Young Boy Brushing Teeth
Apr
3

Leos Teach Local Children About Dental Hygiene

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April is Leo Club Awareness Month! To celebrate and recognize Leo clubs, the Lions Blog will feature stories about Leo service projects around the world. Today’s story comes from the Bali Shanti Leo Club in Indonesia. This Omega Leo club, sponsored by the Bali Surya Host Lions Club, will celebrate its 3 year anniversary next month.

In December 2015, the Bali Shanti Leo Club held an event called “Action Day with Leo.” On this special day, Leos participated in several service activities including a dental hygiene program for children.  In the morning, Leos taught 168 primary school students about proper dental hygiene. Together with the students, Leos practiced brushing their teeth. Leos also provided the students with their own toothbrushes, toothpaste, and milk. “They were really excited with this activity because this is the first time they learned how to brush teeth properly,” said a Leo volunteer.

Leos demonstrate proper dental hygiene

Through activities like this, Leo clubs bring hope and laughter to children in need around the globe. Leo clubs that plan and implement projects to enrich the lives of children are eligible to receive a Spotlight on Children banner patch. Learn more about Spotlight on Children on LCI’s website.

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Apr
1

LCIF Awards 7 Disaster Relief and Emergency Grants, March 2016

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions 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 March 2016, LCIF awarded 7 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$70,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Ecuador, District G 2
$10,000 for flood relief

Louisiana, USA, District 8 L
$10,000 for flood relief

Louisiana, USA, District 8 I
$10,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LC 2
$10,000 for flood relief

Louisiana, USA, District 8 O
$10,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LC 5
$10,000 for flood relief

Mississippi, USA, District 30 M
$10,000 for flood reliefA woman wearing her yellow Lions vest holds an infant boy and relief materials

Lions Clubs International
Mar
30

VOPA and U.S. Lions: Protect Your Club

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Lions organize service activities throughout the U.S. – from park cleanups to 5K races, vision screenings to clothing drives, Lions clubs are vital to their community. As with any event open to family, friends and the public, it’s important to consider the safety of those attending. If someone gets hurt while collecting trash on the beach or carrying boxes to the local food bank, your club may held legally responsible for resulting damages, injuries or legal claims. This is a common occurrence that has forced many clubs to dissolve or file bankruptcy as a result.

With current legislation, your club is at risk of losing its ability to help others.

What Is the Volunteer Organization Protection Act (VOPA)?

If signed into law, the VOPA bill will provide enhanced protection to nonprofit organizations in the United States for harm caused by an individual volunteer in the performance of their service. This would protect U.S. Lions clubs from being drawn into lawsuits should an accident occur during a Lions club service activity or event.

With VOPA protecting your club, you can focus your resources on the needs of your community.

How to Support the VOPA

Contact your Member of Congress! The more representatives co-sponsor the VOPA, the higher the chances of the bill being signed into law and Lions clubs receiving the protection they deserve!

Write, call or visit your U.S. Senator or House Representatives, and urge him or her to support this important bill.

Resources for Supporting the VOPA

Questions? Contact GovermentRelations@lionsclubs.org.

LCIF Foundation
Mar
28

Message from the Chairperson: LCIF Supports Lions’ Compassionate Works

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Dear Lions,

Alongside Lions and our partners, we have made great strides in reducing measles deaths worldwide, but 400 people still die each day from this preventable disease. LCIF and Lions are working hard to reduce that number. To find out more about how Lions are involved in measles work, watch “Lions Take a Stand against Measles.”WithChildrenIndia

When you donate to Lions Measles Initiative, your donation will be doubled by the Gavi Matching Fund, which is financially supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This matching program doubles the impact of your gift. Through our joint efforts with Gavi and other partners, we will increase access to quality immunization services at every level to benefit children around the world.

We know that we can eliminate this disease. But we cannot do it alone. Please consider making a donation to LCIF. Remember, it only takes about US$1 to vaccinate a child against measles. Each and every Lion can make a difference in the life of a child.

Together in Service,

Joe Preston
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Read the rest of the March newsletter here

borehole
Mar
28

Lions Provide Water in Kenya

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Today’s post is by Lion Akil Adamjee of the Lions Club of Mombasa Bahari. Visit their website, Facebook page and Twitter.

On Sunday 28th February 2016, Lions Club of Mombasa Bahari opened their SIXTH borehole in Kilifi, Mombasa, Kenya which was fully sponsored by Haider Abdulla & friends from Canada.

At the borehole site we were welcomed by the village children with songs and dance. The community chairman thanked us for our kind gesture of building this borehole in the Zowerani area within Kilifi County, where there is a desperate need of water, and informed us that a total of 9,000 people would benefit from this borehole from the surrounding villages.

He further spoke about their agriculture projects and keeping of livestock which would all benefit from this water supply and make their community more self-sustainable.

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Some of the hardships they face were also mentioned such as jiggers and bed bugs which are keeping children away from school, and lack of reading materials in their school library.

Our club president Lion Mayuri Patel thanked all the Community elders and children for their warm welcome and also mentioned that the club will look into helping them face their other hardships. Lion President further thanked Mr. Kariuki (contractor) who has helped us locate such sites which are in desperate need of water and Lion Zainul Dar (Club Projects Convener) for organizing these events.

The activity was concluded by presenting the village elders with packets of maize meal and the children were given packets of biscuits and juice.

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