Family Gardens in Mexico

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The Nuevo Casas Grandes Paquimeitas Lions Club of Mexico organized a family garden project for the members of their community. They provided over 300 families with seedlings to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, chiles and more. Check out the Nuevo Casas Grandes Paquimeitas Lions on Facebook for more information and pictures from the event.

In celebration of our upcoming Centennial in 2017, we have asked Lions to take on the Centennial Service Challenge of serving 100 million by June 2018. Don’t forget to report your activities on MyLCI to receive Centennial recognition. Also, be sure to share your photos on your club’s Facebook page and use the hashtag #LIONS100.

Has your club organized a hunger relief project recently? Share your story with us!

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2015-16 Club Officers Online Training Opportunities!

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LCI Leadership Development is pleased to present a “Club Officer Intensive” webinar series in June to help our new or returning club presidents, secretaries and treasurers achieve success and satisfaction in service to their clubs.

“Club President: Leader and Manager” guides both new and experienced club presidents on creating a positive and lasting impact in their year.  The Role of the Club Secretary and The Role of the Club Treasurer will discuss officer roles and responsibilities and review the MyLCI major functions related to each office in step by step tutorials.

Do not miss these live online sessions crafted to support a strong start for club officers and an excellent year for clubs!

Register today for one of the sessions below:

Club Secretary Training:

The Role of Club Treasurer:

Club President–Leader and Manager

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“The Local Volunteer Organization Protection Act” Introduced to Protect Volunteer Groups

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Oak Brook, IL, May 14, 2015 – Rep. Steve Chabot (OH) announced the introduction of HR 2290, “The Local Volunteer Organization Protection Act,” on May 13, 2015. The bill would amend The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 by affording the same liability protection to volunteer groups and organizations as are already provided to individual volunteers, except in cases of willful misconduct, gross negligence, reckless misconduct, or flagrant indifference to safety.

“I am proud to sponsor ‘The Local Volunteer Organization Protection Act,’ ” said Rep. Chabot. “Local non-profit organizations make our society better by fostering democratic values often in partnership with government entities, and we should protect them from having to file bankruptcy as an alternative to incurring prohibitive legal expenses based on litigation that has little or no connection to their volunteers or employees. We need to do more to protect the future of local service organizations, and this is a bill that merits the public’s trust.”

Lions Clubs International, with its unique perspective on the need for additional protections for its service clubs as well as other volunteer organizations in the United States, worked with Rep. Chabot’s office to develop the bill.

“The bill protects the important contribution that non-profit organizations like Lions clubs make in their communities,” said Scott Drumheller, Executive Administrator of Lions Clubs International. “With more than 11,000 Lions clubs and 325,000 members throughout America, Lions are addressing real needs and making a real difference through hands-on service and humanitarian projects. This bill helps create an environment that supports and encourages the valuable service that so many communities depend upon.”

The bill’s provisions would prevent the application of vicarious liability rules to non-profit organizations who conduct their activities using primarily volunteers and who did not expressly authorize a harm-producing activity in anticipation of raising charitable funds. In addition, the proposed amendments would extend governmental immunities to nonprofit organizations for actions taken at the request, or on the authority, of a government entity that would be immune if it undertook the actions itself without creating or requiring governmental immunities.

The “The Local Volunteer Organization Protection Act” also has the support of prominent U.S. volunteer organizations, representing more than 2 million of America’s community leaders in all 50 states, each of whom is dedicated to improving the lives of others through volunteer service:

  • Rotary International
  • Kiwanis International
  • YMCA of the USA
  • Optimist International
  • Sertoma International
  • Soroptimist International of the Americas
  • Zonta International
  • Ruritan National
  • Toastmasters International
  • Y Service Clubs International U.S. Area
  • The National Exchange Club
  • AMBUCS, National
  • Civitan International

For more information, please visit http://lionsclubs.org

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Lions of South Sudan Are Off to a Strong Start!

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The Lions Club of Juba was founded in 2014 and, like the rest of South Sudan, is growing in confidence and service to the community.

With training from the World Health Organization (WHO) and alongside the State Ministry of Health, Lions in South Sudan recently participated in a polio vaccination campaign.  A WHO specialist trained four local Lions in administering vaccines, finger marking and tallying.

Together, they travelled to a nursery school in Juba, where they found 15 children who had not received their vaccines at a previous campaign. The team spent that morning looking for—and vaccinating—children who had missed the earlier immunization campaign.

With the WHO’s technical support and Lions’ commitment to service, this was an important step towards Lions’ participation in health initiatives in South Sudan. From here, the WHO in South Sudan hopes for Lions to become more involved in immunization surveillance and communication for more health initiatives.

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LQ: Jamaica Reforestation

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The Kingston Mona Lion Club took notice of a major problem in Jamaica–the loss of forest cover. Without the protection of these forests, heavy rainfall would cause land slippages that polluted the area and the sea. For more than 10 years, the Lion partnered with the Jamaica Forestry Department to reforest and maintain nearly 52 hectares of land.

Check out the video above to see how the Lions of Jamaica are educating their community about the importance of reforestation. You can watch the entire April Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

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LQ: Lions Embrace Another Melvin Jones

Monday, December 29, 2014

More than 10 years ago, Lions helped establish the Melvin Jones Health Center near Trujillo, Peru. This 24 hour center sees 300 patients every day for general medicine,…

Lions in Action: Vision Screening Technology

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Lions Club of Bloomfield, New York received an irregular result during one of their vision screenings at the local elementary school. Brianna Leitten was one of 11…

LQ: Canadian Dog Guides

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Lions Foundation of Canada trains dogs to assist those who suffer from physical and medical disabilities, such as vision and hearing loss, autism, diabetes and epilepsy. It…

Meet Lion Noelene, a Generous Spirit

Friday, December 5, 2014

Today’s guest blog post was written by Annabelle Regan. Annabelle and her fellow university classmates created this video, “Noelene from Lions,” as a part of a group project…