Lions Clubs International

Preston’s Blog: First Visit to Lions HQ

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Hello from Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, for my first visit as International President! I arrived at the office on Monday, where LCI staff gave me and Joni a warm welcome. We enjoyed a barbecue lunch, and I was able to meet so many of the wonderful employees that help clubs all over the world serve their communities better. So much attention and thought goes into planning service programs, recruiting members and sharing Lions stories, and I’m excited to get to work closer with these fine folks over the next year.

Your International President,

Joe Preston

Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.

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1.08 million affected by Yunnan earthquake

Thousands in China Need Help Following Earthquake

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Dear Lions,

On Sunday, a terrible tragedy occurred. A large earthquake struck the Yunnan Province of China. Authorities estimate that more than 400 people have lost their lives from the Zhaotong earthquake, with an additional 2,300 people injured across several counties. Even more people are missing. It is estimated that 25,500 homes were completely destroyed, with an even higher number of houses damaged.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) immediately awarded a US$250,000 Major Catastrophe Grant with money from the disaster relief fund, allowing Lions in affected areas to immediately begin providing assistance. These funds will help meet immediate needs by providing food, water, medicine, blankets and other necessities as quickly as possible. The funds will also support long-term reconstruction and recovery.

With approximately 21,000 Lions members in China, many of our fellow Lions have been directly impacted by this disaster. We must help them as they provide relief and assistance to their affected communities. I encourage you to consider making a donation to the Foundation for disaster relief. Donations to the disaster relief fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible and can make a real difference in times of need.

Thank you for your support.

Donate to LCIF



Barry J. Palmer

Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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From Wheelchair to Walking

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Up until age six, Amber Farlow was unable to walk. confined to a wheelchair. Born with breathing difficulties, Farlow remained in the hospital for the first 18 months of her life and has endured 55 operations. She still requires assistance from a machine for a majority of the day and night to breathe. But, like any child, Amber wanted to play on a playground.

Turning a dream into reality

When Lions approached the Farlow’s school, Gosford East Public School, about building a special needs playground/activity center, the staff enthusiastically accepted their offer. Such a playground was previously a dream for this school in New South Wales, Australia. But through support from Lions and LCIF, the special needs playground quickly became a reality. The center cost nearly US$170,000 to construct, well beyond the local Lions’ funding capabilities. That is when Lions reached out to LCIF for support and received a US$57,596 grant to construct the special needs playground equipment. In 12 months, the playground was filled with smiling children.

A life transformed

Today, Farlow is experiencing the joy of walking around on her own, using what she refers to as her “magic stick.” This inspiring development in her mobility would not have been possible without Lions and the benefits of the specially-designed playground. Farlow was chosen to give a tour of the special needs playground when the Governor-General visited, and she did so proudly.

“Thank you so much, Lions, for what you have done for the school, my daughter Amber, and everyone there,” said Michelle Farlow. “It’s absolutely amazing. It’s made them happy children who enjoy their lives a lot more.”

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Contribute to the Lions Blog!

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With 1.35 million members in over 200 countries and geographic locations, Lions everywhere are making a difference in their communities every day. Every life a Lions member touches – whether a young girl who learns to read through a Lions literacy initiative, or a man who receives the eye care he needs to finally see his family clearly – is an amazing story about passion, dedication and service.

The Lions Blog is about sharing these stories. Are you a Lion with a successful service activity to share? Has a Lions club or member changed your life? We want to hear from you!

Download our Contributor Guidelines to learn what kind of stories we’re looking for.

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Video: Lions Guide Dogs at Work

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Guide dogs might be cute and cuddly, but when they’re guiding their owners to safety, they’re at work. The video above features members of the Chestermere Lions Club in Alberta, Canada, who are big supporters of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and are working to get the word out about respecting guide dogs at work. That means giving them the attention they need to do their job — instead of petting or playing with them, which distracts the dogs from the task at hand, people should be aware of their presence and react accordingly.

Watch the video to learn more!

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Rap Video Finalist: St. Marta San Pedro Alejandrino Lions Club

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Lions Reading Action Program Rap Video Contest finalists have been announced! Above is the rap video created by the St. Marta San Pedro Alejandrino Lions Club. We’ll…

Lions Celebrate Earth Day

Monday, April 22, 2013

Today is Earth Day, and in conjunction with the Protecting Our Environment global service action campaign, Lions everywhere are participating in environmental service projects that make the world…

Video: Lions Recycled Trash Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Kaikoura Seaward Lions Club in New Zealand has found a creative way to recycle and reuse trash in their community: the Recycled Trash Fashion Show. The event…

Video: The Lion’s Hunting Strength

Monday, April 15, 2013

The above Public Service Announcement (PSA) is a fun way to raise awareness about Lions’ “hunting” strengths – that is, their ability to hunt for and identify issues…