As we start this 2016-17 Lions year, I would like to borrow and paraphrase a quote that PCC Rod Bach uses on all his Lions e-mails, “It is a great (day) year to be a Lion”. The District Governors are back from Japan and have hit the ground running. I know each Council Chair claimed that they had the best District Governors, but I know that I have the best. They had most of their work done back in March including the theme for the year, “Soaring Up The Mountain”, the cover showing Mt. Hood with a Lion/Eagle soaring up the mountain, and most of their appointees. What a group.
This year is going to be exciting as we begin the 100 year celebration and the preparation for the 2017 USA/Canada Forum to be held in Portland. The committees are working hard for both events. I encourage each club to start their plans to make this 100 year celebration a huge success. We are having signs made to hang on a truck. There will be a set for each District to use in parades or other events that clubs have. Be sure to check with your District Governor to get your name on the list. Remember: first come first served. We are planning for the events to be held at the May State Convention in Pendleton. If you have any ideas, please pass them on. The more exposure we get the better chance we have in getting new members to join Lions. We need each and every one to get involved. Our District Governors are already starting their visitations. You will hear more when they come to your club meeting. Please support them. We want the 2016-17 year to be the best year ever with membership growth and new clubs started. We must stop the decline. Failure to do this is not an option we can afford. Yogi Berra said it best, “Failure is just another opportunity to start over”. Many clubs have failed lately so as you work in your Districts use them as an opportunity to start over.