Lion President Ervin introduced our guest speaker Lion District 2-S2 Governor Mark Roth who later introduced First Vice District Governor Betty Ezell. Pictured from left to right are: Lion President Bob Ervin, District 2-S2 Governor Mark Roth, First Vice District Governor Betty Ezell, and Lion Terry Kitchen. Photo provided by Lion Al Gerhardt.
Governor Roth discussed Lions International President Bob Corlew’s theme for the Lions Centennial Year, New Mountains to Climb and its strategic challenges. Governor Roth advised that a new Lions Club will be soon chartered in District 2-S2 for the first time since 2013 in Clear Lake with 35-40 members.

Governor Roth advised that TBLC’s request to District 2-S2 for funding for a vision screening device will be reviewed at the District Cabinet meeting on Saturday, October 15th, and that it would be advantageous to have a TBLC member to make the formal request to the Cabinet in-person.

The Lions were involved in creating the Lighthouse of Houston in 1939 which serves the blind and Visually Impaired in this Region. Governor Roth indicated that the Lighthouse is involved in a new project to include diabetics and digitally impaired diabetics. This expansion of their outreach will be an opportunity for involvement of our District Lions Clubs.

Governor Roth discussed an LCI challenge initiated in 2014 to get all Lions Clubs around the world to touch the lives of 100 million people worldwide by the Centennial Year. That goal has been reached well before the 2017 deadline with over 112 million currently. Centennial Year Service Challenges include: Engaging our Youth, Protecting the Environment, Sharing the Vision and Relieving the Hunger. Clubs are encouraged to perform a Legacy Project during the Centennial Year with 3 levels of commitment identified.

Governor Roth brought a Lions International flag to the meeting and asked that all members sign the flag at the end of the meeting. These flags were given to all Club Districts present at the last International Meeting and will be brought to Chicago and displayed at the Centennial International Meeting in July 2017. He also advised that the District Convention will take place on April 28-29, 2017 at the Hilton Greenspoint.