I wish to thank all of District 35-L for showing your support for me as your 2014-2015 District governor. I will strive to do my very best to keep your faith and trust in me and to continue to better our District. We have a strong District Governor Team this year as well as a great team of committee chairpersons who are willing to keep us on track.
International President Joe Preston's focus this year is to "Strengthen the Pride". Each member of our Lionistic Pride has a responsibility, no matter what their talents may be, to work as a team. He believes, as do I, that our strength can come in many different forms such as membership growth, strengthening our clubs, leadership, creativity, and service. I believe that service best defines who I am, who you are as Lions, and what we do best. Although our foucs has always beed service our strength lies in our members. Together we can make this a year of commitment to rebuild our District and clubs by asking just one person to join us in our humanitarian efforts. More hands make our tasks easier and we can reach out to more individuals in our communities and increase our "Service in the Pride".
Throughout this year there will be multiple opportunities at District Meetings for our Grassroots Lions to participate in training seminars. In this way I hope to increase the number of Lions who are capable and feel comfortable enough to step into leadership roles. I encourage our members to take advantage of these opportunities.
I look forward to serving with you next year to accomplish our goals and of having the opportunity to meet more of the dedicated Lions in our District. As I have learned throughout my years in Lionism, "Service is the rent we pay for living on this planet" and I will continue to serve you and our District, not only this year but in years to come.
Lion Diane and I wish you all safe journeys and good health throughout this upcoming year.
Robert "Bob" Melnick
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