Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada 2015-09-12 09:48:53
Embrace the Spirit of Daring About a decade ago I was privileged to visit the home in Calcutta, India, where Mother Teresa once cared for the desperately poor. Her love for others had a tremendous impact—not only on those she helped but also in inspiring others to follow her example. Mother Teresa was not rich or powerful. She did not hold office. She wielded no army. She owned next to nothing. Yet she changed the world. What a difference one person on a mission can make! Her life actually is ironic—and instructive—for Lions. We Lions are not lone wolves. We serve together. We join a club because we realize we can accomplish so much more by working together. We realize we are not Mother Teresa. That’s OK. We do what we can with our own talents. Our limitations actually can work to our advantage because in joining with other Lions we can accomplish so much more than we can do on our own. So, Lions, be involved with your club as much as you can. Take part in the initiatives of Lions Clubs International as well. Help fulfill the centennial goals related to hunger, youth, sight and the environment. Support LCIF. Recruit a new member. Join us in beautiful Fukuoka, Japan, next year for the 99th International Convention. There is much more than strength in numbers: there is the opportunity to rebuild society. It’s great you are a Lion. Thank you for your service and dedication. But always strive to be part of the worldwide Lions community and fully support our many remarkable initiatives. It’s easy to sit back and do the usual. But now is the time for you to be a Lion who goes outside your comfort zone and makes service more a part of your life. I’ve heard it said: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” So be adventurous and daring. Be a Lion. Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada Lions Clubs International President
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