One of my first travel destinations as Lions International President was to India to meet Lions of District 321-C1. During my visit, I attended the first tree planting event under the district’s Save the Environment Program. Their goal is to plant 20,000 trees, and after Lions reported planting over 15 million trees during 2011-2012, I have no doubt in my mind that these Lions will achieve their dream!
Tree planting projects are a great way to get the entire community involved in making the earth a greener, healthier place. I encourage Lions everywhere to use the LCI tree planting resources for guidelines on starting a project in your area.
During my stay in India, I also had the privilege of speaking at the inauguration of a student scholarship program through the Reading Action Program (RAP). There are 19 Lions clubs and three schools with 3,000 children participating. We distributed bags of books and supplies – some of them bigger than the children! The kids were all so excited to receive their new books.
As many of you know, the Reading Action Program has become a 10-year commitment to increasing reading and literacy worldwide. Simply reading a book to a child can make a huge impact.
Thank you to the Lions of District 321-C1 for a wonderful visit! I’m looking forward to seeing you achieve your dreams.
The Just Ask! New Member Recruiting Guide is an extremely valuable resource that can help you effectively reach out to community members so your Lions club can grow and thrive. After all, more members mean more hands contributing to community service projects that make a real impact.
The guide leads you through a four-step process for recruiting new members:
How does your club recruit new members?
Lions in Australia recently hosted the 40th Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta, an annual boat race that raises funds for local organizations such as SIDS for Kids, Life Education and Victims of Crime.
Originally started in 1974 as an environmental cleanup project, every year participants build extravagant water crafts out of empty beer cans – one of this year’s boats was made up of 35,000 cans and weighed three tons! The boats, costumes and fun-filled event now attract more than 15,000 spectators from across the globe.
Watch the video above to see the boats and participants of the 2013 Darwin Lions Club Beer Can Regatta.
Does your Lions club host an annual summer event? Share your story in the comments!
Lions clubs not only offer the opportunity to serve the community through volunteer work, but they can also provide a sense of family and belonging among members. This is especially true of special interest Lions clubs, through which members share a common interest (for example: ethnic heritage, profession, hobbies such as running, snowmobiling or motorcycling, and more) that can bring even more energy, commitment and connection within the club.
Other types of special interest Lions clubs include:
What interests do your Lions club members share?
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