It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and that the New Year and a new decade have started. I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.
This year, I was invited to attend the activities of several clubs. The Delmont Club asked me to join them for Christmas caroling at a local personal care home, ARK Twin Valley. Although the singing wasn't really professional, we gave it our all, and the residents enjoyed it and some sang along. Even Santa (1VDG Chuck Thompkins) made an appearance, and the residents enjoyed punch and cookies.
For many years, the Arnold Club has donated Christmas dinners to families in the area, and I was honored to help distribute the food for 70 families this year. Ed McCormick (Greensburg East Hempfield Club), organized a Bike-apalooza in conjunction with Toys for Tots. Lions members and their friends put together dozens of bicycles with helmets (for ages ranging from toddlers to teens) for the local Toys for Tots collection. This also was very well organized, and it was my privilege to participate here as well.
It is heartwarming to know that because of the Lions organization, many families had delicious Christmas dinners and the special toys that their children wanted. As you are well aware, Melvin Jones' birthday is January 13. Because of his vision and perseverance and concern for others, the Lions, at the request of Helen Keller, became the "Knights of the Blind." However, because of the many needs of people throughout the world, we have broadened our approach to help so that "Where there's a need, there's a Lion."
Thank all of you for the services you provide and the people you serve. May you all have a healthy and Happy New Year.
Yours in Lionism,
2nd Vice District Governor