District Governor’s Article

It has indeed been a busy time here in district 31-F. First, a note about the Governors’ articles. In an effort to reduce/eliminate information fratricide, we have implemented boundaries for our articles. The District Governor will write about what happened over the past month. The 1st VDG will write about what is coming up in the future and the 2nd VDG will write an interest piece about Lionism.
Humanitarian/White Cane kickoff was a resounding success. Jim Kirkland and his Lumberton Lions hosted us with a great looking clubhouse, plenty to eat and drink and all the support we could ask for. The kickoff was coordinated by 2nd VDG Ken Smith and ran on smoothly and on time. One thing that Ken said in his remarks struck me, because it is something that I feel strongly about but have never put as eloquently as this. “Most of the time you hear two words from people, “I want.” You will hear two words from your district this year, but those words are “thank you.”” I confess, I use it at my Governor’s visits now as it conveys the way I feel towards this district. And now a thank you to the clubs that contributed to Humanitarian/White Cane at the kickoff. They are the Lumberton, Whiteville, Pinebluff, Hamlet, Lillington, Western Harnett and Fayetteville Massey Hill Lions Clubs. The total for the day was $8,400.00. I couldn’t be more proud of our district.
The cabinet meeting ran smoothly and ended on time. We had a lot of discussion and covered a great deal of material. The digital meeting addition to the bylaws passed which will allow our members to call or log into our future cabinet meetings. This will save time, mileage and expense, and be more inclusive to our members. Lastly, thanks to Brad Logsdon for putting together officer training and to Brad, Ken Smith and Vince Schimmoller for conducting the training. The feedback I have gotten has been all positive. Again, thanks to everyone who attended and made our first event such a success.
I am enjoying my visits to the clubs and want to thank Dublin, Fayetteville Massey Hill, Angier, and Seven Lakes Lions Clubs for their hospitality and kindness. I am encouraged by meeting these members and feel that our future is in capable hands. All clubs have issues and concerns. I hope we will use this year to examine ourselves, our clubs and our communities and the relevance of Lions to each. We will end the year stronger than before. Thank you for all have done and will do over the next Lions year.
Again, the take home message here is thanks for all you do. Keep up the great work and contact me if you have any questions concerns or needs. I look forward to a great year of service.

Thomas R. Kirby
District Governor 31F

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