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Allow me to roar a heartfelt THANK YOU. Thank you to all for your support to me all along.
This July 1st, 2017 carried two significant meanings. It is the 150th birthday of Canada. It is also the beginning of the 2nd Century of Lions Clubs International. I am a proud Canadian, and I am a proud Lion! It is indeed my great honour to have this opportunity to serve as your District Governor of the Centennial Year 2017-2018.
We have a “big act” to follow! Our District had a banner year last year with numerous Service Projects by all in the District. We started three new Clubs. We increased membership by 53 net new Lions.
With all these significant achievements, I can feel the excitement and momentum across the District. And I know that Lions in A-16 are eager in taking on new challenges. Working together, we can pick up a little extra, extend a bit further, and “Reach a Little Higher”.
So here is where I need your support to make this year another banner year for us all:
1) Leadership Development – that we provide quality training, specific to the needs of the clubs and regions, more resources for Guiding Lions, while encouraging Lions to fulfill all District Officer positions by Convention 2018.
2) Membership Development – that we share our pride and joy of Lionism, proven with service projects, showcasing our service projects in the Service Action Week from October 21st to 29th , to people around us, enticing them to join in;
3) Positive Club Culture Enhancement – that Lionism starts from the club level and spreads by and to all Lions, with positive energies and caring attitudes.
Lionism to me is, “The opportunities to serve, not only our community, but also our fellow Lions.” You are the people who share my passion of giving, whom I get to know and become friends with, who cares about Lionism and treasure our fellowship. With such personal desire and strong comradeship, let's create an environment conducive to the success of Lions and clubs; let's make this year another banner year for all; and together let’s "Reach a Little Higher"!
Yours in Lionism,
Lion Tim Cheung
District Governor 2017-2018
Namaste! The divine in me salutes the divine in you. Welcome to our new century. My goal over the next 12 months is very simple—to reach a new level of service to Lions and from Lions. Before I ask you to reach a new level of service, Lionism will reach a new level of service to you.
So how can I serve our 1.4 million Lions? I cannot give everyone senior positions. I cannot give you money. I cannot meet all of you. However, I plan to touch all of your lives with the power to serve.
So let’s examine every stage of one’s Lionistic career and how I can help. The first stage is becoming a new member. When I became a new member 43 years ago, I suddenly felt as if I had left my hometown and become a man of the world. This year, I want every member to download our new mobile app. This will connect all our members on one global platform.
The next stage is beginning to serve. As a member of the Batala Smile Lions Club in Punjab, India, I was proud of how the community began to respect me. This respect depended on the number of people I served and how many people were aware of this service. We now have a new Global Service Team. Your District GST leader will identify projects that serve the maximum number of people per dollar and per hour. They will also train Lions on how to convert a normal project into a Legacy Project via Lions branding and public relations.
The third stage is aspiring for leadership. While I enjoyed rising up the Lions’ ladder, I sometimes wished that our leaders focused more on work than on long speeches. A new awards system will incentivize the efforts of Lion leaders in the right direction. We plan to reward retention of members, hence keeping the focus on you—our existing members. New awards will also be given for involving over half the club in service and for creating the most Legacy projects.
As a global leader of Lionism, I want to keep every Lion connected to Lionism. Our new Welcome Home program is an international online club for members unable to attend club meetings. Meetings and fee payments are conducted entirely online.
The last stage is now. I want to give every Lion the same goal for the next 12 months. My dream is that every Lion will serve 10 people each month. If this happens, we will serve 170 million people this year— a big increase from our current level of 100 million and a big step toward our goal of serving 200 million annually by 2020. This is the focus of all my meetings around the world.
All the best. See you as I travel around the world.
Lions Clubs International President
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Updated - August 19, 2017