Working globally means thinking globally. This means promoting national needs while keeping the bigger picture in mind. Our combined strength was seen at its best in providing support during major natural disasters like the Tsunami, Katrina, the China earthquake, and other catastrophes. The successful implementation of the SightFirst program in Asia and Africa are examples of our global concern and impact. Presence of lions clubs in over 205 countries makes it possible for us to establish contacts with like-minded individuals in every part of the world. This has prompted me to initiate and encourage clubs to adopt the Lions Exchange program. The focus of this program is to encourage Lions from various districts to travel in a group to other districts in the same constitutional area or outside to understand and appreciate diversity, and to promote global brotherhood. There is so much to learn from one another, and there can be no better method than personal observation and involvement. We hear of so many success stories, and I desire that such initiatives be replicated in more parts of the world with regional modifications.
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