Members of the Milagro Melvin Jones Lions Club in Ecuador carry supplies to flood victims. Lions are sure to complete the centennial goal of serving 100 million people. Take a Bow, Lions, for Incomparable Service Many Japanese admire the teachings of Confucius, particularly his thinking about Onko Chishin. This means “he that would know what shall be must consider what has been.” Though elegantly expressed in the writings of Confucius, the concept is simply common sense, a sentiment appreciated by people worldwide. In fact, the idea is even incorporated into the longstanding Lions logo. One of the Lions on the logo looks back while the other looks forward. As I enter the last month of my presidency, I find myself looking both back to the past and forward into the future. This year we built upon the success of Lions in the past. We continued to save lives through the measles campaign. We kept saving sight. We improved our communities in countless ways. Lions also continued to be great champions and protectors of children. At the start of the year I urged Lions to reach out to children as part of my theme to promote Dignity, Harmony and Humanity. Sadly, the waves of refugees are a human tragedy the world has not seen in decades. Lions are responding with vigor, supplying food, water, necessities and kindness after kindness. Looking to the past to prepare for the future has been especially meaningful for Lions this year as we near our centennial. Lions have made great progress toward achieving our Centennial Service Challenge of serving 100 million people by June 30, 2018. I am utterly confident we will easily surpass that goal. We also need to have the courage to change and sometimes even need to end longtime traditions. Our association needs to evolve to stay relevant to the needs of society. It may come with pain, but we must always have the next generation in mind. It’s been a great privilege to serve as international president. On our frequent journeys Toshiko and I have met thousands of warm and gracious Lions who exemplify the best of the human spirit. We Japanese take pride in our hospitality, but Toshiko and I learned that nothing tops Lions’ hospitality. We also have been deeply impressed and inspired by Lions’ dedication to service and their importance and accomplishments in their communities. Please continue to serve—the world needs us as never before in the next 100 years. Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada Lions Clubs International President
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