EBERHARD J. WIRFS 0000-00-00 00:00:00
I ran a business and I believe in the maxim that businesses must grow or die. But I believe that principle also applies to Lions. We must keep moving forward. We Lions need motion and energy. We need dynamic progress. Life is always changing and always evolving. We need to push ahead. We need to Move to Grow. In 2009-2010 we Lions need to grow our membership. The Global Membership Team is leading the charge. Lions leaders are focusing on many parts of the world especially Eastern Europe. We have just 11,000 Lions there but have carved out four geographic areas where we expect to see significant growth during the next three to five years. But every club and every Lion has to help boost membership. Perhaps the best place to start is within your own home. We often don’t invite our spouse to share the privilege and joy of being a Lion. Let’s continue to invite women and families in general to join. Two decades ago we had no female Lions. Today they are the fastest growing segment of our organization. We have nearly 260,000 female Lions, about 20 percent of all Lions. But we need to specifically target women because we need them. We also need to better engage youths in community service. We have programs attractive to youths such as Youth Camps and Exchange, the Peace Poster Contest and Lions Quest. Let’s make these programs more visible and more available. My goal with Lions Quest is to extend it into 60 nations and develop it into a core educational program of Lions Clubs International. One of the new ways we will appeal to youth this year is the Lions Clubs International Global Youth Music Competition. We’ll hold regional competitions and then we’ll hold the finals at the international convention in Sydney next year. This will be a reality show that is real and riveting. It will promote social and cultural understanding and underscore our commitment to youth. Music is a universal language, just as Lions are universal in appeal. So get ready for some wonderful, spirited, talented musical competition. We need to grow in social understanding, grow a new generation of leaders and grow increased public awareness of Lions. The metaphor for us Lions is the ginkgo tree. Provide a ginkgo with sun and soil and it can live for 1,000 years. Its resiliency makes it a symbol of hope. It represents heritage, adaptability and utility. Lions possess these traits but we can’t stand still and rest on our laurels. Lions, Move to Grow in 2009-2010.
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