Our ser­vice makes a dif­fer­ence

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPECIAL ADVERTISING FEATURE -

IT IS with tremen­dous pride that I pen these few lines to con­grat­u­late the Li­ons and Leos of Ja­maica and the Cay­man Is­lands on the com­mem­o­rate of Li­ons In­ter­na­tional Cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions.

In this re­gard, I wish to use this oc­ca­sion to call to at­ten­tion of all the mag­nif­i­cent ser­vice pro­vided to those per­sons in need by Li­ons world­wide over the last 100 years. As the world’s largest ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion, Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional, through the Power of We, the Power of Ac­tion and the Power of Ser­vice as en­cap­su­lated in its motto – We Serve, re­minds us that where there is a need, there is a Lion. Our com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the cause to which we have vol­un­teered makes a dif­fer­ence by chang­ing the world, one com­mu­nity at a time.

Sight is a flag­ship ac­tiv­ity for Li­ons all over the world, and the Li­ons in Re­gions 1 and 4 are mak­ing their con­tri­bu­tion to this chal­lenge. For it was He­len Keller who chal­lenged the Li­ons on June 30, 1925 at the Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion at Cedar Point, Ohio, to serve as ‘Knights for the Blind’ in the cru­sade against dark­ness.

EVER-GROW­ING NEEDS

In ac­cept­ing the chal­lenge, Li­ons have, over the last 100 years, con­tin­ued to pro­mote pre­ventable blind­ness. The Li­ons of the re­gions have an­swered that need in your com­mu­nity and con­tin­ues to re­spond to the ev­er­grow­ing needs. Your efforts are for­ever ac­knowl­edged by the sup­port you con­tinue to re­ceive from your com­mu­nity.

As we move into the cen­tury and be­yond, I chal­lenge you to ren­der the words of He­len Keller even more mean­ing­ful. In an era when there are many com­pet­ing needs, we of ne­ces­sity, must re­fo­cus on the cause so that our efforts will be mul­ti­plied 100 fold.

I wish for all the Li­ons Clubs con­tin­u­ing suc­cess in the work in the many ar­eas in which you serve your com­mu­ni­ties, demon­strat­ing that ‘Our Ser­vice Makes A Dif­fer­ence’. Lion Sher­win Greenidge, MJF District Gov­er­nor Sub-district 60B Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional

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