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Now that we are home, it is time to focus on our Lion Year. I encourage your input and feedback. Feel free to call, text, or e-mail me at any time my contact information is listed below. I will do my very best to respond in a timely fashion. One of my first tasks will be to assure that training opportunities are set up for new and existing zone chairs, region chairs and club officers.

I would like to work with club officers to determine how best to serve our members. I also want to continue projects already established, such as school vision screenings, help for the homeless, food banks and other community-oriented service programs. We must never lose sight of our own motto: New member orientations for each of the zones is another one of my goals.

Of course, for that to happen, we need some new members! I am asking each of you to do what you can to bring in a new member. That is a great way to start. Do you have some ideas about how we can bring in more new members? Please share those with your club officers and with me.

Can we increase the number of women members, and just as importantly, get more women involved in District 36R leadership? Check out the lionsclub. I am available by phone or texte-mail bachmandale1 gmail. BoxSpringfield I look forward to working with you this year.

Who or what prompted you to make that decision?

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For those who have been Lions for oh-so-many years, do you remember back to that time when you first became a Lion? If so, it would be great if you shared your Lions journey with the other members of your club.

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I am going to devote my first article as a District Governor to telling you a little about my own Lion journey. I joined and was an OK member for my time in that small town. I say OK member instead of great member, because I was a teacher and a coach and had limited time to devote to Lions activities.

When I left that job after four years to take a job in another state, I did not pursue finding a club in my new environment. I was still a teacher and a coach and felt that I could not afford the time to be a Lion.

InI moved to an Oregon town that had an active Lions Club it still doesbut I did not consider joining. I thought I was too busy teaching and coaching. Also, the club held their meetings at noon and since it was not possible for me to attend the meetings, I did not want to be a member in name only.

Fast forward to I took a job in Springfield as a school administrator. My principal, who was both a Rotarian and a Lion, and who was, consequently, out of the building during lunchtime two days a week, knew he should be in the building during lunchtime. He also wanted to stay in Rotary I know, why not Lions? Anyway, he asked me if I would consider taking his place in the Lions Club. That way he could be out of the building during lunchtime one day, and I could be out of the building during lunchtime the other day.

I said yes, and that is how I became a Springfield Lion. However, soon after, that principal left the school and the new principal felt it important that all administrators be in the building during lunchtime.

Truth be told, I did not become a good Lion in the sense of attending meetings and helping with Club activities until I retired.

Why am I choosing to tell you this in my first Lions of Oregon column? It is because I want you to think about your own Lions journey. Has it been a good one? Have you had other Lions there to help you when the need arose? We can all do more to not only help our own club, but to also help our communities and those around the world less fortunate than ourselves.

Hopefully together we can make this a most memorable year in Lionism. Now, with the year winding down, I would like to take time to thank you, the Lions of District R, reflect on some of our successes and failures and consider prospects for the future.

On the membership front, although we did not add any new clubs this year, we have flirted with the possibility of showing a gain in membership in the District for the first time in eight years. The loss of one club and the possibility of additional drops prior to the next dues billing will more than likely offset any gains we might see in the next six weeks.

Leadership continues to be a major challenge in our District. Developing club and District excellence is one of the four goals of the LCI Forward plan, and strong leadership is the only way to make that happen.

We need more Lions to step up to lead at both the club and District level. In order to make this happen, we must identify leaders, motivate them, and make training more readily accessible to them.

I have nothing but admiration and praise for the service work being done by our Lions clubs. One of the most outstanding parts of the job as District Governor is getting to visit the clubs in the District and learning about the services they are performing in their local communities and beyond.

You improve your communities and the lives of the people in them by virtue of the services you provide. The future of our District is promising. The work of our DG teams the last two years has provided a framework and continuity for our efforts to grow Lions in the coming years. That, in combination with strong leadership moving up the chairs and the new goals and fresh ideas they bring to the cause, should result in a bright future.

No one steps up to serve as District Governor without the help and support of others. My employer and co-workers allowed me time away from work and covered for me when needed, so I could visit clubs and attend conventions.

I owe them a debt of gratitude. Likewise, my wife, Paula, who enthusiastically supported my decision to serve, helped me anyway she could every step of the way. She also was my first new member of the Lions year. I would like to acknowledge and thank the Lion leaders who spent so much time and effort in preparing my fellow District Governors and me for this job.

