Lions Clubs International celebrated 100 years of service in the city where it all started.
The organization started in Chicago back in 1917. It’s now grown to the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.4 million members in 200 countries and geographic areas.
While Lions are known for their work with the blind and visually impaired, the organization also focuses on hunger relief, youth mentoring, protecting the environment, disaster relief, and diabetes awareness and education to name a few.
To celebrate a century of good work, Lions from around the world gathered in Chicago for a celebration. Lions Clubs International hosted a convention on June 30 – July 4, 2017 at McCormick Place. The largest gathering of Lion, Leos, family and friends from Multiple District 60 (over 350) joined with the thousands of other Lions and Leos.
The occasion for Multiple District 60 was a momentous one as we recorded one of the largest number of participants in an International Convention. In addition our very own Lion Nicolyn Moore took the stage as International Director serving for a second term.
The convention offered participants an opportunity to participate in a number of workshops and community projects and tours including a tour of the Lions International Headquarters in Chicago. One significant workshop for the Multiple District was the presentation on Diabetes by our very own lion Dr Carlyse Goddard from the Lions Club of Bridgetown Barbados.
Following this, at one of the plenary sessions Singer, Songwriter Patti Labelle sat with the past International President, Robert Crolew and shared her experience living with Diabetes. In her presentation she urged lions to believe in their dreams.
She noted “If you have a dream and you say to someone I want to do this and they say no – you can’t – just say no way – am going to pursue my dream – you have to believe in yourself”. She noted that the only way to deal with this disease is to keep active, medicate and maintain a healthy diet.
The Incoming District Governors participated in the District Governors School with the theme “The Power of We”. This provided them with an insight into the International President’s theme and prepared them for leadership of the various Districts.
Lion Sean Noel, MJF District Governor Sub-District 60A and Lion Sherwin Greenidge, MJF, District Governor Sub-District60 B participated in that school. Their group presentation won third place.
The final plenary session saw the appointment of the International President Lion Naresh Aggawal who presented his theme and goals for the lionistic year. He prefaces his challenge to lions with the greeting ‘Namaste’ – which means “the divine in me salutes the divine in you.”
He called attention to our motto “We Serve” and invited lion to ensure that service is the reason for our existence. He noted that the beginning of the second century is the evolution of our organization to meet our ever changing world. If we work together for the common good of serving community, we can solve our greatest problems. You would recognize his emphasis on “We” as outlined in three broad themes of his vision.
The Power of We
The Power of Action and
The Power of Service
District Governor Lion Sherwin Greenidge for Sub-District 60B has highlighted his theme for this lionistic year as – “Our Service Makes a Difference”.
He challenged lions to ensure that as we enter another century of service that we endeavour to make a difference. He noted that there are many ways in which we can make our service count – it can be by increasing membership, increasing capacity, improving our leadership skills, increasing the quality and quantity of our service projects and many more.
He invited all Lions and Leos of Sub-District 60B to join him, as we begin the second century of service, in strengthening the bonds of friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding within the Sub-district that will propel us to new heights of service.
If you are service minded and interested in giving back to community come join a Lions or Leo Club. Visit the Lions International website – lionsclubsiternational.org and locate a club near you.