LCI 2012 Year in Review

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As 2012 comes to a close, we’d like to reflect on some of the year’s great community service projects, amazing accomplishments and constant commitment from Lions across the globe. To help you look back and remember all of the wonderful ways in which Lions reached out and made an impact this year, here are 10 of our most popular blog posts from 2012.

  • How to Recruit New Members at Your Lions Club Event – Recruiting new members is crucial to keeping your club fun and diverse, and encourages your community to get involved in local volunteer work. We got tips from the Royal Oaks Lions Club in Texas that can help your club grow!
  • Girl from the Philippines Wins Peace Poster Contest – The 2011-2012 Peace Poster Contest winner was Trisha Co Reyes, a 13-year-old girl from Manila. This year’s theme was “Children Know Peace.”
  • Lions in Nepal Increase Visibility with Elephant Soccer – Lions in Nepal coordinated an elephant soccer tournament to increase their club’s visibility and promote tourism in the area.
  • Indiana Girl Wins Lions Essay Contest – The winner of this year’s Lions International Essay Contest for the visually impaired was 12-year-old Mikaela Smith from Indiana. She and Trisha were honored at Lions Day with the UN in March.
  • Four-Legged Lions’ Mascot Earns His Keep – The Lake Saint Louis Lions Club in Missouri brings its club mascot, a Golden Pyrenees, to its fundraising events. The dog, Winston (in the above photo) dons a homemade lion costume when hitting the town.
  • International Parade Hits the Streets of Busan – The 2012 International Convention was held in Busan, Korea. Lions everywhere met to make new friends, learn from each other, and enjoy the colorful parade featuring more than 10,000 Lions from 120 countries.
  • Lions Resource: Getting Started on Facebook – Is your club on Facebook? The popular social media site can help your club reach out to the community, connect with Lions around the world and promote your club’s activities. This post features a video for getting started on Facebook.
  • White House to Recognize Lions as Champions of Change – In October, 11 Lions club members were selected to represent all Lions as Champions of Change. Lions participated in panel discussions at the White House to speak about Lions’ roles in youth outreach, environmental programs, disaster relief, education and more.
  • Lions Commemorative Coin Bill Signed into Law – President Barack Obama signed the “Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act” into law on October 5. The coin will be available in 2017 to help celebrate Lions’ 100 years of service. Congratulations, Lions!
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief: LCIF Approved $100,000 – Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy later in the year, Lions came together to provide disaster relief to those affected. LCIF grants funded food and clothing drives, cleanups and other projects to help rebuild people’s lives.

What was your favorite or most successful project from 2012? Do you have any memories you’d like to share? Tell your story in the comments below, and have a safe and happy new year!

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