In recent months, we have all watched as an outbreak of Ebola has gripped West Africa. The outbreak has taken more than 5,000 lives, and it is estimated that more than 4,000 children have been orphaned. A lack of health education and growing food shortages in these countries are proving to be a disastrous combination. Lions, I am appealing to you to join me in offering support.
We Lions have a long-standing history of helping those who need us around the world. Today at the Europa Forum, I announced that Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) will provide a US$150,000 grant for Ebola Aid. Several countries, including Japan and Sweden, have already committed their support.
With 167 clubs and more than 8,000 Lions in affected countries, Lions and LCIF are pledging their support for those most in need. Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s Ebola Aid campaign and bring hope to Ebola victims, their families and those affected by the outbreak.
I want to thank you for your support and your commitment to meeting humanitarian needs whenever and wherever they arise.
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
The Lions of District 322B2, in Kolkata, India, organized a project and motivated Lions to donate 5kg of rice for someone in need –they called their project the “Rice Bucket Challenge.” They collected a total of 20,500 units of rice, each weighing 5kg. The rice collected was then distributed to blind residential schools, homes for the mentally and physically challenged, old age homes, street children and beggars.
This Relieving the Hunger project counts towards our own challenge. Our goal for the Centennial Service Challenge is to serve 100 million people by 2017 through youth, vision, hunger and environmental projects. We are encouraging Lions to not only record their activities to MyLCI, but also post them to their club’s Facebook page or other social media sites. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #LIONS100 so that clubs around the world will be able to see the impact you are making in your community.
What types of hunger projects is your club organizing?
In 1917, Melvin Jones had a vision. It’s a vision that has sustained Lions Clubs International for nearly 100 years and one that has inspired my work as your International President.
This January, I invite you to join me for a special week of celebration and service honoring the legacy of our founder, Melvin Jones. It’s a great way to get involved in the Centennial celebration, strengthen your community and show your family and friends what it really means to be a Lion.
The Worldwide Week of Service in January is an international event that brings Lions around the world together to celebrate the birth of our founder by hosting a service project of your choice during the week of January 10-16. Your club can join the fun by hosting a service project benefiting youth, vision, hunger or the environment.
It’s that easy. Just visit the Lions Worldwide Week of Service website today and start planning your project. Your club will even earn a special Centennial Banner Patch when you report your project on the MyLCI Service Activity Report!
And remember to bring your cameras, because we’ll be sharing photos of your service projects on Facebook throughout the whole week. Just use the hashtag #Lions100 and we’ll share your images on the LCI Facebook page.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved in one of the biggest Centennial events of the year!
Your International President,
Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.
More than US$4.4 million was awarded in Lions Clubs International Foundation grants during the October 2014 Board of Trustees meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
With these funds, 56 grants will support life-changing projects around the world. Lions will expand an orphanage in South Africa, support volunteer emergency services in the United Kingdom, provide children’s vision screening equipment in the United States, MD300 Taiwan and Japan, equip a home for the elderly in Portugal, fund a food program for women in Burkina Faso, and much more.
Lions will help millions of people worldwide through these grants, which were made possible through your support. Thank you for your contributions to LCIF!
Grant application deadlines for the next round of grants are as follows:
Today’s guest post was written by Lion Melodie M. Davis of the Broadway Lions Club in Virginia, USA. “What Says Fall to You?” appeared on her blog, Finding Harmony. For more information about Pancake Days and more pictures from this event, you can follow the Broadway Lions on Facebook.
For the past 15 years or so, we have enjoyed a community tradition here in the Shenandoah Valley: cooking for the annual Lion’s Club Pancake Days in Broadway, VA. The tradition goes from 6 a.m. on Friday morning, serving all day through about 7 p.m. that evening, and from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
The best part about Pancake Days is actually cooking and serving the meal. (Now the getting ready/cleaning up part is a huge chore but part of the deal.) This year I finally joined the Lions Club with my husband. So, although I’ve helped in various capacities as a spouse, this year I heard all the pre-planning and negotiation such an effort takes.
Usually the Pancake Days are the same weekend as the local high school’s homecoming game, but due to that being scheduled very early and conflicting with an important Lions Club district/training meeting. We would have to break with tradition and have the fundraiser a different weekend, so we chose one that tied in to the annual Fall Festival–a street craft show and sale event.
Would it be as successful? Would we miss the great influx of pancake eaters right after the town’s homecoming parade?
Answer: We ran out of sausage by 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, so we had to close an hour early. It was probably the most successful sale ever. To all those who missed out, we are very sorry about that, and will try to plan for it not to happen next year! The sausage of course is the most expensive part of the meal. The sausage gravy is homemade. While some of the food supplies are donated by local businesses, we purchase others. The proceeds from the sale go to help with the sight and hearing projects typical of Lions Clubs locally, nationally and internationally.
But the best part of Pancake Days is not the cakes, sausage, gravy or coffee, but the camaraderie: learning to know club and community members in deeper ways than you can do by just going to meetings. Service projects—whether they are for church, school or club—are the best way to connect and find roots when moving to a new community or seeking new friendships.
The Broadway Lions Pancake Days even survived changing one huge part of the tradition by transitioning from holding the cook-off in a makeshift tent made of tarps for many years. Everyone always said that was part of the fun—and what made the food taste so darn good, like when you are camping. The “tent” was pitched behind a bank in downtown, making it super easy for folks to stop by for a good hot meal after a chilly homecoming parade—before they rushed off to the big game. Those were great days too, but no one seems to mind that we’re now serving in the nearby Fire Department community hall. We’ve maintained one part of the tradition by cooking the cakes on a great old gas griddle in a tarped “kitchen.”
Thanks to some good signage around town and a nice article in the local paper, the sale this year was a huge roaring Lion success. We thank everyone who came out and if you are lucky enough to have a Lion Pancake fundraiser in your community, check it out!
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