Lions in India Feed Hungry ChildrenAs a part of the Centennial Service Challenge goal to serve 100 million people by December 2017, Lions Club of Guwahati Kamrupa in India held a Relieving the Hunger project that fed 1,700 children in need. Over 50 Lions prepared and distributed lunch to the children. These Lions have committed to feeding 5,000 children this year.
The Centennial Service Challenge encourages Lions to celebrate 100 years of service by serving 100 million people in the areas of youth, environment, vision and hunger. In addition to feeding children, projects that count toward the goal include planting trees, organizing a vision screening and donating books to a local school. For more Centennial Service Project ideas, visit our Global Service Action Campaigns page.
Don’t forget to report your activities on MyLCI, and share your projects on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LIONS100.
Lions in India Feed Hungry Children

As a part of the Centennial Service Challenge goal to serve 100 million people by December 2017, Lions Club of Guwahati Kamrupa in India held a Relieving the Hunger project that fed 1,700 children in need. Over 50 Lions prepared and distributed lunch to the children. These Lions have committed to feeding 5,000 children this year.

The Centennial Service Challenge encourages Lions to celebrate 100 years of service by serving 100 million people in the areas of youth, environment, vision and hunger. In addition to feeding children, projects that count toward the goal include planting trees, organizing a vision screening and donating books to a local school. For more Centennial Service Project ideas, visit our Global Service Action Campaigns page.

Don’t forget to report your activities on MyLCI, and share your projects on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LIONS100.

Video: Lions Wizard of Oz Parody

Come along with Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Emerald City Lions Club and learn all the ways they can serve their community. This video was first shown at the International Convention in Toronto, and it’s a fun way to spread the word about Lions and let people know that Lions don’t just help out in one area of service — we’re there whenever and however our communities need us!

Share this video with members and friends by posting on your club’s Facebook page, website or blog!

Message from the Chairperson: LCIF and Lions Make a Difference Worldwide

Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Inc. Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Inc.

Dear Lions,

Earlier this month, Anne and I had the opportunity to attend the kick-off for the Special Olympics World Games, which will take place in 2015. We always have so much fun at Special Olympic events because there is a spirit of unity in the air that is just like the spirit of Lions clubs! It was during this event that Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) continued our support for Special Olympics as announced during the African Leaders Forum on Disability earlier this year.

Whether Lions are working with our partners or working locally in communities, you do a world of good, and LCIF is there to help you. Our Foundation recently approved almost US$10 million in SightFirst and Lions Quest grants for projects around the world. In addition to these grants, LCIF continues to support humanitarian projects and disaster relief efforts.

Just a few weeks ago, China was hit with a terrible earthquake. More than 600 people died because of the disaster and a large number of people were injured. What made the situation even worse was that more than 40,000 homes were damaged or destroyed! That means more than 40,000 families are in need of help. I am proud that Lions are there to help them.

LCIF immediately issued a US$250,000 Major Catastrophe Grant through the Disaster Relief Fund, allowing Lions to provide food, water, blankets, medicine and other necessities to people in need. With clubs in more than 200 countries, LCIF is ready to help whenever Lions or their communities are in need, regardless of their location. The road to recovery can be a long one, but Lions will be there for as long as needed while homes are rebuilt and communities are put back together in China.

I want to thank you for your support and your concern.

Sincerely,

Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Visit LCIF at the ANZI-Pacific Forum!

ANZI-Forum-Header-2aHave you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation can help Lions change lives around the world and at home? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s ANZI-Pacific Forum from August 29 through August 31 in Adelaide, Australia. This year’s forum theme is “Passport to Excellence – Look, Listen, Learn.”

LCIF will have staff present who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!

This year, there are several LCIF informational sessions:

→ Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will present at an LCIF seminar titled “LCIF – Making a Difference throughout the World.” This seminar is scheduled for Friday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

→ On Sunday, August 31st, Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will host a meeting with Past District Governors from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

→ Also on Sunday, “Lions Quest – Investing in our Future” will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Stop by to learn about LCIF’s social and emotional learning program for students.

Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the USA/Canada Forum in the upcoming weeks.

