Incoming DG Laurie Cooper’s Outlook
Incoming District Governor Laurie Cooper’s (Laurie) theme for the 42nd V5 District Convention to be held at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus this October is “Navigating towards the Future”
As Lions, we are entering our second century of providing humanitarian services globally having completed 100 years of service and of having made a positive impact in our communities.
To maintain our relevance, and to continue our proud tradition and truly fulfil our promise of “where there’s a need, there’s a Lion” and continue to achieve our mantra of “we serve” Laurie is passionate that, Lions need to evolve and change. However, while it is essential that we change, Laurie recognises that we must also recognise and respect our proud past.
The Need for Change
In our current environment, community needs are constantly changing and for us to continue to provide relevant humanitarian services, we as Lions, with our proud history of service, must adapt and change as a community service organisation
These changing needs not only address service requirements, they also address the needs of people in our communities who want to join us and support our volunteer activities- how do we attract younger members of our community with busy agendas to join us to serve?-
Laurie is aware that if we are to attract and retain new and younger members, we need to be aware of, and cater for, the drivers that make people volunteer in the current climate.
None of us know what the future holds – but we do know that we can influence it by taking positive action in identifying emerging community needs and, where necessary, by reshaping our clubs and our service delivery functions to address them.
In essence, we need to consciously navigate towards our future and seek to influence how we can continue to respond and serve effectively.
We can look at the future and be overwhelmed by it or we can grasp the nettle and see the opportunities it offers us and experience the excitement that change brings and that’s what Laurie wants us to do- grasp the nettle!
Our 2018 Convention will take this latter perspective and focus on some of the key changes that are emerging in society at the moment and how we as a community service organisation can respond and take the initiative to remain relevant for the next 100 years.
To assist us in our “navigations”, we will have speakers who are experts and some are recognised as world authorities in their own fields and they will share their ideas, thoughts and experiences answering key questions you may have.
Deakin University is a compact location with plenty of room for various Lions Projects to promote their work and invite support and there will food and drink services available for those who require them. There is also plenty of parking available and it is located within 5 minutes of the main lecture theatre where the convention proceedings will be held.
Our Saturday night dinner dance and celebration will be held at the Mulgrave Country Club where the meals will be restaurant standard and the music from the 60’s onwards so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to kick up your heels with your Lions colleagues.
I encourage you all to register early and attend this years 2018 V5 AGM and Convention