Governors Message – April

We have some great things going on in District 36R. Here are a few of which I am particularly proud.
The Western Oregon Lions Club has nineteen members and is working to recruit their twentieth member. They will apply for a charter in the near future. This will be our first Campus Lions Club. I look forward to presenting their charter before the end of my year as Governor.

The District 36R Women’s Symposium is a reality. It will take place on April 30 in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Fairgrounds. We have lined up a group of excellent speakers who will discuss a wide range of topics including health, exercise and even music therapy. In addition, there will be a dozen organizations, both businesses and non-profits, who will have tables. Our keynote speaker will be journalist and author Bob Welsh. Our luncheon speaker will be Linda Burden-Williams who is an outstanding motivational speaker. The Symposium is open to women and men, Lions and non-Lions. Contact Vice Governor Judy Kauffman for reservations. We hope this will spark interest in finding out about Lions Clubs International.

I am excited about the 101 on 101 Bike Tour. It will take place on October 1. The tour will start in south Lincoln City and end in Yachats. Five coast Lions Clubs from Lincoln City to Yachats are working together to make this a success. A shout out to the Newport Lions Club which created the idea of a bike tour and has served as the lead Club in organizing this project. As with the Women’s Symposium, I hope this project will prompt interest
in the Lions and provide a chance to recruit new members.

Finally, we had two Lions from District 36R attend the Emerging Lions Leadership Institute – Jadie DeLille Wright and Dori Showell. This is a national leadership training institute sponsored by Lions Clubs International. Both the trainers and the seminars are top notch. I hope we can continue to have District Lions attend this excellent
training forum.