Lions Multiple Districts Charter New ClubsCongratulations are in order!
During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, GMT Constitutional Area Leader PIP Jim Ervin challenged his multiple districts in the United States to charter a new club in each district. LCI is proud to announce that the following multiple districts achieved his challenge:
MD 7 – Arkansas (5 new clubs in 4 districts)
MD 12 – Tennessee (6 new clubs in 5 districts)
MD 21 – Arizona / California (3 new clubs in 3 districts)
MD 40 – New Mexico / Arizona (4 new clubs in 2 districts)
MD 49 – Alaska (2 new clubs in 2 districts)
PIP Ervin would like to acknowledge that this achievement would not have been possible without each Lions dedication, passion, vision, and most importantly team work! He will be meeting and congratulating the winners at the USA Canada Forum in September.
Many clubs were chartered through the assistance of the New Club Development Workshop Program and the dedicated consultants involved. Request your New Club Development Workshop today – it’s free!
Congratulations and best wishes for another successful year of strengthening the pride.
Lions Multiple Districts Charter New Clubs

Congratulations are in order!

During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, GMT Constitutional Area Leader PIP Jim Ervin challenged his multiple districts in the United States to charter a new club in each district. LCI is proud to announce that the following multiple districts achieved his challenge:

  • MD 7 – Arkansas (5 new clubs in 4 districts)
  • MD 12 – Tennessee (6 new clubs in 5 districts)
  • MD 21 – Arizona / California (3 new clubs in 3 districts)
  • MD 40 – New Mexico / Arizona (4 new clubs in 2 districts)
  • MD 49 – Alaska (2 new clubs in 2 districts)

PIP Ervin would like to acknowledge that this achievement would not have been possible without each Lions dedication, passion, vision, and most importantly team work! He will be meeting and congratulating the winners at the USA Canada Forum in September.

Many clubs were chartered through the assistance of the New Club Development Workshop Program and the dedicated consultants involved. Request your New Club Development Workshop today – it’s free!

Congratulations and best wishes for another successful year of strengthening the pride.

Lions in Botswana Share the VisionToday’s guest post is by Lion Vimla Ramkumar, Club Treasurer of the Lions Club of Lobatse in Botswana. Sight projects such as the one he shares below count toward the #LIONS100 Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017. Learn more about how to participate in the challenge at lionsclubs.org/servicechallenge, and be sure to follow the Lions Club of Lobatse on Facebook!
We the members of the Lions Club of Lobatse continuously carry out sight screenings in and around the schools in Lobatse and even further — to a distance of about 40 kms. Last November, Lions did visual acuity tests for approximately 380 students at Chichi Community Junior Secondary School in Molapowabojang village. About 34 students needed prescription eyeglasses. The club has earmarked funds from the activity account for procuring eyeglasses for the students in schools.
Operation Brightsight
We work in conjunction with Operation Brightsight, a Lions eyeglass recycling center in South Africa. We send them scripts and they prepare the glasses as per the script. One of the members makes the 500 km trip to Johannesburg, South Africa when the glasses are ready, and they are then distributed to the beneficiaries. Not an easy task, as sometimes Customs authorities at the borders cannot believe what we do!
Giving Glasses to Children

This distribution of eyeglasses to students was SPECIAL. Children generally are not aware that there is a problem with eyesight and therefore may perform poorly in class. With this in mind and wanting to make a difference in the lives of these students, a right moment came by when we heard the Minister was going to address the people in the very same village. With a little pressure and pleas put on the Personal Secretary we were granted 20 minutes of the Minister’s time.
Aha but that was not to be…… Given a chance, Lions will promote Lionism at any cost, and the distribution took all of 60 minutes of the time. Was the Minister unhappy? No. Not only was he telling the pupils how special spectacles are and how they must take care of the glasses, but was now praising the Lions Club of Lobatse for this noble gesture.
In the end, the Minister and his entourage were happy, and most of all the children were now seen trying to read the car registration numbers in the distance……. What a satisfying project it has been!!! We served children in need and also helped with sight. Killed two birds with one stone….
Lions out there…. wasn’t that a wonderful idea of International President Joe Preston take note of clubs in Africa who are trying hard to fulfill the “WE SERVE” mandate and the Centennial Service Challenge.
If you are interested in sharing your story on the Lions Blog, download our Contributor Guidelines.
Lions in Botswana Share the Vision

Today’s guest post is by Lion Vimla Ramkumar, Club Treasurer of the Lions Club of Lobatse in Botswana. Sight projects such as the one he shares below count toward the #LIONS100 Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017. Learn more about how to participate in the challenge at lionsclubs.org/servicechallenge, and be sure to follow the Lions Club of Lobatse on Facebook!

We the members of the Lions Club of Lobatse continuously carry out sight screenings in and around the schools in Lobatse and even further — to a distance of about 40 kms. Last November, Lions did visual acuity tests for approximately 380 students at Chichi Community Junior Secondary School in Molapowabojang village. About 34 students needed prescription eyeglasses. The club has earmarked funds from the activity account for procuring eyeglasses for the students in schools.

