Notes from the DGs

DG Message - April 2020

“Change is inevitable in life. You can either resist it and potentially get run over by it, or you can choose to cooperate with it, adapt to it, and learn how to benefit from it. When you embrace change you will begin to see it as an opportunity for growth.” These are the words of Jack Canfield, famous American author and co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series.


The last few weeks have certainly challenged us all as individuals. All our Lions Clubs are impacted as well. We all need to take these challenges as opportunities for us to learn and grow, both as individuals and Lions. Have tried hosting a club meeting or board meeting using a conference call service like freeconferencecall.com or an online meeting using zoom or another similar service? What a better opportunity to try this technology?


Use this down time to learn new skills such as those you can find on the Lions Learning Center (free to all members by visiting lionsclubs.org and click on member login at the top right. After you register and login, scroll to the bottom to access it. Or check out the new state (multiple district) web site at palions.org or check out what’s going in Westmoreland County by checking out our district web site at lions14e.org.


Serving During Quarantine

We started a list of service ideas that are perfect for this period of quarantine. Check out the list at lions14e.org. Please help us build this list and send your ideas to Webmaster/Zone 4 Chair Jeff Jordan. Feel free to share this list with club members, on social media, and with your friends and family.


Elections

Recently I notified club presidents and secretaries of the procedures for our district elections this year in the absence of our district convention. A copy of that letter is included in this newsletter.


Reminder to all clubs that you must complete elections for Lions Year 2020-2021 and update your officers on the MyLCI website by May 15th.  Guidance from LCI’s legal department on club elections is as follows:


All Lions clubs are permitted to conduct meetings via alternative meeting format. Therefore, they can conduct elections via phone, email, or any other method that will permit the Lions Club to move forward. 


Practically speaking, as each Lions club is an independent legal entity, it can conduct elections (or choose not to conduct elections) at the discretion of the club. Provided the decision is supported by the membership and no complaint is filed, the actions of the club will be accepted in good faith. 


MyLion Service Reporting

A large majority of our clubs have still not reported a single service project this entire Lions year. Starting last July, we changed service reporting to MyLion. It was a rough start with this application, but over the past few months the site has been updated significantly and now entering a project resembles the old MyLCI more than ever. Time to enter a project is much shorter and there are less screens to navigate.


Please during this down time, enter your clubs past projects from this Lions year into MyLion. If you are having issues or need some assistance, please contact PDG Lance Remic or Lion Denise Poole. Their contact information is on the last page of this newsletter.


End of Year Donations

As we prepare for the end of another Lions year, our district treasurer is asking if your clubs could please try to get all donations to district projects to her no later than May 15th. The district donation list is attached to this newsletter. Thanks for supporting our district projects.


Stay in Touch With Members

Finally, fellow Lions, during these times when we are encouraged to stay at home and avoid groups, please stay in touch with your fellow Lions. Call, email, message, share social media posts, do whatever you can to make sure they are ok and to bring a smile to their day.


Finally, fellow Lions, wishing everyone a happy spring and a very happy Easter. Thanks for all you do to serve your communities.


District Governor David DeFazio


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