As we start this new Lions year, I would like to thank the Lions in MD 36 who have agreed to become part of the team that leads us into the future. Also a great big Thank You to Past Council Chair Steve Thomson and the 2013-14 Council of Governors for all of their hard work during this past year.
In three short years, Lions Clubs International will celebrate 100 years of service. What will the next 100 years bring? Will we continue to be the largest service organization in the world? The decisions we make now will have a great impact on that future.
Our new International President Joe Preston from Prescott, Arizona, has chosen “Strengthen the Pride” as his theme for the year. He has a four-part program that you will be hearing about as our District Governors make visits to your clubs. Many of his plans are in preparation for the 100 Year Celebration.
In our Multiple District, I have chosen the theme of “Spark the Pride” for this coming year. My plan is to find ways that we can “spark” our clubs to be better than ever, to “spark” our members to take pride in what they do every day in their communities, to “spark” our enthusiasm as we work together so that others will want to become a member of our clubs in order to enjoy the same benefits that we enjoy and to “spark” our interest to work with more children and youth in our community.
As many of you know, I have a great love for auto racing and, in the past, we actually held a race at the District O Convention when I was District Governor and I plan a repeat of that type of program in May at our Multiple District Convention. You will be hearing more about this “Spark Program” in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more information.
Although there were a limited number of Lions from MD 36 in attendance in Toronto, Canada, at the International Convention, all of us had a great time and we heard of the many projects Lions of the world do every day to provide service to those in need. We were entertained by terrific talents, many of them with sight and/or hearing loss. These entertainers gave us great examples of what hard work and perseverance can achieve.
Lastly, I would like to remind you of the “Opt Out” to The Oregon Lion that is in this issue of the magazine. You will be able to read each issue on the MD 36 website, www.md36lionsclubs.org.
Let’s keep that spark going!
Council of Governors meetings this year:
August 16 – Dorris, CA Butte Valley Community Center
November 15 – Springfield Justice Center
March 6, 2015 – Pendleton
May 21, 2015 - Seaside