Sharing the Vision Global Service Action CampaignDuring the month of October, Lions are encouraged to join in the fight against blindness by participating in the Sharing the Vision Global Service Action Campaign. We are inviting you to take action by organizing sight projects to help make a difference in your own community.
Lions all over the globe are working towards serving 100 million people by December 2017 through their participation in Global Service Action Campaigns. The Centennial Service Challenge is split into four Global Service Action Campaigns that each focus on different projects –youth, vision, environment and hunger. This month we are highlighting vision projects such as:
Organizing an eye health and safety presentation
Conducting vision and diabetes screenings for the elderly
Organizing a community “sight walk”
Arranging recreational activities for those who are blind or visually impaired
Our special goal is to serve 10 million children with eye care. Report your club’s service activity to MyLCI and don’t forget to share photos of your project as well.
How will your club be “Sharing the Vision?”
Sharing the Vision Global Service Action Campaign

During the month of October, Lions are encouraged to join in the fight against blindness by participating in the Sharing the Vision Global Service Action Campaign. We are inviting you to take action by organizing sight projects to help make a difference in your own community.

Lions all over the globe are working towards serving 100 million people by December 2017 through their participation in Global Service Action Campaigns. The Centennial Service Challenge is split into four Global Service Action Campaigns that each focus on different projects –youth, vision, environment and hunger. This month we are highlighting vision projects such as:nw-sept-2014-sharing-vision

  • Organizing an eye health and safety presentation
  • Conducting vision and diabetes screenings for the elderly
  • Organizing a community “sight walk”
  • Arranging recreational activities for those who are blind or visually impaired

Our special goal is to serve 10 million children with eye care. Report your club’s service activity to MyLCI and don’t forget to share photos of your project as well.

How will your club be “Sharing the Vision?”

Message from the Chairperson: LCIF Helps People in Need Worldwide

Thank you Lions. You have saved my daughter’s sight.”

Chairperson Palmer

These few words say so much about what our organization means to the people we help. Earlier this month, I heard those words from a mother that I met at a clinic in Cuba, where her daughter was being treated for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Her daughter was born prematurely. She was so small when she was born that her eyes did not develop properly, causing ROP.

Through an LCIF SightFirst grant to provide special equipment, the clinic was able to detect the disorder, treat the condition and save the girl’s sight. Thanks to this life-altering equipment and the contributions of Lions, we are saving the sight of premature babies at risk for ROP throughout the world.

This is what LCIF and Lions are all about – service where it is needed most. You can view a short video below of my visit and meet the amazing little girl who was helped through the support of Lions.

LCIF efforts like saving vision, as well as empowering youth, providing disaster relief and meeting humanitarian needs, cannot be done without your generous support. During my visits as Chairperson, I have been asking Lions to support our Foundation to increase these valuable humanitarian programs. And Lions have responded. Because of your generous support, we will soon announce a new program to recognize District Governors and Coordinators who increase giving to LCIF.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcqnIQnxM1M&feature=youtu.be

Nepalese Lions Promote Hygiene for KidsThe Lions from District 325-A2 in Nepal organized a project for 51 school children called, “Keep Clean and Stationary Distribution Programme.” They put on a demonstration for the students on how to properly wash their hands and brush their teeth, and also provided each student with stationary and a bag filled with personal hygiene products.



 

 

Lions all over the world are taking part in the Centennial Service Challenge –working towards the common goal of serving 100 million people by 2017. Projects such as this one benefit Engaging Our Youth, which is one of the four Global Service Action Campaigns. Record your activities on MyLCI and post your photos to your club’s Facebook page. This way, everyone can see the impact you are making in the lives of your community.
How are you making an impact in your community? 
Nepalese Lions Promote Hygiene for Kids

The Lions from District 325-A2 in Nepal organized a project for 51 school children called, “Keep Clean and Stationary Distribution Programme.” They put on a demonstration for the students on how to properly wash their hands and brush their teeth, and also provided each student with stationary and a bag filled with personal hygiene products.

