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 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!
Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!
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:
And the winners are…
Items collected for the Manly Community Center
Items donated to villagers around Mariakani, Mombasa and Kenya
Items donated to those in need from Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation, Evangelical Lutheran Church & Myanmar Learning Centre
Items collected for Caritas
Items donated do St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church Community Food Pantry
Earth is Our Kingdom and We Serve to it
Activities included planting trees and a bicycle parade.
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.
Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life
Theme was centered on the humanitarian commitment that all human beings should have enough food and water.
Peace at home, Peace in the World – Lunch at EuroAsia
Lunch on a boat where Europe and Asia meet, 7 countries participated.
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!
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?
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?
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…
As we begin a new Lions year, I’m very excited to share my service and experiences around the world as the 2013-14 international president. This year, I encourage…
Oh the places you’ll go in a world of service! In this video, 2012-2013 Lions International President Wayne Madden thanks Lions for a wonderful year – filled with…
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…