New Voices 60B
Greetings Lions and Leos, I am Lion Alison Bishop, your New Voices Coordinator for 60B. You may wonder what this New Voices Initiative is about, it’s simple the 2019-2020 New Voices Initiative promotes gender parity and diversity and seeks to increase the number of women, young adults and underrepresented populations within our association. It features a diverse group of Lions and Leos who strive for excellence in four areas: Service, Membership, Leadership, and Marketing.
In 60B we don’t necessarily have a shortage of females but this initiative is to be catered to suit our needs. For instance your clubs may need more males or more people under the age of 40 or persons with different skills, we can adapt this program to whatever is needed.
New voices bring new ideas! We also need to strive to be more innovative! To accomplish this we must try new approaches and find new solutions that can be shared, not only to recognize new voices, but to also learn from them!
Lions learn from each other by sharing ideas. This program encourages the sharing of ideas and best practices locally, as well as globally, by identifying Lions and Leos who are outstanding in areas that help us grow.
New Voice nominees are Lions or Leos-young or old, new or experienced male or female -anyone who is creative and innovative -whose voice has not been heard before. They should have passion to bring about change.
All of us can be involved; we are always on the lookout for the next new voice:
It is my pleasure to introduce our New Voice Nominees for 2019-2020:
Lion Michelle Sadler joined the Lions Club of St. Andrew in 2018 because of her need to be of better service to others – to make more of a difference in their lives. From the time she joined she has been demonstrating exemplary yeoman service to her community, providing new and exciting ideas and also in establishing connections which brought in additional funding to accomplish the projects she had earmarked.
Lion Christian Frater has been a member of the Lions Club of St. Andrew since 2015. He joined because: “Something resonated with me about the thought of a group of people who make it their duty to care for the environment and to go into communities to help people in need.” Lion Christian has been doing a phenomenal job, he thinks outside of the box by using his love for the environment and scuba diving to come up with new and exciting service projects which garnered notice from Lions Club International and from persons all over the world. He and his team also created a Club's Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube accounts along with a new Club website.
Lion Shernell Layne has been a Lion in the Lions Club of Barbados East since 2017, she joined because Lion Sonia Brooker of from Lions Club Scotland District. I loved how involved and active she was in the community. At secondary school, I was involved in the key club however it was the yellow jackets that piqued my curiosity. They stood out as the jackets were easily identifiable and they were everywhere. I inquired about them and Lion Sonia always spoke with such fervor about the projects her club completed and it reignited that desire to keep sprinkling kindness. Lion Shernell has been a driving force in rebuilding the Leo Club of Barbados East, due to her hard work and dedication the membership had increase from 5 to 15 and with 6 prospective Leos. She has provided excellent mentorship and introduced new techniques to keep and attract members.
I am especially proud of Leo Kyrie Bethune who joined the Leo Club of Bridgetown in 2016, she first encountered the Leo movement during their back to school drive within her community.” I remember when LEOs came into my community that day distributing stationery while spreading the word about Leoism with such enthusiasm and purpose.” She has served as tail twister, treasurer and currently Vice president. Since then, the club has assisted with major needs of residents within the community by giving Christmas, Hurricane hampers and back to school supplies. She exposed club members to partnership with organizations such as Street Lamp Ministers and Barbados Youth Development Council and because of this the club was able to reach a wider demographic of people in need. Whenever given the chance she spreads the word of Leoism. Leo Kyrie has provided an excellent example to the younger Leos and is helping to keep the club vibrant and relevant.
I would like to say a special thank you to Lion Nerissa Chang of Lions Club of St. Andrew Central, Jamaica who has worked with me tirelessly on the New Voices team to identify new voices and meet deadlines.