Welcome to a new year of Lions service, membership growth, new methods of communication and great times of fellowship! Our four District Governors have returned from Milan and the International Convention, eager to put into action their plans for the year. Clubs are enjoying summer community service activities, fellowship at BBQ and picnic events, and gearing up for the coming months of working together in service projects.
The District Governors and I chose the theme of “Creating Harmony Through Service” as our MD36 focus for this Lions year. As citizens of the world, I think that it’s important to remind ourselves that there are really things that we owe to each other. Are we really islands unto ourselves? Or are we all a part of the world civilization?
Our Immediate Past International President, Gudrun Yngvadottir, explained her understanding of service in this way: “What I love about service is that it knows no gender, no color, no religion. And we are truly stronger as an organization, and as clubs, when we have a diverse mix of experiences contributing to the energy and ideas that make Lions so great.”
As Lions, we have the opportunity to work in our communities and inspire others to join us as we serve. The energy of an active service project is contagious! Let your communities know the benefits of becoming a Lion and joining in on a future of helping others to realize a better life.
To again quote PIP Gudrun: “Because being a Lion is not about being a man or a woman. It’s about being a human being. And the more caring men and women we have working together for good, the better chance we have of truly changing the world.”
So, Lions, get your plans in place and head out into your communities to create harmony through doing service for others!