RX FOR SERVICE, CARING FOR OTHERS

 

 

Visitations are well underway in District 22-W. We now have 57 Lions Clubs in our district and our membership is less than 1900 members. Lion Sue and I, along with Cabinet Secretary Charlie Croft and Cabinet Treasurer Susan Favorite have visited 20 Lions Clubs so far and the 1st quarter of our Lions year is gone. Has your club scheduled the Official Visit with CS Charlie yet? We hope to visit most clubs in our district by December. However, there are still about 11 clubs that have not scheduled the Official Visit. Please schedule the visit soon.

The District 22-W Social will be held on October 6th at the Clarion Frederick Event Center. We met the social speaker, International Director Nicholas "Nick" Xinopoulos and his wife, Lion Gretchen, at the USA/Canada Forum in Columbus. They are both anxious to meet the Lions of MD22. As a service project, bring new, white, adult socks that we will give to homeless centers around our district.

Prior to my Official Visits to our Lions Clubs, I have been reviewing service projects on the Lions Website, www.lionsclubs.org. I am impressed with what is being reported on MyLCI. Our Lions Clubs in District 22-W are very active in their communities. Most clubs are doing eyeglass recycling, support of their local food banks, and donating eye exams and eyeglasses to those in need. But, they are also doing unique service projects. It was very interesting to see Lions volunteering, using their expertise in wiring a church or installing a fence. I can say proudly that our Lions live up to our motto, "WE SERVE". Thank you, Lions, for all you do.

 

As we go around the district, we see a lot of clubs with low membership and older members. How are we going to replace ourselves? We all agree that we need younger members. It is our challenge to find new Lions in our communities and keep them engaged. Maybe we should ask a new, potential Lion to help with one of our service projects or fundraisers to show them the good we do as Lions. Then, invite them to become members of the world’s largest service organization. Their eyes will be open wide to find out that we give back to the community in ways unimaginable. We Serve in ways many of those in our communities don’t know. Our service needs to be told to everyone, and not kept as a secret.

As you know, our new LCI President is Gudrun Yngvadottir, the first president from Iceland and our first woman President. In District 22-W, we have 36% of our members as women. There is a new initiative called "New Voices". The New Voices Initiative celebrates women’s contributions to Lions Clubs International as it welcomes its first female President. This initiative promotes gender parity by focusing on increasing the number of women in Lions Clubs, as well as closing the gap between men and women in leadership positions. In our travels, we see more and more Lions Clubs with women who work as hard as men in fulfilling our moto, "WE SERVE". But, we still have clubs made up of all men. Let’s be open to New Voices, by encouraging woman to join our clubs, bringing Lions new ideas and new dimensions.

Districts 22-A, B, C, D and W have been given a $5,000 grant from the previous Council of Governors. We are encouraged to allocate $2,000 for membership and $3,000 for promotion. Several meetings have been held to discuss ways of utilizing those funds. In District 22-W we decided to provide $500 to each of our 4 Regions to promote membership. This will be accomplished by our Global Membership Chair Martin Bonura. For promotion, we will give each of our 57 Lions Clubs a banner and a sign to be used when there is a service project or fund-raiser. Stated on the banners and signs will be an email address where interested persons can ask for more information about becoming a Lion in District 22-W. The email will be monitored, and the person will be referred to their local Lions Club for possible membership. We will be making presentations during my Official Visits to the clubs or they will be available by contacting me.

Please contact me if you have any Lions need in 2018-2019. I am available by email: gbeachy@verizon.net  or by phone, 301-707-7200.

 

Gerry Beachy

District Governor

175 Parkview Circle, Grantsville, MD 21536

301-707-7200 | gbeachy@comcast.net

Grantsville Lions Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

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