I LOVE THIS OLD PHOTO OF LIONS FROM 1959. TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THEIR FACES. THESE BURBANK LIONS FROM CALIFORNIA OBVIOUSLY ARE ENJOYING THEMSELVES. HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED BY RAISING FUNDS IS A SERIOUS MATTER. BUT WHY NOT HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH YOUR LIONS FRIENDS AS YOU SERVE? It’s clear that Lions have always enjoyed being Lions. That’s our little “secret.” Serving others is not an obligation or a chore. It’s fun. It’s fulfilling. It’s in giving that we receive. This special centennial issue celebrates both our remarkable service to others and the enriching experience of being a Lion. For many Lions, being a Lion has been an important part of their identity, not merely a series of volunteer acts. Looking back at the past also reveals how Lions effectively responded to the needs of their time. They were not outsiders who had to guess how to serve. They understood what their communities lacked. They met their moment. They may have loved pulling pranks and cutting off each other’s ties, but they stayed true to their fundamental mission of service. Lions today have changed. The horseplay has largely faded. And we look a lot different. We’ve been blessed with the talents and dedication of women since 1987 and, thankfully, in general our clubs have become more diverse. But a Lion is a Lion is a Lion. When Melvin Jones founded Lions, he scratched an itch people had—to reach out to others in fellowship and service. Our stories of Lions of today in this issue reveal that our dedication to service remains the same even as we evolve and take on new projects. So what will happen with the Lions of tomorrow? Read the last section of this issue to find out. Our mission going forward will always revolve around service. But the goals also are to enhance the membership experience and to make membership more appealing for people interested in service. Will we succeed? There is 100 years of success as proof that we will. CHANCELLOR BOB CORLEW Lions Clubs International President
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