Lions in Japan 'could’ve stayed longer'
|By Justin van Lieshout - Staff Writer | July 28, 2016|
After spending 10 days in Japan for a Lions Club conference, Betty and David Mills have returned to the county.
“It was pretty awesome,” said Betty, “we could’ve stayed longer.”
David, who is now the district governor for 52 Lions clubs, attended four days of training, which was followed by a four-day convention open to general members.
Along with the convention training, David has been taking courses online all year.
“You get a better picture of the entire organization,” said David, while reflecting upon how the organization comes together. “You come away understanding the organization’s goals.”
Focusing on the theme of new mountains to climb, Lions International is looking to increase membership and improve access to professional training in a variety of fields.
While the trip was focused on work, the Mills were able to take some time to explore the region.
Traveling to the botanical gardens on the Nokonoshima Island with a local resident was the highlight of their free time.
“There are more buttons on the toilet than my TV remote,” said David, blown away by how technologically advanced the nation is.
Impressed by the taxi drivers in suits, the cleanliness of the streets, and how buses turn their engines off at stop lights to cut carbon emissions, the Mills highly recommend a trip to Japan.
Justin van Lieshout is a reporter for The Highlander.