Wayne A. Madden 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Remember the ‘International’ in Lions Clubs One of the great privileges of serving as an international officer is the opportunity to travel the world and meet people from many nations and backgrounds. It’s been said that people are the same everywhere. I can tell you that’s true. People want comfort, security and happiness for their families. It’s also true that Lions everywhere are basically cut from the same cloth. Our clubs provide many forms of service, but they serve in the same way–meeting the various needs of their own communities. I point out our basic similarity as Lions as part of my encouragement to Lions to take pride in being part of Lions Clubs International and to participate in it. Join Lions worldwide in the Global Service Action Campaigns: aid the blind in October, feed the hungry in December/January and improve the environment in April. Take part in this year’s literacy campaign. Contribute to LCIF. Use social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to communicate with other Lions or at least to gain ideas from others. It’s great to focus on our communities. Let’s keep doing that. But we also belong to the worldwide community. We are a global village. When I was young, my parents were very welcoming at the dinner table. Maybe my mom’s brother’s family would show up at dinner time or other relatives materialized. That didn’t bother my parents in the least. There would always be enough food. I’m sure that small-town hospitality still exists. But because of the media and technological advances in communication we now know that many people far from our hometown are in need, and we must display a global hospitality. We need to feed the hungry, help the blind see and teach reading skills, which are so important to success in life. We need to serve not only our neighbor but also other places and other people. Remember the words of Helen Keller, who knew a few things about trust and faith: “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” In A World of Service, we Lions transform lives, communities and the global village. Wayne A. Madden Lions Clubs International President
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