• Ask One!

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    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…

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    Submit a Photo & Share Your Story

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    A picture is worth a thousand words. And today’s digital age makes it easy to share your photos and show Lions around the world how your club is…

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    Why MyLCI?

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    There’s no question that the best parts of being a Lion include serving the community, making an impact in people’s lives and making new friends (just to name…

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    Get Social, Get Members!

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    More than a billion people are on Facebook, and the average American spends 2.5 hours on mobile devices every day. People are connecting in new ways, which means…

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Oct
22

Preston’s Blog: Visiting the President of Iceland

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Before we left Iceland, we had the great honor of meeting with President Ólafur Grímsson of Iceland at his official residence, Bessastadir. The president greeted Joni and me and the leaders of Lions in Iceland and then we sat down to discuss how Lions have been—and will continue to contribute to—making a difference in their community.photo4

President Grímsson commended Lions for strengthening the commitment to voluntary work and cooperation in his country. He remembered how Lions were organized in Iceland in 1951, at a period when there were a number of divisive issues in the country. He said that Lions reached out to people in different communities, with different perspectives and from opposing camps and helped to bring them all together.

He also recognized Lions for their support of the University Hospital and for the other important Lions projects, many of which we visited.photo6

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We spent a productive hour talking with President Grímsson about Lions activities around the world, needs for community support in Iceland and the importance of volunteers everywhere.

Thank you to the Lions of Iceland for arranging the visit, for organizing Lions World Sight Day and for their many projects that we visited that contribute to improving the life of everyone.

 

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Oct
22

Eye Screening in California

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The Norwalk Lions Club of California, USA, presented “White Cane Days” on October 11, 2014. The long white cane is a symbol of independence and is used by those who are blind or visually impaired. It is a tool for safety, especially in traffic situations.

The Lions offered information about the history of the white cane and distributed free eye glass applications. Free eye screening, as well as Diabetes testing, was provided by the Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit of Southern California. You can follow the Norwalk Lions on Facebook to learn more about the success of their project.15355770889_288be3db5c_z

With World Sight Day and White Cane Day having taken place earlier this month, Lions are organizing projects to support the fight against blindness. Vision projects fall under the Sharing the Vision campaign. By taking part in this campaign, Lions are helping us reach our goal for the Centennial Service Challenge –serving 100 million people by 2017. Clubs are asked to record their activities on MyLCI, and are encouraged to share their pictures on social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 when posting so that other clubs can see how you are making an impact.

How is your club participating in the Sharing the Vision Campaign?

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Oct
20

Webinar: Harmony in the Pride

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Understanding generational differences can assist with both member recruitment and retention. This presentation explores diverse motivations among Lions and how leaders and members can value varying perspectives to “strengthen the pride.”

The webinar includes:

  • a profile of today’s four working generations including cultural influences and internal motivations;
  • a consideration of the contributions each generation can make to clubs and Lionism,
  • a problem-solving discussion of three generational club conflict scenarios, and
  • best practices for leading and inspiring each group.

You will not want to miss this interactive and enlightening look at how to make your club more dynamic by making the most of Lions of all ages!

Register today for one of the following time slots:

 

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Oct
17

Supplies for Students in the Philippines

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At the beginning of August, the Dasmarinas Lions Club in the Philippines participated in an Adopt-a-School program. Students received books and other various school supplies, as well as bags to carry their new stuff. An example of a project for Engaging Our Youth.

As we come upon our centennial year, Lions all over the world are taking part in a challenge—the Centennial Service Challenge—where they strive to serve 100 million people by 2017. Make sure to record your club’s project on MyLCI so we know just how many people we are helping. Clubs are encouraged to post pictures of their activity on their Facebook page or other social media sites and use the hashtag #LIONS100, that way other clubs can see the impact you’re making in your community.

What type of project is your club doing to Engage Our Youth?

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Oct
16

Preston’s Blog: World Sight Day in Iceland

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The right tools make all the difference.

I recently had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremony of Lions World Sight Day in Iceland alongside the President of Iceland, Ólafur Grímsson (pictured above). As a part of the ceremony, and with the help of a US$70,000 SightFirst grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), Lions presented two amazing new pieces of medical equipment to the Department of Ophthalmology at Landspítali, the National University Hospital of Iceland.

This vision equipment will make it possible for ophthalmologists at Landspítali to detect and treat vision disorders and diseases in children at a much earlier stage, and will save time and money and prevent many children from developing irreversible eye damage.

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The opening ceremony was followed by an exhibition that was attended by more than 2,800 people, including 60% of all ophthalmologists in Iceland, and featured information on vision health and education. Lions from Iceland and around the world came out to showcase their clubs and share their service work with a special emphasis on SightFirst activities.

For decades, Lions Clubs International has championed the blind and visually impaired. Lions World Sight Day is an opportunity to reflect on our achievements as we continue to fight against preventable blindness. Only when working together can we hope to eliminate preventable blindness from our communities and around the world.

Join me in thanking the Lions of Iceland and LCIF for making this generous donation possible, and for making World Sight Day 2014 a huge success!

 

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