Story of the Week: President’s Reading Action Program Ignites #WeServe Spirit

Linda and Wayne Madden Reading

Photo Credit: Dan Morris

Throughout our organization’s 95-year history, we’ve tackled many challenges. Now, our international president has a new challenge for our Lions clubs.

Wayne A. Madden and his wife, Linda, are former educators who know the power of reading. They understand that education is the key to unlocking human potential and learning to read and write is the first crucial step. Nearly one billion people are illiterate – roughly 26 percent of the world’s adult population. Lions can help through the Reading Action Program in many ways, from developing after school reading programs to working to promote Braille literacy.

Each Lions club that documents a reading or literacy project through the online service activity reporting system on our Web site will receive a specially designed “Reading Action Program” banner patch. District governors whose districts achieve at least 50 percent club participation in reading programs will receive a “Reading Action Program” award.

In a World of Service, children receive a solid educational foundation to build upon a lifetime of learning and adults learn to read and write.

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