International President Chancellor Bob Corlew screens a student’s vision at a school in Atlanta, Georgia, on one of his two centennial bus tours. Our Second Century to Surpass the First This year Dianne and I had the privilege to travel the world during Lions’ centennial year. We visited a crimefilled Trinidad neighborhood where Lions built a lovely playground to provide an oasis of peace. We put on big waders and helped Lions clean a stream in a city in Korea. We celebrated inclusion with Special Olympics at our U.N. Day in New York, chartered new Lions and Leos clubs and took an epic bus tour in which we witnessed Lions’ passion for service in small towns and big cities. What struck me was how Lions constantly adapt, change and grow. We may be 100 years old, but we are youth-like in so many ways. Despite the challenge and exertion involved, we do indeed climb new mountains. Lions who do vision screenings start a full-fledged clinic. Lions who operate a clinic start doing cataract surgeries. Lions with a two-story hospital add a third story. We keep doing more and more. I’ve talked to many people served by Lions and realized anew how appreciative people are. My respect for Lions has grown exponentially. Time and time again I’ve seen how effective our projects are. We’ve been good about evolving as the world changes. We must continue to provide direction to change. Overall, Lions Clubs International (LCI) is poised for a great second century. We achieved our goal of serving 100 million people almost two years early. We established the Welcome Home program aimed at former Lions, continued to embrace technology, both among clubs and at LCI, and worked together to alleviate humanitarian crises such as the refugee problem and natural disasters. At our 100th convention in Chicago our centennial torch will be part of the celebration. Its light symbolizes that we are lights to our communities. We bring our service to places filled with darkness and provide hope and opportunity. It’s a flame of unity, too. We are one big family that works together. Thanks to everyday Lions like yourself, I know our second century will be even better than the first. Dianne and I thank you for your hospitality and warmth this year, for your service year after year and hope to see you in Chicago in a few weeks. Chancellor Bob Corlew Lions Clubs International President
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