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March Comes In and Goes Out Like a Lion: My Ten Year Anniversary
24 Mar
By 2020Visionquest
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“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” Tony Robbins

Randy and Past District Governor Scott Wilson stand in front of a Lions flag both smiling broadly

Randy and Past District Governor Scott Wilson

March marked my 10 year anniversary as a member of the world’s largest service organization,  Lions International. I am a member of the Hudson, NH Lions club an organization who have as their motto: “We Serve.” Autumn certainly could teach me a bit about service though it was a decade before I joined that I first learned of the Lions Club from my Father. He had joined in reaction to my going blind and for many years was an active member without my knowledge of his efforts or the great work of Lions. One of the primary missions of the Lions is to supports many efforts of service towards blindness related causes. This was inspired by the powerful influence of Hellen Keller at an early Lions’ convention when she challenged the young organization to become the Knights for the Blind. They are now the world’s largest service organization providing humanitarian support in their local communities, around the world and specifically towards many causes of which blindness always remains a primary focus.

Randy and Autumn pose with other Hudson NH Lions at a special event in 2016.

Randy and Autumn pose with other Hudson NH Lions at a special event in 2016.

Why then did it take me more than twenty years of blindness before I joined them? Why did it take more than ten years after learning my Dad was a member? It is easy to believe a decision is right and worthy to make and possible even as I did to make the decision. Just as a wish  becomes more powerful with a plan, a decision becomes real with the action which truly makes the decision final. It was March of 2009 when I finally made the decision to join and I am proud to serve my club, our community and beyond with the support of an excellent team of like minded friends. So, on this, my 10 year anniversary, I invite you to consider joining with us. We meet the first and last Monday of each month in Hudson, NH. Join me and let me introduce you to the people and mission for an evening with some laughter and a bit of worthy work along the way. If you are not local to me, perhaps there is a club near you which might be worth your time. One of Hellen Keller’s many inspirational quotes suggests exactly why she moved them to this cause and why I believe we all should consider making the full decision to join such a team: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

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