Let me start by borrowing some words from our 2011-12 International Lions Club president, Wing-Kun Tam of Hong Kong, China.
“Before I joined the Lions, I only knew it was an honor to be a member,” Tam said. “After I joined, I started to understand the spirit of the Lions.”
That’s pretty much how I feel. We are a service club. And we serve our community as well as the rest of the world. We live by our motto, “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”
In Zionsville and around Boone County our park events are pretty well known: the Eggnormous Egg Hunt, July 4th, July Sundays in the Park Concerts, Fall Festival, Miss Fall Festival Outstanding Teen Pageant plus Pumpkin & Hayrides. Our Ccub is involved in many activities, such as eye exams for schools and businesses, RAP (reading action program), collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids, Indiana Lions for the Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Speech & Hearing, Leader Dog I am a Leader Dog Trustee), Indiana Lions Eye Bank, Lions Cancer Control Fund, and throw in our diabetes and environmental committees, and we have plenty to keep our members active.
Our Lions range in ages from 30s to 90s. We are always accepting new Lions. It takes a lot of them to accomplish our goals. Service club memberships in America have been really dropping, as they grow huge in India and Japan.
My goals aren’t only to keep improving our park and playgrounds (although I would like to add some special needs play equipment), but to add new members and accomplish our club’s bigger goals with helping our younger school children with reading and getting more involved with diabetes and environmental needs. We are so thankful for our Partners in the Park, along with our Friends in the Park and our in-kind donations. We couldn’t do all we do without them!
I’ve been with the Zionsville Lions Club for four years. I believe I’m the fourth female president in our club’s 87 years. We have around 30 percent women in our club. It’s a great mix of people with so many different talents to offer. We are always looking for people who want to serve. Give us a call to learn more at 317-873-5540.
Gail Robbins is president of the Zionsville Lions Club.