Your patience and commitment have not gone unnoticed. The training you offered and the experience you shared went a long way toward any successes we had this year. Finally, I would like to thank my fellow District Governors, Council Chair Brad, and Vice Chair Judith for the friendship and cooperation I have enjoyed as a result of being part of our team. No two people are the same. Our abilities, attitudes and preferences differ from person to person and to expect every Lion to function in the same way and produce the same results that others do is as futile as it is unfair to the Lion volunteer.

Good Lion leaders understand this instinctively and they explore ways to utilize the strengths of their volunteers while being considerate of their personal needs and comfort levels. Hands-on service to others is a case in point. Not all Lions are comfortable performing hands-on service with strangers at the outset.

Language barriers, the fear of making mistakes and perceived personal shortcomings can not only make the process of providing assistance to others difficult, but, in some cases, can prevent people from stepping up to serve in the first place.

Without a certain amount of help, personal limitations will, in most cases, trump guarantees of success and promises of rewards to be garnered from being part of helping people in need. Our comfort zone is a powerful driving force which can override all other considerations if we fail to respect it. My point here is that we need to be aware of this heading into an activity. Find out what your volunteers would like to do and what, if anything, they would prefer not to do.

If your staffing permits it, allow them to do what they feel comfortable doing. Short of that, ease them into their assigned position and spend extra time with them until you are satisfied that they are satisfied with the duties of their assignment.

A little planning and consideration here will go a long way toward a successful team effort which produces successful results.

The good news here is that Lions, for the most part, are pretty understanding and forgiving people. Success, now and in the future, depends on our ability to understand and utilize the talents of all our people.

Consideration for our members and recognition of the value of their contributions to everything we do goes a long way toward enhancing the value of their membership in the Lions.

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Buckminster Fuller, American architect and futurist, and although he intended that they be applied to complex business and physical systems, they, nonetheless, can be of value in evaluating any process or operation, including Lions clubs.

Two important elements are contained in the statement. First, a model is necessary in order to get the most out of an operation. The model makes it possible to achieve the best possible results by providing structure and procedures for the operation. Second, the model must be adaptable to reality, to the way things are. The model is of no value unless it takes into account the real-world situation in which it will be applied. Remove either of these considerations and the operation will not be as successful as it could be.

The model is a plan which incorporates regular club meetings, business meetings, functioning committees, and successional leadership.

The end purpose is, of course, ongoing service to the community. So, what happens when circumstances begin to make the model less functional and more cumbersome? The loss of members, change in meeting place, changing times and changing community needs can challenge even the best of club leaders by making the model less workable. What clubs choose to do at this point can make or break them.

Unfortunately, too often of late, some clubs have been opting to cite problems with elements contained in the model as reason for closing their doors, thereby abandoning their communities. Instead of quitting and shutting down all options for the future, I would hope that clubs might, instead, consider addressing the specific issues that are causing them problems. If the meeting schedule or location is a problem, change it. If projects demand more money or effort than the club can give, scale things back.

Fundraising tends to be more time and labor intensive than service projects, so curtail fundraising, if necessary, and focus on service. Make changes which will allow your club to continue serving your community — even if at a reduced level — rather than surrendering your charter.

In short, change the model to fit your membership and your situation to ensure that you continue to fulfill the Lions vision statement in your little corner of the world now and in the future.

The purpose of the meeting was to elect district officers for the coming year, share information about Lions and non-Lions topics, and learn about service and fundraising opportunities available to our clubs.

This year we were honored to have truly international guests joining us. International Director Nicolin Carol Moore and her husband, Rudy, came all the way from the nation of Trinidad and Tobago to be with us. ID Nicolin and Rudy are the warmest, most fun-loving people that you can imagine and ID Nicolin brought a wealth of knowledge and understanding about Lions and service to share with us. She spoke eloquently about the opportunity to serve as Lions leaders and the challenges we Lions face beginning our second century of service.

Thank you, Nicolin and Rudy, for adding immeasurably to the fun, fellowship and information which were so much a part of this Conference. The photos will make great additions to club newsletters and scrapbooks and we will have an easily recognizable photo record of the Convention in the years ahead. The traditional basket raffle saw excellent participation again this year. And finally, club pride was on display with entries of story boards, newsletters, scrapbooks, websites, and FaceBook pages vying for the opportunity to be judged against entries from other Districts at the MD36 convention in May.

Your election to lead the District through the next two Lions years is an honor. We are fortunate to have you as Lions leaders and your willingness to serve the Lions of District R is appreciated. Perhaps most importantly, I need to express my heartfelt thanks to the R Convention Planning Committee members who worked so hard to put this event together and make it run smoothly.

