Todd Schwartz 2014-11-12 00:30:57
Waxahachie Lions Club, Texas Age 35 | Fifth-Grade Teacher When I became a Lion in 2003, I was one of the first women in my club, and a couple of the older guys actually quit the club because of it! I took that personally for a while. That was in a little town of 2,000 people, and I guess there were still some people there who didn’t want to change. I was only 24 years old at the time, so being faced with some negativity because of my gender and also my age really bothered me. But my husband, John, is a Lion, and most every Lion I met was so welcoming, really making me feel “in the pride,” that it didn’t take me too long to get over that first setback. The club I’m in now is about 30 minutes outside of Dallas. I’m so glad I became a Lion. I’m a fifth-grade teacher, and someone once told me I have a “servant’s heart.” It must be true, because I just love to help those in need, and being a Lion is a natural extension of that. I’ve always believed that we each need to make the world a better place. Whether I help one person or 1,000, I know I’ve done something right. Our club gets involved and gets things done for our community, and I’m really proud of that. We’ve helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity. We bought a van for a family with a disabled child. We helped some of my own students who needed glasses but couldn’t afford them. There are so many distractions for people my age, so not enough of us volunteer our time to serve. The median age in my club is late 60s, I’d say. My husband was district governor a couple years ago, and all the other governors were twice his age, I think. We as Lions need to do something to get younger people involved. And I know that these days, if we get some more young members, women members and more diverse members, at least nobody’s going to quit the club!
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