From the Lions Den February, 2019
Lion’s Den Article, February 2019
Most Mayne Islanders see the Lions setting up tents and sponsoring events and working on fundraisers on our Island. In fact, our Lions are part of a 101-year-old worldwide organization, with 1.4 million members in 200 countries.
Multiple District Zone 19 (I)
Our club is part of Multiple District Zone 19 that covers N.W. Washington, Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Island. Zone 19 is broken into 9 districts with a chairperson. Ours is Pat Spenser based on Salt Spring Island. Each zone has a District Governor and ours is Mike Dukes from Sekiu Washington. Part of his role is to visit each club in the district, and it was our turn on January 2nd, 2019.
For this special meeting, we decided to invite members’ spouses/partners to attend and as a result, 35 islanders extended a warm welcome to our DG. Mike told us about the successes of Lions worldwide and recognized the M I Lions for their contribution to the community. He spoke about recruitment, succession, gender mix and the challenges that are faced as our traditional membership ages. He also invited members to take advantage of the numerous training seminars that directly address the needs of our organization.
The next morning, Club president Allen Slade and M.I’s own past District Governor Alan Guy, joined our guests for a traditional bakery breakfast and took them around the Island, spending time at the Lions Adachi Pavilion where some time was spent reviewing the recently installed Japanese commemorative plaques followed by a tour of the Japanese Gardens.
All in all, a very worthwhile visit where much was learned and shared.
Allen Slade, club president
Along with Allen’s report, our meeting also saw a special presentation given to Nicole Ritteman from Alan Guy, and a 10-year service award to an ex-president and continuing executive member, John Glover.
One of John’s tasks is keeping our Lions web page up to date and informative. Our “We Serve” mandate is herein illustrated under headings such as Who We Are, What We Do, Party Rentals, Events, News, Phone Book, a long list of Projects as well as details regarding our link to the international organization.
As well, we put out our frequent reminder to recycle your out of date eyeglasses at one of the convenient sites on the island.
Special note from the webmaster:
In keeping with the comments above and our presence in the Mayne Island community I would like to bring your attention to the most recent (January 2019) issue of the LION magazine.
In my view over these many years this issue is one of the best and tells a compelling story of why “We Serve”. I encourage you to read it cover to cover. Share it with your friends and family. In print or online here:
You may also recall that Lions International makes all of the archived LION magazines available via the internet.
When time allows you may wish to surf over there and check out your favorite.
Mine is November 2009.
Happy surfing Lions!