Todd Schwartz 2014-11-11 16:54:11
Laurelton Lions Club (Long Island), New York Age 64 | Retired Accountant When I joined the Lions 34 years ago it was certainly not a diverse organization. But we shared a mission and a passion. I was born in the country— Huntersville, North Carolina— and in my family you learned that helping people was what you did. So when I learned about Lions after college, I thought about the end result more than I thought about who was what color. I thought about the fact that this organization stands for everything I believe in. I’ve been very proud to be a Lion. I was in New York on 9/11, and I was a district governor. We stayed up all night that first night, figuring out how we could best make a difference. Lions all over went into action, helping to provide masks, counseling and much more. As I said, nobody cared who was what color. But we do need to reach out to younger people and more diverse people to join. We need to change some of the rigidity within Lions, and we must be more creative—go into colleges, talk about service as a résumé item. That will unite people from diverse backgrounds. One of my favorite quotes sums up being a Lion: “Vision without action is just dreaming; action without vision just passes the time; vision with action can change the world.”
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