2021! “Who woulda thunk it?” 2020 with its pandemic and unrest was certainly a challenging year and
we are all looking ahead to slowly getting back to normal this year. But that begs the question, what is “normal” for Lions? Normal for some lions is having chicken barbecues and despite covid we still had those barbecues. Normal for some Lions is pancake breakfasts and despite covid we still had those breakfasts. Normal for some Lions is spaghetti dinners and once again despite covid we still had those dinners. We just had to be a bit more creative to work through all the restrictions to get the job done.
And that fellow Lions is just what we will continue to do in this new year. Lions get the job done and we get the job done because it is more than just a job, it is the proverbial “Labor of Love.” And, in truth, we know our job is never done. We can provide eyeglasses for a million people but we will be looking forward to the million and first. We can screen the vison of a million children and we will be looking for the million and first. We can find hearing aids for a million people and we will still be looking for that million and first. Covid did not stop us last year and whatever challenges we face this year will not stop us.
All we need do is keep the faith, faith in our common mission as Lions and to put it succinctly that mission is to leave the world a little better place than how we found it. We all hope 2021 will be a better year than 2020 but the truth is this year will be exactly what we make it. We will face new challenges as we have always faced them, with confidence, tenacity, and dedication. I do want to take this opportunity to with all of you a happy New Year and to ask God’s blessings on all that you do in the name of Lionism.