SERVING TOGETHER Lions, Start Your Engines! We just completed a most successful international convention in Busan, Korea. The convention will go into the books as the largest ever. Over 55,000 Lions and guests registered for the convention. A big thank-you to Past International Director Jung Yul Choi and his great host committee for all of the work they have done over the past five years to put this convention together. As I begin the year as your international president I want to thank all 1.36 million Lions around the world for the opportunity to represent the world’s greatest service club organization. This is a challenge I do not take lightly. With you giving your best, our association will have another banner year. Now as we start another year in our Lion Legacy and we enter into “A World of Service” it is important for us to get off to a fast start. As many of you know I am from Indiana and we have the Indianapolis 500 auto race. As an avid fan of the race I will be making many comparisons to our Lions year and how the Indy 500 is run. To be successful in any race it is important to get off to a fast start and from time to time we will need a pit stop to evaluate our progress. Teamwork is critical to our success, and so is having a road map and plan to get there. I ask that each club use the Club Excellence Award as their blueprint. It will ensure a club’s success and it’s easy to achieve with teamwork. As you read through my presidential theme in this magazine you will notice a major emphasis on preventing or eliminating illiteracy. With one out of four people in this world considered to be illiterate, Lions can make a difference. We can sponsor reading contests, go to school for an hour a week and read aloud with a child, conduct after-school reading sessions at our local libraries and on and on. Don’t forget to make those RAP videos (Reading Action Plan videos) of what your club is doing to promote reading. Just a two-minute video placed on our website can let the Lions of the world know what your club is doing to promote literacy. I look forward to visiting with as many of you as possible this year as I travel to the various forums around the world, visit many multiple districts or see you on Facebook. I am always amazed by the various projects our clubs and districts are doing to better their communities. So keep up the good work. I look forward to visiting with our club presidents, too. LIONS—Start those engines NOW as we enter into A WORLD OF SERVICE! Wayne A. Madden Lions Clubs International President WE SERVE MISSION STATEMENT OF LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL: “To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.”
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