Our First Annual Bull Run Environmental Project was a huge success, we picked up over 1,600 pounds of garbage that was marring one of our most precious National Monuments. Thanks to all the Lions, Leos and family members who came out to help. District Environmental Chair, Don Leas, did a terrific job of organizing and making sure the Event ran smoothly.
The State Convention is May 14-17, 2015. There is an important change to the State Constitution that will be voted on Saturday afternoon. The vote will be to approve the separation of duties between a State Secretary and a State Treasurer. I whole-heartedly support this important change and encourage all Clubs to file their delegate paperwork timely and be at the convention to make your voices heard. It is important that all clubs register for the convention and send delegates to direct the future of our Multiple District.
A huge 24-A Lions roar for Shirley Wilson who once again put on a fantastic Worldwide Induction Day on April 26. This event has become one of the highlight on many District 24-A Lions “Lions Calendar”. But let’s not rest on our laurels, this is a good time to take stock of your existing Club membership health. Membership satisfaction is the role of every Lion, not just the membership Chair. Address any members who are in arrears in their dues and encourage them to get caught up before the end of the year. Take the time to find out if there are any issues that can be corrected or things that need to be addressed by your Club’s Board of Directors. This is part of the Club Excellence Process (CEP) and gets your club prepared for the next set of officers.
As we near the end of the Lion year, be sure to recognize the accomplishments of individual Lions and your Lions Club. Start working on your award applications, finalize your donations to LCIF for any planned Melvin Jones Awards, LOVF, and Hearing Foundation to name a few. Take a look at the award application forms for Club Excellence, 100% Secretary and 100% Treasurer. Find out what you need to finish up in order to achieve these prestigious awards and finish the year strong.
Remember to firm up your Officers for the next Lions year and report them on the Lions website. It is very important to get those done as early as possible. The new officers will start to get information from LCI and DGE as soon as the state convention is done. The DGE uses this information to build the District Directory. Getting it done early, helps the future Cabinet Secretary finish it with little corrections.
Finally, LCIF needs your help. The earthquake in Nepal caused extensive destruction and death. This is exactly why Lions Clubs is an international organization. District 24A has many connections to Nepal. According to the 2010 Census, Arlington has the 7th largest concentration of Nepalese in the United States. Tyson’s Corner has a club twinning relationship with a club in Katmandu, and the Herndon Community Leo has a majority of students that were born in Nepal. Please dig deep, create a new fundraiser, or send some of your club’s unallocated funds to LCIF for Nepal ‘s disaster relief. Thank you for considering this request!