I would be hard-pressed to repay you for your efforts, so a thank you will have to suffice, at least for now. Whether you are talking sight and hearing, diabetes awareness, aid to the young or the elderly or any of the myriad of other charitable activities our members and clubs are involved in, Lions speak with pride and affection about the accomplishments of their own clubs and our association in general.

We are, for the most part, quick to adopt, support and participate in any project presented to us which can be shown to be of benefit to people less fortunate than we are, a wonderful thing, to be sure. And then, the subject of membership is brought into the conversation. Almost immediately, discussion falls off, eye contact is broken and the enthusiasm is dampened.

Nothing kills a good time faster than the suggestion that there is an administrative side to our charitable activities.

Much as we hate to talk about it, our community service is only possible because of the efforts of people who volunteer their time as Lions. Just over six months into the second half of this Lions year, there is good news and bad news on the District R membership front. The bad news is that our membership is down for the year to date. The good news is that, as of this writing, we are only minus two members, a very workable number which can be turned into membership growth with just a little more effort from our District and club leaders.

Our best opportunity for growth would be the addition of new Lions clubs, which would increase our membership by at least twenty for each new club added. Although nothing is in the works now in the area of extension, there is still time to accomplish this during this Lions year. We have several areas which used to be home to Lions clubs in the past and re-establishing clubs in those locations would ease the burden on existing clubs now stretched thin by meeting the needs of people in those areas.

Short of the formation of new clubs, we can still turn things around by recruiting new members and retaining current members in our existing clubs. We have always done an adequate job of recruiting members. Unfortunately, we fail badly in retaining members. With just a bit more diligence on the part of our club officers, we can begin addressing this failure.

Make every effort to salvage every member. The worst thing you can do is nothing. Remember, your members are your most valuable resource in the effort to improve the lives of people in your communities now and in the future.

Well, yes and no. We would simply have changed together and adjusted to our changing appearance with each meeting. So where am I going with this? Our opportunities to meet and interact as Lions have fallen off drastically in recent years. We used to have as many as four working regional committees around the District which met monthly to enhance our impact in the areas of membership, sight and hearing, diabetes awareness, and positive youth development.

Club committee chairs used to be expected to represent their clubs at those meetings. Likewise, District Governor Advisory Committee meetings - a. Zone meetings - were held four times during the year.

Club officers, as members of the Advisory committee, were expected to attend those meetings. Add to the aforementioned regular meetings occasional officer training sessions, membership orientations, conferences, and conventions meant there were numerous opportunities to step out beyond club level to visit with and learn from your fellow Lions from other clubs.

The regional committees are gone. So, unfortunately, are most Zone meetings. The other opportunities still exist, though probably not as often as in the past.

The end result is that Lions and Lions clubs no longer benefit from interaction with other Lions and Lions clubs. Seeing what other clubs do and how they do it might well be the single most important factor in improving club excellence, one of the four prime goals of the LCI Forward plan.

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Revitalizing your club visitation program is a great starting point. Seeing how other clubs function in their general club meetings will energize you and provide fresh ideas on how to improve your club.

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It will also produce fellowship with other Lions who share your belief in community service. To date, I have visited seventeen clubs around the District, and these visits have served to educate me about the amazing community service being performed by our Lions clubs, past and present. All of our clubs are active in local sight and hearing assistance and most have done vision screening of children in one or more of their local schools.

Most clubs have cleaned local highways, cemeteries and parks as part of their ongoing commitment to the environment. Food collections for local food banks and purchasing, preparing, and donating meals for local residents are frequently reported. Dimes for Diabetes fund- raising and support for Gales Creek Camp and campers are ongoing projects for a number of clubs.

A few clubs are even ahead of the curve in the new emphasis on pediatric cancer with contributions to St. Jude and Shriners hospitals being reported. There is also lots of service being done by Lions outside the new service framework. Honor Flight has benefitted from Lions fundraising events in recent years. Days for Girls came on the scene two years ago, and at least one of our clubs has made that charity part of its ongoing commitment to service.

A number of our clubs have made assistance to foster children part of their service, a badly needed focus in light of recent news stories about the plight of Oregon foster kids. Support for family and children services agencies is the focus of several clubs in the District and, in some cases, this support has produced partnerships which will benefit both the agencies and the Lions in the years ahead.

The variety and nature of the service is limited only by the imagination of the Lions and the needs of the communities involved. My thanks to all of you for your efforts to improve the viability of your communities and the lives of the people in them.

