Acceptance Speech 0f District Governor-Elect (2013-14) Lion Ashok Joshi
at the 23rd Annual District Conference of District 323A2 held on 7th April, 2013 at
Smt. Zaverben Popatlal Sabhagrah, Ghatkcpar (East), Mumbai.
Presiding Officer District Governor, Lion Mahesh Gupta & Lion Lady Jyotiji, International Director Lion Sangeeta Jatiaji, 1st Vice District Governor (Elect) Lion Anil Jadhav & Lion Dr. Arundhatiji, & Second Vice District Governor (Elect) Lion Nitin Shetty & Lion Shobhaji, distinguished and most revered Past District Governors and their gracious Lion Ladies, Cabinet Officers, Club Officers, Fellow Lions, Leos and Lionesses, distinguished ladies, gentlemen and invited guests
Before I proceed further I would like to congratulate 1st Vice District Governor (Elect) Lion Anil Jadhav and Second District Governor (Elect) Lion Nitin Shetty on their election as successors to me in 2014 & 2015.
Friends, I am extremely delighted that I succeed a leader who has set some new benchmarks in the District Administration, one of which is the more talked about.- not only in our District but also in the Multiple. This is about filing of WMMR and the constant follow-up and motivation provided by him. This has resulted in 100% compliance for the last 6 months. Truly, it’s a straight six. He has also ensured completion of all Official Visits to all the active Clubs prior to the conference. Thank you Lion Maheshji for showing me the path. I congratulate you for leading the District in a fine and effective manner. I must also say it was a sheer joy working along with him as 1st Vice District Governor and I thank him for his cooperation and guidance in enabling the GMT Team giving a superlative performance this year.
Friends, there is a saying that you are as great as the thoughts you think, as the worth you have attained, You are as great as the truth you speak, as great as the help you give, as the destiny you seek and as the life you live.
Friends! I am a very firm believer in God and whatever has been ordained for me has been achieved and therefore I dedicate my success to God Almighty. It is because of Him that I stand in front of you today as District Governor (Elect).
I also dedicate this moment of success to the blessings of my
Father - Late Purushottam Joshi from his heavenly abode.
Mother - Smt. Phulbai Joshi.
Wife, friend and partner in service - Lion Chandralekha
Daughter – Anju, Son-in-law Sanjay Sharma – Grandson Siddharth
Son – Manish, Daughter-in-law Anjalika, Grand son Aayushmaan, Grand daughter Prerana
Son – Ashish, Daughter-in-law Ritu, Grand son Ishan, Grand daughter Ira
Cousin – Shri Arvind Joshi
I also dedicate this moment of success to all my Lion brothers who first elected me as their 2nd & 1st District Governor during the 21st & 22nd Annual District Conferences and again today as District Governor (Elect) for the Lionistic Year 2013-14.
I express my deep gratitude to each and every Club of my District for their valuable support for me. My special thanks to my Home Club, Lions Club of Chembur West for its support and love and for sponsoring my candidature, Sponsoring Committee Chairperson, Lion Lalit Mohan Sharma and Club President Lion Yogesh Kaushik I assure you all that I shall continue to project the virtues and values of our great Club. My thanks also goes to Lion Kantilal Jain for rendering my Nomination Speech once again in such a fine fashion today.
I thank our District Governor Lion Mahesh Guptaji and Lion Lady Jyotiji for the respect and affection they showered on me and my wife Chandralekha and I shall always cherish the wonderful tenure as his deputy.
I express my deep respect and regards to our Past District Governors for their support and guidance. I had the pleasure of working with many of them in their respective Cabinets and they have helped me to grow both as a Lion and as a human being. I humbly bow to each one of them and to their respective Lion ladies for their love and affection and I seek their continued support and blessings during my tenure of office..
I will be failing in my duty if I do not make mention of my friend who had consistently been with me in my several campaigns and Lionism related work including designing and publication of various brochures and that is - Lion Hirachand Jain whom I call a real “Hira” and say a Big Thank you.
Above all, my thanks goes to you all Lions, Lion Ladies Leos and Lionesses of our District for your continued support and encouragement over the years culminating in what you are seeing today. In the same breath, with your blessings I promise to change few negative votes into positive support with positive mind for positive Lionism.
Now with all my humility and with all seriousness of purpose, I accept the position of 24th District Governor of our great District 323 A2.
