Lions District 14 U District Governor Scott Dudley came with news, views and projects to be involved in globally and locally when he visited the Western Pocono Lions Club at the group's last meeting.
Among the news was that the District Rally to be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, will be "a little different." It will include three outside demonstrations, among them a demonstration of the "Trekker" GPS for the vision impaired, to be presented by Bowmanstown-Parryville Lions Duane and Lisa Hawk; a harness demonstration by Leader Dog; and some things Lions may not have known about Beacon Lodge Camp, the Lions camp for various challenged folks, particularly those with sight challenges.
Citing Lions International President Wing-Kun Tam from Hong Kong, DG Dudley said the vision for Lions is motivated by beliefs driven by three special goals this year: increasing membership by "treating our fellow members like family;" expanding service with a campaign to plant one million trees; and "nurturing our future by involving more young people and Leos in all we do."
Four global service campaigns, as introduced by Past International President Sid Scruggs, will continue, including a focus on youth, working with sight projects, relieving hunger and protecting the environment.
As District Governor, Dudley has submitted the district goal to President Tam for planting 1,336 trees. "That is just a little less than one tree per member in the District." A District committee will help with that project in 14U.
He also focused on the Leader Dog School for the Blind, asking club members to donate any spare change to that fantastic program. Even $1.50 per club member per year would make a great difference in total Pennsylvania support of this serving the visually impaired project, headquartered in Michigan.
His advice included "working together" to find solutions to problems facing the community. To that end, workshops can be set up to evaluate what is needed and then plans can be made. "Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance," he reminded all.
"The Family Membership Program encourages families to volunteer together by offering a special dues structure to family members," he explained as he focused on growing the Lions roster, adding that the Leos to Lions Program is another vehicle for adding to the Lions membership.
Before concluding his annual visit to the Western Pocono Lions Club, he presented the Lions International President's Pin to Club President Charles Rush for serving in that capacity and another one to PDG Bob Argot, who has agreed to serve as zone chairman during Dudley's administration.