Cabot Lions Club member Matt Webber was recently elected to become the District Governor for Lions of Arkansas District 7-N. The district governor is the highest-ranking Lions district position, providing policy and program oversight and administrative support for clubs in 38 Arkansas communities.
Webber, a 14-year member of the Cabot Lions, will be only the second district governor in the 60-plus-year history of the Cabot Lions Club. The first was Earl Cherry in 1977. Webber is a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award recipient, the highest form of recognition for exceptional service to the organization. Furthermore, he was recently awarded the Lions International President’s "Certificate of Appreciation" award, in recognition of distinguished achievements in fulfilling the mission of Lions Clubs International. This was the fourth such award he has received. He has received the International President’s Leadership Award and 2 International President’s Commendation Awards. Webber is also a 2011-2012 graduate of the Senior Lions Leadership Institute in Oak Brook, Ill.
Webber noted that the International Association of Lions Clubs is the largest service organization in the world, dedicated to serving the community, with an emphasis on serving the needs of the visually and hearing impaired. In addition, the Cabot Lions Club, established in 1950, is one of the most active Lions clubs in Arkansas, with 35 members who raise funds to support various groups/programs, such as Cabot Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Arkansas Eye Bank, World Services for the Blind, and many other charities & non-profits.
Not only does Lion Matt serve the local community through the Cabot Lions Club, he currently serves as a Vice-President of Mid-South Lions Sight & Hearing Services, a Trustee of the Lions of Arkansas Foundation, a member of Cabot City Beautiful, and a member of the Staff-Parrish Relations committee of Cabot United Methodist Church. He is also a member of the Cabot American Legion Post 71 and has served as a vice-commander. Webber has previously served the community by appointment to the Cabot Planning Commission, and on the Cabot Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Webber was a member of the United States Air Force, before settling in Cabot, where he then began his career with the Postal Service. He has been a Rural Letter Carrier for almost 17 years.
When asked what his main goal for governing the Lions district forward was, Webber responded, "To increase both membership and service to our communities, and to involve youth in community service. I plan to continue implementation of a strategic plan which aims at improving the membership experience amongst the various clubs. Another is attracting young people to the Leo Clubs in the region, which in turn will lead them to become Lion members in the future." He then went on to say "Vision without action is day dreaming, while action without vision is a nightmare ", which will be the district’s proactive approach to bring new members to the organization.
He plans to utilize a new motto "Turbo-Charge Your Teamwork" for the simple fact that if Lions Club members do not believe in their own motto "We Serve ", they might as well stop serving the communities. "And that ain’t gonna happen!" he said. "I want us to increase our service, with a new sense of enthusiasm!"
Webber will be installed as the Lions District Governor, for District 7-N, at the Lions Clubs International Convention in Hamburg, Germany during the first week of July 2013. The new Lions year starts July 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2014.