SOARING BEYOND THE HORIZON AS “WE SERVE”
Our first Council of Governors meeting for the 2018-19 year is over and much was accomplished. With the retirement of Don Adams as our Pin Trader over the past many, many years, we had to set up a whole new procedure regarding the State pins. Harlan Geigle and Garry Charbonneau are going to share that obligation.
For those of you at MD36 Convention in Eugene, you witnessed Garry Charbonneau getting his curly locks cut off for the sum of $1,000+ to go to LCI for Diabetes. At the COG meeting Garry was presented with a Melvin Jones Fellowship for his willingness to do this- note to all, he was okay with the hair going, but the mustache had to stay.
The Monthly Membership Progress Report from LCI was a call to arms for all of us. Our numbers are down and we need to take action to increase and maintain our membership. With projects that appeal to all and that will help our communities, we can bring more into our Lions folds, and the Global Action Team (GAT) is hard at work for MD36 to accomplish this. PCC Rod as Global Service Team Chair has proposed several projects that he is following up on with the DGs; Global Leadership Team Chair Joyce Anderson and Global Membership Team Chair Judith Poage have training lined up for the Vice District Governors and the dates for the GAT meetings with all of the GAT team members have been set, with the first one being on Sept 29 at Bandon in the “Barn” Community Center at 10 a.m.
The Policy manual is being worked on and MD36 Policy Chair Jim Stagl would welcome any input you may have regarding changes needed to the manual. Several Lions have spoken about items that need to be changed, so this is your chance. Contact Jim and let him know what you think.
Other Committee chairs reported on happenings of their committees and I am sure the District Governors will get all new information to the clubs in their districts, i.e. quest program grants, as well as LCIF grants that are available and just need to be applied for.
Guiding Lamp award was originally a story board set up by the 2014 DGs as a friendly competition between the districts. Somehow since then it has lost its meaning, and it has been another story board. So this year the DGs have determined what the Guiding Lamp project will be and they will be following up in each district to insure that it is being done. The PIDs, along with the visiting ID, will be the judges as to the Multiple District winner of this prestigious award.
What a great adventure is this Council Chair position. It is truly a personal learning experience, and the opportunity to gain a fountain of knowledge about all the clubs in MD36. I have only been in office for a short time now, but WOW- what I have found out so far is mind boggling. I am thrilled to be in this position and be able to hear and see all the wonderful service that we as Lions perform throughout, not only our state, but also for LCI. Keep it up MD36- we are truly going beyond the horizon.