Friends, exactly two years ago you all had elected me as the 2nd Vice District Governor and again last year as 1st Vice District Governor on the basis of my long experience as a Lion. I am sure you are satisfied with my performance and involvement. I have fulfilled all my obligations diligently and honestly under the able leadership of our District Governors Lion Hasmukh Jobanputra and Lion Mahesh Gupta as well as my performance as a member of District Governor Team heading two important components – GLT and GMT in the last 2 years..
And now friends, I need your help more than you have ever given me to move the District forward and give Lionism a new vista in our District. It is in this regard that I appeal to all the respected Past District Governors, First and Second Vice District Governors (Elect), Cabinet and non-Cabinet Lion Members, Club officers, Fellow Lions, Leos and Lionesses to strengthen my hands by your involvement in the District and your Club affairs. Friends, your club is the base of your existence as a Lion. Strengthen it by all means by your commitment to achieve my goals in line with the programme of incoming International President, Lion Barry Palmer.
INTERNATIONAL THEME – “FOLLOW YOUR DREAM”
International President 2013-2014 Lion Barry Palmer has coined International Theme “Follow Your Dream” . As the International Theme will be printed in various District Publications, for paucity of time I refrain from making detailed reference to the same except highlighting few of them.
During 2013-2014, Lions are challenged to follow their dream to reach new heights. As we strive to achieve our dreams, we need responsible leaders who provide timely feedback, share accountability and work in teams. As we work in teams, we should also provide immediate and expanded recognition of results or contributions. Our overall dream as an organization is to serve those in need in every community in the world. To achieve this dream, we must expand our reach by strengthening existing clubs, adding new clubs and enrolling new members. In broad terms following are the highlights of International Theme for the year.
Service: It’s More Than a Dream, It’s Our Identity
Global Service Action Campaigns of engaging youth (August)
Working with the blind and visually impaired (October),
Feeding the hungry (December and January), and
Protecting our environment (April)
Support the initiative to reduce global poverty
Continue involvement in tree planting and the Reading Action Program
Sponsor a Friends and Family activity or service project in April to introduce your family, friends and neighbors to your Lions club
Success through Teamwork
Encourage your zone and region chairpersons to motivate club officers to achieve club excellence and achieve net growth in membership
Provide opportunities for team members to develop skills and increase their confidence
Develop future district leaders by encouraging participation in Lions Leadership Institutes
Encourage all district leaders to utilize the web based development resources in the Leadership
Responsibility, Recognition and Reach
Sharing the Dream of Service through the Leos
Increase the understanding of LCIF’s programs and their impact
Support special campaigns of LCIF and our partner organizations
Promote donations to LCIF from clubs and individuals
More than ever, there are people in need and those people need Lions. There is no time like the present to set your sights on a dream and inspire Lions of your district to achieve a new high standard, to set a new benchmark.
MY PLANS & POLICIES FOR THE LIONISTIC YEAR 2013-2014
Now, under the wide spectrum of International Theme, I have drawn up the following plans and policies for the Lionistic Year 2013-14.
1. Consolidation of Clubs:
I need not over stress that Lions Clubs International or our District is as strong as the strength of its clubs. The very fact that the worldwide membership of Lions Clubs is struggling to maintain its top most position we need to take strong measures to meaningfully improve the health and growth of Clubs. Therefore, this shall be my core concern and top priority. This task we shall achieve by making Zone and Region Chairpersons directly responsible for their respective clubs.
The plan is to:
a) Develop Club Leadership through regular Schoolings and Workshops and make it ready to undertake the task chalked out for the year. It would be my aim to build more leaders and the leadership for tomorrow. To be precise, to make the Clubs undertake all the Constitutional obligations, like filing of WMMR, to pay all Club dues on time, to hold at least one Regular and a Board Meeting every month independently at Club level.
b) There are over 800 Past Presidents in various Clubs in the District. They are seniors rich in experience and knowledge of Lionism. I would like to motivate them all to be more actively involved in all the Club’s administration, activities and programmes and meetings and the Clubs benefiting in the long run.
c) The Club leadership shall be able to undertake at least one Fund Raising Programme and to complete Club’s installation before end of July, 2013.
d) Financial Discipline – This shall be another core area needing more attention. Clubs must maintain strong financial discipline and ensure:
i) Registration with the Charity Commissioner under Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950
ii) Obtaining Income Tax Exemption Certrificate under 80(G) of the Income Tax Act, 1961
iii) Registration with Home Ministry, Government of India for availing Grants/donations from foreign donors under Foreign Contribution & Regulation Act (FCRA)
iv) Preparing yearly budget and presenting monthly Statement of Income & Expenditure at every Board Meeting along with vouchers, collecting all dues from members in time
v) Payment of District, Muyltiple and international Dues on time.
vi) Appointment of Internal Auditor from among the members of the Club.
vii) It is a must for all the Clubs to get their accounts audited by a Chartered Accountant.
