2017 MD23 Mid-Winter
Lions Quest Informational Seminar
(Jersey Room; 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
Description: In partnership with the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and local school districts, Lions Clubs are providing funds for educator training to implement the PreK-12 Lions Quest program in our schools. This evidence-based program focuses on social and emotional skill building, bullying, substance abuse and dropout prevention, and service learning. Lions Quest is designed to create a positive and safe school climate for students and teachers, and unite the home, school and community. Lions Quest is proven to decrease problem behaviors while increasing academic achievement, pro-active behaviors and connectedness to family and school.
Presenter: Kimberly Anderson, LCIF – Lions Quest Program Specialist
(Kimberly Anderson is an Education Program Specialist in the Lions Quest Department at LCIF in Oak Brook, IL. In her role, she supports Lions in the US, Canada, Latin America and the ANZI region as they work to promote, implement, and expand the program. Kimberly was directly involved in coordinating Professional Development Workshops in Connecticut earlier this year.)
Moderator:Lion Heidi Zacchera, Avon Lions Club
(Lion Heidi is a retired, 32-year Health and Physical Education teacher. She is currently President of the Avon Lions Club. She’s also Education Coordinator for Sweet Adelines International, planning educational events, and teaching and coaching vocal skills.)
Facilitator:Lion Rich Griswold, Hebron Lions Club
(Lion Rich is from Amston, CT, and is a member of the Hebron Lions Club. He has been a Zone Chairperson, Leo Club Advisor, and is currently the District 23C Lions Quest Chairperson. He is a retired Middle School teacher, is “Quest trained” and helps organize the Leo Convention and District Leo Seminars.)
Keeping an Eye on the Future!
(Avon Room; 8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.)
Description: This seminar will provide all participants with the most current information about the eye banking activities conducted by Eversight Connecticut.
Presenter:Lion Ryan Cady, BA, CEBT, CTBS, New Britain Lions Club
(Lion Ryan has 23 years’ experience in eye and tissue transplantation working in communities throughout the US.For the last 9 years he has been the Executive Director for Eversight Connecticut, formerly the Connecticut Eye Bank and Visual Research Foundation, Inc.Ryan is long standing member of the Lions and has been with the New Britain Lions since 2010. He is a 2015 Recipient of the Melvin P. Jones award and enjoys his time serving the members of his community.In addition to running the Eye Bank, he also serves on the Advisory Board for LifeChoice Donor Services, our local Organ Procurement Organization.Ryan is currently serving his 1st term on the Eye Bank Association of America’s, Accreditation Board, and regularly travels to inspect other Eye Banks both domestically and internationally.He has obtained both the Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) and the Certified Tissue Bank Specialists (CTBS) certifications.)
Conflict Resolution and Communication: Keys to Club Excellence
(Avon Room; 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.)
Description:This session will prepare participants to recognize to sources of conflict, and the various ways conflict can be resolved. Participants learn guidelines and steps to actively resolve conflict within their clubs.
Presenters:Lion Everett “Ev” Lyons, Bristol Lions Club
(Lion Ev currently serves as Global Leadership Team Coordinator for District 23B, and is a Certified Guiding Lion for the District’s newest club, Hartford County Everest Centennial Lions Club. His experience includes holding a variety of club offices, multiple terms as a Zone Chairperson, and service as Cabinet Secretary. He is a graduate of the Advanced Lions Leadership Institute. Lion Ev has presented a previous Mid-Winter Conferences and various District workshops, as well as a faculty member for the Multiple District 23 Regional Lions Leadership Institute.)
Lion Allen O’Farrell, Greenwich Lions Club
(Second Vice District Governor Allen O’Farrell joined the Old Greenwich Lions Club in 1999. He quickly became active in the Pancake Fry (chairing since 2002), the Greenwich Selectman’s Cup Golf tournament, and Grapefruit drive. Lion Allen served as Club President 2002-2004. He joined the District 23A Cabinet as a Zone Chair in 2006 and has served in that role until 2015. He was District 23A Campaign SightFirst II Coordinator. Lion Allen is currently serving on the MD23 Centennial, Policy and Protocol, and Finance committees, and is the District 23A Global Leadership Team Coordinator. He is a Melvin Jones Fellow. Allen lives in Westport. He is married to Kerry, with 3 children, all of whom volunteer at Lions Clubs activities. He is the owner of Greenwich Computer Consulting, Inc., and is an avid sailor.)
Creating a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation
(Avon Room; 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.)
Description:The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the value of a “non-stock” corporation exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and to encourage Lions Clubs to take advantage of using this type of organization alongside their existing Lions Club organization. We will be covering the following topics: (i) the benefits of creating a not-for-profit corporation for Lions Clubs; (ii) setting up a new “non-stock” corporation; (iii) registering the corporation with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Connecticut; (iv) applying for a determination, by the IRS of a 501(c)(3) status; and (v) annual filing requirements.
