In light of the numerous disasters occurring in this world and on our planet, we as “Lions” need to step up even more in this time to continue in our efforts in serving humanity. Humanitarianism (like Lionism) is defined as an ethic of kindness, benevolence, and sympathy extended universally and impartially to all human beings. “We Serve” is a motto towards and an extension of what we do for humanity. How can anyone see that as less, especially if you are a Lion? Someone who specializes in Philanthropy is someone who has the love of humanity, in the sense of caring and nourishing, it involves both the benefactor in their identifying and exercising their values, and the beneficiary in their receipt and benefit from the service or goods provided.
At a recent cabinet meeting I verbalized the fact that as “Lions” we need to “OWN IT”! The point I was trying to make was that when I wore the Lions Emblem on the left side of my jacket – where it is positioned due to that placement being located closest and over the heart. The connection of the Heart and the Lions Emblem in its placement is why we need to ‘OWN IT’! PDG Lion Bill Whippen, (who is letting God know about Robert’s Rules of Order -good luck with that one Bill), was instrumental in how I developed as a Lion. He said the word K.I.S. and explained that it means: Keep It Simple. For me, that was in learning how to speak in front of a crowd. In respect to K.I.S. – I thought of K.O.S.S., it doesn’t sound as good as K.I.S., but it’s the best I could do. K.O.S.S. in my perspective, stands for Know it, Own it, Show it, Share it. The ‘it’ is Lions! Know what Lions stand for and realize the impact we have for humanity throughout the world. Own who you are as a Lion, stand behind the emblem you are wearing over your heart and be proud! Show what Lions do, how we do it and how we come together for humanity and in practice of Philanthropy. Share information about Lions, what your club accomplished, who it benefits and why you want to share that experience with them. If you have a personal account of knowing someone who benefitted from a Lions donation and/or a project we support, then you know the feeling and the strength that come from within when you let others know ‘how it felt for you’ and ‘how it felt for that person who benefitted from it’. You know, so why hold it in and not share that experience that touched your soul and your heart – exactly where that Lions Emblem is located on your chest. Radiating the warmth that we as Lions have been spreading all over the world for over 100 years. Obviously, Lions withstood the test of time and are continuing into the next 100 years.
KNOW IT, OWN IT, SHOW IT, SHARE IT!
I am Lion Dayna, proud member who OWNS IT! If you wish to comment, please contact me through the webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org). I would be happy to hear from you. Place in the subject line: Own It!