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!
My name is David Galloway of the Springhill Lions Club in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada. I just wanted to shine light on a campaign I recently created, Opening Eyes for Baby Georgia. Last month, I walked blindfolded while guided by a fellow Lion for six days over two mountains from Springhill, Nova Scotia to Truro, Nova Scotia, covering 100 kilometers. The campaign was created to bring awareness and financial support to a family I grew up with in Truro: the Langilles.
Georgia Langille was born blind and deaf. Shortly after being born, while trying to find the route of severe multiple daily seizures, it was discovered that she had a congenital disorder called CDG1a. This rare disorder prevents the liver from creating enzymes that break food down to protein for muscle/organ development. This will prevent Georgia from eating solid food, and requires a special diet currently costing over CAD$500 per month.
As Georgia grows, so will her medical expenses. She will need a special oversized supportive wheelchair as her underdeveloped organs and muscles will prevent Georgia from walking or sitting up unassisted. She will need transfer devices, and the house will need to be remodeled to support these new needs. The family will need a new vehicle to transport the special chair.
Because this disorder is so rare, many of these expenses are not covered by the Langilles’ insurance. Georgia’s mother had to leave her job to provide the care her daughter needs and deserves.
That’s when Lions stepped in.
Our campaign had a goal to create as much awareness to the family and bring the community together. As I finished my six-day blindfolded walk with fellow Lion Jennie Maie Smith, we joined the Nova Scotia Provincial Lions conference in Truro to share the campaign. At this time, our campaign collected over CAD$10,000 in donations from clubs all over our province.
It was at this stage of the campaign that I truly understood what it meant to be a Lion.
From Truro, my guide and I continued to an organized community walk. Many walkers pre-registered and collected donations from sponsors. At the end of the campaign, we tallied up our collection and donated over CAD$14,000 on behalf of the campaign, my local Lions club and all clubs across the province. We have continued to receive donations and have brought the total to over CAD$16,000.
Please take a minute to visit our Facebook page to see photos of our journey, and watch the video above to learn about the precious baby we helped.
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