We were set to gather up some compost and complete delivery. Simple enough. A simple path to a little more GOOD.
The destination? A greenhouse and garden beds in need of good soil. This Saturday morning work was a short chapter in a bigger, new project underway from a few months back.
A bit of organization, a few simple tools, a good plan, and a residence card, that’s what was needed. And some sweat equity, something Lions are good at.
The reward? Dark and damp, rich and warm compost, two truckloads — or actually, one small pick-up truck, one Bronco filled with bags.
A few Lions, good fellowship, and we made pretty quick work of the job at hand.
Compost transferred to a greenhouse and garden beds at Camp Via (Via West Campus), which provides residential respite care with special needs camping programs to children and adults in the hills above Cupertino.
The greenhouse at the camp has been dormant for a few years. The DeAnza Lions Club was given the opportunity to bring it back to life, and a few of our members jumped at the chance to get their hands dirty and give the greenhouse and garden beds a fresh start.
Many different aspects of GOOD here:
1/ refreshed purpose of an unused resource.
2/ an opportunity to provide organic, fresh produce to those in need in the community, and for the campers when they return after the pandemic subsides;
3/ a fantastic opportunity to engage others in the community with Lions Work.
Like I said…GOOD. And Lions? WE SERVE. A great way to spend a couple hours on a Saturday morning.
“Charter Night” is the annual gathering (usually an evening/dinner event) when and where a Lions club celebrates its founding and work.
I belong to a club in my community. Here’s a little something about my humble club, one of 46,000 in more than 200 countries around the world.
51 years. FIFTY ONE YEARS. We’ve been around quite a while.
The Cupertino DeAnza Lions Club was established in 1969.
Since that time and to this day, the primary focus of our club has been service. The primary draw of our club for new members has been service. The hook that keeps us all going is service.
And the bonus, the icing on the cake for all these years of service, what has it been?
It’s been the fellowship, the friendships that we have established and strengthened and enjoyed these many years; that fellowship has sustained us and energized us and resulted in service projects and charity work attending to those in need both near and far for decades.
These dual traits are the essence of Lionism: Serving those in need, and enjoying fellowship along the way.
As we celebrate and continue the work of the DeAnza Lions, let us keep these twin goals in mind, and also the wise words of our current International President, Dr. Jung-Yul Choi framed in the initiatives he defined this year.
President Choi’s programs and initiatives will focus on four key elements of Lions International that are essential to our mission of service.
Strengthening membership through diversity
Expanding service impact globally
Supporting our global foundation, LCIF
Empowering every Lion as a leader
Let us continue. Let us build on that motto established more than one hundred years ago when Lionism was first established: