Wow! Don’t blink! It is so hard to believe that this time last year I was in Las Vegas for the International Convention attending District Governor Elect School. Fast forward and here I am with the last few days of being your District Governor. I sincerely want to thank you all for your support; thank you for your service and thank you for all the great things your clubs will do for your communities in the future.
I had a great team this year – a great Cabinet of Leaders; people who want to step up into leadership and help our district succeed. We have been very fortunate over all these years not to have a Past District Governor serve a second term. This could happen in 5 years if we don’t get people to assume greater leadership roles. I can tell you when District Governor Dennis Burns asked me to be a Zone Chairman, I was ecstatic! All I ever wanted to do was be with the club, help with activities and be there to help in anyway that I could. I NEVER thought I would be District Governor!
This past year has been great! I’ve learned a lot on my journey to District Governor. The most important thing to remember is that we are
! Everyone has a life outside of Lions. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and many people have bigger time commitments like family, work, second jobs, church, etc. So, we have to do the best with the time we have. I chose to make Lions a big part of my life, and even though I will be a “PDG” in a few days, that doesn’t mean that it all stops there. As I said at Sunday morning breakfast at District Convention, P.D.G. means “Please Don’t Go!” There are experiences to share, mentoring to do, clubs to start and service projects to work. I promise to remain active!
I encourage you all to step outside your comfort zone. Visit other clubs, attend other club’s events, bring friends with you – Lions & non-Lions. I have met wonderful people throughout the district, state and country. It has been an honor to serve District 1-F and to serve as District Governor for the first woman International President Gudrun Yngvadottir.
Enjoy your summer. Have fun, help people, and remember ...
... Lions have a Heart for Service!
Lion Kathleen Marusich