Springfield, VA (PRWEB) March 3, 2011
Lions Clubs from around the NOVA region attended the Lions Clubs District 24-A Winter Conference in Fairfax, VA last weekend. There were 247 Lions and Partners who participated in the event that drew representatives from 44 Clubs across northern Virginia.
According to Dennis Bringing, current District Governor, “This Conference enabled Lion leaders and general members to meet other with cohorts from around our District and discuss new ideas that will help all the Lions Clubs of this area better meet the needs of the community at large.”
Keynote Speaker Colonel Maurice Clemons, recently returned from Iraq, shared his inspirational story of leading through adversity. The heart of his speech was on believing in and focusing on the mission. Noting the acronym LDRSHIP, Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service, Honor, Integrity, and Purpose as something he clearly could see Lions Clubs were trying to achieve in the communities around them.
During the general session, the Virginia Lions Eye Institute (VLEI) scholastic grant committee gave seven grants to worthy recipients helping to enable them gain independence through learning.
Additional conference highlights included training seminars on Social Networking, Vehicle Donation, Club Excellence, Web Design, Working with Youth, Public Speaking, World Health and the Fight Against River Blindness, Vision Therapy and Public Relations.
“It is always exciting to me to be able to congregate with so many Lions from around our District. As the Colonel pointed out, united we can accomplish so much. I am looking forward to finishing this year with a roar,” said District Governor Dennis Brining.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at http://www.lionsclubs.org.