If you can dream it … you can do it!
Lions, thank you for following your dreams this year. Across the globe, you’ve achieved so many dreams — from providing children with books and food and sight services, to improving the health of people in need. You’ve empowered women and recruited new Lions. You’ve gathered your family and friends to show them what it means to be a Lion. And you’ve changed lives.
It has been an honor and inspiration to meet so many Lions who are making a difference in this world.
Keep your dream in your pocket as a reminder of what Lions can achieve when they work together. Thank you for a wonderful year!
During a site visit to Toronto I had the opportunity to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. I learned that a committee of players, coaches and others meet annually to select new honorees. I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the people, the planning of the displays and the recognition that is given to those who achieved excellence in the sport.
The NHL Legends area features the honorees; and NHL Milestones displays noteworthy records. There are some comparisons we could make to Lions Clubs International as we approach our centennial year. I know you have stories to tell of outstanding Lions achievements and Lions leaders who planned for the future.
As I think about the year ahead, I hope you are inspired to use teamwork to achieve bigger wins for our Lions team. My international theme, Strengthen the Pride, is about building for the future from the club level throughout the organization to ensure our legacy going forward. With the Lions Pride membership awards, the Club Excellence Award, the Strengthen the Pride awards for zone & region chairpersons and the District Governor Team Excellence Award, we will honor our own champions who achieve results. The Ask One initiative alone could set a new record for invitations to potential new members.
In closing, I am glad you are on my team and I look forward to hearing your Hall of Fame stories as we progress through the 2014-2015 year.
Be sure to attend the first Leadership Development webinar of the new year, “One Great Adventure: The Role of the Zone Chairperson,” a fresh and engaging way to understand what it takes to excel in this vital Lions position. While the target audience is new and prospective zone chairpersons, the presentation offers leadership principles that apply for all Lions leaders.
Join Zone Chairperson Richard as he embarks on an adventure through his zone with a mission of Strengthening the Pride while earning the Zone Chairperson Award. Watch Richard call on allies, employ resources, and wear different “hats” to manage club obstacles, facilitate club successes, and finish his year in an meaningful way.
Register now for one of the time slots below:
The 97th Lions International Convention is just around the corner, kicking off this Friday, July 4 in Toronto! LCI convention staff is already there, putting the final touches in place and getting ready to welcome Lions from around the world.
As you prepare for your trip, click the links below for a few last-minute tips and reminders:
And last but not least: Have fun! Meet new Lions, learn how to improve your club, find out how other Lions around the world are serving their communities, and enjoy the beautiful city of Toronto. We can’t wait to see you there!
Lions – My year as your International President is coming to an end, and I’m spending these last few moments continuing to meet new Lions and learn more about what we’re doing around the world.
Last week I was in Bosnia, visiting an emergency center that is also used for educating doctors in Bosnia and surrounding countries. This facility has been supported by LCIF and the Lions of MD105 for the last 18 years since the war ended. Above is a photo of the communication system consisting of 10 telephones and personal mobiles. What a passionate, caring team of individuals who truly make a difference in people’s lives every day!
I’m currently in Toronto, gearing up for the Lions International Convention. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you here!
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