Governor’s Message – September

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I have visited Lions clubs all over District 36R in the past two months. I have been delighted by the enthusiasm and excitement I have seen. I

have visited small clubs that are doing amazing things in their communities. I have met and talked with Lions who look for new and better ways to serve. I have talked about the Lions Centennial Celebration and USA/Canada Forum coming to Portland, both in 2017. There has been a great amount of interest in both in the clubs I have visited.

I encourage Club Officers, Board members and future leaders to attend our District Cabinet meetings. We held our first Cabinet meeting on August 7th in Yachats. We had a guest speaker and a Tail Twister. We had a lively meeting with a great deal of exchange of ideas. Our next Cabinet meeting will be held at the Moose Lodge in Junction City on November 7th. Please try to be there. I believe you will find it worthwhile.

District 36R is “Moving Toward the Future.” We have interesting things going on in both Leadership and Membership development.

Leadership: The District 36R Training Challenge was sent to Club Presidents and Secretaries in early August. We are challenging club leaders and future leaders to complete at least three online modules during this Lions Year. The modules are on the Lions Club International website. Clubs will report training completed on a quarterly basis. Details are included in the Training Challenge letter.

Planning is underway to conduct Certified Guiding Lion training in two locations in the near future. Certified Guiding Lion is not only for current leaders. It is for any Lion who is interested in working with new clubs or with existing clubs that are rebuilding. It is excellent training for anyone who wants to become a better Lion.

Membership: We are working to establish a Campus Lions Club at Western Oregon University. We plan to be certified as a Campus Club and to participate in “Clubs Day” on September 23rd. We will conduct Campus Club Guiding Lion training on September 22nd and meet with students on the 23rd. We hope to have a club on campus by October 1st.

We are looking into sponsoring a Women’s Symposium which will probably be held in the spring. The symposium will address women’s issues in a meaningful way and come up with ways Lions clubs can work on those issues. We hope get some recognition for doing this and also recruit women who will join local Lions clubs.