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Jan
30

Peace Poster Contest Judging

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Last week, more than 25 members and leaders of youth outreach and the art community came to Loyola University Museum of Art to judge this year’s Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest finalists. There were 132 posters –all created by 11, 12 and 13 year old children from around the world.

Amongst those in attendance were Greg Allen, Founding Director of the Neo-Futurists; Gary Fry, Director of Midwest Young Artists Voices Rising; James Lackey, Artist at Horizons for the Blind; Steven Rosengard, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Science and Industry; and many more.

We would like to thank our judges for their participation and congratulate our peace poster finalists. The grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be announced on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at this year’s Lions Day with the United Nations.

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Jan
29

Visit LCIF at the All Africa Conference!

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Experience the impact of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) at the 20th All Africa Conference from February 4 through 8all_affrica_logo-ef41d in Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo.

LCIF staff will be present and can answer questions regarding grant programs and the application process, provide informational materials, and accept donations.

This year, there are a number of informational sessions at the forum, including one from LCIF. Be sure to attend the LCIF seminar on Friday, February 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Melvin Jones Fellows fundraising dinner follows at 8 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Jan
28

LQ: The Founding of Lions Clubs International

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In 1917, the United States entered World War I, causing rapid industrial growth that led to many social problems, such as child labor, overcrowding and rapid spread of disease. Because of this, reformers sought ways to improve the conditions in their communities. Among them was Melvin Jones, secretary of the Business Circle.

He proposed this idea to his fellow club members who gave him the approval to gather clubs together for a meeting in Chicago. On June 7th, 1917, the first meeting was held with the Circle and a few other groups in attendance. It was then that the International Association of Lions Clubs was born. The first Lions Convention in Dallas, Texas opened on October 8th of the same year. Lions became international in 1920 when they chartered the first club in Ontario, Canada.

Be sure to watch the video above –the first in a series of centennial videos –to learn about the important events that took place in during the beginning years of Lions Clubs International.  You can download or view the entire Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

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Jan
28

Webinar: Project Management

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Every club leader wants to achieve successful club projects, but sometimes it is hard to know where to begin and how to proceed.  This popular webinar provides practical, useful guidance on effective project management.  The presentation will review:

  • How to align projects with purposes
  • A project manager’s responsibilities
  • The traits of effective project managers
  • The five phases of project management best-practices, and
  • An LCI service project case study

Gather the tools for project excellence–register today for one of the two sessions available!

Register below for one of the two time slots:

Webinar Presenters:

Past Council Chairperson Joe Pitts

Past Council Chairperson Mark Lyon

Past District Governor Ruth Roberts

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Jan
27

An Update on Measles Activities

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Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) have supported the vaccination of millions of children through the Measles & Rubella Initiative and our partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. While there is still much work to be done, there continues to be great progress made in the fight against measles.

Lions Measles RibbonRecently, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, celebrated its 15th anniversary at the World Economic Forum in Davos. During that celebration, Gavi announced that half a billion children have received vaccinations and seven million deaths have been avoided because of Gavi-supported immunization programs. LCIF is proud to be a supporting partner of Gavi.

Lions, in partnership with Gavi, have already helped to immunize more than 20 million children and have pledged to immunize another 100 million! LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer is in Berlin today representing LCIF at Gavi’s Reach Every Child pledging conference. The conference surpassed its goal of US$7.5 billion, fully funding vaccine programs during the 2016-2020 period.

Our partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance continues the work of Lions in the fight against measles and rubella. The partnership will protect tens of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles.

Lions play a key role in social mobilization efforts by working with local leaders, coordinating local publicity, and  serving as volunteers at vaccination centers. Lions are working with parents to get their children to be immunized. Lions are working with ministries of health and other partners to ensure that children are vaccinated. Lions are spreading the word about just how important immunizations are, and are fighting for a safer, healthier and brighter future for the children who need us most.

When you make a donation to the One Shot, One Life: Lions’ Measles Initiative, you are helping to save children’s lives!

 

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