Each year, the Lions Environmental Photo Contest gives the Lions the opportunity to portray — through the lens of a camera — their commitment to protecting and preserving the earth’s natural beauty. The 2014 finalist photos are now on the LCI Pinterest page.
This year’s categories include:
Lions can vote for their favorite photos at the 2014 International Convention in Toronto, July 4-8. Winners will be announced at convention and displayed on the LCI website, and the winning photographers will receive a special award.
How does your Lions club show your commitment to the environment?
G’day from Lions Clubs International Headquarters! On Monday, I had the opportunity to say thank you to the wonderful staff here at HQ, who work so hard year-round to ensure Lions have the resources they need to serve their communities. We held a lovely Staff Appreciation Lunch, and I was able to honor several individuals for their exceptional work for Lions. They are behind the scenes every day, helping Lions everywhere follow their dreams and make a difference in communities worldwide.
The Uptown Lions Club is the first new club club chartered in New Orleans in 35 years. The club’s mission is simple: to help provide New Orleans musicians with access to affordable health care. While serving musicians may not be a traditional mission statement for other Lions around the world, it makes sense for the Uptown Lions because of the huge role that music plays in the culture and history of the New Orleans community. These Lions identified a need unique to their community and have set out to achieve their goals.
Watch the Lions Quarterly segment above to learn more about the Uptown Lions Club’s projects. Or, watch the entire April Lions Quarterly to see how Lions are making an impact around the world.
How does your Lions club address the specific needs of your community?
Like many other young men and women, Robert Aguilar, Jr. became a U.S. Marine because he wanted to serve his country.
“I’ve always had a sense of duty and a desire to serve,” said Aguilar.
Now that Robert has left the military, he’s found a new way to serve – as a Lion. When Robert was invited to join the Seal Beach Lions Club in Seal Beach, California, he saw it as an opportunity to do some good in the community.
“What I really appreciate about Lions is being around so many people who are active in the community and who like to have a good time,” said Aguilar. “When there’s a sign-up sheet, everyone raises their hands. Everyone is eager to help. I’ve been in situations where you have to beg people to help, but not here.”
Robert has seen the can-do attitude of his fellow Lions. Recently, the Seal Beach Lions Club was hosting a car-show fundraiser when strong winds knocked down their booth in the middle of the night, but Lions quickly responded by rebuilding it before dawn to make sure the event was a success.
Although Robert hasn’t been a Lion for long, he has seen enough to know that he’s found the right place for himself, and for other veterans who want to get involved in their community.
“I think Lions is a great fit for veterans who have a sense of duty and a desire to serve. It’s not only a humanitarian group, it’s a social group,” said Aguilar. “I would recommend Lions clubs to any veterans who want to be part of something special when they return home.”
Don’t wait…invite a veteran to join your club today!
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