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District 11‐E1 Newsletter 2010 ‐ 2011 - page 2 / 13





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1st Vice District Governor Lion John Monahan & Carolyn

Fellow Lions,

Have you ever thought about being president of your club? Maybe when you did that you said “I can’t do that.” Well, in fact, you can if you prepare. An excellent way to prepare is to attend the Lions Leadership Institute at Higgins Lake, November 1214. If you are a hunter, you will notice that the Institute is over before deer season, so no excuses. The Institute is an excellent way to learn leadership skills, especially those related to Lionism. The program runs Friday morning through Sunday noon, and offers wonderful opportunities to learn how to motivate Lions and to present Lionism to prospective Lions. At the same time, the training helps motivate you to achieve more in Lionism and, thereby, serve others even better. And, by the way, the food is excellent and plentiful, and you don’t have to do the dishes.

You may have noticed how much fun it is talking to fellow Lions from other clubs. At the Institute, you will meet Lions from other districts. These Lions are friendly, and their clubs are having many of the same problems your club is having. You can discover how different clubs attack similar problems in different ways. Maybe more important is the fellowship that develops among the Lions there. It’s a great experience, and I hope you will be able to attend. The cost is $175 and covers registration, course materials, two nights’ lodging, and six excellent meals. Some clubs will fully or partially reimburse members for the expense. The actual cost of the Institute is partially subsidized by our district and by Lions of Michigan. An application is available from DG Laura Johnson or at the Lions of Michigan web site: http://www.lionsofmi.com/pages/upcoming events .

If you have already been to the Leadership Institute, you should consider the Graduate Institute also at Higgins Lake on the same dates. Important parts of the Graduate Institute include learning presentation skills, acquiring a greater ability to apply leadership skills, and developing a greater understanding of Lions, including Lions International. It is the same price as the Leadership Institute. The application is available at the same web site as the Leadership Institute.

Applications need to be in Lansing by September 30, so please do not wait. If you apply, be sure to let DG Laura Johnson know. Every club, every zone, every region and every district needs trained Lions leadership. I hope that you will let the light of leadership that is within you, however well hidden, shine out.

Yours in Lionism,

John Monahan 1st VDG

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