ON January 25 and 26, 2020 the Lions and Leos of Region 3 which comprise the clubs in the islands of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent were hosted by the Lions and Leos of St Vincent at the Alexandra Hotel for the Region meeting for this lionistic year 2019-2020.
The meeting was led by Region Chairperson Lion Lyndell Gustave from Saint Lucia who received reports from the Zone Chairpersons on the status and health of the clubs in the three Zones (Zone 3A – Barbados, Zone3B – Saint Lucia and Zone 3C – Grenada and St Vincent). A number of development and informational workshops were presented.
Lion Monica Felix, Region 3 Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) Coordinator, presented on the LCIF Campaign 100. Campaign 100, which was launched in July 2018, aims to raise US$300 million capital by June 2021. This will allow the club to serve more than 200 million individuals by the year 2021 and ensure that Lions have resources needed to expand their global causes and impact. The theme for Campaign 100 is “LCIF Empowering Service”.
LCIF is the grant-making body enabling Lions to positively impact communities near and far. One hundred percent of donations to LCIF fuel grants and programmes supporting Lions compassionate service and benefiting those in need of a more promising future.
With the help of every Lion doing and giving what they can, Campaign 100 will meet the challenges facing communities around the globe. Lions were encouraged to make their contributions to the Foundation whether it is individual, family, friends or corporate donations.
Lion Leroi Hinds, Global Membership Team, Region 3 Coordinator presented an update on the state of membership in the region. She encouraged clubs to ensure that membership growth and development form an integral part of the clubs’ programme.
The Region Chairperson in her remarks expressed her pleasure with the work undertaken by all clubs and encouraged them to continue to explore ways to improve on the service impact so that those who are most needy will be touched.
She reminded Lions of the five core principles in their code of ethics: “Building your reputation; pursuit of profit and success; your code of conduct; friendship and your civic obligation.”
She also drew attention and invited Lions and Leos to focus on their civil obligation. This principle reminds members to be mindful of their obligation as a citizen to nation, state and community to be loyal to them in word, act and deed; give them freely of their time, labour and means; give sympathy to those in distress, aid to the weak, and substance to the needy; be careful with our criticism and liberal with our praise and build up and not destroy.
Hinds in conclusion expressed the belief that “once we individually and collectively as a club remit to this principle, we should understand our purpose and be motivated to ensure that our clubs are relevant and sustainable; thereby providing for continued service to the less fortunate beyond our time.”
The Castries Lions Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at Lions’ Den, Sans Souci, Castries at 7:00 p.m. If you are service minded and want to give back to community, do not hesitate to email: email@example.com.