I appeal to all the Lion Leaders here to help their respective Home Clubs to achieve the above mentioned goals. The District Administration shall motivate and monitor these areas.
2. Corporate Social Responsibility
The Clubs should tap resources from industrial and commercial entities for grants and donations through the Corporate Social Responsibility provision made by the Government of India under which the Corporate entities have been directed to set aside a portion of their resources for community services and betterment of people.
3. Lions Image and P.R.O.
District shall encourage Clubs to enhance their Public Image and build bridges with their local community. District P.R.O. shall be too happy to render all support.
4. Role of GMT/GLT
i) Membership Growth, Women Membership, Retention, Extension will fall under the umbrella of GMT
ii) GLT will provide opportunities for Leadership development through periodical seminars and workshops. Orientation as an important tool of Leadership Development and will be placed under the ambit of GLT.
iii) Club Excellence Process will continue to occupy an important position and to have better effect, I have made the C.E.P. as an independent committee
Our Lioness movement is quite strong and our relationship with them is very cordial and encouraging. We will continue to extend our best cooperation and help for its betterment and growth as this is also a part of activity.
Leoism is a very important activity of Lions movement and as youth is the future of Lionism, we shall make all out efforts that Leos in our organization are given all possible encouragement to turn them into successful Leaders of Lionism tomorrow.
7. Core Activities
As I said earlier, International President 2013-2014 Lion Barry Palmer has coined International Theme “Follow Your Dream” . In pursuit of this theme, I call upon the Lions of the District to focus on the following:
a) Permanent Projects including adoption of institutions
b) Sight First
c) Service Activities
d) Peace Poster
e) Lions Quest
f) Twinned Activities & Seminars for greater participation and involvement.
g) Aids/HIV Awareness
h) Lions Opportunity for Youth
i) Youth Exchange Programmes
j) Thalassemia Awareness
k) Diabetes Awareness
8. District Theme Logo
“From birth to death, man is in a long sleep; sometimes dreaming with eyes closed, sometimes dreaming with eyes open, but dreaming all the same, all the time and that is life of every human being.”
For some it is hand to mouth existence dreaming about from where he is going to get his next morsel of food for his family and himself.
For some other, it is finding a proper shelter to house his family members. For few others, it is getting the next model of a car or a two wheeler.
A dream, a vision, a goal, a desire, these are all things most of us know we need when we are working towards success but have somewhere along the line, forgotten why it is so important we follow them through. The secret of living is giving, if you follow your dreams then you will have something worth sharing with others like hope, inspiration and a meaning to live, and that is a great contribution. Chasing your dreams will develop your courage. Courage is your fuel to achieve amazing success in life. Follow your dreams and exercise courage. In a very short time you will become unstoppable.
There is a reason why as kids we loved magic and dreams. Stop chasing your dreams and you will forget how it feels to live hopeful and young. Friends, great dreamers grow to be independent learning in the process that they can make a difference all by themselves.
Dreams can distract you from the negative events in life. You will weigh up what is more important, your dreams or the drama seems obsolete when you are passionate about following your dreams. It gives you something to share and inspire your kids and that you have led by example that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.
Through accomplishing your dreams you will come to appreciate the experience of failure and know that failure is just part of success and that it wasn’t really all that bad as it was all worth it in the end.
Regret is a terrible thing and a dream is powerful enough to bring you regret if you don’t take the chance to at least follow it. Because you are never too old to dream Age means nothing when we know what we want.
You become an interesting person when you show others you have meaning, direction and purpose. The unknown following your dreams may spark a little fear.This is okay though because a little fear is known to make you feel more alive.
The more you chase and accomplish your dreams the more the lines of the boundaries that the world puts in front of us fade, as we learn that any and everything is possible.
When you accomplish your dream, you are the first to see it happen. You can share your accomplishments with the rest of the world but you where there in the front row on a single chair to experience the magic that unfolded.
Your dreams have no limits. You are the creator of your dreams, big or small. When this is understood, you are able to design a way to favour you plan and accomplish your end goal. A dream is strong enough to define you, once accomplished you prove to others they have no say in who you can and can’t be.
