Lions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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Tom WellsLion Tom Wells of the Powers Spalding Lions Club, recipient of the Melvin Jones International Humanitarian Award, has now received the Ralph M. Sheehan Distinguished Service Award, for the highest level of community service, from Past District Governor Jim Wash, at the June 16th regular meeting. A reception was held for members and guests after the meeting. Wells has provided countless dedication to his community through his service, education and entertainment. He has built numerous projects using his mason and building skills. He has held all the offices of Lions Club, some multiple times, has chaired numerous civic service committees and entertained his whole community playing tuba since joining Lions in 1968. He has been a leader in the Adopt a Highway Project, Pasty Sale, and July 4th Celebration. No matter what the project is, Wells is always there.

Governor’s Podium

July 2014

podiumFrom the desk of the Past District Governor:

District Governor-Elect Bill Rowe is in Toronto as I type, completing his formal training at the Lions Clubs International Convention, and so I am writing one more Podium Update for July.  I will also travel to Toronto to attend the convention, along with 5 other Lions from District 10 who will be in attendance.  This is an outstanding turn-out from our district!  I have never visited Toronto, but I am told it is a beautiful city.  I am looking forward to the time and the opportunity to meet Lions from our great state, and in fact from all over the world.

One very important item at this year’s convention will be the election of the 2nd Vice-President.  This year, for the first time in several decades, there will be a contested election as there are two candidates on the ballot.  So the Lions of the world have a REAL CHOICE in who will lead Lions Clubs International during the first half of our Association’s 100 year anniversary in a couple years.  I can hardly wait to hear the election results!

Several people have asked me what I plan to do now that my year as DG is over.  First of all, I will be serving my club as a member of the 2015 District Convention Committee.  We have begun work already, even though the convention is still many months away.  I hope to see you in Sault Ste. Marie in April 2015.  I am also proud to say that DGE Bill Rowe has asked me to serve on his cabinet for next year.  I will be a Co-Chair of the District’s Lions Clubs International Foundation committee.  I look forward to learning from my mentor and continuing the good work that has been done over the years.

DGE Bill Rowe and his cabinet will be busy during this Lions Year, and I know Lion Bill plans to hit the ground running upon his return from Toronto.  The very first item will be the 1st Cabinet Meeting of the 2014-15 Lions Year.  This year the meeting corresponds with Lions Appreciation Day at Bay Cliff.  The meeting and appreciation day are scheduled for Saturday, July 19th.  PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND!!!!!  The Bay Cliff Campers love to have us visit, to show their appreciation for all we do for them, and they LOVE to show off their beautiful camp.  If you have never been to Bay Cliff, GO THIS YEAR!!  Even if you have already visited Bay Cliff, GO THIS YEAR!!!  If you are able to attend, please phone the camp at 906-345-9314 and let them know you plan to attend.  GO THIS YEAR!!  The experience will change your life, I guarantee it.

I am sure many of our clubs are busy this time of year, with chicken barbeques, pancake breakfasts, July 4th parades, etc.  I know many clubs over here on the east end of our peninsula are busy.  Keep up the good work, be safe this July 4th Holiday weekend and all summer long, and remember that your efforts help your communities and your neighbors who are in need!

Sincerely Yours In Lionism,

Jerry Stephens
Past District Governor, Single District 10