We did it! On the 24th straight day of riding our motorcycles with 9,190 miles traveled to ride through all 48 states, we’ve completed our journey in support of Leader Dogs for the Blind. This project, 48 states in 24 day for One Great Cause known as “Motorcycling for Leader Dogs” started as a simple idea and continued to grow and grow until it actually happened. With the help of so many, we have raised more than $35,000 to date.
So it was timely to hear at the same time we were finishing this Lions project that International President Barry Palmer’s theme for the upcoming Lions year is Follow Your Dream. That is exactly what we have done with the love and support of so many Lions and other Leader Dog supporters around the country. We feel so fortunate to be Lions and to be able to take on a project like Motorcycling for Leader Dogs.
Not everyone can or wants to ride their motorcycles through all 48 states in 24 days, and that is okay. What being Lions provides us all is the opportunity to serve in any way we can. We simply need to take President Palmer’s advice and imagine how we can turn our skills and talents, interests, or connections into ways to serve of others. There are so many ready made opportunities to serve. Yet we’ve seen first hand the creativity of so many who are following their own dreams and taking action in the many local, regional and international service opportunities we have as Lions.
Our advice is to let the service to others be the driver, and the energy will be sure to follow. A year ago, we had no idea we would be riding our motorcycles through all 48 states in 24 days. But it was our passion for wanting to help support Leader Dogs for the Blind as Lions that created the necessary energy to take on and complete such a project. In Lions there are ample programs to find your niche, you just need to explore and find the one that is right for you.
Follow your DREAM is a terrific theme for our upcoming Lions year! We are so blessed to be Lions and thankful to have a way to follow our dreams and serve those in need.
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The 2013 Lions International Convention was a great success! Lions from across the globe came together in Hamburg, Germany, for five days of meeting friends, discussing service activities, learning how to improve their clubs, and experiencing performances that they’ll remember for a lifetime.
Even Mr. Lion had a wonderful time soaking in the sights. Do you have any images of Mr. Lion in Hamburg? Share your photos on Instagram with the tag #LCIHamburg and let us know you and Mr. Lion enjoyed this year’s convention.
As we begin a new Lions year, I’m very excited to share my service and experiences around the world as the 2013-14 international president. This year, I encourage Lions to Follow Your Dream. What is your dream, and what can you do to achieve it?
The three R’s can help you achieve your dream:
Seize what is in front of you. Commit to leading, creating and solving problems. Own what needs doing, and follow through to get it done. Responsibility means taking risks and working hard. One way to take responsibility for making a global impact, for example, is by participating in Global Service Action campaigns: Engaging Our Youth, Sharing the Vision, Relieving the Hunger and Protecting Our Environment. LCI provides resources to help you plan your projects, but it’s up to you to make it a success.
Being a Lion is being a part of a family – a network of service-minded individuals who all have dreams of their own. Give the recognition your members deserve for their achievements and contributions. Sometimes just a simple thank you is enough. There are also award programs, such as the Dream Achiever Awards, that keep Lions satisfied and motivate them to continue serving.
As community needs continue to increase, Lions clubs must continue to grow. The best way to expand our reach is by expanding membership. Invite family members, women, young people and friends to join you in service. Log on to Facebook to share the Lions message with your community so people know who you are and how you serve. While you’re there, follow my Facebook page – I’ll be cheering you on as you follow your dream.
I’m looking forward to a wonderful year with Lions everywhere. We serve!
Another Lions year is upon us, and so Lions begin another year of Global Service Action campaigns. The first campaign kicks off in August and encourages Lions to involve young people in youth volunteer opportunities:
What’s your favorite Global Service Action campaign?
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