Operation Friendship 2017

Buenos dias a los Leones de Distrito 4-A2…wait, let me hit the SAP translation button on the keyboard…greetings to my fellow Lions of District 4-A2!  It’s about that time of year again.  With the holidays behind us, it is time to start saving a little money and making sure your passport is valid.  Yes, it’s time to start preparing for our annual trip to Ensenada, Mexico!  The Operation Friendship Committee is officially inviting each of you to join us in our annual hands-across-the-border mission with the Leones de Ensenada.

This year, the dates for the trip are Thursday through Sunday, March 16-19.  This will be the 55th annual visitation to Ensenada and the Committee is excited to be heading down south once again.  As you know, the primary mission while we are down there is to offer aid to the students of one of the local schools.  This year, Matias Gomez/Alfredo E. Uruchurtu is the school selected and it is located only a short drive away from the host hotel.

Again, the plans are to serve both a morning and afternoon session of students while at the school.  There will be a health clinic again with services ranging from eye exams to medical and chiropractic services.  For those that don’t find work volunteering with the health clinic, there are always smaller cleaning and landscaping projects that need some Lion attention.

Here is some more good news; the cost for registration remains the same as last year, $75.  Also, the host hotel, the El Cortez, continues to offer great rates with a few different room options to choose from.

Sounding like fun?  For anyone interested, check out the Bus and Registration Forms in this newsletter or look for the link on our District website.  You can also check with your Club Secretary as the Committee reaches out to each club either by mail or in-person, dropping off registration forms and raffle tickets.  Time for the donation pitch…smile…we ask that you please purchase your raffle tickets when they arrive at your club, that is one of our biggest fundraisers linked to the project.

One last thing, our Committee can really use your help, we want your opinion.  There is currently an Operation Friendship Survey going around the District via email.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  We want to know what you think about the visitation, what you like and what you don’t like, how can we improve.  We have thick skin, don’t worry about being honest with your comments, we know the project is worthy; we really want your help to make it even nicer each and every year.

Time to hit the SAP button again…yo te prometo que vas a pasar un buen tiempo, vas a tenar experiencias que nunca vas a olvidar (I promise you a fun time and experiences you will never forget).