Lions of District 36-O, Thank you! I am honored to serve you and serve with you.
When I think of 36-O Lions I think of our motto – We Serve, and how 36-O Lions live that motto all the time. We do more service and we do better service! I kept that in mind trying to select a simple theme for this year. So … simple, bad English … DO MORE BETTER. Service, Membership, Leadership and Fellowship … and publicizing it all. DO MORE BETTER.
I was also set to work a few months ago establishing goals, so …
- Let’s do more service better by partnering with all of the clubs in your zone and partnering with non-Lions.
- Let’s do more better (and smarter) with our membership efforts.
1) Remember, the most important person to recruit to your club are the existing members of your Lions Club. There are NO Lions that we should lose.
2) Invite friends and acquaintances to your service projects.
3) Keep your Lions and gain 2 more in your club this year (really only 1.5, but that would be messy!)
4) Let’s do more to help your Global Membership Team with a new club in North Portland – the Jefferson Lions – and campus clubs at University of Portland, PCC, Linfield and PSU and let’s save the clubs that need us!
- Let’s do more Leadership better! We’ll have two simultaneous sessions of Officer Training and Leadership 101 on June 21st at Rockaway and King City. Let’s have at least 15 36-O Lions attend this year’s Northwest Lions Leadership Institute. Your Zone Chairs will facilitate for you and lead and challenge you! And they’ll have new opportunities!
- Let’s do more do more better about telling people who we are and what we do by publishing articles in your local newspapers about our projects. You’ll hear much more from me about this!
- Lastly, let’s do more fellowship better! That’s simple – HAVE FUN BEING A LION! Enjoy, enjoy your club your service and enjoy your fellow Lions!
In-coming Lions International President Joe has a simple theme this year, too: Strengthen the Pride. If we act like 36-O Lions and keep doing more, better! That’s how we’ll Strengthen the Pride.
Thank you to my good old Lion Mentors. Thank you to my Mighty Tualatin Lions, those who remind me what Lions are. Thank you District Governor Sharon and all of your team for leading and challenging me. Thank you to my bride, Laura, for your endless love and support.
Thank you again for the faith you show in me. Let’s have fun! Let’s do more, better! I am honored to serve you and humbled to be counted among you.
District 36-O Lions:
I thank you all sincerely for the amazing contribution that has been made in
my name to Lions International Foundation! With your generous gift, a
Progressive Melvin Jones award will be created in my name. What a marvelous
gift to help with worldwide Lions service.
I have deeply enjoyed my year as District Governor, or, as my husband Dale
has said, “Chief Encourager” of our clubs and Lions. Each and every club
visit was a positive and just plain fun experience. June will bring several
club installations and year-end celebrations and I’m looking forward to each
one. And then – I’ll hand over the position to DGE Brad King for another
active Lions year!
Thank you, all. Our District 36-O is truly “Growing Together Through
Take care of things close to home first.
Straighten up your room before you save the world.
Then, save the world!
Our local food banks were well served during January, February and March as District 36-O clubs generously donated multiple pounds of non-perishable items and the always much needed rolls of toilet paper (keep that donation going, please!). Thank you to every club who held its own drive, and to the Lions who gathered at the February 22nd Cabinet meeting and brought supplies.
Our Foundation continues to increase the number of school students who are benefiting from the sight and hearing screening kits and the Lions (and community volunteers) who are staffing the screening events. Several more school districts have been added to the calendar of screenings for the fall of 2014; every Lion who would enjoy a day or days meeting many small smiling faces is welcome to volunteer. Take it from me: It’s a wonderful way to spend 5 or 6 hours! Several clubs have scheduled community health fairs in the next two months; kudos to those Lions taking health screenings out to folks.
Hank Calhoun, our tireless GMT leader, continues to work with his team on starting two new clubs. The University of Portland campus club is now a real possibility, and the Portland Legacy club is very close to the magic number for chartering. Good work, Hank and GMT team!
The upcoming Cabinet meeting on April 12 will be held at the Oral Hull Foundation in Sandy. All Lions are invited to come, participate in the meeting, enjoy a delicious lunch, and then provide services to help ready the camp for summer campers. Please RSVP to the coming announcement.
Our District club award night is coming on May 16th, at the banquet in Salem. Many clubs have earned several awards from the Awards Booklet. Please be SURE to have the award forms to me no later than April 25th to allow me time for preparation. Call me, please, with any questions.
Imagine what you would like to see happen, and then do anything in your power to make it possible.
As Lions, we were made to give light to others – to put our lives to work, to use patience in difficult and trying situations, and let our personal power shine. How often do we brighten the lives of others with special acts of kindness? How often to we look for opportunities to touch lives? As Lions, we don’t have to be perfect, rich, highly educated, or even in perfect health to make a difference in someone else’s life. And – when we help others, we help ourselves to grow!
Our district faces challenges as our numbers shrink – but there is help available to each club! Several of our District Lions attended a workshop on the Club Excellence Process on January 18, and are ready to help any club that asks for new ideas and ways to reach out into the community. The CEP is designed to help a club get to know itself better, both from individual Lion contributions and from the interests and needs of the club’s community. It’s an engaging and enjoyable way to learn new methods to grow your club through service. Please add this topic to your next club agenda, and then give our District GLT Al Scott a call to arrange a visit from a CEP facilitator to get the process started – you’ll be amazed at what can be done to add energy to your club!
