All I learned, I learned at the MD Convention
I hope you were at the Multiple District 36 Convention to learn about Projects Oregon (sponsored by a Public Relations grant from LCI). The Acts of Kindness project that started in March, the Projects Oregon display boards for clubs and the upcoming Cans for the Cause, all can be seen on The Projects Oregon Facebook page. To find the page, type qrs.ly/bh3rdl7 into your web browser. It will help you find information about the projects, so that you can explain them to your club. Better yet, you can print out the information and take it to your next club meeting to share with your fellow Lions.
I was so impressed with the convention presentations by Chair Bob Van Slyke and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Crow for Lions Vision Gift. The things they are developing right here in Oregon are helping to advance eye care throughout the world. The Lions of Oregon should be very proud of all they have achieved.
Our visiting International Director John Pettis, Jr. and his wife Liz, were a delight to be with and shared their friendship with all who were there. I talked with him on the way back to the airport on Sunday. ID John stressed the importance of offering a sincere greeting and the gift of friendship at every club meeting, especially to visitors and new members. He joined his Lions club because of the warm reception he received as opposed to what he encountered at some other community service organizations. Why would anyone join a club that was not filled with potential friends? For those going to the USA\Canada Forum in Puerto Rico, be sure to seek ID John and Liz out. They will be there attending the Forum.
I want to thank everyone involved with the Multiple District convention in Salem. What a wonderful opportunity to see your friends and learn about ideas to strengthen your club. The convention team was led by PCC Bob Guerrant and CC Elect Joyce Anderson, with PCC Bev Bridgewater, MD GLT coordinator, handling the forums. All did an outstanding job.
I am sure there will be more written about the Multiple District 36 Council of Governors meeting the day before the Convention. But, I want to report on just one item: The Council’s approval of the Communication Task Force Committee’s recommendation to switch (3) three editions of The Oregon Lion magazine to the web. You will still receive your Oregon Lion in the mail (except for 3 issues) unless you opt-out. Opting-out saves the Multiple District about $6/Lion and, if you multiply that by about 4,000 Lions, it is a significant savings. The elimination of the 3 issues will allow the MD to continue providing the service that is needed without raising dues and without going into the red (which is not allowed by our by-laws).
Finally, I want to mention a couple of ways to financially help our Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation without taking anything out of your pocket: 1. AmazonSmile Foundation to benefit OLSHF: Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to OLSHF whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-6041506 2. Fred Meyer Community Rewards to benefit OLSHF: Support OLSHF just by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card. Please take a minute to link your Rewards Card to benefit OLSHF at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. It’s easy to sign up so that every time you shop, you bring hope to people in need of sight and hearing assistance!
Make a great day!