Join the Party of the Century in Chicago “I celebrate myself,” the great poet Walt Whitman wrote. Lions have been doing a lot of that as our Centennial approaches in June. Lions in New England saluted our anniversary on a scoreboard during the Patriot’s first football game this season. Texas Lions threw a birthday bash at a hotel and celebrated with a decorated cake, flags, horns and 100 balloons. The Blandon Lions Club in Pennsylvania welcomed hundreds of people for free food, music, raffles and children’s games and wisely let people know who Lions are and what we do. Age is a funny thing. We celebrate every birthday when young, approach birthdays with hesitancy and black humor in middle-age and then throw on the party hats once again when we achieve the milestones of later years. So it has been and should be with Lions Clubs. We turn 100 only once. Let’s appreciate who we are and what we’ve done, and let’s be sure to let the public be a part of our celebration as well. We’re not self-contained, after all. We exist because of needs in our neighborhoods. Let our neighbors join us in our revelry. Here are some easily achievable ways to mark our birthday: fly the Lions flag on or before June 7. Honor the longest-serving Lion in your club or district. Make a centennial banner with “100” across it and place faces of Lions where an “O” is. Be sure to share your efforts on social media and use #Lions100. Do a service project such a Centennial dance marathon, a birthday cake bake-off or distribute meals to those in need and include a special Centennial treat. Connect with your community by having a Centennial float in a parade, donating 100 books to the library or stuffing 100 backpacks for children and include a Lions item. Invite new members by holding a celebration luncheon with community leaders, ask 100 potential members to attend a service projector or host a party with a 1917 or 2017 theme. And be sure to check out the Ways to Celebrate on lions100.org. You don’t have to devise your own Centennial materials. Club Supplies at Lions Clubs International has Centennial party supplies, banners, posters and flyers. LCI knew our milestone was coming and is fully prepared to help you party in style! I’ve talked to many Lions excited about the Centennial, and multitudes of members plan to come to Chicago June 30 to July 4 for our huge Centennial convention. Please take part in the celebration. After all, you are who we are celebrating. Lions make Lions Clubs what it is, of course. I celebrate myself indeed. Enjoy this special year and thank you for your service. Chancellor Bob Corlew Lions Clubs International President
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