WE NEED LIONISM FROM EVERY LION ➡ NAMASTE! Have you ever been on a great vacation where you did a lot and saw a lot? When you get back home, you are eager to tell family and friends all about it. But it’s hard not only to recount specifics but also to convey just how exciting it was or how you almost felt like a different person. Words can’t capture what you experienced and how remarkable it all was. The same inadequacy of words confronts me now. I want to tell you about the centennial convention and how wonderful it was. But you needed to be there to appreciate it. It was a party, a celebration, a gathering of Lions from Alabama to Zimbabwe. That’s the main takeaway: the universality of Lions. We are nearly everywhere. And for a week we are in one place. Believe me, it’s exhilarating just to walk down a hallway or get into an elevator to find yourself surrounded by Lions worldwide. And the beauty of that is that strangers quickly become friends. The bond of service we share enables Lions to look past obvious differences in cultures, customs and languages and to find instant camaraderie. Lions who attend convention also find affirmation. It is great to be a Lion. It’s great to be part of a worldwide service association that makes the world a better place. It’s great to play a role in reversing blindness, feeding the hungry and improving the environment. In Chicago we celebrated 100 years of service and charted our course for the next few years. We’ll do our traditional service regarding vision, but we also will focus on hunger, the environment, pediatric cancer and diabetes. Your contribution, however big or small, is appreciated. More importantly, it’s needed. Thank you for embracing We Serve. Thank you for attending meetings, flipping pancakes and collecting eyeglasses. What you do as a Lion is invaluable. As Mother Teresa said, “I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.” So if you were not able to make it to Chicago let me affirm what you do as a Lion. Together, “We Serve” over 100 million people each year. While this number is amazing, I want to focus on another number. This year, my deepest wish is that each of our 1.4 million Lions must serve. We need some Lionism from every Lion. DR. NARESH AGGARWAL LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT Extra Digital Content The international convention has long been a cornerstone of Lions: the international president in 1937 urged Lions “to attend every convention" in the June 1937 LION.
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