Finally, to all of you who are reading this, please accept my best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. Among other things, the season is a reminder of all the things for which we should be thankful. The ability and the privilege to serve others should be foremost among them.

Thank you for caring enough to serve as Lions. That is twice the number of people served in the year just completed. I am not a fan of this sort of numbers game. Too often, this practice is used to justify, rightly or wrongly, the impact an organization or a program has in its efforts to be successful in whatever field of endeavor it works in. In this case, however, one would be hard pressed to be critical of Dr.

Lions have a remarkable track record of success when we work together to accomplish global initiatives.

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The numbers he is proposing will certainly be a challenge. To begin with, he is asking each of the 1. If you do the arithmetic, that works out to about million people. Although this would be short of the goal of million, it would be a huge first step toward getting there.

On the other hand, serving ten people per month for twelve months is no cake-walk. Just the first step to his plan should tell us this will take some doing. More than half of our thirty-nine clubs have not reported any activities for six months or more. What would happen to our numbers of people served if our clubs simply reported the community service activities they have been doing and are doing, month in and month out? The fact of the matter is, our Lions clubs are performing lots of community service which goes largely unreported and every little bit helps in our efforts to enhance the impact of our service around the world.

I am studying instructions on how to report properly in order to make my job as secretary faster and easier and improve my accuracy. To click or not to click. To unsubscribe or not to unsubscribe. If you are a Lion in District R and have an e-mail address in the LCI database, you have probably received e-mails from me via Constant Contact CC and wondered why you were getting them and what you should do with them.

CC also returns statistics to the sender on the results of the mailing. In other words, I can see how many of you open the e-mail, how many click to print or save the embedded attachment and how many bounce-backs I get as a result of incorrect e-mail addresses.

Why, you are probably asking, am I assaulting you with these unsolicited messages? There has been a huge emphasis in recent years on improving our communications.

We have certainly improved our track record of communicating with club officers thanks to the work of Cabinet Secretary Linda Stent, but ultimately, it was always hoped that we could find a way to update all Lion members in the District directly.

CC makes this possible. The updates I send out are intended to accomplish two things. First, we want to let all Lions in the District know what is happening from LCI on down to individual clubs in our District. But the 'way' changes its 'way' at least five times, and no one knows, really. People pretend they know, and try to explain it to people who ask, but the act of explaining exposes their own lack of comprehension.

The 8 and 9 buses are mainly populated by students though, so no one has cared enough to demand someone sort it. Read More Why MetroBus roadwork crews are digging up roads they just resurfaced Someone smells and everyone thinks it's you One colleague travelled regularly on the bus, but gave up completely vowing never to set foot on a bus ever again after one journey sitting next to a particularly pungent man.

On any bus, particularly in the daytime, that is more than three-quarters full, at least one person stinks.

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The bus routes across the city make less than no sense The main bus routes in Bristol form a X, with no scope for variation. Want to get a bus to Temple Meads? Your bus goes to the city centre, sure, but only a few lucky ones will be able to stay on through Broadmead or the centre, and end up at the city's main railway station.

And then there's the route maps. In south west Bristol and want to go to north west Bristol? In south east Bristol and want to get to north east or east Bristol?

The main bus routes form a X, with no scope for variation. There could be an argument at any minute Volatile places, buses in Bristol.

All of humanity is there. Many have anger issues. The poor Drive is often the brunt, but it can be between passengers. The other day, some fella kicked off at Drive on the 76 in Bedminster and Drive refused to move until the angry man got off.

There was a stand-off for ages. What cannabis smells like Even when you take a seat as the only person upstairs on a fresh double decker rocking down Two Mile Hill, it stinks of weed. The next person up there thinks it's you. People on single decker buses are friendlier Maybe it's because they tend to be on routes like the 5 or the 24 that are less full of commuters or schoolkids, and more likely to have chatty little old ladies. Not sure, just a hunch.

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Warmest seat is at the back downstairs Stands to reason. Sit just inches above a massive diesel engine. In the winter, across the Downs, it's lush. Read More What next for Stoke Lane roadworks? Bus stop names are meant for locals, not you So the bus stops are very often named after the nearest side road in Bristol, not the main road you're going down. The problem is that a driver new to the route, or inexperienced generally, will know what stops he's stopping at, but not where they are.

