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The District Convention will be held at the Santa Maria Radisson Hotel on May 1-3. Get your reservations in early. We will be voting on a change to our constitution that will require delegates to have been members of Lions for more than a year. This will conform to International requirements. Other items:

District Vision Screening Project

Hello Lions! I am so happy to announce that our District Vision Screening Project is off the ground! District Governor Joe and our Cabinet Officers approved the grant application for four devices and it has been submitted to Lions Clubs International Foundation. Kudos and thanks to our team members for their hard work and patience to get this project going: Lions Doug Major, OD, Jodi Tellier and Sandy Dillon (Paso Robles), Richard Cervantes (Pleasant Valley), Jim Wiggins (Nipomo), and Doug Treloar (Carpinteria).

After completing all the grant approval paperwork (almost government-like), we hope to have the devices in hand before the end of August, in time to start the school vision screening activities. Many of you have already heard that State regulations now require school screening to include Kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, and 8th grade school children, and that testing must be for both Myopia (nearsightedness) and Hyperopia (farsightedness), so these devices are just right for the job.

We anticipate that once we, the Lions doing the testing, become more familiar and confident in using these screening devices, we will be able to use them in day care centers (1 to 6 year olds), home-schooled kids, senior residence facilities, health fairs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Scout meetings, etc. We are currently preparing procedures for training school management, nurses, and our Lions members, prior to starting the actual screening activity.

The year ahead looks busy, but it will show that Lions are a major presence in every community, that Lions are truly Knights of the Blind, and that we not only help the visually impaired but also work actively to detect eye problems in children before those problems can cause severe eye damage or even blindness.

Feel free to contact me or any of our committee members if you would like someone to discuss the Spot device at one of your program meetings, or if you have any questions about the Spot device.

Yours in Lionism,

Lion Tony Manuel, PDG
            Chairperson, District Vision Screening Project

Lion PDG Howard Hudson Wins ID MD4 Endorsement

Lion PDG Howard Hudson, from our own district, was selected at the MD4 convention on February 22 to represent California as our endorsed candidate for International Director. This is a huge honor for Lion Howard and a great benefit to our district. Congratulations to all.

Help The Leos

Our Five Cities Leo Club is making a HUGE effort to make an impact our community! After 2 weeks of being formed they raised $358 for their 1st charity to Woods Humane Society!! Keep in mind we only have 6 Leos so far!

They are well on their way to their next event and are collecting and fundraising for the event!! They will be giving Easter Baskets out to the less fortunate in our community! They are in need of more baskets, plastic eggs, bags of candy, small stuffed animals, gift cards in $5 increment's! We need items by March 21st.

Please consider donating and making the Leos event a success for our community!!

Email me at or call or text 8057489579! Thank you everyone for your service.

Lion Katie Nievez

January Newsletter

The January Newsletter is out. If you don't have a copy, download it here.

Sandwich Board Grant

Lion 1VDG Richard Davis has secured a grant to allow clubs to purchase sandwich boards to advertise their events. These are VERY reasonable prices for excellent signs. Please take a look at Lion Richard's email plus the pictures at the bottom.

List Your Event

We have a new procedure for listing your events -- an all-in-one email address that is sent automatically to the District Secretary, District Webmaster and Google Calendar Coordinator. Just send your information and flyers to If any any other district officer would like to be on the list, please email your request to the same address and we'll oblige you. You'll get lots of email.

If you are thinking of holding an event, don't see any conflicts on the District Calendar but want to know if there might be any conflicts on your prospective date, please put "Planning" in the subject line so we'll know not to post it. You can also list several prospective dates and ask for guidance as to which would have the fewest confilicts. Lion District Secretary Denise Daniel will get back to you shortly with guidance.

When you send event listings, please include the important information in the body of the email and then attach flyers in PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, RTF or JPG format. We will attempt to get all listings up within a week. If you have an emergency and need faster posting, please put "Urgent" in the subject.

Help Grow a Forest

The USDA Forest Service had a Penny Pines program where you can help the reforestation of Southern California forests. For about $68 you can sponsor an acre of forest. Lion IPDG Dick Kane had approved this as a District activity. See the attached flyer for more information.

Calendar Items

If you have an event you'd like to put on our calendar, use the link at the bottom of every page on the site. If you wish to post a flyer along with the announcement, include the content of the flyer in Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or JPG format and sent it as an attachment to

Calendar of Events 2015

April 3 San Miguel Lions Friday Fish Fry Dinners include delicious fish, french fries, cole slaw, a drink and an ice cream cup - all for only $12.00. Come dine in at the Community Center located at 253 13th Street in San Miguel or take out is available 4 - 7 PM
April 3 Santa Maria Noontimers Lions Charter Dinner International House of Pancakes, 202 Nicholson Ave., Santa Maria. Please RSVP to Laura Selken by Thursday, April 2, or 805-406-9989 6:30 PM
April 4 Pismo Beach Cities Lions Pancake Breakfast Corner of Cypress and Addie streets - Behind 7-11 Store: To benefit roofing project for Joe L. Rose Community Center (see flyer) 7 - 11 AM
April 5 Student Speaker Contest Deadline for Region Contest
April 18 Nipomo Lions 4th Annual Golf Tournament Monarch Dunes Golf Club (see flyer) 7:30 AM
April 18 Amber's Light Funny Fundraiser Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 205, Ventura (see flyer) 7 PM
April 25 District Student Speakers Contest Lions 4-A3 Student Speakers Contest: Orcutt Lions Den, 126 S. Broadway, Old Town Orcutt. Meal following, $10 per person. RSVP Lion Sheri Hughes, (805)934-1246, email: 10:30 AM
April 26 Student Speaker Contest Deadline for District Contest
April 26 Channel Islands Lions Casino Night Casa Lopez, 325 S. A Street, Oxnard (see flyer) 4 PM
May 1-3 District Convention Santa Maria Radisson Hotel
May 22 Camarillo-Somis Pleasant Valley Lions Club Annual Golf Tournament Sterling Hill Golf Course, Camarillo. (see flyer)
June 3 Ventura Downtown Lions 3rd Annual Tim Miskel Golf Tourney River Ridge Golf Course, Oxnard (see flyer)
June 26 - 30 Lions International Convention Honolulu, Hawaii
June 27 Nate Lipscomb Memorial Golf Tournament Monarch Dunes (see flyer) 9 AM