Hello Lions Family, Having served my second month as your district gov-ernor, I want to say it has been a pleasure.

I have visited ten clubs and met many dedicated and committed Lions in District 22-W. I am looking forward to meeting even more fellow Lions who exemplify our motto, WE SERVE. It is an honor to serve as your District Governor.

LCIF continues its’ mission of hu-manitarian service throughout the world by providing $250,000 in disas-ter relief to China after the August 3, 2014, earthquake that killed 400 peo-ple, injured another 2,300 and com-pletely destroyed 25,500 homes. The funds donated will provide water, food, medicine, blankets and other necessities as quickly as possible.

The funds will also support long-term reconstruction and recovery. China has 21,000 Lion members and as their Lions family, I am asking the 58 clubs in District 22-W to help keep dollars going into the LCIF budget by giving one new Melvin Jones Fellow this year. This can make a real differ-

ence in times of need and our contin-ued support to LCIF shows our com-mitment to help those less fortunate throughout the world.

As I make my way around the dis-trict, I am asking all Lions to remem-ber to carry a new membership appli-cation on their person.

Remember, our International Presi-dent Joe Preston has made member-ship one of his goals this year. He even has a pin "Ask One" and this is how he plans to "Strengthen the Pride."

I am challenging all club tail twisters to ask to see the application and if you cannot produce one I hope they fine you a quarter. Tail twisters can put some fun (and funds) into the club and its administrative budgets by do-ing this. I will recognize the tail twist-er who produces the most income this year from this challenge at the change of banner meeting next year. Just keep those totals and remember to submit them to the District Adminis-trative Assistant, Lion Susan Cox on June 30, 2015. The recognition award is a surprise!

Another excellent program for the clubs is the Club Excel-lence Process, a.k.a. CEP PRO and CEP Lite. This can be fun while helping bring club members together to look at what your club is to-day and where it will be after you learn how to use the tools to strengthen your ser-vice, improve your club effec-tiveness, and grow your membership with goals and action plans. This is a pro-cess in which the clubs will gain much insight into the needs of the community, how to build a strong and even stronger club. This process brings to light the positive ar-eas and also may bring out some weaknesses with the club.

Throughout this process each member will understand the club operations better and be more informed. The Global Leadership Team is ready to help; Just Ask!

If you haven’t already heard, plans are underway to estab-lish a Branch Lions Club in Frostburg at the Frostburg Village. The Frostburg Lions

Club members are gearing up for this new club.

Plans are also in the works with meeting and discussing the char-tering of another campus Lions Club in Region I.

LEO Chair, Eileen Disinger, has informed me there is ANOTHER new LEO club in the making! Way to go, Lion Eileen!!

Our GLT and GMT’s are keeping busy as bees working to grow clubs in our District. Way to go GLT & GMT’s.

More clubs with more hands = More Lions with more service! I like the direction we are going!

District 22-W received a Core 4 Lions Quest grant in the amount of $25,000 thanks to the hard work and efforts of Lions Quest Co-Chair Sandy Parker. Congrat-ulations to Co-Chairs Sandy and Sam Foster. I know you two will have a successful year.

Last, but not least, I want to ex-press my grateful appreciation to AA Susan Cox for all her hard work and the many hours she spent getting the roster book ready. AA Lion Susan, you are a GEM!

Please have a nice Labor Day holiday and be safe if you are traveling. I will be away for the week of Sep-tember 10 – 15 at the USA/Canada Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Until next month….. Yours in Service,


Strengthen the Pride and Be Lion Hearted

DG John Parker

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