About a decade ago I was privileged to visit the home in Calcutta, India, where Mother Teresa once cared for the desperately poor. Her love for others had a tremendous impact—not only on those she helped but also in inspiring others to follow her example. Mother Teresa was not rich or powerful. She did not hold office. She wielded no army. She owned next to nothing. Yet she changed the world. What a difference one person on a mission can make!
Her life actually is ironic—and instructive—for Lions. We Lions are not lone wolves. We serve together. We join a club because we realize we can accomplish so much more by working together. We realize we are not Mother Teresa. That’s OK. We do what we can with our own talents. Our limitations actually can work to our advantage because in joining with other Lions we can accomplish so much more than we can do on our own.
So, Lions, be involved with your club as much as you can. Take part in the initiatives of Lions Clubs International as well. Help fulfill the centennial goals related to hunger, youth, sight and the environment. Support LCIF. Recruit a new member. Join us in beautiful Fukuoka, Japan, next year for the 99th International Convention. There is much more than strength in numbers: there is the opportunity to rebuild society. It’s great you are a Lion. Thank you for your service and dedication. But always strive to be part of the worldwide Lions community and fully support our many remarkable initiatives.
It’s easy to sit back and do the usual. But now is the time for you to be a Lion who goes outside your comfort zone and makes service more a part of your life. I’ve heard it said: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” So be adventurous and daring. Be a Lion.
Join International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada and Lions around the world in bringing dignity to others. Here are some great resources that can help expand your service and strengthen your club to better serve humanity.
Bring Hope and Dignity through Service
- Centennial Service Challenge – Help us reach our goal of benefitting 100 million people for our 100th anniversary.
- Lions Children First – Get resources to develop hands-on projects to help children in need.
- Reading Action Program – Find out how you can give the gift of literacy.
- Leo Spotlight on Children – Learn how Leos bring hope to vulnerable children through this international project.
Strengthen Your Club to Better Serve Your Community
- Centennial Celebration Membership Awards – Earn special awards for inviting new members and helping to organize new clubs.
- Ask One – Get the tools to energize your membership efforts and build a stronger, healthier club.
- Blueprint for a Stronger Club – Map out your plan for ongoing club success in three simple steps.
- Club Quality Initiative (CEP) – Get your club performing at its highest level through an interactive CEP workshop. Choose CEP Pro or CEP Lite.
- Your Club, Your Way – Learn how to customize club meetings to meet the needs of your members.
- Club President’s Award – Implement the 7 Keys to Success and earn recognition.
Create Harmony through Effective Leadership
- Leadership Resource Center – Get the resources to take your leadership to the next level.
- Lions Learning Center – Develop your leadership skills with engaging online courses.
- Global Leadership Team – Learn how Lions are working together to support present and future Lions leaders.
Build Bridges for Humanity
- LCIF – Learn about LCIF’s life-changing work and how you can support it.
- Club Twinning – Make new friends and build harmony as a Lions club twin.
- Missions – Partner with another club to organize an international humanitarian mission.
- Youth Camp and Exchange Program – Sponsor the next generation of leaders and ambassadors of peace.
- Peace Poster Contest – Learn more about our international contest that gives kids the opportunity to express their visions of peace.
To Learn More about International President Jitsuhiro Yamada:
- Watch biography video
- Download biography
- Download photo
- Visit IP Yamada’s Facebook page and President's Blog