Kempsville Lions Club
Goals and Objectives
Communication - My goals and objectives are to increase communication between LCI, District, lions, clubs and members by utilizing our Zone, Regional and District meetings. To utilize the traveling leo to develop comrade and fellowship between lions and clubs. To see clubs working together, helping each other thus making lasting friendships! I want to increase our membership to a positive number instead of a negative one - we are a -12 as of 10-30-14 and I will be positive by 6-30-14. I have a goal of +76 but I will (that is positive) accept just a positive count!
Youth -To educate our lions how important a Leo club or youth organization is to our future and to our young people! I want to see Leo clubs or other youth organizations developing their own service project, grief or bullying program (peer to peer). If they cannot develop one, then lions need to ask these young people to help with our service/fundraising projects. Lions need to get into the schools and help mentor, tutor and be a big brother or sister to them. Lion club need to make it a point to have peace poster and bland competitions. All need to think outside or color outside of the box for these ideas - you are only restrained by the box you put yourself in!
Public Relations - Any and everything a Lions or Leo club does needs to have pictures, articles in the paper, Knights Vision. At fundraisers/service projects be sure and wear your shirts, vests any lion items, have our lions at work signs displayed. Make sure you always have plenty of membership applications and carry one with you. You need to be ready at all times to "ASK ONE". If you don't ask, someone else will and you may have lost an awesome potential member. We are working towards a television ad so our communities will know their is a Lions Club and what we do. We do more than sell brooms, nothing wrong with broom sales but we are so much more!
Kempsville Lions Club
I have two goals for KLC this year.
Goal one is to make “Kempsville Lions Club known.” I want our club to be known both locally and globally. We have great members who do many things to help others. However, as many great people, our members are humble and will not shine the light on their accomplishments. This is where I come in. I plan on taking every opportunity to tell others what each of you is doing. My goal is that people will know about KLC in
Kempsville and throughout Lions International.
Goal number two is “Leave no one behind.” That means anyone in our community that genuinely needs our help gets our help. It also means that none of our members are left behind. I realize that sometimes a member may feel left out and not appreciated by other members. In a volunteer organization, such as KLC, everyone is important. When you miss a meeting, you are missed. No one and I mean no one can take your place. Everyone in our club has a place and a purpose.
Make Kempsville Lions known and leave no one behind are my two goals. I believe if we accomplish both of these goals we will have a great year as Lions.
To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.
The official motto of the association is simply "We Serve." What better way to explain our mission?
The slogan is "Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety."
The royal colors of purple and gold were selected as the official colors when the association was organized in 1917. Purple stands for loyalty to friends, and for integrity of mind and heart. Gold symbolizes sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgment, purity in life, and generosity in mind, heart and purse to those in need.
The current Lion emblem was adopted in 1919 and today, Lions throughout the world are recognized by it. It consists of a gold letter "L" on a circular purple (or blue) field. Bordering this is a circular gold area with two Lion profiles facing away from the center. The word "Lions" appears at the top, and "International" at the bottom. The Lions face both past and future - showing pride of heritage and confidence in the future.
Lions Club Objectives
To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
Lions Code of Ethics
To Show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
To Seek success and to demand all fair remuneration of profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
To Remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
To Hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor, and means.
To Aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.
Founder of Lions Clubs International
Melvin Jones was born on January 13, 1879 in Fort Thomas, Arizona, the son of a United States Army captain who commanded a troop of scouts. Later, his father was transferred and the family moved east. As a young man, Melvin Jones made his home in Chicago, Illinois, became associated with an insurance firm and in 1913 formed his own agency.
He soon joined the Business Circle, a businessmen's luncheon group, and was shortly elected secretary. This group was one of many at that time devoted solely to promoting the financial interests of their membership. Because of their limited appeal, they were destined to disappear. Melvin Jones, however, had other plans.
"What if these men," he asked, "who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?" Thus, at his invitation, delegates from men's clubs met in Chicago to lay the groundwork for such an organization and on June 7, 1917, Lions Clubs International was born.
Melvin Jones eventually abandoned his insurance agency to devote himself full time to Lions at International Headquarters in Chicago. It was under his dynamic leadership that Lions clubs earned the prestige necessary to attract civic-minded members.
The association's founder was also recognized as a leader by those outside the association. One of his greatest honors was in 1945 when he represented Lions Clubs International as a consultant in San Francisco, California, at the organization of the United Nations.
Melvin Jones, the man whose personal code – "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else" – became a guiding principle for public-spirited people the world over, died June 1, 1961 at 82 years of age.
Helen Keller Bio
Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA, in 1880, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age that left her blind and deaf.
With the help of an exceptional teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan of the Perkins School for the Blind, Keller learned sign language and braille. A few years later, she learned to speak. As an adult she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. And in 1925, Keller attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."
The Lions accepted Keller's challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.
Helen Keller Day
In 1971, the Board of Directors of Lions Clubs International declared that June 1 would be remembered as Helen Keller Day. Lions around the world implement sight-related service projects on Helen Keller Day.
Helen Keller's Speech
Lions International Convention
Cedar Point, Ohio, USA
June 30, 1925
Dear Lions and Ladies:
I suppose you have heard the legend that represents opportunity as a capricious lady, who knocks at every door but once, and if the door isn't opened quickly, she passes on, never to return. And that is as it should be. Lovely, desirable ladies won't wait. You have to go out and grab 'em.
I am your opportunity. I am knocking at your door. I want to be adopted. The legend doesn't say what you are to do when several beautiful opportunities present themselves at the same door. I guess you have to choose the one you love best. I hope you will adopt me. I am the youngest here, and what I offer you is full of splendid opportunities for service.
The American Foundation for the Blind is only four years old. It grew out of the imperative needs of the blind, and was called into existence by the sightless themselves. It is national and international in scope and in importance. It represents the best and most enlightened thought on our subject that has been reached so far. Its object is to make the lives of the blind more worthwhile everywhere by increasing their economic value and giving them the joy of normal activity.
Try to imagine how you would feel if you were suddenly stricken blind today. Picture yourself stumbling and groping at noonday as in the night; your work, your independence, gone. In that dark world wouldn't you be glad if a friend took you by the hand and said, "Come with me and I will teach you how to do some of the things you used to do when you could see?" That is just the kind of friend the American Foundation is going to be to all the blind in this country if seeing people will give it the support it must have.
You have heard how through a little word dropped from the fingers of another, a ray of light from another soul touched the darkness of my mind and I found myself, found the world, found God. It is because my teacher learned about me and broke through the dark, silent imprisonment which held me that I am able to work for myself and for others. It is the caring we want more than money. The gift without the sympathy and interest of the giver is empty. If you care, if we can make the people of this great country care, the blind will indeed triumph over blindness.
The opportunity I bring to you, Lions, is this: To foster and sponsor the work of the American Foundation for the Blind. Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?
I thank you.
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