“Girl Rising” is a powerful film that journeys around the globe to document the strength of the human spirit through the eyes of young girls in developing countries. Viewers get to know four unforgettable girls living in the developing world — ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
Earlier this month, Lions Clubs International held a screening of the film “Girl Rising” for local Lions, followed by a discussion panel with literacy experts. Topics included empowering girls through early reading, building stronger communities through health and education, putting literacy within reach for every child, and equity and inclusion within education.
Through initiatives such as the Reading Action Program, Lions everywhere are focusing their efforts on improving global literacy rates and helping young girls everywhere follow their dreams. In addition to the many Reading Action Program projects you can organize for your community, consider screening “Girl Rising” at your next Lions club meeting or event. Invite Lions, potential members, friends and family, and raise awareness about the importance of education for young girls.
In Lebanon this past weekend, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the theme of the first Lions International Peace Poster Contest: “Peace Will Help Us Grow.” Thirteen-year-old Mustapha El Tawokji from Lebanon won that contest for his beautiful depiction of a dove flying over a growing flower.
Lions in Beirut recently opened a new park on the original border site of East and West Beirut during the civil war. I attended the opening ceremony, releasing white doves as a sign of peace as well as planting an olive tree. With the opening of this park, a part of young Mustapha’s dream has come true, and I’m proud to say that the Lions helped make it happen.
The video above is a nice look back at the first Peace Poster Contest, and how the contest has affected Mustapha’s life and vision of peace. The contest is still going strong today; you can order a kit for this year’s theme, “Peace, Love and Understanding.”
In celebration of Earth Day and Lions’ commitment to this month’s Protecting Our Environment Global Service Action Campaign, we’re sharing a video from Lions Quarterly archives that features Lions who built a nature park for their community. Once a former disaster site, the area was transformed into a park for local families to enjoy, as well as a memorial for those who lost their lives to a flood in 1972.
How is your Lions club celebrating Earth Day today?
Don’t miss the last Leadership Development webinar of this Lions year: Conflict Resolution. The presentation disarms the idea of conflict by discussing common causes of conflict, the benefits of conflict and five conflict management strategies.
The webinar will review the pros and cons of each conflict management approach as well as when to use each one — competition, avoidance, compromise, accommodation or collaboration. Collaboration, the optimal choice, will be discussed in detail.
Don’t miss this webinar! It will give you the tools to help manage conflict at the club, district and all other Lions’ levels.
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