2016-2017 District Governor John Collier
We as Lions are going to celebrate our 100th anniversary of service this year. The district theme "Taking Pride in the Pride" proposes we take pride in showing our neighbors and freinds what Lions stand for. As the worlds oldest and largest service organization, we need to take pride in our accomplishments while bringing in more individuals to Lionism to help us do more in our community, state and world.
It is my hope and prayer that the Lions of District 7L can work together to build stronger clubs so we can better serve those who need our assistance. The centennial slogan "Where There Is A Need There Is A Lion" can be reversed to "Were There is a Lion There is a Need". The more Lions, the more needs we meet in our communities. We Lions must be more than a name, we must be actively working to make our communities a better place to live.
I would like to ask all Lions in District 7L to join with me in "Taking Pride" in what we do, how we do it and whom we serve. LCI statistics show, one Lion serves 50 people. Just think how many more people we can serve if we just added one new Lion in each of our District's 30 clubs. That's 1500 more people we would serve. I have set a goal for each club to add a minimum of 5% net growth to their current membership. All clubs need to adopt this goal for the us to meet the goal for our growth of Lions services throughout South Western Arkansas.
I also ask that we work together to reduce the loss of our members. We will have losses due to members moving, losing their jobs or by the death of a member. What we need is to provide membership involvement and satisfaction that keeps other member losses to zero. I think if we solve this problem we will see more active clubs and more Lions being Lions.
John Collier, District Governor, 7L