not afford to take off work to deal with it. I insisted we change the schedule to keep her hours, while allowing her to go home immediately. The team understood, we all pitched in and our customers never knew. But Jane did.

As a leader in a crisis, we must be mindful of the needs of our club and cabinet members. They may have the heart of a servant but are distracted by personal situations – loss of a job, loss of a family member, or simply distracted by the wall-to-wall coverage of COVID-19. Leaders rearrange the schedule and assignments to allow others to take care of themselves first.

  1. The vision of the team is most important. One Friday night, in Tucker Georgia, I stood at the front counter. Four school buses loaded with football players, cheerleaders and a high school band pulled into the parking lot. While they were parking, I called the six employees together and ask for their input as to how we would get through the next hour, as we served almost 200 people, most of whom ordered individually. When asked, each employee volunteered to do what they felt most equipped to do. With a common vision of success, we set out to methodically meet the needs of those before us. Ninety minutes later, everyone was served, the group had left the premises and the dining room was a disaster. However, we got it back in order quickly.

One day in March 2020, out of nowhere, came COVID-19. Quickly following on its heals were “instructions to self-quarantine." Then instructions to social distance were broadcast. And finally, governors from most states began to implement “Shelter in Place” orders. The way Lions clubs had served, met and lead was disrupted.

As a leader, it's time we rally the troops, get their input and communicate there is a better day ahead. Lions Clubs International will still be the largest service organization, providing more smiles to the world than any other group. We will emerge on the other side of this darkness a stronger club and district if we take steps to develop a common vision of a better tomorrow.

Thank you for your service and leadership during this crisis. Flexibility is the key to survival. This is a distraction. In a few weeks, maybe a few months, we will begin to get traction and plow ahead. For now, let’s remember the three lessons that I picked up from managing Arby’s at the age 19.

You are not alone. Your Global Action Team, area leaders and I are only a phone call or email away.

Sincerely,
H. Jerome Thompson

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This email was sent to the following officers in CA 1: Club Presidents, Club First Vice Presidents, Club Membership Chairpersons and Club Service Chairpersons. A copy of the email was sent to CA 1 GAT Area Leaders and Zone Chairpersons

 

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FW: Lions HQ Oak Brook office closure extended

Ray Campbell
 

Hello Lions:

 

See below, LCI headquarters will remain closed until at least April 30.

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

Vice President, American Council of Blind Lions

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From: Lions Clubs International <Frank.Moore@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:16 AM
To: ray153056@...
Subject: Lions HQ Oak Brook office closure extended

 

Dear Lion,

The Illinois State government in the USA announced that its stay-at-home order will be extended until at least April 30 to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The measures included the requirement to cease all nonessential services in the state. Lions Clubs International is identified as “nonessential.” To comply with the state mandate, the Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook will be closed at least until April 30, 2020.

While staff will not physically be in the building, staff teams will be working remotely and available during business hours to respond to the needs of Lions. You may contact LCI staff or LCIF staff as needed.

The performance of systems may be impacted due to the increased number of people working remotely, and response time may be affected. Some of our business operations that require physical interaction will likely be limited.

More details will be provided as the situation evolves, but here is some preliminary guidance:

·    For information on district and multiple district conventions, please check our coronavirus updates webpage.

·    Regarding payment of outstanding dues, we recommend that districts allow clubs that are able to demonstrate they have sent or submitted payment to participate in voting. This could be via a bank statement, copy of demand draft, etc. Clubs will not be cancelled during this time based on the challenges related to receiving and processing physical checks and electronic payments.

·    For Lions International payments, please utilize online payment options via MyLCI or any other electronic payment method (ACH, SEPA, Boleto, NEFT, etc.) instead of sending checks to the office.

·    Please submit LCIF donations via the website instead of sending checks to the office. Please also note that grant disbursements and recognition will be delayed while the office is closed.

·    There will be delays in shipping awards and recognitions, club supplies orders, as well as delays in processing reimbursements. 

We appreciate your patience during these extraordinary times and wish for the health and safety of all our Lions and staff around the world.

In kindness,

PIP Frank Moore
Executive Administrator and Secretary

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Re: approved Blind Lions Minutes for March 5, 2020

Carla Ruschival
 

Yes. We had 26 people on the call and we worked on plans for the virtual convention. The next meeting is May 7.

Carla

On Apr 4, 2020, at 11:35 AM, Mandi Holley via acb-lions <acb-lions@...> wrote:

Did we meet this last Thursday?

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On Apr 4, 2020, at 10:52 AM, Betsy Grenevitch via acb-lions <acb-lions@...> wrote:

You should find the minutes for March 5, 2020 attached.



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