Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada 2016-01-19 11:55:55
Convention: Your Best Week Ever as a Lion Japanese have a word for our culture of hospitality— omotenashi. You’ll experience omotenashi while shopping, dining or really at any public place. At a department store an attendant in a well-tailored uniform may welcome you at an elevator bank with a bow and polite greeting. After pushing the call button, he or she will direct you to the arriving elevator with arms held at a perfect 90-degree angle. It’s highly choreographed and highly welcoming. When dining out at a nice restaurant, the staff may stand in a line and bow at the end of the meal and escort you to the sidewalk. The graciousness stems from omoiyari, an acute sensitivity to other people. You can experience this wonderful culture of hospitality if you attend the 99th International Convention in Fukuoka June 24-28. But as a Lion you will feel a sense of welcome even warmer and more embracing than the average tourist. Do you know the feeling of camaraderie and the sense of pride that arises when you attend your Lions meeting or do a service project alongside fellow Lions? That feeling is multiplied exponentially at a Lions international convention. Being alongside Lions from around the world is incredibly uplifting and affirming. You can be a great Lion and enjoy the fellowship of Lions without attending an international convention. But you’ll appreciate being a Lion in a new, profound way and understand the vast, important scope of Lionism by taking part in the annual convention. Convention is the opportunity to be with like-minded people from around the world. You can march in our grand parade, listen to inspiring speakers, hear the latest news about Lionism, delight in world-class entertainment, help decide the future of our association and learn proven strategies about successful projects, public relations and membership drives. It’s five days of unparalleled fun, fellowship and fruitful learning. Japanese Lions are feverishly preparing for a most memorable convention. Japan is a place where Lionism is particularly strong. Lions here are among the first to respond to any disaster worldwide; their service projects in Japan are strikingly effective and creative. You can bet your bottom yen that the omotenashi and omoiyari of Japanese Lions will provide you with one of very best experiences of your entire life. Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada Lions Clubs International President
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