Many of you may remember the Kevin Costner film, “Field of Dreams” and the line “if you build it, they will come”. Well I feel the same way about the link between Lions service projects and membership If we plan it, they will come…when they come they will become members! . And what I mean by become a member, is the moment a Lion truly “gets” what it means to be a Lion. When he or she has their heart touched by the impact they make on another person’s life; whether it be providing a child with a pair of glasses, saving someone in a distant land from the ravages of measles by donating to LCIF or providing food to those who go to bed hungry in their community, right here in Virginia.
We have two District Events in April that are critical to our mission of “We Serve” and supporting Service and Membership. The new District 24-A environmental project to clean up Bull Run is scheduled for Saturday, April 18. Many non-Lions will be participating in this project. It is a great project for families, Leo Clubs, and scout troops. Do your part by advertising the event on your Club web pages, Facebook pages, etc.
The second is Worldwide Induction Day on April 26. This event is a perfect way to get new members of on the right foot, to see how they are connected to a tremendous worldwide organization with myriad projects and ways to make a difference. The Event will be held at Park West Lions Club Building from 2 -4 PM. A deli lunch will be served at no cost. If you have new member and receive a letter please make every effort to attend. PCC Lion Shirley Wilson has already sent an informational email to Club Presidents and Secretaries. If you need additional information contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (703-743-1649) by APRIL 14, 2015
In the next few months our Second Vice District Governor, Karen Parker, may approach you to serve in a District 24-A position. I encourage you to say “yes”. But I would ask that in addition to saying yes, you dedicate yourself to looking at all facets of the position and dedicate yourself to making any changes that are needed to make our District work for its members even if that means changing long held practices. Karen and Jay will be there to support you, help you and provide guidance as we do what’s best for our District and members; those we have now and those who will join in the future.
It is time to have your election of club officers. A sign of a strong club is not repeating the same officers for years and years. I encourage those of you who have not been officers to step up to this challenge, and those of you who have been officers to encourage and mentor your new members. Remember to report them on the Lions website or a paper PU-101. Please verify that all the information is correct, including an e-mail and phone numbers. This information makes up the district directory every year.