District 31A Lions Clubs of North Carolina
VICE DISTRICT GOVERNORS
Vice District Governor I • Debbie Hicks
Lion Debbie has been a Lion since 2004 of the Etowah Lions Club, sponsored by Lions DC Cantrell. The first female inducted into the club she has held many firsts, President 2006-7, Tail Twister, Director, Secretary 2011-13.
Committees she has chaired Club Newsletter Editor 2005-2013, Zone Chair, District Membership Chair, served on the GMT, District Fall Convention Ad layout chair District Newsletter Editor 2007-2014. She has also been the District Photographer contributing pictures of club and district activities, posting and maintaining the district Facebook page keeping lions worldwide informed about our Lions. She currently serves as 2nd VDG 2013-14 and is 1st VDG Elect 2014-15.
Awards earned are the International Leadership medal, Presidents Excellence Award, Presidents Certificate of Appreciation, District 31A Lion of the year, Club Lion of the Year, Melvin Jones Fellow, Jack Stickley Fellow, William L. Woolard partner in service (Friend), Membership Key award. She is a graduate of the Advanced Lions Leadership Institute. She has served as a Certified Guiding Lion helping to establish a club in Mills River. Lion Debbie has worked for over 28 years with Lion Will, PDG in their private business of electronic repair and graphic design. She also served 20 years in the US Air Force retiring in 1996. Enjoys Amature Radio (Extra Class Operator), flying Radio Control Aircraft, crafting. She continues her civic minded by traveling over WNC administering Exams for Ham Radio operators and attending various civic activities involving Radio Control Aircraft.
Lion Debbie and PDG Lion Will serve as a team throughout the District and State. They have six grandchildren, four children and a vast Lions family.
Vice District Governor II • Max Bumgardner
Max Bumgardner, from Canton, North Carolina, retired after 30+ years in the paper industry. His final position was that of Business Unit Manager with Evergreen Packaging. He still consults with companies in the industry. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he is currently serving as a Zone Chairperson in District 31-A. A member of the Canton Lions Club, he has served as a director, vice president, and president as well as serving on a number of club fund raising committees. He is also serving on the board of the WNC Lions, Inc. Max has received several awards including local club’s President’s award and an International President’s Award in 2013. He was named a Jack Stickley Fellow in 2004.
In addition to his Lions activities, Max is a member of Central United Methodist Church in Canton where he has held a number of leadership positions. He recently completed a term on the Haywood County DSS board as well as the state board. Max was recently appointed to the board of Haywood Christian Ministry and is currently serving as treasurer. His is also treasurer of his homeowner’s association and serves as a member of the Post 47 American Legion baseball advisory board. Previously, Max has served on the Haywood County School Board, as an Alderman for the Town of Canton, the University of Georgia Alumni Association Board, local Jaycee president, little league baseball coach and board member of West Side Little League in Hamilton, Ohio, and served as a member of a blue ribbon commission for the Hamilton, Ohio city school district.
Max and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 39 years and have three sons and one grandson.