April is Leo Club Awareness Month — an opportunity for Lions to raise awareness about the importance of engaging young people in the community through youth programs such as Leo clubs. Consider sponsoring a Leo club and getting youth actively involved in community service, which can help them develop the skills needed to achieve their dreams and make an impact. Or, if there’s already a Leo club in your area, then plan a joint Leo-Lion service activity!
Project ideas for Leo Club Awareness Month include:
How is your club celebrating Leo Club Awareness Month?
U.S. Board Members from Lions Clubs International met with members of Congress as part of Lions Clubs International Capitol Hill Day. The event was designed to raise awareness of Lions Clubs International and the contributions Lions are making in communities throughout the United States.
“There are 350,000 Lions in the U.S. who are providing valuable community services,” said First International Vice President Joe Preston. “We wanted to showcase the work of our Lions, and remind our representatives just how vital Lions are to their communities and states.”
Visiting board members also invited members of Congress to join them for an evening reception to celebrate the partnership with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and the GAVI Alliance. This global partnership is designed to protect tens of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles, a highly infectious disease that kills an estimated 335 people every day, mostly children.
“I’m proud of what Lions have accomplished in the fight against measles, and we’re looking forward to accomplishing more with the GAVI Alliance. Together, we are saving lives and making the future safer, healthier and brighter for children,” said LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden.
Lions have committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through the GAVI Alliance. The funds will be matched by the UK government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total to US$60 million. Over 100 million children in the world’s poorest countries will be vaccinated through the partnership.
Lions also play a key social-mobilization role in many impacted communities. Lions work with local leaders, coordinate community-level publicity and serve as volunteers at vaccination centers during immunization campaigns. Local Lions have been active during GAVI-supported measles and measles-rubella immunization campaigns in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Bangladesh. Lions will be active in measles-rubella campaigns in Tanzania and Burkina Faso later this year.
A picture is worth a thousand words. And today’s digital age makes it easy to share your photos and show Lions around the world how your club is making an impact! Document your club’s service activities and success stories by taking pictures at your next event. Submit your photo through the LCI website, along with a description of the photo and your contact info, and we’ll help share your success story on our social media channels. We may even use your photo on our website, in the LION Magazine or here on the blog!
We want to see your new club! Submit a photo of your charter club — take a group shot at your induction ceremony or participating in your first service activity.
LCI headquarters receives many, many photos from around the world. Make yours stand out by showing Lions in action! We want to see you getting your hands dirty in environmental projects, engaging with community members and youth, making friends at your local fundraiser, having fun and proudly sporting your Lions gear. Submit a photo that tells your story with just one glance. Candid photos of people are great — try to avoid staged photos and “grip-and-grin” check presentations.
In addition to the LCI Submit a Photo feature on our website, you can also share your photos through Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Twitter.
As you continue planning your Family and Friends activities and events for April, consider browsing the Lions News Network or the LCI YouTube page for videos that show potential members just what it means to be a Lion. You can download videos from the LCI website and play them in the background at your World Lunch Relay event!
Above is a great video about how Lions are recycling, planting trees, providing clean water in their communities and more — service activities that are perfectly aligned with next month’s Global Service Action Campaign, “Protecting Our Environment.”
How is your club participating in Family and Friends Month?
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