Being a member of the Westport Lions not only has benefits for our community but for the individual as well. Some of these benefits are:
Making a Difference – Westport Lions Club is one of 48,000 Lion clubs around the world serving their community and collectively the world. Each club has action-oriented members that make their community and the world a better place. Individually you have limited impact on a global scale but as part of a group, you can have a tremendous influence on the world.
Serving with Pride – There is a great deal of satisfaction knowing that you are serving your community and helping others. Being a member allows you to donate your time, share your talents and gives you a sense of pride knowing that you are helping your community. There is no greater feeling than making a positive impact on someone’s life.
Building your Network – You will develop relationships not only with club members but with local people, groups, and businesses through club activities. By participating in club events, you are seen in the community as a good person, you get to know people, and people get to know you. If you wish, you can easily network with Lions in other districts and around the world.
Members will help in time of need – Being a Lion is belonging to a local and international family. The Westport Lions support community members as well as Lions in troubled times. I always take my membership card with me when I travel because I know that if I was ever in a situation where I needed a place to stay, or had an emergency arise, a Lion would be there to help.
Gaining Lion Credibility –You will gain respect belonging to a local and global organization that has a mission to serve. The Westport Lions have been serving this community for 76 years. The most frequent comment I heard from people when they learned that I joined the Westport Lions was, “Good for you.”
Building friendships – Joining the Westport Lions Club is a great way to connect with people in your community and to make new friends that could share the same interests, hobbies, and passions that you do. Having good, faithful friends does improve your quality of life. You will have a sense of belonging with Westport club members as well as 1.4 million other Lions. Through the MyLion App, you can connect with other service-minded men and women locally, regionally, and internationally.
Personal Growth and Development – Once you become a Lion you will have access to a myriad of excellent online courses designed to help you on your journey of personal growth. You can also take on leadership roles both small and large within the club and district. The practical, personal experiences you gain by serving your community will give you confidence and aid you in your professional and personal life.
Awareness of Community Needs and How to Help – You will learn about your community and how you can contribute to making it a better place. By organizing events, you will develop strong roots in the community and will bring people together to celebrate those achievements.
Fun – Being a Lion can be a lot of fun, either at meetings, social activities, or club projects. It is no secret that having a purpose in your life and helping others makes you happy. As Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Even giving in small and simple ways to help others can improve your health and happiness.
Helmer Reddick always said if you want to have a good life you should:
- Make sure you have a purpose and something to do every day.
- Be active in your community, the rewards of volunteering far exceed the investment of time.
- Surround yourself with good friends.
- Keep moving.
- Enjoy a beer with friends regularly.