Jay Copp 2014-11-12 00:34:23
Linth Lions Club, Switzerland Age 54 | Artist I grew up in Springe, a typical beautiful village in Germany. Once a year the different clubs in town celebrated with a fair. Lions were part of it. I was just a child, but I was very impressed to see the prominent people of my town spending their valuable time trying to help others. One year after the parade I went to the Lions booth. I was so nervous my heart was beating aloud. I asked what I had to do to join. They smiled at me and were nice but told me I could not join. Years later I realized that there were only men in my hometown club. After I gave birth to my daughter my husband and I decided to move to Switzerland, where I worked as an IT contract manager. Life couldn’t have been any better, and a friend asked me to join a Lions club. Then I was badly hurt in a car accident. A woman not concentrating crashed into my car. After that, life changed dramatically. God had been looking out for me, but it took a long time to heal. I had to quit my job, which I loved. But I never lost my positive thinking. We cannot change our past, but we always have the choice to decide how to feel about what happens to us. I believe that when we give we get a lot back. My mother toughened me up this way. She often asked me when I was a child, “What is wrong with this sentence: I can not?” It is “not.” You can. You have to believe in yourself. I am not working as an IT contract manager any longer, but this also means that I can live my other passion —art. I work as an artist. I do as much as I can for the Lions club. I am very thankful for my life and want to help others that are not as blessed as I am. Our club really does a lot to help others. Some are handicapped and just need a wheelchair or money for therapy. We also support other organizations. Recently we built a playground in a children’s home. I am impressed by the spirit of people with disabilities even though their lives are not easy. I love to help others, and this is why I love to be a part of the Lions.
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