Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada 2016-02-09 01:33:53
The ‘Foundation’ of Our Greatest Service English is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. Why? Sometimes the words don’t make sense. There is no ham in hamburger. Nor is there an apple or a pine in a pineapple. I’m being partly facetious, but it is true that many words are problematic. Non-English speakers struggle with the difference between homework and housework, moral and morale, and collage and college. But one word that makes a lot of sense, especially as used by Lions, is “foundation.” The foundation of a home is the concrete or masonry that supports it. Appropriately, “foundation” also means a fundamental principle, or supporting material or the base on which something rests. Our forebears made a wise choice in 1968 to name our grant-making arm Lions Clubs International Foundation. This entity is indeed the main support of what Lions do. It embodies our fundamental principles. It’s our sturdy, reliable base for Lions’ service. Lions clubs could conceivably function without LCIF. But the world would be a much less pleasant place. Millions more would be blind. After disasters, people would go hungry and lack shelter. Youths would not learn self-respect or learn how to avoid drugs and alcohol. (Thank you, Lions Quest!) Measles would kill many more children. Local communities would not be able to avail themselves of health clinics, schools and playgrounds for those with disabilities. LCIF is a brilliant, remarkably effective way for Lions to multiply our impact. It’s the way we pool our resources and channel our good will. It’s our tool for clubs to serve on a much larger scale than they could on their own. In this issue you will learn more about the wide scope of LCIF and its record of service success. Please continue to generously fund it, as Lions have done for nearly half a century. Help Lions help others through LCIF. English may not be the easiest language to learn, but as a language it’s wonderful for expressing truths and describing reality. So I can’t say this any clearer: LCIF is our great foundation that does a world of good. Please keep supporting it. Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada Lions Clubs International President
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