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Lions all over the world are taking part in the Centennial Service Challenge –working towards the common goal of serving 100 million people by 2017. Projects such as this one benefit Engaging Our Youth, which is one of the four Global Service Action Campaigns. Record your activities on MyLCI and post your photos to your club’s Facebook page. This way, everyone can see the impact you are making in the lives of your community.

How are you making an impact in your community? 

Celebrate World Sight Day with LCIF in October

WSD logoNext month, Lions around the world will celebrate Lions World Sight Day. This international event is held each year to recognize the importance of curing preventable blindness. From vision screenings to eye health education and any other vision-related activity, Lions are encouraged to participate.

The focus of this year’s World Sight Day, held on October 9, is “no more avoidable blindness.” October’s Global Service Action Campaign is “Sharing the Vision,” so you can carry the spirit of World Sight Day throughout the whole month!

The official Lions Clubs International World Sight Day celebration will be held in Iceland on October 14. As part of the event, LCIF approved a US$70,000 SightFirst grant last Augustto support the eye health activities in Reykjavik. Funds will be used to purchase needed eye care equipment for the University Hospital’s Department of Ophthalmology.

Saving Sight with LCIF

Feeding Program in the PhilippinesToday’s guest blogger from the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club in the Philippines talks about the new hunger project they have started and the impact it is making in their community. Hunger Projects work towards our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017 as part of the Centennial Service Challenge. Don’t forget to record your activities on MyLCI. 

It has been nine months since Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Visayas Area in the Philippines and our city, the City of Ormoc, was one of those mostly affected. Our city and our lovely homes were not only affected, but also our economy and our livelihood. Most of our brothers and sisters struggle to find work and to feed their families because there is no more food/financial assistance to be received from the government and other various organizations. Many of the children who are victims of the super typhoon are malnourished because their parents don’t have enough money to buy nutritious food to help them grow healthy and strong.

So, on September 7, 2014 we started our “Feed a Child Program” to assist the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Through this program, we feed the children in our area twice a month for nine months. We know we will have a small impact on the children, but we will have a big impact on the community — one where they know that the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club and the Ormoc Ultimate Lions Club care for the children in their community. Through this, we give them hope that we, Lions Clubs, are always there to help the less fortunate.
 

 

 
Feeding Program in the Philippines

Today’s guest blogger from the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club in the Philippines talks about the new hunger project they have started and the impact it is making in their community. Hunger Projects work towards our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017 as part of the Centennial Service Challenge. Don’t forget to record your activities on MyLCI.

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It has been nine months since Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Visayas Area in the Philippines and our city, the City of Ormoc, was one of those mostly affected. Our city and our lovely homes were not only affected, but also our economy and our livelihood. Most of our brothers and sisters struggle to find work and to feed their families because there is no more food/financial assistance to be received from the government and other various organizations. Many of the children who are victims of the super typhoon are malnourished because their parents don’t have enough money to buy nutritious food to help them grow healthy and strong.

So, on September 7, 2014 we started our “Feed a Child Program” to assist the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Through this program, we feed the children in our area twice a month for nine months. We know we will have a small impact on the children, but we will have a big impact on the community — one where they know that the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club and the Ormoc Ultimate Lions Club care for the children in their community. Through this, we give them hope that we, Lions Clubs, are always there to help the less fortunate.

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Street Children CenterA New Home and a New Future
Clerson Nacimento, 13, and Windson Randrei, 12, lived on the streets of Recife, a large Brazilian city with white-sand beaches and squalid slums. The streets offered a grim daily reality of drugs and drug dealers, random violence, petty theft, hunger and, perhaps most tragic of all, an utter lack of guidance and love.
An alternative to the street
Brazilian Lions wanted to give these children a chance at life. With the assistance of an LCIF US$75,000 standard/matching grant, the Street Children Center was constructed in 2001. Two years later, the Foundation gave a US$60,000 grant for expansion so the center could accommodate 50 children instead of 23. The Street Children Center includes a dormitory, dining room, classrooms and exercise room—it’s a safe haven for children who have lived lives of chaos. Thanks to LCIF and Lions, thousands of young people around the world, like Nacimento and Randrei, have been given the opportunity live, learn and begin to dream about their futures. But there are still countless more children who need our help.
Lives turned around
With the Street Children Center to call home, Nacimento and Randrei began to feel hopeful and cared about after years of neglect. Once destined for prison or an early death, they now are beginning to enjoy being kids for the first time and are looking forward to becoming productive citizens. After being at the Street Children Center for just one month, Nacimento said, “I want to be a doctor. The street is so bad. I want to tell the other street children to come here so they can stop suffering.” Added Randrei, “I love it here. We go on day trips to the beach and to the museums. We play. We even have tea time. I would like to thank Lions for this opportunity.”
From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives
Street Children Center

