Words Of Wisdom
by District Governor Darla Wisdom
HAPPY NEW YEAR LIONS OF DISTRICT 2-x1!
Well its six months down and six months to go in the Lions year of 2013/2014. Highlights of the first six would have to be the (1) honoring of nine WWII Veterans at the first cabinet meeting held on July 20th, (2) a successful well supported State Fair Parade, (3) the Veterans Day Parade and the
exemplary introduction as District Lions paraded past the dignitaries in front of City Hall, (4) participation in the “Feast of Sharing”. I would like to see our district expand our presence at this
annual event and last but not least (5) the smooth transition from one resigned 1st VDG to his replacement, IPDG Ken Gleason.
Our district was challenged to complete the mini-election in time for the new 1st VDG to attend scheduled Governors Elect training. I report the cooperation of our PDG Association and current Executive Committee made it possible to insert Lion Ken with the blessings of LCI in record time.
I know all 67 clubs had their own highlights for the first six months as well. Please share those with the district. If you don’t tell us…………we won’t know.
Membership through the first five months was clicking along nicely. We began 2013 with a negative -69 but each month that number improved dramatically reaching a manageable negative -20 by the end of November. Wow!……….a net 49 new members for the District. Seemingly in a matter of time net membership would be out of the red and into the positive BLACK. THEN……………the month
of December was a DISASTER OF THE WORST KIND!! Clubs dropped a total of 36 members in 30 days bringing District 2-X1 back to a NEGATIVE FIFTY (50) net.
However, the good news is we should be through with drops for the year. Whatever number your club registered on December 31st will be the number of members the State and District will bill the club for in the next cycle. In other words……..dropping a member between now and July 1
will serve no purpose. Luckily it will give a club 6 months to (1) attract new members to take the place of any new drops in July or (2) time to discuss with a potential “drop” to change his/her
mind or offer the option to become an At-Large member.
In the coming weeks, you will be hearing more and more about the drop situation. Let’s work together the last six months and accept the challenge to bring that negative 50 to a positive number. We can do it! Have a membership drive, open house, talk to a Veteran about the free LCI initiation fee for the first 5000 vets. As the NIKE slogan says, “Just do it”!
Finally, I want to strongly encourage you to attend the Mid-Winter Conference on Saturday, January 18th. It will be held at Tyler Street United Methodist Church located in Oak Cliff which makes it convenient for all. You’ll be in for a real treat with the staging of “The Murder of Anytown Lions Club”. It stars some of your favorite Lions:
Judge: PCC John Eads
Prosecuting Attorney: IPDG/1st VDG Ken Gleason
Defense Attorney: PDG Don Johnson
Bailiff/Sheriff: PCC Joe Montag
Defendant accused of murder: Lion President Durhl Caussey (Dallas Oak Cliff)
Prosecutor’s Witnesses: Lions Charlie Tupper, John Joy, Karen Murray, Keith Murray
Reporter: DG Darla Wisdom
Jurors: Picked from the audience (you might be one of the lucky ones)
It’s a clever entertaining one act play you won’t want to miss. We’ll also be announcing Youth Contest winners. This Saturday on January 11th, contestants will give their speeches and/or submit their essays. The chosen winners will be invited to Mid-Winter as our guests of honor. The winner of the speech contest will deliver their speech during lunch. Also during lunch Lion Karen Murray, cabinet chair for the Peace Poster Contest will announce the three winning posters. Please look for
the registration form in this Link. Fill it out and send to Cabinet Treasurer Keith Murray as soon as possible. DO NOT DELAY – IT’S ONLY 12 DAYS AWAY.
Lions, I have immensely enjoyed my first six months as your District Governor. I’m amazed at the hard work and hours you give toward Lionism. Your help and assistance is changing people’s lives for the better.
Keep it up and God bless you.
Yours in Lionism,
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District News Highlights
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- New Online registration will speed Lions University student enrollment
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- Kids Helping Kids Raises Money for Texas Lions Camp
- UTD Infinity Club Replenishes its ranks with new members
Club Events and News
- Coppell Lions Club has successful Lion Pride Night for Community and New Members
- Allen High Noon Raises Funds from their Duck Derby
- Dallas Filipino Lions Club Raises funds for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Important Upcoming Events
- March 1-2, 2014: Texas Lions Leadership Forum, Austin, TX. Airport Hilton.
- April 25-26, 2014: Lions District 2-X1 Convention. Click here for details.
- June 14, 2014: Lions University held at Collin County Community College, Spring Creek Campus.