The strong currents that flow from the sea to Hawaii’s shore can be extremely dangerous, especially for beach goers who aren’t used to the riptides. The Hawaii North Shore Lions Club installed and maintain two dozen rescue tubes on local Kauai beaches to address this problem.
The video above is a segment from the latest Lions Quarterly video magazine. Watch now to learn how Lions in Hawaii are saving lives.
With the completion of Day 18, we find ourselves in Augusta, Georgia having traveled more than 6,300 miles through 35 states. Some might be thinking we only have 3,000 more miles and 13 states to go … “only.” This means we will need to average 500 miles per day for each of the final six days through some of the hottest part of the country in order to meet our goal of 48 states in 24 days.
Even though we are on schedule, we have the last third of the trip (mileage and number of states) over the final six days of the trip. The reason we planned the trip this this way was there were so many events and Lions gathering across the northern part of the country. We simply couldn’t fit them all in and still cover the necessary mileage to make each day equal.
There are long days in front of us, but we couldn’t be happier with our plan. This is thanks to what we’ve learned from the hundreds and hundreds of Lions we’ve met across the country. You see, when we meet Lions we always try to ask the question, “What’s going on in your club or district that your excited about?”
We’ve learned there are everyday Lions going on missions around the world to provide eyes glasses, rebuilding homes and communities in our country from recent storm damage, raising Leader Dog puppies to help the blind, providing eye screening for school children, organizing and helping with youth summer camps for the blind and/or physically/mentally challenged, and on and on. We’ve witnessed first hand the excitement and passion our Lion brothers and sisters have for these efforts.
We have also heard of the wonderful fundraising efforts to be able to pay for their service projects. Lions are organizing demolition derbies, rodeos, cars smashes, vehicle raffles, sporting events, festivals, fireworks sales and so much more to raise the needed funds to pay for their service projects. We Lions are certainly a creative bunch, there is no doubt. So much work by so many in order to serve those in need.
Motorcycling for Leader Dogs has been such a tremendous blessing for both of us because of the gift of connection with so many Lions. The price of needing to put in these high mile days near the end of the trip is a small price to pay in exchange.
Follow us on Facebook.com/CyclingforLeaderDogs to keep up with us and our daily trip updates.
Read more Road Roariors posts and catch up on Mark and Debbie’s trip.
We asked, and you answered! Here are Lions’ responses to the question:
What does good communication mean to you? How does your club communicate effectively?
The Westboro Lions Club meets twice a month. As the club secretary, I email a copy of the minutes to all Lions with email addresses. I also take it upon myself to try and call any members that have missed meetings in order to effectively communicate upcoming events and club responsibilities. I find it interesting that in today’s electronic world, the responsibility of Lions to verbally communicate with their membership has seemed to dissipate. I’m not trying to dissuade the use of electronic media but, simply put, verbal communication leaves no room for misunderstanding or miscommunication.
Monthly newsletters showing upcoming events well in advance. Weekly email blasts to those who have email capabilities.
Good communication is only determined by feedback. In my club, we use email, SMS, telephone calls, Blackberry group, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and visitation to communicate. Every member is carried along. Moreso, we try to get involved in social activities concerning each other and so all members have something to say. And NO QUESTION or COMMENT is regarded as stupid. We Roar in Abuja Metropolitan (District 404a)!
We communicate in several ways. We stay in very close touch by contacting each member by phone with good news and not so good news, for the King Lion’s call of a Board or Special Meeting, making additional arrangements for an activity. Every member is respected, important and welcomed to be heard at monthly meetings. We also have a monthly newsletter with club news and a Calendar of Events that keeps the club informed. Other communication is simply face to face, which is great. Basically, we’re friends who make up a Lion family.
Good communication means calling back or replying to emails of those who contact you in reference to joining.
Clear communication is important for every club to let members know about local volunteer opportunities, club news and events, meetings, projects and more. Do you have any communication tips to share?
Getting feedback from current members is crucial to improving and growing your Lions club. Your club’s projects, events and meetings should be organized to satisfy current members as well as new or potential members. One of the best ways to find out if your members are happy is to ask them.
Use Facebook to reach out to members for their opinions on various concerns such as length, time and location of meetings; types of projects; how to improve communication; thoughts on a recent event; and more.
Examples of questions to ask on your Facebook page include:
Start a conversation – use members’ feedback to identify challenges and concerns, and improve your club’s service projects and activities. The bigger and better your club is, the more you can serve your community.
How do you use Facebook to help your club grow?
The 2013 Lions International Convention is just a few days away! But before you can take in the sights of Hamburg and meet Lions from all over the world, make sure you’ve got all of your plans and belongings in order to ensure a safe, stress-free trip.
Keep these last-minute travel tips in mind as you get ready for Hamburg:
Visit the Travel/Tours section of the LCI website for more information on airport transfers, ground transportation, rental cars and more.
Do you have any tips to share with fellow traveling Lions?
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