I became a Lion last night. Just one little person among 1.3 million Lions around the world. As minor as that might seem.... I plan on making a difference.
For someone who does not like attention.... be the center of attention.... be recognized.... be honored.... last night brought tears to my eyes.
But today I am thankful for many things. For my husband for giving me the time I needed to make the decision to become a Lion. For Lion Neil for always being supportive of my hair-brain ideas even though I was not a Lion, and for all the incredibly nice things he said last night. For the MFLC as they're an incredible group of people that have always made me feel welcome even though I wasn't "one of them."
It's taken me awhile to make the decision to join the MFLC. I've been sitting in the sidelines, watching... listening....learning.... taking note of the dynamics of the club. To be perfectly honest, I've been waiting to see if my husband would get tired and drop out, but he hasn't. His passion has gotten stronger and stronger as each year passes. This made me look at the club harder and harder, to see what there was about it that got my husband so fired up. What it did was make me realize this club and the members in it were something special, doing special things, making my town a better place and I decided I wanted to be an official part of this.
I look forward to becoming a better person, for isn't this what Lionism is all about? Personal growth? Stepping out of your box? Helping others? Making a difference?
Here's what you might not know about me but will give you a better understanding of who I am and why I do what I do. I gave the State of Alaska (Department of Administration) everything I had for 30 years. I was one of those dedicated State employees who loved going to work every day. For eight years I was the Commissioner of Administration's Executive Secretary; taking care of people, sharing information, ensuring tasks got done, being the keeper of all things and an organizer. For many years I wrote a technology newsletter for the department and others who wanted it. I was a trainer for computer software programs and department policies. I created and maintained an Intranet (internal web page for employees) and a web-based newsletter for the department as well as policy manuals.
This is who I am. This is what I love to do. These are my strengths. We won't mention my weaknesses....
I hope to bring fresh ideas to the club that utilize these strengths and passion I have for doing them. But I'll be just as happy to pick up trash alongside the road three times a year.