A per­fect time to serve


LI­ONS ARE in­di­vid­u­als who, of their own free will, pay for the priv­i­lege of serv­ing per­sons in their com­mu­nity who are less for­tu­nate than them­selves.

They pay Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional mem­ber­ship dues, district dues and club dues. In ad­di­tion, they sup­port the work of Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion, which raises funds to sup­port the fight against hunger, blind­ness, di­a­betes and il­lit­er­acy around the world.

Li­ons in our re­gion are fur­ther chal­lenged to bring re­lief to the vic­tims of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters which reg­u­larly af­flict us, such as the hur­ri­canes that have dev­as­tated the is­lands of the north­east­ern Caribbean.

We give with­out count­ing the cost be­cause to do oth­er­wise would lead some of us to sur­ren­der to neg­a­tive in­flu­ences. We have been giv­ing of our time, labour and means for a hun­dred years, and de­spite myr­iad chal­lenges, God has blessed us along the way.

As we em­bark on our sec­ond cen­tury of ser­vice, I call on Li­ons in the re­gion to start think­ing of new and in­no­va­tive ways to serve. This ma­jor mile­stone should not just be ac­knowl­edged with a toast to our founders. In­stead, we should be re­flect­ing on the road just trav­elled and con­tem­plat­ing the road ahead.

Have we con­sid­ered crowd­fund­ing or any of the new meth­ods be­ing em­ployed to so­licit public sup­port for our efforts? Are we invit­ing young tech­no­log­i­cally savvy pro­fes­sion­als to join our ranks and ul­ti­mately lead the way in main­tain­ing vis­i­bil­ity and vi­a­bil­ity?

If you have a de­sire to serve but just do not know how to ac­tu­alise this yearn­ing, speak to a Lion in your com­mu­nity or call the num­ber listed in the yel­low pages. This year is the be­gin­ning of an­other hun­dred years ... a per­fect time to join the 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple around the world liv­ing by the sim­ple motto ‘We Serve’. Lion Er­rol Lee, MFJ Im­me­di­ate Past District Gov­er­nor

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