With 1.35 million members in over 200 countries and geographic locations, Lions everywhere are making a difference in their communities every day. Every life a Lions member touches – whether a young girl who learns to read through a Lions literacy initiative, or a man who receives the eye care he needs to finally see his family clearly – is an amazing story about passion, dedication and service.
The Lions Blog is about sharing these stories. Are you a Lion with a successful service activity to share? Has a Lions club or member changed your life? We want to hear from you!
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Guide dogs might be cute and cuddly, but when they’re guiding their owners to safety, they’re at work. The video above features members of the Chestermere Lions Club in Alberta, Canada, who are big supporters of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and are working to get the word out about respecting guide dogs at work. That means giving them the attention they need to do their job — instead of petting or playing with them, which distracts the dogs from the task at hand, people should be aware of their presence and react accordingly.
Watch the video to learn more!
Last week Joni and I visited Nairobi, Kenya, where Lions of District 411A are already joining in the Centennial Service Challenge — celebrating 100 years of service by helping us reach our goal of serving 100 million by December 2017.
We started off the beautiful morning with songs, poems and dancing. At lunchtime, we participated in a Feeding the Hungry project, serving hot, nourishing meals to over 600 hungry children. It was such a pleasure meeting and feeding these children. Our next project was planting trees as a part of our Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) partnership. Joni and I planted the first of 9,000 trees! Think of how many people these trees will help over the years!
The Centennial Service Challenge asks Lions to serve people in need through our Global Service Action Campaigns: Engaging Our Youth, Sharing the Vision, Relieving the Hunger and Protecting Our Environment. I look forward to joining Lions across the globe in meeting this challenge!
How is your club participating in the Centennial Service Challenge?
Your International President,
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Club officers, club board members and all Lions—strengthen your club with GOAL— Growth, Orientation, Activity, and Leadership. Don’t miss this interactive presentation that discusses club Growth as a membership growth plan; Orientation as mentoring and involving new Lions; Activity as service, giving and adaptability, and Leadership as a leadership development plan.
Learn how GOAL can take your club to the next level as encouraged by International President Joe Preston in his theme of Strengthen the Pride.
Register today for one of the time slots below!
At this year’s International Convention in Toronto, we asked Lions to answer a simple question: What do you enjoy about being a Lion? The response was huge, as Lions happily shared their feelings of being a Lion — whether they enjoyed the friendships formed through their club, or they loved volunteering their time to help others in need.
Watch the video above to hear from fellow Lions, and tell us in the comments below what YOU enjoy about being a Lion!
You can also view more convention videobooth videos on the #LCICon YouTube channel.
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The Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign is still going strong, and we’re sharing stories of how Lions everywhere are feeding their hungry neighbors. The video above…
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There’s still time to take advantage of Early Bird registration fees for the 2014 Lions International Convention, to be held July 4 – 8 in Toronto. The Early…