Kon'nichiwa from the 99th Lions Club Convention held in Fukuoka, Japan. I look forward to serving you this year as your District Governor as Lions "roar" into our 100th year of service.. I want to thank IPDG Bob Mitchell for the excellent job he and his cabinet did for our district in 2015-16.

Our new International theme is "New Mountains to Climb". Climbing a mountain is used as a metaphor. It represents something that is difficult and arduous and takes a maximum effort to ac-complish. But is only by climbing those mountains that we can excel. Each mountain represents a new challenge, a new opportunity. As our world and communities continue to change, each of us faces new challenges and new opportunities to serve and each can be viewed as a mountain. Climbing these mountains provides a chance for Lions to make our communities and our world better.

As we celebrate 100 years of Lions Service, we honor our past and embrace our present. But it is our future for what we must plan. If we are to ascend our next mountain, we must lay out a trail in front of us, making our trail for future generations of Lions who follow and preserving our tradition of service.

My theme this year will be "Seeds of Service" I will share more details regarding the theme in our next newsletter. Administrative Assistant Lion Cartha Johnson is handling my schedule for this year. Please check with her on my availability to attend a function of your club. Again, I look forward to serving as your District Gover-nor and pledge to do my best for the district.

Brian Cox

District Governor

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