EBERHARD J. WIRFS 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Goethe, the great writer from Frankfurt, once remarked, “What is not started today is never finished.” Well, Lions started on new membership drives right when this Lions year began in July and though the job is far from finished we’ve made incredible progress. We’ve started 370 new clubs in July and August, compared to the 95 we averaged in the first two months of the last two years (and those were good years for membership). The membership news is uniformly good. Each of our seven constitutional areas has chartered more clubs than they did at this time last year. There are 24 new clubs in the United States compared to 15 at this time last year. India has seen tremendous growth. We’ve added clubs in nations with great growth potential such as China and in nations where Lions are underrepresented such as Iraq and Bahrain. How did we do it? We built on the momentum of the Ginkgo’s power. We benefitted from the leadership, expertise and passion of the new structure of the Global Membership Team and the regionally installed District Governor teams (the district governor and two vice district governors). But everyday Lions throughout the world also took responsibility for adding members. We know when it comes to service Lions rise to the occasion when they see a need in their community. Now they’ve seen a need in their clubs and they’ve responded by inducting new Lions. The Quick-Start Gingko Awards I established also spurred membership growth. District Governors who added a set number of new clubs (the number varied by constitutional area) in the first two months of this Lion year were eligible for the award. I am proud to announce that 57 governors with their teams to date qualified for the award as well as two Coordinating Lions. We can’t rest on our laurels and we must also be more open-minded in terms of membership. We have nearly 260,000 female Lions, which is about 20 percent of our total membership. But many clubs need to do better about reaching out to women, especially spouses of members. I personally advanced this cause at the international convention in Minneapolis when I inducted Margit, my wife, during a plenary sesssion. The Lions responded warmly, and I’m sure your club also will find that adding women, however many you have now, will only add to its effectiveness and vitality. Lions, continue to Move to Grow this year. We are part of the world’s greatest service organization. Invite others to join us. There is strength in numbers and our strength is increasing.
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