Jul
9

Preston’s Blog: Strengthen the Pride

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Lions,

I’m so excited and honored to be this year’s Lions Clubs International President!

We’re a family –  a Lions Pride — and I’m hoping you will join me this year in working to Strengthen the Pride. There are so many areas in which we can strive to do better so that we can serve our communities better. Each new member helps our organization grow. Each life we touch through service makes us stronger and more dedicated.

Through partnerships, technology, creativity and so much more, Lions clubs are getting stronger every day. Visit my President’s Theme page on the LCI website for the tools and resources you need to help make your club stronger.

I’m looking forward to a great year, and I can’t wait to meet Lions across the globe to see how they’re Strengthening the Pride!

 

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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Jul
7

#LCICon 2014 Parade Results

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Below are the results from the 2014 Lions Clubs International Convention Parade of Nations, held this year in Toronto, Canada on July 4-8. Congratulations to all Lions across the globe!

Division 1 Category A
Floats
1) MD-321 India
2) MD-27 Wisconsin

Division I Category B1
High School Band
1) MD-A Ontario
2) MD-321 India

Division I Category B2
All State Band
1) MD-30 Mississippi
2) MD-14 Pennsylvania
3) MD-10/SD-10 Michigan

Division I Category C
Precision Demonstration Unit
1) MD-321 – India

Division 1 Category D
Uniform Marching Delegation
1) MD-321 – India
2) MD-307 – Indonesia
3) Lions of Scandinavia – Aland Island, Denmark, Faroe Island, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Division II Category A
High School / All State Band
1) MD-A – Kitchener
2) MD-21 – Arizona

Division II Category B
Precision Demonstration Unit
1) MD-316, 317, 318, 324 India
2) MD-103 France

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Jul
7

Palmer’s Blog: Thank You for Dreaming

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If you can dream it … you can do it!

Lions, thank you for following your dreams this year. Across the globe, you’ve achieved so many dreams — from providing children with books and food and sight services, to improving the health of people in need. You’ve empowered women and recruited new Lions. You’ve gathered your family and friends to show them what it means to be a Lion. And you’ve changed lives.

It has been an honor and inspiration to meet so many Lions who are making a difference in this world.

Keep your dream in your pocket as a reminder of what Lions can achieve when they work together. Thank you for a wonderful year!

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Jul
5

Equipped for Success

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A senior at Cranford High School in Cranford, New Jersey, Blake O’Donnell is looking forward to starting college. With all of the changes that occur when beginning the journey to adult life, she will have many new educational and social challenges ahead of her. But, perhaps without realizing it, O’Donnell has had special preparation for this time since elementary school, when she began participating in the Lions Quest program.

Rounding out her education for life

Lions Quest is Lions Clubs International Foundation’s positive youth development program for kindergarten through 12th graders. The Lions Quest program provides teachers with tools and strategies for teaching students age-appropriate important life skills and fostering character development. Students around the world like O’Donnell are learning key qualities such as responsible decision-making, creating positive interpersonal relationships, resisting peer pressure and engaging in community service.

Now that she has been through the Lions Quest program, O’Donnell considers it to be an invaluable part of her school experience. “If I didn’t have the Lions Quest Program, I wouldn’t be who I am now. My confidence is…greater than what I thought it was going to be. It has helped me be confident in decision-making with everything. I’m able to make friends better because of it.  Without the program, I probably wouldn’t be involved with school activities or organizations.”

More confidence for the future

Lions Quest not only helps students learn to work together, handle difficult situations and develop self-esteem, but it builds skills that will be crucial to their success in the future.

“I definitely learned organization skills, and it will help me a lot with college courses and homework. It will help me get along with new people and live with a roommate I don’t know,” said O’Donnell.

And importantly, the service-learning activities O’Donnell participated in through Lions Quest laid the groundwork for a lifetime of community involvement. “When I’m older I know I’m definitely going to give back because it just feels really good.”

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Hockey Hall of Fame
Jul
2

A Message from Lions VP Preston

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During a site visit to Toronto I had the opportunity to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. I learned that a committee of players, coaches and others meet annually to select new honorees. I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the people, the planning of the displays and the recognition that is given to those who achieved excellence in the sport.

The NHL Legends area features the honorees; and NHL Milestones displays noteworthy records. There are some comparisons we could make to Lions Clubs International as we approach our centennial year. I know you have stories to tell of outstanding Lions achievements and Lions leaders who planned for the future.

As I think about the year ahead, I hope you are inspired to use teamwork to achieve bigger wins for our Lions team. My international theme, Strengthen the Pride, is about building for the future from the club level throughout the organization to ensure our legacy going forward. With the Lions Pride membership awards, the Club Excellence Award, the Strengthen the Pride awards for zone & region chairpersons and the District Governor Team Excellence Award, we will honor our own champions who achieve results. The Ask One initiative alone could set a new record for invitations to potential new members.

In closing, I am glad you are on my team and I look forward to hearing your Hall of Fame stories as we progress through the 2014-2015 year.

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