Presenter:Lion Lyn Meyers, PDG, Danbury Lions Club
(Lion Lyn is a Certified Public Accountant in private practice. He started his accounting career with one of the Big 8 accounting firms in 1974, and moved to his own practice, Meyers & Co LLC in 1984. The firm, located in Danbury, CT, provides accounting, audit and tax services with an emphasis on the not-for-profit sector. Lion Lyn joined the Danbury Lions Club in 1976, took a break in 1984, and returned in 1997. Since then, he has served in many capacities including Club President, and currently serves as Club Treasurer. He was District Governor of District 23A in 2011-2012, and has continued to serve at the District and Multiple District level. He is a Guiding Lion and is currently the Treasurer of Connecticut Lions Charities, Inc. Lion Lyn is a Progressive Melvin Jones, Jewel Knight of the Blind, Ambassador of Sight, Lion of the Year, and the recipient of several Lions Clubs International awards, including an International Leadership medal.)
How to be an Effective Knight of the Blind: Services for the Blind and CRIS
(Berkshire Room; 8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.)
Description:Lions are frequently asked to help someone experiencing vision loss. What is the most useful and efficient way to do that? Come learn about Connecticut’s Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB). And each year many Lions Clubs generously support the Connecticut Radio Information System (CRIS). This seminar will explain the incredible value added by both of these organizations, and how your Lions Clubs can support them with investments in time and resources.
Presenters: Diane Weaver Dunne, CRIS
(Diane is currently the Executive Director of CRIS. Her career has spanned three decades as a journalist, and during the past six years as head of this non-profit organization. Diane was the news editor of Education World, the managing/interim editor of the Hartford Business Journal, and a reporter for the Hartford Courant. She holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Hartford, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Syracuse University. In addition to working in the news media, Diane was an adjunct professor in communications at the University of Hartford for several years.)
Lion Eileen Akers, Ledyard Lions Club
(Lion Eileen has been a member of the Ledyard Lions Club for approximately 20 years, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Secretary, 1st Vice President and Secretary of her club. She is also a member of the American Council of Blind Lions, an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. In the past, she has been awarded plaques of appreciation as a volunteer for CRIS. As a result of a gubernatorial appointment, Lion Eileen serves as a member of the Advisory Board for BESB, and is currently chairperson of the Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Committee. She continues to serve on the District 23C Cabinet for both BESB and CRIS.)
Berkshire Room; 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.)
Description:This presentation has three goals: (i) to teach each other hands-on CPR; (ii) to have each Lion be prepared to care for themselves, their family and their community; and (iii) to share an example of Lions working with the American Red Cross, including with regard to Safety Day and Fire Safety education programs that promote service to community members in need.)
Presenter:Lion Lori-Ann Beninson, New Fairfield Lions Club
(Lion Lori was only 6 years old when she met her first Lion in Yonkers, NY. Although this Lion surely never would have expected her to become a Lion, the kindness and love he showed other people in the community, not to mention the big picture of a Lion in his living room and Lion statues on his front steps, made a big and lasting impression. When she was older, Lion Lori used to sneak out of the house to volunteer at the local ambulance corps. So began a long emergency service career of volunteer and professional service to her community. Married to a paramedic and having two grown children, Lion Lori currently works in New York City as a supervisor for paramedics and EMTs. Her home base is with the New Fairfield Lions, but she loves to wander and visit with other clubs. Community is where she rests her boots, and helping fellow Lions is her joy.)
New Member Recruiting and Retention
(Berkshire Room; 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.)
Description:This session will cover where to find Lions membership information and tips on recruiting new members for your Club.We will also discuss how to retain our current members and maintain their enthusiasm and involvement in the Club. An open floor discussion will follow so we can share “how-to tips and tricks” to get the next 100 years off to a great start.
Presenters: Lion Cathy Nielsen, Brookfield Lions Club
(Lion Cathy, together with husband Klaus,joined Lions in 2011 after being intrigued hearing about interesting projects of the Brookfield Lions Club. It was not a hard sell. She has served with pleasure on the Reading Action Program Committee, the Veterans Day Town Parade Committee and the Annual Charity Breakfast Committee.The Brookfield Lions asked Lion Cathy to serve as Membership Chairman, an office she held for two years. Her goal was to reach 100 members for the Centennial Year, and she notes that at this time the club is still striving toward the goal (if only it could convince someone to close the border of Florida to keep members from retiring to the Sunshine State). Lion Cathy is a graduate of the Multiple District 23 Train the Trainer Workshop held in April 2016. She became a true Lion when getting involved in the KidSight program. Lion Cathy understands that it is very satisfying knowing you may have helped a child to reach their full potential while avoiding the label of lazy, inattentive, underachiever or trouble maker, just by identifying a correctable vision problem.)
