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Message from our District Governor / International President

Message from our District  Governor  ….

Dear Suffolk County Lions, Leos and Friends,

I am energized, honored and excited to serve as your 2017-2018 District Governor for Suffolk County District 20-S. You have given me the opportunity and I will continue to strengthen and unite our wonderful family of Suffolk County Lions!

Our new International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal was installed at the Lions Club International Centennial Convention in Chicago. It was a spectacular event. Dr Aggarwal has set a theme “The Power of We” & Diabetes awareness. This is going to be our main focus for our district. We will come together and work as a team and implement new programs, ideas and initiatives. Suffolk County Lions are known to get things done and “When there is a need there is a Lion”

 IPDG Balan Nagraj was an excellent Governor and leader. In 2016-2017 –Suffolk County Lions managed to have a 4% growth in membership. Our District now has 1,315 Lions! Our District also managed to implement a new Lions Club for the first time in 0ver 10 years! Let’s all welcome the new Wyandanch/Wheatly Heights Lions Club to our family. All these successes were because of great teamwork from lions that put in hundreds of hours to make sure we are moving in a forward direction and to ensure a very healthy future for our district.

To propel Suffolk County Lions into the new Century of Service I am proposing the following challenge:

Start coming up with new innovative ideas to increase your membership, attend as many district functions as possible and do your best to answer important communications from district officers. Reach out to your neighboring clubs and network and have Joint meetings. Reinvent an existing event or create a new one. Do you admire and event you neighboring club hosts? Pick up the phone and call the President and ask if you can attend a planning meeting.


We are Family! Our District officers are here for you, this is why we exist. Use us and tire us out.  We will gladly attend any function you have just give us enough notice. If you are running an event and you are experiencing problems that day, call one of us and we will help you figure out a solution on the spot. Remember we are all volunteers just like you we all held various positions on Club Levels and now we exist to help you.


I was a grass roots Lion just like you. I was very happy and comfortable with my home club (North Babylon Lions Club). This October will be my 5th year as a Lion. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever of thought I would be involved with a Global Association on this level. I will never look back. I highly recommend for all Lions to get out of your comfort zone and see what is beyond your clubs boundaries. I promise you will not be disappointed.


Yours in Lionism,

Richard Irizarry

DG 2017-2018







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2017-18 International President
Upgrading Our Service to You—as a Lion

Namaste! The divine in me salutes the divine in you. Welcome to our new century. My goal over the next 12 months is very simple—to reach a new level of service to Lions and from Lions. Before I ask you to reach a new level of service, Lionism will reach a new level of service to you.

So how can I serve our 1.4 million Lions? I cannot give everyone senior positions. I cannot give you money. I cannot meet all of you. However, I plan to touch all of your lives with the power to serve.

So let’s examine every stage of one’s Lionistic career and how I can help. The first stage is becoming a new member. When I became a new member 43 years ago, I suddenly felt as if I had left my hometown and become a man of the world. This year, I want every member to download our new mobile app. This will connect all our members on one global platform.

The next stage is beginning to serve. As a member of the Batala Smile Lions Club in Punjab, India, I was proud of how the community began to respect me. This respect depended on the number of people I served and how many people were aware of this service. We now have a new Global Service Team. Your District GST leader will identify projects that serve the maximum number of people per dollar and per hour. They will also train Lions on how to convert a normal project into a Legacy Project via Lions branding and public relations.

The third stage is aspiring for leadership. While I enjoyed rising up the Lions’ ladder, I sometimes wished that our leaders focused more on work than on long speeches. A new awards system will incentivize the efforts of Lion leaders in the right direction. We plan to reward retention of members, hence keeping the focus on you—our existing members. New awards will also be given for involving over half the club in service and for creating the most Legacy projects.

As a global leader of Lionism, I want to keep every Lion connected to Lionism. Our new Welcome Home program is an international online club for members unable to attend club meetings. Meetings and fee payments are conducted entirely online.

The last stage is now. I want to give every Lion the same goal for the next 12 months. My dream is that every Lion will serve 10 people each month. If this happens, we will serve 170 million people this year— a big increase from our current level of 100 million and a big step toward our goal of serving 200 million annually by 2020. This is the focus of all my meetings around the world.

All the best. See you as I travel around the world.

Naresh Aggarwal

Lions Clubs International President