Welcome to our shared leadership year! I am looking forward to sharing this year with all of you, but especially with club presidents as I believe that the greatest strength of our association rests at the club level. I plan to have "presidents-meet-the-president" meetings wherever I travel and I will be relying on you to bring my message to your members
By now most of you know that the theme for my year as international president is "I Believe." "I Believe" is the attitude I hope that you and all Lions have toward our ability to change the world. Together, the 1.35 million Lions club members around the world make up the world's largest network of caring individuals. That makes us capable of great things.
It is also a personal statement from me. I believe in you. I believe that every Lion makes a difference.
I thank you for your part in the work we are beginning -- work that will make a difference in the lives of millions.