I wish to thank the Editorial Board and PDG Lee Boon Hoe, Chairperson of LLI District 308 B2, for the honor to write a message in my capacity as your GLT Area Leader.
I am happy to note that since the launching of the District LLI Website, you have already received more than 77,500 visitors from 84 countries to date. This is an outstanding achievement and I wish to congratulate all of you for a job well done!
A Lion that is armed with a good knowledge of Lionism will be able to influence people to join our Movement. It has been an accepted fact now that in order to garner new members, effective leadership at every level plays a vital role. But in order to have effective leadership, one needs knowledge and is properly educated. It is this phenomenon that will propel the Lions to move forward since learning never stops. As we progress in this direction, we must continuously educate our Lions and promote leadership development right from the moment he or she joins a Lions club.
There is always something we can do to become better. We may be skillful and knowledgeable today, but we need to continuously update and refine those skills regardless of which generation we come from. For example, developing soft skills, emotional intelligence, verbal intelligence and social intelligence have become more and more important to us as Lions.
In the 21st century, nothing is changing faster in our world than our ability to communicate. The word "Google" is no longer a noun but it has become a verb instead. Lions must become agents of change and open to new ideas and strategies for connecting to others if we want to communicate effectively in our changing world.
Electronic communication like the LLI Website is therefore vital as it provides an effective means to connect with Lions in the District and around the world by providing a platform for sharing of ideas, storage of training materials and also, be used as a tool for learning, managing and leading.
Thank you for your support and efforts to develop more Lion leaders, and equipping them with the necessary skills to be successful now and preparing future leaders for our next century of service.
Dato' Patrick Chew
GLT Area Leader
Past Council Chairperson