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    July 2017

    Lions Clubs International Zone MD19-I-2 Informer

    Zone Advisory Committee 2016 - 2017

    Zone Chair: ZC Brian Morin 250-479-0088

    District Governor: DG Joyce Boyle

    Zone Secretary: PZC Barb Wright

    Editor, Zone I-2 Informer: Lion Jon Shaw

    Centennial Committee: PDG Brian Phillips

    Leadership: PDG Leslie Smith 250-390-0730

    Membership: PZC Lyne Moreau 250-597-2441

    Table of Contents ZC Message 1 International President’s Messages 2 Diabetes / MD19 Convention 3 Sooke Harbourside new members 3 Diabetes Overview 4 Sooke Harbourside Lions 5 Nanaimo Lions 70th 5 Sooke Women’s Show 6 West Shore Dance 6 Centennial Service Challenge 7 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum 8 Earn Awards 9 Zone Contacts 10

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    Zone Chair - Brian Morin Let me introduce myself. I am originally from Ottawa and moved to Victoria in 1967. Married Dolores in 1971 we now have 3 children and four Grandsons age 6 and under. I first joined Lions in 1977 and with a growing family I left in 1981. I rejoined Esquimalt Lions in 2004. I have had the privilege to serve that Club in the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer.

    The First District Director’s Advisory Zone Meeting is scheduled for October 01, 2017 at the Esquimalt Lions Den (Victoria West Lawn Bowling Clubhouse), 407 Alston St, Victoria, BC V9A 7G8. The meeting is scheduled to start at 10am. All are members welcome. I would love to see representatives from every club at this meeting especially membership LCIF Chairs and Club Presidents and Secretaries. My main objective to increase Lions profile in the Greater Victoria Area by encouraging all Lioness and Lions to participate in Community events. My goals for the Zone this year: to see an increase in reporting activates on a monthly basis by

    each club Increase overall Zone membership by at least 4 members (that

    is less than a half a member for each Lions Club) Increase overall financial support to CARE (Cooperative for

    Assistance and Relief Everywhere) Increase financial support for LCIF by clubs in the zone (Lions

    Clubs International Foundation) Maintain Lions Regional commitment marshalling the Victoria

    Day and Santa parades. For the last three years Esquimalt Lions has managed the Victoria Day Parade and West Shore Lions have done the Santa Parade. New volunteers are needed Please canvas your club for helpers or consider doing the head marshalling job.

    Assist Victoria Chinatown Lioness to have a successful Lion/ Lioness 100th celebration at Government House

    I hope everyone is having a great summer

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    2017-18 INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, of Batala, Punjab, India, was elected to serve as international president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 100th International Convention, held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, June 30 through July 4, 2017. Dr. Naresh is chairman of companies specializing in steel and agricultural products. A lifetime member

    of the Batala Smile Lions Club since 1974, President Dr. Naresh has served with great distinction as club president and international director. He also served as chairman of the Council of Governors for MD 321 in 1989-90. Dr. Naresh served as international director from 1998 to 2000. He earned great appreciation by achieving significant membership growth while serving as Global Membership Team area leader. He was a faculty and group leader for DGE Seminars at three International Conventions. He also served as international board appointee three times, and as Global Leadership Team constitutional area leader (CA-6). Dr. Naresh is trustee and vice chairperson of Lions Quest in India Foundation and has also served on the National SightFirst Committee. He is the chief patron of Dainik Prarthana Sabha, which operates charity projects in Batala. He is vice president of Age-Care India, a charitable society for the care and welfare of elderly people. He has been trustee and patron to many other projects. Dr. Naresh has received 23 International President's Medals and the Ambassador of Goodwill Award. He is a major lead gift donor and humanitarian partner of Lions Clubs International Foundation. Dr. Naresh and his wife, Navita, also a Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, have two sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren. Dr. Naresh also shares a birthday with the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones.

    THE POWER OF ACTION LIKE A MIGHTY RIVER Many cities grow and prosper along the banks of a river. In India, we worship our longest river – the Ganga, or Ganges. We call it “Ganga Maa,” meaning “Ganges Mother,” similar to how Americans use the term “Mother Nature.” Why is the Ganges our mother, or object of worship? Because it gives life. It feeds plants. Plants feed humans and animals. It enables trade and travel. It refreshes itself and the landscape continuously. In India, hundreds of millions of people live by the blessings of the Ganga. A Lions club is very similar. Over the last 100 years, “our river” has formed tributaries in 47,000+ communities (clubs). Now we must constantly refresh our clubs with new ideas and projects and make our river meander through every community in the world. THE POWER OF ACTION We have a presence in most communities around the world. To convert our presence into powerful service, we must infuse the power of action into each member. The key to action is to engage each and every member both socially and professionally. It is only when we serve our members first that we can serve the community. A Lion leader has two hands—one to serve the community and one to serve Lion members. Let us choose projects that maximize the value of each expenditure, member and hour so that we may serve as many urgent needs as possible.

    We're 1,445,591 Lions strong—and counting! Dear Fellow Lions,

    I am pleased to announce that we just surpassed our all-time membership record of 1,445,591 Lions!

    I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication to changing lives and growing our association's hu- manitarian impact over the past year. Thanks to you, we are positioned to enter our second century of service stronger than ever before. Thanks to you, Lions clubs are serving in more communities around the world. And thanks to you, we are helping more people than ever before.

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    Sooke Harbourside Lions finish off the 2016- 17 year with the addition of 4 new Lions to their already largest Club in the District. Great going Sooke Harbourside Lions! All of us will have to find your secret to success! From left to right: Kim Appleman with sponsor Lion Brenda Brown, Pat Teichrob with sponsor Lion Bev Lewis, Judith Lindsay (who was also sponsored by Lion Bev Lewis – to her right), Tammi Dimock and sponsor Lion Jane Beddows.

    July 2017 Lions Monthly Diabetes Newsletter - - - PART ONE Tom Smarsh - Diabetes Chairperson MD-19 Raising Diabetes Awareness, Preserving Sight The World Health Organization estimates that over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a growing world epidemic that is expected to affect over 642 million by 2040. Diabetes and Vision Loss People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetes eye disease. It is the leading cause of new onset blindness in many countries. All people with diabetes – both Type 1 and Type 2 – are at risk. That’s why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Diabetes can lead to other possible complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, leg amputation, and nerve damage. In pregnancy, poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk of fetal death and other complications. Lions and Diabetes Awareness With these statistics and concerns in mind, Lions have taken action through the Diabetes program. Our work supports diabetes awareness, education, prevention, detection, control, and research. Joining Forces to Fight Diabetes Lions work with local community partners and national diabetes associations to promote diabetes education and awareness throughout the year. We also commemorate World Diabetes Day, an annual campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation on November 14. Diabetes will be announced as LCI's new global service focus at our Centennial convention in C