For example, get on a 24 at the city centre to visit South Bristol's hippest road, North Street. Or visit the Tobacco Factory Theatre? Does this bus go down North Street, Drive? The best parties are on the buses down the Gloucester Road Want to go to a free party? Get a 71, 73, 75 etc bus heading south along the A38 from, say, Horfield Leisure Centre into the city centre at any time between It'll be full of young people, students mainly but not necessarily, already enjoying their night out.

The bus ride is part of it. They have, in modern parlance, pre-loaded. There's music, someone brings a guitar out, groups chat and flirt. A mum with a buggy will always be at the next stop after a lady in a wheelchair got on It's Bristol Bus Law. The bus stops and a lady in a wheelchair gets on. Everyone sitting in the bay happily gets up to accommodate her, and we carry on happy that someone who might otherwise have struggled to get about as easily as us has been able to join us in this communal journey.

But it's almost guaranteed that, at the next stop, a lady with a buggy will get on — maybe a double buggy — and then you must choose sides, all altruistic love for your fellow passengers goes out of the window.

There are more Sasquatches in parts of south Bristol than buses There's whole areas of south Bristol that never see a bus. Try walking from Withywood to Bishopsworth. It's the only way to do it. It takes ages to work out if a Day Rider is worth it "Um But then is that little trip a three-stop hop which is just a quid?

Read More M32 average speed cameras will be switched on next week - but watch out, they've hidden one There's a secret village on the Redcliffe roundabout You will only know this if you are on the top deck, and look down into the trees that shield the rest of the world from seeing it at ground level. The tented shanty village is a sad indictment of modern Bristol. Even though Bristol's a proper city, people still ask to go 'into town' They do. How to block out the sound of a baby crying You really try hard to smile at the desperate mum, and tell her with your eyes that it's ok, you really don't mind, you feel for her, and sympathise.

But you end up looking either like a weirdo or someone who is annoyed. Better to look out of the window, then, and train your brain to ignore all sounds using strange David Blaine mindbending techniques. He tells you by proxy. But it isn't really the centre of Bristol's city centre is it? Anyone with a knowledge of Bristol's history knows the area called The Centre — you know… fountains, the Hippodrome, Colston Tower and the Watershed — is called The Centre only because it used to be where the tram terminus was, and that was called The Tramway Centre.

For hundreds of years that would have been the top of Corn Street. Since the war it's maybe been the centre of Broadmead. But with the harbourside, the rise of Park Street and the whole Canon's Marsh Millennium Square development, maybe that Broad Quay area known in bus land as The Centre, is fast becoming Bristol's new city centre for real. There are new buses with ace seats under the stairs There aren't enough of them, but some routes have brand new buses where they have made two seats right next to the door in front of the wheelchair bay and, even better, another seat — a single one - right behind Drive under the stairs.

For the lone traveller who doesn't want any human interaction, this seat is perfect. It's too high up to mean you have to give it up for a little old lady and there's even a little arrowslit window just for you. All it needs is a curtain to pull across. The number 5 is the coolest, most interesting route Bit controversial this one, but the number 5 is a journey into the heart of what it is to be Bristol.

That's proper Bristol, a cornucopia of culture. Read More Bristol Ferries launches early morning commuter service The letter 'X' before a number doesn't mean 'Express' Ask anyone who gets the X39 into the city from Brislington or back out again what the difference is between that and the 39 and watch them shrug.

Maybe there is a difference, or was once, maybe it zooms off at hyperspeed once it passes the A4 park and ride, but for Bristolians, those Xs mean nothing, like the X they put on models of Ford cars in the s because it had nicer seats. It's not a First Bus, though, it's an obscure, little-known local bus company. The bus, unconfirmed reports claim it's a 52, goes all around South Bristol and then into the centre, and is a distinctive green, red and white.

It looks like it used to take people from the car park to the museum or something. They haven't repainted it, presumably just for the lols.

It can take just one irate passenger — or driver - to hold up 70 people The time a park and ride bus driver protested about a First Bus driver parking up in his space, so blocked the bus Further to number 14, these are arguments between one person and an entire bus.

Like the time a park and ride bus Drive protested about a First Bus Drive parking up in his space, so blocked the bus — and the whole of Broad Quay for a good 15 minutes - watch that dramatic video here.

Or the ten minutes people on a bus in Bedminster's West Street again were held up because a man waited a bus stop without realising the roadworks there meant it was out of use. So when the bus came and didn't stop, he stood in front of it. It's important that the next time this happens — and it will, to you — always remember to whip out your phone and start videoing it.