Operation Brightsight

We work in conjunction with Operation Brightsight, a Lions eyeglass recycling center in South Africa. We send them scripts and they prepare the glasses as per the script. One of the members makes the 500 km trip to Johannesburg, South Africa when the glasses are ready, and they are then distributed to the beneficiaries. Not an easy task, as sometimes Customs authorities at the borders cannot believe what we do!

Giving Glasses to Children

Lions Clubs International

This distribution of eyeglasses to students was SPECIAL. Children generally are not aware that there is a problem with eyesight and therefore may perform poorly in class. With this in mind and wanting to make a difference in the lives of these students, a right moment came by when we heard the Minister was going to address the people in the very same village. With a little pressure and pleas put on the Personal Secretary we were granted 20 minutes of the Minister’s time.

Aha but that was not to be…… Given a chance, Lions will promote Lionism at any cost, and the distribution took all of 60 minutes of the time. Was the Minister unhappy? No. Not only was he telling the pupils how special spectacles are and how they must take care of the glasses, but was now praising the Lions Club of Lobatse for this noble gesture.

In the end, the Minister and his entourage were happy, and most of all the children were now seen trying to read the car registration numbers in the distance……. What a satisfying project it has been!!! We served children in need and also helped with sight. Killed two birds with one stone….

Lions out there…. wasn’t that a wonderful idea of International President Joe Preston take note of clubs in Africa who are trying hard to fulfill the “WE SERVE” mandate and the Centennial Service Challenge.

If you are interested in sharing your story on the Lions Blog, download our Contributor Guidelines.

LQ: Lions Down Syndrome Center

The Lions Club of Kota Bharu in Malaysia saw a need in their community — children with certain disabilities were not receiving the special attention and early intervention they needed. In 1997, the Lions established a Down Syndrome Center, where teachers taught language, reading, writing, numbers, fine motor skills and basic life skills to children with Down Syndrome.

Watch the Lions Quarterly segment above to learn more about the center, including parents’ reactions and how it has grown thanks to help from LCIF. You can also view the entire July Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

Lions Quest and SightFirst Grants Awarded August 2014

Lions QuestDuring the August 2014 Lions Quest Advisory Committee meeting, 22 grants were awarded totaling US$1,216,054. Through these grants, Lions Quest programs will provide students with positive life skills in countries like India, Japan, Madagascar, the United States, Turkey and more.

The SightFirst Advisory Committee also met earlier this month and awarded 26 grants totaling US$8,063,304. As part of the grants awarded, SightFirst will continue working with The Carter Center to control trachoma and river blindness in Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and northern Uganda; provide cataract surgeries in Nepal and Sri Lanka; conduct further blindness prevention research; support a diabetic retinopathy program in the United States and more.

These grants would not be possible without the generosity and compassion of Lions around the world. Thank you for your support! When available, you can view the list of grants awarded online.

Grant application deadlines for the next round of grants are as follows:

  • October 17, 2014: SightFirst grant applications for review by the SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) in January 2015
  • November 21, 2014: Lions Quest grant applications for review by the Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) in January 2015
  • February 12, 2015: Standard, Core 4 and IAG grant applications for review at the April 2015 Board meeting

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Lions and Special Olympics in UgandaSpecial Olympics and the Lions Clubs of Uganda recently collaborated to implement a health project as a part of the Special Olympics “Mission: Inclusion” platform. The activity took place in a town called Hoima.
Lions leaders drove about three hours to Hoima, joining the local Special Olympics Program to conduct a Family Health Forum. The forum brought together over 100 families from throughout the area to learn about the services offered by Special Olympics Uganda, the Lions Clubs of Uganda and local government. As a sensitization strategy to generate increased public awareness around intellectual disabilities, the local SO Program implemented a march through the town, highlighting the energy that comes from programming and service of this kind.
Lions and Special Olympics in Uganda

Special Olympics and the Lions Clubs of Uganda recently collaborated to implement a health project as a part of the Special Olympics “Mission: Inclusion” platform. The activity took place in a town called Hoima.

Lions leaders drove about three hours to Hoima, joining the local Special Olympics Program to conduct a Family Health Forum. The forum brought together over 100 families from throughout the area to learn about the services offered by Special Olympics Uganda, the Lions Clubs of Uganda and local government. As a sensitization strategy to generate increased public awareness around intellectual disabilities, the local SO Program implemented a march through the town, highlighting the energy that comes from programming and service of this kind.