Natchitoches Lions Club members attend International Conference

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Natchitoches Lions Club members MiMi Stoker (Immediate Past District Governor) and Michele Waskom (Immediate Past Council Chair) recounted their experiences at the Lions International Convention June 29-July 3.

Lions from all over the world traveled to Las Vegas for the 101st International Convention and enjoyed a variety of entertainment including a Lions International Parade, a Cirque de Soleil performance and an onstage interview with former President George W. Bush.

Lions Club International’s 2018-2019 President Gudrun Yngvadottir is the first woman elected as LCI President in the organization’s 100-year history.

Presidential theme is Service. With this as a guide, each president is committed to helping clubs increase their service, and as a result, their impact on the local and global communities.

Presidential message is Beyond the Horizon. There’s a world of service yet to be reached, even by Lions. During Yngvadottir’s year at the helm, LCI will reach within its districts, clubs and selves to reach levels of humanitarian good the world has never known.

Presidential Focus is Harnessing the Power of 1.4 Million Lions. Yngvadottir’s programs and initiatives will focus around four key elements of Lions International that are important to moving the association forward.

1) Moving membership forward
2) Increasing leadership development
3) Promoting the fellowship of Lions
4) Sharing our stories

Also, the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) introduced “Campaign 100: LCIF Empowering Service.” The most ambitious fundraising effort in LCIF’s history, Campaign 100 will span three years and seek to raise $300 million by June 30, 2021. Campaign 100 will empower Lions to serve 200+ million people a year by:

Increasing service impact
Fighting diabetes
Expanding global causes
The Natchitoches Club gained a new member when former LEO Club member Carmen Waskom was inducted as a Lions Club member after graduating from Natchitoches Central High School in May.

Pictured above are Mimi Stoker, Tony Simpson (New District Governor for District 8L and a member of the Shreveport Red River Club) and Michele Waskom.