Fellow Lions, Lioness, and Leos,
“Tis the Season” is upon us. It is the time of year when we become even busier. Celebrating the seasons for some has become much more work. But don’t let that take time away for what we are all about, Serving Others. We, as a district, can take pride in the fact that there are many within our communities that do receive help from our clubs during the holidays.Most of our communities have festivals and seasons celebrations. Take advantage of that. Find a way to make yourself visible during these community gatherings.
Don’t sit back and watch that parade, participate in it. What about Thanksgiving? It is a time for us all to give thanks, why not come up with a way to show thanks to your local fire and police departments? Or maybe with the veterans group in town. Before you know it, Christmas is upon us. For many, it is a season filled with joy. But, for some it can bring a sense of dread. Dreading the fact that they must come up with the funds to provide a holiday dinner, gifts for the little ones, and for some it is a reminder of just how alone they are. We can have an impact, when we work together. If your club is smaller, maybe consider joint projects with the surrounding clubs. Don’t forget about the other community groups in your area. Partnerships can lead to very strong connections. Alone we do so little, but together we can do so much.
Take pride in the projects that your club does participate in, but keep in mind: don’t get stuck in a rut. How can you improve on it? We must adapt to the needs of ourcommunities. Nothing stays the same forever, and that includes our Lions Clubs and our projects.
November is Diabetes Awareness month. We can use this month to raise awareness about the risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes. Conversations let us realize that the people that need the help the most struggle with eating healthy. It can be much cheaper to get a .99 cent burger than to purchase fresh fruit and veggies. Education is vital. Maybe consider reaching out to a nutritionist/dietician from your local hospitals, clinics, etc. with hopes of providing information to your communities as to how they can achieve healthy eating habits that can be affordable.
We all know about a Lions Stride Walk, it has been involved with Lions Club International for some time now. But, just as clubs need to evolve so does our fight against Diabetes. A Strides Events can revolve around what your club would like to promote for this cause. It can be a walk, a run, bicycling, dancing, dog walking, or any other activity that gets people moving and brings awareness to this now epidemic fight against diabetes. Reach out to those in your communities that have diabetes, sometimes the most beneficial talks to your own community are from those that are from your community. They can tell the actual story of what they deal with every day with their fight against diabetes.
Yours in Lionism,
DG Aaron Slezak