I regret to inform you that Past International President, Dr. Jean Behar, died at his home on October 2, 2016 after a decline in his health. He was 87 years old.
The late PIP Behar was a life member of the Le Havre Expansion Lions Club. He was also the founder and honorary president of Medico Lions Club of France, which organizes assistance from French Lions clubs to low income countries. Dr. Behar held many positions within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district governor and council chairperson. He served as an international director from 1990-1992.
As the international president in the millennium year of 2000-2001, he emphasized quality. His vision spread throughout our organization, and Lions resolved to offer quality assistance to those in need around the world.
As Campaign SightFirst II campaign ambassador, the late past president Behar dedicated his efforts to support the campaign goals specific to eliminating river blindness and emerging threats to vision from diabetes, glaucoma and childhood diseases that can lead to blindness.
His dedication touched and improved the lives of countless people around the world. As a doctor of radiology, his kindness and understanding manner endeared him to his patients.
In addition to his numerous awards through Lions Clubs International, including the Ambassador of Goodwill, he was recognized by the President of France who named him a Knight of the National Order of Merit. Dr. Behar was also a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.
I know you join me in remembrance of this truly remarkable man, who made so many contributions to Lions and to the lives of people in need.
Messages of support and condolences may be sent to his family via the Lions office in France at:
Maison des Lions de France
295 rue Saint Jacques – F 75005 Paris, France
Or via email at:
Helping to protect a child’s sight is as easy as snapping a photo! For every photo you donate through Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app*, Johnson & Johnson will donate US$1 to Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) Sight for Kids program, up to US$40,000.
Each photo you “donate” via the app (up to 1 per day) through January 15, 2017, will help Lions and our partner, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC), provide eye health education, vision screening and access to a professional eye exam to a child. The Sight for Kids program’s mission is to mobilize local Lions, teachers and eye care professionals to improve eye health awareness and remove eye care barriers to for children in underserved areas across Asia, as well as in Kenya and Turkey – including providing exams, and eye glasses and other treatment.
The free mobile app is accessible to Lions and the public in the U.S, the United Kingdom and Japan. All you have to do is download the free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play and start taking pictures!
How to Get Started
Since 2002, LCIF and JJVCC’s Sight for Kids program has worked to provide eye health education and eye care and eyeglasses access to millions of school children throughout Asia, Kenya and Turkey with the Sight for Kids program. Surrounding World Sight Day, LCIF and JJVCC are ensuring their social snapshots are serving, too!
Consider Donating a Photo for Sight for Kids to help Lions protect a child’s sight today! Learn more about Sight for Kids at www.lcif.org/sfk.
*The Donate a Photo app is available in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan only. No matter where you live, be sure to get the word out about Sight for Kids and the importance of annual professional eye exams for our children. Photos shared are not used for commercial purposes.
Disclosure: You can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. For every photo donated to Sight for Kids, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. will donate US$1 to that cause. You can donate photos to Sight for Kids until January 15, 2017, or until it reaches its goal of US$40,000, whichever comes first. Sight for Kids will receive a minimum of US$20,000.
World Sight Day is fast approaching. On October 13, 2016, organizations around the world will shine a light on preventable blindness. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has been supporting Lions-led initiatives for decades to prevent blindness and empower those who are blind or visually impaired.
Our Sight for Kids partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) is just one way we are working to provide vision care. The Sight for Kids program has screened the vision of more than 23 million schoolchildren in Asia Pacific, Kenya and Turkey. These children might not otherwise have access to vision screenings. This program provides glasses and follow-up care as needed and is for free to children in need.
As your club prepares to recognize World Sight Day, please keep LCIF and Sight for Kids in mind. For every photo you share through the Donate a Photo app (USA, United Kingdom and Japan only), Johnson & Johnson will give US$1 to the Sight for Kids program. You can also download the Charity Miles app and raise money for Sight for Kids just by taking a walk. Both are easy ways to make a big impact around the world.
Please join LCIF and your fellow Lions by showing your support on World Sight Day and every day.
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
Read the rest of the September LCIF newsletter here.
Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is a parasitic disease that afflicts the rural poor. It is caused by a worm that is spread from person to person through the bites of Simulium black flies that breed in rapid-flowing rivers and streams. The disease can cause intense itching, eye damage, and irreversible blindness, reducing an individual’s ability to work and learn. Worldwide, an estimated 120 million are at risk of being infected and 270,000 have been blinded by the disease, mostly in Africa. In addition to Africa and Latin America, onchocerciasis also is present in Yemen.
Since 1993, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$33 million to support the distribution of river blindness medicine, Mectizan®, to approximately 251 million people in 15 African and Latin American countries. SightFirst has worked in close partnership since 1999 with The Carter Center—a leader in the fight to end river blindness.
On September 29, 2106, Guatemala’s minister of health, Dr. Lucrecia Hernandez Mack, announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially verified the elimination of onchocerciasis from Guatemala. Guatemala is now the fourth country in the Americas to be verified free of this disease, after Colombia (2013), Ecuador (2014), and Mexico (2015).
LCIF congratulates the people and government of Guatemala, The Carter Center’s Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA), and many devoted Lions on this monumental achievement!
When’s the last time you had a birthday party?
For many of us, after adolescence we no longer celebrate birthdays the way we used to, with cake, balloons and tons of our friends around. PDG Carolyn Dorman thought the lack of celebration was a shame and worked together with other Lions in Multiple District 2 to throw one amazing birthday bash!
As a way to celebrate new members throughout Texas, PDG Dorman and a team of 16 Lions worked together to set up a birthday party for all the new members. The party was hosted at a local hotel and was filled with ice cream, cake, flags, horns and “100” balloons, to celebrate our centennial.
All 300 attendees got to witness a special induction ceremony where International President Bob Corlew inducted his daughter and son-in-law, and saw a special award presented to the longest serving Lion who was at the event!
Everyone had so much fun at the birthday party that they’re planning one for next August!
According to PDG Dorman the event, “was a great success with all the cake and ice cream Lions could eat!”
Consider throwing a party for your members, or celebrating in a different way. Some ideas for Ways to Celebrate can be found on our website. Make sure to share all your stories on social media and use #Lions100.
To hear more about PDG Dorman’s multiple district birthday party, listen to the Marketing Department’s September webinar!
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