Pamela Mohr 2014-11-12 00:31:09
Christ Church West Lions Club, Barbados, West Indies Age 47 My mother was a cook in a children’s home and my aunt Daphne was a teacher, and they always went that extra step for the children. I saw them provide clothing, meals and furniture and household items for others in need in our neighborhood. They looked after the elderly and sick, and even helped raise other children. They grew up in an era when people showed love and care for others. I feel that spirit of kindness is really lacking in people today. Any good I do is a tribute to their example. That’s one reason I became a Lion. I’m the only Lion in my family and the only medical doctor in my club. Being a doctor makes it easier and much more comfortable for people when our club does health screenings. I’m able to immediately refer people to a specialist for further care. I believe strongly in empowering our youth to be self-sufficient and productive. Actually, my first job was teaching biology at a high school after I got my first degree. So I’m always eager to help maximize their education and help them excel. Our club is helping pay tuition for some students at a school for the deaf, blind and autistic. We don’t just pay tuition, though. We’re supporting a project that teaches them basic life skills as they grow into adults. We also fund training projects, like one that teaches sewing skills so people can support themselves. We want our projects to be relevant to our own local needs and culture in Barbados. I’ve had a few of those “aha” moments since I became a Lion. Once I bought school uniforms for a family. I met the mother and handed them over to her quickly. As I turned to leave, she stopped me and just kept hugging me with such emotion. She thanked me over and over. When I first joined Lions, it was to give back to my community. But Lions has given me a lot, too. It’s helped me grow beyond what’s known and familiar. Because I feel like I’ve been really fortunate in life, I want to do good for someone else. Lions lets me do this on a much wider scale.
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