Information! And We Really Need It!
We are told that we are now in the Information Age. When I look for information, it seems that it is coming at me in the speed of light. To me, it seems like light speed is even faster than before (before I got to the age I am now). Didn't things seem slower years ago?
Most days I work at my computer, doing this and that and not thinking about the gigantic amount of information that is zipping by just beyond my screen on the World Wide Web or the Internet as it is now called. But, if I start to look for something about some subject, for instance Lions Clubs International, the world explodes and time flows by so quickly. Unfortunately, when I start to look for one thing on the internet, I end up finding something else that is more interesting and just has to be read.
Just the other day, I was looking for information about the Lions International Peace Poster Contest on the LCI web-site. I found the rules quite quickly and some great examples of past Contests: As is usual when I get on the internet, I thought what would happen if I just typed in Lions Club in Google? Well you know the story, time flashed by, I looked at dozens of sites that relate to "Lions clubs" and the boss almost fired me for "wasting my time".
But, I was not really wasting my time. I found a massive amount of information about Lions that can be useful to Lions.
Did you know that YouTube has hundreds of videos about Lions and Lions projects? Type in youtube.com, then search for Lions Clubs and see what happens. International has done a number of videos that are very professional, but I also found some that are done by clubs or individuals. See a video about joining The Dalles Oregon Lions and meet the Westmont, IL. Lions at the fair. If your club meets at a place that has a wifi connection, you could use a laptop and a projector to show an interesting video instead of having a live speaker.
You can look at clubs near and far. You will find the Anchoeage Lions and what they are doing. I also found a website for the Newtown ions Club and the Foundation they started to help the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Did you know that a lot of Multiple Districts in the Mid-West sponsor youth bands? I had no idea that this was happening. What a wonderful outreach to schoolage youth and an introduction to Lions. Interesting ideas for projects and fundraisers abound on the internet.
How about finding Melvin Jones’ biography or all about women in Lions on Wikipedia? Type in Wikipedia/widi/lions-club_international and see what pops up.
Or how about joining Linked-in? This is more of a professional site, but Lions are here too. This is an opportunity to connect with one-on-one Lions across the world.
Anything you or your club wants to do is available in some form on the internet. But watch out, you are going to be inundated with information and you will be lost and out of time.
Go out and make a great day!