Your club is doing wonderful things for your community, and LCIF can help you get the recognition it deserves!
Public relations is a great way for your Lions club to garner media coverage for the service that is being done in your own community and worldwide. LCIF offers numerous resources to assist in contacting all types of media outlets that could potentially cover a story about your club’s community service.
Good public relations—informing the community that your club built the park, conducted the vision screening or provided disaster relief—will help foster community support and increase awareness of your club and LCIF. Good public relations can even advance your club’s membership efforts. People want to belong to a successful and reliable organization. By actively promoting your club and its worthwhile activities, you’ll be projecting a positive image in the community and showing that your club is worth joining.
Read more about how LCIF can help you promote your club within your community.
The Palermo dei Vespri Lions Club of Italy set up an eyeglass donation box at their local shopping mall. By collecting eyeglass, the Lions can provide those in need with the gift of sight. Other activities to promote recycling include:
Is your club interested in participating in the Lions Recycle for Sight Program? Check out our website for resources and materials to help get you started.
Although they live in different parts of the world, Kristinn and Dagny Hannesson (Mosfellsbaejar Lions Club, District 109B, Iceland) and Ron and BJ Finlay (Huron Shores Lions Club, District A9, Ontario, Canada) came up with the same idea to support LCIF and Campaign SightFirst II (CSFII). They all decided to use special personal celebrations to honor LCIF.
“Being a CSFII coordinator (2005 – 2008), I realized how great LCIF is. That’s also when I decided that I would not have a party for my 50th birthday. Instead, the estimated cost of that party would go to LCIF marked for CSFII, so in late August 2007, I donated US$17,000 in my club’s name,” explained Kristinn Hannesson. Hannesson inspired his wife Dagny Hannesson to have a CSFII “moneybox” at her 50th birthday party. She was able to donate US$3,470 in her club’s name following her party in 2008.
Around the same time but over 2,000 miles away, Ron and BJ Finlay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Their commitment to LCIF took center stage, as BJ Finlay explains: “to make it even more special, we asked for donations to CSFII instead of any gifts. We were amazed at the amount donated, and with the help of then-International Director Beverley Stebbins, we proudly presented three Melvin Jones Fellowship recognitions to deserving Lions.”
Lions excel at finding creative and special ways to raise funds for LCIF. When people like the Hannessons and the Finlays forgo gifts, and even a party altogether, at special milestones in their lives so that they can show their support for LCIF, it shows just how generous and dedicated Lions everywhere are. And Lions can feel good knowing that they are giving many gifts to people in need around the world with their donations. “LCIF has always appealed to us because we are able to do so much for so many and every cent we send to LCIF goes to doing just that,” BJ Finlay said.
From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives
Lions, I am excited to announce the news that our float from last year’s Rose Parade, “Lions Built Matteo’s Dream,” won the Tournament Special Trophy! This trophy is presented for having exceptional merit in multiple classifications.
This year, our “Inspiring Challenges” float features Lions providing recreational activities for the blind and visually impaired. The activities that will be displayed on the float are the Bling Fishing Derby, Blind Surfing, Blind Buddies Gold Challenge, Bling Bicycling and the Miracle League Blind Beep Baseball.
Make sure you visit the Lions Rose Float website and Facebook page for more videos and pictures of our past floats. I look forward to seeing this year’s float and getting to greet our fellow Lion friends in California! Be sure to watch for Joni and me on our “Inspiring Challenges” Rose float on January 1st.
Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.
I recently returned from the Philippines, where I witnessed joy from those we are serving. I met with villagers in Tacloban and visited their new homes. I also saw smiles in the eyes of children, as they are nourished through a Lions feeding program.
As many of you celebrate the holidays and prepare for the new year, I ask that you keep these images in your heart. But I also ask you to think of the children we have not yet reached and who are still hungry.
With your donations, Lions and LCIF will continue to fight blindness, support youth, provide disaster relief and meet humanitarian needs all around the world. We are addressing global health issues, such as measles, diabetes and Ebola. We are reducing poverty through microenterprise. We are addressing needs of people everywhere. We are changing lives and providing hope to millions.
Thank you for proving that where there is a need, there is a Lion.
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
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