April 2022 lionslighthouse.org


It’s Lions District Convention Time - “Tails” from the Convention Trail!

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Development team (Nanon, Mary Beth and Fran) and our Executive Director, Edwin Link were actively participating in the four MD 18 Lions Conventions starting with the District 18-I Convention on March 5, 2022 and finishing with 18-O's District Convention in Perry, GA on April 1-2, 2022. This was a wonderful opportunity for our new GLLF team to meet all the attending Lions who serve their communities with distinction across the state of Georgia. We estimate there were nearly 350 Lions in attendance at one of more of the Conventions. 

We hosted an informational table for Lions to talk one-on-one with staff to learn more about our different products, services and fundraising campaigns as well as made remarks to the general assembly. Our message was very simple – we wanted to express our appreciation to the Lions and recognize the contribution that Georgia Lions make in advancing the Mission of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. We developed a “Wall of Fame” for each Lions District Convention that featured the District’s financial impact, celebrated its service and provided metrics to quantify how many needy patients in each District were helped through our vision and hearing services. Our other message to the Lions was to reinforce the notion of GLLF as responsible stewards of Lions' donor dollars; showing how members of the communities the Lions serve, benefit from our services; and how Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is also investing in new services such as Tele-Optometry to extend the reach of our vision services.

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District L Convention

Lion Tammera Sears & Lion Fran Schefer

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District I Convention

International Director from Puerto Rico - Lion Dr. Jose A. Marrero, Lion Fran Schefer and Lion Annie Marrero

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District O Convention

Lion Shannon Kingston & Lion Fran Schefer

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District N Convention

Lion Tammera Sears, Lion Bill Craig, Lion Len Cutuli, Lion Lois Modell and Lion Kembra Smith

At the Lions District Conventions, there were several awards given to deserving Lions and one of the highlights at the Conventions was the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which is the highest honor awarded to a Lion at the District level. As background, in order to be a considered a HOF nominee, a Lion must have performed at least 10 years of active service and distinguished him/herself by demonstrating the ideals of “Lionism” through the Lions Club, District and Community. Each nominee is vetted by a selection committee comprised of the immediate past three District Governors. Congratulations to these MD 18 N, L and I District’s Hall of Fame Lions who were recognized at their respective Conventions:

  • Vicki Hubbard, Social Circle (I)
  • Marcia Anderson-Esson, Snellville (I)
  • Jim Buckley, Dawsonville (I)
  • Don Gargill, Dawsonville (I)
  • Chuck Lynch, Loganville Legacy (I)
  • Philip Smith, Douglas (N)
  • Rosemary Cutuli, Pooler (N)
  • Dave Knight, Carrollton (L)
  • Anthony Gallman, Griffin (L)
  • Bob Hennessey, Marietta East Cobb (L)
  • Charles Jones, South Cobb (L)
  • Janice Morris, Trion (L)
  • Ann Olson, Villa Rica Golden City (L)


Director, Lions Liaison:

Fran Schefer 



 “Lions came together over 70 years ago to create our mission. As GLLF staff, we are proud to advance this mission on behalf of all Lions across the state.”

Get set for the MD 18 2022 Lions State Convention!

We look forward to meeting even more Lions at the MD 18 2022 State Convention to be held at the Porter Center @ Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin, GA from May 13-15, 2022.

If you have not registered, please do so today. Conventions questions can be addressed to PDG Co-Chairs Len Cutuli (r.lcutuli47@gmail.com) or Mark Anners (annersj@bellsouth.net). See you there…wear your green!



The Strides 4 Sight & Sound Walk in Chamblee is 1 week away on Saturday, April 23. However, if your Lions Club has another commitment on that date, we are encouraging Clubs to consider registering and fundraising for virtual events through the end of May, 2022. Any fundraising dollars generated through May 31, 2022 will also count toward achievement of your fundraising incentives.


Event Schedule for Strides Walk on Saturday, April 23, 2022



7:00 AM

Event and Walk Set-up

8:00 AM

Registration Begins

8:40 AM

Jazzercize Warm-Up

8:50 AM

MIssion Moment/Kick-off

9:00 AM


9:45 AM

Closing Remarks

10:00 AM

Event Concludes / Tear Down

Fundraising walks are a great way to engage friends and family to support an organization you are passionate about. It is a way to take physical action while also raising critical funds to support Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. As Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation finds innovative ways to serve those in need of vision and hearing services, funds raised will go directly to mission delivery. 

If you haven’t already registered as in individual or with your club, church, workplace, and/or family team, THERE IS STILL TIME! 

Registration is easy as visiting www.strides4sightandsound.com and clicking the registration button. At the prompts you can join an already existing team or register as an individual. One of our favorite things about fundraising through this website is how easy it is for you to share this with your friend and family. You can use the arrow at the top right corner of your fundraising page and ask via email or Facebook.

Please note any offline donations can be brought in or sent to Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and be credited to your team.

Volunteers Needed! For the April 23rd event, we also need Lion volunteers for registration, shirt incentive fulfillment, parking, escorting walkers, and supporting a Lions Table. Please contact Fran Schefer (fschefer@lionslighthouse.org) or Mary Beth King (mking@lionslighthouse.org) if interested.


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"Please join us at the walk or participate virtually as we take strides to bring sight and sound to Georgians who need it most."

Mary Beth King, Director of Development


New Lions in the House! 

Two staff members of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation were recently inducted into Lions Club International! On March 24, Fran Schefer joined the Alpharetta Lions Clubs followed by Nanon Morrison (and her husband Tom) who became members of the Woodstock Lions Club the evening of March 28, 2022. 

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Induction of Lions Tom and Nanon Morrison into the Woodstock Lions Club

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Induction of Lion Fran Schefer into the Alpharetta Lions Club

April 2022

April 1& 2

Lions District 18-O Convention

April 1

Vision Screening

Rockbridge Elementary

April 2

CHP Dahlonega Mobile Clinic

April 13

Chamblee Clinic

April 13

Savannah Mobile Clinic

April 14

Chamblee Clinic

April 18

Dawsonville GSDC Mobile Clinic

April 19

Chamblee Clinic

April 21-22

Ben Massell Dental Mobile Clinic – First Tele-Optometry Clinic

April 23

Strides 4 Sight & Sound Walk - Chamblee/Virtual

April 26

Urban Mobile Clinic of Atlanta

April 28

Chamblee Clinic

April 30

Clarkston Community Health Center Mobile Clinic

May 2022

May 4

Idlewild Elementary School Mobile Clinic

May 6

Union County Elementary School Mobile Clinic

May 7

Augusta Vision Screening Chapel Health Fair

May 10

Christian City Mobile Clinic

May 11

Idlewild Elementary School Mobile Clinic

May 12-13

Veteran’s Health Fair Cobb – Screening

May 14

Clarkston Community Health Ctr. Clinic

May 13-15

MD 18 Lions State Convention – Dublin, GA

May 16

Dawsonville GSDC Mobile Clinic

May 17

JOY Mobile Clinic – Dublin

May 18

Savannah Mobile Clinic

May 21

Vision Screening GA Highlands Medical Center

May 23

Athens Mobile Clinic

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Support the Engraved Brick Program

Leave a lasting visual legacy with an engraved brick in the Tom and Mildred Bingham Garden at our Chamblee headquarters to honor or remember someone who has supported the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. Orders need to be received by June 15, 2022.

For more information contact Fran Schefer at fschefer@lionslighthouse.org or 770.738.4675.

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