Columbus Commentary….

The pace quickens!

Forum activities are now in full flow and we have enjoyed some interesting, informative and well presented Seminars.

Seen some really interesting service projects on sight activities- always useful to see how other cultures approach issues and can we adapt a project to work for us.

One of the pleasures of attending is to meet people, exchange ideas and, hopefully, encourage them.

One of the nice things about the USA/Canada Forum is that at their meals they have ‘table hosts’ and I have been asked to act as such.

At today’s lunch I was joined by Lion David Radtke, who I first met when I was the Guest at the Californian Lions Convention and he reminded me that I was the first PID he had met: now, he is a PCC. Great to catch up and exchange experiences.

After lunch ID Geoff and I caught up with PIP Wayne and Linda Madden who will be the Official Guests at one of our District Conventions in 2019.



It was good to meet up with two outstanding Past Presidents, Jim Ervin and Frank Moore, now serving as the Association’s Executive Administrator, and discuss a number of topics.



A great fan of MD105 is PIP Jimmy Ross and we enjoyed his, and Velda’s, company one evening and it was good to see Velda looking so well.

With re-districting accelerating towards us, we attended a seminar on merging/re-Districting, led by PID Bud Wahl and relating to a specific example from his own District.

Pleasingly, we could see that the topics raised and discussed, as well as the issues identified, are being considered by the District teams in MD105.

Communication, as it so often is, was the key factor stressed: everyone needs to be kept informed.

On more than one occasion in a good, clear presentation, PID Bud stressed that merging or re-districting does not solve the question of membership.

Thankfully, there were no surprises in the presentation, but an emphasis on working to bring the ‘new’ District together.

Word got round that the ‘Brits’ were in town and we were sought out by several Lions who had emigrated to either Canada or the USA, for a conversation about ‘home’ and the chance to hear a ‘proper’ English accent.

We ended much as we started, with long conversations with the Executive Officers and I again thank them for their time, openness and friendship.

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Letter from America

The USA/Canada Leadership Forum never fails to impress, in terms of the scope of the Seminars that are presented and the number of Lions that attend.

This year’s Forum continues that tradition and it has been a pleasure to meet friends old and new.

As I mentioned in my first post from Columbus, ID Geoff and I had some very important business to undertake and we were delighted to present PID Patti Hill with endorsement letters from MD105 & D133, Ireland: her delight at receiving them is evident from the photograph below.

As the accompanying photographs show, we have had the opportunity to engage with Executive Officers and discuss current thinking on a range of subjects affecting the future.

These conversations have been stimulating and informative and we very much appreciate the time we have been afforded.

We were also introduced to several of the serving Directors from the USA and Canada.

It is always interesting to look round the exhibition area, to see what projects are being promoted and are there ideas that we can adapt for use in our own communities.

And so the day continues.

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2018 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum

“Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, so wrote John Keats.

Thankfully, no mist is in evidence on this, first, trip of the Autumn.


Destination: Columbus, Ohio, for the 2018 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum.

A strong team travelled; in addition to Heidi and I, ID Geoff & May and PCC Philip & Jacqueline were also present. The USA Canada Forum is attended by the Executive Officers, many Past Presidents and current Board Members. It presents an opportunity to meet with many of the Association’s key leaders.

Whilst here I will, together with ID Geoff, be delivering letters confirming the Multiple District’s endorsement of PID Patti Hill, who has been recommended by the International Board as the preferred Candidate for 3rd Vice President at the International Convention, Milan. PID Patti has been the International Guest at many of our District Conventions and is well known and respected. I have also been asked to deliver Letters of Endorsement on behalf of D133 Ireland.

Watch this space as I will provide updates on the Forum, over the next few days.

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