A Female Lion President? Our President Responds International President Joe Preston of Arizona responds to your questions. Has there ever been a Lady Lion president, and if not, why not? Never see any Canadians either. —Joan Clark-Maxwell, Chilliwack Stellers Jay Lions Club, British Columbia, Canada We have not had a female Lion president yet, but we are getting closer. Last year was the first time that a Lady Lion was locally endorsed by her multiple district and submitted her certification. We cannot elect one if they don't run, so this was a major step forward. There are other women showing interest, so I believe we will have a Lady Lion president soon. I agree that Canada is due for another president. But the same is true— Canada needs to run a candidate if they want to get a Canadian elected. What is the greatest challenge facing Lions today and how will you address it? —Dawn Rice-Norton, Medway Lions Club, Massachusetts I believe that the greatest challenge facing Lions today is keeping our members. We seem to recruit a sufficient number of new members, but we are losing almost as many. What I am doing about it and what all Lions should do about it is the same. We need to start by slowing down the process by explaining to our prospective members the costs and responsibilities of being a Lion. Then it is important that we give them a meaningful induction and complete orientation. We need to listen to them and match them up with projects and activities that they are interested in. The key to keeping our members is meeting their needs, communicating effectively with them and keeping them actively involved. Can new kinds of service like services for autism be started? —Ram Prakash Pandey, Adityapur Greater Lions Club, India This is a tough question, as autism touches on something that is dear to me and it is becoming a larger issue with more people being diagnosed. Your international board of directors is always considering new service projects, but we also have to remember that we cannot do everything well. However, that does not mean that we could not take on autism as a major service project sometime in the near future. Please voice your opinion to the international board. Can Lions Clubs International (LCI) encourage clubs to start e-clubs and let them know how best to use them? —Rajesh Bhatia, Gohana Dynamic Lions Club, India This is a learning process. As we have more cyber clubs that are successful, we can share their best practices. This should generate more e-clubs. We need to use our resources to promote and encourage e-clubs. How do we land our stories in the LION Magazine, especially our programs and projects for the underprivileged? —Ramona Gonzaga, Iloilo City Metra Lions Club, Philippines Contact the LION at lionmagazine@ lionsclubs.org or at 630-468-6909. (For all other LCI matters, call 630- 571-5466.) They’re happy to get something in. It may not be a huge story because of space limitations, but they will do their best to give your club some recognition. How do we get 18- to 29-yearolds to join Lions? —Dan Kallbrier, Carlinville Lions Club, Illinois Our research tells us that young people are interested in serving their local community and the world community, but they shy away from longterm commitments and obligations. Therefore we need to be creative in modifying the way we operate. That might mean shorter meetings, meeting via Skype or some other media and not expecting weekly attendance. Just like any of our members, we need to respect and value them, listen to them, find effective ways to communicate with them and make sure that we get them INVOLVED. Next Ask a Lion For the next Ask a Lion we turn to Robert K.Y. Lee, host committee chair for the 98th Lions Clubs International Convention in June in Honolulu. Email your questions for him about convention to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the LION at 630-468-6805.
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