<b>Embrace the High Ideal of Service.</b> Many assume that people of great accomplishment celebrate personal success, but you may be surprised to realize that success without service is often meaningless. Albert Einstein once said, “It’s high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the high ideal of service.” Success can’t be confined to individual achievement. Albert Schweitzer said, “I don’t know what your destiny is going to be but one thing I do know is that those who are successful have sought and found how to serve.” Lions, this year we are shining a beacon of hope by highlighting our service. Let’s remind ourselves why we became Lions and why we are Lions today. Do you view your membership as an obligation to attend or as an opportunity to serve and to be a beacon of hope for your community? Let your commitment to serve radiate from your heart and gain personal satisfaction from having made a difference to someone in need. In November, December and January, as we celebrate the holidays of various traditions, I am asking Lions to shine the light on feeding the hungry. I’ve seen how effective Lions can be in this regard. In Amsterdam I met two brothers who were forming a Lions club for the purpose of starting a food bank. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I met a remarkable woman. Lion Uma and her club feed 100 people a day; some of them are blind and all are poor. I asked her how she got started. She told me, “Well, one day I saw a young boy sifting through a garbage can in search of food for his family.” She saw a need and she responded. We know in nearly every community there are food-related needs. We need to be alert to the need and be willing to respond to meet the need. Your response to such a need may be to start a food bank or contribute to one. Your response may be to deliver food baskets or even adopt a family for the holidays. Be willing to give from you abundance of time and energy to someone who is lacking. Make our motto of service a meaningful reality each day. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others.” As Lions let us always find ourselves serving others from our heart, making our communities better places to live and being a beacon of hope.
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