SERVING TOGETHER Time Passes; Our Service Endures Our Lions year is drawing to a close, and I hope to see many of you later this month at the international convention in Busan. We expect to have one of the largest, if not the largest, conventions ever. It’s been a tremendous privilege and great joy to serve as your president. Lions have served with incredible passion this year. Our service soared to new levels. Each Lion in every club deserves credit. This year Lions also enjoyed themselves and felt at home within their clubs. Lions responded to my understanding of a club as family. As a result, our retention of members has been strong this year, and overall membership is positive. Lions also embraced our tree planting campaign. So far, we’ve planted more than 8.3 million trees. The trees not only beautify our communities but they also help preserve them. The trees we planted may absorb as much as 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide, more than a ton for each Lion. We are helping to save the planet. My year in office demonstrated beyond all argument that when we believe we are able to summon the courage, commitment and action to change the world and make it the kind of place all of us want and deserve. My final thoughts as president are focused on you–the regular member in a routine club that quietly does superlative service. You have my admiration and very best wishes. You believe in Lions, and your belief has given hope to people where none existed and uplifted them from want and need. I Believe became We Believe during the course of the year. The power of our belief will continue to enrich the world and continue to make us the world’s greatest service organization. Wing-Kun Tam Lions Clubs International President
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