A New Home and a New Future

Clerson Nacimento, 13, and Windson Randrei, 12, lived on the streets of Recife, a large Brazilian city with white-sand beaches and squalid slums. The streets offered a grim daily reality of drugs and drug dealers, random violence, petty theft, hunger and, perhaps most tragic of all, an utter lack of guidance and love.

An alternative to the street

Brazilian Lions wanted to give these children a chance at life. With the assistance of an LCIF US$75,000 standard/matching grant, the Street Children Center was constructed in 2001. Two years later, the Foundation gave a US$60,000 grant for expansion so the center could accommodate 50 children instead of 23. The Street Children Center includes a dormitory, dining room, classrooms and exercise room—it’s a safe haven for children who have lived lives of chaos. Thanks to LCIF and Lions, thousands of young people around the world, like Nacimento and Randrei, have been given the opportunity live, learn and begin to dream about their futures. But there are still countless more children who need our help.

Lives turned around

With the Street Children Center to call home, Nacimento and Randrei began to feel hopeful and cared about after years of neglect. Once destined for prison or an early death, they now are beginning to enjoy being kids for the first time and are looking forward to becoming productive citizens. After being at the Street Children Center for just one month, Nacimento said, “I want to be a doctor. The street is so bad. I want to tell the other street children to come here so they can stop suffering.” Added Randrei, “I love it here. We go on day trips to the beach and to the museums. We play. We even have tea time. I would like to thank Lions for this opportunity.”

From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives

Microenterprise Means Big Opportunities for Nepalese Entrepreneurs

chaudhary_mouCharity is a virtue. At least for most people.

While many think of charity as harmless acts of altruism and good intentions, Binod Chaudhary, a Nepalese businessman, philanthropist and founder of the Chaudhary Group Foundation, sees it as a stumbling block to philanthropy–a way to use money to make problems disappear without addressing the fundamental issues.

But Chaudhary and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) have a solution: microenterprise. At the 97th Lions Clubs International Convention, LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden and the LCI executive officers signed a memorandum of understanding pledging US$200,000 to support the Chaudhary Group Foundation’s microenterprise pilot, Nepal Social Business.

“We share a vision of a better world without poverty,” said Chaudhary, “where everybody has access to health service, education and employment, and where socially critical and green businesses promoted by bright and young ideas become self-sustainable enterprises.”

The funds from LCIF, together with an existing US$1 million contribution from the Chaudhary Group, will help Nepal Social Business provide aspiring social business entrepreneurs with resources and training to build successful businesses (a process called incubation). Once developed, Chaudhary believes these businesses will spur growth in their local economies, making a positive impact on some of the most vulnerable regions and populations in the developing nation.

As part of the initial pilot program, the Chaudhary Group Foundation selected six projects at various stages of development to receive support. Pilot projects range from eco-tourism development and environmental management, to educational centers and even an organic manufacturing cooperative, and all share a deep commitment to addressing social issues in their communities.

“Our vision is to create 5,000 such businesses in Nepal within the next five years and thereby to change the lives of thousands of unemployed youth through the creation of social businesses,” said Chaudhary. “I’m truly privileged to sign this path-breaking agreement between Chaudhary Foundation and the Lions Club International Foundation.”

