A great big THANKS to Immediate Past District Governor Fletcher for a great year. Ending the year with positive membership growth and a new club, the Downtown Knoxville Club is awesome! Now let’s put these new lions to work in service.

Chuck and I had a great experience in Japan sharing knowledge and innovative ways to serve with over 30,000 Lions from around the world. The highlight was the installation of our new International President, Chancellor Bob Corlew from TN. And, we helped elect, Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir from Iceland as our Association’s 2nd Vice President which means she will become the first female Lions Clubs International President at the 2018-2019 convention in Las Vegas.

It is truly my honor to serve the District and International President Bob this year with his theme New Mountains to Climb”! Reaching a goal is not the end of a journey it is the beginning of the next. We need to Lead through Service assessing our service initiatives and making sure we are doing the service our community needs. Continuing our Centennial Challenge activities of Vision, Youth, Hunger and Environment will allow us to Connect with our Communities in meeting their needs. Inviting for Impact will help us build our teams with the shared goal of enhancing our service to others. Studies show that one new member can impact the lives of 30 others through service.

To reiterate my goals I am looking to improve net growth by 2% over this past year by chartering 1-2 new clubs and encouraging membership info meetings, Provide a variety of Learning opportunities at our Fall Forum and provide more community service opportunities through partnering with other organizations.

We have our work cut out for us with new mountains to climb, new challenges to meet, new goals to achieve, new people to serve, new members to welcome and new leaders to guide us. I’m up for the challenge – are you? Here’s to a great year together climbing those new mountains in service!

Yours in Lionism,

-DG Paulette

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