Most Lions enjoy receiving and trading Lions pins. Why? Because it encapsulates what it means to be a Lion: pride in our Service, pride in our Clubs and pride in what we give back to our communities. I am no different and was thrilled with the prospect of designing my Governor pins this year. The pin I designed for the 24-A Fall Conference shows a Lion going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. A comical nod to my Western New York origins and the challenge of being a Lions District Governor, sure. But I meant so much more by the design of this pin. I am a great believer in the POWER of service. It compels you to move forward through obstacles and make those often challenging leaps of faith that can lead to great things. Whether it be a new service project or an individual decision to take on a new leadership position, the 24-A leadership team is here to support you.
District 24-A has several new initiative this year that your leadership team is asking each and every Lion in District 24-A to support. The first is the “Home for the Holidays” project. Lions will welcome service men and women into their homes for the Holidays when they don’t have the time or resources to travel back home. Or if a service member has duty on Thanksgiving we would like to provide a real Thanksgiving meal rather than “meals ready to eat”. Lion Lorraine Land has done an outstanding job of spearheading this initiative and pushing hard to get the proper approval needed to start this Thanksgiving. We also want to acknowledge the Lions in the Ft Belvoir Mt Vernon Club who came up with the idea and the many Lions who have pledged their support for the project. An idea plus leadership and hard work is paying off and we could not be prouder to represent such fine Lions.
“What can I do to Help, Governor Jim?” you may be asking yourself. Come to the 24-A Fall Conference October 17-18. Learn more about the Home for the Holidays, Sargent Mac Foundation Partnership, and the Bull Run Clean-up Projects. Other break-out sessions will have dynamic facilitators who will help explore how our Lions Clubs can have an impact on the most important challenges of our day from cutting edge eye and hearing research to climate change and hunger alleviation initiatives. The Fall Conference will be held at Sheraton Reston Hotel 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston VA 20191. Please note registration information and checks need to be sent in NO LATER than October 10.
Our key note speaker will be Past International Director, Barry Palmer. An inspirational Lion Leader, Aussie Barry Palmer is a dynamic speaker and I guarantee you will be inspired. PID Palmer will be inducting new members so be sure not to miss out.
Speaking of inducting members, I want to encourage District 24-A to embrace the Lions International campaign to “Just Ask”. Ask a potential member to your meeting, to attend the Fall Conference, or to participate in your next service activity or fundraiser. Remember, someone asked all of us to join, let’s give that next person the opportunity to find out what we already know….being a Lion is Grrrrreat!