LQ: Minnesota Lions Unite

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All nine clubs from a zone in Minnesota joined together to tackle two large projects in one weekend. Their first project consisted of planting different grasses and plants along the banks of the river to help prevent erosion. The second project focused on relieving the hunger in their community. The clubs packed 10,000 bags of macaroni and cheese mix. These packaged bags were then sent to their local food pantry. For one club, these projects might have seemed overwhelming, but when Lions come together, there’s nothing they can’t do!

Check out the video above and see how Minnesota Lions team up to address issues such as erosion and hunger in their community. You can watch the entire April Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

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LCIF Awards Disaster Relief Grants, May 2015

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. In May 2015, LCIF provided 6 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$55,000.

These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

El Salvador, District D-2CIMG6566crop
$5,000 for tidal wave relief

Honduras, District D-6
$10,000 for tidal wave relief

Tanzania, District 411-B
$10,000 for tornado relief

Texas, USA, District 2-S3
$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-3
$10,000 for tornado relief

Texas, USA, District 2-S2
$10,000 for flood relief

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Today is Helen Keller Day

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“I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness,” Helen Keller addressed to the Lions at the International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, in 1925. The video above is a reenactment of her speech from the 1925 convention.

Helen Keller was born in 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At 18 months of age, she developed a fever that left her both deaf and blind. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen learned to use sign language and read braille. A few years later, she learned to speak.

In 1915, Helen Keller founded the American Foundation for Overseas Blind, Inc, (known today as Helen Keller International) which helped blind World War I veterans adjust to their loss of vision.  Throughout much of her adult life, Helen Keller was an advocate for helping people with disabilities.

In 1971, the Lions Clubs International Board of Directors established that June 1st would forever be recognized as Helen Keller Day.

What sight-related project is your club organizing to celebrate Helen Keller Day?

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Preston’s Blog: Lions on a Boat

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Joni and I departed from Germany yesterday, but are still reminiscing of the sights we saw and the people we met. While we were there, we attended “Lions Boat Night,” a fundraiser dinner put on by the Lions of Germany. The boat set sail at sunset. During our excursion through the waterways of Berlin, we chartered a new Leo Club. The evening with a spectacular fireworks display that was synchronized to Strengthen the Pride.

Traveling all across the globe has allowed me to meet so many wonderful members of the Lions family, and in a few weeks Lions from all over will be coming to Hawaii for our 98th International Convention. I am looking forward to seeing you all there! Let’s end this year strong and continue to Strengthen the Pride!

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

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Canadian Lions Volunteer at Blood Donor Clinic

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Today’s guest post was written by Lion Corita, Secretary of the Bonnyville Lakeland 2000 Lions Club and local “Get Swabbed” organizer. For many years, the Lions have been committed to volunteering with the Canadian Blood Services Mobile Donor Clinics. Follow the Bonnyville Lakeland 2000 Lions on Facebook for more information regarding the “Get Swabbed & Register” event.

The Bonnyville Lakeland 2000 Lions Club and Knights of Columbus have been committed to helping the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) with their Mobile Blood Donor Clinics for years. This year, our club helped organize and implement our area’s very first CBS “Donate Blood, Get Swabbed & Register” event on May 12th.

“The swabs are for the OneMatch program, which seeks to create a database of unrelated stem cell donors for those in need of life-saving donations,” Peter Lozinski wrote in an article for the Cold Lake Sun. It only takes about 20 seconds to receive a DNA sample via cheek swab.

Members from our club volunteered to help out the OneMatch “Get Swabbed & Register Event” while the Knights of Columbus helped out at the Mobile Blood Donor Clinic. It was a huge success! We would like to thank the 40 new OneMatch registrants enrolled in the database, and the 150 participants who donated blood.


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LQ: Lions Help Musicians in New Orleans

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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…

Video: Lions Camp for Visually Impaired

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lions recreational camps for the blind and visually impaired offer children, teens and adults the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment customized to their needs. The…

Recycle for Sight in May

Thursday, May 1, 2014

When Helen Keller named Lions “Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness,” Lions responded by making it our mission to serve blind and vision-impaired people everywhere….

LQ: Pediatric Cataract Initiative

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The April Lions Quarterly features the above segment about the Pediatric Cataract Initiative, a Lions Clubs International Foundation and Bausch + Lomb program that helps provide children with…