Dear Lions Family,
Family and Friends Month is now underway! Clubs around the world are hosting special events throughout April to showcase their clubs. It’s a great time to show your family and friends how much they mean to you, and how much your Lions club means to the community.
It’s also a great opportunity to grow your club by showing people the difference you’re making every day. New members allow you to do even more, so ask your family and friends to join your club so they can feel the satisfaction of service and the fellowship that comes with being a Lion.
If you haven’t planned your Family and Friends Month event, do it today!
And be sure to join us on Facebook for the Lions World Lunch Relay. Starting at 6pm (CST) on Thursday, April 3rd, you can see photos and follow the Lunch Relay in “real time” as it travels around the world! Share your own photos of your club’s event on Facebook with the hashtag #LCIWorldLunch.
Join me in making Family and Friends Month a big success!
Barry J. Palmer
Your International President
The International Board of Directors announced in March that attorney Scott Drumheller will lead Lions’ headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, as executive administrator and secretary, effective April 1, 2014.
He succeeds Peter Lynch, who retired as senior executive administrator because of health reasons. Drumheller joined Lions Clubs International in September 2003 as its general counsel, and he also served as secretary since 2006.
Lynch now is serving Lions Clubs International as chief strategic adviser.
“I would like to thank Peter for his dedication and outstanding service to the association and foundation over the past 24 years. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve the association in my new capacity,” says Drumheller.
Says Lynch, “I can’t say enough about how pleased I am, with the board’s blessing, to be handing over the baton to Scott. We are all very fortunate to have someone with his great abilities.”
Today’s photo features Lions in the Philippines providing vision screenings to local children. The La Union (Host) Lions Club, La Union (LD) and San Fernando (LU) Lions Clubs conducted a joint Sight for Kids project. Over 700 children were screened; 45 students were found with eye defects and were refracted right away.
We’ve all been there: Someone sends a message to a large group of people and adds everyone’s email address in the “To” field, and then we have to endure a wave responses, and replies to those responses, and the body of every ensuing reply is littered with large blocks of email addresses.
If sending an email to a group of people who should all be privy to the replies (i.e., Reply to All), then use the “To” field. Seldom is there a need for this. Usually, messages sent to a large group of people are one way communications – sender to recipient – with no need for reply.
Using the BCC only displays a single recipient’s email address – the one receiving the message – not all recipients who were in the BCC. Doing so also lessens the possibility of future spam for your recipients.
Some viruses will send an email to every address in an infected computer’s email messages and contact list. If a message is read on a computer with an email virus, it could spam every address it finds associated with that account. By using the BCC field, the only addresses a virus will find associated with that message are the sender’s and the recipient’s (not everyone else in the BCC field, because those addresses do not display).
There is no magic cutoff as to the maximum number of addresses before switching from the “To” field to BCC. It’s subjective, depending on the intent of the message. Rule of thumb, if you’re sending a message to two or more people, and there is no need for a reply (or only you need to see the replies), use the BCC.
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