Saturday, July 28, 2012

Who are you?

On Wednesday my alarm clock went off at 5:00 so that I could attend a 6:00 o'clock meeting - except that the meeting was at 7:00 a.m. You can't trust these smart cell phone alarm clocks. I presented a familiar theme, the District Governor's Contest and during question an answer I explained how to count hours and funds from making and raffling a quilt. Lion Laura Walls can get some serious hours from her quilting efforts.

At Wednesday noon my smart phone did not disappoint as the Meridian Noon Club meeting started on time with me in attendance. Their bowling tournament was successful and Lion Del and Sandy Oswald showed again the dedication of Lions as they explained the sales efforts that go into getting the public and other Lions to the event. Another club and another discussion of my District Governor's contest with one very important suggestion by Lion Cheryl Corolewski, their Leo Coordinator. Lion Cheryl suggested that the Leos would embrace my DG Contest and asked to discuss it and how to implement it with her group. The value I get from visiting clubs and the feedback is priceless. More on a contest for Leos later.

Another early morning departure on Friday to visit the Burley Lions Club and to spend the night with Lion Scott Bloxham as they allowed me to assist with the Spud Man Triathlon. The biggest fund raiser by a 39-W Lions club, the Spud Man has been going on since 1986. If anyone ever needs insight in how Lions can work together, in good spirit, selflessness and dedication, then attend or volunteer for the Spud Man. No one complained, everyone worked, and Lions and contestants enjoyed a successful event. Lion Cade Richman was in his first year as coordinator for the event and I heard him comment, "I didn't know there were so many little things to keep track of." Lion Cade identified the little things and took care of them. Great event, Burley Lions.

Visitations help me become familiar with Lions and their activities and fund raisers. It also helps Lions who may not know me to put a face to a name. As I sat next to one Lion this week I was asked, "Who are you?"

I replied "Lion Ashley from the Boise Vista Club! And you are Lion ...?"

DG Ashley

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lions on the hunt

TEAMWORK is how Lions in the wild work together, in prides, to hunt and survive.  My goal this year encourages Lion membership growth, service through project activities and donations, and club social activities, through a series of fun activities to complete the objectives.  For details of the DG contest you can visit the DG Contest on the website.
Form “Prides” of three lions to go on the “Hunt” for guests, new members, worthwhile activities and enjoyable club activities.  Prides will work together, to encourage each other and share ideas to help make Lionism fun and successful.   
 What a fun time to be a Lion.  I look forward to meeting all of you this year.

DG Ashley

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In a world of service

International President Wayne Madden set as his theme for 2012-13  “In a World of Service”.
He writes:
In a world of need, there is someone to help.  In a world of suffering, there is someone who cares.  In a world of destruction, there is someone to provide relief.  In a world of illiteracy, there is someone to teach.  And in a world of service, there is one name that stands out among others – Lions Clubs International.  That’s what we do.  That’s what we have always done.  It is our motto, and the reason we exist.

President Madden wants to stress that fact that in the world there are too many people who are illiterate or semi-literate.  He offers some suggestions.  Get involved in the RAP, Reading Action Program.
Some possible project ideas for Lions clubs:
Help an after school reading program
Read to children at local libraries or schools
Work with local literacy experts and agencies to promote reading
Read or record books on tape for the blind and visually impaired
Provide Internet connection for a school or library
What will your club do this year to promote reading? 

DG Ashley

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Korean people: pride,family, service

We often hear that is best to “get away” from our daily life and get a new perspective.  The 95th Lions International Convention was held is Busan, Korea.  Getting away to a foreign country certainly provides an opportunity to gain a look at the contrast between two dynamic countries and people.   What is sometimes perceived as contrast is just a different perspective of similar values.  Devotion to pride, family, service is the image one takes away from contact with the wonderful Korean people.
The U.S. formed a bond with the people when we came to their aid on June 25, 1950, to turn back the invasion from the north by the Communist North Korean forces.  A trip by Connie and me to the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea was met by two individuals who sought us to say that they will always appreciate the fact that the Americans were the first to come to their aid.  Moving! 
Pride is everywhere-evident from the cleanliness of the city, the neat attire and personal appearance of the people and the observation that 90% of the vehicles are Hyundai or Kias all under ten years old.  
Many seem to work at lower wage jobs, but get along because they live with their parents until they are able to save for their own accommodations.  In a city short on land, the Korean people live in high rise condos/apartment buildings, many rising 35 stories with a stand of beautiful new structures that reach over 60 stories.  
Service:  From the minute you disembark your flight, you are greeted by smiling and courteous members of local Korean Lions clubs and local government representatives.  Korea has a vibrant Lions District that provided much financial and volunteer support of the convention and Lions looking to tour the city. 
I’m sure the great baseball philosopher Yogi Berra may have offered the same observation as I came away with, “They’re the same as us, only different."
 DG Ashley