The Tri-Village Lions have a direct connection to this topic (of kindness and community service), both as a Club and as Lions who are part of something bigger. One of the speakers on October 6 will be Tri-Village Lion Shirley Brooks-Jones, who has a remarkable tale to tell of her experience as a passenger on Delta Flight 15 – one of the international flights diverted to Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11. Early in 2002, Lion Shirley was the speaker at a Tri-Village Lions Club meeting, sharing the story of her of experience during that anxious time, and told us that she was one of nearly 1000 stranded passengers who were housed and cared for at the Lions Centre in the small town of Lewisporte and in the churches and schools in 14 tiny villages surrounding Lewisporte. Lion Shirley came to tell us her story – and she never left. She joined the Tri-Village Lions that night, and has spent the intervening time giving back to the community in her role as a Lion, and reminding us all what the Lions are all about.
Lions Clubs International is the largest volunteer service organization in the world, with more than 1.4 million members, and more than 45,000 Lions Clubs worldwide. We all share in the primary mission of the organization, best summed up by our motto – WE SERVE. Lions are continually looking for opportunities to serve, both as individuals and as a group. The stories of kindness and selfless service that characterize the response to the tragedy of 9/11 nurture our souls and remind us that what we do, every day, matters.
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