Oct
8

LQ: Children in Need

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All over the globe, Lions are working towards addressing issues affecting children. In this segment of the October Lions Quarterly, we see how Lions are focusing on the health and education of children by providing clean water, sanitation and vaccines, as well as getting more children into school and expanding early literacy. Not only are they helping out the child, but the mother as well by providing safe places for childbirth, nutritional counseling for pregnant women and supporting maternal milk banks.

Check out the video above to see how Lions all over are doing their part to help their local children. You can watch the entire October Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

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Oct
6

New Video: Sight for Kids Expands to Kenya and Turkey to Help Even More Children

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Originally focused on serving Asia, the Sight for Kids partnership program between Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies (JJVCC) has screened more than 20 million children since 2002 for refractive error and other vision problems. Now, the partnership program is expanding to two new countries: Kenya and Turkey. Together, LCIF and JJVCC will help even more schoolchildren through identifying and addressing threats to vision.

The announcement comes as part of World Sight Day (October 9), an international awareness and advocacy event launched by Lions in 1998 to encourage community service projects fighting preventable visual impairments and blindness.

“We are extremely proud of our Sight for Kids program accomplishments and longtime partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care,” said LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer. “It’s incredibly meaningful to launch these new project sites together during World Sight Day and to know that Sight for Kids will aim to serve an additional 260,000 children combined this year alone.”

Learn more about the partnership expansion in the official press release, or in the above video.

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Oct
6

October Membership Growth Month

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Earn Rewards for Adding New Members in October!

October is a New Membership Growth Month. It’s a great time to grow your club and earn special recognition when you do. Here’s what you can earn:

  • Silver Pin – Lions who sponsor a new member in October will receive a Membership Growth Award Silver Pin.
  • Gold Pin – Lions who sponsor a member in both October and April will earn a special Membership Growth Award Gold Pin.
  • Banner Patch – Clubs that add new members in October and April will receive a Membership Growth Award Banner Patch and a Fiscal Year Patch.

Membership Growth Gold Pin - ME60 Silver   Membership Growth Patch - ME61

Start planning today to get on track for your Membership Growth Award, and be sure to give your recruiting a boost with Ask One!

Lions, we are encouraging you to invite new members to join your club through Ask One! With 1.35 Ask1imagemillion members, just think of how many more people we could serve if every member asked just one person to join. You can send your success stories and photos to askone@lionsclubs.org. Who knows, you might see your photo displayed on our Facebook page.

Together we can Strengthen the Pride!

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Oct
6

Lions Kick Off World Sight Day

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October 9 marks the 17th annual World Sight Day. To celebrate, Lions around the world are focusing their attention on eliminating causes of preventable blindness and improving sight with special vision-related service projects throughout the entire month of October.

This year, International President Joe Preston will meet with Lions in Iceland to present medical equipment purchased through a US$70,000 SightFirst grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to the Department of Ophthalmology at Landspítali – the National University Hospital of Iceland.

The donated medical equipment will help identify childhood vision disorders at an earlier stage than previously possible and will help save the sight of children throughout Iceland.

“Lions Clubs International has championed the blind and visually impaired for decades,” said Lions International President Joe Preston. “Lions World Sight Day is an opportunity to reflect on our achievements as we continue our commitment to the fight against preventable blindness.”

In observance of World Sight Day, Lions and LCIF partner Johnson & Johnson Vision Care are also expanding Sight for Kids – a vision screening initiative designed to protect the sight of children – to Europe and Africa for the first time since the program’s creation.

From Iceland to Turkey and Kenya and back, track Lions’ World Sight Day activities this week as we move toward our goal of eliminating preventable blindness. Follow Lions Clubs International and Johnson & Johnson on Facebook and Twitter at @lionsclubs and @JJVCglobal for complete coverage of this life-changing celebration

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Oct
5

Gaining Skills That Will Last a Lifetime

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Marvin Hoffman, a 9th grade student at Martin Niemoller School in Reinstadt, Germany, deals with the same challenges that millions of teenagers around the world face every day. With bullying in school and unresolved conflicts occurring among students, his school did not always create a constructive and safe learning environment that all students deserve.

A chance to break the cycle

The school began working with local Lions five years ago to implement Lions Quest, a kindergarten through 12th grade positive youth development and prevention program that unites the home, school and community to cultivate capable and healthy young people of strong character. Lions Quest helps students grow into solid citizens as they learn how to make responsible decisions, communicate effectively, find solutions to bullying in school, and avoid drugs and violence.

More than 13 million young people have taken part in a Lions Quest classroom in 85 countries, and more than 550,000 educators and other adults have been trained to implement the programs in schools and community settings. Lions Quest celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009.

Opening hearts and minds for positive change

Since implementing Lions Quest, Hoffman’s school has seen remarkable improvements. Students in his class used skills they learned through Lions Quest to implement a solution to defuse a bullying situation with students from another school. “Lions Quest has taught me to talk to my teacher about problems I face. And that it’s okay to confide in others,” said Hoffman.

“The students have far fewer conflicts in general…and if they do have disagreements, they are now in a better position to handle them and find solutions for them,” said school social worker Joachim Horn. With a healthier and happier student climate, there is now virtually no bullying at the school.

- See more at: http://www.lcif.org/EN/our-impact/youth-stories/marvin-germany.php#sthash.vjRF3wi1.dpuf

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