The Centennial Service Challenge was announced at the 2014 Lions International Convention in Toronto — presenting Lions with the goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017. Is your club up to the challenge? Start planning your Global Service Action Campaign service activities, beginning in August with Engaging Our Youth.
Recognize the power of youth involvement! Serve children in need! Project ideas include:
For more information on the Centennial Service Challenge, such as how to report your service activities and track the number of people served, visit the Centennial Service Challenge page and read our FAQs.
I’m so excited and honored to be this year’s Lions Clubs International President!
We’re a family – a Lions Pride — and I’m hoping you will join me this year in working to Strengthen the Pride. There are so many areas in which we can strive to do better so that we can serve our communities better. Each new member helps our organization grow. Each life we touch through service makes us stronger and more dedicated.
Through partnerships, technology, creativity and so much more, Lions clubs are getting stronger every day. Visit my President’s Theme page on the LCI website for the tools and resources you need to help make your club stronger.
I’m looking forward to a great year, and I can’t wait to meet Lions across the globe to see how they’re Strengthening the Pride!
Your International President,
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Below are the results from the 2014 Lions Clubs International Convention Parade of Nations, held this year in Toronto, Canada on July 4-8. Congratulations to all Lions across the globe!
Division 1 Category A
1) MD-321 India
2) MD-27 Wisconsin
Division I Category B1
High School Band
1) MD-A Ontario
2) MD-321 India
Division I Category B2
All State Band
1) MD-30 Mississippi
2) MD-14 Pennsylvania
3) MD-10/SD-10 Michigan
Division I Category C
Precision Demonstration Unit
1) MD-321 – India
Division 1 Category D
Uniform Marching Delegation
1) MD-321 – India
2) MD-307 – Indonesia
3) Lions of Scandinavia – Aland Island, Denmark, Faroe Island, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden
Division II Category A
High School / All State Band
1) MD-A – Kitchener
2) MD-21 – Arizona
Division II Category B
Precision Demonstration Unit
1) MD-316, 317, 318, 324 India
2) MD-103 France
If you can dream it … you can do it!
Lions, thank you for following your dreams this year. Across the globe, you’ve achieved so many dreams — from providing children with books and food and sight services, to improving the health of people in need. You’ve empowered women and recruited new Lions. You’ve gathered your family and friends to show them what it means to be a Lion. And you’ve changed lives.
It has been an honor and inspiration to meet so many Lions who are making a difference in this world.
Keep your dream in your pocket as a reminder of what Lions can achieve when they work together. Thank you for a wonderful year!
During a site visit to Toronto I had the opportunity to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. I learned that a committee of players, coaches and others meet annually to select new honorees. I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the people, the planning of the displays and the recognition that is given to those who achieved excellence in the sport.
The NHL Legends area features the honorees; and NHL Milestones displays noteworthy records. There are some comparisons we could make to Lions Clubs International as we approach our centennial year. I know you have stories to tell of outstanding Lions achievements and Lions leaders who planned for the future.
As I think about the year ahead, I hope you are inspired to use teamwork to achieve bigger wins for our Lions team. My international theme, Strengthen the Pride, is about building for the future from the club level throughout the organization to ensure our legacy going forward. With the Lions Pride membership awards, the Club Excellence Award, the Strengthen the Pride awards for zone & region chairpersons and the District Governor Team Excellence Award, we will honor our own champions who achieve results. The Ask One initiative alone could set a new record for invitations to potential new members.
In closing, I am glad you are on my team and I look forward to hearing your Hall of Fame stories as we progress through the 2014-2015 year.
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