Jennifer Gilbert Gebhardt 2014-11-12 00:35:31
Warri Ruby Lions Club, Nigeria Age 45 | Travel Agency Owner When I went to my first Lions club meeting seven years ago, I was immediately touched and impressed with what they were all about. I loved becoming a Lion, but I had the impression that you needed to be rich to be a Lion because there was so much money needed for projects. One day I was talking about this with a senior Lion, Gochua Toritse. She said you don’t have to be rich, just have a giving heart. She told me it’s not how much you have, but the spirit in which you want to give that matters. It was then that I realized it’s the contribution of like minds that actually makes being a Lion interesting and meaningful. We worked with other nearby clubs to renovate a primary school. The school had no roof, no chairs or tables, no toilet. There was no atmosphere for learning. We built a roof and contributed 100 chairs and tables. The Lions turned the school around. The children could have a chance to learn. I was at the school when it was commissioned; participating in the joy of the children seeing their new school made me so happy. You had to see these children when they came to the school. They were overwhelmed. They thought we Lions were sent from heaven! We later heard that the students were showing up early for the school day and that more new students started going to school. The only real concern I have as a Lion is membership growth, but we’re working on that. We’ve been doing more school projects, renovating and bringing books. We invite people to come and witness the changes in the schools. They only need to see what we’re doing and people are so moved they want to become Lions too.
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