Succeed with Social Media by Using This One Weird Trick
(Cheshire Room; 8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.)
Description:Are you baffled by Facebook? Terrified of Instagram? There’s one weird trick that turns the tables on social media. Lions Bob and Frank will share that trick and many others to attract community attention and support for your club. This session is ideal for club members and officers who want to publicize their club’s activities.
Presenters:Lion Bob Bessel, Canton Lions Club
Lion Frank Longo, Woodbury Lions Club
(Lion Bob and Lion Frank are professional writers and public relations consultants. They edit and publish District 23B’s quarterly newsletter, the District Spirit.)
Involving Young Lions
(Cheshire Room; 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.)
Description:Are you looking to attract young people to your Lions Club? Attend this seminar to understand Millennial involvement in cause work, how to engage Millennials as donors, volunteers and participants, and how to apply generational trends to promote Millennial involvement.
Presenters:Lion Michelle Wyatt, Colchester Lions Club
(Lion Michelle is a graduate of the Emerging Lions Leadership Institute and Train the Trainer. A member of the Colchester Lions Club since 2008, she is a Past President and currently serves as Public Relations chairperson. Lion Michelle has also held many other roles in her club and chaired numerous events. She currently serves as Public Relations chairperson on the District 23C Cabinet, and this year she took on the role of Zone Chairman. Lion Michelle has sponsored more than 10 new Lions in her club – some of them Millennials! – so come and find out how she does it!)
Lion Melanie Pendleton, South Meriden Lions Club
(Lion Melanie joined the South Meriden Lions Club in 2008, where she has served as 3rd through 1st Vice President, President and Secretary, as well as chairing numerous committees. She also served as District 23A Zone 6 chairperson for two years, and is currently Cabinet Secretary. Lion Melanie is a graduate of the Regional Lions Leadership Institute, Certified Guiding Lion training, and Train the Trainer. She has received the 100% President award, 100% Secretary award, Zone Chairperson award and an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation. Outside of Lions, she enjoys motorcycling, whitewater rafting and community theater.)
LCIF 101 and the Centennial Service Challenge
(Cheshire Room; 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.)
Description:The first part of this informative session will highlight Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Discussion topics and video will cover: (i) mission statements for Lions and LCIF; (ii) the impact of LCIF on sight, disaster, youth and humanitarianism; (iii) governing structure; (iv) 5-year financial goals; (v) grants v. funds raised; (vi) types of grants; and (vii) LCIF recognitions.
The second part of this session will focus on LCI’s Centennial Service Challenge. What can your club do to help meet the goal? How can your club leave a lasting legacy to your community? Find out what the Lions of Connecticut are doing to celebrate this fantastic anniversary.
Presenters:Lion Marty Sandshaw, Terryville Lions Club
(Lion Marty joined the Terryville Lions Club in 2008, has chaired several club projects, and is a Past President and Secretary. He has been recognized with three International President’s Certificates of Appreciation, two District Governor’s Certificates of Appreciation, and an International Leadership medal. Lion Marty is Past District 23B Chair for the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation, and is a team leader for scheduling eye screenings in Litchfield County together with his wife, Lion Phyllis. He currently serves as District 23B’s LCIF Coordinator. Lion Marty is a Certified Guiding Lion, and a graduate of Lions University and the Emerging Lions Leadership Institute. Lion Marty has been involved in numerous community activities in both Plymouth and Terryville.)
Lion Denise Dudek, PDG, Essex Lions Club
(Past District Governor Denise Dudek joined the Essex Lions Club in 1997. Since that time she has been very active in promoting the club level Lions. She served as President of her club for the first time in 2002-2003.The next year she joined the District 23C Cabinet as a Zone Chair.As a Zone Chair, she was active in all of her clubs’ regular activities. Lion Denise became District Governor in 2010-2011 and has remained very active at the District and club level.She served as MD23 Global Leadership Team Chair for a 3-year term.Lion Denise believes that the Multiple District has a long, very outstanding reputation for training the district leaders and beyond, and we need to take that strength and bring it to the club level Lions.During her term as MD GLT, she coordinated the first Emerging Lions Leadership Institute in many years for our Multiple District.The club level Lions are the heart of Lions Clubs International, and by helping our clubs be successful the organization is successful.She is the recipient of the International President’s Excellence Award, Knight of the Blind, 7 International Certificates/Commendations of Appreciation, an International Leadership Medal and is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.She is currently serving as the MD23 Centennial Coordinator.Denise has a married daughter Erin, who is also a Lion.She is co-owner of Forbearance Power and Tree Service and FPLC Construction and Property Services, and lives in Deep River with her partner in service, Lion Tom Langlois.)