April is Family and Friends month, and it’s coming very soon. Start the month of celebration by joining the Lions World Lunch Relay on Friday, April 4th. IP Barry Palmer has put this idea together to connect our local communities with Lions around the world. Clubs will gather first at noon in New Zealand and then the lunches move across time zones around the globe. It’s very simple: Plan a club special lunch at noon on April 4th, and invite family members and friends to join in the fun. Offer a short, interest-catching program and plan a project in the community where anyone can lend a hand, no matter the age or ability – and get that project accomplished during April. One club has already planned their lunch – let’s have many more fun events planned, and please share your plans with me. Register your club plan for family and fun on the LCI website; enter Lions World Lunch Relay in the search box.
Enjoy the new green of spring’s growth as we serve and have a great time together!
Mt. Hood Lions Clubs Annual Scholarship Dinner is April 5th 2014
Times: 6:00 PM Social Hour – Dinner at 7:00 PM
Mt. Hood Lions Club Hwy 26 & Woodsey way, Zigzag, Oregon
Italian Dinner: Ravioli, Spaghetti, Italian Sausage, by Chef Jim Turin
$10 Pre-Sale Tickets – $12 At the door
Pre-sale tickets available at the CCB & Welches Mtn Bldg. Supply, Barlow Trail Roadhouse in Welches, and Ace Hardware in Sandy.
Proceeds help with Scholarships for Sandy High Graduates, who attended Welches Grade School.
The Gresham Breakfast Lions Club is again hosting its Monte Carlo “Night for Charity” Casino Night Fund Raiser. The date is March 8, 2014, doors open at 6 PM, games start and run from 7 PM to 10 PM. The $50 buy-in includes Spaghetti dinner, beer and wine as well as cash prizes.
Gresham Breakfast Lions Club Casino Night Flyer
Saturday, February 22 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Resurrection Catholic Parish Hall
21060 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin, OR
At Ek Road, next to Exit 3 off of I-205
Tickets available at the door or from any West Linn Lions Club member.
Dinner is $14 for everyone aged 9 and older, children 8 and under eat free!
Advance tickets saves you $2 per ticket!
For more information, please visit the West Linn Lions Club online at www.wl-lions.org
There will be live entertainment with the Oregon Polka Beats and The Tirolean Dancers.
We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity.
-Edith Lovejoy Pierce
The new year of planting and growing the Lions Garden of Service together has begun!
Our Mid-Year Conference was a great experience; attendees enjoyed hearing about new topics and ideas for personal and club growth. Our District Governor Team is working together on a new club at the University of Portland and one at Legacy Good Samaritan/OLSHF. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with many District 36-O clubs on service projects and community activities; please call or e-mail me with your club opportunities for taking our mission of service out into our communities.
Please put these dates on your calendars and come join with your fellow Lions in action:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 9 AM – NOON
DISTRICT 36-O CABINET MEETING
OLSHF/WISTAR MORRIS CONFERENCE ROOM
SERVICE PROJECT: FOOD BANK SUPPORT
PROGRAM: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR LIONS. ALL LIONS INVITED!
SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014 9 AM – NOON
DISTRICT 36-O CABINET MEETING
ORAL HULL FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND
SERVICE PROJECT: READY THE CAMP FOR SUMMER
BBQ LUNCH BRING A GUEST!
FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014 NOON – 9 PM
DISTRICT 36-O CONVENTION
RED LION HOTEL, SALEM
ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, SPEECHES, VOTING
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS TO CLUBS AND LIONS AT THE GARDEN OF SERVICE BANQUET
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014 8 AM – 9 PM
MD 36 CONVENTION
RED LION HOTEL, SALEM
Growing Together Through Service!
Please join your fellow Lions for an exciting and inspiring conference taking place at the Sunset Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
The Conference event opens at 8:30 AM and the event concludes at 4 PM. There will also be a no host dinner event at 5:30 PM at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
District Governor Sharon Rollins invites you to spend some time with our guest International Director John Pettis, Jr. and his wife Liz from Merrimac, Massachusetts.
There will be presentations and educational discussions during this engaging one day event for all Lions who serve District O!
To register: please print or type into the form below and submit on or before January 5th.
2014 Mid Year Conference Registration form
DG Sharon Rollins
Go into the world and do well.
But more importantly,
Go into the world and do good.
-(Minor Meyers, Jr.)
Our Lions year of service and fellowship is getting up to speed, as some clubs return from summer quiet time and others continue at full speed. Visits to the Rockaway and Astoria clubs (my first as of this writing) and hearing of the services provided to those communities by their Lions made me so happy to be a Lion in District O! Two of the Master Gardener Awards for service have been awarded, and I look forward to many more presentations!
At the LCI International Convention in Hamburg, International President Barry Palmer asked that each person attending make a pledge to bring one new person in Lions this year – and by doing so, grow our organization to offer even more needed service. The Lions International activity theme for October is membership; would you be willing to take IP Palmer’s idea and grow your clubs? The club with the largest percentage of net new members from July 1, 2013 through October 31, 2013 will be rewarded with an apple pie and ice cream party courtesy of the Rollins Farm apple trees. I’m looking forward to presenting this award!
Our Leadership 101 will be held on September 14, offering training for all club positions. Clubs can take advantage of this opportunity to bring officers (President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership and all interested Lions) up to date and be ready to Grow Together Through Service in 2013-2014! Save the date of January 11, 2014 for the District Conference, a full day of interest forums and fun; details to follow.
DG Sharon Rollins