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Apr 08 2016

2nd Vice District Governor’s Message

Lion Diane Melnick 2nd Vice District Governor Lion Bob Melnick, IPDG Partner in Service

Lion Diane Melnick
2nd Vice District Governor
Lion Bob Melnick, IPDG
Partner in Service

Spring is finally here and just in time for the Protecting Our Environment Centennial Challenge from Lions Clubs International (LCI) which is happening in April. Since April 22nd is Earth Day it is doubly important for us to be cognizant of our environment and what we as Lions and individuals can do to protect our planet.

As of this time there have been 77 million people benefited from our Centennial Challenge. There have been almost 20 million projects reported on protecting our environment and over 2 million trees have been reported being planted and this with only 56% of Lions clubs reporting how they are engaging in the Centennial Service Challenge. We all know that there are many more clubs doing these types of projects – imagine the true amount of service we have all done and the impact we are making. I encourage each of our clubs to make an effort to report all of their activities to Lions Clubs International (LCI) each month when they do their membership reports. This is the only way that we can truly see the tremendous impact we are all making in all of the areas of the Centennial Service Challenge. For more information visit the Centennial Service Challenge page of the Centennial Toolbox where you will find the brochure and FAQs or you can contact; CSC@lionsclubs.org.

April 24-30 is World Wide Immunization Week and a great time for clubs to make a donation to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) toward their Measles initiative. Remember that each dollar you donate toward this project helps to project a child from this disease and will also save many of their lives. When this initiative was started by LCIF Measles was a childhood disease that many of us have had, but forgot – put in the back of our minds. That is until there were major Measles outbreaks here in the United States and we were shocked that there were children right here in our own country that had not been immunized. Now is the time to help children throughout the world to get this life saving gift from our Lions.

April 28th is Lions Worldwide Induction Day. Plan to celebrate your new members in this worldwide event that not only welcomes them into the world of Lionism but gives us an opportunity to grow our membership and increase public awareness. Now is the time to start planning for this special event by downloading the Worldwide Induction Day Planning Guide. If you need more information or ideas contact the Membership and New Club Programs Department at LCI.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our District Mini-Convention in Gainesville on April 9th where we will have an opportunity not only to socialize with each other but to meet and greet our guest, International Director (ID) Richard Liebno. There will again be our District’s Necrology Service scheduled right after lunch. If there is someone in your club who has passed this year please make sure that District Governor (DG) Larry Hopkins has their information so that they can be remembered at this time. Thank you.

As you participate in the many LCI projects as well as those of your home clubs remember that: Coming Together is a Beginning – Working Together is Progress – Staying Together is Success. May you, my fellow Lions, all have success in your Lionistic endeavors.

Yours in Lionism,
Lion Diane Melnick,
2nd Vice-District Governor