In Wyoming, USA, Lions organized a “Ride for Sight” fundraiser in which the money raised went to support the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation and more. These funds were then used to provide eye surgeries to those in need. But it’s thanks to the registered eye, organ and tissue donors that the surgery was possible.
This month we honor those donors and their families for giving the gift of sight. Organizing a fundraiser, distributing donor awareness materials at a community event, and inviting an eye bank representative to speak at a club or district meeting are just a few ways your Lions club can recognize Eye Donor Awareness Month.
The United States celebrates Eye Donor Awareness in March; however, donor awareness varies throughout the world, such as:
How does your club emphasize the need for eye donors?
Last week Joni and I were in Paris, as I’m sure many of you saw our view of the Eiffel Tour from our room. After being able to tour this beautiful city, Joni and I visited Généthon, a Lions sponsored facility. They conduct genetic research, as well as gene therapy for rare diseases. Their partnership with the Lions has been progressing for 45 years! The next morning, we left for Nice.
Our time in Nice was busy, as we partook in the inauguration of a Lions sponsored facility that treats Alzheimer’s disease. Along with meeting with the Lions of France, we also were able to visit with our furry friends at the Dog Guide School that has been operating since 1966 in Èze, France!
It was incredible to see the institutes the French Lions sponsor and the large impact they are making in their country!
Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.
As a Lion, I truly believe that there is strength in numbers. There’s tremendous strength in partnerships, too. That’s why Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) decided to partner with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With our help, Gavi has averted the deaths of seven million children.
I recently represented LCIF at “Reach Every Child,” a pledging conference for Gavi, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. To help fight this deadly disease, Lions have committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through Gavi.
I am sure that I don’t need to remind you that measles is an extremely infectious disease. Every single day, 330 children die from measles. You can make a contribution to LCIF today to create a healthier, brighter tomorrow for the children who need you most.
Thank you for continuing to fight against measles to ensure all children everywhere receive life-saving vaccinations.
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
View the rest of the February LCIF newsletter here.
100 million is a lot. Ask anyone. So, last year, when Lions announced our Centennial Service Challenge goal of helping 100 million people before the end of the association’s 100th anniversary, people may have thought we were a little crazy. But now we’re happy to announce that in a few short months, Lions’ service has already benefitted 20 million people!
This data, which measures Lion activities through December 2014, represents the first big step on the path to our Centennial celebration. Thanks to the incredible response from Lions like you, we’re on our way to achieving our goal!
Lions serve. From the Worldwide Week of Service to screening the vision of children in their community and Relieving the Hunger, Lion service touches the lives of people in every corner of the world. Leading up to our Centennial in 2017, Lions have an incredible opportunity to demonstrate the positive impact of service by joining together to help those in need.
We’re off to a great start, but we still have a ways to go. Keep serving and supporting the Centennial Service Challenge by visiting Lions100.org, where you’ll find info and resources to start planning your next Centennial service project today.
Remember, when Lions come together to serve, we can change the world!
Is there anything more important to successful club life and impactful service than cohesive Lions teams? In the “Minding Your Members: Leading Strong Teams” webinar, Lions will learn how to foster strong Lions teams through effective leadership that includes conflict management, empathy, being a changemaker and building bonds.
This interactive session offers practical scenarios to consider optimal leadership principles and a challenge to take back to your club, zone or district.
If you attend one leadership development webinar this year, make it this one!
Presenters: International Director Karla Harris, Past International Director Gary Fry, and Past Council Chairperson Jim Canon
Register today for a time slot below:
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