Lions District 35-I

Lions Clubs International

Multiple District 35, Lions of Florida and the Bahamas

District 35-I "The One"

Challenges and Successes

My Fellow Lions,
After spending a week in the hospital I was chomping at the bit to get back to work but was advised against it by my doctor, Lion Jackie and many other members of the family. How do you convince your doctor you are ready to get back to work when you can’t even convince your family? I can’t thank everyone enough for the cards and well wishes. They all worked together to make my recovery a little easier. I did however manage to convince Jackie to allow me to complete a few official visits which we truly enjoyed. Inducting new Lions and hearing about what our clubs are doing in the service to others is what makes this job so enjoyable. When you see first-hand the positive impact we are hav-ing it makes you feel proud to be a Lion

The District GLT and District GMT teams are a little worried about leadership and membership growth in our district. We started out on July 1st with 1289 members and 3 months later we’re still at 1289. Now don’t get us wrong, we are happy we are holding our own but growth is stagnant and needs to change. We are all asking you to make an effort this year, look to your family members and show them how much fun it is being a Lion. Yes it is a tough job but where else can you go to have this much fun.

Anthem National Day of Service

We have the Anthem National Day of Service health fair coming up on the 24th which is proving to be a bigger challenge then we thought. We still need additional vision screening help with the proper equipment for standard vision screenings and are hoping to be able to screen preschoolers. If your Lions Club has the proper equipment and training and wants to give us a helping hand it would be truly appreciated. We were also getting the younger ones fingerprinted through the Masonic Child Identification Program, many thanks to Lion Glenn Smith and Susie Cohen for gewtting this group together with us.

USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum

After convincing Jackie and my doctor to allow me to go to the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum just so long as I would only ride a scooter instead of walking it was off to Grand Rapids. We had to take off our hats to PCC Mark Miller and the rest of the planning and host committees for a job well done. Between the Ferris Wheel at the Open-ing Ceremony, the seminars, presentations and the wonderful food what else could you ask for. The Lions University Graduation Ceremony with over 300 Lions including 7 proud Lions from who were either presented with Bachelors or Masters Degrees by International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada was a proud moment for me. The Forum closing banquet was truly special with a video exploring the history of the early days of Lions Clubs International. There were those who thought I was the actor in the video but I assure you it was not me. For the first time in Forum history the event was closed out with a wonderful fireworks display. If this is an indication of the future of theUSA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum every Lion needs to attend at least one.

Prayers of love and Long Life

I need to take a moment to ask for special prayers for those who are not feeling well or have health is-sues that require a little extra effort. Let us all send an extra blessing to 1st VDG John Geary and his wife Gloria. Lion John is still in Vermont recovering from a cardiac catheteri-zation. He is at home but has to stay in Vermont for a while longer. We found out that he has to have a heart valve replacement which will not take place until the middle off the month which in turn will keep him in Vermont for a little while longer. 1st VDG John, while you may be out of sight you are not out of mind. Please get well quick so you can return to Florida.

Until next time,
DG David J. Skillin

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