As we begin this new Lions Club year we look back at a year of tremendous growth and forward to a continuation and expansion of the Lake Waccamaw club. As with any challenge there are great opportunities. Certainly we must continue to find more members who share our desire to work collectively for the improvement of our local community and the wider community that spreads throughout the world through Lionism. But we will also be looking at ways that each individual Lion can contribute and expand his own service. Whether we are a club of a few or many, each member is important. Each of us has some unique quality that we can bring to this club. That talent may not be obvious to fellow members nor to others in the community but it is there lying dormant waiting to be used. I hope that each of us will look beyond just attending meetings (as great as that fellowship may be) and step beyond the ordinary and commonplace role of just being apart of another organization.
In a broader sense we are part of a universal effort that says that we can do more collectively than we can as individuals. That’s what organizations like the Lions Club are about. Our effort to help a blind person in our community to see, to help one child overcome neglect and abuse, to provide food for one family, is combined with other Lions Clubs who make similar efforts with the result that we, each one of us, as part of this organization, can make a difference in this world. That is no small effort.
Service does not benefit only those who are the recipients of the service. The servant is also the beneficiary because he becomes apart of the lives of all those he touches. The poet Tennyson said, “I am a part of all that I have met,” so we as Lions become a part of the lives of those we serve and they become a part of ours.
We have made great strides toward the revitalization of the Lake Waccamaw Lions Club.
Our numbers have grown and I hope they will continue to grow. We were almost non-existent just a couple of years ago. We have come so far but we still have a long way to go. At the end of this year I hope our success will be measured not by the heights to which we have risen but by the depths from which we have climbed.
Club President – Bill Thompson