Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, of Minokamo, Gifu, Japan, and a member of Minokamo Lions Club, is the 2015-2016 President of Lions Clubs International Every year, thousands of small cranes cross over the Himalayas at an altitude of 8000 meters for their seasonal migration. These demoiselle cranes are the smallest crane species, and their survival during this grueling migration depends upon the cooperation, teamwork, family structure,and harmony between every member of the flock.
In Japan, the crane has traditionally been a symbol of long life. In the Japanese art of origami, the crane is the most basic form that all children learn how to make. The custom of folding origami cranes is a meditative act that shows the heartfelt wishes of friends and family for the ill to become well again. The crane has also become known as a symbol of peace not only in Japan, but around the world. Peace, hope, determination, teamwork, and uniting people through service are central elements of the 2015- 2016 presidential theme Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.
From Lions Clubs International:
When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. In over 200 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges
that go beyond borders. We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. That’s why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks, and eyeglass recycling. Providing eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight, and raising donations through campaigns like SightFirst and SightFirst II.
We believe everyone deserves a healthy life. From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions
volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world. We empower the next generation. Whether it’s providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences in a Leo club or sharing a message of peace through our Peace Poster contest, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people. We serve local communities – and protect the planet. From performing hands-on community work and
service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environmental programs improve our communities — and protect the environment. When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. Our volunteer projects unite Lions around the world. And our work is unconditional. We aren’t limited by continents or restricted to certain causes. Lions help wherever, whenever, and however we