Lions Clubs International
May
9

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities. – See more at: http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2014/05/02/lions-in-the-headlines-48/#sthash.XUreuEWR.dpuf

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

  • ENGLAND: Ryedale Lions Club provide mobility scooters to stranded Thornton Dale almshouses residents.
  • AUSTRALIA: Lions contribute to “tool library,” a mobile shipping container which could be kept in a central location and quickly deployed to disaster areas.
  • COLORADO, USA: Estes Park Lions Club help educate students about national parks.
  • CANADA: Weymouth Lions Club teams with local students to clean up trash on roadsides.
  • INDIA: Lions Club of Chembur launch medical center.

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

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May
8

Video: Lions Camp for Visually Impaired

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Lions recreational camps for the blind and visually impaired offer children, teens and adults the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment customized to their needs.

The video above features the Allen H. Stewart Lions Camp in Wyoming, USA, where young participants enjoy activities such as woodworking, music, daily living skills, cooking, Braille, robotics, pottery and more. Older campers often come back to work as interns at the camp, serving as mentors and leaders for the younger participants. It’s a positive experience for everyone, and gives kids the chance to experience a summer camp with others who understand their struggles.

How does your club serve children with special needs? Watch the video for a tour of the Allen H. Stewart Lions Camp, and see our list of Lions-supported special needs camps to find one near you. Consider volunteering at a local camp, sponsoring a child to attend a camp, or raising funds to help support a camp.

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Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer
May
7

Palmer’s Blog: Happy Lions, Big Impact

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Lions, is it your dream to expand your reach and make a bigger impact on the community? More members mean more service! In addition to planning and executing projects that address your community’s needs, member recruitment is a big part of Lions service.

The LCI website has a wealth of resources for inviting new members and keeping current members satisfied:

  • Just Ask! – Get your club ready to invite new members and be prepared for success when you do.
  • Membership Satisfaction Guide – Keep members happy and coming back.
  • Start a new club – Give others the opportunity to make a real difference by starting a new club in your community.

Spread the word about your club! Let friends, family and community members know what it means to be a Lion, and encourage them to get involved.

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Lions Clubs International
May
6

A Small Town Club Raises Big Funds

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Here’s a story that proves small town Lions clubs can follow big dreams — and achieve them!

The Lions Club of tiny Whitianga, New Zealand, population 4,000, has already raised over $160,000 since Christmas 2013 toward the purchase of an X-Ray machine for the benefit of the residents of the Mercury Bay area. The total population for the greater Mercury Bay area is around 5,000. The area is so remote that injured people often must travel over an hour by ambulance through winding roads to Thames Hospital, or over two hours to Waikato Hospital just to be examined.

The Club has now raised its fundraising goal to $220,000 to also cover the costs of installation and operation of the greatly needed equipment.

The new equipment will provide immediate X-Ray exams using the latest digital technology, and will allow specialists at Waikato to identify and diagnose what further action is required. This can help prevent many lengthy ambulance trips in the area.

How do they do it?

The club has sponsored numerous fundraisers, including a recent fish auction. Local businesses and organizations have joined in sponsoring their own fundraisers including everything from cake sales to Glass Bottom Boat rides, musical Concerts, art fairs, quilting shows, donations of shuttle rides, carpet cleaning, and significant donations from clubs and individuals.

During the weeks since Christmas 2013, the Lions Club of Whitianga have been featured in every issue of the local papers for their community service. This great publicity has generated an interest in a number of local citizens to express interest in joining this successful club.

Promote your club!

No matter how big or small your club is or where you are located, you can make a difference. Get the word out about your club’s mission, service projects and events, and get your entire community involved! Use one of our Sample Press Releases to make an announcement through your local newspaper.

The above story includes excerpts from an article by Richard Gordon, a new member of the Whitianga Lions Club. Do you have a story to share? Submit a Photo through the LCI website!

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Lions Clubs International
May
5

Read the May LION Magazine

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In the May LION, meet five blind people who are true visionaries, learn the sweet story of the Lion Mint and find out about a fascinating new film depicting one man’s moving vision loss story.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, watch the moving film, “Notes on Blindness,” see an inspiring recruitment video by a Texas Campus club and read about Lions parades in 1941 from the LION Vault.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

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Videos

Video: Leo Flash Mob in France

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Flash mobs are a fun way to get the word out about your club. They draw the attention of passersby in a public space, especially when you gather…

Lions Donate Braille E-Reader to Student

Monday, May 27, 2013

Lions in Ohio recently donated a Braille e-reader to a visually-impaired student to help him with his studies. The e-reader allows him to read books, listen to books…

Rap Video: Lions in China Serve

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lions in District 303, Hong Kong and Macao, China, created a fun rap video. The video sends out the message that no matter what your profession or social…

Facebook Tip: Post Videos

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Posting videos on your club’s Facebook page is a wonderful way to share your Lions club’s story and let your community know how you’re making an impact. Follow…