Committees and Activities

AUDIT
Chairs: Doug Cross, PDG and Phil Sharpe
The Audit Committee reviews District financial records and ensures accuracy for audit and tax purposes. 
GLOBAL ACTION TEAM:
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TEAM
District Coordinator: Wilma Murphy
GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP TEAM
District Coordinator: Dr. Sally B. Kenavan, PDG
GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP TEAM – See Below.
GLOBAL SERVICE TEAM
Coordinator: Sharon Hart, PCC
NORTHERN VIRGINIA LIONS YOUTH CAMP
Chair: Philip Mayo
Coordinates activities and donations and represents the District Governor on the organization Board of Directors.
SIGHT & HEARING MOBILE SCREENING UNIT
Chair: Charlie Harmon
Supports the upkeep, maintenance, and operations of the program and encourages Clubs to use the van(s) for sight and hearing screenings.
AWARDS
Chair: Carol Byers
Responsible for reviewing the State Achievement Award forms and requirements each year and recommending any changes for the following year.
Global Membership Team – Retention and New Member Orientation. 
Chair: James V Cech
Supports member satisfaction efforts by providing clubs with guidance and resources to properly induct and instruct new Lions into our Service community.  To help retain current Lions by educating them as to the roles, responsibilities and activities at the Club, District and LCI level.
NORTHERN VIRGINIA MOBILE SIGHT AND HEARING
District Representative: Ralph Cooper
Represents the District Governor and Cabinet on the organization Board and serves on the District Cabinet. Make presentations to promote and increase use of the van, obtain and increase financial contributions, and enroll volunteers.
SOCIAL MEDIA
Chair: Tejas Patel
Assists Clubs in effectively using social media to share activities and attract members.   
BLAND MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
President: Shirley Wilson, PCC
As part of the Board of the Bland Music Scholarship Foundation, is responsible for the administration of the statewide program. Also oversees Bland contests within the District and organizes the District contest.
HEARING AID BANK
Chairs: Mike McLaughlin and Sharon Hart
Collects used hearing aids and provides new and refurbished hearing aids to those who need but cannot afford them.
OFFICER TRAINING
Chairs: Jim Boatner and Vicki Davies
Plans and executes annual new Club officer training and encourages participation in training throughout the year.
SPECIAL NEEDS EQUIPMENT
Chair: Sharon Hart, PCC
Responds to requests from people with visual and hearing impairments and coordinates requests for assistance with local Clubs.
BUDGET
Chairs: Doug Cross, PDG and Phil Sharpe
Works with the District Governor to establish a proposed budget for the year, which is approved by the Cabinet at the first meeting of the year
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Chair: Tejas Patel
Advisor: Phil Schrack
Encourages use of technology. Coordinates production and distribution of website and Paw Prints newsletter.
Webmaster: Sally Cooney Anderson
Paw Prints Newsletter: Sally Cooney Anderson
OLD DOMINION EYE FOUNDATION
Chair: Emily Carnes Fields, PDG
Coordinates activities and promotes awareness of ODEF and the importance of being an organ donor. Encourages financial support.
STAMPS FOR THE WOUNDED
Chairs: Mary Probst and Nancy Volpe
Collects canceled postage stamps in response to a 1942 appeal from the Armed Services Hospitals.
CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE
Chairs: Jim and Michele Purton
Coordinates activities and promotes awareness of Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence programs to clubs and individuals in the District and encourages financial support.
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Chair: Glen Logan, DG
Keeps membership updated on the International Convention and encourages attendance.
PARLIAMENTARIAN
Chairs: Don Colley, PCC and Harry Parker, PCC
Ensures the adherence to Robert’s Rules of Order at all District meetings, oversees other protocol, and encourages courteous behavior.
STATE CONVENTION
Chair: Harry Parker, PCC
Ensures all Clubs receive information and assists Clubs in participation.
CHAPLAIN
Chair: James Christiansen, PDG
Performs the Invocations and Benedictions at all District functions, and arranges for memorial services for Lions that have passed within the last year.
INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT CHAIR
James V Cech and Vicki Davis
Supports the District Governor and MD Lead for LCIF by interfacing with Club LCIF Coordinators and Zone Chairpersons to educate Clubs about LCIF Global efforts, to support Clubs applying for LCIF grants, and to encourage Club and individual support and participation in LCIF fundraising efforts.
PEACE POSTER CONTEST
Chairs: Sandra Morris and Jeff Root
Coordinates District efforts and works with school art teachers to challenge young people to think about peace and express what it means to them.
USA/CANADA LEADERSHIP FORUM
Chair: Nenita Yu
Communicates information and encourages attendance.