Local Lions will be involved in Nepal Social Business projects at all levels of operation. From selection through incubation and eventual launch, Nepal Social Business will call on the local Lions’ depth of knowledge and experience to provide guidance and mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Whether as on-the-ground support–organizing facilities and acting as first contact for potential partners–as a part of specialized advisory boards, or even as coaches and mentors for entrepreneurs, Lions will be the heart and soul of a partnership that hopes to make the dreams of young Nepalese entrepreneurs a reality.

*This story by Eric Margules is from the October 2014 edition of LION Magazine.

How to Get Featured on the LCI Facebook PageOur social media team here at Lions Clubs International headquarters often features clubs’ photos and stories on the official Lions Facebook page. If you’d like to see your club on our page, here are a few ways to get your club’s project featured.
Share Stories and Photos on YOUR Facebook Page
If your club does not have a Facebook page, we encourage your club secretary to create one. Be sure to follow the LCI Facebook page. Post photos or videos on your page of your club in action at a recent service activity, and describe how you’re helping the community. As we go through our news feed each day, we’ll share interesting photos and projects from clubs’ pages to our own page. We will not accept stories or photos shared to us through Facebook private messaging or through comments. 
Contribute to the Lions Blog
Another way for you to submit your projects to us is through the Lions Blog. These posts are then shared on all of our social media channels.
We would love to share your story on the blog. The types of stories we are looking for are short, first-person stories that share personal experiences.
If you are interested in submitting to the blog, check out the Lions Blog Contributor Guidelines for more information.
Submit a Photo via the LCI Website
Submit a Photo is a way for you to share pictures of projects and events held by your Lions club. We review these photos on a daily basis, and many of them end up being shared on our social media channels, including Facebook, the blog and Flickr.
To acquire permission to publish photos taken by your club, download the Photo/Video Authorization Form or Child Photo/Video Authorization Form. Are you interested in sharing a club project? You can Submit Your Story by filling out the Project Details form.
Promoting Events
While we would love to help you get the word out about your project, with thousands of clubs worldwide, it would be nearly impossible to promote each club’s events at the local level. We suggest posting the events to your club’s page.
By posting your success stories, you can help motivate other Lions to tackle a project similar to yours in their own community. Keep up the good work, Lions.
How to Get Featured on the LCI Facebook Page

Our social media team here at Lions Clubs International headquarters often features clubs’ photos and stories on the official Lions Facebook page. If you’d like to see your club on our page, here are a few ways to get your club’s project featured.

Share Stories and Photos on YOUR Facebook Page

If your club does not have a Facebook page, we encourage your club secretary to create one. Be sure to follow the LCI Facebook page. Post photos or videos on your page of your club in action at a recent service activity, and describe how you’re helping the community. As we go through our news feed each day, we’ll share interesting photos and projects from clubs’ pages to our own page. We will not accept stories or photos shared to us through Facebook private messaging or through comments.

Contribute to the Lions Blog

Another way for you to submit your projects to us is through the Lions Blog. These posts are then shared on all of our social media channels.

We would love to share your story on the blog. The types of stories we are looking for are short, first-person stories that share personal experiences.

If you are interested in submitting to the blog, check out the Lions Blog Contributor Guidelines for more information.

Submit a Photo via the LCI Website

Submit a Photo is a way for you to share pictures of projects and events held by your Lions club. We review these photos on a daily basis, and many of them end up being shared on our social media channels, including Facebook, the blog and Flickr.

To acquire permission to publish photos taken by your club, download the Photo/Video Authorization Form or Child Photo/Video Authorization Form. Are you interested in sharing a club project? You can Submit Your Story by filling out the Project Details form.

Promoting Events

While we would love to help you get the word out about your project, with thousands of clubs worldwide, it would be nearly impossible to promote each club’s events at the local level. We suggest posting the events to your club’s page.

By posting your success stories, you can help motivate other Lions to tackle a project similar to yours in their own community. Keep up the good work, Lions.

