Lions Clubs International
May
13

Lions Special Kids Day

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Each year, Past District Governor (District 4-C3) Rene DeLuna and his wife Lion Maggie open up their ranch to over 1,500 families with disabled children for one day. The Special Kids Day in Brentwood, California, USA, gives kids with emotional, developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy activities that are catered to their needs.

With over 150 volunteers from 21 Lions clubs, the event brings the entire community together. Local families appreciate the love and support shown by Lions, and Lions get a chance to reach out to children with special needs — giving the kids a day during which they can feel comfortable and have fun. Activities include motorcycle rides, special foods, face painting, dancing, balloons, hay rides and more!

See images from the successful 2014 event on the Brentwood Lions Facebook page.

What kind of unique district-wide events does your Lions club participate in?

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Lions Clubs International
May
12

Lions Bookmart Promotes Literacy for All Ages

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The Reading Action Program is a relatively new Lions program, but the Glenside Lions Club in Australia has been promoting literacy for decades. The club formed the Glenside Lions Club Bookmart approximately 34 years ago, and since then, the Bookmart has helped the Lions raise nearly $1 million to give back to the community and local charities.

The Bookmart is set up similar to a library. There are more than 30,000 books on display at any one time, from nonfiction topics such as travel and cooking, to classic fiction titles and children’s books. Readers can also find rare and special interest books on the Bookmart shelves. Volunteers (Lions and non-Lions alike) include retired librarians, teachers and community members who love books.

A few years ago, funds from the Bookmart allowed the Glenside Lions to donate a van to the local library. The van is used as a “mobile library,” delivering books to elderly residents who would otherwise have difficulty getting access to library services.

What a wonderful way to encouraging reading in the community while raising money for a good cause! To learn more about the Glenside Lions Club Bookmart, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

How does your club promote literacy in your community?

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Lions Clubs International
May
9

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities. – See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2014/05/02/lions-in-the-headlines-48/#sthash.XUreuEWR.dpuf

Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.

  • ENGLAND: Ryedale Lions Club provide mobility scooters to stranded Thornton Dale almshouses residents.
  • AUSTRALIA: Lions contribute to “tool library,” a mobile shipping container which could be kept in a central location and quickly deployed to disaster areas.
  • COLORADO, USA: Estes Park Lions Club help educate students about national parks.
  • CANADA: Weymouth Lions Club teams with local students to clean up trash on roadsides.
  • INDIA: Lions Club of Chembur launch medical center.

Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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May
8

Video: Lions Camp for Visually Impaired

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Lions recreational camps for the blind and visually impaired offer children, teens and adults the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment customized to their needs.

The video above features the Allen H. Stewart Lions Camp in Wyoming, USA, where young participants enjoy activities such as woodworking, music, daily living skills, cooking, Braille, robotics, pottery and more. Older campers often come back to work as interns at the camp, serving as mentors and leaders for the younger participants. It’s a positive experience for everyone, and gives kids the chance to experience a summer camp with others who understand their struggles.

How does your club serve children with special needs? Watch the video for a tour of the Allen H. Stewart Lions Camp, and see our list of Lions-supported special needs camps to find one near you. Consider volunteering at a local camp, sponsoring a child to attend a camp, or raising funds to help support a camp.

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Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer
May
7

Palmer’s Blog: Happy Lions, Big Impact

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Lions, is it your dream to expand your reach and make a bigger impact on the community? More members mean more service! In addition to planning and executing projects that address your community’s needs, member recruitment is a big part of Lions service.

The LCI website has a wealth of resources for inviting new members and keeping current members satisfied:

  • Just Ask! – Get your club ready to invite new members and be prepared for success when you do.
  • Membership Satisfaction Guide – Keep members happy and coming back.
  • Start a new club – Give others the opportunity to make a real difference by starting a new club in your community.

Spread the word about your club! Let friends, family and community members know what it means to be a Lion, and encourage them to get involved.

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Palmer’s Blog: Visiting Children in Penang

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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