CHILDHOOD CANCER
Chairs: Nenita Yu and Zelandac “Daisy” Tucay
Helps those affected by childhood cancer survive and thrive.
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INTERNATIONAL LIAISON
Chairs: Roy Wilson, PID
Keeps membership updated about International Relations, encourages Clubs to both visit and “twin” with Clubs in other countries, and encourages participation in Lions Day at the United Nations.
PIN TRADERS
Chairs: Phil Sharpe and Fred Leach
Provides assistance in the design and production and controls the distribution of District and Multiple District pins.
VIRGINIA LIONS EYE INSTITUTE FOUNDATION
President: Woody Woodard, PDG
Representative: Sheryl Bass
Coordinates activities and promotes awareness.
CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS
Chair: Harry Parker, PCC
Serves on the State committee with one member from each District. Advises the DG, District Council, and Clubs about the intent of the constitution and reviews proposed amendments.
LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND
Chair: Chuck Schwab
Generates support for Leader Dogs for the Blind whose mission is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.
PROTOCOL
Chair: Harry Parker, PCC and Don Colley, PCC
Ensures that things are done properly, that people are treated in a courteous manner, and that dignitaries are recognized.
VISITATION
Chair: Marie Davis
Oversees the program for the District Governor, develops a roster of Club Visitation Chairs, and plans the Visitation Kickoff Awards in August.
DIABETES AWARENESS
Chair: Kathleen Gold and Alicia Calayag, RN
Coordinates diabetes education and awareness programs and the LEARNS Grant throughout the District.
LEO CLUBS
Chair: Dr. Erika Laos
Provides young people with the opportunity to develop leadership skills by conducting civic and service activities in their communities.
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PUBLIC RELATIONS
Chair: Woody Woodard, PDG
Assists Club PR Chairpersons in communicating club information to the community and media as well as tracking media results.
WHITE CANE
Chair: Richard Bell
Supports District White Cane activities.
Read about White Cane Safety Day
DISASTER RESPONSE/ ENVIRONMENTAL
Chair: Tejas Patel
Provides ways for Lions to make a difference in response to local, regional, national and international disasters. Encourages Clubs to participate in environmental projects.
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LIONS ASSISTED MEDICAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR (LAMP)
Chair: Valerie Gangwer
Supports local health fair initiatives, generally held in underserved areas.
READING ACTION PROGRAM
Chair: Jean Turner
Brings reading resources to those who are visually impaired as well as anyone who enjoys reading.
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WINTER CONFERENCE
Chair:
Plans and oversees all aspects of the District-wide meeting before the State Convention.
ETHICS
Chair: John Knepper, PCC
Answers questions from members and Clubs regarding ethical issues and works with the District Governor to resolve complaints.
LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
Chair: James Cech
Serves as an Ambassador for LCIF, educates about the mission and successes of LCIF, supports LCIF fundraising, and supports Clubs in applying for LCIF grant assistance.
RELIEVING HUNGER
Chair: Nenita Yu
Coordinates District-wide hunger relief efforts and maintains record of Food Banks in the District.
WOMEN & FAMILY MEMBER DEVELOPMENT
Chair: Dr. Sally Kenavan, PDG
Plans and executes initiatives to enroll more women and families to be Lions.
FALL CONFERENCE
Chairs: Joel Kendall, 1VDG and Bobby Anderson
Plans and oversees all aspects of the District’s biggest District-wide meeting.
LIONS EYEGLASS RECYCLING
Chair: Emily Carnes Fields, PDG
Supports the collection and recycling of used eyeglasses.
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SERGEANT AT ARMS
Chair: Rich Lavallee
WORLDWIDE INDUCTION DAY
Chairs: Mary Beth Schwab and Shirley Wilson, PCC
Organizes and conducts District event every April to welcome new members joining since the previous April and recognizes their sponsors.
FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESS
Chair: Davida Luehrs
Coordinates activities and promotes awareness.
LIONS OF VIRGINIA FOUNDATION
Chair: Tom Kenavan and Mary Beth Schwab
Promote awareness of grants offered by the Foundation and encourages financial support through donations and the sale of raffle tickets.
SIGHT CONSERVATION
Chair: Davida Luehrs
Provide programs and assistance to people who are blind and visually impaired.
YOUTH EXCHANGE
Chair: Dr. Erika Laos
Oversees our District’s participation in the program.
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LONG RANGE PLANNING
Chair: Joel Kendall, 1VDG and Rose Burrus, 2VDG, Ex Officio
Comprised of the two most recent past District Governors, work with PDGs and other Virginia Districts to establish plans for the next five years.
NORTH AMERICA MEMBERSHIP INITIATIVE (NAMI)
Chair: Donalda M. Lovelace
To represent and work toward achieving the NAMI objectives.
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