Webinar:  Effective Club MeetingsAre you interested in the coordination and management of productive Lions meetings? Join your fellow Lions for the always popular Effective Club Meetings webinar.  We will review the basics of good meeting management including:
meeting planning,
agenda preparation,
post-meeting evaluation and
essential facilitation skills.
This training will give you the practical tools and strategies to conduct efficient meetings and therefore increase club effectiveness and member satisfaction.  And, the skills and tools discussed apply to a Lions meeting at any level–club, district, zone, or region.  So, therefore, the Effective Meetings webinar is intended for any Lion who attends, or conducts, a Lions meeting—all of us!
Register today for one of the time slots below:
Wednesday, 10/1/14, 12:00pm, CDT
Friday, 10/10/14, 7:00pm, CDT
Webinar: Effective Club Meetings

Are you interested in the coordination and management of productive Lions meetings? Join your fellow Lions for the always popular Effective Club Meetings webinar.  We will review the basics of good meeting management including:

  • meeting planning,
  • agenda preparation,
  • post-meeting evaluation and
  • essential facilitation skills.

This training will give you the practical tools and strategies to conduct efficient meetings and therefore increase club effectiveness and member satisfaction.  And, the skills and tools discussed apply to a Lions meeting at any level–club, district, zone, or region.  So, therefore, the Effective Meetings webinar is intended for any Lion who attends, or conducts, a Lions meeting—all of us!

Register today for one of the time slots below:

Making “Mission: Inclusion” a Success in Australia

logoHA_Opening_Eyes_LCI-Mark_CMYKLions can make a big difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. In Australia, the Inner Sydney West Special Olympics Lions Club is exemplifying the partnership between Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)  and Special Olympics.

LCIF has been partnering with Special Olympics since 2001 through the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes vision screening program. Now, the partnership’s efforts are having a much wider reach.

Called “Mission: Inclusion,” the partnership expansion is creating leadership opportunities for Special Olympics athletes, increasing the health work of Special Olympics, and conducting outreach to families for additional support. Both organizations  can now reach more young people through inclusive sports and advocacy programs in an effort to achieve full acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities.

Elvie Jamie Elvie of the Inner Sydney West Special Olympics Lions Club of Australia

Athletes and Lions club members like Jamie Elvie know the true value of inclusion:

“Through Lions, [athletes] will develop skills in organization, goal setting and managing their time. Most importantly, though, they will have the pleasure of helping others. Rather than being the recipient of charity they will be able to dispense it and discover the rewards of knowing that you are contributing to your community,” said Elvie.

Elvie joined the Inner Sydney West Special Olympics Lions Club of Australia four years ago. He has been a member of Special Olympics since 2009: first as an athlete in several sports, and now through managing athletes at ten-pin bowling.

“I was already involved with the local Special Olympics and it was a logical move to join a Lions club that had a focus on helping Special Olympics,” said Elvie.

Through this specialty club, a variety of Lions’ projects support people in need both locally and globally. At the same time, the club focuses on Special Olympics on the regional and national levels. This focus gives Elvie and other Special Olympic members a chance to work with their fellow Lions on what the Special Olympic athletes need, as well as address the community on Lions clubs and Special Olympics, encouraging support for both.

“Many of the club members are also long-term members of Special Olympics, either as athletes or as parents/care-givers of athletes and consequently have strong understanding of how Special Olympics operates and a keen interest in seeing the organization well supported,” said Elvie.

Tony Moore with LCIF Chairperson Palmer Inner Sydney West Special Olympics Lions Club President Tony Moore (far right) with LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer, Anne Palmer, and fellow Lions

Tony Moore, president of the Inner Sydney West Special Olympics Lions Club, is grateful for how the members contribute to the club’s activities.

“There is no difference between Special Olympic athlete members and other members. The only distinction is that they have unique insights into Special Olympics and the needs of athletes which, as a club, we tap into,” said Moore.

Formed in 2009, the Inner Sydney West Special Olympics Lions Club of Australia truly exemplifies Mission: Inclusion.

“The objective is to provide developmental opportunities for the athletes and to ensure that the athletes are represented and have a voice in decision making,” said Moore. “From experience we know the value athletes bring to an organization, whether through their various skills or their capacity to present to the public or through their enormous enthusiasm and commitment.”

For more information about special interest clubs for Special Olympics, visit the Lions Clubs International website. Visit the Special Olympics website to learn more about the organization and its efforts.