LQ: Lions Help Musicians in New Orleans

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The Uptown Lions Club is the first new club club chartered in New Orleans in 35 years. The club’s mission is simple: to help provide New Orleans musicians with access to affordable health care. While serving musicians may not be a traditional mission statement for other Lions around the world, it makes sense for the Uptown Lions because of the huge role that music plays in the culture and history of the New Orleans community. These Lions identified a need unique to their community and have set out to achieve their goals.

Watch the Lions Quarterly segment above to learn more about the Uptown Lions Club’s projects. Or, watch the entire April Lions Quarterly to see how Lions are making an impact around the world.

How does your Lions club address the specific needs of your community?

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From Active Duty to Active Lion

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Like many other young men and women, Robert Aguilar, Jr. became a U.S. Marine because he wanted to serve his country.

“I’ve always had a sense of duty and a desire to serve,” said Aguilar.

Now that Robert has left the military, he’s found a new way to serve – as a Lion. When Robert was invited to join the Seal Beach Lions Club in Seal Beach, California, he saw it as an opportunity to do some good in the community.

“What I really appreciate about Lions is being around so many people who are active in the community and who like to have a good time,” said Aguilar. “When there’s a sign-up sheet, everyone raises their hands. Everyone is eager to help. I’ve been in situations where you have to beg people to help, but not here.”Robert Aguilar Jr_suit

Robert has seen the can-do attitude of his fellow Lions. Recently, the Seal Beach Lions Club was hosting a car-show fundraiser when strong winds knocked down their booth in the middle of the night, but Lions quickly responded by rebuilding it before dawn to make sure the event was a success.

Although Robert hasn’t been a Lion for long, he has seen enough to know that he’s found the right place for himself, and for other veterans who want to get involved in their community.

“I think Lions is a great fit for veterans who have a sense of duty and a desire to serve. It’s not only a humanitarian group, it’s a social group,” said Aguilar. “I would recommend Lions clubs to any veterans who want to be part of something special when they return home.”

Don’t wait…invite a veteran to join your club today!

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Lions in the Headlines

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

  • BAHAMAS – Twelve local teachers complete LionsQuest training.
  • MINNESOTA, USA – Lions serve thousands at 57th annual Lions Club Pancake Day.
  • HAWAII, USA – The Kauai Lions Club presents the Vision Van, which offers health screenings up to an hour in length.
  • CANADA – Guide dog provided by the Lions Foundation of Canada helps change young girl’s life.
  • GUYANA – The Lions Club of D’urban Park hosts career fair for students.

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

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#LCIWorldLunch Contest Winners!

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The Lions World Lunch Relay was a great success! For 24 hours on April 4, Lions around the world gathered with their friends and family to celebrate Lions’ service and to encourage others to join in.

We’re excited to announce the winners of the Lions World Lunch Relay contests! Categories included:

  • Most family and friends – The lunch with the most non-Lions
  • Biggest food drive – The lunch that collects the most food items for needy families
  • Best lunch theme – The lunch with the best fun, meaningful Lions theme that shows club pride and spirit

And the winners are…

Most Family and Friends:

Lions Clubs InternationalCuiaba Amigos Da Lama Lions Club, Brazil

Lions Clubs InternationalKancheepuram Ashoknagar Lions Club, India

Lions Clubs InternationalChihuahua San Felipe El Real Lions Club, Mexico

Lions Clubs InternationalManila Achievers Lions Club, Philippines

Lions Clubs International Panadura Lions Club, Sri Lanka

Biggest Food Drive:

Lions Clubs InternationalManly Lions Club, Australia

Items collected for the Manly Community Center

Lions Clubs InternationalMombasa Pwani Lions Club, Kenya

Items donated to villagers around Mariakani, Mombasa and Kenya

Lions Clubs InternationalKuala Lumpur Bukit Kiara Lions Club, Malaysia

Items donated to those in need from Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation, Evangelical Lutheran Church & Myanmar Learning Centre

Lions Clubs InternationalMijas La Cala Lions Club, Spain

Items collected for Caritas

 Lions Clubs InternationalCorona Lions Club, USA

Items donated do St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church Community Food Pantry


Best Theme:

Lions Clubs InternationalPlovdiv Philippopolis Lions Club, Bulgaria

Earth is Our Kingdom and We Serve to it

Activities included planting trees and a bicycle parade.

Lions Clubs InternationalBeijing Hope Lions Club, China

One Hope, One Dream

Collected Dream Cards from patients with disabilities and distributed them to the Lions in the district, in order to see the possibility of these dreams being adopted and fulfilled.

Lions Clubs InternationalMilano Host Lions Club, Italy

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

Theme was centered on the humanitarian commitment that all human beings should have enough food and water.

Lions Clubs InternationalCanakkale Lions Club, Turkey

Peace at home, Peace in the World – Lunch at EuroAsia

Lunch on a boat where Europe and Asia meet, 7 countries participated.

Lions Clubs InternationalSan Jose Silicon Valley Global Lions Club, USA

First Annual Global Community Easter Egg Hunt

Eggs were stuffed with coins and candy from around the world.


Visit the LCI World Lunch Facebook page for more photos of Lions celebrations across the globe!

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Palmer’s Blog: Disaster Relief Tool Box

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Earlier this month, I attended the Multiple District 201 Convention in Tamworth, Australia, where more than 1,200 Lions from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia gathered. One of the ceremonies included the opening of a disaster relief “tool box” — a 20-foot container that will hold in excess of $10,000 worth of tools. The tool box will be based in Tamworth, and will be loaned out to local communities in times of disaster.

When disaster strikes, Lions are prepared to respond immediately! How does your Lions club ensure your community is prepared for natural disasters?

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Lions Partner to Protect Children from Measles

Friday, July 12, 2013

The fight against measles just received a substantial shot in the arm. Lions Clubs International has committed to raising US$30 million by 2017 to continue its efforts to…

Palmer’s Blog: The Three R’s

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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From IP Madden: Thanks for a Great Year!

Monday, July 8, 2013

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LQ: Lions Save Lives in Hawaii

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The strong currents that flow from the sea to Hawaii’s shore can be extremely dangerous, especially for beach goers who aren’t used to the riptides. The Hawaii North…