I am delighted to be here this evening to help celebrate the 44th anniversary of Guyana’s Lions Club, and the 100th anniversary of the founding of this great organization.
Created in the United States in 1917 by Melvin Jones, the Lions Club serves the poor, elderly, and underserved and truly lives up to its mission of empowering volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, and encourage peace and promote international understanding.
It is appropriate that during the week we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate with a national day of service that I be here tonight to recognize and thank the Lions for all they do throughout the year.
I am particularly thrilled to be named an honorary member of the Lions Club. I know I join a distinguished group of people, including President Granger. I assure you that I will do my best to continue in the Lions long tradition of serving people, and I, along with my staff at the U.S. Embassy, will continue working to help make Guyana more secure, prosperous and inclusive.
Nobel Prize winning poet R. Tagore once said “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted, and behold, service was joy.”