Jan
21

#LDUN Spotlight on Lion Debbie Cantrell

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On March 12, 2016, Lions, United Nations diplomats and other key representatives will join at UN headquarters in New York City to discuss targeted humanitarian challenges during the 38th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations (LDUN). This year’s theme is “Gender Equality and Peace.”

Debbie Cantrell of Lebanon, Mo., is a member of the Lebanon Host Lions Club and has been a Lion for more than 10 years. She will be speaking at LDUN’s round table discussion regarding gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. Read her story below.

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For 22 years I was a battered spouse. Pain and I knew each other very well. A women’s shelter in town helped me get protection and escape my situation. After that, I wanted to find a civic club so I could give back to my community and help others who were hurting. I saw a flier from the Lebanon Host Lions and noticed they supported the very shelter that had assisted me. I knew this civic organization was the one for me.

I have changed drastically since I became a Lion; probably even more so since the Joplin, Mo., tornado and working with Lions everywhere.  I used to have low self-esteem, unable to look people in the eye and was battered and bruised. Since becoming a Lion, I have been trained to lead, to be confident and take pride in the organization I serve.  In the days following the disaster in Joplin, I couldn’t stay away. I was simply amazed and astounded at the number of phone calls and e-mails from Lions across America — literally hundreds as soon as the tornado hit. Lions from many states sent much needed money to help in the immediate relief efforts. Also, Lions came to Joplin from across the nation just to work and to serve beside us.

There is still time to register for LDUN to hear Debbie and other key representatives speak about Gender Equality and Peace. Click below to learn more and register.

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Jan
20

Upcoming Webinar: Social Media as a Leadership Tool

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Whether we like social media or generally avoid it, in our modern world it serves as an essential communication platform for millions of people, and any smart organization makes effective use of social media.

That’s why the upcoming LCI webinar, “Social Media as a Lions Leadership Tool” will present strategies to help Lions widen their sphere of influence by leveraging social media.

Strategies and best practices will be presented by experts from the Lions SMiLE team (“Social Media for Lions by Lions) that include how to:

  • Integrate social media platforms
  • Increase number of “followers”
  • Create and post engaging content
  • Blog
  • Effectively Share Content
  • Access resources from beginner to expert

Register today!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 12:00pm CDT (Chicago)

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:00pm CDT (Chicago)

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Jan
18

LCIF Awards 10 Disaster and Emergency Grants, December 2015

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. In December 2015, LCIF awarded 10 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$90,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

India, District 324-A3
$5,000 for cyclone relief

Brazil, District LD-1
$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-A2
$5,000 for typhoon relief

Paraguay, District M-2
$10,000 for flood relief

Oregon, USA, District 36-O

$10,000 for flood relief

Missouri, USA, District 26-M2
$10,000 for flood relief

Australia, District 201-V2
$10,000 for fire relief

Uruguay, District J-1
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-1
$10,000 for flood relief

Texas, USA, District 2-X1
$10,000 for tornado relief

Children in the Philippines waiting for relief materials

Jan
15

#LDUN Spotlight on Gender Equality and Lions Quest

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“They can be what they want to be and not try to fit into the stereotype that has been created for them by parents and society.” – Ratna Choudhry, Lions Quest Senior Trainer and confirmed speaker for the 2016 Lions Day with the United Nations, regarding young girls in today’s world

On March 12, 2016, Lions, United Nations diplomats and other key representatives will join at UN headquarters in New York City to discuss targeted humanitarian challenges during the 38th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations (LDUN). This year’s theme is “Gender Equality and Peace.”

Among many topics to be discussed at LDUN is youth, and how future generations are affected by and addressing the issues of gender equality and peace as they develop into tomorrow’s leaders. Lions Quest, an LCIF life skills and youth development program, prepares youth for success by empowering students to make positive decisions. The program has reached more than 13 million young people across the globe. As it continues to expand, so do opportunities to include gender equality in Lions Quest curriculum – giving young girls and boys the resources and confidence they need to know they can succeed in today’s world regardless of gender.

Watch the video above to learn more about Lions Quest.

There is still time to register for LDUN to participate in such discussions about gender equality, peace and youth. Click below to register!

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Jan
14

LCIF Annual Report: A Look Back at 2014-2015

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In fiscal year 2014-2015, Lions, our partners and friends generously donated US$39.82 million to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). The Foundation Young boy holding LCIF flag and Lions Quest Q Bearawarded 530 grants totaling more than US$43.7 million.

Because of your generosity and compassion, 9.4 million people received critical eye care services, millions of children were
vaccinated against measles and rubella, and 14,100 victims of natural disasters received emergency relief.

Read LCIF’s Annual Report for 2014-2015 to learn how your donations continue to change lives and build our foundation of service.

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