President’s Service Blog: USA/Canada Forum
I was recently in Milwaukee, WI., for the USA/Canada Forum. I enjoy the forums because they are a great way to network with fellow Lions and learn more about Lions’ amazing service projects.
In one such project, Lions throughout the countries knitted and crocheted squares for blankets for children in need. These blankets are tangible sources of comfort for children experiencing tumultuous times. This project was spearheaded by Lions Carol Farley of the White Bear Lake Lions, who is the first vice district governor for 5M6; Alice Anton of the Lakeville Lakeside Lions, who is the secretary for her club and is the cabinet secretary for 5M6; and Terrie Moen of the Burnsville Lions, who is club president and district chairperson for Family & Women’s Membership Development for 5M6.
At the forum, Lions donated 154 blankets to the Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee’s Child Protection Center. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Kelly Hodges and her two young daughters, who accepted the quilts on behalf of the Center’s clients.
The impact of this project can be duplicated by Lions across the world. Lions’ efforts on this project touched me greatly. I’m so proud of these Lions for seeing a need in their community and bringing it to the attention of Lions throughout the United States and Canada.