Lionism, your clubs, districts and the multiple district are in a period of significant transition.
As my generation transitions out of day-to-day responsibility at all levels, we must recognize inevitable changes underway around and among us:
Younger people are project / activity oriented, not meeting oriented.
Communications are increasingly being done via social media, probably transitioning to media and methods that we may never had heard of (Tumblr) or not yet invented.
Social interactions use forms and forums that are unrecognizable to most of us, and will increasingly leave us out if we don’t accept and learn the new media / methods.
These varying social interactions are also a part of the networking opportunities that are expected from participation in organized activity like Lions.
Lions at all levels (and all ages) must learn flexibility and patience with the new, or we are doomed.
Your Arizona leadership is working hard to adapt to and adopt new ways of doing Lionism, such as MD website forums, new methods of training, refining meeting purposes and procedures, using internet meeting capabilities and more.
The challenge for us veterans / old-timers is to recognize the inevitable and get on board. If you feel intimidated by the new technology, ask your newbies, they are more than willing to walk you through the procedures. It’s not that hard. As an old timer myself, I can attest to that. If you still can’t figure it out or don’t want to bother any more, let someone who does have the skills have the opportunity to make it work.
Our wonderful association will likely be partially unrecognizable to us in 20 or 30 years. Please help facilitate the transition.