When Past International Director (PID) Steven Tremaroli first joined the Melville Lions Club on Long Island, New York, back in April of 1981, he readily admits he did so for the wrong reasons. Although he initially joined to grow his new chiropractic practice by getting better known in his community, he quickly came to understand that being a Lion was about helping others and not building a business. Indeed, as he experienced the great feeling you get when you help someone, he realized that is what makes being a Lion so truly priceless.
From his earliest days as a Lion, PID Steven recalls the camaraderie and fun he had planning and carrying out club projects that helped people in the community. Now, having been a Lion for 40 years and serving the Association on every level, from the club to the international level, PID Steven realizes that all his Lion experiences have shaped a lot of who he is as a person. As such, when he and his wife were updating their estate plans, he felt it only appropriate that he also include a gift for Lions Clubs International Foundation.
Making this decision was easy for PID Steven, as he has consistently seen that "LCIF fills all kinds of humanitarian needs around the world, and it does so in a very financially and morally responsible way." Most importantly, he is pleased knowing that "LCIF funds projects that are truly life-changing, whether it be a clean water project in Africa or to fund the purchase of new equipment for the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island."
He hopes others will follow his example by naming LCIF in their wills. "It's the easiest way to give—you don't have to part with money you may need during your lifetime," he says. "It's also one of the best investments you can make to ensure a strong and exciting future for all the communities that Lions serve."