Leos Team up With Special Olympics Athletes in South Africa

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The longstanding partnership between Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Special Olympics is expanding. Beyond vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses, this five-year expansion, known as “Mission: Inclusion,” will create programs to support acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities within their communities.

Leos have an important role to play in this expanded partnership, which focuses on the Special Olympics program known as Unified Sports®. By teaming up with Special Olympics athletes to train and compete in various sports, Leos are leading by example.  Both Leos and Special Olympics athletes improve their physical fitness, better their skills and learn the value of acceptance and inclusion. The goals of Unified Sports are to equalize the ability level of Special Olympics athletes with their partners and to promote inclusion through team practice and competition.

South Africa serves as one of the pilots for the Special Olympics–LCI “Mission: Inclusion” partnership around Unified Sports. Recently, Leos in South Africa participated in a Unified Bowling project with Special Olympics South Africa. Lions clubs and Leos around the world are spreading the message of inclusion!

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Photo credit Special Olympics Inc.

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Webinar: Become a Lions Superhero

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Do you want to become a Lions superhero?  Join Past International Directors Dana Biggs and Beverly Roberts as they help Lions activate their innate superhero traits and put them to work as a Lion.

Lions will consider their powers, mission, LCI tools, sidekicks, and various aspects of “train, train, train.”  The webinar ends with a challenge to “Live as a Lions Superhero” and share your results with other Lions.  Don’t miss this engaging perspective on Lionism!

Interested in registering for this seminar? Sign up below:

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Visit LCIF at the FOLAC Forum!

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Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation can help Lions change lives around the world and at home? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s FOLAC Forum from January 13 through January 18 in Margarita Island, Venezuela.

LCIF will have staff on hand who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!

This year, there are several informational sessions regarding LCIF:

→ On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, there will be an LCIF Coordinators meeting in the Salón Guaiqueri/Paraguachi at the Hotel Venetur Margarita from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

→ On Friday, January 16, 2015, Chairperson Barry Palmer will speak in the Salón Bicentenario from 12:45 until 1:30 p.m.

Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the Mediterranean Conference in the upcoming weeks.

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Share Peace

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We are excited to announce the theme for the upcoming 2015-2016 Peace Poster Contest: “Share Peace.” This international contest gives youth from around the world a chance to express their vision of peace through art.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest in your area, please be sure to purchase a kit. Peace Poster Kits will be available to order on January 15th, 2015. To learn more about the contest, please view our rules and deadlines.

The winning poster judging takes place in Chicago towards the end of January by various members and leaders of youth outreach and the art community.

Join us at Lions Day with the United Nations as we reveal this year’s winner of the Peace Poster Contest. Registration for LDUN closes soon, so be sure to register today!register-now-blue

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LQ: Aloha 2015 Convention!

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Join us June 26th-30th as we retrace the steps of Melvin Jones and celebrate a successful Lion year. Experience Polynesian culture, explore the tropical landscape and relax by the ocean at this year’s 98th Annual International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Watch the clip above to learn more about what takes place at our International Conventions. You can find the entire January Lions Quarterly on the LNN network.

For more information on this year’s convention, such as local tours and attractions, a schedule of events and hotel information visit the International Convention page on our website.

Be sure to register today for the 2015 Lions International Convention. We hope to see you there!

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