Give the Gift of Belonging

Lions Clubs International President Alexander

Dear Lions,

We often talk about the power of working together. We know we are stronger as a club than as individuals. When I became a Lion, I knew I was joining something bigger than myself. I felt honored and excited. I felt like it was the natural extension of my life’s work. It gave me purpose and direction for all the good I knew I wanted to do.

And do you know what else it gave me? A new kind of family.

I come from a big family and a close-knit community, so I was no stranger to the benefits of a wide circle of loved ones. But as I brought food to home-bound seniors and checked in on single parents, I realized that there are so many people who did not have the community that I had. It made me see that there are things people need beyond food and shelter. People need a sense of belonging. People need to feel included.

And this is why I challenge you to consider inviting someone you have helped – a lonely widower or even a young family – to join your club. There is room for everyone in Lions. Let’s show people how giving of yourself truly does comes back to you – in friendship, community, and belonging.

Yours in service,



Douglas X. Alexander

International President, Lions Clubs International


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