Every year at our Humanitarian Lunch, we shine the spotlight on the Lions who have given so much to the community. On this day, it is important to remind ourselves of the underlying principle of Lionism ‘service’. Today is the birthday of our Founder Melvin Jones. We should also take a moment to pay special tribute to our founder as we continue to work tirelessly, embracing the ‘Power of We’ as we enter into the second century of service. For some people, Lionism is about giving, but for most of you, it is a way of living.
Despite the many obstacles facing the Clubs we continue to provide humanitarian assistance throughout the district. You are the reason for our everyday success. I want to encourage you to support LCIF, MD20, Brandel-Murphy and our own District 20- K1 Foundation in the humanitarian efforts. It has been a lot of work, but you have done a wonderful job keeping the inflow of your contributions for 50 years. LCIF has made a significant contribution to New York during our various disasters and we must continue to support them. Thanks for your outstanding contribution to our various disasters efforts this year and for the great effort in increasing our contribution to LCIF this year as a district.
This is an opportunity for those who are new to Lionism to get involved and to experience for themselves the rewards that come from making a positive difference to the lives of others. These Lions who are honored today make a difference to a variety of worthy causes in their local community. Their work contributes to the resilience of our communities and makes our society a better place.
I am delighted to congratulate all the recipients of the various awards. Your contribution is immense and your compassion you show to people we serve is an inspiration for us all. Your work has not gone unnoticed. Your leadership skills inspire confidence in our Clubs and we are so happy that you have shared your talents with us.
You are amazing Lions! You have so much enthusiasm and genuine commitment in assisting us in everything we do. Thank you for everything you do to serve your community with “Honor and Dedication’.
Lion Charles W. McBride, PMJF