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

August 2014

homeAugust from the Podium

The Convention is over and I am starting to get caught up on paperwork and ready to press on to what will hopefully be a positive year for the Lions of SD10.

We need to improve on President and Secretary training which is evidenced by four clubs still having not submitted their PU101s.  PDG Ware and I will be working on that.

Yes, membership is on the front burner again.  PDG Snyder and I will  be working on that.  She has come up with a card you can hand to someone inviting them to your next meeting and she is working on getting them out to you.  I have asked all of you to make a Lions New Year Resolution to invite at least one person to join your Lions Club.


It’s not all bad, we had several clubs with significant gains in the June time frame.  Nine clubs had increases of 10 % or better with Chatham leading the Pride with 63.64 %.  I am sure the method of identifying potential members varies, it still boils down to one thing.  Membership in a Lions Club is by invitation only, so you have to ask.  This is why President Preston’s goal to Strengthen The Pride begins with:


We are doing a very important job in our communities and throughout the world.  We brag about everything: our cars, our houses, our favorite teams, our kids, our pets… so why not Lions.

Then there is the elevator test.  If you get in an elevator with someone and they ask you about Lions, could you respond before they get off?   What do you mean what is an elevator?  Ours are just shorter so you have to be faster.  I would also like to have one member in each club bring a Lions fact to each meeting.  It shouldn’t take more than a minute.  Remember our short elevators

Bill Rowe
District Governor, Single District 10