This article was written by District 202K DG-elect Marian Andrews and originally appeared in the South Pacific Lion Magazine. Thanks for sharing, Lion Marian!
District 202K adds something unique to Lions Clubs International with four women leading the district in succession.
In the 2012-13 Lions year, the district’s first woman was District Governor Robyn Walker from the Whangarei Hatea Lions Club. This year, District Governor Christine Ford is from Bucklands Beach, followed by Marian Andrews, a member of Waipapa & District Lions, then Deidre Bridge from Eden-Epsom club.
These women are great examples of where women can go in the organization, and each one of them has made it this far –not because they are women, but because they have the ability to do the job.
Women make up the fastest growing demographic within Lions Clubs International. Since women represent 51% of the world’s population, shouldn’t they constitute a similar percentage of Lions worldwide membership?
Working toward this goal is a critical part of creating diversity, adding new perspective to club activities, expanding Lions’ overall membership and meeting the growing service challenges in a world that needs Lions’ help more than ever.
All clubs can benefit from inviting women to join them. Women are hard workers and can be an asset to any organization, so why not Lions Clubs?
Hold a meeting for women in your area; it could be the best thing your club has ever done.