SOARING BEYOND THE HORIZON AS “WE SERVE”
As we start out this new year of 2019 and the second half of our 2018-19 year of Lionism, I reflect on this year’s accomplishments. From an international standpoint, this year is the first of seeing a woman installed as the International President of our great organization. We have continued with services to our communities emphasizing the following: Environment, Hunger Relief and Vision and have added Childhood Cancer and Diabetes to these efforts. This is the first year of three of the newly launched “Campaign 100” which is well under way. We have started the new “Lions” app for reporting activities, have a new web site (which some like and others do not) as well as many more new innovations brought forth by LCI.
Here in MD36 we find that, thus far this year, we have a plus in our membership, and that is a really big item. We have four great District Governors who are getting the word out in their districts and their clubs about Lionism, encouraging projects and being all around dedicated to what we stand for. Our MD36 Committee chairs are stepping up and doing their jobs. Isn’t this a great time to be a Lion!
This year was the start of our Global Action Team, comprised of Global Membership, Global Leadership and Global Service and it has gotten off with a running start. Each of these leaders have come forward and been very active in their endeavors, from working on getting new clubs started, to leadership training for VDGs and club officers, to establishing projects and writing grants to promote our organization. Yes indeed, it is a great time to be a Lion as we all look beyond the horizon and accomplish our goals.
As I reflect on being your Council Chair for this first half of the year, I have learned much, made new friends, renewed old acquaintances and found this position to have enhanced my joy and fulfillment of being a Lion.I look forward to many more accomplishments by all of the Lions in MD36 in the next 6 months, as well as learning and accomplishing more myself. So to all of you – Job well done and a Happy New Year to all Lions everywhere.