Lions in the HeadlinesCheck out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
AUSTRALIA: Lions Club of Oakleigh makes life more comfortable for young dialysis patient.
BARBADOS: Lions Club for Christ Church West helps local school provide job training for disabled students.
NEW ZEALAND: The Kaikoura Lions Club celebrate 50 years of service by donating a mountaintop bench.
MARYLAND, USA: North East Lions Club performs eye examinations to Pre-K students.
GUYANA: Essequibo Lions Club builds fence at Charity Primary School
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!
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Lions in the Headlines

Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.

  • AUSTRALIA: Lions Club of Oakleigh makes life more comfortable for young dialysis patient.
  • BARBADOS: Lions Club for Christ Church West helps local school provide job training for disabled students.
  • NEW ZEALAND: The Kaikoura Lions Club celebrate 50 years of service by donating a mountaintop bench.
  • MARYLAND, USA: North East Lions Club performs eye examinations to Pre-K students.
  • GUYANA: Essequibo Lions Club builds fence at Charity Primary School
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

Video: WHO World Immunization Week 2014 - Know, Check, Protect

World Immunization Week starts next week! This short video from the World Health Organization encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions are supporting worldwide efforts to end measles through the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. In celebration of World Immunization Week from April 24 – 30, LCIF has launched a 30 day challenge to raise US$1 million for the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative!

When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000.

Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect.

Lions Host a Reading CarnivalToday’s photo from the Submit a Photo collection features the Montclare Elmwood Park Lions Club in Illinois, USA. These Lions held a Reading Carnival, during which 105 children enjoyed story time, a puppet theater, face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, balloon twisting, snacks and photos.
Through the Reading Action Program, Lions everywhere show their commitment to improving global literacy every day. In addition to hosting a local reading carnival, service activities that encourage reading include donating books to families in need, organizing a story time for parents and their children, and sponsoring a creative writing workshop. See more Reading Action Program project ideas.
Do you have a great Lions story or project to share? Submit a photo to Lions Clubs International!
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Lions Host a Reading Carnival

Today’s photo from the Submit a Photo collection features the Montclare Elmwood Park Lions Club in Illinois, USA. These Lions held a Reading Carnival, during which 105 children enjoyed story time, a puppet theater, face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, balloon twisting, snacks and photos.

Through the Reading Action Program, Lions everywhere show their commitment to improving global literacy every day. In addition to hosting a local reading carnival, service activities that encourage reading include donating books to families in need, organizing a story time for parents and their children, and sponsoring a creative writing workshop. See more Reading Action Program project ideas.

Do you have a great Lions story or project to share? Submit a photo to Lions Clubs International!

5 Reasons to Celebrate Family & Friends Month

April is Family and Friends Month, and there’s no better time than now to share your club with family and friends. Here are five great reasons to schedule a special event:

1. Spend time with family and friends

The only thing better than time with family and friends is time with family, friends and Lions. So host a special event that brings them all together to learn, serve and celebrate with you.

2. Put the spotlight on your club

It’s a great opportunity to tell family and friends about the difference your club is making in the community.

3. Get new members

New members strengthen your club and increase your ability to serve, so be sure to ask your family and friends to join you in making a difference.

4. Get new members

Some things are so important that you have to say it twice.

5. Everybody’s doing it

Thousands of clubs around the world have already hosted special events for Family and Friends Month, so make sure your club is part of it!

If you haven’t scheduled your Family and Friends Month event, do it today!

Photo Credit: Dan Morris

The Lions Family Cub Program

With Family and Friends Month in full swing, it’s time to find ways to get everyone in your family involved in community service — even the little ones! The Lions Family Cub Program is a perfect way to make your club more family-friendly, and to start teaching the value of volunteering at a young age.

What is the Cub Program?

Cubs are children and relatives of Lions. The program is divided into three age groups: 3 and under, 4 to 7, and 8 to 12. LCI provides a Cub Program Guide, which includes suggested activities for meetings, events and fundraisers that can be implemented for each age group.

Why start a Cub Program?

  • A Cub Program can help your club grow! Encouraging members to get their kids involved in meetings and service activities opens the door for people who might not otherwise join because of family obligations.
  • Bring families closer together! Through the Cub Program, community service becomes a chance for families to spend time together while doing good.
  • Teach children the value of helping others! Introduce children to the joys of volunteering, and lead them toward a future of helping people in need. Cubs are tomorrow’s Leos and Lions.

