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District Governor Eric Holthaus 27-D1 District Governor
Eric Holthaus

On behalf of all the Lions in 27-D1, thanks to Immediate Past District Governor Dick Schwedrsky and his partner in service, Cinda, on their year of service. Thanks also to all of the 27-D1 Clubs on all of the services that they have performed in their communities.

International President Bob Corlew has chosen 'New Mountains to Climb' as his theme. This theme is intended to show how Lions International has new challenges ahead as we enter our next 100 years, but also how together, we can overcome these challenges and work on new goals.

For my theme, I have chosen 'Back to the Future'. I fell that this is appropriate as we look back at what we have done in the last 100 years. I also chose this theme because Melvin Jones and other like-minded individuals felt there was a need to form a club that existed to help their communities.

Additionally, if you think about the Lions emblem — the two headed Lion, one facing back to see where we have been and the other facing forward looking at our future — I feel the theme 'Back to the Future' fits in well.

I think that we need to reemphasixe service to our communities. We have many great projects in our local communities, State, country, and throughout the world. If we do more projects, that will lead to a greater awareness of Lions, which can lead to more members.

As we continue the Lions Centennial Celebration, please consider doing a Legacy project in your community.

It's going to be a great year to be a Lion as we continue to build up to the 100th anniversary of Lions. This year we will also have many celebrations to celebrate, including the Lions Camp 60th Anniversary and the Centennial Ride to Camp.

Lion Laurie and I look forward to seeing some old friends and meeting new friends as we do our club visits this year. Thanks to everyone in the District for the privilege of serving as your District Governor.