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BAMM Lion Bill Daniels Leads 2015 Chesterfield County Veterans Day at Historic 1917 Courthouse

Lion Bill Daniels, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, had the honor of serving as Master of Ceremonies at the annual Chesterfield County Veterans Day ceremony on November 11th.  BAMM Lion President Dan Culbreth and Lions Frank Carlomagno, Fred Tyler, and District Governor Lion Lee Winder also attended.  BAMM Lions placed a memorial wreath at the ceremony thanks to the efforts of Ms. Susan Pollard and her mother, Ms. Elaine Pollard.  Below are photos of Lion Bill Daniels leading the program and BAMM Lions at the information table, as well as several other photos. The BAMM wreath is on the white stand.

BAMM Lions White Cane Days Held on 13 - 14 November 

BAMM Lions re-scheduled the semi-annual White Cane fundraiser at the Kroger store in Midlothian (Route 60 near Route 288) to 13-14 November.  The photos are of BAMM Lions Jim Huffman and Bob Gregory working hard on Saturday.

BAMM Lions Peanut Sales 

BAMM Lions will continue the annual holiday peanut sale fundraiser at Sam’s Club and Kroger Supermarket on Midlothian Turnpike on the following dates:

Sam’s Club – Midlothian

Friday        20 November                10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday    21 November                10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Kroger Supermarket – Midlothian

Saturday      5 December                 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday    12 December                 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday    19 December                 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

For large quantity orders, please contact Lion Phil Coffey at 804.379.3291 

Both Hubs and Plantation brand peanuts will be for sale again this year. Hubs will offer various can sizes of salted, unsalted and chocolate-dipped peanuts. Plantation's products will include various size cans of honey roasted, butter-toasted, chocolate-dipped and Cajun-spiced peanuts, as well as peanut brittle, salted cashews, roasted almonds, pistachios and chocolate-covered peanut brittle  100% of funds raised are applied to BAMM's mission of providing free eyeglasses and eye exams to those in need, as well as supporting a number of charitable organizations in the Richmond area. ________________________________________________________________
Virginia Lions Clubs Mobile Health Unit

The 43 Lions Clubs of central and southern Virginia have formed The Virginia Lions District 24-B Mobile Health Unit Committee, Inc.  The mission of this organization is to provide free vision and hearing screenings to children and adults in our region.

Why do we need a Mobile Health Unit?

 25% of children have some type of vision problem

  • Some eye disorders, if left untreated can cause loss of vision in the effected eye
  • Eye charts that are typically used in schools and doctor's offices are best for detecting near-sightedness.  They often fail to detect other eye disorders. 
  • 70% of juvenile delinquents have an undiagnosed vision problem
  • Undiagnosed vision problems cause children to have trouble learning to read, they subsequently fall behind in school and this often leads to behavioral problems and even criminal activity. 
  • Central and Southern Virginia has a high rate of uninsured people, poverty and unemployment.  Therefore families are less likely to visit eye doctors than families in other regions. 
  • There are currently 4 mobile health units operated by Lions Clubs in Virginia.  These vehicles are on the road approximately 200 days per year and they screen over 30,000 people annually!

What does it cost to get this vehicle on the road?

The total cost of a brand new fully customized bus with all of the vision and hearing testing equipment is $120,000.

  • Our organization has raised $15,000 so far and our goal for this campaign is $15,000.
  • Once we reach our goal, we will be apply to get matching grants from the Lions of Virginia Foundation, the Lions Clubs International Foundation and other foundations. 
  • Therefore the money that you give is really being matched twice, effectively tripling your donation.
  • The Virginia Lions District 24-B Mobile Health Unit Committee, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations to our organization are tax-deductible.

 You can access the website at:  

 The campaign will end on December 4. 

Boy Scouts of America - Heart of Virginia Council Presentation at
15 October Regular Meeting

BAMM Lions were honored to have Mr. Matt Malone,  Boy Scouts of America, Heart of Virginia Council, as guest speaker.  The Heart of Virginia Council supports units to deliver an exciting Scouting program.  The council emphasizes adult leader training, offers pre-eminent long-term camping opportunities and focuses on supporting new Scouting units.  For more information, go to:

BAMM Lions Attend Region IV Zone I Meeting with District Governor Lion Lee Winder as Guest Speaker

On 8 October, members of BAMM Lions attended a joint meeting with Brandermill - Midlothian - Woodlake (BMW), Powhatan, and Richmond James River Lions Clubs at the Brandermill Country Club.   There was an excellent turnout and BAMM Lion Lee WInder, 24B District Governor, made an outstanding presentation on LCI activities and District Goals for 2015 - 2016.  Some key goals include:

    - Charter at least one new Lions Club, one new LEO Club and two Branch Clubs
    - End the year with a net membership gain in each club by plus one: by recruiting women members and organization of Branch Clubs.
    - A new Certified Guiding Lion for each Zone.
    - Provide quality training for 125 Lions during the year.
    - Each club provide a monetary donation to each of the following organizations:  Lions Hearing  Aid Foundation; Lions 24B Mobile Health Unit; Lions of Virginia Foundation (LOVF); Lions of Virginia Hearing Foundation
    - Encourage Clubs to increase output of service to benefit youth, vision, hunger and the environment in order to reach the Centennial Service Challenge goals.  

