Immediate Past District Governor William "Bill Ridle"

IPDG's Message...
Building for the Future - 
Strengthen the Foundation
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The year was unlike any before.  The most obvious was the use of technology.  Zoom saved the day and was the Hero allowing us to connect to each other and others when we all had to shelter in place and could not gather.   



Description                                         2002-2003                                     2020 - 2021

Membership Reports          Handwritten and submitted via snail      Entered Membership Online

                                       snail mail to Lions Clubs International    in MyLCI

Service /

Governors Contest             Sent reports via snail mail to                 Entered Online in MyLion

                                       the Governor

Visitations                         All in person                                        Mostly via Zoom meetings

                                                                                                 with some in person

                                                                                                 outside in parks

Social Media                      None                                                  Facebook, Twitter,                                                                                                               Instagram, etc.


In 2002 – 2003 when I was District Governor for the first time my Theme was Building for the Future, Do Something, Something Happens, Do Nothing, Nothing Happens.  That year we started working on Matteo’s Dream, Playground for Children of All Abilities and it became our District’s Signature Project.  It took 5 years to come to fruition, but we accomplished it as a District with volunteers from many organizations.

In 2020 – 2021 we added, Strengthen the Foundation with a focus on Membership as the foundation of our District and the Service we do to help our communities.

We added three new clubs to our District; Oakland Feed the Need, Martinez Lady Lions and Byron Delta Cubs.  With everyone’s help, we retained a lot of our members, and we ended the year with a plus which has not happened in several years.  We have 43 clubs with 1082 members.  To top it off we accomplished and reported more service than was ever expected, coming in fourth place in the state of California (15 Districts) finishing the year with the stats below. 

257,424 People Served

1,837 Service Activities Completed

28,660 Volunteer Hours

$203,886 Funds Donated

$112,259 Funds Raised


We had a great year!!! This was only possible with a great team.  Our Cabinet stepped up and worked closely together with the clubs.  We are a can-do district and we all put together a strong foundation in place to continue to grow and serve. 


Thank you all


Immediate Past District Governor Bill