Welcome to the Lions of Virginia District 24D 

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Bland Contest 
      Each year, Lions clubs throughout the state of Virginia proudly sponsor the Bland Musical Competion for young musicians of high school age. This Competition encourages young people to pursue their musical ambitions, develop their talent and perhaps earn scholarship money along the way.
    The competition is held at four levels - local, regional, district and finally state. The state competition is held the opening night of the Lions State Convention every year in May.

    Our district Bland chairperson is Lion Vickie Kennedy, and she may be reached at 757-319-0017 or by email at bland@district24d.com.

District 24D 2017 Bland Contest Winners

 From Left: Lion Vicki Kennedy, Bland Chair; Kevin Hong, Piano, sponsored by Bayside; Emily Dempsey, Soprano, sponsored by Smithfield; Lion Tucker Casanova, DG 2016-17.

2017-2018 Schedule of events:                                                                           

August/September 2017: District Bland chairmen from each of Virginia's six districts meet to conduct business and determine any rule changes required.  They wlll also recommend award level increases if appropriate which must be approved by the Council of Governors.

September 2
017: Bland information packets are distributed to clubs interested in conducting a contest.  Club president name a Bland chairman and notify District Chairman who that Lion is.  Make sure that there is a Bland item in your budget.

All winter: Clubs holding contest make preparations.  Arrange for venue, piano, contact schools, music teachers, identify judges etc.  If your club is not holding a contest, schedule a presentation by the district Bland chairman to learn more about how to do it.

February 20
18: Individual Lions Clubs hold local contests.    Result: one vocal and one instrumental first place winner to proceed to Zone/Region contest.  Clubs may award cash, bonds, trophies, or other prizes.  All entrants receive certificates.

March 2018:Region or Zone Chairmen conduct Region or Zone contest where Club winners compete to move up to next level.  (Note if only one club in a zone has a contest, that club must participate in a Region contest.  Club winners may not proceed directly to the District level).

April 2018: District Contest where first place vocalists and instrumentalists from Region/Zone contests compete to determine who represents the district at the state level.

May 2018: State contest held at the State Convention.   First place vocalist and first place instrumentalists from each of the six districts in the state compete for scholarship awards. attendance at this event is generally in excess of 800 Lions and family.  It is also open to the general public.

    Additional information on the Bland Competition may be found at this website.
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