Strengthen the pride

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By Peter Rey Bautista

All In Good Time

Friday, August 8, 2014


THIS was my speech during the induction of the Pines City Lions Club Induction in Fortune Restaurant.

A pride is a close-knit family/unit of lions. Each member of the pride has responsibilities. Whether they are the hunters, protectors, caregivers, teachers or learners, they work as a team, for survival and prosperity.

Like a team, if one does not fulfill the role, then it can affect the entire group.

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Then there is this other group of Lions just as proud. But unlike other lions, these Lions are not feared. Instead they are admired and respected.

Like a pride/team, they too form a ring of protection and they have shown themselves to be skilled hunters - providing food for the hungry and tending to the needs of the others. Their territory has spread to the corners of the world, and they bring goodness wherever they exist.

It is You - numbering 1.350 million members around the globe. The Dictionary provides another definition of the word "Pride" - a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good.

It is not the pride of being boastful, it is the pride of accomplishment in building communities, doing good and reaching out to assist others. It is by working together, being close and attached and continuously working for cooperation and understanding and with each Lion doing their own fair share can I say that indeed you have Strengthened the Pride!

That can extend for another hundred years even as you move closer to 2017 and celebrate your Centenary. If you may all recall the city also celebrated its centennial with this humble representation as the Father. With pride we also used as our theme "we serve".

And many can attest to that. And just like with the Lions Club...you serve! From today and onwards to 2017 we all have to do our fair share not only for our pride but for all others that need us.

Once more there are some similarities from when I served and when the Lions serve. One of which was love for the family or pride. Pride of Pride. In our city we prioritized...children. Just like with the city government we pushed for children's needs. They're protection and care. Priority and support all given to strengthen the pride. A children and women's desk was created and awards came coming. It will surely be the same with Lions Club International and all the members of its pride.

A Family and Women's Task Force has brought forward the idea of Responding to Children in Need. It is for the Lions to participate in this special project, not only responding to children, but especially to children in need. Knowing this, Pines Lions Club and it's Esteemed Pride, it has already jump started, no, spearheaded the programs of the International President Joe Preston in making school buildings for our children even before we head towards the centenary in 2017.

By this alone your club through its president and the pride have not only addressed the need, but also addressed literacy. And with regards to hunger and personal care I personally know of your kindness as you went far, really far, to Dipaculao where you made sure that the welfare of children in that area is met.

I also have seen how you involved other members of the pride, the police, the engineers the architects the Lawyers, the doctors, all one and showing strength. I would like to share my profound gratitude to Kuya Itong and the previous presidents of Pines Lions as they have been able to vision out how to strengthen the pride even for years to come as evidenced by they're continuing love for children.

I am also equally confident that through the new Lion King in Engr. Jun, there shall come a strength that can clearly show that the Pines City Lions Club is indeed the ultimate showcase of what a Lions Club can be and should be as president Joe Preston visions the Pride to be. The Pines Lions while opposite that of the Lions in the hot Savannah's of Africa, I see them to be ever cool and that is your Pride and that is your Strength.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 09, 2014.

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