Barry J. Palmer 2014-05-13 11:45:25
We Dreamed and We Achieved Earlier this year I met in India a hearty group of people who climb mountains, cross rivers, raft through rapids and face wild elephants. They take on these challenges to prove to themselves that limits and barriers exist often only in the mind. Lions generously support this inspiring program for those with physical disabilities. As I traveled the world as international president I was similarly inspired by Lions’ programs and projects that feed the hungry, give sight to the blind and teach youths responsibility. I urged Lions to Follow Your Dream this year. It’s been humbling to fully realize and see for myself that Lions have been achieving dreams in innumerable ways and places year after year. I hope my voice of encouragement aroused into action even more dreamers and motivated engaged Lions to keep moving ahead past new milestones and toward new dreams. As my presidency winds down I realize more than ever the importance of dreams and the exalted role of Lions in serving our communities. We Lions are not made for ordinary stuff. Too often we encounter in society a “me-first” mentality. In the Lions kingdom others come first. In our world, dreams become reality, and dreamers triumph over cynics, naysayers and pessimists. My best advice is to keep carrying on. Our formula has worked for nearly a century. Let’s not fix what is definitely not broken. But I do urge a certain vigilance, a determination to think positively. Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. Anne and I are deeply appreciative of the hospitality and warmth Lions have shown us. No matter where we traveled, we encountered kindness and caring. To speak as an Australian, “I dips me lid” to all of you. Continue to Follow Your Dream and may we meet at the other end of the stars–happy and fulfilled as Lions who relentlessly serve. Barry J. Palmer Your Lions Clubs International President
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