Ken’s Kornor

by District Governor Ken Gleason

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District 2-X1 finished the month of March with a negative 63 (-63) in membership. Since we finished February with a minus 62, we’re going backwards again. Thank you to all of the Lions that have been working so hard to get our district to a positive number in membership. We are now in the final quarter of this Lions year. I would appreciate it if we could just add members between now and June 30. We have added a lot of new Lions this year, but we have also dropped more than we have added. Thank you to the membership of the Dallas Oak Cliff Lions Club. They are in the middle of a Membership Drive, and I have heard that they are having success. Please, Just Ask One.

Many thanks to the Coppell Lions Club for hosting the 4th Cabinet Meeting. For those in attendance, thank you for taking the time out of a beautiful day to do the business of the district. The new facility that we were in was out of sight! What a great place to have a Lions meeting!

Another highlight was the honor given to me to induct seven (7) new members into the Dallas Everest Lions Club. They appeared to be an eager group of new Lions, so I will be looking for good things to happen with their addition.

For those of you not in attendance at the Cabinet Meeting, we did something else that was new. We completed a service project as a district. Under the leadership of Lion Mindy Helsley, we stuffed 1,000 personal hygiene bags (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.) for the Austin Street Shelter. Great job, Lion Mindy!!

You should already be signed up to attend the District 2-X1 Convention to be held April 24 and 25 at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel (formerly The Night Hotel less the bar area) on LBJ Freeway. We are going to have a great time this year. On Friday night, there will be a “Sock Hop.” Music will be from the ‘50’s, so ladies get out your Poodle Skirts. On Saturday, there will be a contest between clubs for the best “basket” donated for the competition. After the top 3 winners are declared, there will be “Basket Bingo.” We will play Bingo until all of the baskets have been awarded to winners. Saturday night will be the Grass Roots Lions Banquet. Please honor one of the newer Lions that joined your club on this occasion.

PID Richard Sawyer and his wife, Fay, will be our guests at the District Convention, and Lion Richard will be our speaker on Saturday night during the Grass Roots Lions Banquet. Saturday night will be white jackets for PDG’s and coats and ties for all other men. This is going to be a fun convention, so come on and help me accomplish one of my goals!

Thank you for everything that each of you do as a Lion.

DG Ken Gleason

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