Governors Message – January

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and joyouBlanchardColors holiday. Now it’s time to get back to Lions. We want to finish out this year as strongly as possible so VDG Judy will be able to hit the ground running when she takes over July 1st.

The most important item coming up in the near future is the District 36R Conference. The date is February 6, 2016. It will be held at a new location this year – the Wheelhouse Events Center in Albany. We will be using the first and fourth floors of this new building. The fourth floor is a large open area which we will use for general meetings and for our luncheon. The first floor has several conference rooms that we will use for seminars and forums. Our guests will be International Director Robert Libin and his wife Lion Michelle. ID Libin is from New York. He prefers to keep it informal so he asked if he could wear jeans and boots. However, he agreed to wear coat and tie. He has asked that we call him Bob. He will address the Conference three times: as part of the opening ceremonies; leading a forum on leadership and as Keynote Speaker at the luncheon.

We will also have information on a variety of subjects, e.g., a forum by the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation; seminars on leadership and membership; a presentation by Puppy Raisers. We are working on other seminars that can provide information that will be both useful and interesting. We are looking into the possibility of a workshop on making origami cranes since that is the symbol selected by International President Yamada.

This will be a fun and interesting Conference. A registration form for the Conference was included in the December The Oregon Lion, and is also in this issue. I hope to see many District 36R Lions in Albany. The next District Cabinet Meeting is scheduled for 9:00 AM February 27, 2016. It will be held at the Albany Regional Historical Museum. As I

write this, I am still working on finding interesting presenters. I will keep you posted as I get things worked out.