District Newsletter for April 2021


We just signed a contract for a LIVE District Convention August 28th and 29th.  I’m sure most things will be open by then, but we will be following the CDC Guidelines in place at that time.  It is being held in a newly opened hotel, the Hampton Inn, in Lake Forest.  Our room rate is only $99/night plus tax.  It includes breakfast and free parking.  It will be the first, and only, live event I will be able to have as your District President.  I am excited!!  I would be delighted if you would send me a quick email with your name, your club, and whether you are a “yes”, a “maybe”, or a “no” to attend.  I know things change, so this is just preliminary, to have some idea of what might be.

shirley@teamlashmett.com   or   text/call  to  714-394-1843

National is also planning to have a live convention, September 8-11, in Memphis, TN.  I just returned from the Leadership Conference there and the Peabody Hotel is beautiful!  There is so much to see and do there, a very fun town.  Our own Regional Vice President, John Blythe, is running for National President Elect so he will need all of our votes, please plan to attend this Convention too.  I will be running for Region 1 Vice President.  Currently, I am unopposed but who knows?  I might need your votes too!

I hope that most of your clubs are again able to open and start meeting in person.  If you have been zooming, try hybrid meetings for those that may not yet be comfortable meeting in person.  If the District or National can help in any way, please give me a call.

I’m sure you are all aware that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  We have “Blue Mondays”, wearing blue to create awareness of the Prevention of Child Abuse.  Wear your blue ribbon pin every day; someone will ask about it and open the door for you to share information about our National Program.

April is not only Child Abuse Prevention Month, but the month for Elections.  You should be having elections this month to finalize your club officers for the 2021-2022 year.  Your slate of officers must be submitted to National, electronically, by April 30th.  The District will get the information from National for our District records.  The administrative year will still end on June30th.  The new officers will start their year on July 1st, regardless of the convention dates.

Also, be thinking about your Trophies and Awards packages.  They are due May 15th.  I know most clubs have continued to do things in and for their communities even with the lockdown.  Every club has an outstanding member that should be recognized as the “Exchange Club Member of the Year”.  (Formerly, “Exchangite of the Year”.)  Also, many clubs have a member eligible for the “Lifetime Achievement” award.  They must have been a member for ten or more years.  This award can also be posthumous.  And finally, the All American Volunteer” award is also due May 15th.

The Trophies and Awards booklet is on the District Website.

As you know, my theme this year has been “The Road to Recovery”.  The shutdown happened right before the start of the current terms of office.  I know there has been a lot of frustration not only for Exchange Clubs and their Members but for families as well.  Much of what we feel has to do with our attitude.  As the saying goes:  “The kind of life you will have isn’t determined by what happens to you, it’s determined by your reaction to what happens to you.”  And, as Winston Churchill said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”.  Individuals who have a positive attitude pay attention to the good in people, situations, and events.  I will close with a little story about attitude that I really like.

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.”  So, she did, and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.  “Hmmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.”  So, she did, and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head  “Well,” she said, “Today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.”  So, she did, and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head.  “YEAH!”  she exclaimed, “I don’t have to fix my hair today!”

Attitude is everything….We are on “The Road to Recovery!”

I’ll See ya’ on the Road!



Shirley Lashmett,

District President 2020-2021

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