Joe Preston 2015-04-16 05:06:26
Lions’ Three Most Important Words: Service, Service and Service “Strengthen the Pride through service for causes so worthy and just.” That is the opening line in my theme song. The key word in the sentence is “service.” Service is the cornerstone of my program. All other concerns such as membership, leadership and club operations ultimately support, enhance and further our service to others. As Lions, service is our identity, and service is our mission. As I travel around the world, one of my greatest joys is seeing and learning of clubs’ success in serving. It is also rewarding to see clubs bringing in new members and developing their leaders. More members give us more hearts and more hands, which should lead to more service. And bettertrained leaders will surely help us to be more effective and efficient in the way that we deliver that service. There is no boilerplate plan for success, but I hope that you will find the stories in this issue of the LION to be inspiring. Within these pages are clubs that accomplished great things–that were not preordained. Clubs took the initiative, took a chance and performed service that took families and communities to a far better place than they were. Their success can be yours too. Whether it’s improving a service project, starting a new one or recruiting and retaining members, it’s entirely in your power to be successful. Success is what Lions are all about. Clubs have embraced the Centennial Service Challenge to help 100 million people. Clubs are reporting service at record levels. This is generating a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm. We care, we share and we do. Thank you for all you have done to Strengthen the Pride. Our recently announced Centennial Membership Awards program recognizes Lions and clubs for adding members and starting clubs. I am confident that you will put that same “can-do” spirit into making it successful. Here is something that I composed on an airplane that sums up how I feel: Our efforts are not over/our journey far from done/lift up your hearts rejoice/ we’ve only just begun. Joe Preston Lions Clubs International President Digital LION Watch a video on Preston asking Lions to take part in the Hawaiian shirt challenge at lionmagazine.org.
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