There is a ginkgo tree in a forest in northern China that is estimated to be over 1,000 years old, with roots that extend in a 50-foot radius and 40 feet into the ground. The roots provide the nourishment to sustain this ancient tree – the very reason it has survived 1,000 brutal winters, and countless natural disasters. Lions Clubs International, in its relatively short history of just over 90 years, has grown into the world’s largest service club organization. While other organizations have diminished in both scope and influence, Lions Clubs International has continued to be the leader in global humanitarian service. For our primary goal of creating and building a better tomorrow, we need to develop a pool of competent and knowledgeable future leaders who are responsible for the next generation and the healthy perspective of our association. To ensure Lions continue to provide high-quality service, support membership growth objectives, and to meet the needs of members seeking personal development opportunities, we must promote leadership development in all areas. In this way, we empower our members to take an active role in clubs, districts and on an international level. We must move to identify potential leaders and encourage them to actively participate in Lions Clubs International’s e-learning programs and Lions Leadership Institutes. We must move to promote the development of more qualified Lions trainers through participation in our Faculty Development Institutes. Most importantly, we must enable them to accept leadership responsibilities and to make use of their enhanced skills.
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