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President’s Service Blog

July 23, 2010

What an honor it was to attend our convention in Sydney this month – and to begin my year as your president. I am truly humbled to lead an organization that has provided hope to those in need for nearly 100 years. And, I’m looking forward to working with Lions around the world as we dedicate ourselves to service in the coming year.

Since service is the focal point of my presidential theme, A Beacon of Hope, I’m asking Lions to do a signature or significant service project during my official visits this year. I’ll also be posting first-hand accounts of projects to this blog to share my experiences with you.

Before Judy and I begin our travels to Lions clubs around the world, I wanted to share a short video from my first official visit as international president. Last weekend, Judy and I attended the opening ceremony of the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska. During the event, we enjoyed showing our support for these truly inspiring athletes as part of a large Lions delegation from North Carolina.

Video of Sid Scruggs at Special Olympics Ceremony

It’s my privilege to represent you during the next 12 months, and to pilot the world’s global leader in community service.  Serving together, I know that our light will shine brighter than ever.

  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 10, 2011 1:38 pm

    My father (Jack W. Clasen was a past president of the Lions “midway” club in Los Angeles, Calif. Jack passed away this month at 95. His club closed some years ago or merged? All of the members we knew have also passed.

    My question to anyone is, he was honored with the Wilbur Dunn Achievement Award in 1955 . I cannot find it on your Lion web pages? Maybe Wilbur was the founding member of Midway LSA Lions?

    Please help me out on this.

    Thank you, Gary Clasen (son of Jack W. Clasen)

    • April 11, 2011 8:05 am

      Dear Gary,

      We are sorry to hear about the loss of your father.

      Unfortunately, the Wilbur Dunn Achievement Award was not awarded by international headquarters, so we do not have any information; however, it may have been a local or state award, so the local multiple district may be able to provide more information:

      Thanks, Eileen/Lions Clubs International Web Editor

  2. DG Henry Cowell permalink
    September 23, 2010 1:41 pm

    How can we get the music that is played on The Beacon of Hope. I would like to play it at our cabinet meeting. Is there anyway possible of getting it.

  3. August 20, 2010 2:32 pm

    Sialkot Eden Lions Club – Pakistan Flood Victims Looking Forward to Lions Of Pakistan

    Pakistan: Call To Pray and Help Flood Affected Across the Country … Thousands dead and 2.5 million homeless.

    Massive rains and subsequent flooding in Pakistan has claimed the lives of thousands of people and left 2.5 millions homeless across the country.

    Thousands of villages have been submerged into rivers and millions of houses, roads, bridges, as well as standing crops and livestock, have been swept away.

    It is “the worst disaster in the history of Pakistan and bigger than the 2005 earthquake.”

    However, millions are still trapped and an acute shortage of drinking water and food has been reported. Diseases have broken out in the affected areas, and desperate people are waiting for help under the open sky.

    To make matters worse, more rains and flooding has been forecast.

    Requests have been made to international friends and organizations to support this urgent relief work.

    People have been donating food and clothes, but now the flooding is so massive, that we need the kind support of international community.

    Lion M.Waseem
    Sialkot Eden Lions Club
    District 305 N2

  4. August 12, 2010 9:51 am

    Dear IP Sid Scruggs,

    It was my honor to hear directly your first speech as International President in Sydney. You so inspired me. Your words still very clear in my ear, that: “We are going to serve, not to sell.” Hope we can do more serve to our community.

    And it is my honor being a part of Lions Club, and serving together with a man like you. All the best President.

    Respectfully yours,
    Baron Urgyen Rinchen Sim I Te
    Baron of Upper Armida, Paulovia Principality.
    President LC Jakarta Sudirman 2010-2011. District 307 A1, Indonesia.

  5. August 10, 2010 10:37 am

    We will serve with you with love and commitment. See you in Edinburgh!

