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."




     Last month in my article, I talked about leadership and spoke about Northwest Lions Leadership Institute and its value to all Lions as a way to learn and grow.  As we approach the date of the institute of April 26-28, I urge anyone who has not had the opportunity to attend to consider doing so. The cost is very reasonable at $290 and includes registration, meals, materials and lodging and, in addition, each district has some training funds available to assist you. To get an application please contact PCC Vince Bishop or CC Gail Black.

     This month I would like to focus on Our International President’s New Voices Initiative.  The write up states:  ”The New Voices Initiative was created to amplify the stories of those working to support women in our clubs and districts. As we celebrate our first female International President, New Voices supports stronger gender equality in Lions leadership.”  So, whether you are currently in a leadership role or have not yet decided to pursue that, there are a number of webinars which speak to the subject and are available for your review through the LCI website and will help you to gain more insight. The last one in February was: The Other PerspectiveMen Empowering Women in Leadership. Coming up on March 21 (which you can register for) is Why We Need the Women’s InitiativeThen please don’t forget The Women's Symposium 2019 is scheduled for May 9, 2019 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Riverbend Annex, 123 International Way, Springfield, OR 97477.

     Do you remember way back when there was a Virginia Slims cigarette commercial on TV that said, “You’ve Come a long way Baby”?  Well, yes indeed we have come a long way.  Women always have had a part in Lionism by virtue of the Lioness clubs but not as a member of a Lions club.  Then in 1987 at the International Convention in Saipan, Taiwan, the Lions lifted the 70-year old ban to exclude women as members. Of the 5,100 delegates who voted, 77% voted in favor of an amendment to the constitution removing the stipulation that members be male.  And yes, we have come a long way since then-but we do still a ways to go. 

     We in the United States do have better women representation in our clubs than overseas, but we certainly are not up to a 50-50% rate as yet.  The 12- 31, 2018, records from LCI show that District O has 39.96% women, District R - 38.42%, District E - 35.02%, and District G – 38.59%. Our district governors are working diligently to increase the women representation in our clubs as they continue to “Look 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