SERVING TOGETHER Move to Grow in 2009-2010 One of the certainties of frequent travel is being delayed because of bad weather. I can’t count the number of times that thunder, lightning and driving rain forced my plane to take off late. Then when we are finally up in the air, the skies become completely clear at some point and the night is dotted with sparkling stars, the same stars I could not see when the storm raged. I believe friends are a lot like those stars: you can’t always see them but they are there. The same holds true for Lions. People may not realize we are present in the community and may not appreciate how we improve their community but we are there in the community doing our service. We Lions are stars that bring light and beauty to our surroundings. As we Move to Grow in 2009-10, I ask you to increase the number of stars in your club. Membership should be the focus of every Lion and every club. We can’t move forward unless we have the momentum supplied by a healthy club. Being satisfied and standing still with membership is a recipe for failure, if not this year or next then down the road. We need to induct new qualified Lions members: individuals with achievements in life who want to contribute their experience and talents to our association. We need to make them want to join us, to be inspired by our ideas, devote their time for projects and take on responsibility. Please encourage more people, especially younger people, to offer their talents and resources to help us to achieve a society based on teamwork and civic engagement. The Global Membership Team together with the new District Governor Teams, are leading the charge. But every Lion has to help. There can be no victory in Lionism without teamwork. Please don’t ever forget how important Lions are to your community and how important you are to your club. We’ve been given gifts and talents, and we need to give back to our communities.
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