MD 18N Annual Convention - February 23 & 24, 2018

Hosted by Pooler Lions Club

MD 18-N 2018 Annual Convention

The MD 18-N Annual Convention will be held Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at Wingate by Wyndham Savannah Airport Hotel, 50 Sylvester C. Formey Drive, Savannah, GA 31408.  Phone 912-544-1180 for hotel reservations at the convention rate. 

Please note that the Saturday evening banquet will be held at nearby Crosswinds Golf Course Clubhouse.

International Director Joyce Middleton will be our featured guest speaker for the convention.



Joyce Middleton from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th International Convention held in Fukuoka, Japan, June 24 through June 28, 2016. Director Middleton is a computer engineer.

A charter member of the Bridgewater Community Lions Club since 2008, and a Lion since 2002, she has held many offices within the association, including club president, LEO advisor, district membership, leadership, extension and retention chairperson, zone chair, cabinet secretary, district governor, multiple district GMT coordinator and council secretary.  Director Middleton was also co-chairman of the multiple district Youth Camp & Exchange program and a chairperson of the Peace Poster Contest.

In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards, including the Membership Key Award, two Club President Excellence Awards, District Governor Excellence Award, Extension Award, three International President’s Certificates of Appreciations and three International President’s Medals.  She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

In addition to her Lions activities, Director Middleton has been active in numerous professional and community organizations, including the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Massachusetts and the National Braille Press.

Director Middleton and her husband, Martin, also a Lion and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, have one son and one daughter, who are also Lions.

Convention Schedule

Friday, February 23, 2018

4:00-7:30pm Registration Lobby at Wingate by Wyndham Savannah Airport Hotel

50 Sylvester C. Formey Dr., Savannah

5:30-7:30pm Dinner on your own.

7:30pm Welcome Ceremony Wingate Meeting Rooms A & B

Hall of Fame Dessert Buffet Contest

Miss District 18N Beauty Contest. Cast your vote with cash.

9:00pm Hospitality Room Open

Saturday, February 24, 2018

7:00 am Breakfast on your own.

Guests staying at the Wingate receive a free hot buffet breakfast. (The hot buffet

breakfast is also offered to guests not staying at the Wingate for $10.)

9:00-10:45am Two Training Sessions are offered simultaneously.

“Membership Growth” Wingate Meeting Room A

Speaker: ID Joyce Middleton

“Marketing and Communications” Wingate Meeting Room B

Speaker: GLT Lil Shurtleff

10:45-11:00am Break

11:00am-1:00pm Cabinet Meeting and Election of New Officers Wingate Meeting Rooms A & B

1:00pm Lunch on your own.

3:00pm Strides

Walk for Diabetes. Take time to stretch and enjoy Pooler. Details to follow.

Evening Events

Held at: Crosswinds Golf Club Banquet Room, 232 James B. Blackburn Drive, Savannah

Viva Las Vegas Theme

Fun for Everyone

No Gambling

6:00-7:00pm Social Hour

Cash Bar available

6:00-9:00pm TapSnap Photo Booth open for a free fun memento of Viva Las Vegas Night!

50/50 Raffle. Lucky winner announced tonight!

Try Your Luck. Roll the Dice. Every Lion wins a prize!

7:00-9:00pm Viva Las Vegas Banquet Italian Buffet

Guest Speaker: International Director Joyce Middleton

9:00pm Adjournment

Hotel Accomodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate for Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February24 at the Wingate by Wyndham Savannah Airport Hotel. This reduced will be available until February 16, or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. The reduced rate for a Double or King room is $104 per night, plus state and local taxes. The Wingate by Wyndham Savannah Airport Hotel offers free parking, free hot breakfast buffet, free WIFI, and free airport shuttle. Free shuttle within 5 mile radius to local shopping and restaurants is also available by calling the Front Desk.Wingate by Wyndham Savannah Airport Hotel50 Sylvester C. Formey Drive Savannah, GA 31408 

TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION: Please call the Front Desk Reservations at 912-544-1180. Please tell the Reservationist that you want to reserve a room under the Discounted Block of Rooms reserved for Lions. For more info:

There are many hotels in the area to meet any budget. For additional hotels, please contact the Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.  912-748-0110.