Lions of Turkey Team up with LCIF to Support Refugees

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Edirne 6The Lions of District 118-E have recently been awarded a US$26,000 grant for refugee assistance. The Lions plan to establish a school for refugee children, giving them access to basic education and computer skills. They will also support the nutrition and hygiene needs of 100 families for two months.

The Lions of Turkey are working with the Human Sources Foundation, an NGO in partnership with the UNHCR, to start a basic education classroom and computer learning classroom in two empty rooms in a community center which has extended its services to refugees in the area. Currently, the center provides refugees with basic needs such as food, clothing, and hygiene goods, along with counseling, legal services, and leisure activities.

The grant will be used, in part, to purchase 30 student desks and chairs, a teacher’s desk and chair, blackboards, and cabinets. The classroom will serve 60 students in two shifts each day.  They will purchase 20 computers, 20 computer tables and chairs, printers, modems and lay down the electrical infrastructure for this room. This classroom will serve 40 young adults in two shifts each day.

They will purchase 1,000 student kits each containing two notebooks, six pencils, an eraser and a ruler. Each of the 100 students will receive a kit. The remaining kits will be distributed to other schools and community centers educating refugee children in the area.

Finally they plan to purchase goods to restock the center’s inventory to be able to distribute basic food and hygiene materials twice a month for two months to 100 families at the center.

If your District or Multiple District is interested in providing assistance to refugees, you can contact LCIF to find out how to request funds for local relief projects.

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LION Magazine November 2015

In the November LION Magazine…

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Medals, Merriment and … Eyeglasses

In the November LION, Lions clubs capitalize on popular events and attractions to raise funds, Sanibel Island Lions find service and island life quite compatible and a flexible and welcoming club culture is attracting younger members in Minnesota.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, watch videos, find a treasure trove of Helen Keller stories and videos and read about older Lions who are still roaring.

Visit to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine. Download the app to read the LION on your android tablet or iPad.

Like the LION on Facebook.

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Message from the Chairperson: We Can Grow Our Foundation

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Dear Lions,SOball

I recently attended the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, USA. I learned the power of giving all athletes the opportunity to compete and the importance of inclusion. Watching them in action showed me that these athletes really blossom when given encouragement and opportunity.

I am so proud of the Lions of California for all of their volunteer efforts for the Healthy Athletes screenings, just like all of the other Lions around the world who have been instrumental in games and screening events over the last 14 years. I am also very thankful for the hospitality of our partners at Special Olympics.

Partnerships like this extend the reach of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), serving more people than any one Lions club could serve alone. That is why it is so important that we continue to grow and expand LCIF.

I promoted Ask One for membership last year, but that idea also applies to LCIF. This is OUR foundation. Every one of us is responsible for its growth and success. We need to make sure every Lion knows about our foundation.

I challenge each of you to ask one Lion to make a gift to LCIF this year. We are our own biggest advocates! Speak to your fellow Lions about what LCIF means to you and the impact it makes on millions of lives around the world every year.


Joe Preston
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

See the rest of the October 2015 LCIF e-newsletter here.


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Video: Diabetes Awareness and Projects

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In this live stream, LCI staff shared information about the global burden of diabetes, suggestions for diabetes community projects, and funding opportunities for Lions.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day is November 14.  Diabetes has reached global epidemic proportions but there is much Lions can do to increase awareness and prevention.


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Leo to Lion Spotlight: Pablo Romano

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Pablo Romano is a former Leo who has chosen to continue serving his community as a Lion in the Long Island City – Astoria Lions Club (New York, USA). Pablo has helped grow membership by chartering many new Leo and Lions clubs during his time as a Lion. Pablo currently serves as a New Club Development Consultant for LCI and is his club’s Leo Club Advisor.

If you are a former Leo and would like to be featured in the Leo to Lion Spotlight, please email us at


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