Feb
25

LQ: Lions Make Iceland Green

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The latest issue of the Lions Quarterly video magazine features Lions in Iceland who are addressing their country’s environmental concerns, such as soil erosion due to heavy deforestation. For decades, Lions have planted trees and grass in their communities — turning their “wounded” coastlines into green landscapes once more. Other projects include environmental cleanup activities, which encourage families and youth in the community to join in the service. Green projects such as these are great ways to bring the community together and work toward a better future.

Watch the video above to see how Lions are making Iceland green. What kinds of environmental projects does your club organize?

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Lions Clubs International
Feb
24

Plan a Family & Friends Sight Project

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We know that being a Lion and serving your community is important to you, but do your family and friends know? April is Family and Friends Month — a great opportunity for you to share with those closest to you what it means to be a Lion. Consider planning a sight project during the month of April, and invite your parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, neighbors, best friends and coworkers to join in the service!

Family and Friends sight project ideas include:

  • Organize a vision screening at a local school or community center.
  • Host a pancake breakfast that helps raise funds to send a blind or visually-impaired child to a Lions-supported special needs camp.
  • Arrange a recreational activity, such as a bowling, swimming or fishing event, for children and adults who are visually impaired.
  • Plan a “sight walk” fundraiser to help provide eyeglasses to people in your community who cannot afford them.
  • Schedule a tour of the nearest Lions Eye Bank to raise awareness about the importance of eye tissue donation.
  • Place a Recycle for Sight eyeglass collection box at your Lions World Lunch Relay event.

How is your club participating in Family and Friends Month?

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Lions Clubs International
Feb
21

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • IRELAND: The Bantry Bay Lions Club hosts a young entrepreneurs camp.
  • SOUTH DAKOTA, USA: The Fort Pierre Lions Club donates laser equipment to help create Braille textbooks.
  • NEW YORK, USA: The Bloomfield Lions Club conducts eye screening that saves a 6-year-old girl’s life.
  • ENGLAND: Glastonbury and Street Lions Club raise money for flood victims.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: The Uitenhage Lions Club supports estuary project by helping raise environmental awareness in the community.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Lions Clubs International
Feb
20

Meet the 2013-14 Essay Contest Winner

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Congratulations to the winner of the 2013-14 Lions International Essay Contest: Ashish Karki, age 12, from Nepal. He was sponsored by the Lions Club of Kathmandu Ramechhap. Below is an excerpt from his winning essay for this year’s theme, “Our World, Our Future”:

“What will be in the future? I always ask myself this question. Nobody is responsible for us. The modern era is deeply rooted with self-centeredness, violence, crime and lack of certitude. To eradicate these tendencies we have to bring the light of peace, justice, brotherhood, responsibility and rational human behavior through education. Education is true medicine of the mind if all the citizens of the world get access to education to create the better world and make it the best place.”

The essay contest was created to offer an opportunity to visually impaired young people to express their feelings of peace.

Does your club participate in the annual Lions Essay Contest?

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Lions Clubs International
Feb
19

Palmer’s Blog: Malawi Lions Eye Clinic

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When I was in Malawi last week, I visited a Lions SightFirst Eye Hospital in need of much support. Lions there are working to upgrade the equipment, some of which is over 10 years old. The building itself is not in very good shape. However, I have faith in Lions always. We are here to help, and I have no doubt that we will be able to get the equipment and resources needed to help change people’s lives for the better. The doctors there are incredible caring and passionate — and even insisted that I get my eyes tested, as well!

Follow your dreams every day, Lions. Remember that together, we can accomplish anything!

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