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Bon Air · Manchester · Midlothian

BAMM Lions Annual Peanut Sales Fundraiser:
Great Products for a Great Cause !

BAMM Lions Club concluded its annual holiday peanut sale fundraiser at the Kroger Supermarket in Midlothian on 20 December
.   Lion Phil Coffey and club members did an outstanding job and sales were brisk.  We anticipate meeting our goal in this important effort.

This photo shows Lions Phil Coffey and David Alwood hard at work at the Sam's Club in Midlothian on 22 November.

100% of funds raised by BAMM Lions go to support the club's service to the local community, which includes collecting and recycling eyeglasses and hearing aids; providing vision and hearing tests for those in need; supporting the Leader Dog School, Virginia Voice, Richmond Blind Bowling League, Virginia Rehab Center for the Blind, American Diabetes Association, SightFirst program, Prevent Blindness Virginia, Bainbridge Community Ministry; contributing to disaster assistance; and participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program.  _______________________________________________________________
State Senator John Watkins - Guest Speaker on December 4th 

BAMM Lions were honored to have Senator John C. Watkins, Virginia General Assembly, 10th Senatorial District as guest speaker.  Senator Watkins provided an excellent overview of budgetary issues facing the Commonwealth and observations on the current political climate in the state legislature.  He has recently announced his intent to leave the state senate in January 2016. 
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George Nyfeler - Families of the Wounded Fund, is Guest Speaker at November 20th Regular Meeting

BAMM Lions had an excellent presentation by Mr. George Nyfeler of Families of the Wounded Fund. The mission of the Fund is to provide financial resources in support of family members/ caregivers of military service men and women who have either been wounded in combat operations or injured as the result of line-of-duty activities in support of combat operations. This assistance is available while these patients are receiving prescribed medical treatment. more information, go to:

Ed Tepper - American Diabetes Association Speaks to BAMM Lions at November 6th Regular Meeting

BAMM Lions received an outstanding presentation by Mr. Ed Tepper, Community Board Member of the Richmond area chapter of the American Diabetes Association.  Mr. Tepper provided an overview of the various types of diabetes and their causes, as well as prevention strategies and treatments.  For more information, go to:

Lisa Schaffner Speaks to BAMM Lions at October 16th Regular Meeting

At the October 16th meeting, BAMM Lions were honored to have Ms. Lisa Schaffner, Director - Public Relations and Marketing for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) as guest speaker.  The Mission and Vision Statements of UNOS are as follows:

Vision statement: To promote long, healthy and productive lives for persons with organ failure by promoting maximized organ supply, effective and safe care, and equitable organ allocation and access to transplantation.

Mission statement: To advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting its communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.

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BAMM Lions Attend Joint Meeting in Powhatan

BAMM Lions attended a joint meeting with Powhatan, Brandermill-Midlothian-Woodlake and Richmond James River Lions Clubs on 1 October at the County Seat Restaurant in Powhatan.   District 24B Governor Lion Ray Mueller gave an outstanding talk which outlined the LCI "Centennial Challenge" focus areas of Vision, Environment, Youth Programs and Hunger.  Lion Ray encouraged all clubs to attend the Fall Conference in Lynchburg, VA at the end of the month.  He also presented a number of awards. The following BAMM Lions received awards:

    - Lion Phil Coffey:           10 years of service
    - Lion Bob Gregory:        10 years of service
    - Lion Jane Winder:        10 years of service
    - Lion Jim Williamson:    10 years of service
    - Lion Mark Bebar:          10 years of service
    - Lion Tom Barrett:          20 years of service
    - Lion David Alwood:       25 years of service
    - Lion Bud Westerhouse: 35 years of service
    - "Attaboy Awards:           Lion Frank Carlomagno (Membership)                                                                     Lion Dan Culbreth (Leadership)
Commonwealth of Virginia Delegate Manoli Loupassi Speaks to BAMM Lions at September 4th Regular Meeting

At the 4 September meeting, BAMM Lions were honored to have Manoli Loupassi, Delegate 68thDistrict, House of Delegates for the Commonwealth of Virginia as guest speaker.  Delegate Loupassi serves on the Courts of Justice Committee, Joint Subcommittee on Judicial Selection  and Commerce and Labor Committee.  He provided an outstanding overview of key issues facing the state.  For more information, go to:

BAMM Lions Club 81st Charter Night 

BAMM Lions Club held its 81st Charter Night on 19 June 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel.  The turnout was excellent and the fellowship was outstanding.  We were most fortunate to have humorist and writer Chuck Hansen as guest speaker.  Chuck is a motivational speaker, humorist, and author of several books.  For the past seven years, he has also written an award-winning humor column for the Chesterfield Observer, and his writing has appeared in a number of regional and national publications. His remarks were hugely enjoyed by everyone. 

BAMM Lions incoming officers, trustees and committee chairs were inducted by guest Lion Jay Overbey, and the BAMM Lion of the Year award was presented to Lion Fred Tyler for his outstanding service.  Photos from Charter Night are below.        


BAMM Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at the Hilton-Doubletree Hotel located at 1021 Koger Center Blvd. in Richmond, VA. Call Lion Mark Bebar at 804.379.5093 for details.

6:00 p.m. - Social Time                    
6:30 p.m. - Dinner Meeting

Scheduled Guest Speakers
  19 February 2015:  Mr. Tom Tokarz,  World War II Roundtable
  16 April 2015:  Paralyzed Veterans of America (

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About Us

Our Motto
"We Serve"

Our Mission
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.

The Bon Air – Manchester – Midlothian (BAMM) Lions Club is a service organization and a local chapter of the Lions Clubs International. We are best known for working to prevent blindness, but overall our efforts are about serving and helping the community.  Our motto is 'We Serve'.

The BAMM Lions Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month and is a 100% volunteer organization with 100% of the donations going to help the community.  Each year the BAMM Lions Club collects over 1,500 pairs of eyeglasses, raises more than $20,000, and collects three to five hearing aids.

Our chapter is one of nearly 45,000 Lions Clubs in the world, with a total membership of more than 1.3 million Lions worldwide. Started in 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, he told members of his local business club they should reach beyond financial business issues and address helping communities. That year the group took the name of the Association of Lions Clubs and a constitution, by-laws, and a code of ethics were developed. Within three years, Lions became an international organization.

But, it was in 1925 when Helen Keller addressed the Lions Convention that the Lions Club focus became preventing blindness. She challenged the Lions to become the “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Lions accepted that challenge. Since then the focus has been on assisting the blind, sight-impaired, and hearing impaired.

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