Lions Clubs of Multiple District 36, Oregon and Northern California

We Serve

Lions of Oregon & Northern California are a part of an international network of 1.4 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions are best known for working to end preventable blindness, the giving of eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy and local service projects.

 

Mission Statement of Lions Clubs International:

 

"To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation."

 

JUNE 2019 ISSUE

SOARING BEYOND THE HORIZON AS “WE SERVE”

 

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As I write this final article as Council Chair, I think about all of the Lions I have been in contact with throughout this year and marvel at the character strengths and life skills     I have observed. The list below show characteristics that make good dedicated Lions, and I am proud to be in that group.

 

Compassion for others suffering and the motivation to relieve that suffering.

Communication in receiving, and sharing information. Talking or writing, and listening or reading clearly, and respecting different opinions.

Courage to do something difficult even when there's risk. Lions are courageous people who do and say what they think is right despite opposition.

Curiosity as we see a strong desire to learn or know something.  Lions seek answers to their questions for the sake of gaining knowledge. They actively seek out challenges and new experiences to broaden their horizons.

Empathy as they put themselves in someone else's shoes and understand the feelings and perspective of another person.  

Gratitude for the good things that happen in their lives and taking the time to express appreciation and return kindness, leading to a stronger sense of well-being.

Humility as a learned character strength of not regarding themselves as more special or better than others.

Integrity to tell the truth and act in a sincere way, consistent, trustworthy and ethical. Lions treat people equally and take responsibility for their own feelings and actions. 

Perseverance to keep doing something in spite of obstacles. Lions are people who persevere, show steadfastness in doing something despite how hard it is or how long it takes to reach the goal.

Self-control to be able to appropriately manage thoughts, feelings, and impulses. Lions pay attention to their emotions and feelings

Teamwork in working respectfully and effectively with a group and doing their share. Many basic character strengths, such as communication, self-control, and humility, support a person's ability to work on a team. Teamwork is more than getting along with people. The key to being a good team player is the ability to put a group's needs above your own.

While we all don’t show all of these characteristics outwardly, they are there and they show up to those “We Serve”

MAY 2019 ISSUE

SOARING BEYOND THE HORIZON AS “WE SERVE”

 

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     In our daily lives we set goals.  Maybe we don’t write them down, but they are there in our minds and our hearts.  As young girls we may set that goal to be married and have children, as young men to have our own car.  For all of us maybe a goal is to have a specific career.   We are told as children and on into adulthood that we can do anything we want.  Now under normal circumstances I agree with that, but as was brought to my attention recently, a 250 lb. 6 ft tall man is never going to be jockey if that was his childhood goal.  So, I do agree with advocating common sense along with those dreams and goals.  When we get into the workforce, again we have goals – maybe to be a CEO or CFO or maybe to have tenure, but whatever it is we set that goal. It isn’t written down on paper, but it is there in our mind and our heart.

     When we become Lions, we set goals.  Maybe it is to be an officer or maybe just to be a volunteer.  Did I say JUST be a volunteer?  No indeed - What I mean to say is that as a Lion our goal is to follow the Lions motto and serve our community to the best of our ability.   Now how we do that takes many forms.  Serving as a committee chair, an officer, a committee member, giving money, donating product, setting up a service project are just a few things we can do.  And maybe we have those goals written on paper and maybe we don’t.

     It is always easier to keep sight of our goals when they are written down.  Sometimes it is just a list; other times it is a poster or a sign hung on our office or home wall where we see it every day.  As a leader we are always tasked with writing down those goals, thus making it easier to set up the necessary steps to achieve them.  As we set those goals though, we must remember to make them attainable.  How easy to lose sight of the goal if it is so far-fetched that we realize early on that we will not ever be able to reach it.  This is not to say that the long term goal is not reachable, but perhaps we need to concentrate on smaller goals before going after that big one.

     And as we strive to reach our goals, we need to take to heart our International President’s theme this year and “look beyond the horizon”.  Can we get 10 new Lions members in our club this month- well maybe not, but can we get 1 new member every month for ten months- Why Not!!!  Can we give $100 monthly to LCIF, well maybe our budget does not allow for that, but can we give $10 every month for ten months- Why Not.  Set your goals- be realistic, but look beyond the horizon to what you can accomplish and then let yourself  “Soar to New Heights” as a Lion.

APRIL 2019 ISSUE

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SOARING BEYOND THE HORIZON AS “WE SERVE”

TEAMWORK:  Teamwork is the collaborative effort of a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

     Although LCI and our own common sense tell us that team work is the best way to get things done, this does not always seem to happen.  In talking with the upcoming district governors who just returned from their training in Chicago, it appears that this coming year we will see even more emphasis being place on team work and rightfully so.  As team members we can accomplish much more in our communities, our district and, yes, even our world, than we can as one person alone.

     Our Global Action Team consisting of Global Service Team (GST), Global Membership Team (GMT) and Global Leadership Team (GLT) has been established to help make things happen by all districts working together as a team.  It is really important that we look at the broader view, rather than just our own small community.  We don’t hesitate to serve our local communities, but when it comes to the district and the multiple district, we fall down dramatically.  

     GLT: In every club there are leaders, though sometimes their potential is not readily apparent.  Every club needs to take a good look at all their members and “teammates” and recognize those qualities in that person that makes them a leader. As an officer you are a leader and how far you want to go depends on many factors, such as time, work, family, etc.  However, I have learned over the years that, if something means enough to me, I will find a way to make it happen.   So be a leader and find more leaders, mentor those leaders, and get training for these potential leaders.

     GMT: Membership is getting better in our Multiple District, but still not good. It falls upon each of us to go out and help the GMT to get new members, reinstate lost members and, of course, retain the members we have. 

     GST:  I know it is difficult for the club secretary to always get the word out about the activities that are being done by the local clubs, but it is so important to tell our stories and our accomplishments.  Report the service activities being done in your clubs as that is the gateway for new members and new leaders.  When reviewing the activities from all our clubs, I am astounded at how little we do, when I know how much we do.  So, use that “My Lion” app, use the GST and get that information out to the public.

     Each district has a chair in each of these capacities and we all need to step up our game and support our Global Action Team.  As we work together, we will definitely find that we are indeed “Looking Beyond the Horizon”.

Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?
— Helen Keller's Speech at 1925 International Convention Cedar Point, Ohio, USA June 30, 1925