  6. Lion Venkat Sundaresh mjf permalink
    August 3, 2010 5:09 am

    Dear President Sir,

    It was a privilege to meet you and shake hands with you on 29th June in Sydney during the International Parade of Nations. At the outset, I wish you a wonderful and great Lionistic Year 2010-11. Truly, Lions are a Beacon of Hope … for all those less fortunate in the society, wherever they be.

    As one of the 24 Zone Chairperson of District 324 D1, under the very able and dynamic leadership of our District Governor, Lion Dr. PRS Chetan mjf, I am quite excited to play an important role in our District and look forward to contributing my best.

    Kind regards Sir,

    Lion Venkat Sundaresh mjf
    Zone Chairperson, Zone III, Region II,
    District 324 D1, Bangalore

  7. August 2, 2010 11:59 am

    Your four programs are the cornerstones the TLC has used for 82 years. We have also used the Lighthouse as our symbol, and our partner of 27 years in Visual Rehab is named the Lighthouse of the Big Bend. We would love to have a visit!
    Yours in Lionism,
    Lion Ray

  8. Franklenn Rocha, MJF permalink
    July 30, 2010 5:32 am

    IP Sid, Hi from South Sta.Catarina (LD 9).

    Your theme is a very fantastic and innovative concept.


  9. July 28, 2010 2:45 am

    I am sure we will achieve greater heights under the able leadership of Int. President Ln Sid Scruggs.

    We’re with you President Sir.

    Kind regards.

    Ln Sanjay Kumar Gupta
    Lions Club of Turbhe
    District 323A-2, INDIA

  10. July 27, 2010 11:43 am

    Sir, we are with you for Better Service, Better Life

  11. July 26, 2010 4:45 am

    Your precious visit with your lovely wife to the Lions Clubs in Jordan was of a great impact on all of us. Amman Amra Lions Club / Jordan, has already 25 young and motivated applicants to membership of the club. I sponsored them as my primary target to increase the number of high quality volunteers for my club presidency year 2010-2011.
    I understand the huge responsibility you have in hand and assure you that our club with it’s theme for the year “Limitless Devotion” will set an example to many Lions Clubs / district 351 in hard work and achievements.
    I wish you all the luck, health and success.

    Salma Hawatmeh
    President Amman Amra Lions Club
    District 351 Lebanon, Jordan & Iraq

  12. SARATH JAYAKODY permalink
    July 25, 2010 3:09 pm

    Dear President and Lion Lady Judy

    We as Lions in Sri Lanka are previledged to have you as president of The Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest voluntary organization.
    Your theme “The Beacon of Hope” is a very attractive, timely and innovative concept and would be a highly progressive step in popularising Lionism and attracting more members to the clubs if implemented properly from the grass roota level.
    I suggest you to initiate an effective communication program to convey the concept into the grass root level of Lions clubs globally.
    We as Lions in Sri Lanka, offer our fullest corporation to our president in achieving the goals set by him for the Lions Clubs International in 2010-2011 Lionistic year.

    Wish you all success with good health

    Sarath Jayakody
    Secretary, Lions Club – Yakkala-Imbulgoda,
    District 306 B 2 – Sri Lanka.

  13. July 24, 2010 1:39 am

    Best regards to Judy and to You from Lions Club International Lagny Val de Bussy- France

  14. July 23, 2010 8:56 pm

    Greetings from Amateur Radio Light House Society – International Lighthouse and Lightship Week

    We are glad to announce that Lions Clubs International Amateur (Ham) Radio Club Station VU2LCI will be taking part from Surathkal Lighthouse (Mangalore) spreading the Presidential Theme – A BEACON OF HOPE this August 7th to 22nd, 2010

    More details contact Lion Ajoy VU2JHM 9845355773

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    July 23, 2010 8:42 pm


  16. Yoshiki Hayakawa permalink
    July 23, 2010 4:50 pm

    Let’s serve with our President.

  17. Andrea Silva permalink
    July 23, 2010 1:25 pm

    Felicidades Sid!!!!


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