A Message from GAT Leader for the US, Jerome Thompson


Jerome Thompson, Past International Director, GAT Constitutional Area 1 Leader

Lions of North America Are Impacting Lives!
Dear Club Leader:
I got a call one afternoon from a friend. The first thing that I heard as I answered the phone was, “Jerome, I think I am lost.”
“Ok, stay calm. I will try to help you. Look around and tell me what you see. Then, tell me where you are trying to go.”
After a short exchange, my friend discovered where she was; the wrong turn that was made; and, how to get back on course.
COVID – 19 has us a little off course. Where are we?
Even with the COVID crisis slowing us down, we impacted nearly 22 million lives in the United States and affiliate countries (CA 1). That is with only 49% of the clubs reporting at least one service project.
Because of the efforts of each club, we decreased our dropped members by 6% in the past year. Additionally, we reduced the number of clubs that turned in their charters by 10%. Congrats! Let’s keep working on retaining those members that we have.
Lions are resilient! We will remain calm and learn to navigate the new normal that is emerging daily.
Where are we going?
Our challenge in 2020-21 is to work with our clubs to emerge from “COVID Hibernation“ and return to what we do best – serving our communities.
We are going to utilize the North American Membership Initiative process in about 90% of our district to expand our footprint of service, engage more volunteers and provide opportunities for personal leadership development.
How can you and your club help?

  • Monthly report your service using MyLion. The process has been streamlined to allow you to report in a matter of minutes.
  • Strive to report service activities that impact about 120 lives per member during the next year. If you have a club of 30 members, try to report service projects impacting 3,600 lives.


  • Your DG team will be striving to charter a new club or two in the district. If you know someone who lives in the area, please ask them to join the new club.
  • The Constitutional Area Goal is to add 44,000 Lions to existing clubs between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Your club is asked to add at least one new member each quarter.
  • The Constitutional Area Goal is to limit drops to no more than 33,000. Your club is encouraged to engage members in new service opportunities, new fellowship opportunities and to limit dropped members to three per club, if at all possible.
Thank you for your leadership!! Working together we are going to show kindness to our members and our community. Your Global Action Team is here to assist. Please let us know what we can do to assist your club.
H. Jerome Thompson