​“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get Started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” -Mark Victor Hansen

Have any of you heard or read any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books? Mark is the founder and co-creator of the series. When we think of Chicken Soup it tends to be a cure-all. A mysterious but effective way to solve problems is where the wisdom of the books come into play. They are simple pieces that touch the readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives.

Our clubs, our district needs help. We, as Lions are there to help others whenever possible. But what happens to us when we are the ones in need of help? How often do you associate your struggles as a club, with help needed from the club or our community? To ponder on our struggles does not produce results. “Help” is needed for ourselves to continue to do what we do. And, it falls on our shoulders to make it known. Make awareness the first step and then continue to climb to the next step.


Membership is key to our organization, but without Leadership, there is no productive path. They go hand in hand. Just how much are your members aware of the struggles that many of our clubs are having with getting others involved on a leadership level? Today is now, tomorrow may never come, so what is holding back members from stepping into roles that will most certainly let them grow as a person, not just a member.


As the opening quote states, there can be many reasons to not step forward, we must step forward to continue our paths of helping others. It may not be a pair of glasses that we need, or a wheelchair. But, without our members and leaders, the pair of glasses or wheelchair won’t be there in the future to help.


Ensure that everyone within the clubs realize that without members stepping into a leadership role, moving forward becomes an even bigger struggle. Think of your lives. Every day is there not one little thing that is different? How do we expect change and progress within our clubs if we are continually staying the same? Keep up the fight, never give up on looking for help.


Consider stepping forward within your club, consider stepping forward for our district to help. Helping ourselves to ensure a future is the only way to continue to help others.

Yours in Service,

PDG Aaron Slezak

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