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Sep
8

Today is International Literacy Day

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Two years ago, the Reading Action Program began. This program is a 10-year commitment to increase reading and literacy rates all over the world. Today, Lions have served over 17.5 million people through projects such as book donations, early reading intervention programs and more. In celebration of International Literacy Day, we are encouraging Lions to promote literacy during the month of September, as well as throughout the year.

Some project ideas your club can consider include:

  • Reading to children at a local library or after school program
  • Organizing a book exchange
  • Providing assistive devices to adults or children who have low vision
  • Supplying new parents with books for young children and including facts about the importance of early reading

You can even turn your Reading Action Program initiative into a Centennial Service Challenge project by engaging a Leo club or other youth in your community. Help reach our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017, and don’t forget to report your activity on MyLCI. Share your service activity on Facebook and other social media sites with the hashtag #LIONS100 so other clubs can see how you’re making an impact.

How is your club promoting literacy in your community?

 

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Lions Clubs International
Sep
5

Read the September LION Magazine

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In the September LION Magazine, learn about an exceptional Leo club in Massachusetts, find out how Lions are helping those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting, and read the variety of responses Lions gave to the question, “Who was Melvin Jones?”

Also in this issue:

  • In the digital LION, find videos that parody pancake breakfasts, show skydiving Lions and highlight the benefits of welcoming young members.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

 

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Sep
3

Preston’s Blog: #WeServe in Brazil

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Two weeks ago, Joni and I visited Ceara, Brazil, where the Lions are living up to our motto “we serve.” There, I promoted the Pride of being a Lion at the opening of the Council of Governors meeting, met with Lion Leaders, Club Presidents and Leos, and dumped a bucket of ice water over my head. Yes, I said it –ice water.

It was in Fortaleza, Brazil that I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This challenge has been spreading awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease as well as helping gain support in the race to find a cure. You can see the video I posted taking the challenge on the Lions Clubs International Youtube Channel.

We Lions have our own challenge –the Centennial Service Challenge, in which Lions around the world are working toward serving 100 million people by 2017. I was fortunate to join the Lions of Brazil in protecting our environment by planting trees and the Leos of Brazil are doing their part by focusing their time to feeding the homeless. Report your service activities on MyLCI and encourage others to participate.

Lions, are you up for the challenge?

 

Your International President,

Joe Preston

Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.

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Sep
2

Webinar: The Role of the Cabinet Secretary

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“The Role of the Cabinet Secretary” webinar provides training and guidance for this essential district position. As the cabinet secretary you play a key role in communicating, scheduling, and providing resources to the district leadership team, while also assisting the district governor.  The presentation reviews the cabinet secretary responsibilities, challenges and opportunities.

The content includes a review of the MyLCI cabinet secretary features and functions.  MyLCI training includes basic features, access and login, home page and menus, and getting help with MyLCI.

If you are a current or prospective cabinet secretary, or a Lion interested in district operations, you will not want to miss this webinar!

Register today for one of the time slots below:

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Lions Clubs International
Sep
1

Lions in India Feed Hungry Children

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As a part of the Centennial Service Challenge goal to serve 100 million people by December 2017, Lions Club of Guwahati Kamrupa in India held a Relieving the Hunger project that fed 1,700 children in need. Over 50 Lions prepared and distributed lunch to the children. These Lions have committed to feeding 5,000 children this year.

The Centennial Service Challenge encourages Lions to celebrate 100 years of service by serving 100 million people in the areas of youth, environment, vision and hunger. In addition to feeding children, projects that count toward the goal include planting trees, organizing a vision screening and donating books to a local school. For more Centennial Service Project ideas, visit our Global Service Action Campaigns page.

Don’t forget to report your activities on MyLCI, and share your projects on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LIONS100.

 

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