Hello Fellow Lions!!
I hope this finds you all well. I know with the pandemic going on we all are starting the year out slow. Remember, Lions don’t give up. When times get tough, we get tougher. You will need to change things up a bit with your fundraisers and projects. Think outside the box. Have a food drive or a clothing drive. This will enable you and your club to still serve while maintaining social distancing. When having a club meeting, why not have it outside as a picnic—that way we are enjoying the nice weather & fresh air while we can—take advantage of it. When you are out an about, wear your Lion’s shirt, and remember to ask those in your community what your Lions club can do for them, and how the club can help. In turn, this may peak someone’s interest & they may want to join, which could lead to new ideas which we all must be open to.
A few other ideas of service we can provide to those in need: assist older club members, friends or neighbors with grocery shopping, and pet care, set up a tent along a walking trail and hand out water to those walking or riding their bikes—this is a good way to be seen and to strike up conversations while keeping your distance.
Today’s times are different, so we have to move forward as we can all see holding onto the past is not going to work for today. This year’s International theme is Kindness & Diversity…what better times to put this to work…as we all know that one small, kind gesture goes a long way and is appreciated by the recipient. My theme for the year is Open Up For New Ideas. Last year when coming up with my theme, I had no idea that a pandemic was coming our way, but my theme really puts things into perspective as we ALL need to open up and try new things in order for us all to grow as individual Lions & as Lions Clubs. We cannot dwell on the past, we have to focus on the future!!
Just a reminder that Club visits are scheduled, so please check the calendar. If you need to cancel, please contact me as soon as possible so we can reschedule. I am open to meeting anywhere, so if your club wants to try something new, I am game to try it as well!!
I am looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Please stay healthy & well,
DG Chuck Thompkins