<b>Service at the Forefront for Lions</b> A few years ago I took part in an eyeglass mission. Some of the elderly people we helped had not seen well in years. You can imagine their joy when their vision was improved. I will never forget one elderly grandmother who received her first pair of glasses and then gazed at photos of her grandchildren. Tears rushed down her cheeks. I was moved with my own emotions. There is not a better feeling when you can see how you have helped someone. That grandmother got her sight back, but I saw first-hand the value of our service and the importance of Lions recycling eyeglasses. This October I am asking Lions to make a service commitment. Certainly, Lions exemplify selfless service, but Lions and their clubs can take community service to another level. We do a great job but we can do more. The service pledge complements the global service action campaigns this year. I am urging Lions to provide expanded service related to youth, sight, hunger and the environment during specific times of the year (see page 30). Our service is truly a beacon of hope. We must continuously remind ourselves we are all about service. Perhaps the fellowship is what attracted some of us to Lions, and we don’t want to discount the satisfaction we gain from our Lions friends, but Lions remain Lions because of the satisfaction they get from helping those in need. If we are not making a difference in people’s lives, we are no different from any social organization. Our motto “We Serve” is our mission. Our actions tell the world who we are. Therefore, in October I urge each Lion to make a conscious decision to become even more involved in club service activities. Please formalize this renewed commitment by completing the Lions online service commitment pledge. (Go to www.lionsclubs.org and search for service commitment pledge.) Completing the pledge will give you an extra motivation to become more involved in community service. The end result will be that someone in your community will have a better life and you will have that good feeling, realizing you have made the difference. All clubs should take part in the commitment to service campaign by assessing their level of service, the needs of their community and the steps to be taken to expand their service. Clubs should pay particular attention to their signature service project, or implement one if they do not have one. A club should have a project for which it is known and admired. Signature or significant projects enhance our visibility, increase the pride of members and serve as a reason for membership in the club. Next month let’s be the best Lions we can be by purposely re-committing ourselves to service. Let’s be who we are: L-I-O-N-S, Loving Individuals Offering Needed Service. Sid L. Scruggs III Lions Clubs International President
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