2015-16 International President
We’re Lions—People Who Matter
As a neurosurgeon and a hospital director, I always have had a deep dislike of hierarchical institutions, bureaucracy and anything that stands in the way of patient care. I try to put patients at the axel of a wheel, and medical professionals are the spokes that drive patient care.
This teamwork among medical professionals is a great lesson for Lions. Lions clubs are remarkable because they pool talents and resources. The more we collaborate in clubs and among clubs, particularly through LCIF, the more service we can provide. As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
There is another lesson I have carried with me from medicine to Lions. In operating rooms I saved lives. Perhaps I saved 100 lives per year and maybe in the course of my career I will save 4,000 to 5,000 lives. But think about LCIF’s measles initiative. In the past several years, tens of millions of children have been protected from a disease that is potentially fatal. You and I as Lions have made that happen. As proud as I am of what I do as a doctor, I am immensely satisfied and fulfilled to know what we accomplish as Lions.
So let’s renew our commitment to teamwork as Lions. Our harmony translates into saved lives, opportunities for children and restored vision. And let’s cherish our membership. How else can you so wonderfully impact the world than as a Lion? As one who wields a scalpel as loved ones anxiously await and who understands how important a day’s work can be, I also deeply appreciate the importance of Lions clubs. Thank you for all you do as a Lion and please continue to serve for years to come.
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Lions Clubs International President