Friends, therefore, Never Give Up on Your Dreams
Considering that dreams play a very important part in our lives and in line with the International Theme for the Lionistic Year 2013-14 “Follow Your Dream” , I have adopted the slogan BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAM
I would request the Chief Guest and International Director, Lion Sangeetaji to please unveil the District Logo for the Lionistic Year 2013-2014
Friends, the Logo depicts a series of waves which are dream waves and it has been designed by my friend Lion Hirachand Jain
I believe that to see clear, calm waves in your dream signify clarity and composure. You are reflecting on some important life decision that needs to be made. We, Lions, need to reflect on our ability to serve the people in need.
At the same to see or make sound waves in your dream indicates that you are in tune with your own feelings or the feelings of others. Alternatively, sound waves symbolize the ups and downs of your emotions and indicated that you are trying to get a handle on your emotions. Waves also symbolize potential power. Let us be calm in our dealings with others so that we see pleasant dreams rather than emotional upheaval.
If you dream of waves, it is a sign that you hold some vital step in contemplation, which will evolve much knowledge if the waves are clear. A giant wave may represent a fear of something the dreamer sees as unstoppable or overwhelming in waking life, or the desire to escape the "ocean" - an open and potentially dangerous place where one feels vulnerable. To hear waves crashing in your dream indicates tenderness and relaxation. It also brings about feelings of sensuality, sexuality and tranquility.
To dream that you are caught in a tidal wave represents an overwhelming emotional issue that demands your attention. You may have been keeping your feelings and negative emotions bottled up inside for too long. You may be holding back tears that you are afraid to express in your waking life. On a positive note, the tidal wave symbolizes the clearing away of old habits. If you are carried away by the tidal wave, then it means that you are ready to make a brand new start in a new place.
So Friends, let us believe in our dream –and continue to fulfill our obligation to society and the community by being of service to the needy ones.
9. Announcement of Micro Team & Region Chairpersons
once remarked “You will be surprised at how receptive people can become when you are willing to share with them your expertise, experience, enthusiasm and energy.” I have pleasure in declaring my Micro Team who will share their expertise, experience, enthusiasm and energy in the service of Lionism during the Lionistic year 2013-14. While I thank each of them for kindly accepting my invitation to be in various positions, I would request them to come on the dais along with their spouses:
District Cabinet Secretary
Lion Rajendra Shah
District Cabinet Treasurer
Lion Jayant Parikh
Addl. Dist. Cabinet Secretary
Lion K. J. Paul
Jt. District Cabinet Secretary
Lion Hirachand Jain
Jt. District Cabinet Secretary
Lion Kuntal Laddha
Navi Mumbai Diamonds
Jt. District Cabinet Treasurer
Lion Kantilal Jain
In addition, I would like to introduce Shri S. S. Mani who will continue to provide back-up support to the Micro Team. He is designated as Executive Secretary at the District Secretariat and I would request him to join me on the dais. I may also inform you that this year the District Secretariat will function from my office at Chembur.
Besides, I would like to introduce Leo District President (Elect) Leo Dipesh Doshi and Vice President (Elect) Leo Mihir Ravani both from Leo Club of Vidyavihar.
During the last 2 years, the post of Region Chairperson was done away with and the Zone Chairpersons were entrusted with additional responsibility. As per International Constitution, it is true that the post of Region Chairpersons in a District Cabinet is optional. However, I believe that it is one more step in the ladder of leadership and an important tool for better administration. I have therefore decided to appoint 5 Region Chairpersons during the year as under:
I would also like to introduce the Region Chairpersons of the 5 Regions of the District:
Lion Adv. K. J. Parekh
Lion Supriya Kadam
Lion Rajeush Ballamwar
Lion Anoop Tharwani
Lion Pravin Sarnaik
Quite often you have heard that the success of men is because of women. I therefore take pleasure in introducing the following two women leaders of the District
a) District Chairperson - Lion Lady Auxiliary - Lion Chandralekha Joshi of Lions Club of Chembur West.
b) Lioness District President – Lioness Jyoti Bhuta of Lioness Club of Pantnagar
This then is the core team and I would request all the Lions, Leos, Lionesses and Lion Ladies of the District to be in the service of the people the maximum number of time to the maximum number of people and extend their utmost cooperation to the District Administration.
Thank you. Thank you. God Bless you all.
Believe in your Dream and Serve the needy
PMJF LION ASHOK JOSHI
District Governor - Elect (2013-2014)
7th April, 2013