Getting Started

Download the Lions Family Cub Program Activity Guide for keys to success, activity ideas and more.

Lions in the Headlines
Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • SPAIN: Lions and golfers from Europe, the United States and India participate in the Lions European Golf Championship and Golf Nation Cup to raise $25,000 for measles eradication.
  • WISCONSIN, USA: Lions travel to Nicaragua on eyeglass mission, helping improve the eyesight of 2,900 people and screening more than 1,000 people for diabetes.
  • ALABAMA, USA: The Andalusia VIP Lions Club is launched for visually impaired people who want to serve their community.
  • KENYA: Lions finalize preparations for construction of state-of-the-art eye hospital.
  • CANADA: The Rosthern Lions Club help make boy’s life-saving surgery a reality.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!
Ecuador Leos Raise Environmental Awareness

Today’s submitted photo features the Santa Lucía Leo Club during an environmental education event that involved local children. The Leos worked with children to create posters that raised environmental awareness, then placed the posters in strategic locations around the community.

Participate in this month’s Global Service Action Campaign, Protecting Our Environment, while celebrating Leo Club Awareness Month by involving Leos and youth in your community. What does your club have planned for April?

Register for the Leo Lion Summit!April is Leo Club Awareness Month! In addition to sponsoring a Leo club or planning projects that involve local Leos and youth, consider attending the Leo Lion Summit at this year’s Lions International Convention in Toronto on July 4, 2014. The summit helps ensure Leos have a voice within the Lions organization, and provides an opportunity to build the Leo-Lion relationship.
The program includes an open, town-hall format session that allows Lions and Leos to share their experiences and ask questions, as well as one-on-one interactions and workshops.
For further details on what to expect at the summit and how to register, visit the Leo Lion Summit page.
Not registered for convention yet? Click the button below to begin the registration process. We’re expecting you in Toronto!
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Register for the Leo Lion Summit!

April is Leo Club Awareness Month! In addition to sponsoring a Leo club or planning projects that involve local Leos and youth, consider attending the Leo Lion Summit at this year’s Lions International Convention in Toronto on July 4, 2014. The summit helps ensure Leos have a voice within the Lions organization, and provides an opportunity to build the Leo-Lion relationship.

The program includes an open, town-hall format session that allows Lions and Leos to share their experiences and ask questions, as well as one-on-one interactions and workshops.

For further details on what to expect at the summit and how to register, visit the Leo Lion Summit page.

Not registered for convention yet? Click the button below to begin the registration process. We’re expecting you in Toronto!

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Safeguarding a Nation: Lions Address Measles in Botswana

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When Leganne Matlho’s eldest son fell sick at the age of 10 with a high temperature and “sores all over his body,” his mother did not at first realize how serious the situation could become.

She had heard of measles–children in her town in northern Botswana had died from it in the past. But for a day or two she waited before taking Titoga to a clinic, where doctors prescribed immediate treatment and told her that she had been lucky he had not deteriorated faster.

“I was so frightened that some illness he can catch without me knowing could have caused him to be blind, or even to die, very quickly,” Matlho says, sitting in the shade in her swept yard where tomatoes, kale and lettuce grow in neat lines in the sandy soil. “It was only after that I came to realize that there is a protection against this disease in the form of an injection, something Titoga did not get. Since that day that my son was sick, all of my children have been vaccinated.”

Piwane, Matlho’s 15-month-old daughter, was the latest to be given the shot, at a health center here in SelebiPhikwe, a mining town set in flat land in Botswana’s east, 250 miles north of the capital, Gaborone.

She was one of close to 200,000 children aged between 9 months and 5 years immunized during a five-day nationwide campaign in November in which Botswana’s Lions played a key role.

Read the rest of this article by Mike Pflanz in the April 2014 edition of LION Magazine to learn how Lions are addressing measles in Botswana.

During the month of April, LCIF has issued a 30 day challenge to help celebrate this year’s World Immunization Week from April 24-30: to raise US$1 million for measles!

When you make a donation for measles during the month of April 2014, it will be matched on a 1:1 basis by the family of Abhey and Aruna Oswal, for a total of up to US$500,000. Learn more on the LCIF websitehttp://lion.ly/vl4dZ.

Make a difference, donate to LCIFThank you for your support!