At this year’s convention in Toronto, Lions Clubs International worked with ViridiSTOR LLC to deliver the entire convention digitally on a USB. Over 16,000 delegates representing the 1.36 million members from over 200 countries worldwide attended the annual convention. When you think of all the paper needed to provide each attendee with convention materials, it’s clear that the USB was truly an environmentally-friendly approach to this year’s convention.
“It was only a matter of time before we would make the Lions’ annual convention not only digital, but one of the largest quantifiably sustainable events in the world,” said Terry Mullin, CEO of ViridiSTOR.
“Lions Clubs International has many initiatives around the world involving sustainability and improving the environment,” stated International President Joe Preston. “Considering the tremendous amount of information that the USB potentially holds, by going paperless we avoid the printing, shipping and waste of paper. That, in turn, is better for the environment. It’s a win, win situation.”
The USB included everything from key information on the 11 divisions at LCI, seminar materials, handouts, training and initiative information and a variety of videos. Attendees were able to carry everything they needed for convention in their pocket, without worrying about a handful of papers!
Has your club considered going paperless? Here are a few easy ways to get started:
During the June/July 2014 Board of Directors meeting in Toronto, Canada, 72 LCIF humanitarian grants were awarded totaling US$3,132,842.
These grants support life-changing projects, such as providing hospital equipment in Brazil, clean water projects in Madagascar, Mali and Niger, vision screening equipment for children in Greece, transportation vehicles for the disabled in Japan, Habitat for Humanity homes in the United States, and much more.
August 4, 2014: Standard, Core 4 and IAG grant applications for review at the October 2014 Board meeting
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
Each new Lion brings fresh ideas, passion and a hands-on attitude to clubs — helping to improve service and make a greater impact in the community. There are 1.35 million Lions worldwide. Imagine the difference we could make around the world if every Lion asked one person to join his or her club!
What a week it’s been! One of the first major events I attended as Lions International President was the 2014 Children’s Symposium, held on July 11 in Toronto. Supporting children in need has always been a core mission for Lions everywhere. This year, I am challenging Lions to respond even more to the needs of under-served children — particularly those in low-income, developing countries.
The Children’s Symposium was a roaring success, with participating leaders from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI Alliance, Global FoodBanking Network, Lost Boys Rebuilding Southern Sudan, Special Olympics, Scholastic, UNICEF, USAID, World Wide Hearing (Audra Renyi, Executive Director from World Wide Hearing, pictured above) and many others. Together, we discussed crucial topics from childhood development (what are the critical unmet needs?) and literacy (what can be done to promote early childhood education?) to children’s health and disabilities (what’s working and what still needs to be done?).
These conversations are important to helping us identify the needs of children and build upon solutions. We need to increase access to books in under-served communities. Serve as mentors for positive youth development. Empower at-risk children. Implement global partnerships to combat preventable, treatable diseases. Provide clean water. Include children of all abilities.
We all play a significant role in improving the lives of children in our communities. Lions – how is your club addressing children’s needs?
In rural Kansas (USA), children with low vision can have a difficult time accessing needed eye care. In the video below, learn how LCIF’s SightFirst program provided Lions with a grant to support low vision services through the Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB).
With the help of Lions, the KSSB and the right devices, there’s no limit to what students can accomplish. Just ask Joshua Harsch – with the help of the KSSB, he received specialized software that allows him to attend Kansas City Kansas Community College.
“Before I came here, I was basically just struggling along, hoping to get through the day,” said Harsch. “As soon as I came here, I was shocked literally, because there was so much opportunity. And I was actually very happy for once.”
LQ Global Impact: Feeding Children
The Global Impact segment in this month’s new Lions Quarterly video magazine focuses on how Lions are fighting childhood hunger around the world. In Canada, Lions deliver fruits and vegetable platters to schools so that students can enjoy a healthy snack and have the fuel needed to learn better. Lions in the Philippines also work with local schools to provide lunches to children in need, as well as teaching parents and students about the importance of nutrition. And in the U.S., Lions organized a backpack program that sent healthy foods home with kids over the weekend.
How does your Lions club feed children in your community?
The Centennial Service Challenge Kicks Off
The Centennial Service Challenge was announced at the 2014 Lions International Convention in Toronto — presenting Lions with the goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017. Is your club up to the challenge? Start planning your Global Service Action Campaign service activities, beginning in August with Engaging Our Youth.
Engaging Our Youth Project Ideas
Recognize the power of youth involvement! Serve children in need! Project ideas include:
Supply Braille or large print books for children who are visually impaired.
Sponsor a child to attend a recreational camp for kids with disabilities, or assist the camp as a volunteer.
Learn More about the Centennial Service Challenge
For more information on the Centennial Service Challenge, such as how to report your service activities and track the number of people served, visit the Centennial Service Challenge page and read our FAQs.
Humanitarian service is at the heart of LCIF and Lions’ work. Working together, Lions identify the most crucial needs, and LCIF supports them in humanitarian efforts that transform lives of people around the world.
What comes to mind when you think of LCIF and humanitarian needs?
LCIF is proud of all that Lions are able to accomplish worldwide! Learn more about the ways that LCIF can help Lions meet humanitarian needs on both a local and global scale on the LCIF website.
Preston’s Blog: Strengthen the Pride
I’m so excited and honored to be this year’s Lions Clubs International President!
We’re a family – a Lions Pride — and I’m hoping you will join me this year in working to Strengthen the Pride. There are so many areas in which we can strive to do better so that we can serve our communities better. Each new member helps our organization grow. Each life we touch through service makes us stronger and more dedicated.
Through partnerships, technology, creativity and so much more, Lions clubs are getting stronger every day. Visit my President’s Theme page on the LCI website for the tools and resources you need to help make your club stronger.
I’m looking forward to a great year, and I can’t wait to meet Lions across the globe to see how they’re Strengthening the Pride!
Your International President,
Palmer’s Blog: Thank You for Dreaming
If you can dream it … you can do it!
Lions, thank you for following your dreams this year. Across the globe, you’ve achieved so many dreams — from providing children with books and food and sight services, to improving the health of people in need. You’ve empowered women and recruited new Lions. You’ve gathered your family and friends to show them what it means to be a Lion. And you’ve changed lives.
It has been an honor and inspiration to meet so many Lions who are making a difference in this world.
Keep your dream in your pocket as a reminder of what Lions can achieve when they work together. Thank you for a wonderful year!