Winston Churchill famously said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Community service should be thought of as a two-way street. A better term might be “community opportunity” because it accurately reflects the notion that community service provides opportunities for all participants, whether the beneficiary of the service, the provider of the service, or an involved third party.
Community service has a long and honored tradition in the history of our nation, a tradition that’s been at the heart of American civic culture since the nation was founded. Whether through town hall meetings, professional service clubs, local school boards, political parties, or hospital auxiliaries, Americans have felt and acted on the need to give something back to their communities.
And that’s how we, as members of the Grand Rapids Lions Club
whose motto is “We Serve,” feel also. Because we benefit individually
from the opportunities and resources provided by our community we,
in turn, feel a strong responsibility to repay those opportunities
and blessings with service to the needs of others.