Governor’s Message – December

I have been visiting Lions clubs all over District 36R for the past four BlanchardColormonths and I have been amazed by our clubs. They are doing some terrific programs and activities to serve their communities. Many of those activities also fall under the four service areas included in the “Lions Centennial Challenge” – Sight, Environment, Hunger and Children. I am truly honored to be Governor of such an active Lions District.

I want to return to the discussion of Leadership I started last month and discuss Lions Leadership Training Institutes. The first of these is the Northwest Lions Regional Leadership Institute. This is an excellent three-day seminar that is equal to some of the best leadership training I have received elsewhere. The training will take place in Yakima, WA, from February 4-6, 2016. See if your club will help to cover the cost of attending the Institute.

The gold standard of training available from the Lions and some of the best training anywhere is offered at the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum. It includes seminars on leadership, management and Lionism as well as offering outstanding motivational speakers. The USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum will take place in Omaha, NE, from September 15–17, 2016. Try to get there if you can. It will be well worth the time and money.

The USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum will be held in Portland in 2017. It is one more way to celebrate the Lions Centennial.

Finally, I want to mention the new Lions Clubs Handbook. It was prepared by the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum and it is packed with useful information. The cost is $10 each. We have sold one case and have ordered another. Try to get your hands on one.