Soar to New Adventures through Lionism

I want to welcome you to the District 22W website. If you are a non-Lion, I want to especially show my appreciation for your interest in Lionism. You will find a wealth of information. You can find upcoming events in our Lions clubs as well as in our district (Carroll County to Garrett County) which demonstrate how Lions strive to serve our communities and improve the lives of those in our communities. You will be amazed at the variety of service projects and fundraisers within our district which help the needy, the veterans, the visually-impaired, the hard-of-hearing, those with diabetes, pediatric cancer patients among others. Lions loan hospital equipment at no cost, collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids for recycling, participate in the state adopt-a-highway program, volunteer at food banks, assist individuals in need of hearing aids or eyeglasses. Lions provide sight-saving eye screenings for pre-school children, provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors, build ramps for those using wheelchairs, provide assistance to the elderly and so much more.

There are articles in our district newsletters which explains how our Lions support Lions Clubs International Foundation which helps communities here and abroad, the Lions Youth Foundation which helps local Lion Clubs to finance service projects with the youth in their communities and the Lions Vision Research Foundation which helps to improve the quality of life for those with low vision. We also have links to the other districts in our Multiple District 22 (Maryland, Delaware and DC) which shows the impact that Lions make in our area. We have included a list of the Lions Clubs in our district who would be happy to welcome you at a future club meeting and show you why it is an honor to serve the community through Lionism. Benefits of membership also include friendship and personal gratification. Just call them and set the date!

For our Lions, I chose the theme, Soar to New Adventures through Lionism, because I want to challenge our Lions to step out of their comfort zone this year to consider taking on a new adventure in their Lion’s life. As you continue to participate in club service projects, consider supporting your club by becoming a Lion Leader. Our clubs can use new officers with fresh ideas. Our district needs new Lion Leaders so please consider stepping up and volunteering to become a Zone Chair, Region Chair or district committee chair. Contact the incoming vice district governors if you have an interest. I am asking clubs to take on a new adventure by changing your routines and event locations, conducting virtual meetings during the pandemic, implementing member and community assessments to determine your community and club needs. Visit the region-wide meetings, zone meetings, cabinet meetings and conventions as well as make club visitations to get new ideas. If you haven’t had the chance to review our district newsletters then check out those on the website. You will get many ideas which will add vitality in the club, increase and retain membership and add more service which impacts your community and our district, keeping both strong for the future.

Barbara Brimigon

District Governor – 22W

Freedom District Lions Club