This week while I’m visiting Lions and Leos in Italy, I also got a chance to do a little sightseeing around Rome. It’s amazing to see ruins like the Colosseum, which has been standing for over 2,000 years! And I visited the Trevi Fountain, where the old saying is if you throw a coin in the fountain with your right hand over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome.
In addition to a tour of the city, I met with key dignitaries and had lunch with PIP Grimaldi, ID Fresia, CC Pons and their lovely spouses. Also, a dinner with Leos, where I was reminded of how important it is to encourage youth to get involved in community service. I’m always inspired by the Leos’ energy and fresh new ideas.
Speaking of Leos — are you planning any activities with your local Leos to celebrate Leo Club Awareness Month in April? Be sure to invite young people to your Family and Friends event in April, as well!
Don’t miss the next webinar, “Is it Your Dream to Become a District Governor?” This is the last in a series of three webinars offered by the Leadership Division that focus on how Lions can continue to follow their dreams at various points in their leadership journey. The presentation explains the LCI constitutional requirements for the district governor position, discusses the roles and responsibilities of a district governor, reviews LCI leadership development opportunities, and discusses the role of a district governor in embracing LCI values.
You may have doubts that you could become a District Governor; however, this webinar gives you one model, based on executive management theories, for strategically planning your personal leadership development path.
This webinar is a must-attend for those Lions aspiring to be a district governor and all Lions considering their future Lions leadership dreams!
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Can’t make this webinar? Visit the LCI Webinars page to explore other online learning opportunities!
April is Leo Club Awareness Month — an opportunity for Lions to raise awareness about the importance of engaging young people in the community through youth programs such as Leo clubs. Consider sponsoring a Leo club and getting youth actively involved in community service, which can help them develop the skills needed to achieve their dreams and make an impact. Or, if there’s already a Leo club in your area, then plan a joint Leo-Lion service activity!
Project ideas for Leo Club Awareness Month include:
How is your club celebrating Leo Club Awareness Month?
U.S. Board Members from Lions Clubs International met with members of Congress as part of Lions Clubs International Capitol Hill Day. The event was designed to raise awareness of Lions Clubs International and the contributions Lions are making in communities throughout the United States.
“There are 350,000 Lions in the U.S. who are providing valuable community services,” said First International Vice President Joe Preston. “We wanted to showcase the work of our Lions, and remind our representatives just how vital Lions are to their communities and states.”
Visiting board members also invited members of Congress to join them for an evening reception to celebrate the partnership with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and the GAVI Alliance. This global partnership is designed to protect tens of millions of children in the world’s poorest countries against measles, a highly infectious disease that kills an estimated 335 people every day, mostly children.
“I’m proud of what Lions have accomplished in the fight against measles, and we’re looking forward to accomplishing more with the GAVI Alliance. Together, we are saving lives and making the future safer, healthier and brighter for children,” said LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden.
Lions have committed to raising US$30 million to improve access to vaccines through the GAVI Alliance. The funds will be matched by the UK government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the total to US$60 million. Over 100 million children in the world’s poorest countries will be vaccinated through the partnership.
Lions also play a key social-mobilization role in many impacted communities. Lions work with local leaders, coordinate community-level publicity and serve as volunteers at vaccination centers during immunization campaigns. Local Lions have been active during GAVI-supported measles and measles-rubella immunization campaigns in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and Bangladesh. Lions will be active in measles-rubella campaigns in Tanzania and Burkina Faso later this year.
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