Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada 2016-04-19 05:23:39
Harmony among Lions can help foster harmony in the world. Our Roar Should Cross Borders Droves of swallows arrive in Japan each spring. We welcome these seasonal visitors. In Japanese clothing a v-shaped tail represents the swallow—a symbol of good luck, fidelity in marriage and fertility. Where do they fly from? Well, I’m not sure. It doesn’t matter. The world is interconnected; it’s a good thing to be open to newcomers and outsiders, who enrich our lives. This year I am encouraging Lions to undertake or support global projects, which increase the harmony among nations. Donate to LCIF. Aid refugees. Support our measles initiative. Back projects that help needy children. Consider getting your club involved in the Lions’ Twinning program, which matches clubs from two nations. The Lions of Japan and Lions of Philippines exemplify international cooperation. For years they have partnered particularly on improving impoverished schools. It’s wonderful to provide service to our own communities. Yet remember that pockets of the world would go completely untouched and its people in dire need without the helping hand of people such as Lions. To be a Lion is to be part of an international association, to embrace the ideal of global harmony. It cannot happen unless individual Lions like you decide to take action. Sometimes even encouraging words can bridge a gap of distance and cultures and unite us. Take a look at Facebook and other social media. Not long ago, Agra Mahan Lions in India posted a photo of their cataract operations for the elderly and poor people on the Facebook page of Lions Clubs International. “Wow! That is wonderful. The gift of sight is truly a blessing. Thank you, Lions,” Machelle Davis James of the Gold Canyon Lions Club in Arizona posted. If the world now is a global village, then Lions are chiefs and elders of harmony and understanding. Be a Lion whose roar is heard across borders and whose heart of service is large enough to encompass a world of need. Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada Lions Clubs International President
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