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From: David Radtke

Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017

Subject: City of Hope

Good Morning

Just wanted to give you all an update on the status of things at the City of Hope in regards to the connection with the Lions of California, as most of you know, the COH is a special place to me and I enjoy being involved there. One of the real problems we have had with the COH in recent years is a lack of continuity in communications between the Lions of California and the COH staff. They have had a lot of turnover recently, and we are set up for new leadership annually. With the COG’s permission, I would like to stay on as a liaison between the COH and the Lions of California, working with the District coordinators and under the COG’s direction.

I did meet with Joseph Fay from the City of Hope last week at my office, and here is the latest updates:

  • After re-examining the donations from the Lions of California, we have meet our $1 Million dollar goal and completed our commitment to the Family Center. They would like to have an official naming ceremony late September or early October, and no cost to the Lions.
  • At the Annual COH Lions Tribute day, they will now also be proving beautiful banner patched to the clubs who have donations totally $500 or more annually.
  • We discussed, have a booth and a presence at the annual COH “Walk for Hope” in November, great membership and information opportunity, at no cost to the Lions.
  • We discussed, COH continuing to have a presence at the MD4 Convention, as well as at the USA/Canada Forum and LCI Convention Las Vegas.
  • We discussed, having a quarterly report available for the COG at each of the COG meetings.
  • We discussed COH, providing both Merchandise and materials to each of the 15 district COH coordinators, at no cost to the Lions.
  • We discussed the natural partnership between the COH’s amazing Diabetes programs and the new directive from LCI concerning Diabetes as well.
  • They have offered their expertise to come to any district/club that would like to have them available for a presentation.

I can provide a written report for the upcoming COG meetings, as well as be available to discuss at the caucus if the Council desires.

Appreciate your attention, and direction here.

Thank you

David A Radtke




District 4-L1 Installation and Valley Meeting Pictures


Yours in Lionism,

Lion Eric Yufan Zhang
MD4-L1 - 4-L1 Today Newsletter Editor
Los Angeles Envision Lions Club - 2nd Vice President | Newsletter and Website Master



 Ridgecrest Resident to Lead LIONS


Following a ceremony in Chicago this month, Ridgecrest resident Steven Morgan has taken a leadership role for a pride of 846 Lions Club members and individual 36 clubs.

Morgan was sworn in along with other Lions Club members as district governors. Morgan will lead District 4-L1, which runs from Mammoth Lakes down through Ridgecrest, California City, Boron, Tehachapi, Palmdale, Lancaster, Acton, Castaic, and L.A. Basin communities like Glendale, Burbank, Crescenta- Canada, Northridge, Toluca Lake, all the way into downtown Chinatown. The district is one of 15, with just more than 21,000 Lions members in California.

“I recently came back from one week of intensive training, which caused me to miss this year’s July 4th Fireworks for the first time in 24 years,” Morgan said by email Tuesday. “This training partnered me with Lions from all over the world Listening, learning, and sharing ideas and thoughts with Lions from England, Wales, Africa, Australia, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Iceland, etc … what an incredible experience.” One of the more memorable experiences of the training was returning a historical book to the Hungarian Lions delegation and dining with them and their diplomat, Zita Bencsik.

“The historical book was taken out of Hungary during the Revolution of 1956 to protect it. It found its way of all places to Bishop California, in possession of Bishop Lions Member and Hungarian descendant Lion Kazmer Simon,” Morgan said. “I was entrusted to take the Book to our Lions 100th International Convention in Chicago, where I dutifully returned this Book with over 450 years of history included, to its’ rightful owners to be shared and displayed back in Hungary. How many times in one lifetime do you get a chance to do something like that?”

Morgan said he will represent the clubs in his district on various levels, and “to uphold the International Association of Lions Clubs commitment to service those in need as to our Motto ‘We Serve’ simply states, and also to uphold the Lions Code of Ethics.”

Lions Club International includes 1.4 million Lions Club members worldwide, with 46,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographic areas. Morgan is one of more than 750 district governors of one of the world’s largest nonprofit service organizations in the world.

Morgan said his duties will include maintaining his district’s service as if they were all one group.

“All these things I take very, very seriously, just like when I sat on the Ridgecrest City Council,” Morgan said. He added, “Not an easy task, but nothing worthwhile ever comes easy, and I do not shy away from the difficult.”

Lions Clubs bear the moniker “Knights of the Blind” due to their collective work through the Lions Club International Fund following a 1925 challenge by Hellen Keller to focus on vision-related charitable activities (providing eyeglasses are one example. Morgan added that the Lions Club is also focused on combatting measles, focusing on youth, the environment, and hunger relief. The Lions are also adding diabetes and pediatric cancer to the club’s list of causes.

“The last two initiatives — diabetes and pediatric cancer — will give the Lions more opportu nities to partner with new groups in our area, and we shall be working on improving that network to expand the areas of awareness, health information, and giving assistance when and where we can,” Morgan said. “Our Lions already have a close working relationship with the City of Hope, and soon there shall be a building named for the California Lions in Duarte, Calif., as the Lions have made donations in excess of [one] million dollars to build a new facility there.”

For Morgan, adding diabetes to the Lions’ list of causes adds a personal layer of involvement for him.

“Being a diabetic myself, I want my District Team to take on education and fundraising to combat diabetes, which is one of th e fastest growing diseases of our time due to the knowledge and information we now have about the number of persons affected,” Morgan said.

He describes his role as “one of total support,” and is tasked with strengthening Lions Club membership in his district “as more hands do more and better work.”

To accomplish that, Morgan said he will hold information nights throughout the 4-L1 district, especially in underserved communities, creating branch clubs that eventually grow into their own separate chapters and stand on their own.

“I’d like to think I can help the Ridgecrest Lions Club along the way too, we should have 50 members at least in Ridgecrest, which would allow for us to help serve more within our own community,” Morgan said. “To do that would be a major accomplishment not only here, but throughout the entire District, and I shall be working on that goal as well.”

Ridgecrest Lions Club member and new District 4-L1 governor Steven Morgan, right, returns a Hungarian Historical Book with 450 years of history within to the Hungarian Lions delegation. The book was taken from Hungary at the outbreak of the 1956 revolution to protect it.


Ridgecrest Lions Club member Steven Morgan, center left, is sworn in along with the rest of the Lions Club District 4-L1 Cabinet in Chicago. Morgan will serve as district governor, which includes 36 Lions Clubs and 846 Lions members.


The Daily Independent
07/20/2017 – Page A07




PDG Manny Sanchez of District 4-L2 has a video on his site of the MD-4 participants in the International Parade in Chicago at this link:

Lions Janey Wratten & Owen Kato displayed PDG Grace's signed banner the length of the parade.  They pass PDG Manny's video around 3 minutes into the video.  



District Convention Photos

Hello all, here is the link for our District Convention,  http://www.laenvision.org/d4l1photo/2016-2017-district-4-l1-convention

Lion Eric Yufan Zhang
MD4-L1 - District Photographer
Los Angeles Envision Lions Club - Website &Newsletter Master