Message from the Chairperson: Our Foundation is Doing Great Work

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Dear Lions,

On a recent trip to Peru, Brazil and Belize, I had the honor of seeing many Lions and Leos in action. And they are doing great work!

With help from a Lions Clubs International (LCIF) seed grant, Leos near Lima are spearheading an effort to provide safety, rehabilitation, job training and hope to young victims of human trafficking and their babies. Lions Quest, LCIF’s social-emotional learning program for children, is active in 30 schools in Peru!

I visited an eye bank in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, that LCIF and Lions have supported for many years. When I visited an eye hospital in Passo Fundo, Brazil, some children even surprised me with a song.

I am so proud of all the great work Lions around the world are doing each and every day. Remember to share your clubs’ great work so Lions know about the service you are providing in your community.


Joe Preston

Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Read the rest of the September LCIF newsletter here.

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Refugee children receive supplies from Lions

Lions and LCIF are Addressing the Refugee Crisis

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11261787_750104975111585_8343266214892662066_n As the refugee crisis continues to intensify, Lions around the world are growing more concerned. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has approved US$200,000 to help Lions address the needs of refugees in host countries.

The Lions of Sweden and Turkey are already hard at work providing relief materials to refugees near the Greece/Turkey border. Nearly 2,000 refugees have received diapers, hygiene supplies, food and other supplies.

If your District or Multiple District is interested in aiding refugees, you can contact LCIF to find out how to request funds for local relief projects. Such projects might provide clothing, food, toiletries, and infant supplies or even address extended medical needs.



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Peace Poster Kit Deadline Approaching

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October 1 is the deadline for Lions clubs to order a Peace Poster Contest kit from Club Supplies (Item Search: Peace Poster Kit). This year’s theme is “Share Peace.”

Sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest for a local school or youth group is a great way for Lions to engage young people in their communities — encouraging children to use art to express their thoughts on peace. The results are beautiful, and the impact made on children’s lives and values even more so.

To learn more about the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, please view our brochure, contest rules and deadlines.


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Upcoming Webinar: Meeting Management Steps to Success

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Have you ever attended a meandering club meeting and left feeling frustrated? Effective club service and lasting member satisfaction start with well-run club meetings in which Lions arrive at consensus, decisions and follow-up actions in a timely manner. Meetings may not achieve these outcomes due to a “skills gap” in a meeting facilitator. The good news is that simple yet powerful meeting management strategies exist to help any Lion close that skills gap.

Follow Club President Lion Larry in this all new webinar as he travels up the “steps to success” of meeting management on his way to becoming a star meeting leader. Along the way, create a strategy to respond to a various disruptive meeting behaviors, and receive access to helpful tools such as sample meeting agendas and follow up worksheets.

Join us to explore the five steps to meeting success and leave with an easy-to-follow guide for managing your very next Lions meeting!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:00pm (12 Noon) CDT
Friday, October 16, 2015 7:00pm (19:00) CDT

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LQ: Lions Vision Center

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“They now can see things they didn’t see before. And we’re so very proud of that. It really makes us feel good.”

Every year, the Arizona Lions Vision Center serves close to 15,000 people and provides 13,000 pairs of eyeglasses. The Lions offer free vision screenings at schools to help children see better and learn better; they offer affordable and oftentimes free eye care to low-income people across the state; and they expanded their reach to provide care for people in remote areas.

Watch the above Lions Quarterly video segment to learn more about how the Lions Vision Center has been serving communities in Arizona for more than 50 years. You can also download the entire Lions Quarterly to share at your next meeting or event.

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