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.

Who are the Lions?Today’s post is by Lion Jerome Thompson of the Moulton Lions Club in Alabama, USA. Read his blog at LionsAreHandsOn.com. If you are interested in submitting your story to the Lions Blog, download our Contributor Guidelines.
If asked to describe the Lions club in your town, how would the citizen on the street respond?
Who are the LIONS?  If this is the response, we have failed to communicate the valuable service that we render to our community.
A Men’s Club. If this is the response, we have failed to update our image in the last 20 plus years.  Today, women are a vital part of our association.  In fact, women have provided leadership at every level, from club officer to International Director.
Hopefully, the response would be:
They provide eye care to those in need.
They work with families of children with diabetes.
They are addressing world hunger.
They sponsor the LEO club.
They work on environmental issues.
They assist in the time of natural disasters.
They provide books to children in our schools.
They have partnered with the library to address literacy needs of children and the sight impaired.
They are a lively, young, vibrant group of community minded citizens that have improved the quality of life for everyone in our town.
Go ahead and ask the question to your friends, family and neighbors, “Who are the Lions?”  Listen carefully to the response. Then take the necessary action to improve the image of your club.
Who are the Lions?

Today’s post is by Lion Jerome Thompson of the Moulton Lions Club in Alabama, USA. Read his blog at LionsAreHandsOn.com. If you are interested in submitting your story to the Lions Blog, download our Contributor Guidelines.

If asked to describe the Lions club in your town, how would the citizen on the street respond?

Who are the LIONS?  If this is the response, we have failed to communicate the valuable service that we render to our community.

A Men’s Club. If this is the response, we have failed to update our image in the last 20 plus years.  Today, women are a vital part of our association.  In fact, women have provided leadership at every level, from club officer to International Director.

Hopefully, the response would be:

  • They provide eye care to those in need.
  • They work with families of children with diabetes.
  • They have partnered with the library to address literacy needs of children and the sight impaired.
  • They are a lively, young, vibrant group of community minded citizens that have improved the quality of life for everyone in our town.

Go ahead and ask the question to your friends, family and neighbors, “Who are the Lions?”  Listen carefully to the response. Then take the necessary action to improve the image of your club.

Video: I Became a Lion Because…At the International Convention in Toronto this past July, we asked Lions from all over the world a simple question: Why did you become a Lion?
The response was huge — filled with stories of meeting Lions for the first time, the desire to serve local and global communities, and dreams of making a difference. Watch the video above to hear real answers from real Lions, and share your own story of why you became a Lion in the comments below!
For more videos of Lions sharing their stories, view the LCICon Videobooth Playlist.
Video: I Became a Lion Because…

At the International Convention in Toronto this past July, we asked Lions from all over the world a simple question: Why did you become a Lion?

The response was huge — filled with stories of meeting Lions for the first time, the desire to serve local and global communities, and dreams of making a difference. Watch the video above to hear real answers from real Lions, and share your own story of why you became a Lion in the comments below!

For more videos of Lions sharing their stories, view the LCICon Videobooth Playlist.

Video: Lions Down Syndrome Center

Established in 1997 by the Lions Club of Kota Bharu, the Lions Down Syndrome Center has been providing a place for children with Down syndrome in Malaysia to learn, laugh and grow. The center helps preschool children build language, reading, writing, fine motor skills and basic life skills.

A US$75,000 Lions Clubs International Foundation grant in 2010 helped the center expand into a new building to accommodate growing needs.

Learn more about the Lions Down Syndrome Center and its impact on children’s lives through the following video, featured in the July 2014 Lions Quarterly video magazine: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGhuwkZ7ygU&feature=youtu.be

Ask One Works!Just imagine if every Lion asked just one person to join their club…
That’s what Susan Dailey asked her club members to do with great results! As president of the McLeansville Lions Club in North Carolina, Susan encouraged each member to ask one person to the club’s monthly dinner meeting. Did it work? Absolutely!
Nine prospective members attended that evening — six are returning for another meeting and one has already filled out an application to join.

According to Susan, her goal this year was to increase membership in her club by 10%, and says they are already well on their way to exceeding her goal.
Continue to encourage your members to invite a friend, a neighbor, or a relative to attend your next meeting. Start today…and Ask One!
Has your club invited new members this year? Send us your success stories and photos to AskOne@lionsclubs.org.
Ask One Works!

Just imagine if every Lion asked just one person to join their club…

That’s what Susan Dailey asked her club members to do with great results! As president of the McLeansville Lions Club in North Carolina, Susan encouraged each member to ask one person to the club’s monthly dinner meeting. Did it work? Absolutely!

Nine prospective members attended that evening — six are returning for another meeting and one has already filled out an application to join.

McLeansville Lions Club

According to Susan, her goal this year was to increase membership in her club by 10%, and says they are already well on their way to exceeding her goal.

Continue to encourage your members to invite a friend, a neighbor, or a relative to attend your next meeting. Start today…and Ask One!

Has your club invited new members this year? Send us your success stories and photos to AskOne@lionsclubs.org.

LCIF Provides Emergency Grants in July 2014

LCIF logoIn July 2014, LCIF provided 12 emergency grants totaling US$105,000.

When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

These grants are helping to meet crucial immediate needs in:

Brazil, District LD-4
$10,000 for flood relief

Canada, District 5-SKS
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-2
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-1
$10,000 for flood relief

Canada, District 5-SKN
$10,000 for flood relief

India, District 318-D
$5,000 for flood relief

Japan, District 334-E
$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-2
$5,000 for flood relief

Japan, District 332-E
$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-C
$5,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 323-D2
$10,000 for landslide relief

Romania, District 124
$10,000 for flood relief

* Emergency grants listed by date approved.

LCIF has also approved a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$250,000 to provide relief for the Zhaotong earthquake in China. These funds will help Lions provide immediate relief and long-term recovery. You can read a message from LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer on the LCI blog, or make a donation to the LCIF Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you for your support.

At the heart of LCIF’s disaster relief programs are the individuals and families your donations reach. Learn more about grants recently awarded and the LCIF emergency grant program on the LCIF website.

Leo Club Advisory PanelNominations for the Leo Club Advisory Panel are due to International Headquarters by August 15!
The Leo Club Advisory Panel is comprised of two Leos and two Lions from each constitutional area and the continent of Africa. Panel members are ambassadors of the Leo Club Program in their regions. They act as representatives of the Leos and Lions in their constitutional areas, provide feedback and input on Leo-related issues, and support the Youth Programs Department in matters affecting Leos.
Nominate a voice for the Leos in your area, and join an ongoing conversation that works toward improving Leo clubs everywhere.
Learn more about the nomination process.
Learn more about Leo and Lion qualifications.
Download a Leo nomination form.
Download a Lion nomination form.
Leo Club Advisory Panel

Nominations for the Leo Club Advisory Panel are due to International Headquarters by August 15!

The Leo Club Advisory Panel is comprised of two Leos and two Lions from each constitutional area and the continent of Africa. Panel members are ambassadors of the Leo Club Program in their regions. They act as representatives of the Leos and Lions in their constitutional areas, provide feedback and input on Leo-related issues, and support the Youth Programs Department in matters affecting Leos.

Nominate a voice for the Leos in your area, and join an ongoing conversation that works toward improving Leo clubs everywhere.