The Lions of District 322B2, in Kolkata, India, organized a project and motivated Lions to donate 5kg of rice for someone in need –they called their project the “Rice Bucket Challenge.” They collected a total of 20,500 units of rice, each weighing 5kg. The rice collected was then distributed to blind residential schools, homes for the mentally and physically challenged, old age homes, street children and beggars.
This Relieving the Hunger project counts towards our own challenge. Our goal for the Centennial Service Challenge is to serve 100 million people by 2017 through youth, vision, hunger and environmental projects. We are encouraging Lions to not only record their activities to MyLCI, but also post them to their club’s Facebook page or other social media sites. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #LIONS100 so that clubs around the world will be able to see the impact you are making in your community.
What types of hunger projects is your club organizing?
In 1917, Melvin Jones had a vision. It’s a vision that has sustained Lions Clubs International for nearly 100 years and one that has inspired my work as your International President.
This January, I invite you to join me for a special week of celebration and service honoring the legacy of our founder, Melvin Jones. It’s a great way to get involved in the Centennial celebration, strengthen your community and show your family and friends what it really means to be a Lion.
The Worldwide Week of Service in January is an international event that brings Lions around the world together to celebrate the birth of our founder by hosting a service project of your choice during the week of January 10-16. Your club can join the fun by hosting a service project benefiting youth, vision, hunger or the environment.
It’s that easy. Just visit the Lions Worldwide Week of Service website today and start planning your project. Your club will even earn a special Centennial Banner Patch when you report your project on the MyLCI Service Activity Report!
And remember to bring your cameras, because we’ll be sharing photos of your service projects on Facebook throughout the whole week. Just use the hashtag #Lions100 and we’ll share your images on the LCI Facebook page.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved in one of the biggest Centennial events of the year!
Your International President,
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Today’s guest post was written by Lion Melodie M. Davis of the Broadway Lions Club in Virginia, USA. “What Says Fall to You?” appeared on her blog, Finding Harmony. For more information about Pancake Days and more pictures from this event, you can follow the Broadway Lions on Facebook.
For the past 15 years or so, we have enjoyed a community tradition here in the Shenandoah Valley: cooking for the annual Lion’s Club Pancake Days in Broadway, VA. The tradition goes from 6 a.m. on Friday morning, serving all day through about 7 p.m. that evening, and from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
The best part about Pancake Days is actually cooking and serving the meal. (Now the getting ready/cleaning up part is a huge chore but part of the deal.) This year I finally joined the Lions Club with my husband. So, although I’ve helped in various capacities as a spouse, this year I heard all the pre-planning and negotiation such an effort takes.
Usually the Pancake Days are the same weekend as the local high school’s homecoming game, but due to that being scheduled very early and conflicting with an important Lions Club district/training meeting. We would have to break with tradition and have the fundraiser a different weekend, so we chose one that tied in to the annual Fall Festival–a street craft show and sale event.
Would it be as successful? Would we miss the great influx of pancake eaters right after the town’s homecoming parade?
Answer: We ran out of sausage by 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, so we had to close an hour early. It was probably the most successful sale ever. To all those who missed out, we are very sorry about that, and will try to plan for it not to happen next year! The sausage of course is the most expensive part of the meal. The sausage gravy is homemade. While some of the food supplies are donated by local businesses, we purchase others. The proceeds from the sale go to help with the sight and hearing projects typical of Lions Clubs locally, nationally and internationally.
But the best part of Pancake Days is not the cakes, sausage, gravy or coffee, but the camaraderie: learning to know club and community members in deeper ways than you can do by just going to meetings. Service projects—whether they are for church, school or club—are the best way to connect and find roots when moving to a new community or seeking new friendships.
The Broadway Lions Pancake Days even survived changing one huge part of the tradition by transitioning from holding the cook-off in a makeshift tent made of tarps for many years. Everyone always said that was part of the fun—and what made the food taste so darn good, like when you are camping. The “tent” was pitched behind a bank in downtown, making it super easy for folks to stop by for a good hot meal after a chilly homecoming parade—before they rushed off to the big game. Those were great days too, but no one seems to mind that we’re now serving in the nearby Fire Department community hall. We’ve maintained one part of the tradition by cooking the cakes on a great old gas griddle in a tarped “kitchen.”
Thanks to some good signage around town and a nice article in the local paper, the sale this year was a huge roaring Lion success. We thank everyone who came out and if you are lucky enough to have a Lion Pancake fundraiser in your community, check it out!
“At Bausch + Lomb, our mission is to help people see better, to live better. When we look back at this first year, all that we’ve learned and all that we’ve accomplished—we’re confident that together with Lions Clubs and LCIF, our efforts will help eye care institutions positively impact children, parents and the communities they serve,” said Rick Heinick, Corporate Vice President, Global Human Resources and Transformation at Bausch + Lomb.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of babies around the world are born with a cataract in one or both eyes. This condition is known as pediatric cataract, and can lead to severe vision loss—or even blindness. But not only is pediatric cataract treatable, it is often preventable. Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) are partnering on the Pediatric Cataract Initiative to identify, fund and promote innovative methods of overcoming pediatric cataract for the long-term benefit of children, their families and their communities.
Launched in June 2010, the Pediatric Cataract Initiative (PCI) is the first dedicated global effort aimed at preventing and treating cataract in children. Bausch + Lomb has awarded LCIF with a US$350,000 grant to launch this partnership program. The pilot year’s capacity-building grant will select a partner institution in China, where at least 40,000 children are estimated to suffer from pediatric cataract. When babies and children are identified and successfully treated with the proper follow-up care, many, if not all, will grow into fully sighted adults requiring minimal additional vision correction.
PCI is also funding basic research initiatives aimed at better understanding the causes of pediatric cataract and/or its treatment. The first two research grants of US$50,000 each are focusing on this issue in Nepal (and nearby states in India) and Nigeria. An estimated 1.4 million children are blind worldwide, 1 million of whom live in Asia and 300,000 in Africa. The prevalence of pediatric cataract in developing countries can be 10 times more common than in developed nations.
After a busy pilot year, LCIF and Bausch + Lomb will be helping people see, by continuing the important work of the Pediatric Cataract Initiative into 2012.
From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives
With October being “Sharing the Vision” month, the Keelung Hsin I Lions Club of District 300-F in Taiwan organized a vision screening project for children. Vision is an important part for growth and development. Having vision problems can hinder a child’s ability to perform well in school. The Sharing the Vision Campaign, part of the Centennial Service Challenge, aims to serve 25 million people through vision projects –with a special goal of benefitting 10 million children with eye care.Lions can work towards the CSC goal of serving 100 million by 2017 through youth, vision, hunger and environmental projects. Clubs are asked to report their activities on MyLCI. We also want to encourage Lions to share pictures from their projects on Facebook and other social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 so that other Lions can see how your club is making an impact.
How are your projects helping children in need?
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