Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada 2015-11-10 17:05:31
Pictures Capture the Joyful Spirit of Service We live in the age of video. YouTube uploads 300 hours of video every minute. You, I and everyone else are watching them. Yet photography remains an incredibly powerful medium for capturing our modern lives. As U.S. photographer Alfred Stieglitz once said, “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” In this special photo issue we spotlight the profound reality of our service through the brilliant gaze of a camera lens. These photos illuminate the grace and beauty of our service. In a typical issue of the LION we tell stories of those we’ve helped and the Lions who serve. Here we convey our remarkable, timeless impact on the world through the power of images fixed in particular times and places worldwide. Service is beautiful. It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s charity in action. It’s spirit taking flesh. It’s dignity, harmony, humanity (my presidential theme)—not only for those we serve but also for Lions. Our service is not in any way rote or routine or mechanical. Our service is joyful, peaceful and full of good cheer. It’s quite in line with the buoyant mood of this time of year—the holiday season. Toshiko and I wish you health and happiness. May 2016 be filled with love and laughter in your Lions world and among loved ones. Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada Lions Clubs International President
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