BAMM Lions Celebrate 82nd Anniversary Charter Night

BAMM Lions Club celebrated Charter Night on 18 June 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Midlothian.   The turnout was excellent and included a review the past year's efforts in serving the community.  The event was highlighted by the installation of the new club officers for 2015 - 2016 and recognition of individuals for their outstanding support of BAMM Lions. Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Dr. Robert J Bastaich, O.D. & Staff; Lenscrafters – Chesterfield Towne center , Mr. Chris Sieloff and Lion Fred Tyler for his leadership on White Cane Days.  New BAMM member Troy W. Nelson was inducted and Lion Phil Coffey received the BAMM Lion of the Year award for his outstanding efforts in peanut sales.  For the first time in club history, a Progressive Melvin Jones Award was presented to Lion Bill Daniels.


Ms. Brienna Stammer - Virginia Victim Assistance Network
Guest Speaker on 17 September

Ms. Stammer provided an outstanding overview of the important work done by her organization.  The physical, financial, emotional, and social consequences of crime not only impacts individuals, but also their families and communities.  For over thirty years, the Virginia Victim Assistance Network has worked to minimize the impact by united a cadre of professionals who volunteer their time to ensure the rights of victims and witnesses of crime through:

  • Diagnosing, assessing, and advocating for the needs of victims and their families.
  • Promoting policies and legislation to protect the rights of the victims of human tragedy.
  • Producing professional development and encouraging collaboration to ensure the continued growth of our members.
  • Fostering accountability through the criminal justice system.

 For more information, go to:

BAMM Lion Jim Ulintz Speaks About Crowd Funding on 3 September

Lion Jim Ulintz provided an excellent overview on Crowd Funding, which is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.  His presentation included a historical perspective and details on donation-based Crowd Funding, as well as several examples.  For more iinformation, go to:

Ms. Julie Albany,
Guiding Eyes for the Blind - Guest Speaker on 20 August 

BAMM Lions were pleased to have Ms. Albany, Richmond Region Coordinator for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, as guest speaker. Guiding Eyes For The Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity.  Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited, non-profit guide dog school with a 50-plus year legacy of providing the blind and visually impaired with superior Guiding Eyes dogs, training, and lifetime support services.  Below is a photo of Ms. Albany and her German Shepherd pup-in-training Rambo.  For more information, go to

Ms. Robin Hoerber, Rehabilitation Teacher, Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired - Guest Speaker on 4 June

BAMM Lions were honored to have Ms. Ms.Hoerber as guest speaker. DVBI offers a wide array of specialized services and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. With the assistance of DBVI it is hoped that persons who are blind, deafblind and vision impaired will acquire the skills which lead to confidence and positive attitudes which are essential components for becoming independent contributing members of our communities.  For more information, go to: or contact Ms. Hoerber at:


LT. Jason Elmore, Chesterfield Fire & EMS - Guest Speaker on 21 May

BAMM Lions were pleased to have LT. Jason Elmore, Chesterfield Fire & EMS, Public Information Officer/Chaplain and Community Programs Coordinator, as guest speaker at the regular meeting on 21 May.  LT Elmore provided an outstanding overview of the wide range of services and first responder support provided by his organization.  For more information, go to:


Mr. Dan Watkins, Paralyzed Veterans of America Speaks to BAMM Lions - 16 April

BAMM Lions were honored to have Mr. Dan Watkins,  Ad Hoc Member of the Board, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America as guest speaker at the 16 April regular meeting. Mr. Watkins, a Vietnam Veteran, has an MBA in risk management and retired after 35 years as a Department of Veterans Affairs Environment of Care Manager.  He gave an inspiring presentation on the outstanding work done by PVA in the areas of Sports, Recreation & Rehabilitation, Financial Assistance and Accessible Independence.  For more information, go to:

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BAMM Lion Lee Winder on Leader Dogs for the Blind - 19 March

Lion Lee Winder gave an inspirational presentation on Leader Dogs for the Blind at the regular meeting.  Since its inception in 1939, the program has trained more than 14,500 guide dogs and has a budget of approximately $14M/year.  Leader Dogs for the Blind is innovative, inclusive and dedicated to providing high-quality services to clients in a respectful and empowering environment.  The program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that relies entirely on donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and service groups such as Lions Clubs in order to provide all programs free to clients.  For more information, go to:

Mr. Tom Tokarz, World War II Roundtable - Guest Speaker on 19 February 

BAMM Lions
 were honored to have Mr. Tom Tokarz of the WW II Roundtable as guest speaker.  Mr. Tokarz s provided a moving discussion on U.S. Air Force operations in the European and Pacific theaters during WW II.
 Tom founded the World War Round Table of Central Virginia 4 years ago.   Interviews of a WW2 vet are done at each monthly meeting, creating a DVD for the family of the vet. For more information, go to: 



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
         18 Feb 2016: Past District Governor Lion Ray Mueller - Lions Centennial Challenge


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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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