Check out the newly redesigned look of LION Magazine, launched in the January issue. Also, find out how Alaska Lions brought a world of reading to the island nation of Tonga, learn about the importance of Lions’ traditions and see how clubs are using eye-catching collection boxes to spur eyeglass donations.
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In the Digital LION, watch a Pennsylvania club’s fun promotional video, read stories of Christmas past and view the Higher Key Award recipients.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
Today we celebrate the birth of our founder, Melvin Jones, who was born on January 13, 1879 in Fort Thomas, Arizona. As a young man, Melvin moved to Chicago where he formed his own insurance agency in 1913. Soon after, he joined the Business Circle and was elected secretary. It was during his time with the Business Circle that he thought about using their talents to improve the community.
On June 7, 1917, Melvin invited similar luncheon clubs to join him in Chicago. It was there that he proposed the idea of a service oriented organization and Lions Clubs International was born.
In honor of Melvin Jones, we have encouraged Lions to participate in the Worldwide Week of Service extending from January 10th– 16th. Be sure to use the hashtag #LIONS100 when posting pictures or videos on social media sites so that other clubs can see the impact you are making in your community.
What is your club doing to celebrate Melvin’s birthday?
The longstanding partnership between Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Special Olympics is expanding. Beyond vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses, this five-year expansion, known as “Mission: Inclusion,” will create programs to support acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities within their communities.
Leos have an important role to play in this expanded partnership, which focuses on the Special Olympics program known as Unified Sports®. By teaming up with Special Olympics athletes to train and compete in various sports, Leos are leading by example. Both Leos and Special Olympics athletes improve their physical fitness, better their skills and learn the value of acceptance and inclusion. The goals of Unified Sports are to equalize the ability level of Special Olympics athletes with their partners and to promote inclusion through team practice and competition.
South Africa serves as one of the pilots for the Special Olympics–LCI “Mission: Inclusion” partnership around Unified Sports. Recently, Leos in South Africa participated in a Unified Bowling project with Special Olympics South Africa. Lions clubs and Leos around the world are spreading the message of inclusion!
Do you want to become a Lions superhero? Join Past International Directors Dana Biggs and Beverly Roberts as they help Lions activate their innate superhero traits and put them to work as a Lion.
Lions will consider their powers, mission, LCI tools, sidekicks, and various aspects of “train, train, train.” The webinar ends with a challenge to “Live as a Lions Superhero” and share your results with other Lions. Don’t miss this engaging perspective on Lionism!
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Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation can help Lions change lives around the world and at home? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s FOLAC Forum from January 13 through January 18 in Margarita Island, Venezuela.
LCIF will have staff on hand who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!
This year, there are several informational sessions regarding LCIF:
→ On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, there will be an LCIF Coordinators meeting in the Salón Guaiqueri/Paraguachi at the Hotel Venetur Margarita from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
→ On Friday, January 16, 2015, Chairperson Barry Palmer will speak in the Salón Bicentenario from 12:45 until 1:30 p.m.
Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.
You can read about LCIF’s activities at the Mediterranean Conference in the upcoming weeks.
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