June is finally here! It is so nice to be able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air after being in lockdown for the last few months due to the COVID19 virus. No doubt, we have all been impacted by the virus both individually and as members of our Lions Club. Most clubs suspended meetings, projects and fundraisers to comply with state and county guidelines.
But things are now beginning to open again. While we won’t be back to “normal” for some time yet, we can begin to meet, hold fundraisers and serve our communities taking some basic safety precautions to protect our members and our community. Things like wearing masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing, frequent cleaning of facilities and equipment, and using hand sanitizer are definitely things we should continue to do to help make everyone feel safe.
People in our communities are still in need now more than ever. Conversely, people in our communities have been locked down for months and are looking for opportunities to get out and help others. Extend invitations for others to join you in service. Once they experience working alongside your club members and see how much fun you have serving your community, they may be willing to join your club. We should always take the “try it before your buy it approach” in asking people to join our club. Invite them to projects and fundraisers and let them learn about us by talking to and meeting your members in action.
Along with June comes the end to another Lions year (June 30). Thanks to all of our Lions who served in leadership roles this year whether at the club level, district level, or any capacity. We appreciate your dedication and service throughout this year. And a very special thank you to all of the Lions who joined us this year, we hope you continue to share your talents and ideas as we serve together.
We have one last district service project left this year. We will be packing food for the Westmoreland County Food Bank. See GST/PDG Lance Remic’s article in this newsletter for details. Special thanks to all the clubs and Lions who donated to make this project possible. In addition, our district received a $10,000 grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) that will be used to help our ambulance services first responders protect themselves from COVID19, which they will continue to need to do even as we begin to open back up. Please remember to donate to LCIF. We thank them for helping us to support our community.
On a personal note, I want to thank all of you for the opportunity to have served you this year as District Governor. Lion Deanna and I truly enjoyed traveling to your clubs and sharing your hospitality and learning about the many things that make your clubs great! I enjoyed getting to meet many of you for the first time and strengthening relationships with others. Together, we accomplished many great things and our communities are taking notice. I hope that our clubs will continue to “Be a Little Bolder” as we move into the future. The world is changing around us and we need to be able to connect with members and our communities in new ways, so don’t be afraid to try new things.
Best wishes to our incoming district leadership for the upcoming Lions year, effective July 1st: District Governor Elect Chuck Thompkins (Delmont), 1st
Vice District Governor Elect Margie Wolff (Murrysville), and 2nd Vice District Governor Elect T
ony Catullo (Rostraver Twp). Best wishes also to the incoming club leaders for the 2020-2021 Lions year! Set goals now and hit the ground running July 1st. It’s going to be another great year!