Anne Ford 2014-11-12 00:35:44
Port of Spain 1st Officers Lions Club, Trinidad and Tobago Age 38 | Cytoscreener I am from Trinidad, one of the most southern Caribbean islands. It’s really beautiful. We have basically either sun or rain—nothing else. A lot of people come to visit us for the beach. Our club was established in 2007. At first it was just me being roped into it; I didn’t know anything much about Lions. When I actually got involved in it, then I understood what the organization was about. I enjoy the service aspect of it, being hands-on, effecting change in other person’s lives. The main focus of our club is youth projects. We work with youngsters who are involved with the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force, which is a program that was established over 100 years ago to help develop leadership skills and instill discipline and moral values. They do things like learning to use a map and compass. They go hiking and practice outdoor skills. And they are required to do some community service. It helps them become better citizens of our country. I enjoy seeing the youngsters develop and making sure that at the end of the day they achieve their goals, so they don’t go astray and they aren’t involved in any criminal activity. My mom is a Lion as well. We joined at the same time. Since joining Lions, we do more things together like service activities. This year I had her tag along with me for the international convention, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. My best memory from this year’s convention is the international parade. I marched, and I wore a simple skirt and top in Trinidadian colors—red, white and black. It was nice to see the traditional costumes of Lions from all the different countries. We all gathered in one location and recognized that no matter what color, creed or race, we are all here to serve.
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